Cookout May Have Sparked Fire
Fire officials say a backyard cookout on Tuesday afternoon may have caused the fire in the 200-block of Charles Street, but the exact cause is still under investigation. Twelve residents were displaced in the fire at 212-214 Charles Street. Several firefighters were taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion. Many houses in that section of town are not equipped with smoke detectors. The home is owned by Marlin Stanczyk of Grantsville. Damage from the fire also extended to a double house at 214-216 Charles Street, before the blaze could be brought under control.
Power Restoration Efforts Continue
About 1,000 Potomac Edison customers in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia remain without power from Friday’s storm. Some isolated outages will continue through today. Overall more than 566,000 FirstEnergy customers in West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania lost power as a result of last Friday’s storm. There were sporadic outages from a storm that passed through the area on Wednesday. And, there is this reminder: the Constitution Park Pool, which has been without power since the storm, will reopen today, as power has now been restored.
Paw Paw Man Arrested for Drug Possession
Thirty-one year old Paw Paw, West Virginia resident David James Small faces numerous drug charges, following his arrest early yesterday morning in the North Mechanic Street area. David James Small was stopped for a traffic violation, and a subsequent search revealed a pill bottle with the label removed, 8 ritalin pills, three used hypodermic needles, a pill crusher, and two spoons, with burnt CDS residue on them. He was taken for a bond hearing and released on his own recognizance.
Debris Pickup Scheduled
The City of Cumberland has established a curbside debris pickup schedule, to help residents clean up from last Friday’s storm. The pickup is scheduled for today and Monday in the East Side area of the city. West Side debris will be collected today, Monday and Tuesday. And, in North End, the pickup is scheduled for Tuesday. After that is finished, the City will re-evaluate the community’s need and make needed return trips throughout the neighborhoods.
Paving Projects Scheduled
The Maryland State Highway Administration will begin a resurfacing on Route 219 and Maryland Route 39 in Oakland on Sunday. The SHA will mill, resurface, and restripe U.S. Route 219 between 8th Street and Center Street, as well as Maryland Route 39 from South Third Street to the Little Youghiogheny River Bridger. Weather permitting, the project should be completed by the end of July.
Berlin Mini-Mart Robbed
A clerk at the Coalfields MiniMart on Main Street in Berlin was robbed of an undetermined amount of cash early yesterday morning. A suspect entered the store around 1:45 a.m., displayed a knife and demanded money. He then fled on foot in an unknown direction. He was described as a white male in his mid-20’s or 30’s, and of thin build. Anyone with information should contact the Somerset barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-445-4104.
Music Lineup Announced for Fort Hill 75th Anniversary
The live music lineup has been announced for tomorrow’s 75th anniversary celebration at Fort Hill, beginning at noon. The Flashbacks will kick off the musical lineup at noon, followed by performances by the Beaner McKinley Project, Simon Sez, the Kerensa Gray Jazz Performance, and Lady Invidia. There is a dance Saturday night at the downtown Cumberland Holiday Inn, from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets for the dance are $20 per person or $30 per couple, and are available at Fort Hill’s main office.
Levels Drop at Yough Lake
The levels on the Youghiogheny Lake have dropped about five feet lower than usual, because of recent dry conditions, and certain recreational areas around the inflow area will close much sooner than expected. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a goal of low-flow augmentation, or providing more water during times of low water levels.