Man Dies in Fall From Lover’s Leap
A thirty-four year old Cumberland man died in an apparent fall from Lover’s Leap late yesterday morning. Numerous fire companies and law enforcement officials, along with the Trooper Five medivac helicopter were called out shortly after 11 a.m. The victim was identified as 34-year old Thaddeus Terrance Carolan of Cumberland. At this point, investigators believe the fall was accidental, and don’t suspect foul play. The investigation is continuing.
Arrest Made in Maryland Avenue Fire
The occupant of 629 Maryland Avenue, which was heavily damaged by fire last Friday afternoon, has been arrested in connection with the incident. Christian Liller is accused of intentionally setting the fire with combustible materials placed on and around a wood stove in the kitchen. Two firefighters received minor injuries while battling the blaze; they were treated and released from the hospital. Liller is currently in the Allegany County Detention Center on $50,000 bond. If convicted, he faces penalties of up to 65 years imprisonment and/or $95,000 in fines.
Postal Sorting Facility to Close
About 30 jobs are being lost in the Cumberland area, as the U.S. Postal Service has decided to end all mail processing operations in Cumberland. The operation will be moved to Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The postal service has cited a “financial crisis” for consolidating operations, not only in Cumberland, but nationwide. Deliver of first class mail, which now takes a day, could take up to two or three days.
Malone Fired As Airport Manager
The Potomac Highlands Airport Authority has terminated Cumberland airport manager Terry Malone. There was no explanation for his termination, and he has the option to stay on as manager for the next 30 days. The decision was made by the Authority on Thursday, and they will meet next week to decide which direction to take-either conduct a national search immediately, or appoint an interim director.
ARC Grant Announced for Cumberland
The Appalachian Regional Commission has announced a grant of over $737,000 to the city of Cumberland to make improvements to almost two-thirds of a mile of Baltimore Avenue. The improvements include new curbs and sidewalks in addition to repaving the roadway. The access road will also provide improved access to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Allegany College of Maryland and Interstate 68. The announcement was made by United States Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski.
Modular School Unit Request on Hold
A decision on purchasing modular units for the Hyndman charter school has been put on hold, to coincide with a decision on whether to keep Hyndman-Londonderry Elementary open. That vote will not take place until 90 days from the public hearing held last Wednesday. The Hope for Hyndman board says it will now have to decide whether to wait, or pursue another option.
Cumberland Man Hits Utility Pole
A Cumberland man faces numerous charges after hitting a utility pole on West Industrial Boulevard late Wednesday night. Twenty-one year old Zachary Hunter McMillan hit the pole, which caused a power outage in the area. Power was out for some time, and the boulevard was closed for a time. McMillan was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol and driving at a speed greater and reasonable.
Hagerstown Group Wants to Buy Moorefield Facility
Hub Scrap Metals of Hagerstown has expressed an interest in purchasing the former American Woodmark building in Moorefield, contingent on approval by the Moorefield Council. Hub Scrap Metals demolishes and recycles heavy construction equipment. Two company officials informed the council that they have an agreement with American Woodmark to purchse the property.
Special Olympics to Host Basketball Qualifier
The Allegany County Special Olympics will host a basketball qualifier Saturday at 9 a.m. Twelve teams from 6 different counties will be taking part at Central Assembly of God Church gymnasium.The Frank Shircliff Memorial League is coordinating the event. Teams from five counties and Eastern Maryland will participate. Proceeds from the Hooley Plunge help make this event possible.
Senate Approves Gay Marriage Bill
The Maryland Senate has approved the same-sex marriage bill, and Governor Martin O’malley says he will sign it some time this week. The vote comes less than a week, after the House of Delegates passed the measure. Opponents of the bill have vowed to bring it to referendum in November.
Former Lacrosse Player Sentenced to 26 Years
Former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely has been convicted of the second-degree of his ex-girlfriend from Cockeysville, Yeardley Love. Jurors then recommended a 25-year prison sentence for Huguely in the May, 2010 slaying of Love. They added a year for a grand larceny conviction.