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Three Die In City Fire

Three people died in a fire on Estelle Street early yesterday morning. They have been identified as 66-year old Delores Crawford; her daughter, Ruth; and 45-year old Kelly Appold, who was Ruth’s partner of two years. The fire broke out around 4 a.m. yesterday, as a passerby called 911. Estelle Street is a dead end, and is located just off of Maryland Avenue, parallel to Interstate 68. Both the city and state fire marshals were on the scene yesterday, beginning an investigation into the cause of the triple-fatal blaze.

 

Man Arrested in Pharmacy Hold-Up

A Cumberland man has been arrested in the armed robbery and theft at Steve’s Pharmacy last Thursday evening. Thirty-year old Shannon Lee Cline was taken into custody on Friday evening. He is accused of entering the pharmacy with a knife, and demanding prescription pain medication. He then fled the business on foot, headed toward McMullen Highway. Surveillance video and numerous interviews led to Cline’s arrest. He had been staying at a private residence in Rawlings. Numerous items of evidence were recovered at the home. Investigators also found several other types of drugs, as well as paraphernalia.

 

Woman Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident

Icy roads are to blame for a fatal Saturday morning crash on Jasper Riley Road in Oakland. Killed in the crash was Melissa Ann Schoch. She was a passenger in a vehicle, drviven by her husband, Adam Troy Schoch. He was driving westbound when he lost control, due to an icy patch in the road; the vehicle traveled out of control, and struck a tree on the eastbound shoulder. He was taken to Garrett County Memorial Hospital.

 

Investigation into Inmate Death

The Maryland State Police are investigating the death of a state prison inmate who was found in his cell Thursday night at the North Branch Correctional Institution. The 57-year old inmate is not being identified until family can be notified by Division of Corrections officials. Shortly after 6 p.m., an inmate in Housing Unit 3 approached a correctional officer and said something was wrong with his cell mate. Officers responded, found the inmate unresponsive, and transported him to the Western Maryland Regional Health Center, where he was pronounced dead. The body was then taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.

 

Man Arrested in Decatur Street Assault

A 49-year old Cumberland man was arrested for assault, following an incident Thursday on Decatur Street. Roger Lynn Davis allegedly assaulted another person with a baseball bat, in a disagreement over items being stolen from his house. Davis was taken in custody, and the victim was treated at the scene and then taken to the Western Maryland Regional medical Center for further treatment. Davis was charged with first and second-degree assault and disorderly conduct. He was taken to District Court, and later held on $10,000 bond.

 

Garrett County Opposes Elk Reintroduction

The Garrett County Commissioners are going on record in opposition to reintroducing elk in Western Maryland. The commissioners say the idea originated with a special interest group, and that they were not included in preliminary talks on the issue. In Allegany County, Commissioner Bill Valentine says meetings with sportsmen’s groups will be arranged to discuss the proposal. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has formed a partnership with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation to study reintroduction in Western Maryland.

 

Residents Complain of Wind Turbine Noise

Several residents in the Green Mountain area of Keyser are complaining about the noise created by 23 newly constructed wind turbines. The residents there say the turbines produce a loud, steady noise, and have asked Edison Mission to at least turn them off at night. Homeowners are petitioning Edison Mission. None of the energy produced goes to West Virginia, as it has been purchased by the University of Maryland, and the Maryland Department of General Services.

 

Public School Benefit from Hooley Plunge

The Allegany County Public School System was the second largest beneficiary of the 2011 Hooley Plunge, held on March 5th of this year at Rocky Gap Sate Park. The schools earned more than $27,000 for certain programs and Unified Sports. Money allocated will help fund computers, instructional supplies, equipment and field trips. Founder of the event, Dr. Sean McCagh says he hopes as the event grows, it is hoped the amount of money the school system receives will also increase.

 

Traffic Deaths Decrease by Ten Per Cent

Traffic deaths in Maryland fell by 10 per cent last year. There were 493 traffic fatalities in Maryland last year, as compared to 549 in 2009. The decrease in deaths, according to Triple-A, Mid-Atlantic, is partially because of more air bags, better anti-rollover technology, improved road signs and safe-driving campaigns. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a reduction in crash-related deaths involving drunken drivers is also a factor.

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