Reported Stabbing at Local Bar
The Mineral County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible stabbing at My Place over the weekend. The victim was transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, with non life-threatening injuries. The incident reportedly occurred just after 3 a.m. Saturday, after “last call.” As patrons were exiting, a fight allegedly broke out. The victim said as he was leaving he felt a “sharp pain” in his back. The incident remains under investigation.
Fire Injures Two Firefighters
A fire, early yesterday morning on North Lee Street, sent two firefighters to the hospital with minor injuries. Crews received the first call just before 4:30 a.m. yesterday for a working fire. It was unclear whether anyone lived in the building, but the fire made it uninhabitable. The scene was cleared around 10 a.m. It is under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Toll Credits in Transportation Bill
The use of toll credits as matches for highway construction projects is in both the House and Senate Transportation Bill, paving the way, so to speak, for the completion of Route 219 from Meyersdale to Somerset. Once that project is underway, the process for completion of the segment from Meyersdale to Interstate 68 will begin. Pennsylvania Representative Bill Shuster says he doesn’t expect action on the transportation bill until next year.
Sentencing for Convicted Sex Offender
Fifty-eight year old Ralph James Clark of Cumberland has been sentenced to a year in the Allegany County Detention Center and suspended six months for a fourth-degree sex offense. Following his release, Clark will be placed on five years supervised probation, register as a sex offender for fifteen years, and have no contact with the victim. The case stemmed from an incident in 1984, in which Clark engaged in sexual contact with a six-year old female. A C3I investigation pointed to Clark as the suspect.
Utility Installation Planned
The northbound lane of Mechanic Street, from Harrison Street to Baltimore Street, will be closed for approximately two weeks for a utility installation. Pershing Street, from Liberty Street to Mechanic are closed to thru traffic. A detour route is in place, directing traffic around the construction area. Drivers are asked to use caution in the area of construction and follow the detour route in place.
Thefts, Vehicle Damage Reported
Cumberland City Police are investigating two separate incidents in which either vehicle damage or thefts, or both took place. In the first, police responded to Cumberland Street, several items inside a vehicle had been scattered onto the street. In the second, police responded to Gephart Drive, where a person told police the driver side window of his car was shattered. Police are reminding residents that they should take precautions against theft by making sure their vehicles are securely locked, with the windows up, when left unattended. They’re also urged to call police if they see anyone acting suspiciously, possibly tampering with vehicles in their neighborhood.
Turbines Being Individually “Commissioned”
The wind turbines on Green Mountain are spinning, but not yet in commercial operation yet. Plans call for the wind farm to become operational by the end of the year. The structures are being individually certified for full operation by Mitsubishi, the manufacturer. When operational, the Pinnacle Wind Farm project will generate approximately 55 megawatts of electricity, eough power for over 14,000 households.
Former Romney Mayor Passes Away
Former Romney Mayor William Hicks died Wednesday at the Heartland Nursing Home in Kingwood. He was 88 years of age. He had been living with his son, Ron, and his wife in Reedsville, Preston County. The viewing will be held Monday at the Shaffer Funeral home in Romney, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., with a funeral service set for Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Romney Presbyterian Church.