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Cumberland Mayor and Council to Meet

The Cumberland Mayor and City Council will meet this evening, and will receive an update on the status of repairs to the CSX-owned bridge on Washington Street. They will also consider a proposal for a $5 million bond issue, to pay for the demolition of the former Memorial Hospital building and other city projects. Also to be considered will be a final decision on the property transfers, which would pave the way for a new Allegany High School at the site of the former Braddock Campus of the Western Maryland Health System on Haystack Mountain.


Victim in Fatal Crash Identified

Cumberland City Police have identified the victim of Sunday’s fatal, single-vehicle crash on Henderson Boulevard. Eighty-one year old Fred Ketterman died after crashing his truck at the corner of Henderson Avenue and GlennStreet, shortly after 1 p.m. He was extricated from the vehicle and taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, where he later passed away.


Remembrance Ceremonies Slated

Vice-President Joe Biden is visiting the Shanksville, Pennsylvania location of the 911 attacks today. The Allegany County Commissioners will conduct an observance of the 11th anniversary of the attacks this Friday at 10 a.m. The remembrance ceremony will take place at 10 a.m., at the Allegany County Office Building on Kelly Road, Room 100. The public is invited to attend.


Patrol Results in One Arrest

The Maryland State Police conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol on Maryland Route 36 and Route 40, in and around the LaVale and Frostburg areas. Four Troopers stopped 26 vehicles, and issued 30 warnings. The patrol also resulted in the arrest of one person for disorderly conduct. Motorists are encouraged to report possible intoxicated drivers by contacting the Maryland State Police at (301)-729-2101 or #77 on a cell phone.


Troopers, Deputy Placed on Administrative Leave Following Shooting

The West Virginia State Police are investigating the shooting of a suspect, following a two-hour standoff in Charles Town Sunday afternoon. The suspect, who was barricaded in a home on East Washington Street, had made verbal threats to kill anyone who tried to enter the home. He was reportedly armed with a 9-mm handgun. Shots were then fired and the suspect was taken into custody and then to the hospital for treatment. The troopers and deputy sheriff involved have been placed on administrative leave, pending the initial internal investigations. The suspect is being charged with assault on police officers, terroristic threats, entering without breaking and a felon in possession of a firearm.


Turnpike Access Road to Open Soon

If you’re traveling the Pennsylvania Turnpike, it’s been announced that the Somerset interchange safety improvement project will be open to traffic in less than two weeks. A new intersection with a traffic signal and two access roads make up part of the $4.5 million project that turnpike officials will enhance safety and traffic flow for both local drivers, and those using the turnpike.


Triple “A” Wants Surplus for Transportation

Comptroller Peter Franchot, last week, announced the state has a $230 million surplus, and one group, Triple “A” wants that money to help pay for Maryland’s roads and mass transit projects. One Frederick County delegate, Patrick Hogan, thinks at least someof the money should go into the fund, if the state’s economy continues to improve. A billion-dollars has been borrowed from the transportation fund, without being repaid, according to the state commission.


New Law To Require Insurance on Mopeds, Scooters

Operators of mopeds and motor scooters will be required to obtain titles for the vehicles, show proof of insurance and wear a helmet and eye protection after October 1st. The new requirements are in addition to the existing law that requires all motor scooter and moped operators to possess a valid driver’s license or a moped operators’ permit.

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