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Man Dies in Henderson Avenue Crash

An elderly man died yesterday afternoon at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, after he hit a building and several street signs on Henderson Avenue at Glenn Street. The man was extricated from the vehicle by the Cumberland Fire Department and transported to the hospital, where he later died. His name is being withheld, pending notification of the family. The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team assisted with the accident.


Minor Injuries Reported in Crash of Antique Plane

A pilot suffered minor injuries in a crash yesterday in the Black Oak Bottom area of Route 220 near Rawlings. Robert Keith Armstrong reported that his 1927 Pitcairn Fleetwing bi-plane took off from a private air strip, and climbed to approximately 100 feet; he then experienced engine problems. He was taken to the hospital by private vehicle. The FAA and NTSB were notified of the incident, and a further investigation will be conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration.


Correctional Officer Arrested

A Correctional Officer at the Allegany County Detetnion Center has been arrested for having inappropriate sexual contact with a female inmate, who was incarcerated there at the time. Forty-one year old Steven Andrew Hart of Rawlings has been charged with a fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and indecent exposure. The charges are the result of a joint investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the C3I unit. He was released on personal recognizance pending his next court appearance. Hart has been placed on administrative suspension, pending the outcome of further court proceedings.


Department of Justice Grant To Benefit Frostburg

The United States Department of Justice has awarded the city of Frostburg $350,000 under the “Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant” program. The grant will be used by the city to develop and implement supervised visitation and safe exchanges of children between parents in cases where there has been a history of domestic violence, child abuse, dating violence, sexual assault and/or stalking. Participating in the grant program will be the city, its partners, the Family Crisis Resource Center, the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and Allegany County Circuit Court. The grant was jointly announced by United States Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.


Man Arrested on Active Warrant

Fifty-five year old Jackie Lee Wooldridge was arrested by Cumberland City Police late Thursday night, after he was found lying on a Virginia Avenue sidewalk. A check was conducted, and it was discovered he was wanted on an active arrest warrant. He is accused of trying to abduct a young juvenile in February of this year on Baltimore Street; however, the child was never taken from the guardian. He was charged on the outstanding warrant, and also on a charge of marijuana possession. He was held on $10,000 at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Woman Arrested in Domestic Incident

Forty-one year old Brenda Lee Davis was charged with second-degree assault, following an incident in the 700-block of Frederick Street last Thursday afternoon. Two people were involved in an argument, concerning the discipline of a child. The male victim suffered scratch marks on his face, but did not require medical treatment. She was taken to police headquarters, where she was held on $3500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


New York Residents Accused of Counterfeiting

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police stopped two New York men on Interstate 68 in the Grantsville area last Thursday. Twenty-four year old Christian Orellana and 31-year old Luis Lopez were charged with possession of approximately $6600 in counterfeit U.S. currency. Additionally, Orellana was charged with driving under the influence of drugs. Both were taken before a District Court Commissioner for an initial hearing.


Traffic Change for Keyser Effective Monday

The southbound left turn lane on U.S. Route 220, Mineral Street, at its intersection with State Route 46 will be eliminated, beginning today. No left turns will be allowed at the light there, as motorists come off the Memorial Bridge into Keyser. The traffic change will be in effect until traffic is allowed onto the new bridge.


District Six Candiate Forum Set

The first scheduled forum among the candidates for Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District has been announced. It will be held on October 17th, from 7 to 8p.m., at the Kepler Theater of Hagerstown Community College. Participants will include incumbent Roscoe Bartlett, and challengers Democrat John Delaney and Libertarian candidate Nickolaus Mueller. All candidates will be asked to respond to a series of opening questions, that they will have received in advance of the event. They will also answer audience-generated questions, which will be passed onto the moderator.


Farmer’s Almanac Calls for Snowy Winter

The latest publication to call for a snowy winter in the state is the Farmer’s Almanac. Weather patterns indicate a lot of snow for the northern portion of the country; locally, that could mean some sleet and rain mixed for the mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley. In particular, the almanac has indicated that February 12th through the 15th and March 20th through the 23rd could bring “major coastal storms along the Atlantic seaboard,” which means potential repeats of “Snowmaggedon-like” storms.

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