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Cause of Triple-Fatal Fire Under Investigation

The cause of last Friday’s triple-fatal fire in Fort Ashby remains under investigation. The third victim has been identified as 63-year old Richard Sherry, who resided in the apartment complex above Cindi’s Restaurant and the Sav-A-Lot Pharmacy along Route 28. Also killed in the blaze were 43-year old Brenda Whiteman and her son, 20-year old Zachary.


Deer With Rabies Kicks Woman

George’s Creek Boulevard resident Theresa Stevens is undergoing a series of post-exposure rabies shots that will continue into next month, after being kicked in the face by a deer that had the disease. The deer was euthanized, and tests revealed, on July 9th, that the animal had rabies. The doe may also have had Chronic Wasting Disease, and tests on that are being anticipated. CWD is not known, however, to affect humans.


Memorial Service Set for Rick Michels

Memorial services for Rick Michels, who along with his wife Terry, owned and operated the Queen City Creamery, will be held on Thursday at 3 p.m. The Memorial Mass will be held at Sts. Pter and Paul Shrine on Fayette Street. A reception will be held in the Parish Hall.  The family is asking that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Downtown Cumberland Business Association, 320 Greene Street, Cumberland.


Garrett County Man Arrested in Cumberland

Mountain Lake Park resident Curtis Markeith Johnson was arrested over this past weekend. Cumberland Police were dispatched to the area of Fourth Street and Virginia Avenue, to find a person sleeping in a van, which he did not own. He jumped out of the van, and began running to a nearby alley. Johnson was arrested soon after, and also charged with CDS Possession, possession of paraphernalia, disorderly conduct and tampering with a motor vehicle. He was held on $5,000 bond.


Woman Killed in Crash

Fifty-two year old Maysville, West Virginia resident Joyce Sherman was killed, and eight members of a Burlington family were injured when a pickup truck and van collided late Sunday on Patterson Creek Road. The crash happened around 9 p.m., just north of Greenland Road. The truck, driven by Sherman, crossed the center line of Patterson Creek Road, causing the crash with a van driven by James Brent Hartlzer, and occupied by Charlotte Hartzler and six children, ages 2 through 13. The accident remains under investigation.


Former Officer Placed in ARD Program

A former Somerset County police officer has been placed in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition or ARD program. Jason Michael Ponczek was accused of accepting a $500 bribe last February in exchange for withholding drug charges against an individual. When he completes the program, the charges will be dismissed and Ponczek will be able to request that the court expunge his record. Former Officer Ponczek must wear an electronic monitoring device while on the program; in addition, he must perform 20 hours of community service.


Summer Commencement Exercise Held

Eleven Allegany County Public School students and members of the graduating class of 2012 received their Maryland High School diplomas during a summer commencement held at the Board of Education central office. Students and their families heard remarks from school board members. All speakers delivered compelling messages to the graduates and reminded them to cherish their education and to be sure to thank the countless people who helped them along the way.


Bartlett Posts Best Fundraising Quarter in Years

Representative Roscoe Bartlett has posted his best fundraising quarter in years on Friday, but his opponent in the November election, John  Delaney raised more money. Bartlett collected over $372,000 in the past three months, while Delaney raised more than $450,000 in the same period. Delaney spent about $1.7 million of his own money on the primary. The General Election is November 6th.


Senators Urge Fines for Power Companies

Two Maryland State Senators-Brian Frosh of Montgomery County and James Rosapepe of Prince George’s-are calling on state regulators to fine two companies, Pepco and Baltimore Gas and Electric, more than $100 million each for the long power outages suffered by residents, as the result of the June 29th storm. The fine could be used to create a “Surge Reserve” fund to help pay for additional, trained workers to help restore power faster.


Governor Tomblin Wants Review of Storm Response

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says he wants a full review of the Mountain State’s response to the June 29th derecho. At issue is the work of state agencies, county and local emergency management offices, 911 centers, the West Virginia National Guard, utility companies, volunteer organizations and other groups. The Governor wants to ensure that West Virginia will be prepared for future emergencies.

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