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Maryland Motorcyclist Killed on Route 50

Piney Point, Maryland resident Earl Tiderman was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Route 50 yesterday afternoon. Tiderman was operating a 2008 Kawasaki, when he tried to pass a tractor-trailer, when he struck the right front fender of the truck. The bike exited the north roadway edge of the highway and struck a guardrail. Tiderman was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the rig, Jeffrey Wisecarver of Winchester, was uninjured. The accident remains under investigation by the West Virginia State Police at Romney.


Shanks Man Killed in Crash

A Shanks, West Virginia man was killed in a single vehicle motorcycle accident on Route 50, near the Romney city limits. Dennis Hovatter was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center by Trooper 5, and later to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. The accident occurred on Wednesday and Hovatter died yesterday.


Man Arrested Twice

A Cumberland man was arrested twice in a five-hour period. Last night at 10 p.m., Cumberland City Police responded to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for a man, who was causing a disturbance in the emergency department. Forty-two year old Corriganville resident Kevin Jarrett Kelly was later located walking in the Willowbrook Road area and was arrested. At 3 a.m., Kelly was seen sitting between the rails of the track at the Franklin Street crossing. He was interfering with the passage of a train. Kelly was arrested a second time, and was awaiting a bond hearing early this morning.


Man Arrested on Sex Offense, Assault Charge

Fifty-two year old Cumberland resident David Ambrose was held on $8500 bond, following an incident that occurred Tuesday on the downtown Cumberland mall. Ambrose is accused of unlawfully groping and assaulting a female victim. She was not injured and did not require medical attention, while Ambrose was charged with a fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault.


Somerset County Man Charged with Corruption

A Somerset County resident has been charged with corruption and unlawful restraint of a minor. Fifty-six year old Brian Scott Eppley, who is a church official and a Conemaugh Township school board member, is accused of meeting a male juvenile in a room of several buildings, including the Maple Spring Church of the Brethern, and not allowing the boy to leave. Eppley also exhibited abnormal and inappropriate behavior with the boy.  The acts occurred about 75 times between 2007 through 2012. Eppley also recently retired from the Meyersdale school district. He will receive a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Additional charges, involving other children may be filed against Eppley.


SHA Resurfacing Portion of Route 135

The Maryland State Highway Administration will begin to mill and resurface a portion of Route 135, from Shady Acre Lane to just west of Sand Flat Road, east of Oakland, on Wednesday. The $1.2 million project should be finished by the end of September, weather permitting. During the project, crews will reduce traffic to one lane, using a flagging operation weekdays, during daylight hours, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Motorists should prepare for possible delays during peak hours and use caution in the area.


Residents Oppose New Hagerstown Stadium

Hagerstown city officials have received a petition, against a new stadium in the Hub City. Those in opposition are more in favor of saving the 80-year old Municipal Stadium. Speakers at a recent council meeting expressed concerns about the cost of a new stadium, how it misses an opportunity to capitalize on the city’s historic nature and how people have had no input. Hagerstown has introduced an ordinance, which will allow the city to issue and sell general revenue bonds toward the construction of the new ballpark. City officials emphasize that just because the ordinance was introduced, that doesn’t necessarily mean the money will be spent.


Crime at Historic Lows

Total crime in Maryland dropped 4.8 per cent in 2011, with homicides decreasing to 398, the lowest total since 1985. In fact, crime has fallen to its lowest level since the federal government began compiling such statistics in 1975. Governor Martin O’Malley says that under his administration, violent crime has decreased 24.4 per cent, outpacing his initial goal of a 20 per cent reduction.

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