Hurricane Sandy Making Landfall
High wind warnings, rain, and, in some parts, snow are all possibilities in the region, as the result of Hurricane Sandy. Cumberland City Police are reminding motorists to use caution on the roadways during the storm. Motorists should allow for extra time, make sure to leave plenty of distance from the vehicle in front and to avoid driving into standing water. One foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the roadway.
Black Bear Hunt Closed
The Maryland black bear hunt for 2012 has been closed. Hunters reported 92 bears to mandatory check stations in Western Maryland. The season was opened on October 22nd in Allegany and Garrett Counties, meeting its management goal in five days. The average live weight of the bears taken this year was 160 pounds. Oakland, Maryland resident John Fink took the largest bear of the season, a 452 pound male. Eighty-two bears were taken from Garrett County, with only 10 in Allegany County.
Ridgeley Town Council Asks Mayor to Step Down
The Ridgeley Town Council has asked Mayor Jim Twigg to step down from his position, at least temporarily, while he is being investigated for alleged improper use of the town purchasing card. He is being investigated for allegedly using the card for improper purchases during trips to represent the city at various functions. While the Town Council has no authority to remove him from office, Mayor Twigg says he will decide whether to step down or remain in office by the next council meeting.
Swanton Man Injured In Motorcycle Wreck
Forty-one year old Swanton resident Donald Storch was take to Ruby Memorial Hospital, following a motorcycle accident late Friday afternoon at Route 42 and Kisner Road. Storch suffered an unknown leg injury and the collision remains under investigation.
Drivers Charged in Multi-Vehicle Collision
Operators of three of five vehicles involved in an accident Friday morning are being charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision. The accident occurred on McMullen Highway in Bel Air. The first vehicle operated by Gene Keister had slowed and waited for oncoming traffic, before making a left turn. Another vehicle, operated by David Stevey had also slowed. A chain reaction collision, involving three other vehicles operated by Jonathan Lancaster, Chelsea Smearman and Howard Lease then occurred. At least two people were injured and were taken to the hospital by the Cresaptown EMS. The investigation by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office is continuing.
Couple Charged with Contributing to Condition of a Child
An infant sustained minor injuries, as the result of an incident over the weekend on Grand Avenue. Officers were told by a witness that the infant child of Melissa Becraft was dropped on the ground. She and a friend, Edward Wilkins, had admitted to drinking. The child was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. Both were charged with contributing to the condition of a child.
Minor Fire Investigated
A minor fire, involving a vacant shed and some brush, is being investigated. The fire occurred at 89 Douglas Avenue in Lonaconing. The shed is owned by Droll’s D-D Rentals, LLC. The State Fire Marshal is investigating and residents are asked if they have any information concerning the fire, to call the Office of the State Fire Marshal at (301)-766-3888.
Woman Hit by Car; Identity Unknown
An unidentified female was hit by a car on Route 40 in Addison Borough, and she is in critical condition. The woman was lying on the road, after being hit by the right front of a vehicle. The driver was not charged, but the victim was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital for treatment. She had no identification, and police are asking anyone who can provide additional information to call them at (814)-445-4104. The victim is described as being between 20 and 40 years old, about 5’2” tall, and weighing 110 pounds. She has a left eyebrow piercing and a heart tattooed on her right hip.
Bribery Charges Dropped
A Somerset woman was fined for driving without a license and driving with a suspended license, but a bribery charge against her was dropped. Thirty-year old Lindsay Borrows was fined $400, and explained the alleged bribery offer was intended as a “dig” against the officer and didn’t have any money at the time of the traffic stop. A Somerset Officer stopped Ms. Burrows in April when he mistakenly believed she had some outstanding arrest warrants. However, he learned that her license was suspended and told her he had to impound her father’s car.