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Man Arrested for Heroin Possession


Twenty-seven year old Valley Road resident Benjamin James Covalt was arrested for possession of heroin, following a traffic stop Sunday on Baltimore Avenue. He allegedly told officers that he didn’t have his license with him, and became nervous. A search of his vehicle yielded his ID, along with several individual packets of heroin, ready for distribution. It was also learned that he had an active Parole Retake Warrant for his arrest. He was taken to Cumberland Police headquarters, where he was charged and processed.



Memorial Bridge to Open Tomorrow


The new Memorial Bridge, carrying U.S. Route 220 over the Potomac River, between McCoole and Keyser, will open to traffic tomorrow, following an 11 a.m. Ribbon-cutting ceremony. The bridge is being replaced as part of a $24 million joint project, led by the West Virginia Department of Highways, which began in the spring of 2010. Once traffic is shifted to the new bridge, crews will begin demolishing the old bridge, and continue work on the roadway approaches to the bridge. Weather permitting, the entire project will be completed in the spring of next year.


Bear Hunt Underway


The annual Maryland black bear hunt began yesterday, with an expanded kill quota and more hunters to help manage the growing population. The hut is restricted to Allegany and Garrett counties. The season will end Saturday or sooner, depending on how quickly hunters reach the Department of Natural Resources quota of 80 to 110 bears. Last year, the agency allowed hunters to kill a total of 65 bears.


Accident Sends Two to Hospital


At least two people were sent to the hospital yesterday morning, as the result of a head-on collision on Route 40 in Eckhart. The Frostburg Ambulance Service and LaVale Rescue Squad transported the injured to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The accident remains under investigation, and the names of those involved have not been released.



Early Voting to Begin Saturday


For the 2012 Presidential General Election, voters can vote in person or by absentee ballot. To vote in person, a voter can cast his or her ballot before election day at a designated early voting center in Allegany County or vote on election day at the polling place for his or her residence. Early voting centers will be open from 10 a.m. To 8 p.m. On Saturday, October 27th and Monday, October 29th through Thursday, November 1st. The center will also be open between noon and 6 p.m. On Sunday October 28th. The early voting center is located at the Allegany County Office Complex on Kelly Road, Suite 212.

Oakland Drug Arrests Made


The Garrett County Sheriff's Department made two drug arrests over the weekend. In the first incident, Cody James Broadwater was stopped for an alleged traffic violation. A scan of the vehicle by a drug-detecting dog led to the discovery of suspected heroin and paraphernalia. He was held in the Garrett County Detention Center. In the second, 31-year old Alan Lee Pingley was also found with suspected heroin, paraphernalia, and a loaded .45-calibre handgun. He was arrested, and released from the Detention Center yesterday, after posting bond.



North-South Highway Coalition to Hear Updates


The North-South Appalachian Highway Coalition will be holding its third annual meeting in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania on Thursday, November 1st at 12 noon at the Morguen Toole Company, located at 130 North Center Street. The coalition is a three-state group of individuals, businesses, county and municipal governments and non-profit organizations, focused on the development of U.S. Route 219 from Somerset to the Maryland Sate line, and U.S. Route 220 from Cumberland to Appalachian Corridor “H” in West Virginia. The group expects to have multiple letters of support from elected officials across all three states to provide to those in attendance.



Police Investigate Alcohol-Related Crash Involving Friedens Man


Friedens resident Daniel Paugh is being investigated for allegedly causing a crash, which injured himself and at least two others. Paul was allegedly driving drunk on West Main Street in Somerset Borough when he hit another car head-on this past weekend. The victim in the other car was trapped for nearly an hour. Both she and Paugh were taken to Conemaugh Memorial Hospital.



West Virginia Monitoring Maryland Table Games Vote


Businesses and community leaders in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia are keeping a close eye on “Question 7,” which would allow expanded gambling in the state of Maryland. If the voters pass the expanded gambling issue, it will mean more competition for West Virginia, especially the casino at Charles Town in Jefferson County. Leaders there have been preparing for the day Maryland would expand its gambling options for four years.


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