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Most Favor Land Swap for Allegany

Most of those in attendance at last night’s Cumberland Mayor and City Council public meeting on a proposal for a new Allegany High School were in favor of the “land swap” between the City and the Western Maryland Health System. However, the majority spoke on the disposition of the current Allegany High on Sedgewick Street, and what would happen to the facility. Cumberland City Council member Harold “Butch” Hendershot proposed the land swap and disposition of the old high school be tied together with a single memorandum of understanding, while other council members and residents believe the issues should be separate.


Bedford County Man Suspected of Arson

Police have interviewed a Bedford County man, who started fires in a small barn and two sheds he owns in Bedford, then kept firefighters at bay, possibly at gunpoint, on Monday. Forty-six year old James David E. Ling underwent a psychiatric evaluation. Police say they don’t know why he may have started the fires, but had to negotiate with him after the fires were knocked down. He surrendered around 2:30 Monday afternoon. Investigators are trying to determine how the fires started, and whether charges will be filed.


Garrett County Wind Project Fined by MDE

The Garrett County wind project was among 51 major enforcement actions, taken by the Maryland Department of the Environment. Specifically, White Construction, Synergics Roth Rock Energy, LLC is being fined $35,000 to resolve alleged sediment control violations that happened during the construction of the facility, near Red House.


Man Issued Citation for Possession

Eighteen-year old Cumberland resident Andrew Blake McDonald was issued a criminal citation for possession of drug paraphernalia, following a traffic stop Monday evening. The driver of a car in which McDonald was a passenger, allegedly failed to stop for a red traffic signal, and while talking with him, an officer noticed a glass smoking device, containing residue, suspected to be marijuana. He was released after the citation was issued.


Cumberland YMCA Pool Closed

The main pool at the Cumberland YMCA Riverside facility is currently closed, due to an emergency pump repair. The pool is tentatively scheduled to re-open on Monday, December 5th at 5 a.m. The Warm Water Pool, Sauna, and Steam Room will remain open during regular facility hours. Please refer to the website, “” or call the “Y” at (301)-777-9622 for status updates on the main pool.


Teenager Arrested for Robbing Grocery Store

A 17-year old from Manns Choice, Pennsylvania was arrested for robbing the grocery store there last week. He allegedly entered the store, on Main Street, with a hooded jacket and bandana partially covering his face. He threatened the cashier with two handgun and demanded money. He obtained an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene. He was apprehended late last week, with the handguns and currency also recovered. Despite the fact he is a juvenile, he is incarcerated at the Bedford County Jail on charges of robbery, aggravated assault, theft and other charges.


Former Hagerstown Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault

Former Hagerstown resident Thomas Leroy Griffin has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a child to produce child pornography. Griffin engaged in sexually explicit conduct with the child, in order to produce a visual depiction of that conduct.  The incidents occurred at least five times, beginning when the victim was 5 or 6 years old, and lasted until August of last year. A 30-year sentence is being recommended, and Griffin will be sentenced on January 20th of next year.


Mikulski, Cardin Applauds ARC Grant to Washington County

Maryland United States Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are applauding an additional $800,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to Washington County, fopr the construction of an access road to the Mt. Aetna Farm Technology Park. In June, the county received $600,000 in ARC funding to help fund construction of the access road. Construction of the road will open approximately 173 acres of the Technology Park for development and attract emerging technology business to Washington County.


Man Claims Woman Shot Herself

A man who is charged with fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend initially told police she had shot herself twice in the head. Former Berkeley Springs resident Randy McPeak will be going on trial for the June 10th fatal shooting of Heather Harris. The Washington County Special Response Team was able to get Harris out of the house at 7:30 p.m., but she died five days later. McPeak’s trial is scheduled to begin on December 6th.


Festival Moving From West Virginia

The “All Good Music Festival” will be moving from West Virginia to Ohio, due to several issues. Promoters say officials never “warmed up” to the festival, and a mass gathering ordinance passed this year was “crippling” and levied “an outrageous tax.” Several lawsuits have also been filed in connection with a fatal accident this past July, which killed a South Carolina woman and injured two others. The festival will now be held at a location, about 30 miles east of Columbus, Ohio. There had also been discussions on relocating the festival to Virginia.

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