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New Page Law Firm Now Bankrupt

The firm that represented the NewPage Corporation until recently, has filed for bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. New Page was billed more than a million dollars last year by the law firm. Dewey and LeBoeuf represented the company until May 14th, when Proskauer Rose, LLP  took over many of the duties of representing the paper manufacturer. Dewey and LeBoeuf is headquartered in New York City.


 Man Charged With Arson

Twenty-two year old Andrew Eugene Robinson has been charged with arson, after the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office determined he intentionally set ordinary combustibles on fire in his bedroom at the Archway Station facility at 501 Fayette Street. The incident occurred on May 23rd at about 1 a.m. The fire caused heat and soot damage in the area of the fire, inside a heat duct in his bedroom. Damages were estimated at $1,000. Robinson was charged with first degree arson and five counts of reckless endangerment.  


Man Arrested on District Court Warrant

A nineteen-year old Cumberland man was arrested on a District Court Warrant on Monday. Brady Aaron Twigg is accused of being inside a residence in the 100-block Columbia Street and had been removed by the residents after an altercation. He left the area, and returned with several others, including three juveniles, two of whom were armed with knives. Twigg allegedly had a baseball bat. A fight ensued and Twigg allegedly assaulted another with the baseball bat. Charges were filed against Twigg and juvenile petitions were filed with the Department of Juvenile Services.


Vehicle Thefts Reported on West Side

The Cumberland City Police continue to remind residents to lock their cars, following numerous reports of thefts from vehicles on the West Side. Personal property was removed from the vehicles. There are no suspects at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cumberland City Police Department or Allegany/Mineral County CrimeSolvers.


Keyser City Employee Resigns

Keyser City employee Bonnie Hannas has become the third employee to resign, following the resignations of the City Administrator and administrative assistant Carissa Fazenbaker. In her letter of resignation, published in the Mineral News-Tribune, Ms. Hannas claimed that she had been treated unfairly and disrespected, and that she had been in a hostile work environment. While the City Administrator position is an appointed one, the other two are regular employees.


FSU to Offer Computer-Related Programs

Frostburg State University will soon be offering a Bachelor of Science degree in secure computing and information assurance, a program unique to the Western Maryland region. The program was approved by both the University System of Maryland Board of Regents and the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The program focuses on how to secure digital communications, information and access while being connected to the global community. The secure computing and information assurance program will be housed in FSU’s Deparrtment of computer Science and Information Technologies.


Bank Robbery In Preston County

Authorities in both Pennsylvania and Maryland have been notified that a bank robbery suspect is on the loose. The WesBanco branch bank in Bruceton Mills was robbed Tuesday afternoon. It’s not clear whether the suspect was armed, but he left with an undisclosed amount of case. The FBI and West Virginia State Police are investigating, and more details could be released soon.


First Round of Signatures Submitted for Marriage Referendum

The Maryland Marriage Alliance has handed in more than 113,000 signatures in its effort to place the same-sex marriage issue on the referendum ballot in November. Traiditional marriage supporters say they need 55,000 valid signatures to get the measure on the ballot, and need to have 18,000 of those by today. The executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance says this is a non-partisan issue, and noted that petitions are even coming in from Allegany and Garrett counties.


“No Child Left Behind” Waiver for Maryland

Maryland, along with 7 other states, have received a waiver for the “No Child Left Behind” law. Eighteen other states and the District of Columbia have also applied for a waiver and could receive approval in the coming weeks. President Obama has granted waivers in exchange for promises from states to improve how they prepare and evaluate students. Federal lawmakers agree the law needs to be changed, but disagree on how to do that.

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