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Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in Frostburg

Eighty-year old Lois MacDonald was killed in a two-vehicle crash early yesterday afternoon on Route 36 at Vale Summit Road in Frostburg. The crash occurred when a car, driven by her husband, 87-year old Ramsey McDonald collided with a Peterbilt tractor-trailer, driven by 57-year old Keyser resident Richard Haggerty. Mrs. MacDonald was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Both Mr. MacDonald and Mr. Haggerty were taken to the hospital for treatment. Route 36 was closed for about 3-1/2 hours, while the investigation was being conducted.


Identities Released in Fatal Motorcycle Collision

The identities of two people killed Saturday in a motorcycle/car collision near the High Octane Citgo station have been released. Great Cacapon residents Charles Hewitt and Carole Lee Hewitt were killed, when their motorcycle collided with a car, driven by Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania resident Rebecca Geraldine Hess. A passenger in the car was Artemas, Pennsylvania resident Doris Jean Scott. Charges have not been filed in the accident, but the investigation is continuing.


Keyser May Install Video Cameras

The city of Keyser may move to install video surveillance cameras at playgrounds, ballfields and other public sites in an effort to thwart further vandalism. Mayor Randy Amtower has met with equipment vendors and is impressed with what they have to offer. Officials say that vandalism arrests will send a strong message to those who are considering the defacing of public facilities.


Fire Determined to be Arson

A fire on Sunday afternoon at the Sang Run Christian Center in McHenry has been determined to be arson. Firefighters from the Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Company were called to the church on Sang Run Road. Upon arrival, the firefighters discovered the blaze was extinguished by a neighbor who saw smoke coming from the church. An estimated $4,000 in damage was done to the structure, and the fire was contained to the interior of the church. Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area, or have information is asked to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal in McHenry at (301)-387-0437, or the Maryland Arson Hotline at (800)-492-7529.


Keyser Officials Nix Meeting Interruptions

The Keyser City Council will not allow questions or interjections during their regularly scheduled meetings. Instead public comment is allowed at the beginning of the meeting. Resident Karol Ashenfelter had made the request, because citizen input at the end of the meeting didn’t allow for citizen comment before a vote was taken. Mayor Randy Amtower says that residents will now have the opportunity to comment on an agenda item before a vote is taken.


Two Vehicle Accident Results in Serious Injuries

A 22-year old Hancock woman suffered serious injuries early yesterday morning, when her car struck the rear end of a tractor/trailer on Interstate 70 Eastbound at the 4-mile marker. Elizabeth Hinckle was flown by Trooper 5 to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The accident occurred just after 3:30 a.m., and the road had been closed for nearly four hours, because of debris and safety concerns for the victims, emergency personnel, and other drivers. Traffic was detoured onto Route 615 for about a mile. The Maryland State Highway Administration was on the scene to control the detour and handle the roadway closure.  The accident remains under investigation.


Man Charged With Reckless Endangerment

The owner of Soma Manor Assisted Living on Old National Pike, has been charged with reckless endangerment, after an 84-year old resident fell through a floor, suffering a head injury and several broken bones. Dickson Tabi was also charged with two counts of abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult. The victim, Eileen Rindone, is listed in critical condition. Tabi also later admitted to attempting to cover up the incident.


Chick Fil A Restaurant Vandalized

A Chick Fil A restaurant in Frederick was vandalized over the weekend. Stickers, promoting marriage equality and a gay pride flag were attached to the windows of the restaurant. Several homemade signs were also left at the restaurant. Gay marriage supporters have been protesting comments by President Dan Cathy, who told a religious publication that the company backed “the biblical definition of a family.”


State Tourism Numbers on the Rise

Over 34 million people visited Maryland last year, an increase of 6.8 per cent over 2010. A survey, detailing the numbers, was released last week. Maryland tourism has gone up 26.4 per cent since 2007, outpacing the national increase of 8.1 per cent. Maryland has released a revised Maryland scenic byways guide and introduced a Civil War Trails mobile application.


Maryland Has Highest Rate of New Foreclosures

The rate of new foreclosure filings in Maryland far exceeded any other state’s this spring. Almost 20 in every 1,000 home loans in Maryland were part of the foreclosure process during April, May and June, according to a survey released last week by Washington-based Mortgage Bankers Association. Maryland has now exceeded Florida in foreclosure starts. Nationally, the figure is roughly 10 per 1,000, which were part of the foreclosure process.

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