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Update on Fatal Bedford Accident

There are more details on a Sunday accident that killed a five-year old Hagerstown boy on
Route 220 in Bedford County. A northbound car, driven by Cory Childers of Bedford, crossed the center line and hit another vehicle, driven by 52-year old Rory Jenkins, with passenger Amanda Winters, the five-year old victim, and a two-year old boy. The five year old was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the crash. No charges have been filed.


Naylor’s Breaking and Entering Investigated

Law enforcement authorities are investigating the breaking and entering and theft from Naylor’s True Value Hardware on Industrial Boulevard Sunday morning. The glass had been broken out of the front door; the suspects entered the office area by forcing open a door, and taking an undetermined amount of cash. Also taken were numerous power hand tools, including chain saws, string trimmers and a plasma television. The total loss is estimated at over $4500. The safe was recovered later in the day on Starlite Drive, just off of Messick Road. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police, the C3I unit, or CrimeSolvers.


Woman Faces Possible Theft, Drug Charges

Twenty-four year old Heather Lynn Rotruck faces both possible theft and drug charges, following a stop Sunday afternoon. The Maryland State Police received an alert in reference to a possible theft that occurred in LaVale. A state trooper stopped Ms. Rotruck in Zihlman. When contacting Ms. Rotruck, the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. He located marijuana and a smoking device, containing burnt marijuana in the vehicle. She was arrested for CDS possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. The original theft investigation is ongoing.


Student Arrested in Threat

A Fort Hill High School Student has been arrested after allegedly leaving a “threatening” message on a desk at the school yesterday. The message was discovered around 10 a.m., prompting an immediate investigation. It was determined to not be a credible threat, but the school was evacuated. The student was charged with making a bomb threat and other offenses, and will be disciplined in accordance with the board of education policy on student discipline.


Juvenile Suspect Arrested in Church Fire

A juvenile suspect has been arrested in connection with a fire that damaged the Waldon United Methodist Church in Piedmont last week. He was identified through a photo, captured from security video, of an individual near the scene of the fire. He has admitted setting the fire, but the incident is under investigation. The fire caused several thousand dollars in damages to the fellowship hall, kitchen and an outside storage building.


Hangars Being Demolished; Restaurant Locating at Airport

The hangars that were destroyed by fire at the Greater Cumberland Regional airport in December are being demolished, and new ones will be built. Soil testing, for oil and gas contamination, will still have to be done. A new restaurant will also be opening at the airport on or about June 1st. The new owner is from New Jersey, and the restaurant will be serving subs and sandwiches seven days a week. The Potomac Highlands Airport Authority won’t be meeting again until June 28th, unless a special meeting is called to name a new airport manager.


Traffic Affected on Oldtown Road Wednesday

A gas main replacement project will be getting underway tomorrow on Oldtown Road, between Long Drive and Sommerville Avenue. The gas main replacement will take place in the sidewalk on the south side of Oldtown Road. Traffic will be reduced to one lane with a flagging operation in place, and the work is projected to take approximately three months. Drivers should use caution while driving in that area.


Cardin To Attend Affordable Care Forum

Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin will be a member of a panel, discussing the Affordable Care Act on Monday, May 14th, at the HRDC building on Virginia Avenue at 10 a.m. Topics to be covered include Medicare and Under-65 Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, long term care, as well as insurance issues for the low-income and individuals with disabilities. There will be a question and answer period as well. Area elderly citizens are encouraged to attend. For more information on the event, contact the HRDC at (301)-777-5970.


Modifications Made to 2012-2013 School Calendar

The Allegany County Board of Education will consider modifications to the previously approved 2012-2013 academic calendar at the May business meeting. The key changes could include the addition of the 190th day for teachers at the beginning of the school year, the creation of a “spring break” after the Easter holiday, parent conference times and various student days that were formerly scheduled off.


Route 219 Expansion Awaiting Governor’s Approval

Construction could start on the Route 219 expansion project, once Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett approves it. As of late last week, project organizers were waiting on a $35 million commitment from the Governor. Estimates are that 2400 to 2600 jobs could be created, once the segment to Interstate 68 begins construction. Overall there will be between 8,000 to 10,000 construction jobs created.

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