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Additional Charges May Be Filed in Shooting

A homicide charge may be added to the counts against a 15-year old Everett boy, in connection with the fatal shooting of Neal Hammond in Bedford County. Cole McConoghey has been charged as an adult with aggravated assault, and District Attorney Bill Higgins says the charge will be upgraded, either a third-degree murder charge or a manslaughter count. The investigation is ongoing. McConoghey’s preliminary hearing was continued Wednesday as his defense attorney filed a request to move the case to juvenile court. Charges may also be filed against others connected with the case.


New Routes Adopted by County

The Allegany County Commissioners adopted a new set of bus routes and other changes to the county’s transit system at yesterday’s meeting. Adjustments were made to the original proposals, and decided to increase Alltrans fares to $3, rather than to $4, as originally proposed. The increase will go into effect on January 1st.


ARC Awards Funding for Westernport Water System

The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded a $200,000 grant to the town of Westernport for its Water Distribution System Improvement Project. The grant is expected to improve the quality and reliability of water service to 195 homes and 15 businesses, including the downtown area. The current system is more than 100 years old, and has experienced serious leaks and water loss in recent years. The award was jointly announced by Maryland State Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski.


Man Arrested in Walnut Street Disturbance

Thirty-two year old Cumberland resident Donald Byers was arrested on Wednesday, following a disturbance at a residence on Walnut Street. Byers was observed acting unruly and yelling obscenities in the roadway. He failed to comply with demands by police to stop being disruptive. He was charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order. Following a hearing in District Court, he was released on personal recognizance.


Crash Injures Four

A two-vehicle crash sent four people to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center on Wednesday. A 2012 Ford Explorer was traveling southbound on Route 220, when it crossed the center line and struck a 2012 Dodge Journey, traveling northbound. Two of the victims had serious injuries, and two had moderate injuries. The identities of the victims are not known.


Woman Falls Off Somerset County Cliff

A hiker, who had been with a group in the Beam Rocks area of Somerset County, fell off a cliff shortly before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. She fell about 15 feet into a crevice. She was rescued and flown to Conemaugh Hospital. There was no word on her condition and the Pennsylvania State Police are still investigating.


Street Repairs Slated

The City of Cumberland Street Department will perform a street repair to the alley in the rear of the 100-block of South Street. The alley is located between South Street and South Penn Elementary School, and runs from First Street to Second Street. The work will begin on Monday, weather permitting. The alley will be closed to traffic for about three weeks. The road repair and fence replacement will be in coordination with the Allegany County Board of Education. South Penn Elementary School has offered the affected residents the use of their parking lot while the project is underway.


Recycling Site Closing

The Allegany County recycling site at the White Oaks Shopping Plaza will be permanently closing as of Thursday, August 23rd. The White Oaks site has experienced multiple problems, including the mixing of different recyclable materials. Also, non-recyclable materials were being dropped off, and the volume and drop off frequency were increasing. Overall, there is contamination and the associated expenditures of hauling the contents to, and depositing them, in the landfill. The closest recycling sites to White Oaks include Allegany College of Maryland, Martin’s Market and Penn-Mar Recycling on Riverside Avenue, one block behind the Allegany County Office Building.


O’Malley May Hold Special Session

House Speaker Michael Busch says he believes Governor Martin O’Malley has decided to move forward with plans to hold a special session next month on expanding gambling in the state. The session would expand to table games like blackjack, and to approve a casino in Prince George’s County. Busch says he believes the Governor has enough votes to pass legislation.


University of Maryland Returns to Cumberland Airwaves

It has been announced that the University of Maryland has entered into an agreement to return Maryland sports broadcasts to the airwaves of the longtime home of the Terrapins, AM 1450 - WTBO.   Broadcasts will begin this football season. Games will also be broadcast to the Frostburg area on AM 560.  University of Maryland sports were broadcast on WTBO for over 4 decades, prior to 2010.


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