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Man Faces Additional Charges

A man was arrested in West Virginia in connection with a Monday incident in the Hilltop Drive area, and he now faces additional charges in several home invasions that also occurred on Monday. Thirty-five year old Jerome Joseph Phillips faces several counts of burglary, assault, theft and the use of a dangerous weapon. Phillips was arrested in Mineral County, and will be extradited from there. He is also being charged with robbery in Mineral County.


Man Charged with Paraphernalia Possession

A Cumberland man, who had been wanted in connection with an assault incident in late October was recently taken into custody, not only for that charge, but also for possession of drug paraphernalia. Twenty-six year old Charro McMillan was found to have a device, commonly used to smoke marijuana. He was charged with both counts and released on personal recognizance.


Traffic Changes for Playoff Game

The Cumberland City Police have announced a change to traffic patterns for tonight's playoff game at the Greenway Avenue Stadium. There will be no vehicular traffic permitted in front of the stadium from 4 p.m. today, until an hour after the conclusion of the game. Traffic in the area will be detoured. Vehicles will be allowed to access Cecil Street from Greenway avenue to park, on a first come, first served basis. however, Cecil Street will be closed for any vehicles attempting to travel on Cecil Street toward Greenway Avenue from Ridgewood Avenue.


Mineral Drafting Bomb Threat Letter

The Mineral County board of Education is drafting a letter to be sent out, regarding a new policy on bomb threats. Superintendent Rick Woy has asked the board to take a look at the letter, and suggest any charges that may need to be made, before sending it to students. There are several bomb threats, made at the Keyser Primary/Middle School, which are still under investigation. Woy believes that every agency, including the Keyser Police Department, School Board and the Sheriff's Department should have some input on the letter before it is sent out.


FSU Ranked in Top Ten

"" has ranked Frostburg State University's online MBA program at Top Ten Best Buy nationally among online business schools that hold accreditation. "" is the consumer guide to online colleges. FSU moved up one step, to number 8 in the rankings, which come out every two years.


Former Secretary Receives Probation in Theft Case

A former Somerset County secretary and treasurer has been sentenced to three years probation for one count of theft by deception-false impression, a felony. Loretta Jean Thomas of Confluence-who was the secretary in Ursina borough-was accused of taking just over $9800  during her time with the municipality. She pleaded guilty on September 17th. She has since made restitution.


O'Malley Wants Petition Referendum Change

Governor Martin O'Malley says the current process to may be "too easy" for having referendum questions place on the ballot, and is asking lawmakers consider the requirements to have that done. Opponents of three of Tuesday's ballot questions regarding same-sex marriage, the DREAM Act and congressional redistricting collected thousands of signatures to get all three issues on the ballot. Critics of the process say a group of opponents can use the referendum process to overturn legislation they don't like.


Penn National Gaming Looking Into Court Battle

A spokesman for Penn National Gaming, which urged Maryland voters to "Vote No on Question 7," says the group has "serious reservations" about whether the referendum process used by the General Assembly was legal under Maryland's Constitution. The proposal passed, clearing the way for expanded gambling in the state. Penn National operates a casino in Charles Town, West Virginia, that could see a significant loss in business from the lucrative Washington market.

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