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Man Found Dead in Overturned Car in Potomac

A 74-year old Oldtown man, Lawrence Kennell,  whose car went into the Potomac River off the Oldtown Bridge died late Sunday night. Kennell was found dead inside the 2004 Cadillac. The incident was reported to the Allegany County 911 Center just before midnight. Dispatched to the scene were the Maryland Natural Resources Police, the Maryland State Police medevac helicopter, and personnel from Oldtown, District 16 and the Springfield Volunteer Fire companies.


Bridge Renovations on Hold

A renovation of the Interstate 68 bridge, which was to have begun this spring will be readvertised following a bid protest. The project now, most likely, will be delayed until the spring of next year. The low bid of $13.9 million from Concrete General, Incorporated of Gaithersburg was contest by a Baltimore firm, Klicos Painting Company of Baltimore, which bid $14.5 million. The bidding process was upheld by the State Highway Administration, while Klicos appealed to the Maryland Board of Contract Appeals.


Two Remain in Hospital

Two people who were involved in Saturday’s triple-fatal accident in Springfield remain in the hospital. A 14-year old boy who was in the minivan, was transferred to a Morgantown hospital for surgery, and 51-year old Michzel Jachelski of Fort Ashby remains at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Thirty-two year old Frank Albert, 51-year old Karen Albert and a 9-year old boy were killed along Route 28 this past weekend.


Man Strikes Child; Arrested for Assault

A fifty-five year old Cumberland man is facing first and second-degree assault charges, after allegedly striking a seven-year old child in the Decatur Street area late Sunday afternoon. Louis Levi Brown allegedly hit the child without provocation. The child sustained moderate injuries to his face, and was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center by family members. He was held on $70,000 bond and taken to the Allegany County Detention Center to await his next court appearance.


TGCC To Co-Host Maryland Coal Summit

The Greater Cumberland Committee’s Membership meeting is set for this Thursday; in partnership with the State Comptroller’s office and the Maryland Coal Association, the Committee will serve as co-host for the inaugural Maryland Coal Summit. TGCC members, industry experts and honored guest will engage in active panel discussions and presentations planned for this extended program showcasing the economic benefits and positive impact the coal industry has provided across the state and its surrounding region. The meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. at the Lane Center Atkinson Room at Frostburg State University.


Board To Consider Zoning Request

The Zoning Board of Appeals is set to review a request from a local resident on developing a property along the C & O Canal, which he bought at auction last year. Donelly Bohrer wants to use the land for a park center and a bed and breakfast. Zoning regulations, however, prohibit the house on the property, at 1 Elizabeth Street, to be used for an inn or conference center. Regulations state it could only be used as an office and/or single-family home, and portions of the site also fall within the 100-year flood plain. The Board has set a meeting for Wednesday at 4 p.m. to consider the matter.


Heritage Days Festival This Weekend

This weekend will mark the 44th annual Heritage Days Festival, in downtown Cumberland and in the Washington Street Historic District. A special aspect of this weekend’s festival is the dedication of the National Road monument at the foot of George Washington’s Headquarters at Riverside Park. The dedication will take place Sunday at 3 p.m. Along with hosting over 150 artisans and food vendors, Heritage Days will also feature tours of the tunnels under Emmanuel Episcopal Church, the site of the original Fort Cumberland.


Exercise Slated For Friday

The Berkeley County Health Department is holding an open “Point of Distribution” exercise at South Middle School in Martinsburg on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a training exercise, to help prepare the area’s community partners and the public, in the event of a real bio-terrorism incident. The Department is inviting its emergency partners to assist them, as if this were a real emergency.


Nine Tornadoes Confirmed in the State

At least nine tornadoes touched down in Maryland over this past weekend, concentrated in the Prince George’s, Montgomery, and Carroll County areas. Two stronger, “F1” storms, with estimated winds of 86 to 110 miles-per-hour, were reported in Harford and Howard Counties. Damage in Harford County is expected to exceed a million dollars.


Tuition Hikes Set for Maryland Colleges

The Board of Regents for the Maryland University system has approved a 3 per cent tuition hike for most in-state students. The increase was approved last week, and this is the third year in a row that tuition has gone up. For those out-of-state, tuition will rise as much as 5 per cent at College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Employee salaries will remain largely frozen, except for a two per cent cost-of-living increase.

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