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Unemployment Falls in Maryland
After five months of losses, the state of Maryland added 14,000 jobs in October. This is the third consecutive month of job growth in the state and the rate improved to 6.7 per cent, down from 6.9 per cent in September and 7.1 per cent in August. The biggest gain in October-3900 jobs-came in the professional and business services sector. The federal government, however, cut 2700 jobs and the long-shrinking manufacturing industry cut 2400 jobs.

Turbine Worker Injured Near Wellersburg
A large piece of steel fell on a wind turbine contractor at the Twin Ridges Wind Farm in Wellersburg this week, injuring him. He was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland; his identity has not been made public. He apparently suffered trauma to his face and chest. There were some steel pieces, about 8 feet by 8 feet that were stacked on the ground. A stack of the steel fell over and hit the contractor.

Four Meth Labs in Five Weeks in Bedford County
Four methamphetamine labs have been discovered in Bedford County over the past five weeks, including the one found outside of the Imler Fire Company. The Bedford County Drug Task Force, along with District Attorney Bill Higgins, are cracking down on the problem. Three other labs have been found, including one along Mowry's Mills Road, on e at the Breezewood Motel and one at an apartment building in Bedford Borough.

Man Held on Indecent Exposure Charge
A man who had been wanted on an arrest warrant for second-degree assault, was discovered in the 100-block of Greene Street. Thirty-six year old Jason Ben Cristofori allegedly exposed himself to a  woman sitting in her vehicle. He was arrested, taken to police headquarters and to District Court, where he was held on a total of $23,500 bail at the Allegany County Detention Center.

Rawlings Man Charged with Marijuana Possession
Twenty-two year old Rawlings resident Nicholas Andrew Nies was charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, after Cumberland City Police responded to the area of Constitution Park for reports of a suspicious vehicle. A K-9 drug scan resulted in a positive alert. Nies acknowledged having marijuana in his vehicle. Nies was also served with an outstanding bench warrant, which charged him with failing to appear for a previous trial date. He was released on personal recognizance, following a hearing in District Court.

Commission Sets Bicycle Feasibility Study Meeting
The Allegany County Commissioners have rescheduled a public meeting, pertaining to the lower LaVale bicycle feasibility study, along Route 40 alternate. The meeting will be held on Monday, December 10th at the LaVale Fire Hall, Station #1. The original meeting was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. Representatives from the Maryland State Highway Administration and Allegany County Department of Public Works engineers will also be present.

Tree Lighting Set Friday
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and the arrival of Santa on the Downtown Cumberland Mall takes place Friday evening. Cumberland City Police are advising citizens there will be no parking allowed on neither Centre nor Liberty Streets from Frederick to Dexter Place. Both Centre and Liberty Streets will be closed to thru traffic at 6:00 p.m. with Centre Street being closed at Dexter Place and Liberty Street being closed at the entrance to the municipal parking lot, so it can be utilized by the public. In a change from last year, the Santa parade will take place on Centre Street with the participants lining up on Centre Street and winding around, onto Frederick Street to Butler Alley, if needed.

Man Dies in Pennsylvania Crash
A thirty-five year old Hopewell man was killed in a two-vehicle accident in Brothersvalley Township. John Edward Sleasman was killed when his vehicle cross the center line and hit a 2006 truck tractor, driven by Richard Craig of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. The vehicles collided head-on, and police continue to investigate the mishap. The accident occurred around 6:40 a.m. and crews left the scene around 10 a.m.

Pennsylvania Game Commission Seeking Poacher
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is searching for a poacher, who illegally shot a trophy buck with a small-calibre gun during archery season. The 225-pound deer had a 10-point rack with a 21-1/2 inch spread. The animal was shot on November 2nd, and its carcass was left behind in Black Township. Since the deer was considered a trophy-class animal, there will be substantial penalties for the person or persons charged with killing it. The game commission is offering an unspecified monetary reward for information on the poaching.

Hancock Receives Portion of Grant
The town of Hancock will receive over $26,000 for improvements to the Western Maryland Rail Trail Corridor, as part of more than $1 million in grants from the Maryland State Highway Administration's Recreational Trails Program, announced last week. The work will include a shelter, benches and tables in the part of the corridor within town limits, and the work could begin as soon as this spring.

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