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Woman Arrested on Second-Degree Murder Charge

Fifty-three year old Karen Yvette Towson has been charged with attempted second-degree murder, following a stabbing at 947 Maryland Avenue Tuesday evening. Cumberland City Police found a man with a stab wound to the leg, inside the apartment. He was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. Both Cumberland City Police officers and members of the C3I unit interviewed witnesses and conducted the investigation. Ms. Towson faces related charges. She was taken to District Court for a bond hearing, and held on $100,000 bond. She is awaiting a bond review.


Decision on New Allegany High in Spring

School officials traveled to Annapolis to speak to the Board of Public Works on the possibility of a new Allegany High School, but won’t find out about funding the project until spring. Superintendent Dr. David Cox and five members of the Board of Education spoke about ten minutes to state their case. Dr. Cox feels the meeting went well. The presentation included photos of the current conditions at the school, including the boiler room and dilapidated auditorium.


Warrant Issued for Sexual Assault Case

A warrant has been issued in Somerset County for a man who is accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year girl there. Twenty-two year old Nicholas Fate Krzysko is being sought on charges of aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault, along with one count of corruption of minors. Krzysko, who had been living under a bridge, contacted a woman in January, saying he was having marital trouble and asked to stay with her. He later was watching a movie with the girl, when he allegedly sexually assaulted her. Anyone with information is asked to call the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-445-4104.


Chief Commends Officers

Cumberland City Police Chief Charles Hinnant is commending the work of several city police officers during last Friday’s double-fatal fire on East Harrison Street. Chief Hinnant says the first officer arrived on the scene at 6:05 a.m., while two more arrived at 6:08. Within a matter of minutes, Cumberland Fire Department crews were on the scene, and were able to remove 7-year old Paige Ford from the building. She later died at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Neither the fire crews nor the police officers were able to rescue 4-year old Jymera Ford. The cause of the fire has not yet been released.


New General Manager for Omni Bedford Springs

Lee Bowden has been hired as the general manager of the Omni Bedford Springs resort, replacing Scott Stuckey. Bowden, who has a master’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant management from Cornell University, has had two other positions running historic, renovated resorts.


State Jobless Rate Declines in December

Maryland has claimed its lowest unemployment rate in three years, declining in December to 6.7 per cent. While 1200 private sector jobs were lost, Maryland added more than 3,000 jobs. The latest national jobless rate stood at 8.5 per cent. Some of the biggest losses during December were in the professional and business services area, along with construction and manufacturing. Other gains were posted in state and local governments, educational and health care services.


State Considers Constitutional Amendment

Maryland is considering a constitutional amendment that would remove any state, county, or municipal official from office at the finding of guilt, instead of when the official is sentenced. The amendment was introduced by several delegates, and will be cross-filed in the Senate. The measure would need to be approved by Maryland voters in November, and would apply when an official is either convicted or pleads guilty to a crime that currently requires removal from office at sentencing.

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