Double Fatal Accident in Garrett County
Interstate 68 Westbound was closed for several hours on Friday, as the result of a double-fatal accident at the 5-mile marker; two children were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital for treatment. Killed in the single-vehicle crash was the driver, 34-year old Kanubhi B. Bhagat of Franklin Park, New Jersey along with 54-year old Pushpaben Bhagat, also of Franklin Park. The vehicle struck the median guardrail, traveled back across the westbound lanes, went off the north side and struck a State Highway Administration sign on the passenger side. The vehicle was severed in half. The investigation is continuing.
Miss Maryland From Garrett County
A Garrett County resident, Joanna Guy, was crowned Miss Maryland Saturday night, and will represent the state in the Miss America pageant. There were 23 other competitors in the pageant, held in Hagerstown. She will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Ms. Guy is a former Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen. Her ambition is to become a state legislator.
One Dead in Plane Crash
One person was reported dead in a plane crash Friday morning, near the Monongalia/Preston County line in West Virginia. The crash occurred along Sand Springs Road, near Cooper’s Rock around 10 a.m. The Medical Examiner and representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration were on hand. There was no indication of the type of aircraft, or how many people were on board.
Three Sentenced on Drug Charges
Thirty-five year old Jason Stottlemyer was sentenced to fifteen years, with five suspended, on a charge of possession with intent to distribute heroin. Sixty-year old Nancy Kosinski was sentenced to 14 years, with seven suspended, for distribution of cocaine. And, 30-year old Brandon Paige of Cumberland was sentenced to four years, with two suspended, on a charge of possession, with intent to distribute, marijuana. The sentences were handed down last week in Allegany County Circuit Court.
Cumberland Woman Arrested on Assault, Child Abuse Charges
Twenty-nine year old Ashley Renee Crawford was released on personal recognizance, following her arrest on Thursday. She is accused of assaulting a juvenile female during a domestic disturbance on June 17th in the 600-block of Maryland Avenue. She was charged with second-degree assault and second-degree child abuse. She received an initial appearance in District Court.
Public Meeting Set on Water, Sewer Projects
The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting regarding upcoming water and sewer projects in the Bedford Road Sanitary District. Staff from the Allegany County Department of Public Works will discuss the schedule and details of the planned projects. The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 28th at 6:30 p.m. at the Bedford Road Fire Hall.
Jazz Ambassadors Return to Cumberland
The internationally acclaimed U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C. are coming to downtown Cumberland on Wednesday. The concert is sponsored by Main Street Cumberland and the Downtown Cumberland Business Association. Opening for the Jazz Ambassadors is Ricky Howsare, winner of the 2011 “Cumberland’s Got Talent” at 5:00 p.m. The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 127, will start the evening with its color guard ceremony. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the downtown armory on Centre Street.
Two Sentenced as Sexually Violent Predators
Boswell, Pennsylvania resident Eric Matthew Kennedy was sentenced to 10 to 40 years in state prison, in connection with 948 counts of rape and related sexual offenses, involving a child, who was 7 years old when the abuse began. The offenses occurred between February of 2004 and March of 2010. Francis Polimine of Windber was sentenced to two to five years in state prison for one count of indecent assault and three counts of statutory sexual assault, involving a 14-year old girl, beginning in July of 2009. Both were designated as sexually violent predators.