Glenwood Street Fire Under Investigation
A fire, early yesterday morning, at 944 Glenwood Street, is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office. The home was vacant at the time of the fire, which caused about $2,000 damage. It originated in an enclosed porch. The structure is owned by Leena Bridges, and anyone with information regarding the fire, please contact the State Fire Marshal's Office at (301)-766-3888.
Bridge Opening Wednesday
The Memorial Bridge in Keyser will be opening to traffic Wednesday afternoon. A ceremony will be held. The bridge is not completely finished, as work will continue on the West Virginia off-ramp and Maryland State Route 135 approach to the bridge will continue and be completed in the spring of next year.
Student Returning to School
A Fort Hill High School student, who was initially charged with making a threat at the school last month, will be returning to school, and no disciplinary action will be taken. The 11th grader was initially arrested after the September 20th incident; based upon additional information, criminal charges against the student were dropped. The matter has been resolved with the student and the family, and the student is returning to school immediately.
Bridge Closure Set for Next Week
The Maryland State Highway Administration will be conducting routine inspections of the I-68 bridge over Maryland Route 55, the Vale Summit Road near Frostburg. The inspections will mean single-lane closures on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, westbound Interstate 68 will be closed between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Eastbound I-68 will be closed on Tuesday during the same hours. Crews will alternate between single right lane and single left lane closures.
Commissioners Set Meeting for Comprehensive Plan
The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting to discuss the development of the Allegany County Comprehensive plan. Community members and interested individuals are encouraged to attend the meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Allegany County Office Building, Room 100. A comprehensive plan is a long-range plan used to guide the growth, development and revitalization of a community or region, and public participation is an integral part of the process.
Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct
A Cumberland man was arrested for disorderly conduct on Wednesday. Thirty-five year old Jason Scroggins was on the rooftop of a residence, yelling at his neighbors. He continued to act in a disorderly manner after being warned by police. He was eventually arrested and charged with disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, and failure to obey a lawful order. He was held on $3,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Computers Stolen from Somerset WalMart
The Pennsylvania State Police are looking for two men, both in their 20's, who stole several computers from the electronics department at the Somerset, Pennsylvania WalMart early Wednesday. The two cut security cables, left the store with the computers, and fled in a gold Mercedes-Benz sedan. Both were wearing baseball caps and hooded sweatshirts. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police.
Warrant for Man's Arrest Issued
A bench warrant for the arrest of Corey James Yarnish, of Somerset, was issued on Wednesday. The jury, judge and court officials waited for an hour-and-a-half for Yarnish to appear at trial. He is charged with two counts of retail theft, both third-degree felonies, because of previous convictions on multiple retail theft offenses. He was most recently accused of stealing a bore sight, range finder and digital camera in July of 2010 from WalMart along North Center Avenue.
Flu Clinic Scheduled at Fairgrounds
The Allegany County Health Department has scheduled a flu clinic for next Thursday at the Allegany County Fairgounds in the Multipurpose Building. The Health Department is encouraging all area residents over 6 months of age to get vaccinated. The clinic will run from noon to 6 p.m. The cost this year is $30 for the regular flu vaccine, $46 for high-dose for those 65 and older and $72 for pneumococcal vaccine. Payment is required at the time of service, but no one will be denied service for inability to pay.
Comptroller Urges Voters to Reject Congressional Districts
Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot is urging voters to reject the state's congressional map, which will be on the ballot next month. He says the redistricting process has embarrassed the state and has further eroded public confidence in the state's political process. Democrats who support the map say it reflects demographic changes, while opponents have gathered enough signatures to petition the map to the ballot.
West Virginia Unemployment Rate Rises
The unemployment rate in West Virginia has risen one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.6 per cent in September. The number of Mountain State residents without jobs rose to 60,800, including 500 jobs in mining and logging. This is the sixth consecutive month of rising unemployment rates in the state. The national unemployment rate declined three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.8 per cent.