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Bedford County Woman Killed in Accident

A 23-year old Bedford County woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Woodbury Township late Saturday afternoon. A vehicle, driven by Susanne Smith slid on a patch of ice, struck a small embankment, causing it to overturn in an open field off of Hickory Bottom Road. Ms. Smith was ejected, and was not wearing a seatbelt.


Fire Destroys Ski Lodge

A weekend fire has destroyed the Mystic Mountain ski lodge at the Nemacolin Woodlands resort, near Farmington. More than a dozen  fire departments from a four-county area responded to the fire, which broke out shortly after 8 p.m. The building collapsed about two hours later. Strong winds fueled the flames, and firemen had trouble with hydrants, because of freezing temperatures. One firefighter was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, and the cause remains under investigation.


Firefighter Killed In Hampshire County

The West Virginia State Police barrack is investigating a fatal accident in which 19-year old  Gore, Virginia firefighter Zachary Whitacre was killed when responding to a call in Hampshire County. The crash occurred along U.S. Route 50 and Timber Ridge Road. He was riding on the back of a tanker, driven by his father. The vehicle hit a patch of ice, and Donald Whitacre lost control of the truck, and it struck an embankment. Zachary Whitacre was ejected, and died as the result of his injuries.


Piedmont Bank Robbed

A suspect robbed the Piedmont Branch of the First United Bank and Trust early yesterday afternoon. The Mineral County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police are searching for a white male who robbed the Ashfield Street bank, and then fled on foot. Maryland State Police and the medevac helicopter responded to aid in the search for the suspect. Mineral County’s tracking dog was also used in the search for the suspect. It was not known whether he displayed a weapon in robbing the bank.


Virginia Truck Driver Treated for Injuries

Madison, Virginia resident Kevin Tate was treated and released from Potomac Valley Hospital after a logging truck accident yesterday morning on Route 135 at the New Page plant in Luke. Tate was driving for Jay R. Marshall, Incorporated of Unionville, Virginia. Route 135 was closed for about four hours to allow for cleanup. Tate was charged with failure to control speed to avoid a collision. Several agencies, including the State Highway Administration and the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division were on the scene of the 5:45 a.m. crash.


Carbon Monoxide Detected at Business Center

One person was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, after reportedly suffering a seizure, as Frostburg Fire and Ambulance personnel responded to the Allegany Business Center at Frostburg State University yesterday afternoon. They had been checking for the presence of carbon monoxide. Six others were checked at the scene but showed no symptoms of being exposed to carbon monoxide.


Two Fires Destroy Homes

Two weekend fires destroyed two homes and has left a youth football league without any equipment. A Saturday fire in Schellsburg destroyed the family home of the Chris Ansell family. The second fire, at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, leveled an unoccupied farmhouse on the property of the Crossroads Bible Church. Virtually all of the Little Bisons Youth Football League equipment was stored there. The loss could be upwards of $20,000 and there was no insurance on the equipment.


Sports Programs Benefit from Hooley Plunge

Unified sports programs in Allegany County are one of the beneficiaries of the annual Hooley Plunge, to be held this year on March 3rd at Rocky Gap State Park. Last year’s plunge produced more than $28,000 for the school system’s SLE and unified sports programs. Funds are allocated to these programs to help pay for items such as computers, instructional supplies, equipment and field trips. For more information on this year’s Hooley Plunge, visit their website at


Maryland Joins Mortgage Settlement

Maryland is joining other states in a $25 billion settlement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers, a landmark agreement that would provide nearly a billion dollars in aid to the state’s homeowners, who were victims of shoddy and illegal foreclosure paperwork practices. The settlement, announced last week, has the affected banks paying to help homeowners across the country who have lost their homes to foreclosure and those who are still at risk of foreclosure. Maryland’s share is expected to help 40,000 former or current homeowners in the state, and would be funneled to various housing programs.


Somerset Man Pleads Guilty To Sexual Assault Charge

Sixty-two year old Somerset, Pennsylvania resident John Wayne Hinton has pleaded guilty to three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault in a case in which he admitted to sexually assaulting eight children, beginning in May of 2010. Hinton said he committed the offenses while baby-sitting the girls at two Somerset borough residences. He will be sentenced on April 12th, and faces a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison and a  maximum of 60 years and $75,000 in fines.

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