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Friday Blaze Injures Two Firefighters

Deputy State Fire Marshals are investigating the cause of a fire at 629 Maryland Avenue Friday afternoon. The house, a two-story duplex was occupied by Christian Liller; one of the units was unoccupied at the time. Liller jumped from the second floor to escape, while two firefighters received injuries while battling the blaze. The fire is believed to have originated in Liller’s kitchen.

Man Arrested at Scene of Fire

During Friday’s fire on Maryland Avenue, 50-year old William Bruce Swift was arrested. He had told police he wanted to retrieve his keys from the house next door to the scene of the fire. When police refused to let him past the firefighting operation, he continually pushed a Cumberland Police Officer, and tried to get away. He was eventually arrested and charged with second degree assault, failure to obey a lawful order, resisting arrest and obstructing firefighters. He was released on personal recognizance.

Delegation Members Disagree on School Issues

Delegate LeRoy Myers has testified on legislation he has sponsored, which would allow students in Eastern Allegany County to attend school in Hanock. The bill specifies that students could go to school in an adjacent county, if they would otherwise have to travel more than 30 miles. Delegate Kevin Kelly disagrees, saying the issue should be a school board decision, and not that of the General Assembly.

Four Arrested in Keyser Drug Bust

Four Keyser residents were arrested for drug-related offenses after they fled a Ward Avenue residence where Keyser police were attempting to serve an unrelated warrant. Those taken into custody were Terry Hedrick, Whitney Landis, Angela Cleaver and Jessica Hines. Found inside the house were both crack cocaine and marijuana, which had been packaged for sale.

Man Continues to Drive, Despite 37 Traffic Offenses

Keyser law enforcement officials are frustrated with the justice system, after a man there was arrested, following his 37th traffic offense, for driving with a suspended or revoked license. Eugene “Tootie” Bush was released on bond, following his most recent arrest. In addition to driving with a suspended license, he was additionally charged with driving without insurance, driving with an unrestrained child in the vehicle and fleeing police. They say that until jail time is given or a significant bond is set for Bush, he will probably continue to drive.

County Invites Public To Subscribe to Newsletter

The Allegany County Commissioners are inviting all citizens to receive the Allegany County Government quarterly electronic newsletter. This highlights key information pertaining to Allegany County government and is useful for both citizens and stakeholders. Subscribe by visiting the Allegany County Government homepage at, and clicking the “Join Our Mailing List” link. From there, citizens can fill out their information and email address in order to receive the letter.

Alice Manicur To Be Inducted into Hall of Fame

Dr. Alice Manicur, of Frostburg State University, is one of six women to be inducted in to the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on March 7th. The Hall of Fame honors historical and contemporary women who have made unique and lasting contributions to Maryland’s economic, political, cultural and social life. Dr. Manicur served as the senior student services professional at Frostburg State University for 46 years, retiring as Vice President for Student and Eductation Services in 2006.

Bill Requiring “Epi Pens” in All School Systems

A bill has been introduced in Annapolis that would require uniform policies for treating students with life-threatening allergies. Senator Christopher Shank of Washington County is calling on school systems to have epinephrine auto injectors or “epi pens” should a student need a does to counteract a severe allergic reaction. Ten school systems in the state have policies on epinephrine and eight do not.

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to Prison for Murder

Washington County Pennsylvania resident Brett Bailey has been sentenced to 15 to 40 years in state prison, in connection with the shooting death of another man at a Somerset Borough apartment last April 14th. Bailey had admitted to shooting Samuel Taylor during a drug deal along West Main Street. Taylor died three days later at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown.

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