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Increased Police Presence on Mall Planned


About 150 people attended a meeting last night at Windsor Hall, to discuss how to improve conditions on the downtown Cumberland Mall. Concerns included loitering, drug use, foul language and inappropriate attire. Captain Greg Leake of the Cumberland City Police Department says his department will try to increase its presence on the mall. Several on hand wondered whether the city could create a “Code of Conduct” on the mall, including a dress code; as far as loitering is concerned, Captain Leake pointed out that arresting people for loitering is unconstitutional. Mall Manager Ed Mullaney noted that the issues presented last night were “solvable issues.”


Origin of Fatal Fire Identified


The origin of a triple-fatal fire last Friday morning in Fort Ashby was located in the hallway of the apartment building, but the exact cause remains under investigation. Autopsies have been conducted on three victims, and fire investigators have revisited the scene of the blaze several times as part of the ongoing investigation. The fire left 15 to 20 people homeless, and caused about a half-million dollars damage to the building, which also housed Cindi’s Restaurant and the Sav-A-Lot Pharmacy.



Keyser Attempts to Address High Weed Problem


While it has had some success addressing blighted properties, the Keyser Mayor and City Council has had some 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-Triune. The city decided not to revise its current policy on the matter, citing the fact that such policies are difficult to enforce.


Keyser To Advertise for Resource Officer


The Mineral County Board of Education will advertise for a new resource officer, following the resignation of Deputy Paul Karalewitz, for health reason. The Mineral County Board of Education feels it should be involved in the process, because it will be shouldering an extra $30,000 for the position, because of state grant cuts for school officers.


Body Found in Cheat River


A body was recovered earlier this week in the Cheat River in Preston County. The body, identified by family members as David Watts of Eglon, was found in about 15 inches of water, near Macomber, along the George Washington Highway at the intersection of Route 72 and 50. The body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Charleston for positive identification. No foul play is suspected.


City Paving Cumberland Street


The city of Cumberland is notifying residents that Cumberland Street is being paved today, from 7 a.m. To 5 p.m. Cumberland Street will be reduced to one lane traffic, with a flagging operation in place and all feeder streets onto Cumberland Street, from Carroll to Lee Street will be closed during those hours. Parking will be restricted as posted. Please use caution and obey all traffic control devices and flaggers in the area. Motorists should also expect delays during the hours of 7 a.m. To 5 p.m. today.


Police Seeking Church Vandals


Summit, Pennsylvania law enforcement officials are looking for a person or persons who vandalized a church, originally built in 1850. Messages such as “Hail Satan,” and “666” were spray painted on Center Church. Summit Township Supervisor Walt Lenhart says he will try to remove the messages on the church with a solvent, but the sign may have to be replaced. Anyone with information is asked to contact police there at (814)-634-5364.


Columbia Gas Warns of Scam


Columbia Gas of Maryland is warning its customers of a nationwide scam, designed to elicit personal information and account numbers through a bogus offer of an “Obama Energy Credit.” Customers are asked to register for the credit by furnishing information, including Social Security numbers and other information. Columbia Gas says there is no such energy credit available. The utility says it has not yet received any reports of Maryland customers subjected to the scam.


Industrial Employment in Region Falls 2.3 Per Cent


Manufacturer’s 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 that time. Employment also fell in the industrial machinery and equipment manufacturing sector, which employs more than18,000 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.


No Agreement on Special Session


A meeting among Governor Martin O’Malley and legislative leaders ended Tuesday without an agreement on a special session to expand gambling. No additional meetings are scheduled. While the Governor commented that the meeting was productive, House Speaker Michael Busch was quoted as saying, “We came to no conclusion, that’s about it.” A decision needs to be made within the next ten days, before an August deadline to approve ballot language for voters to get the final say in November.


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 Berkeley County in June of 2010. After the murder, Prophet was accused of setting fire to the home; the bodies of the victims were said to have been burned beyond recognition.



Pennsylvania Police Search for Missing Maryland Man



The Pennsylvania State Police are asking for help in finding a Maryland man, whose car was found empty along Interstate 99 in Blair County, Pennsylvania. Sixty-five year old David Frasier has been missing since Sunday; he is known to be suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police.



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