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Senator Urges Support for Route 219 Completion

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey is lobbying for support of the completion of Route 219. The Senator has sent a letter to the conference committee, charged with coming to a compromise on the House and Senate-backed versions of the bill. About $35 million in matching funds will be needed to complete Route 219 from Somerset to Meyersdale.


Bank Holdups May be Related

Police are beginning to believe that a woman who robbed the Friendsville branch of First United Bank and Trust may also have robbed banks in Cambria and Blair counties last week. Surveillance photos and the manner in which she robbed the banks are similar. She is suspected of robbing banks in Salix, Pennsylvania and Tyrone. The Maryland State Police in Garrett County have contacted law enforcement authorities in Tyrone and Adams Township, while CrimeStoppers of Cambria County is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.


Keyser Mayor Nearly Called on To Step Down

The Keyser City Council came within one vote this week to pass a resolution, calling on Mayor Randy Amtowner to resign. The vote was 3 to 2 against the motion. Meanwhile, the status of City Administrator Deborah Pamepinto remains unclear. The council vote to not accept her resignation. She had indicated that she no longer wished to resign. And, Council has agreed to reinstate the public comment portion of the meeting, limiting individuals to ten minutes.


Sierra Hygiene Renews Lease in Frostburg

Sierra Hygiene Products, LLC of California is renewing its lease with the county. The company is located in Frostburg, and focuses on the away-from-home paper market in North America, such as hand towels, bathroom tissue, soaps and sanitizers. The company located in Frostburg in 2007, and now employs ten people there.


Woman Charged With Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle

A 24-year old Cumberland woman has been charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, following an incident Friday in Cumberland. Ashley Elizabeth Blank allegedly took a person’s vehicle in the city without permission. She also allegedly gave a false name to officers. It was discovered she had been driving on a suspended license. Further criminal charges are pending against her, in connection with this incident.


Man Faces Motor Vehicle, Marijuana Charges

Twenty-seven year old Christopher Joe Clanagan of Cumberland was arrested over the weekend on Arch Street for driving at a greater than reasonable speed and a seatbelt violation. A passenger in the car told police that Clanagan had handed him a baggie of marijuana, in an attempt to hide it from the police. He was charged with possession of marijuana and driving on a suspended license. Following a District Court hearing, he was released on personal recognizance.


Rockwood Seeking Amtrak Station

The town of Rockwood is seeking an Amtrak Station, which would provide additional use for the remaining tracks and reconnect the town to the federal rail system. The Capitol Limited passes through there every day on trips from Pittsburgh to Washington. Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey is supporting a grant for the station, and he says having one in Somerset County would boost ridership for the Capitol Limited for those traveling to see the Great Allegheny Passage and the Flight 93 Memorial.


Tucker County Man Drowns In River

The body of a Tucker County man was found early Thursday afternoon, near the middle of the Dryfork River. Twenty-seven year old Derrick Reed of Thomas, was reported missing on Sunday, after jumping into the river during an outing with friends. Tucker County Sheriff tom Felton has said alcohol may have been a factor. The search was curtailed earlier in the week, because of high water. The official cause of death has yet to be determined.


Maryland Ranks High in Homeowner Delinquency

The state of Maryland is the fifth-highest ranking state for the number of homes with payments that are more than three months late. Maryland homeowners’ delinquency rate is now at 8 per cent, up from 7.8 per cent in March. Florida has the distinction of having the most number of residents who are behind on mortgage payments at 17 per cent. The rate is an indicator of pending foreclosures.

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