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Single Vehicle Accident Results in Fatality


Ridgeley, West Virginia resident James Stair was killed in a single vehicle accident near Fort Ashby Sunday. Stair’s Dodge Caravan had been traveling east on Route 46, when he lost control of the vehicle. It crossed left of center, went off the roadway and struck a large tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Mineral County Medical Examiner Chris Guynn.


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 tonight, beginning at 7 p.m. The location for the meeting has been changed to Windsor Hall, to accommodate the number of residents expected to attend. 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.


Maryland SHA Working in I-68/Greene Street Area Next Week


The Maryland State Highway Administration is closing Route 220 (Greene Street) under the I-68 overpass to northbound traffic, beginning on Tuesday. This is part of the $3.3 million project to improve and reconstruct the U.S. Route 220/I-68 interchange in Cumberland. The closure will be temporary, and be less than a quarter mile. Detours will be in place throughout the project. Weather permitting, northbound U.S. Route 220 will reopen in late summer and the entire interchange project should be finished by late fall.


Leak Disrupts Water Service


A water line leak along Route 220 yesterday disrupted service to nearly every home and business from the Park-N-Ride lot to American Woodmark. A spokesperson for the Allegany County Department of Emergency Services says a 20-inch water main burst, disrupting service. Crews were quickly on the scene, attempting to restore service.


Keyser Attempts to Address High Weed Problem


While it has had some success addressing blighted properties, the Keyser Mayor and City Council has had trouble addressing high weeds and grass. There has been little success in enforcing a city ordinance on weeds and tall grass, according to the Mineral News-Tribune. The city decided not to revise current city policy on the matter, citing the fact that such policies are notoriously difficult to enforce. In the meantime, city officials there are hoping for an early frost, something one official says is unrealistic this time of year.


NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Plane Crash


Few new details have been released in a preliminary report on a fatal plane crash last month in Monongalia County. The National Transportation Safety Board noted in the report that the pilot, Richard Lee Lambert, who was killed,  had over 22,000 hours flight experience. The pilot dropped off three passengers in Farmington, Pennsylvania, then proceeded to the Morgantown Municipal Airport. The plane descended 3,000 feet, before hitting the antenna of a communications tower. The preliminary findings state that there is no evidence of any malfunctions with the flight controls.


Industrial Employment in Region Falls 2.3 Per Cent


Manufacturers’ News Incorporated has issued a report on industrial employment in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area that shows a 2.3 per cent drop in a year-over-year period, ending in May. The region lost over 4400 jobs during the period. Employment also fell in the industrial machinery and equipment manufacturing sector, which employs more than 18,000 people. Baltimore is still the largest city for manufacturing employment with over 31,000 workers; however, there was a 3.1 per cent job loss during the 12-month period.


U.S. News & World Report Ranks Hopkins Second


Johns Hopkins has dropped to second place in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings. Massachusetts General of Boston is now number one. The difference between the two was once point in specialty areas, with Mass Gen having 16 number one specialties, to 15 for Johns Hopkins. Hopkins has been rated number one for almost every year since the magazine began listing the “best of the best” in 1991. The two hospitals were actually tied in points scored with 30 points each.


Man Found Guilty of Two Counts of Murder


Antonio Prophet has been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend and her young son, and will be sentenced in September. Prophet was found guilty of first and second degree murder and first degree arson in the death of Angela Devonshire and her three year old son in June of 2010. After the murder, the home set ablaze, and the bodies were burned beyond recognition.

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