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Emergency Test  Today

Radio and television stations across the country will be participating in a nationwide test on today at 2 p.m. The test is scheduled to last approximately 30 seconds. This will be the first test of its kind, and could be used for any reason, including an address by the president of the United States. The emergency alert system will be activated under the EAN or Emergency Action Notification code, which the President could use in a national emergency to conduct the Emergency Alert System Test.


President Gibraltar Holds Press Conference on Stabbing

Frostburg State University President Jonathan Gibraltar held a press conference on Monday, regarding the fatal stabbing of a student this past weekend. The university says it keeps watch on houses that have had complaints in the past, but the Maple Street residence was not on a list of “watched” houses. According to Frostburg City Police, a review and evaluation of policies and procedures is ongoing. Courtneigh McCoy is the second FSU student to be killed since April of last year. School officials have met with the victims’ mother and anticipate meeting with the family of Shanee Liggins, the suspect in the fatal stabbing.


School Board, City Council Discuss Possible Property Swap

The Allegany County Board of Education and members of the Mayor and City Council are talking about a concept that will allow the school system to own the property located at the Braddock Campus of the Western Maryland Health System, to be used as a potential site for the new Allegany High School. Through the development of a joint agreement between the city of Cumberland, the Western Maryland Health System and Allegany County Public Schools, the city could convey the property near the new hospital to WMHS, in exchange for WMHS deeding the property at the Braddock Campus to the public school system.


Companies Make Presentations on Slots

Two companies, vying for a slots license at Rocky Gap State Park, made presentations yesterday on who should win the rights for the facility. The two companies-Evitts Resort, LLC and Landow Partners-made presentations to the Maryland Video Lottery Facilities Commission. During a public hearing for the resort casino, strong support was offered, with only one strong dissension. Dave Williams of McClarran and Williams noted that the $62 million investment would be the largest private capital investment ever made in the county.


Suspects Returned to Allegany County

Two suspects, wanted in connection with the armed robbery of Steve’s Pharmacy on October 27th have been returned to Allegany County from Henrico County, Virginia. Brothers Dulin and Stephen Mayhew of Ashland, Virginia are being charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and possession of a handgun during the commission of a felony and theft. Each is being held on $300,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


 Augusta Resident Charged in Plot

Forty-nine year old Brenda Lee Swisher has been charged by federal prosecutors in a murder-for-hire plot. She appeared before a federal magistrate in Martinsburg, and was remanded to the custody of U.S. Marshals, without bond. She is scheduled for a detention and preliminary hearing tomorrow. The details of the case were not immediately available, according to the Cumberland Times-News.


Man Arrested in Attempted Breaking and Entering

Twenty-eight year old Cumberland resident Marcus Conaway has been charged with destruction of property and fourth degree burglary, after city police responded to a commercial business on Maryland Avenue. Conaway was found near a broken window at the business. He was taken to a District Court Commissioner, where he was released on personal recognizance.


Keyser Changes Software Provider

The city of Keyser is contracting with NPO Resources to provide technical support for its accounting software. The Mineral News-Tribune reports that Keyser had utilized Mountaineer Comnputer Systems of Lewisburg, West Virginia. NPO is based in Silver Spring, Maryland. Mayor Randy Amtower says mastery of the “Accufund” software will allow the city to move forward on a variety of fronts, from securing grant funding for water and sewer projects.


Bedford County Man Accused of Attempted Robbery

A Bedford County man is being accused of attempted robbery in Huntingdon County. Nineteen year old Jonathan Hillegas of Saxton allegedly pulled a knife on a man in Coalmont Borough, demanding that he be given the man’s pain medication. The victim allegedly tried to wrestle the knife from Hillegas, while a third person pulled Hillegas off the victim. He is now jailed on $25,000 bail.


Mountaineer Gas Wants Rate Increase

Mountaineer Gas is asking the West Virginia Public Service Commission for a rate hike. Officials say a 4.9 per cent rate increase is needed to offset the impact of increased cost factors. Earlier this month, the Public Service Commission approved a 6 per cent reduction in the cost of natural gas it charges, reducing the average monthly residential gas bill by $3.78. The request for a base rate increase would not be effective until the fall of next year. 

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