Woman Dies from Injuries
A Garrett County woman was struck by a pickup truck on Saturday in Oakland, and later died at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Seventy-one year old Patricia Franklin was hit while crossing Oak Street around 11:35 a.m. The truck was driven by 22-year old Olivia Storey, and the accident remains under investigation.
No Charges in Fatal Accident
The Garrett County Sheriff's Office has concluded its investigation of a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred on December 8th of last year along Route 495 near New Germany Road. Forty-seven year old Terry Nichols of Petersburg, West Virginia was operating a plow truck, when he struck 52-year old Kenneth Wayne Friend, who was walking along the road. The evidence concluded that Nichols was not negligent in the operation of the plow truck at that darkness was a contributing factor in the accident. No charges will be filed against Nichols.
Post Office Not Closing
The Spring Gap Post Office will not be closing, but rather have revised retail hours. At a meeting yesterday at the LaVale Post Office, it was learned the proposed hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. A majority of the residents in that area favored a realignment of hours. There was, however, some disagreement on the hours they preferred, either from 10 to noon, or from 2 to 4 p.m.
Vandalism Reported in North End
Cumberland City Police are investigating the "egging" of several cars in the 500-block of Pearre Avenue early yesterday morning. Officers were unable to locate any suspects, but are asking for anyone with information to contact them at (301)-777-1600.
Toys For Happiness Kicks Off Campaign
The Toys for Happiness organization kicked off its 31st campaign earlier in the week with a dinner at the Bedford Road Volunteer Fire Department. Chairman Chuck Koelker noted that Toys for Happiness serves an average of 2100 to 2200 children each year, and this year is no different. There will be a gift wrapping area once again at the Country Club Mall this year, and groups have already begun to organize a number of fundraisers, including the annual Harvest Skate at the Starlite roller rink in LaVale. That will take place the day before Thanksgiving.
Meth Lab Discovered in Hotel
The Bedford barrack of the Maryland State Police are investigating the discovery of a meth lab at the Breezewood Motel. A fire broke out at the business on Saturday, which led to the discovery. The operation was dismantled, and an investigation is ongoing to determine who was operating it. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at (814)-623-1141.
Keyser City Accountant Retires
Keyser City accountant Mike Ryan has announced his retirement, after thirty years of service. The retirement became effective yesterday. According to his resignation letter, Ryan noted that the demands of the part-time position have increased in recent months, and he felt it was the right time to step down. Ryan has a full-time job outside of the city, and did not attend this week's council meeting.
Man Killed by Train
Alcohol may have been a factor in Ranson, West Virginia Sunday night. Michael William Johnson was sitting on the tracks near 16th Avenue, when he was hit. The train dragged him nearly 400 feet. And, when they arrived, members of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office say his body was partially under the train.
Martinsburg Man Sentenced in Thefts from Maryland ATM's
Martinsburg resident John Nathaniel Watts has been sentenced to four months in prison for stealing nearly $113,000 from ATMs in Maryland. He was also sentenced to eight months of home confinement and ordered to make restitution. Watts, an ATM technician, is accused of, in one incident, removed more than $66,000 from a machine at a SunTrust branch in Bowie, under the guise of working on the machine. He placed the money in his tool bag and left. He also was charged with similar thefts in LaPlata and Waldorf.
Unemployment Insurance Tax to Drop Next Year
Some Maryland employers will see the amount they pay for unemployment insurance drop by more than half next year. The tax cut reflects the improving employment situation in the state and should give businesses a boost as they use that money for other purposes. For the roughly half of Maryland employers that haven't cut employees in the last few years, state unemployment insurance taxes will fall from $187 for the entire year to $85 for every worker paid at least$8500 in 2013. That is an approximate 55 per cent reduction.