City to Vote on Hotel/Motel Tax
The City of Cumberland will vote tonight on an order that commits three per cent of its share of the hotel/motel tax from the Fairfield Inn and Suites to the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority in FY 2013, but reduces that contribution to two per cent in the next fiscal year. The Allegany County Commissioners have already voted to phase out financial support for the authority. The county had previously contributed two per cent of the funds.
Three Killed in Bedford County Accident
Three people were killed in East St. Clair Township, Bedford County, Sunday evening. The driver of a 1989 Jeep-who has yet to be identified-crossed over a double line on State Route 4009 and hit a 2000 Hyundai Elantra, driven by 84-year old Robert Broad, who along with his passenger, Ronda Reighard of Cambria County, were killed in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.
Wisp Talking to Two Potential Buyers
D.C. Development, LLC-owners of the Wisp Ski Resort-say they are in talks with two potential buyers and hope to announce a reorganization plan by early October. The negotiations were discussed last week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court filings in Greenbelt. D.C. Development is facing an August 10th deadline for producing a reorganization plan, but is requesting an extension to October 9th. The document doesn’t identify potential buyers for the Wisp, but the resort owners are working with another party on a reorganization plan that would allow the group to successfully emerge from bankruptcy. The Wisp is Maryland’s only ski resort.
Ten-Year Old Suffers Serious Injuries When Hit by Car
A ten year old Oldtown girl was taken to a Morgantown hospital, after suffering serious injuries yesterday. The girl was struck by a vehicle on Route 51, west of Oldtown. She ran into the roadway, when she was hit by a car, driven by 35-year old Melissa Carter of Fort Ashby. Ms. Carter was not at fault, but was cited for driving on a suspended, out-of-state license. The girl suffered a broken leg, and Ms. Carter was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center with unspecified injuries.
Theft at Wendy’s Investigated
The theft of an unspecified amount of cash from Wendy’s Restaurant in LaVale is being investigated by the Maryland State Police. A person or persons forced entry into the restaurant and stole money from the cash register. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Allegany/Mineral County CrimeSolvers hotline at (301)-722-4300.
Garrett County Fire Under Investigation
A fire on Bethleham Road in Garrett County is under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office. The single family mobile home, owned by Joshua White, was totally destroyed. Losses to the structure and its contents were set at $70,000. The owner was not at home at the time of the 3:10 a.m. fire on Friday. It was discovered by a passerby.
Man Arrested in Domestic Assault Incident
Altamont Terrace resident Timothy Spiker was arrested early Sunday morning, following a disturbance. Spiker was upset, because the internet wasn’t working. Police were called back to the residence, after he threatened other people in the residence, grabbed a cat, and threw it out the second story window. He then struggled with his sister, when he threatened the family dog. Spike then allegedly hit his sister in the face. He was charged with numerous counts, including assault, disorderly conduct and animal cruelty. He was ordered held on $7500 bond.
Anne Arundel County Man Arrested for Burglary
Anne Arundel County resident James Michael Disque was arrested this past weekend in connection with the burglary of the Centre Street United Methodist Church. He was found running from the scene, but was apprehended after a brief foot chase. Inside the church, Disque allegedly damaged property and stole currency. He was also confronted by a church staff member. Armed with a pair of scissors, Disque demanded surveillance tapes form the church, but was told the police had already been called. He then fled the scene. He faces numerous charges, and was also found to have active arrest warrants from Anne Arundel County.
Three Drown in Two Separate Incidents
Three men drowned in two separate incidents at Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. Fifty-seven year old Jerry Broman and 71-year old Larry Newman drowned when they decided to get out of their boat and into the water. In another incident, 71-year old Igor Khodavsky of the Ukraine, drowned after trying to swim between two points in the lake.
Derecho Will Likely Mean Rate Increases
The June 29th “super derecho” will probably mean a rate increase for Appalachian Power customers in West Virginia. Storm repairs have been estimated at $94 million, with about $56 million of that coming from damage in the Mountain State alone. There are enough funds built into the rates to cover normal outages, but not enough to cover expenses related to a storm that affected more than half of their customers. Additional costs will most likely be included in the next base rate filing with the Public Service Commission.