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Cumberland Unaffected by Postal Closures

The U.S. Postal Service still has plans to close dozens of mail processing centers, but the Cumberland location will remain unaffected, at least until January of 2014. The nearly bankrupt postal service says it can no longer wait, as Congress remains deadlocked on how to help. The Postal Service had been asked to hold off on closing any mail facility, until Congress could pass final postal overhaul legislation, but at this point, that hasn’t happened.

 

City Market Plan Put on Hold

The Downtown Development Commission has voted to put the City Market concept “on hold,” at least until economic conditions improve. An Annapolis firm, FranPoint Partners had been hired, at a cost of $2500, to study possible sites and economic conditions. The DDC, however, has voted to table the idea for the time being.

 

West Virginia State Police Seek Suspect

The West Virginia State Police are looking for a man they say fired shots at them, and who tried to run them down with a truck, near Berkeley Springs. David James Windham was allegedly trying to pull numerous strands of copper signal wire along the CSX Access Road with a truck. The troopers caught him in the act, and ordered him to stop. Windham allegedly accelerated, steering towards the troopers. They fired three shots. Windham ran over an embankment of the Potomac River near Hancock, but he was not located. Numerous law enforcement agencies are involved in the case. If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact the West Virginia State Police.

 

Two Seriously Hurt in Crash

Three people were taken to the hospital, following a three-vehicle crash on Route 135 near Westernport. The crash, in the area of the Tri-Towns Plaza, sent 80-year old John Maybury, Barton resident Dorothy Winebrenner and 42-year old Brenda Lee Smith of Keyser to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The accident happened as the Maybury vehicle cross the center line, striking the Winebrenner vehicle and the Smith car. Maybury and Smith suffered the most serious injuries. Charges are pending in the accident, according to the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Two Finalists for Garrett County Superintendent’s Job

There are two finalists for the job of Garrett County Superintendent of Schools, including Janet Wilson, the current chief academic officer for the Allegany County Public School System since 2010. The other finalist is Jeremy Raley, who is an assistant superintendent for administration and finance for the Shenandoah County Public Schools in Virginia, and a 1992 graduate for Fort Hill High School.  Wendell Teets unexpectedly retired last summer.

 

Woman, Juvenile Charged With Assault

Thirty-two year old April Burns and a 15-year old female juvenile were both charged with assault, following an incident on Wednesday in the area of East First Street and Grand Avenue. While Burns was released on personal recognizance, charges against the juvenile are being forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

 

Fire Destroys Fairhope Farmhouse

An over-100 year old home in Fairhope, Pennsylvania was destroyed by fire Wednesday. The home, along Danny’s lane, was owned by Mike and Carol Weimer, and was in an isolated area, so much so, that the fire may have burned for hours without anyone noticing. It’s unlikely the cause will ever be known. The Weimers had insurance on the home. The Berlin and Meyersdale Fire Departments responded to the fire.

 

Move To Bring Elk into Maryland

A survey done by pro-hunting groups finds that nearly 75 per cent of Marylanders are in favor of returning wild elk to the western portion of the state. However, the survey also finds opposition among some Western Maryland farmers and others, who fear the animals-which have not been in the state since the 1700’s-could jeopardize their livelihood, spread disease or damage their property.

 

Mother Files Suit Against Daughter’s Murderer

The mother of a Hagerstown woman, whose daughter was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, has filed suit against him. Brenda MacBride Cole, mother of Heather Wynn Harris, has filed a civil lawsuit, both individually and as a representative of her late daughter’s estate, against Randy Houston McPeak. He pleaded guilty last year to first-degree murder in the June, 2010 shooting that resulted in Ms. Harris’ death. He held off police for several hours; Ms. Harris was taken to the hospital, but died a few days later.

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