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Cumberland Woman Struck, Killed Friday

Sixty-three year old Hazel Louise Arnold of Cumberland was struck and killed Friday evening along Route 51, near the PPG Road exit. Ms. Arnold had exited a vehicle, driven by Albert Francis Long, to remove a deer from the roadway he had struck. Another car, driven by James David Johnson, struck Ms. Arnold. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Charges are pending in the accident, which is being investigated by the Maryland State Police.


Cumberland Resident To Stand Trial

Mark Alan Shirey of Cumberland will stand trial in the death of his ex-wife’s boyfriend. Charges were bound over for trial, following a hearing Friday in Bedford County Court. He is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Michael Wayne Simpson. No trial date has been set, but Shirey is due back in court next month, for a status conference.


Fechheimer To Lay Off Workers

Fechheimer Brothers Company facility in Grantsville plans to lay off 59 workers by March 1st. The company notified state regulators of the move. Fechheimer is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and makes uniforms for police, firefighters, umpires and a range of other professions.


House Fire Reported in North End

A house fire was reported in the 600-block of Holland Street late last night. The fire was contained to the basement area of the home. Several Fire companies were dispatched to the scene. The fire remains under investigation by the city fire marshal.


Smith Trial Postponed Until February

The trial of Keyser businessman Brian Smith has been postponed until February, as the court must first sort out what will and what won’t be allowed as testimony in the case. Motions and responses will be kept sealed until the trial date to enable the court to seat an objective jury in February, according to the Mineral News-Tribune. The new trial dates are February 6th through the 8th, with a pre-trial hearing set for January 17th at 2:30 p.m.


Guilty Plea Entered by Law Office Secretary

A guilty plea has been entered by a law office secretary in Bedford County, who was accused of embezzling more than $80,000 from her employer over a period of almost 6 years. Carla Kagarise of Manns Choice signed an open plea agreement on a charge of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received. Ms. Kagarise had been the secretary for Bedford Attorney Kristin Banasick. She was arrested on November 22nd of last year.


Delegation Meeting Set

The Western Maryland Delegation to the General Asembly has announced its annual public meeting, which will take place on Wednesday, January 4th at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Allegany College of Maryland auditorium. The meeting is open to all citizens, who are encouraged to attend and contribute any comments, questions or suggestions regarding state issues or legislative matters. The Allegany County Teacher’s Association will provide refreshments.


Scholarship Fund Announces 75th Anniversary Plans

The 75th anniversary and reunion of all classes is being planned for the weekend of July 7th at Greenway Avenue Stadium. Several activities are being planned for that day, with a dance being planned for the Cumberland Holiday Inn. Volunteers are needed to insure a successful gathering. Anyone wishing to volunteer for a specific committee or for more information should contact The Fort Hill Scholarship Fund is spearheading the 75th anniversary activities.


County Announces Holiday Schedule

All Allegany County Government offices will be closed on Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd. Allegany County Transit will not have any fixed route bus service and All Trans vans will not operate on Friday, December 23rd; Monday, December 26th; Friday, December 30th and Monday, January 2nd. Public transportation services will operate on Tuesday, December 27th; Wednesday, December 28th; and, Thursday, December 29th.


Panel Urges Reduction of Structural Deficit

A panel of lawmakers is recommending that Governor O’Malley and the General Assembly reduce the state’s structural deficit by 50 per cent in the next legislative session, and is giving O’Malley the flexibility to close some of the gap with tax increases, instead of budget cuts only. The recommendations, however, are not binding on the Governor, who submits the state budget in January.

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