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Man Accused of Pointing Pellet Rifle at Children


A Bedford Street man has been accused of pointing a pellet gun at a group of children Saturday. Forty-five year old Dion Johnson pointed what appeared to be a military-type assault rifle at a juvenile female for no apparent reason. The victim and other children were walking down the street, looking for a lost dog. The child was visibly upset, but not injured and was released to a family member. Johnson was held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.



Berlin Man Held on $100,000 Bond


Berlin resident Matthew Shaffer, who is wanted on parole violations in Garrett County, Maryland is currently in jail on $100,000 bail in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Shaffer was charged in connection with a number of Somerset-area thefts. Shaffer was arrested, when they identified him as a passenger during a traffic stop.



Man Arrested In Connection with Fight


Twenty-three year old Thomas Keith O’Neill was arrested over the weekend, after being involved in an assault incident. O’Neill allegedly assaulted a female victim until bystanders attempted to stop him. He then allegedly began assaulting others who were trying to intervene in the assault. He faces numerous counts in connection with the incident, early Friday morning.



Street Department To Collect Leaves


The Cumberland Street Department will begin leaf collection for the city of Cumberland at the end of the month. Residents may also bag leaves and place them at the curb on regular trash days. The schedule is post on the city of Cumberland web page. Collection will begin October 29th and run through November 2nd in the Seton Drive area. In the subsequent weeks, collections will take place in the Upper and Lower West Side areas, North End, East Side, Mapleside, and South End.




Water, Sewer Projects to be Discussed


The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting to discuss a water and sewer rehabilitation project. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday evening at the Mount Savage Fire Hall. It begins at 7 p.m. The project pertains to water customers in the Mount Savage area, and sewer customers, not only in Mount Savage, but also in the Corriganville, Barrelville, Ellerslie, and Locust Grove areas, along with those along Jennings Run and Route 36. Allegany County Department of Public Works personnel will be on hand to discuss the project details and water and sewer rates, and to also answer questions.



Cumberland Has Highest Gas Prices in the State


Cumberland has the unenviable distinction of having the highest average gas prices in the state of Maryland. The national average is $3.81 per gallon of regular unleaded gas, with Cumberland checking in at $3.89. The national average is actually up form last week’s price of $3.78, despite the end of summer and  lower global crude-oil prices. Prices are expected to decrease toward the end of  the year, as it gets closer to winter.



Senator Clarence Mitchell Passes Away


Former Maryland lawmaker Clarence Mitchell III passed away last week at a Baltimore hospital, where he was being treated for lung cancer. Mitchell was also a civil rights leader and member of one of the state’s most prominent political families. He served in both the House of Delegates and State Senate. He was convicted of influence peddling in 1987 and spent 16 months in federal prison. His son, Clarence Mithcell IV was also a state delegate and hosts a radio talk show in Baltimore.




West Virginians to Pay Less for Natural Gas


The West Virginia Public Service Commission has ordered all natural gas utilities to lower the purchased gas portions of their new rates, before they take effect on the first of next month. The new, lower gas rates that will take effect next month are interim rates, and final rates will be set early next year.


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