Woman Dead in Two-Vehicle Collision
No charges have been filed, but the investigation into a fatal two-car collision Sunday night is continuing. The Maryland State Police say Jocelyn Gordon was driving westbound on Route 40, when she crossed into the path of another vehicle, driven by Melanie Epperly; Ms. Epperly died a short time later at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The fatal crash happened just after 9:30 p.m.
ATK Cuts 150 Jobs
Approximately 150 workers will lose their jobs at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory of Alliant Tech Systems over the course of the next six months. About 40 employees had volunteered for layoffs, before the mandatory furloughs were ordered. About 1350 employees worked at the facility before the layoffs, which were ordered because of the end of several defense programs and federal spending reductions.
Primary Election Day
Today is Primary Election Day in the state of Maryland, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters should vote at the polling place to which they are assigned. Voters in District 20 should also know their polling place has moved to the Ellerslie Volunteer Fire Department, instead of Corriganville. Cumberland residents who are not registered as either Democrat or Republican can still vote for the city council candidates on the primary ballot.
Fire Causes Minor Damage to Westernport Library
A fire, which is being termed “incendiary” in nature is being investigated by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office. The fire, at the Westernport Public Library, did about $100.00 in damage to the structure, and was contained to the rear exterior of the building. The fire was discovered by a passerby. Anyone with information is requested to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal at (301)-729-5021.
Emergency Management Division Chief Named
Allegany County Administrator David Eberly has appointed Susan Lee to be the Emergency Management Division Chief in the Department of Emergency Services. She joined Allegany County Government as an Emergency Services Planner in November of 2006, and was promoted to the position of Emergency Management Coordinator in March of 2008. She had been Acting Chief of the Emergency Management Division.
Burglary Complaint Leads to Drug Arrest
A burglary complaint resulted in the arrest of a Cumberland resident for marijuana possession on Sunday. Cumberland City Police responded to a downtown business for a possible burglary in progress. Two males were found near the rear of the business. During the investigation, 22-year old Justin Wayne Parr was found to be in possession of several baggies of marijuana. Parr was arrested and the second man was released after the initial report of a burglary was ruled out by officers. Parr was released, pending a trial in District Court.
State Budget Compromise Being Sought
There is one week left in this year’s General Assembly session, and lawmakers are waiting for members of a House-Senate Conference Committee to come to an agreement on the state budget, as well as a bill to increase income taxes. Lawmakers typically hold evening and weekend sessions during the final week, but both House and Senate leaders say they will try to avoid that this week, because of the Easter and Passover holidays. The session will end next Monday at midnight.
Two Charged in Counterfeit Scheme
Two Delaware women were charged with trying to pass counterfeit cash for high-end electronics at the Somerset Township Walmart yesterday. Kimberly Riddick and Tynita Lavelle Bailey had tried to purchase digital cameras, an iPad and laptop computer with fake $100 bills when police arrived. About $3500 in counterfeit currency was recovered, and police are looking for a third suspect in the incident.
Wind Farm For Somerset County
One of the largest wind farms in the state of Pennsylvania is being planned for Somerset County. The Twin Ridges Wind Farm will be constructed in the Big Savage Ridge area of the county and will span four townships, including Southampton, Northampton, Larimer and Greenville. Sixty-eight turbines, generating enough electricity to power 40,000 homes, will be erected.