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Storm Causes Power Outages, Delays

Yesterday’s springtime snow caused a power outage in the North End of Cumberland and other areas throughout the city, and a spokesman for the Allegany County Office of Emergency Services says about 1800 customers were affected. Power went out around 4 a.m., but had been restored by 7 a.m. The nor’easter also caused a number of delays and cancellations in the area. No major accidents were reported.


Oldtown Man Pleads Guilty in Tax Case

Fifty-year old Oldtown resident Kenneth Harold Hogan has pleaded guilty in connection to a 2008 tax evasion case in U.S. District Court. Hogan, who had been awarded a total and permanent disability by the Railroad Retirement Board in 1999, allegedly was working after that, earning an income “beyond the monthly allowable earnings” established by law. He also failed to file income tax returns from 2006 through 2008. He faces a maximum six months in prison and a $10,000 fine on just one of the charges. On the tax evasion count, he faces five years in prison and a $100,000 fine.


City Council to Consider Request

The Cumberland Mayor and City Council will review a request for a Centre Street business to allow outdoor dining during this evening’s meeting at 6:15 p.m. A lease agreement was tabled at last week’s meeting, which would have allowed Rhonda’s Corner Tavern to have outdoor dining. One resident has commented that there is a concern about handicapped access on the public sidewalk. If approved, the agreement would be effective through December 31st.


Bruceton Mills Woman Killed at Morgantown Walmart

A Bruceton Mills woman was shot and killed over the weekend at the Morgantown Walmart. The father of her estranged husband has been arrested in connection with the shooting. Shannon Stafford was to have met a family member there, and was still in her car when she was shot by Larry Mitchell of Shinnston. The shooting stemmed from an apparent ongoing domestic dispute. Mitchell was charged with murder and was held in the North Central Regional Jail.


More Charges in Somerset County Animal Cruelty Case

Somerset residents Jesse Aaron Shay and Angela Bartels are facing additional animal cruelty charges, after officials found the bodies of four puppies in a dumpster on Sunday. They are also accused of seriously neglecting horses on their property. Authorities had previously been to the Lincoln Highway home earlier this month, to remove two dogs, one of whom died. The remaining animals at the property were taken to the Humane Society of Somerset County.


Suspect Sought in Destruction of Property Incident

Information and a suspect or suspects are being sought by the Cumberland City Police Department on a destruction or property incident that occurred sometime early Sunday morning. Glass was broken out of the entry door to Ned’s Barber Shop on Front Street. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cumberland City Police Department or Allegany/Mineral County CrimeSolvers at (301)-722-4300.


System Accepting Students for Dual Enrollment Courses

Junior students took the Accuplacer College Placement Test in January, and students passing the English, reading, and/or math portion of the exam, which is a pre-requisite for taking early college dual enrollment courses during the 2012-2013 school year, still have time to select courses for the dual enrollment college course program. Students should contact their school counselors to confirm that a particular college course is available at their respective schools.


Girl Injured in House Fire Dies

A three year old girl, who was injured in a house fire last week in Hagerstown, has died. Hope Goins was pronounced dead on Friday. Her mother also died in the fire, while her father and grandfather survived. The cause of the fire appears to be accidental, but findings won’t be made official until evidence has been examined and witnesses have been interviewed.


Assault Suspect Arrested on Dual Highway

A man wanted for assaulting a police officer last week in Hagerstown, has been apprehended. Jarvel Fostion was taken into custody over this past weekend at the Super 8 Motel on the Dual Highway, without incident. He was charged with first and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, possession of a handgun, use of a firearm in commission of a violent crime and resisting arrest-related charges. Fostion allegedly pointed a gun at an officer, but dropped the gun and fled.

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