Person Dies in Fall From Cliff
Details are sketchy, but one person has died in a fall from Will’s Mountain, near Babb Motor Sales. Both Trooper Five and Trooper Three, from Frederick were on the scene, but returned to the Cumberland Airport, when it was determined the operation was that of “recovery” and not rescue. A person with the victim had alerted the Allegany County Office of Emergency Services at 11:10 a.m. that a companion had fallen off a cliff on the mountain. The caller was reached and examined by EMS officials. Several fire companies and emergency service personnel were on the scene, along with the Maryland State Police. The identity of the victim is being withheld at this time.
Volunteer Leader Sentenced in Theft
Thirty-nine year old Donald Burton Ware, a volunteer and leader with the Baltimore Pike Fire Department, has pleaded guilty to engaging in a theft scheme from the company. Ware was sentenced to an 18-month suspended jail sentence and ordered to make restitution of over $1900 within six months. Also, he was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and must continue counseling and treatment for alcohol addiction. His sister, Beth Anne Ware is also charged with stealing from the fire company.
Perkins Parcel Returned
The developer of the Perkins restaurant, proposed for Canal place, has returned the parcel and it will once again be placed up for bid. The Cumberland Historic Preservation Commission approved a certificate of appropriateness for the restaurant last April. The Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority has also announced a request for proposals for the development of the Footer Dye Works building.
Schellsburg Man Seeks New Hearing
A new defense attorney for Schellsburg resident Stephen Weaver is seeking the reinstatement of a preliminary hearing. Weaver is charged with multiple rape related counts and weapons of mass destruction charges. Weaver had waived his right to a preliminary hearing in three cases against him. He claims his former attorney had advised him to waive the preliminary hearing, because the attorney said taking up the court’s time would anger the district attorney.
Warrants Served on Cumberland Residents
District Court arrest warrants have been served on 53-year old Jack Allen Pifer of Cumberland and his son, 25-year old Jeremy Allen Pifer, also of Cumberland. The two are accused of taking copper and cast iron pipe from a home in the 300-block of Frederick Street. The alleged incident took place on February 8th. Both were taken to Allegany County District Court for an initial appearance and released on personal recognizance.
Man Arrested in Oakland Burglary
A man was arrested in connection with the alleged burglary of a Spring Lane residence in Oakland. Larry Gay Wilson was arrested, after he was found hiding in a storage building near the home. He was charged and jailed without bond at the Garrett County Jail. He allegedly broke into the home on Tuesday, and was arrested shortly thereafter.
Accused Murderer Extradited to West Virginia
A Morgan County, West Virginia man, accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend in December, has been returned from Pennsylvania. James Zell is accused of killing Kelly Butler, whose body was found in a cabin in Hampshire County. Zell allegedly confessed to police in Pennsylvania about murdering Ms. Butler. He had been held on an initial charge of driving under the influence.
League Continues to Raise Monday for Equipment
The Bedford Bison Youth Football program is hoping to have enough money by the end of April, to replace the equipment destroyed in a fire. Earlier this week, the program had raised about $4300, far short of the $2400 goal. While the league says it is willing to take used equipment, safety is a priority, and helmets must be purchased new.
ARC Awards Broadband Grant
The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded a $50,000 grant for the Washington County Board of Commissioners’ broadband impact study. According to U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, who announced the grant, 79 per cent of Washington County lacks adequate broadband Internet service, because incumbent service providers have not invested the financial have not invested the financial resources necessary to expand capacity. The new ARC funding will help Washington County determine how to leverage a new 18.5 mile fiber backbone, or a fiber optic cable system, so that it can increase broadband availability throughout the county.
Suspect Apprehended in Washington County Armed Robbery
A Hagerstown man is a suspect in the armed robbery of Wayne’s Country Store on West Washington Street. Corey Anthony Dunbar was quickly apprehended by Officer Jesse Duffey of the Hagerstown Police Department, as Dunbar was leaving the store. He was taken into custody, before he could flag down a passing taxi. Nobody was injured during the robbery or arrest, and Dunbar is being charged with armed robbery, theft, first and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and handgun violations.