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Body Found in Green Ridge State Forest

Searchers found a body yesterday morning, in the area where a search began Sunday for a missing Wisconsin man, whose vehicle was found near there. The body of 75-year old James Wilson was recovered from a wooded area of Kasekamp Road, off Carroll Road in the Orleans area of Green Ridge State Forest. The Maryland Natural Resources Police had been searching for Wilson of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He reportedly left his residence on November 11th, and failed to arrive at his destination in Delaware on November 12th. Through a press release, the NRP confirmed that the body recovered, was that of Wilson.


Meeting on Proposed Allegany Site Set

The Cumberland City Council will hear public input on a proposal to locate a new Allegany High School at the site of the former Braddock Campus of the Western Maryland Health System at its 6:15 p.m. meeting tonight. The Mayor and Council have been asked to vote on the matter before the end of the year, but they first want public comment on the issue, before they make up their minds. A vote on whether or not to support the project should take place next month.


Economic Development Funding Announced

The Tri-County Council for Western Maryland has received a $70,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to establish an economic strategy to support investment and job creation in the region. The award was jointly announced by United States Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski. This EDA planning investment supports the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy in the region serviced by the Tri-County Council, which is comprised of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington counties.


Court Records To Be Sealed

The jury trial for Keyser resident Brian Smith is scheduled for December 14th   at 9 a.m., and any records of evidentiary issues will remain sealed until then. Smith is charged with first degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust, in connection with an incident that allegedly happened in June of 2009. Approximately 75 potential jurors have been summoned for duty, about twice the number normally called.


Two Arrested in Fight

Two people were arrested, following a fight early Sunday morning in the 300-block of Frederick Street. About 20 to 30 people were standing around two people engaged in a fight. Once they saw the police, the fight stopped. Taken into custody were 20-year old Detonia Degross of East Elder Street and 21-year old Marcellius Hamilton of Columbia Street. Both were charged with second degree assault and disorderly conduct.


Cumberland Man Held in Assault Incident

Forty-four year old Jeffrey Youngblood is being held on $30,000 bond, following a weekend assault in the 200-block of Baltimore Street. Youngblood is accused of arguing with a woman, and holding a knife to her throat. He also allegedly pointed the knife towards another man. He was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, first degree assault, and reckless endangerment. Neither victim was injured during the incident.


Remains Foundin Tucker County

Two Pennsylvania hunters have discovered skeletal remains in Tucker County, West Virginia. Investigators say the body had been there for at least six months, and are not sure if foul play was involved. The remains have been taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for further testing, in the hopes of identifying the body.


Gunfire Exchanged in Theft From Bank

Law enforcement authorities believe a recent robbery in Somerset may be related to others in Pennsylvania. Two men originally stole a U-Save van in Somerset, then used high powered tools to break into an ATM. When neighbors came outside to see what was going on, one of the two began shooting. A witness to the theft fired back, puncturing a tire in the van. A significant amount of money they tried to steal was recovered, but they used another vehicle, and were last seen heading west on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. There were two other, similar incidents in the Chambersburg area earlier in the month.

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