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Three Area Residents Die in Crash

Three residents of Fort Ashby, including a 9-year old boy, were killed Saturday in a single-vehicle accident on Route 28, at the intersection with Goldsborough Road. Thirty-two year old Frank Albert, 51-year year old Karen Albert and the nine-year old died when their mini-van collided head-on with a tree. Two others were taken to the hospital. It was unclear who was driving the vehicle. While the investigation is continuing, police say alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.


Wisp Owners Meet with Potential Buyers

The owners of the Wisp, Maryland’s only ski resort, have met with several potential buyers, but selling the resort is not inevitable. D.C. Development, LLC-the owners of the facility-are expected to file a plan of reorganization or debt restructuring that may preclude a sale of its assets. The partners blame slower-than-expected sales of homes at the Lodestone golf site for the financial woes that prompted them to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October. For now, it’s “business as usual” at the Wisp.


Road Work Slated

The City of Cumberland Engineering Department is notifying the public that, beginning at 6 p.m. this evening, the far right lane of south bound Route 51 will be closed from Third Street to Virginia Avenue until emergency sewer work is completed. Access to the Virginia Avenue underpass will be open. Drivers are urged to use caution in the work area, and obey all traffic signs.


Man Charged with Trespassing, Theft

Thirty-six year old Cumberland resident Paul Gower has been charged with burglary, trespassing and theft, following an incident on Weber Street. He is accused of entering a residence there, and stealing personal items from a residence. He was held on $15,000 bond.


Dog Poisonings Reported

There have been reports regarding several poisonings of dogs, especially in the South Cumberland area. Dog owners are reminded to keep a close watch on their pets. If you have any information on this rash of poisonings, you are asked to contact the Allegany CountyAnimal Shelter at (301)-777-5930.


Former Bedford County Commissioners Cited

Two former Bedford County Commissioners have been cited in an audit for receiving money they claimed for “in-county” travel. The Bedford County Free Press states that Mike Herline received more than $1700 and Gary Ebersole received over $2900. A policy was approved nearly five years ago, that stated no elected official would receive reimbursement for in-county travel. Three tax collectors, from Manns Choice, New Paris and Rainsburg, were also cited in the audit.


Somerset Woman Charged with Burglary

Somerset resident Tamara Shumaker of Baer Lane, is being charged with numerous burglary-related offenses, after she broke into a home with a young boy. She is charged with taking items from a home along 1st Street in Cairnbrook, such as a small portable gas heater, a white bag with a flashlight and charger wires. The rear door of the home was damaged, as well as windows and furniture.


PSC To Hear Billing Complaint

The Maryland Public Service Commission will hear a complaint that Potomac Edison is overbilling some Western Maryland electricity customers by failing to read their meters as often as required. The hearing has tentatively been scheduled for June 20th; the complaint was filed May 19th by Sugarloaf Conservancy. The group says the company has read its members’ electric meters an average of four times in the past 13 months, when they are required to read them every other month. The conservancy adds the practice results in usage estimates that exceed the amount of electricity consumed. Potomac Edison says it will respond to the complaint during the June 20th hearing. 


Frederick Woman Faces Child Abuse Charges

Frederick resident Elizabeth Tramonte has been indicted by a grand jury, in connection with the death of her three-month old son, Blake. The charge is first-degree child abuse, resulting in death, along with other offenses. The child suffered injuries to his face and head, and an autopsy concluded that his death was caused by multiple injuries and other factors, and therefore ruled a homicide. His death occurred last November.


Same Sex Marriage Opposition Collects Over 122,000 Signatures

Those working to repeal Maryland’s same-sex marriage law have collected more than twice the number of signatures needed for a referendum, most likely ensuring the issue will be on the ballot for voters to decide in November. If enough of the over 122,000 signatures are verified, the state would become the center of a national debate on the issue, both groups are preparing to spend millions of dollars before November.


Federal Officials Shut Down Tour Bus Companies

More than two dozen bus companies in six states, including Maryland, have been shut down for safety violations. The operators transport more than 1800 passengers a day along Interstate 95, between New York and Florida. Most of the routes either originate or terminate in New York City’s Chinatown District. The shutdowns cap a year-long investigation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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