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Keyser Man Charged

Fifty-seven year old Earl Cleveland of Keyser was charged, following an accident Tuesday night on Route 46 near the Keyser Industrial Park. Cleveland lost control of his truck, crossing the center of the road, and running off the opposite side, before it spun around. Front Royal, Virginia resident Tiffany Buehler was extricated from the cab of the truck. Two others were ejected from the bed of the truck. Cleveland was charged with driving too fast for road conditions, and faces an additional count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

 

Man Arrested for Disturbances

Thirty-year old Cumberland resident Nathan Tyron Shell was arrested, following an incident where he had allegedly been causing a disturbance on Park Street Tuesday. Officers were initially called to First and Arch Streets, and told him to leave the area. They were once again called to the Park Street area, and at that point, he was arrested. He was charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and failure to obey a lawful order. He was taken to District Court for an initial appearance and released on personal recognizance.

 

Oldtown Road Traffic Altered

Beginning tomorrow, the eastbound lane of Oldtown Road from New Hampshire Avenue to Winifred Road will be closed for about 30 days. Traffic will be one-way, in the westbound direction. Side streets in the affected area will be closed to thru traffic; local traffic will be permitted. Drivers are urged to use caution in the work zone, obey traffic control devices and follow the detour route for west bound travels. You should also expect delays during working hours.

 

Teen Returns Home Safely

A 15-year old Berlin, Pennsylvania girl, who had been missing since Friday, has returned home safely. Dara Kiesnowski called her family, who picked her up Monday night at Greater Johnstown High School. She was last seen leaving Conemaugh Counseling Associates on Friday afternoon. At one point, her family offered a $1,000 reward for her return. Ms. Kiesnowski had also called her family over the weekend, to let them know she would be returning home.

 

Two Charged with Breaking and Entering Church

Two Somerset men have been arrested for burglarizing the Somerset Church of the Brethern, locking themselves inside the church office and leaving a personal credit card-with which they used to pick the lock-behind. Woodrow Engle and Ian Koval, both 27, have been charged in connection with the incident. Both are being held in lieu of $20,000 bond each at the Somerset County Jail.

 

Union Rescue Mission Rebounding After Damage

The Union Rescue Mission is still recovering from damage suffered during the June 29th "derecho" that heavily damaged the roof and building. The Reverend Dan Taylor says about $180,000 worth of repairs are being made, although they are still about $11,000 short of their fundraising goal. He praised the community for its cash contributions, which have helped tremendously. He says they are awaiting payments from the insurance company. If you'd like to make a cash contribution, you can send it to the Union Rescue Mission, Post Office Box 1614, Cumberland, Maryland, 21502.

 

Man Won't Get New Trial

A Hagerstown man, serving 30 years for shaking his girlfriends' 4-month old son to death, will not get a new trial. A judge has denied Floyd Bingaman's request to re-open the case. Bingaman had claimed ineffective assistance by his trial defense attorney. The case led to the passage of a state law this year, that increases the maximum penalty for first-degree child abuse resulting in death to 40 years, from 320. The child, Justice Myers-Cannon, died in 2007.

 

Maryland in Top Ten for Energy Efficiency

The state of Maryland has been ranked one of the top ten most energy efficient states in the country according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. The state was credited for its many incentive energy programs, such as "Be Smart," and the Maryland Energy Assistance Program.

 

O'Malley Proposes Utility Bill Surcharge

Governor Martin O'Malley is proposing an electrical surcharge to upgrade the power grid. He is assuring residents that his plan will mean no more than a dollar or two will be added to customers' monthly bill. The report, from a gubernatorial task force, would also reform the way regulators would determine future rate increases, such as factoring in records of performance during storm recovery. A dollar or two added each month, the Governor says, would save hundreds of dollars in lost food when the power is off for days.

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