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Board Approves IAC Recommendation

The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved the Interagency for School Construction’s recommendation for school construction projects, including the Allegany High School project. The next step in the process will be the solicitation of proposals for architectural engineering services for the design of the new school at the former site of the Braddock Campus of the Western Maryland Health System.


Keyser Approves Water, Sewer Increases

A new rate schedule for water and sewer charges in Keyser will take effect in 45 days. The Mayor and Council approved an increase in the rates, which had not changed since 1999. Mayor Randy Amtower  notes that it is an approximate 127-per cent increase. The city is currently building a new wastewater treatment plant, which should be completed in late 2015.


Two Arrested After Altercation

Two Cumberland men were arrested and face a host of charges, in connection with an incident in the 500-block of Woodside Avenue on Wednesday evening. A person had asked some friends to help move some items out of a residence, but there was an altercation with relatives. One of the people helping to move furniture was struck with a wooden club several times and a window was broken out of his vehicle, as he was attempting to leave the scene. Arrested were 44-year old Keith Alan Rae and 49-year old Mark Edward Rae. Keith Rae was held without bond, while Mark Rae’s bond was set at $15,000.


Supporters Plan City Gathering

Supporters of the state’s same-sex marriage law will hold a rally in downtown Cumberland in July. The group, called Cumberland Setusfree, began as a Facebook page. Organizers recognize that the law, passed during the General Assembly session, will likely go to referendum in November. The goal of the rally is to have local speakers telling stories of why the law is important to them.


Hiring Process to Begin for Administrator, Assistant in Keyser

The city of Keyser is beginning the process of hiring an administrator, an administrative assistant, positions on the inflow and Infiltration team and the water department. As far as the Administrator position goes, the city is forming an interview panel, consisting of professionals from the community. They will perform the interviews and choose the top three candidates.


Bus Accident in Romney

A school bus, being taken for a test drive, crashed through a utility pole on U.S. Route 50 in Romney, in front of Eastern Building Supply. No children were on the bus, and the driver was taken to Hampshire Memorial Hospital, observed and released. The driver went through the mandatory drug and alcohol testing and was cleared at the hospital. Police are not saying what caused the accident, and it remains under investigation.


Two Arrests Made in Hampshire County

The Hampshire County Sheriff’s office made two arrests this week. Slanesville resident Norman Scott Fuqua was arrested on a fugitive from justice warrant. He had been wanted in Frederick County, Virginia for felony grand larceny. Capon Bridge resident Joshua Allen Bowyer was arrested on a fugitive warrant as well. Bowyer was wanted in Winchester, Virginia on felony burglary and grand larceny charges. Both were transported and released to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.


Four Residents Arrested for Hotel Robbery

Four Frederick residents have been arrested in connection with the robbery of the Motel Six hotel on Massey Boulevard in Hagerstown. One of the four is being charged with second-degree murder, and is being held on a million-dollars bond. Law enforcement authorities say Tony Jones demanded money from three women and stabbed one of them multiple times. She was taken to Meritus Medical Center for treatment.

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