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Bus, Truck Collide on Route 36; Several Injured

Route 36 was partially closed for nearly three hours yesterday morning, following the collision of a garbage truck and a bus, owned by Friends Aware, Incorporated. The truck, owned by Western Maryland Waste Systems and driven by Chris Shrout, crossed the center line and collided with the bus, driven by Robert Shoeberger. Both drivers and a passenger were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. A female passenger was flown by Trooper Five to the hospital. The investigation is continuing by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement division. Power was also interrupted in the area for a period of time as well.


Baltimore Man Sentenced for Drug Offenses

Twenty-nine year old Dante Chaz Joyner of Baltimore was sentenced to ten years in prison on cocaine distribution and obstruction and hindering charges. Joyner was sentenced by the Honorable Diane Leasure, a visiting judge of the Circuit Court for Howard County. Joyner was sentenced for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and one year, which will run concurrently with the previous sentence, on the charge of obstruction and hindering. Prosecuting the case for the state was Assistant State’s Attorney Sam Lane; Mr. Joyner was represented by attorney Willie Mahone of Frederick.


Man Sentneced for Threatening Judge

Forty-one year old inmate Willie Ray Bryant, a prisoner in Cumberland, has been sentenced to more than four years for sending a threatening letter to a federal judge. Bryant’s sentence will run consecutively to a 40-year Maryland sentence and a 50-year Delaware sentence he must serve. Prosecutors alleged that, while in prison, Bryant smuggled out a letter, addressed to a U.S. District Court judge in September of 2010. In the letter to the judge, who had presided over one of Bryant’s prior criminal cases received the threatening letter.


Former CareFirst Building Purchased by Chessie

The former CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield building at 7 Commerce Drive, near Nave’s Crossroads, was sold to Chessie Federal Credit Union for $2.5 million. The announcement was made at yesterday’s Allegany County Commissioners’ building. The credit union will utilize the building as its headquarters, while the downtown location will be maintained as a branch of the credit union. There will be a 30-day period for “due diligence” in examining the property. Also during yesterday’s meeting the commissioners adopted the FY 2013 operating and capital budgets, totaling over $112 million.


Woman Charged with Assault of Mother

A Bedford County woman remains in the county jail, after being accused of assaulting her mother. Vicki Palmer was allegedly extremely intoxicated, when she went into her mother’s home and began assaulting her. The Pennsylvania State Police had previously been to the home. She was arraigned before a judge, but could not post bail. She was then taken to the Bedford County Jail.


Man Released Following Assault Incident

Fifty-eight year old Junis Thomas Clark was released on personal recognizance, following an incident on Henderson Avenue Wednesday night. Clark allegedly assaulted a female victim, who was transported to the hospital for treatment. He was searched and a smoking device, containing possible marijuana residue, was found in his pocket. He was charged with second degree assault, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


No Trash Collection Next Wednesday

There will be no trash collection in the city of Cumberland next Wednesday, July 4th. Residents of the affected areas should put their trash out the next regularly scheduled collection day. Any questions may be directed to the Public Works Department at (301)-759-6620.


Pilot’s Name Released in Fatal Plane Crash

The pilot who died in last Friday’s fatal plane crash near Coopers Rock State Forest has been identified as Richard Lee Lambert of Columbus, Ohio. While the West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office has not determined the exact cause of death, the trauma he sustained would not have been survivable. The plane crashed near the Monongalia/Preston County line, after striking a communications tower. The plane had just dropped off several passengers at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.



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