Accident Results in One Death
A two-vehicle accident on the Keyser Memorial bridge has left one person dead. A 56-year old out-of-state man died following the crash, just before 1 p.m. yesterday. It involved an SUV driven by the victim and another car, and was said to be a rear-end collision. The other driver was not injured. The accident remains under investigation, and an autopsy is being conducted by the West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death for the unidentified man.
Maryland Woman Killed in Hampshire County
Sixty-nine year old Maryland resident Janet Britton was killed Tuesday, when she became trapped underneath a brush hog in Hampshire County. She was working in a field on her farm, and for an unknown reason, she fell off of the tractor and became trapped underneath. She was identified by her husband. Mrs. Britton’s body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
Downtown Meeting Held
Another meeting to discuss the downtown Cumberland area was held last night, following up a meeting held July 18th. Last night’s meeting addressed longer-term solutions to bring more people downtown. The idea of a volunteer program, where residents would be stationed on the mall to answer questions and direct visitors to restaurants and businesses, based on the visitors’ needs. The Cumberland City Police Department was applauded for its increased presence on the mall.
Washington Street Bridge Remains Closed
The Washington Street Bridge, owned by CSX Corporation, will be closed to vehicular traffic for an undetermined period of time. This will give CSX the opportunity to repair or replace the structure. It will remain open to pedestrians, and motorists are encouraged to use Allegany, Greene or Lee Streets as a detour around the bridge.
Teen Struck By Lightning in His Home
Somerset County teenager Cody Sines was struck by lightning Tuesday at his home in Shanksville. He suffered burns on his arm, and doctors still want to rule out a concussion. Lightning hit a tree in his back yard, traveled through the ground and into his home. Cody is expected to make a full recovery, but doctors are monitoring him to make sure he doesn’t suffer any future complications.
Woman Charged in Elm Street Incident
A Cumberland woman was arrested following an incident on Elm Street Wednesday evening. Cumberland City Police were investigating a report of extremely loud music coming from 616 Elm; twenty-nine year old Stephanie Lynn Holtman began cursing and screaming at officers. She was ordered to lower her voice, but did not.She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.
Firefighter Injured in Blaze
A firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion Monday night in Piedmont. Firefighters responded to a call on Harrison Street. He was taken to the hospital by Tri-Towns EMS. Several other fire companies responded to the scene, and there’s no further word on the firefighters’ condition, nor are there details on the fire.
Keyser Has New Administrator
The city of Keyser has a new city administrator in Shannon Marsh. She began work last week, but has spent much of the last week attending meetings of the West Virginia Municipal League in Charleston. Ms. Marsh is a 1987 graduate of Keyser High School, and spent some time in California, before returning to Mineral County. She was also co-director of the Catamount Childrens’ Center in Keyser, before taking the city administrators’ position.
Wellersburg Bridge Out Until 2014
The Wellersburg Bridge will be out, at least until the end of 2014. The bridge collapsed over a year ago, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says it will be over two years before it can be replaced. Some residents from six homes have been forced to cross Jennings Run by foot to get to their vehicles and Route 160. The total cost of bridge replacement is $1.4 million, and Wellersburg borough would need to contribute about $70,000 to the project.
Interim Superintendent Named For Hampshire County
Marianna Leone will become the interim superintendent for Hampshire County Schools on August 31st. Her appointment was unanimously approved, as the Board of Education there accepted the resignation of Robin Lewis . Ms. Lewis was recently selected as the executive director of RESA I in Beckley, West Virginia. Board members are set to meet this weekend, to discuss options for a superintendent search.
AccuWeather Predicts Heavy Snowfall
AccuWeather is predicting that cities along the Interstate 95 corridor will get slammed with snow this winter. Big storms are predicted for both January and February, and forecasters are blaming a weak to moderate El Nino weather system. One forecaster isn’t saying how much snow there will be, but conditions are indicating a “snow dump” from New England to the southern states.