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Miner Injured at Gorman


A miner, who was trapped between the side of a mine and a piece of equipment, was brought to the surface yesterday morning. The mine, which located on the King Wildersen Road, is at the site of the Steyer Fuel Mining Company. The unidentified man was taken to the hospital for treatment.



Woman Sentenced in Arson Case


The co-owner of the former Polish Pines Restaurant was sentenced to eight years in prison for second degree arson. Kelly Bradley entered an Alford plea in the case, which involved  intentionally setting fire to the restaurant in June of 2010. The fire also destroyed two other businesses in the strip mall, along Route 220, two miles south of Keyser. She could have received up to ten years for arson.



Train Derailment Closes Crossing


Three cars of a train derailed in the downtown area last night, and heavy damage was done to the tracks. All crossings from Franklin Street to Baltimore Street were blocked until approximately midnight. CSX was able to open all the crossings, except for Baltimore Street, and it’s unclear how long that crossing will be closed. A crane was expected to arrive overnight to assist with the clean up and removal of the cars. There are barricades on both sides of the Baltimore Street crossing, closing the intersection.


Co-Director of Union Rescue Mission Passes


Terrelynn Taylor, wife of the Reverend Dan Taylor of the Union Rescue Mission, passed away Saturday, while vacationing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She recently replaced Reverend Taylor’s mother, Janie, as co-director of the Union Rescue Mission of Cumberland. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, a brother grandchildren, her nieces, a nephew, and an aunt. Friends will be received at the Adams Funeral Home tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., with a funeral service slated for Thursday at 1 p.m. Internment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.



Councilman’s Appeal Denied


Piedmont City Councilman Ray Hall’s appeal of his April conviction on attempted extortion charges was denied, and he was to have reported to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail yesterday morning. Along with his appeal for a new trial, Hall’s petition for probation and alternative sentencing was denied. He was charged when the owners of a local restaurant said he had attempted to obtain money from them by claiming that two of their waiters had sexually harassed and cyber stalked a female friend of his two years ago.



Woman Arrested on Assault, Disturbing the Peace Charges


Cumberland resident Amy Jean Crawford was arrested early Sunday morning, when she became unruly at a Columbia Avenue business. She was initially asked to leave the business, but began to yell and cause a disturbance outside. She was then told by police to leave the area, which she refused to do. She also tried to strike an officer in the face. She was arrested and held on $2500 bond. Among the charges lodged against her were assault, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and failure to obey a lawful order.



Garrett Authorities Investigating Theft


The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is looking for anyone having information regarding a theft that occurred between June 27th and July 27th at 215 Spring Lane in Oakland. A person or persons entered an unoccupied vehicle and stole several items. Anyone with information should contact the Maryland State Police at (301)-387-1101.



Man Feared Drowned at Raystown Lake


The men drowned at Raystown Lake on July 29th, and now divers are looking for a Huntingdon County man who is also feared drowned. Volunteers have, to this point, been unable to find the body of the man, who went under the water near the Susquehannock Campground in the Seven Points area of the lake. More than 110 volunteers have joined in the search, including at least 30 divers. In some areas of the lake, the water can be 120 feet deep.



State Adds Jobs, but Unemployment Rate Rises to Seven Per Cent


The state of Maryland added 800 jobs in June, but the unemployment rate still rose to 7 per cent. Data from the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics indicates that 2400 private sector jobs were created in July. This is the first time the rate has been seven per cent or higher since September, when 7.1 per cent of Marylanders were unemployed. The national rate is 8.3 per cent.



Court Denies Redistricting Appeal


The Maryland Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal by Maryland Democrats to stop a referendum on the state’s congressional redistricting map; this means the issue will be on the November ballot for voters to decide. Opponents of the map say it has been gerrymandered to favor Democrats at the expense of fair representation. Washington County Delegate Neil Parrott, who heads the online petition website, “” cheered the Court of Appeals decision.



Maryland Students Call for Closure of Chick Fil A Location


Some University of Maryland students are calling for the Stamp Student Union Building’s location of Chick Fil A to close. They have started a petition to shut down the restaurant in response to comments about same-sex marriage by company President Dan Cathy.


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