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Suspect Arrested in Louisiana Avenue Incident

Thirty-five year old Cumberland resident Jerome Joseph Phillips has been arrested in connection with an incident Monday in the area of Hilltop Drive and Louisiana Avenue. Phillips is accused of assaulting a 49-year old male victim, after the victim agreed to give him a ride from downtown Cumberland to the Hilltop Drive area. He is accused of stealing a bottle of prescription medication and fleeing the scene. Video surveillance of the business where the victim was approached led to Phillips' arrest. He is currently incarcerated in West Virginia, pending extradition to Maryland.


Coalition Hears Updates on Projects

The North-South Appalachian Highway Coalition held it third annual meeting last week, and the group received updates on projects affecting Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Congressman Bill Shuster added language to the Federal Transportation Bill which would allow the use of toll credits as a state match. That will, in part, allow for the use of over $2.1 billion in federal funds for the Appalachian Regional Commission states. Pennsylvania will now move forward with the Route 219 project, from Somerset to Meyersdale. Maryland will also move forward on the "219" project from I-68 to the Maryland/Pennsylvania state line.


Breaking and Entering on West First Street

Another breaking and entering occurred early Tuesday evening on West First Street. A resident heard a loud noise at the door of his residence. As he attempted to close the door, two people pushed the door open, knocking him to the ground. The victim was unable to provide a description of the suspects. The residence was processed, and investigators from the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigations Unit responded as well. Anyone with information is asked to contact the C3I unit or Cumberland City Police.


Mineral County Has New Sheriff, Commissioner

Republican Jerry Whisner defeated incumbent Mineral County Commissioner Cindy Pyles in Tuesday's election, which was complicated by a voting machine malfunction. In the race for Sheriff, Jeremy Taylor ousted incumbent Sheriff Craig Fraley by a margin of 53 to 47 per cent. In Hampshire County, Dan James defeated incumbent Stephen Moreland by a margin of 53 to 47 per cent.


Man Arrested in Cresaptown

Eighty-six year old James Harold Lease of Cresaptown was charged, following a stop by the Allegany County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. Following a check, Lease was charged with driving on a suspended license, and driving an uninsured and unregistered motor vehicle. He was released,  pending trial.


Body Found in Fire To Be Identified

The identity of a body that was found earlier this week in the burnt remains of a mobile home near Sharpsburg should be known later this week. The state medical examiner's office in Baltimore is in the process of comparing the victim's teeth, with the dental records of the mobile home's known occupant. The fire was reported early Monday on Back Road near Sharpsburg, and the cause remains under investigation.


Accused Sheriff Wins Re-Election

A Jefferson County Sheriff, who is accused of using unnecessary force against a bank robbery suspect, won re-election on Tuesday. Democrat Bobby Shirley defeated his Republican challenger Earl Ballenger. Sheriff Shirley faces additional charges of obstructing justice for allegedly falsifying a report on the incident. However, if convicted, Shirley would have to vacate his office.


Dixon Accused of Violating Probation

Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon has been accused of violating her probation on theft and perjury charges. She had received probation before judgment and was ordered to contribute $45,000 to charity and perform 500 hours of community service. Records show she had fallen behind on payments she was required to make as part of her plea deal.


Shuster Wins Re-Election

Congressman Bill Shuster easily won re-election on Tuesday, defeating his opponent Karen Ramsburg by an almost three-to-one margin. He was initially elected to the House of Representatives, replacing his father Bud Shuster. Shuster had a prominent role in drafting toll credit language for a bill that will help secure $35 million for the completion of Route 219 from Somerset to Meyersdale. Shuster, who lives in Hollidaysburg, says he plans to run again for the chairmanship of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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