Narrows Accident Snarls Morning Traffic
A two-vehicle accident in the Narrows, near the Fruit Bowl, caused Route 40 to be closed for about an hour yesterday morning. Sixty-eight year old Richard McDonald of Lonaconing was traveling East on Route 40 near Locust Grove Road. He allegedly failed to drive right of center and stuck another car, driven by Spring Gap resident Sharon Nines. Both were taken to the Western Maryland Health System with non-life threatening injuries. Richard McDonald was cited with failure to drive right of center and negligent driving.
Somerset-Area Man Indicted by Federal Court
Former Somerset County resident Brian Dinning was indicted in June by a federal grand jury in Norfolk, Virginia and arrested last week in Toronto, Canada. Dinning is accused of collecting money from investors for projects in Africa; after collecting nearly $3 million, he is accused of spending the money on himself. Dinning’s brother, Stephen-who still lives in Somerset County-is mentioned in the indictment. Although he is not charged in the indictment, he was compensated nearly $500,000 from the investor funds.
Two Arrested Following Stop
Two people were arrested following a traffic stop, with a search of the vehicle turning up heroin and a hypodermic needles. Twenty-seven year old Robert Eugene Hadra of Frostburg and Accident, Maryland resident Claire Elizabeth Vallano were taken into custody. Vallano was additionally charged on two outstanding warrants, for failing to follow conditions of her probation. She was held on a total of $8,000 in the Allegany County Detention Center, while Hadra was released on personal recognizance.
City Doesn’t Want to Own Bridge
Cumberland city leaders don’t want to take ownership of the Washington Street Bridge, which has recently fallen into disrepair. Owning the bridge would bring federal dollars to the table to help with the repairs; rather, the city wants CSX to fix the bridge. City Administrator Jeff Rhodes has informed city council members that CSX wanted to transfer ownership of the bridge in the hopes of securing federal funds. The bridge was closed to vehicular traffic earlier this month, after an inspection determined it wasn’t structurally sound.
Allegany County Transit Alerts
Allegany County Transit is now offering alerts regarding unexpected, temporary changes to the bus schedules. Individuals may subscribe to receive service-related updates such as weather related bus time changes and road construction bus route detours. The alerts will be available by text messaging-enabled cell phone and by email. To subscribe to the service, text “TRANSIT” to 888-777 or visit the Allegany County Transit homepage. This is a free service provided by Allegany County Transit.
Resource Officer Named at Keyser
Former Keyser City Police officer Forrest “Buddy” Ellifritz is the new school resource officer at Keyser High School. Ellifritz worked with the Keyser Police Department for 20 years. He began his new duties on August 20th, and will be at the school, full-time. The vacancy was created when Deputy Paul Karalewitz resigned. The resource officer will be salaried, without health insurance or paid vacation.
Silk Mill on National Geographic Channel
The Lonaconing Silk Mill will be featured on the National Geographic Channel’s “Abandoned” program tonight at 9:30 p.m. During the show, a team of collectors go through abandoned buildings, in search of valuable items. CNN had previously filmed the Silk Mill, documenting what amazes those who enter the building for the first time. Mill owner Herb Crawford has been trying to sell the building for 34 years.
Fourth Rabies Case Reported in Garrett County
The fourth laboratory-confirmed case of rabies has been reported in Garrett County, as two dogs and a skunk came in contact with one another. The dogs had no contact with it, but the skunk was euthanized, and sent to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; rabies were confirmed the next day. A series of clinics has been set for the week of September 17th through the 22nd, and will be conducted in Grantsville, Swanton, Crellin, Friendsville, Kitzmiller and Oakland. For more information, visit the Garrett County Health Department’s website at www.garretthealth.org.
Shooter Cooperating in Investigating
A 15-year old boy from Kingsville, Maryland will be tried as an adult, in connection with a shooting Monday at Perry Hall High School. Robert Wayne Gladden, Jr., was a student at the school, and he will be charged with attempted first-degree murder and attempted first-degree assault. The victim was identified as Daniel Bowory, a 17-year old special education student; he remains hospitalized at Shock Trauma in Baltimore. Gladden allegedly shot Bowory on the first day of school for Maryland students. Guidance Counselor Jesse Wasmer tackled the shooter as he fired a second shot. He was held down until police took him into custody.