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Driver in Fatal Crash Identified

The driver of a Pepsi truck that collided head-on with a school bus Wednesday afternoon in Somerset County,  has been identified. He is 31-year old Robert Dodson of Duncansville, Pennsylvania, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Twenty-two students, a driver and an aide from the Turkeyfoot Valley Area School district were returning from the Somerset County Technology Center when the crash occurred on Route 281 in Middlecreek Township. The Pennsylvania State Police are still investigating the accident.

 

Seven Arrested in Arsons

Six men and one woman have been arrested in connection with a series of Bedford County arsons that began in July of last year. Fires were intentionally set at several livestock barns, two unoccupied homes, and the Penn Air Motel. Six were from the Pennsylvania area and another-Keagan Parks of Washington State-were arrested. They include Donald Leo Stevey of Clearville; Wade Rhodes of Martinsburg, Pennsylvania; Dillon Fornwalt, Corey Divelbiss, and Misty Hafer of Everett; and, Charles Swankler of Hopewell.

 

U.S. Senate Passes New Transportation Bill

This week, the United States Senate passed its version of a new transportation bill, containing language from U.S. Senator Ben Cardin that would allow the U.S. Route 219 construction project from Somerset to Meyersdale to move forward. The prohibition on “toll credits” was reversed. It is hoped the Senate’s transportation bill will be one of the first items on the House of Representative’s agenda when it returns to session.

 

Woman Victim of Scam

Four unidentified men recently “scammed” a Hyndman woman out of $2,400 when they performed driveway work that should have cost about a hundred dollars, according to a professional company. The men arrived at her residence on March 5th, and offered to seal her driveway. They said they were from the Cumberland/Frostburg area. There were no markings, indicating the name of the company on the truck. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Bedford barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police.

 

Juveniles Charged With Attempted Robbery

Three juveniles are being charged with attempted robbery, when they tried to steal a pair of shoes from another boy in the Fourth Street area Wednesday evening. The victim reported the three tried to assault him twice, in an attempt to steal the shoes. The Department of Juvenile Services was contacted and released the juveniles to their families. Charges against them also include attempted theft of under $100, second-degree assault, affray and disorderly conduct.

 

Arrest Made in Threat Incident

Another bomb threat was made at Fort Hill High School on Wednesday, and as a result, an 11th-grade student has been arrested and charged. The student also faces additional, related charges. The student has been disciplined in accordance with the Allegany County Board of Education’s policy on student discipline.

 

Repp New City Manager in North Carolina

Former Cumberland City Administrator Jeff Repp has been hired as the city manager in Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina, and will begins his duties on April 16th. According to his three year contract, Repp will earn a starting salary of $78,000. Repp resigned last June as Cumberland City Administrator, after being on the job more than 17 years. Jeff Rhodes was appointed to the local position in December, after having been acting city administrator for about six months.

 

Sheriff Warns of Drunk Driving on St. Patrick’s Day

Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson is warning area residents about the dangers of driving drunk this St. Patrick’s Day. Sheriff Robertson is urging residents to have a designated driver on hand, or contact a cab company for a ride home, after participating in the Hooley Pub Crawl tomorrow, or if you’re just meeting a few friends for drinks after work. He also says that if you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement.

 

Man Treated for Fall From Ski Lift

An unidentified man fell from a ski lift on Wisp Mountain Wednesday morning. The man, in his 20’s, was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. There was no word on how the accident occurred, nor how far up he was on the lift. The mishap occurred around 11 a.m.

 

Board Hears Project Update

The Allegany County Board of Education recently heard an update on the status of the Broadband Feasibility Study from Columbia Telecommunications Corporation. The firm is currently working to determine how to leverage a new 37-mile fiber optic cable system running through Allegany County, in order to increase broadband availability to residents. CTC’s next steps include exploring private sector partnerships and methods to facilitate private sector broadband, designing broadband network alternatives and developing business plan alternatives.

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