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 Stabbing Incident on Maryland Avenue

A reported stabbing incident yesterday afternoon brought out Cumberland fire, ambulance and police units to the 400-block of Maryland Avenue. A 19-year old male victim reportedly suffered a stab wound to the back. The victim was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, following initial treatment at the scene. Police had been on the lookout for a late model, blue Jeep with tinted windows and occupied by four juveniles, ages 15 to 19 years of age. The vehicle was last seen traveling away from the 400-block of Maryland Avenue in an unknown direction. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police, the C3I unit, or the Allegany/Mineral County Crimesolvers Unit at (301)-722-4300.


Man Killed by CSX Train

A 21-year old Cumberland man, Justin Dilley, was killed by an oncoming train Tuesday night, while running across the CSX tracks in an area south of  Hyndman. Just after 6 p.m., the Pennsylvania State Police responded to the incident. Dilley tripped while running across the tracks, and was struck by an oncoming train; he was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bedford County Coroner. The investigation is continuing and it is not known if alcohol played a factor in the incident, as toxicology reports are pending.


Judge Affirms Education Decision

Allegany County Circuit Court Judge Gary Leasure has reaffirmed the Maryland State Board of Education decision that local school officials were within their bounds, when they ended a program that allowed students in eastern Allegany County to attend school in Washington County. A group of Little Orleans parents has been trying for more than a year to keep their children in Washington County. In a July 9th ruling, Judge Leasure saw no grounds to overturn the state ruling.


Route 219 Bidding Could Begin This Year

Although there is no official timeline for the completion of Route 219 from Somerset to Meyersdale, bidding for the initial excavation work would begin as early as this year. The project is already under design; the earthwork portion of the project will be bid this year or early next year, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.


Woman Served Two Arrest Warrants

Cumberland resident Amber Leigh Wilson was served with two arrest warrants, the first being the result of an investigation by Cumberland City Police. Ms. Wilson is accused of taking a game console and games, and then trying to pawn them in Cumberland. She was also served with a bench warrant for failure to appear. She was taken to District for an initial appearance and held on $3,000 bond on the theft warrant, and $5,000 for the bench warrant.


Discussion on Downtown Cumberland to be Held

Several organizations have set a public discussion, with the goal of making downtown Cumberland a better place for all. The discussion will take place next Wednesday, July18th in the City Hall council room, beginning at 7 p.m. This will be an opportunity for the organizations and the public to voice their thoughts on problems, and offer comments and suggestions. Questions and comments should be submitted in advance to or, so that an agenda can be developed for the evening. It is also asked that you RSVP if attending, so that seating can be arranged, by calling Ed Mullaney at (301)-722-5500 or Terri Hast at (301)-722-4173.


Bedford Tax Rates Could Drop by One Third

Real estate tax rates could drop by as much as a third in Bedford County, the result of higher property values in this summer’s reassessment. The county’s taxable value has been set at $3.3 billion, more than 37 per cent higher than the current value; property values must be cut accordingly, as per state law. Property owners have been receiving new values in the mail, since late last week.


Bridge Preservation Projects Underway

Although it won’t happen to two bridges in the Bedford County area until next season, there are several bridges that will be rehabilitated beginning on Monday. Cottle’s Asphalt Maintenance of Everett will begin preservation work on four bridges then, but structures on Kennell’s Mills Road and Evitt’s Creek Road are scheduled for next construction season. This season’s work is scheduled to be completed by late October; the six-bridge project has an overall completion date of November, 2013.


Same Sex Referendum On November Ballot

The same-sex marriage referendum will be on the November ballot, with opponents of the measure collecting more than enough valid signatures. The Maryland Marriage Alliance, while collecting just over 162,000 signatures, needed only 55,736 valid signatures to get the issue on the ballot. Both the same sex marriage issue, along with the DREAM act will be on the ballot.


Man Enters Not Guilty Plea

Antonio Prophet, accused of killing a Bunker Hill, West Virginia woman and her three-year old son, entered a not guilty plea in Berkeley County court Tuesday. Prophet is accused of killing Angela Devonshire and her son Andre White, and setting their home on fire two years ago. Ms. Devonshire would have celebrated her 24th birthday last month. She also has a child, who was just six weeks old at the time of the alleged murders. He is living with other family members.

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