Two Children Dead in House Fire
Two children have been confirmed dead, as the result of a 4-alarm, row house fire at 309 East Harrison Street in Cumberland. A 6-year old girl and 10-year old girl perished in the fire. The 6-year old was rescued from a 2nd floor window in cardiac arrest; she was transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, where she died. The ten-year old was not located at first. The mother and 7-month old infant escaped without injury. About 100 firefighters from Allegany and Mineral Counties were on the scene. One firefighter from the Cumberland Fire Department was injured, but treated on the scene. Five row house units were affected by the blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Commissioners Introduce Bills on Water, Sewer Projects
The Allegany County Commissioners introduced three code home rule bills at yesterday’s meeting, dealing with water and sewer projects. If enacted, bonds will be issued for projects on Bedford Road, a Cresaptown water project, and a water distribution for Meder’s Lane. The projects total around $2.3 million. The Meder’s Lane project would affect only 14 homes, and that loan, for $350,000, would be paid back over a 30-year period.
New Charter Service For Bedford County
The Bedford County airport has announced a new charter service, with passengers being able to fly to nearly everywhere in North America. An on-demand air service, “Run by the Bun Air Corporation” will allow anyone to fly up to six people, round trip to airports in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Virgin Islands. Travelers will determine their own schedules, with delays and layovers nearly eliminated, because service is booked on an “as needed” basis.
Scholarship Fund Reminder of Concert
The Fort Hill Scholarship Fund is reminding residents of the Ricky Howsare concert on Saturday, February 4th at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. The Fort Hill Steel Band was recently included in the program line-up to entertain guests during breaks and intermission. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the show. To buy tickets, call (301)-777-2570.
Union Files Grievance Against Meyersdale Borough
The union representing the Meyersdale Borough Police Department is filing grievances against the borough council, and the secretary/treasurer of the Teamsters Local 205 will not sign a voluntary layoff agreement, until the officers return back pay. The issue will be discussed at the next borough council meeting on February 14th.
Washington County Law Enforcement Investigates Robbery
The Hagerstown Police Department is investigating an attempted strong-armed robbery at Wayne’s Country Store on West Washington Street Wednesday evening. An unknown black male entered the business and demanded money. He left the store, before receiving any money, but quickly returned. He then left the store a second time, again without receiving money. He fled northbound. He has not been identified and the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hagerstown Police Department.
Governor Unveils Budget, Tax Changes
Governor Martin O’Malley’s budget includes an increase in general fund spending by 1.9 per cent and $800 million in spending reductions. State budgets have increased every year during the O’Malley Administration by a total of 16 per cent. In his defense, 5,500 state jobs have been eliminated during his administration. There has been little talk about increasing the state’s gas tax, which is currently 23.5 cents. And, the Governor says he is not proposing a tripling of the state’s “flush tax” but would adjust fees, reflecting consumption.
“Suicide By Cop” Situation Ends in W. Va. Man’s Death
A Cross Lanes, West Virginia man is dead, following an incident in South Charleston, West Virginia. Forty-year old Tommy Gene Ransbottom had allegedly fired shots in the Cross Lanes area earlier this week. Later, he pointed a gun at police and was shot and killed by officers in a “suicide by cop” situation. The 911 tape was released earlier this week, and substantiates the fact that he ignored commands from officers to get on the ground, and that he was shot by officers, after he had pointed a gun at them.