Former Area Residents Found in Glacier National Park
A former Cumberland resident, Jason Hiser, and another man, Neal Peckens, formerly of Boonsbor, have been found safe in Glacier National Park in Montana. Rescue teams located the two late yesterday afternoon, after a nearly three day search by air, on foot, horseback and a dog team. Both Hiser and Peckens are veterinarians in Virginia, with Hiser an associate veterinarian with the Broad Street Veterinary Hospital in Richmond. Peckens is originally from Boonsboro and has a practice in Herndon, Virginia.
Frostburg Pharmacare Entered, Medications Taken
The Frostburg City Police, along with the Allegany County Sheriff's Office, are investigating the breaking and entering of Pharmacare in Frostburg. A suspect or suspects gained entry into the building by breaking a storefront window and stealing an undisclosed amount of medication. Anybody with information is asked to contact the Frostburg Police Department at (301)-689-3000.
Owners Want to Increase Bridge Rates
The owners of the Oldtown Toll Bridge want to increase the toll to $2.00, to help pay for long overdue repairs and to provide more reasonable compensation for staff. The owners, Historic Oldtown Bridge Preservation, LLC, have filed a rate increase request with the Maryland Public Service Commission. While the PSC agrees with the need for a rate increase, it is recommending smaller increases than those requested. The current rates are 50-cents for cars and pickup trucks, 25-cents for motorcycles and $2.00 for tractor trailers and buses. The PSC is recommending rates of $1.50 for cars and trucks, 50-cents for motorcycles, and $2.50 for buses and tractor trailers.
Bedford Couple Faces Forgery Charges
Hyndman residents Donald Orr, and his wife, are facing forgery and theft charges, with Mr. Orr charged with illegally using money from his parents' bank account. Orr has power attorney for his parents. Each was released, after posting an unsecured bond of $100,000. A complaing was filed by Danielle Klavuhn, aging care manager for the Huntingdon, Bedford and Fulton County Area Agency on Aging. Some of the money was used to pay for Donald Orr's personal bills, and he is said to have signed blank checks from the account, and that his wife filled in the monetary amounts for payment of her bills. Nine checks, totaling over $10,000 were written from November through August. Orr is the former warden of the Bedford County Jail.
Absentee Ballot Requests Due October 30, 2012
The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the 2012 Presidential General Election is Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Any registered voter in the state of Maryland may request and vote by absentee ballot. A voter who wishes to vote by absentee ballot must submit a written and signed request for an absentee ballot. Applications can be printed from the State Board of Elections website, or by calling the Allegany County Board of Elections at (301)-777-5931. The request for an absentee ballot can be returned by mail, fax, or email (as an attachment). The local Board of Elections must receive a completed and signed absentee ballot application if mailed by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30th, or if faxed or emailed by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.
Teen Arrested for Aggravated Assault
A Somerset County teenager is facing aggravated assault charges, after he sent another teen to the hospital. Nineteen-year old Jason Clevenger and a 15-year old boy, chased Tyler Zelenske with a car. The caught up to the victim on Route 281 in Turkeyfoot Township, and beat him so badly, he had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. Both were arrested in connection with the incident.
Mineral County Looks to Recover Funds from Water Emergency
Mineral County is looking to be reimbursed for the costs incurred during a recent water crisis. The county was given the go-ahead to take a drastic and costly measure of pumping water from the mouth of New Creek, and sending a little over a mile upstream. Initial estimates of the costs were $50,000, but the final amount was just over $61,000.00. Officials hope the remainder of the funds will come in a second and perhaps a third payment. Any money recovered would go back in to the Mineral County coffers.
Fifteen Cases Of Meningitis Reported
There have been 15 cases of meningitis in Maryland, liked to steroid injections for back pain. The revised numbers for the state and 11 others were posted on the Centers for Disease Control website. One person has died in Maryland. Nationally, the numbers show 198 illnesses and 15 deaths in 12 states from the medication, which is made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter Dies
Former Pennsylvania United States Senator Arlen Specter passed away over the weekend. He was 82 years of age, and had been battling non-Hodgkins lyhmphoma. Over the years, he had two previous bouts with Hodgkin's disease, a brain tumor and survived cardiac arrest after bypass surgery. Specter was considered a centrist, who switched parties form Republican to Democrat. During his 30-year career, he played a pivotal role in several Supreme Court nominations.