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Two Victims of Fire Identified


Two of three victims in Friday morning’s fire in Fort Ashby have been identified. Forty-three year old Brenda Whiteman and her 20-year old son died in the fire. A third victim, believed to be a man in his 60’s, who also lived in the building, was not identified, pending notification of next of kin. The fire left 15 to 20 people homeless, and was reported around 2:20 a.m. Friday. The apartments were located above Cindi’s Restaurant and the Sav-A-Lot pharmacy, and property losses were placed at between $500,000 and $1 million. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.




Shanks Woman Killed in Collision


Shanks, West Virginia resident Elizabeth Whitacre was killed late last week, when she swerved to avoid a tractor-trailer that had traveled into her lane on Route 50. The truck, driven by Orange, Virginia resident Freddie Shoemake, traveled into her lane, causing Ms. Whitacre to swerve off the north edge of the roadway. She then struck the left side of another truck, operated by Walter C. Davis of Romney. The investigation is continuing.




Cause of Charles Street Determined to be Accidental


The cause of the July 3rd fire on Charles Street has been determined to be accidental, the result of a mulch bed, which ignited. The fire caused about $100,000 damage to 212 to 214 Charles Street. Losses were placed at $20,000 in damage to 216 Charles Street at at $5,000 damage to 218 Charles Street. There were no injuries to the residents of the buildings.



Local Businessman Passes Away


Local businessman Rick Michels passed away early yesterday morning. He and his wife, Terry, owned and operated the Queen City Creamery in Cumberland. He is survived by his wife and several siblings and children. Plans for a funeral service have not yet been announced.



Keyser Woman Arrested on Warrants


Keyser resident Brittany McGoye has been arrested by the Keyser City Police. She was wanted by three area law enforcement agencies, including the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office. Ms McGoye was arrested on several offenses, including petit larceny and receiving stolen property. She was located at a residence in the 200-block of Virginia Street. She was aware of efforts to find her, and had made attempts to conceal a vehicle she was using. She was taken to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, where she was held on $2500 bond.



Man Arrested for Indecent Exposure


Westernport resident Joseph Robosson has been arrested for indecent exposure. Robosson is accused of exposing himself to runners as they ran by his residence, while participating in a 5K run. The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office is asking other participants in the run who may have witnessed the incident, to call them at (301)-777-1585,




Woman Sentenced in Death of Child


A former Somerset woman was sentenced to 74 days to 24 months for her role in the death of her 18-month old child in August of last year. Amanda Jayne Svenungsen was paroled immediately and released from electronic monitoring. She has agreed to testify in the trial of Cody Schartiger, who is awaiting trial on homicide charges in the case. Ms. Svenungsen was asleep in the house,when her daughter died from injuries police claim were caused through physical abuse by Schartiger.




Slanesville Man Faces Further Charges


Slanesville, West Virginia resident Jerico Vanhorn faces further charges, after police were called to him home to investigate a domestic battery incident. Police were called to a residence on Spring Gap Road, where a woman reported Vanhorn, her boyfriend, had battered her. During the investigation, three large plastic bags, containing marijuana, and a marijuana plant were found inside the home. Firearms were also found, but Vanhorn is prohibited from possessing a firearm, because of a previous domestic violence conviction. He was charged with felony offenses and domestic battery.




O’Malley Deciding on Special Session


Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is planning two days of meetings this week, to decide whether he will call a mid-August special session of the General Assembly to deal with gambling expansion. He will meet tomorrow with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller, which could decide whether to move forward with a plan to put a gambling referendum on the November ballot.


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