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Chemical Leak Sends Four to Hospital

A chlorine dioxide leak at the NewPage Luke mill late yesterday morning sent four people to the hospital with respiratory problems. The call came into the Allegany County Emergency Operations Center at 11:32 a.m. yesterday 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. A full investigation into the incident is underway.


Cab Driver Stabbed, Robbed

The Allegany County C3I unit has entered the investigation of a cab driver who was stabbed and robbed early yesterday 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.


Ten Arrested in Warrant Sweep

A warrant sweep was conducted yesterday by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police and the C3I unit. Each was given a packet of outstanding warrants to attempt to serve for various offenses including theft, violation of probation and failure to appear. Additional sweeps are planned for the near future. A van from the Allegany County Detention Center was used to transporting those who were arrested, taking them to Allegany County District court commissioners’ office for processing and bond hearings.


DNR Looks to Eliminate Plant

During Tuesday’s meeting in Garrett County, officials discussed eliminating an invasive aquatic plant at Deep Creek Lake. Officials will assess the distribution of what is known as Eurasian water milfoil over the next year. The green, leafy plant grows in water up to 20 feet deep and forms dense mats that can entangle swimmers and hinder boats. It can overrun other types of aquatic vegetation. Some states use herbicides and another state has experimented with a bug that eats the vegetation.


Humbertston Named ACPS Supervisor of Transportation

Larry Humbertson, the assistant supervisor of transportation for the Allegany County Public Schools, has been named supervisor of transportation and will replace Jay Walbert upon his retirement next month. Humbertson has been employed by the school system since 1992, when he began his career as a mechanic/transportation specialist. He was later promoted to his current position of assistant supervisor of transportation. In addition, he is also certified as a classroom instructor and Maryland state school bus driver trainer, through the Maryland State Department of Education’s Office of Pupil Transportation.


Man Arrested After Assault

Fifty-one year old Paul Hood was arrested, following an assault incident in the first block of Weber Street on Tuesday. Hood is accused of grabbing a victim by the arm and twisting it; city police officers noted injuries, consistent with the events described by the victim. Hood was taken into custody and held on $3500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Money Stolen From Keyser Business

An unknown amount of money was taken from Fox’s Pizza on South Mineral Street early yesterday morning. The burglary was discovered early yesterday morning. A door to the business was forced open to steal the money. The incident remains under investigation by the Keyser City Police. Anyone with information is asked to contact Keyser City Police at (304)-788-1311.


Meyersdale Discusses Allegations Against Teachers

The Meyersdale Area School District held a closed door, executive session Tuesday, to discuss inappropriate sexual conduct involving two former teachers. Also discussed was a female middle school teacher, who has been suspended. Superintendent Tracey Karlie would not give a reason for the investigation. The board may be considering a firmer fraternization policy in the future; two forums have been scheduled to address parents’ concerns. They will be held today at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.


HRDC Hosting Adopt-A-Thon

HRDC is hosting an Adopt-A-Thon for the Allegany County Animal Shelter on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The “Home for the Holidays” event is part of the continuing teamwork between HRDC, located on Virginia Avenue, and the shelter. All the adoptable animals will be up-to-date with their rabies shots. While there will be several cats and dogs at the adopt-a-thon, interested parties may also go to the shelter from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and visit more adoptable animals. They can also go online at, and search the adoptable pets.


Turkey Day Run Set for Thanksgiving

The 15th Annual Turkey Day 5K run, sponsored by the Mountain Ridge Cross Country team, will be held Thanksgiving morning at 9 a.m. in Westernport. Pumpkin pies and plaques will be awarded to the overall male and female winners. There is an early registration discount for families. Race day registration will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the Legion in Westernport. All runners will receive tee-shirts while they last. For more information, contact Tom Dawson at (301)-463-6231 or Norm DeRosa at (301)-689-6101. Applications are available at Personal Best Athletics, or online at, or


Smithsburg Man Dies in Crash

Seventy-seven year old George Masser died in a car accident late Tuesday afternoon in a two-car crash on Route 66 in Washington County. Masser was a passenger in a car driven by Monte Masser. Also in the car was 48-year old Martha Masser. Their car was hit, head on, by another vehicle, driven by Gabrielle Weaver of Falling Waters, West Virginia. The others involved in the crash sustained non-life threatening injuries. There is no indication of alcohol being a factor. Charges, however, are pending against Weaver. The road was closed for about an hour.

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