Chemical Leak Sends Three to Hospital
A chlorine dioxide leak at the NewPage Luke mill late this morning sent three people to the hospital with respiratory problems. The call came into the Allegany County Emergency Operations Center at 11:32 a.m. today. The incident prompted the sheltering of Luke Mill employees, the town of Luke and the closure of Route 135. The mill was in “clean up” mode about an hour later. The incident involved a small amount of chlorine dioxide that leaked from a storage tank.
Cab Driver Stabbed, Robbed
The Allegany County C3I unit has entered the investigation of a cab driver who was stabbed and robbed early this morning in the 400-block of North Mechanic Street. The 52-year old victim says he picked up a fare from in front of Rose’s Department Store aroud 4 a.m. While transporting him, the suspect stabbed the driver in the chest, neck and head area; an undisclosed amount of cash was taken and he fled on foot. The suspect is described as a black male, but the victim couldn’t provide any more information other than that. Anyone with information is asked to contact C3I, Cumberland City Police, or Allegany/Mineral County CrimeSolvers at (301)-722-4300.
Board Member Cites “Significant” Savings With Land Swap
Allegany County Board of Education member Ed Root says taxpayers will save millions of dollars by using the former Sacred Heart Hospital to house a new Allegany High School. He cited the cost of buying land outside the city and constructing an entirely new school would cost significantly more. Additionally, the Western Maryland Health System and the city are set to sign a memo of understanding regarding the former Memorial Hospital, where the health system would have first right of refusal on the land near Constitution Park.
Hampshire County Man Found Dead
Eighty-two year old Marvin Brigman was found dead near his wrecked vehicle after failing return home Monday night. Brigman had been out, cutting wood, but was apparently thrown from his vehicle, after traveling up a small embankment off Critton Owl Hollow Road near Pin Oak. A sear was undertaken, after he didn’t return home. The missing person complaint was filed around 7:20 p.m. Monday, and Brigman was found around 11:45 p.m.
Murder-For-Hire Suspect Released on Bond
An Augusta woman, who is accused of hiring a hit man to kill the wife of her former boyfriend, has been freed on personal recognizance bond. Brenda Lee Swisher is charged with one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence and one count of causing interstate travel in the commission of a murder for hire. An undercover West Virginia State Trooper was to have been paid a total of $3500 in the plot. The intended target is a resident of Strasburg, Virginia. She is a probation officer and was not harmed.
Third Teacher in Meyersdale Under Investigation
A female teacher in the Meyersdale School District is under investigation, although no charges have been filed. This comes on the heels on two other teachers being charged with various sexual offenses against students. The school district had no comment, but is aware of the allegations, and will hold an executive session to discuss further action against the teacher.
Toys For Happiness Kicking Off
The annual Toys for Happiness campaign will officially kick off with next Wednesday’s Harvest Skate at the Star-Lite Roller Rink and on “Black Friday” at the Country Club Mall. During a press conference yesterday, Chuck Koelker-president of Toys For Happiness-says an average of 2100 to 2200 children in the area are served annually by the campaign. Over the years, 70,000 children have benefitted from Toys for Happiness. Gift wrapping and toy collection will take place outside of J.C. Penney at the mall, beginning on Black Friday; on or about December 1st, part of the operation will move to the former location of Chessie Federal Credit Union.
Milling, Paving Operations to Continue
The city of Cumberland says milling and paving operations will continue today and tomorrow, weather permitting, in the Park Street and Williams Street areas. The work is scheduled to take place from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. today and tomorrow. Drivers should expect delays, and if possible, are urged to take alternate routes to avoid the construction work.
Commissioiners Holding Rocky Gap Meeting
The Allegany County Commissioners will hold their regulary weekly public business meeting at Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort in Flintstone. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the Martin’s Conference Room. Community members and all interested individuals are invited to attend.
Assault Suspect Held on $10,000 Bond
Twenty-eight year old Michael Hite of Cumberland is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $10,000 bond, following his arrest Monday morning. He is accused of assaulting another person in the 500-block of High Bedford Street. The argument initially began over money. The victim did not require medical attention. He was charged with one count of second-degree assault.
Three Arrested on Drug Charges
Three Pennsylvania residents were arrested, following a traffic stop last Friday evening. The three-Sean Mackey and Tracey Clark of Everett, along with Ashley Ann Ramsey of Tyrone-were arrested, following an ongoing investigation, focusing on Mackey and his alleged involvement in drug activity, including heroin in the Bedford and Everett areas.