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Fatal Accident in Garrett County

Thirty-three year old Tonya Coleman was killed in a single-vehicle
accident on Deep Creek Drive early Friday morning. She was a passenger
in a car, driven by 34-year old Sabrina Davis of Cumberland. The
vehicle traveled off the roadway, colliding with the guardrail, then
overturning. Trooper Five was called to transport Ms. Coleman, but was
cancelled due to her unstableness for flight. She was extricated from
the vehicle, but later died from her injuries at Garrett Memorial
Hospital. Charges against Sabrina Davis are pending; the Maryland State
Police at McHenry are saying alcohol may have been a factor in the
crash.  

Joppa Resident Arrested Near Clarysville

Joppa, Maryland resident Richard Wayne Lewis was arrested last week,
and now faces a number of traffic and drug charges. Lewis crossed from
the eastbound to the westbound lane of Route 40 and struck the
guardrail. Based on the investigation and discovery aspect, Lewis was
believed to be under the influence of,  and in possession of a large
quantity of suspected PCP. He faces numerous charges, including driving
under the influence, possession of CDS and paraphernalia, and possession
of CDS, with intent to distribute. He was held on $7500 bond at the
Allegany County Detention Center. A sum of currency and a firearm were
also seized. The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland State
Police and C3I assisted in the incident.  

Keyser Votes To Raze Two More Properties

The Keyser Mayor and City Council has voted to demolish two more
blighted properties. The two in question are located at 351 South
Mineral Street and at 61 Spring Street. Under Mayor Randy Amtower’s
plan, recouping the expense of razing the properties would be done
through a lien attached to the properties. Destroying the buildings is
estimated at between $4,000 and $8,000.  

TGCC Holding Membership Meeting

The Greater Cumberland Committee’s Membership meeting is set for
Thursday at the Cumberland Country Club, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The
agenda will include a panel discussion to highlight the importance of
participation in the upcoming Mineral County Days and PACE Event,
planned for late January. Mineral County Days are set for January 11th
through the 13th in Charleston.  

Local Area Spared from Sears Closings

A Sears store in Ellicott City, Maryland will be closing as part of a
company-wide consolidation announced last month. That is the only
Maryland store affected. Florida will be the hardest hit, with 11 Sears
or K-Mart stores closing there. Ohio, Michigan, and Georgia will shutter
six stores each. Sears had announced it would close up to 120 stores to
raise cash. Sears had previously announced that it planned to close a
branch at the Martinsburg Mall. Other stores on the list for closure in
the four-state area including ones in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania and
Pottstown, Pennsylvania.  

Gas Tax, Other Increases May Be On The Way

Governor Martin O’Malley is hoping the General Assembly will consider
tax hikes, as well as spending cuts during the upcoming session. Part of
the increases, he says, would be an increase in the state’s gasoline
tax. Earlier this year, a commission recommended a 15-cent-per-gallon
increase in the gas tax over three years. O’Malley says the state’s
23.5-cent-per-gallon gas tax, which was set in 1992, is not keeping pace
with the rising costs of infrastructure projects.  

Security Upgrade Set for Maryland Bridges

The state is preparing to spend up to $10 million for new hardware and
software to help keep major bridges in the state from becoming
potential terrorism targets. The money will be used to purchase closed
circuit cameras, radar systems, more tactical patrol boats and other
upgrades for the Bay Bridge, the Key Bridge and three other
highly-traveled toll bridges. The work should begin in the spring, and
last for up to a year and a half.

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