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Couple Victims of Home Invasion, Robbery
A Centreville couple was beaten and robbed Sunday night in a home invasion. The incident happened between 9:30 and 10 p.m., when three suspects forced their way into the residence, and punched, kicked and eventually robbed the two. Money, prescription medication and firearms were stolen before the suspects fled, traveling south on Evitt’s Creek Road, in an unknown vehicle, driven by a fourth suspect. Anyone who observed a suspicious vehicle on Evitt’s Creek Road, or who can provide a description of the suspect is asked to contact the state police at Bedford. The number is (814)-623-6133.

Man Arrested After Chase
A man was arrested following a pursuit from Mineral into Grant County. Mineral County Sheriff’s Deputy Leatherman tried to initiate a traffic stop on a Ford Taurus, which had been reported stolen. The driver, Lawrence Rowe, failed to stop, but was eventually apprehended through the use of a tire deflating device. Rowe was charged with fleeing in a vehicle, grand larceny, and other charges. The case remains under investigation by the members of the West Virginia State Police, Moorefield/Petersburg detachment, and members of the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department.

Fire Determined To Be Accidental in Nature
A fire at Clark Trucking on Lower George’s Creek Road in Barton has been determined to be accidental in nature, traced to an electrical malfunction in the ceiling of the building. Damage to the structure and its contents totaled $60,000. The fire was discovered just after 3 a.m. Sunday by a passerby. Six fire companies responded to the call, and it took them about 20 minutes to control the blaze.

Deputies Investigate Four-Vehicle Crash
Two people were taken to the hospital, three vehicles were towed from the scene, and one person was charged in a four-vehicle crash on Route 220, in the area of Jared Drive late Sunday afternoon. A vehicle, driven by 18-year old Marley Kamp of Lonaconing failed to stop for a vehicle, driven by 56-year old Robin Shook of Cumberland. Also involved in the collision were 20-year old Kevin Knotts of New Creek and 43-year old Robert Mayle of Deer Park. Ms. Kamp was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision. Route 220 was closed for a time, while the scene was cleared.

Pre-Legislative Meeting Set
Members of the Western Maryland delegation to the General Assembly are holding their annual public meeting on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Garrett College Continuing Educaiton Building, Rooms 205-207. The pre-legislative meeting is open to all citizens who are encouraged to attend and contribute any comments, questions or suggestions. Senator George Edwards and Delegate Wendell Beitzel will be available to discuss any questions pertaining to state issues or legislative matters.

Two Arrested for Stealing Christmas Trees
Two men have been charged with misdemeanor theft, after being accused of stealing Christmas trees from a nearby lot. Cory Mathew McCarty and Tyler Scott Zegles, both 21 years old, were seen carrying fresh Christmas trees in the area of Park Street early Saturday morning. Both were released pending trial.

Fire Destroys Londonderry Township Home
A vacant home in Londonderry Township was destroyed by fire Sunday evening. Fire companies from three states responded. The house on Cook’s Mill Road is about four miles south of Hyndman, and was fully involved when the first firefighters arrived. The home was owned by Darlene Roach. Since nobody was living there, there was no electricity to the building.

Midnight Madness Sale Thursday Evening
The second annual Midnight Madness Sale is scheduled for Thursday evening in downtown Cumberland. Downtown Mall Manager Ed Mullaney notes that for every $100 spent locally, $68 will stay in the community. In comparison, only $43 of that $100 stays in the community, when spent at a national chain, and zero dollars when it is spent out of town or online. A complete schedule of holiday events can be found at www.mdmountainside.com.

FSU Receives Accreditation with Commendation
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has reaffirmed Frostburg State University’s institutional accreditation and offered a commendation to the University for the quality of its Periodic Review process and report. Reaffirmation of FSU’s accreditation means that the University-including all of its off-campus instructional sites-continues to meet the requirements put in place by the Commission on Higher Education in its Characteristics of Excellence.

Future “Bright” Maryland’s Wine Industry
The Maryland Wineries Association is reporting that 28 state wineries have paid the $200 Annual fee to ship directly to consumers, and that 540 wineries from out of state have also registered to ship to customers in Maryland. Many have upgraded their websites to take online shipping orders; more are expected to begin shipping to out-of-state customers in the new year. The only complaint has been the fee, which many believe it too high.

West Virginia Special Session Underway
A special session of the West Virginia legislature is underway in Charleston. The session is being held primarily to deal with natural gas drilling in Marcellus Shale. Passage of the bill is likely, and it could happen this week. The current version of the bill keeps the permit fee recommendations at $10,000 per fee structure, and $5,000 for subsequent wells. The permit fee will pay for more inspectors for the State Department of Environmental Protection.

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