First Energy Update
First Energy crews are continuing to restore power to more than 600,000 customers in a five-state area. Potomac Edison has more than 11,000 customers, still without power. As of late yesterday, nearly 5,100 customers remained without power; in Allegany County, there were over 100. Following a visit to Garrett County late last week, Governor Martin O’Malley noted that the biggest priority was restoring power to the residents. The Garrett County Board of Elections has announced that the polling location for precinct 8-1, Ryan’s Glade, will be temporarily moved for Election Day. Voters in that area should go to Southern High School’s cafeteria during normal voting hours to cast their ballots.
Theft of Pole Saw and Rope
The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating the theft of a pole saw and rope from an electric company truck, while repairs were being completed to power lines. The theft occurred on Trap Run Road in Friendsville. The suspect is an unknown white male, driving a maroon Subaru. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police at McHenry. The number is (301)-387-1101.
Two Arrested for Theft
Two Ridgeley residents have been arrested in connection with several thefts from Allegany Motor and Pump Service. Both 29-year old Rusty Jay Bittinger and 25-year old Shonna Lee Bittinger are accused of removing several pieces of scrap metal, three electric motors, one generator, and an electric motor core on several occasions. Video footage showed the suspect’s vehicle and tag. With the help of the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, several stolen items were returned. Charges were filed in Allegany County District Court against the couple.
Man Arrested in Disturbance
A 48-year old Cumberland man was arrested early yesterday morning in the parking lot of the Cumberland Outdoor Club. Wesley Scott McIntyre is accused of yelling, cursing and causing a disturbance. He also allegedly assaulted an officer by kicking him in the leg, and also broke the passenger’s side mirror on the cruiser. He also was found to have six yellow pills, that were later identified as Clonazepam, a narcotic. McIntire also assaulted a woman, and was trying to start fights with other patrons. He was charged with assault, destruction of property, disorderly conduct, failure to obey, resisting arrest and possession of CDS.
Footer Stabilization Work Set
Stabilization work is beginning today on the Footer Dye Works Building. An inspection of the roof was done in September, which resulted in Canal Place addressing repairs to the building that needed to take place in order to stop water leaks and to secure entry into the building. Phase Two of the work will consist of roof repair, removal of the scaffolding and mortar repair. Funding for the project is coming from the state of Maryland’s Community Legacy Program and the Maryland Historical Trust. Contracts have been awarded to Durable Slate Company, a professional contractor that specializes in historic preservation.
Veterans To Be Recognized by Commissioners
The Allegany County Commissioners will recognize all veterans before Thursday’s public business meeting. The meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. At the Allegany County Office Building. The recognition ceremony will feature veterans, who are current employees and retirees of Allegany County government, as well as all other veterans who wish to participate. The general public is also invited to attend.
Mineral County OEM Moving to Allegany County
The Mineral County Office of Emergency Management is moving its radio communications to a tower recently erected in Westernport by Allegany County. The cost of the move to Mineral County is approximately $13,550, and the money for it will come from Mineral County’s 911 fund. Allegany County recently offered its counterpart space on the tower to move the system.
Old Memorial Bridge Coming Down
Work has begun on the removal of the old Keyser Memorial Bridge, just days after the new bridge opened. There are plans to route traffic going from the bridge to Route 135, so the old section needs to be removed quickly, to accommodate truck traffic.
Governor Tomblin, Senator Manchin Tour West Virginia
Both West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Senator Joe Manchin have been touring the state to assess the damage left behind by last week’s storm. Governor Tomblin has requested federal disaster assistance from President Barack Obama, with Individual Assistance requested for a number of counties, including Preston and Tucker. Public Assistance has been requested for Grant, Pendleton, Preston and Tucker Counties, among others. These requests are in addition to the President’s emergency declaration for West Virginia on Tuesday, which authorized FEMA to provide emergency protective measures for all counties in West Virginia.