Board Meets with Western Maryland Delegation
Canal Place leaders met with members of the Western Maryland delegation to the General Assembly yesterday, to discuss possible state funding to help stabilize and repair the Footer Dye Works building. The legislators, in return, said that there is a need for a plan for the building and preferably a commitment from a developer in order to make the case for state funding, according to the Cumberland Times-News. If the building were in better shape, it would be more attractive to a potential developer, who would bring in private money and fully restore the structure.
Man Held on $75,000 Bond in Assault Incident
A thirty-four year old Bowling Green man is being held on $75,000 bond, in connection with an incident during which he allegedly assaulted a man and his mother. Sean Patrick McElwee allegedly choked and struck the woman in the face several times. When her son tried to intervene, he too was struck in the face, resulting in a swollen and bloody lip. McElwee was arrested by the Maryland State Police and processed at the LaVale barrack. The incident occurred on Monday, around 11:45 P.M.
Man Sentenced in Robbery
Thirty-year old Shannon Lee Cline of Cumberland has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for assault and the armed robbery of Steve's Pharmacy in Cresaptown. The robbery occurred on December 8th of last year. Cline was armed with a knife at the time of the robbery. An Allegany County grand jury convicted him of the charges, at which time a pre-sentence investigation was ordered.
Tractor Trailer Rollover in Midland
Two Pennsylvania men were uninjured in a tractor-trailer rollover in Midland late yesterday afternoon on Route 36, in the area of Big Lane Avenue in Midland. Forty-one year old Alexander Morgan Scott of Maytown, Pennsylvania and his 19-year old son were involved in the accident, but were not injured. The truck was hauling 47,000 pounds of paper from the New Page Paper Company. The truck began to sway, and rolled over. Scott was not charged. Route 36 was closed until about 10:10 p.m., while the paper was off-loaded with the assistance of volunteer fire crews. The vehicle was removed by South Side Salvage.
Single Vehicle Accident Reported in Westernport
A Piedmont man refused medical treatment, following a single-vehicle accident on
Route 135, near the Tri-Towns Plaza. Thirty-two year old Fred Murphy failed to negotiate a curve, and his car left the roadway and overturned near the railroad tracks. A further investigation led to a charge of driving an uninsured motor vehicle. He was released pending trial. The Allegany County Sheriff's Office investigated the accident, and the Potomac Fire Department also responded to the scene.
Strike Forces Mineral Schools to Find Alternate Supplier
The Galliker's/Potomac Farms strike in Cumberland, which has been ongoing since September 12th, has force the Mineral County School System to find another supplier. The strike has not only affected Mineral County schools, but seven more in the Regional Education Service Agencies area. Mineral County has since worked out a deal with United of Fairmont, West Virginia, and the company began supplying milk yesterday. About 55 employees at the local dairy have been on strike, to protest a potential cut in pay and pension plans.
Excessive Force Case Dmismissed
The case of a woman, who had filed suit against Mineral County on the grounds of excessive force and a violation of civil rights, has been voluntarily dismissed. Charlotte Carter, the plaintiff, had filed a $3 million lawsuit against Deputy Ronald Keith Anderson, the Mineral County Sheriff's Office, and the Mineral County Commission. She had been involved in a two-vehicle accident on Route 220 in August of 2010, and had been suspected of DUI. She escaped the police cruiser, and in the process of being apprehended, she claimed to have suffered injuries to various parts of her body. Later, she said the officer did nothing wrong as she attempted to escape. The lawsuit had been filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.
Kindergarten Report Cards to be Distributed Next Month
The Allegany County Public School's kindergarten report cards will be on a delayed distribution scheduled for the first nine-week period of the school year. The current timeline that Maryland has established for data collection in kindergarten students does not align with report card distribution for the first marking period; therefore, kindergarten report cards only will be sent home on Wednesday, November 28th.
Woman Struck and Killed by Car in Somerset County
A 93-year old Central City woman was struck and killed earlier this week while crossing Main Street. Nellie Chelednik was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not reveal the identity of the driver, who was taken to Windber Medical Center with minor injuries. A toxicology test will be performed, to determine if drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident.
Woman Killed in Motorcycle/Car Accident
A woman was killed and her husband was injured when their motorcycle was hit by a van on Halfway Boulevard in Hagerstown. A van, driven by 69-year old Charles Zulaf hit the bike, driven by 58-year old Terry Miller. He is listed in critical condition, but his 55-year old wife, Susan, was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.