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First Energy Continues Restoration Efforts

First Energy has restored service to more than 820,000 customers in a five-state area, including Maryland. More than 141,000 linemen, hazard responders, forestry workers, call center representatives, management and support personnel are working around the clock to restore power to affected customers. Approximately 47,000 of 142,000 affected Potomac Edison customers remain without power. Some Maryland customers could have to wait until early Saturday, with the exception of Garrett County, which will require further assessment.


Police Enlist Local Help in Finding Missing Teen

The Somerset barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police has enlisted the help of local law enforcement agencies in locating a missing Meyersdale teen. Nineteen-year old Justine Marie Jackson of Meyersdale was last seen leaving a residence on foot on September 14th. She has not been seen since that date. If you have any information, you are asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-445-4104.


Hyndman Woman Injured in Crash

Fifty-nine year old Hyndman resident Barbara Baker was injured when her SUV failed to negotiate a curve Tuesday, and the vehicle hit two utility poles, before coming to rest on the drivers' side. She was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. She was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. The crash remains under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police.


Woman Held on $25,000 Bond

A Cumberland woman has been jailed on $25,000 bond, for attempting to stab a man outside of a residence on Pennsylvania Avenue in Cumberland. Thirty-three year old Traci Leigh Elizabeth Tilson was charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and using a deadly weapon with intent to injure. The man had a small cut under the left arm, but was uncooperative and refused treatment. However, Ms. Tilson was arrested and made an appearance before a District Court Commissioner.


W. Va. Delegates Candidate Killed

A candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates was killed as an indirect result of this week's storm. John Rose was checking the fence on his farm in Tucker County on Tuesday. He was trying to leave a field on his four-wheeler, when a tree branch fell and struck him in the head. He was killed instantly. There was a total of three people who died as the result of what was then Hurricane Sandy.


Victim Identified in Fatal Accident

Eighty-one year old Alice Hynes of Williamstown, Massachusetts has been identified as the person killed in a single-vehicle accident in Somerset County Monday night. She was a passenger in a car, driven by her daughter, Abigail O'Connor of Confluence. Their vehicle crossed the double-yellow center line of Route 281 and rolled over into a farm pond. Drowning is suspected as the cause of death.


"Change Your Clock-Change Your Battery"

The Maryland State Fire Marshal is urging residents to "Change Your Clock-Change Your Battery," in both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes. Daylight savings time ends this weekend, and that provides an opportunity to change the batteries. Marylanders are also plan at least two different escape routes to exit their homes, should there be an emergency.


Outside Contractors Helping with Restoration

About 7500 FirstEnergy personnel, electrical contractors and outside utility resources are assisting First Energy utilities in a five state area, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio. FirstEnergy is the parent company of Potomac Edison locally. There is the possibility of an extended outage from some of those residents. To report an outage, call 1-888-LIGHTSS, or 1-888-544-4877.


Price Tag of Storm May Hit $50 Billion

"Superstorm Sandy" may cost upwards of $50 billion, with $20 billion in property damage, and $10 to $30 billion more in lost business. IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm, observed that higher gas prices and a slightly slower economy will likely be matched by reconstruction and repairs that will contribute to growth over time. The forecast says the storm could subtract about six-tenths of a percentage point from U.S. economic growth in the October to December quarter. Retailers, airlines and home construction firms will most likely also lose business.

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