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Baltimore Man Arrested in Cumberland Stabbing Incident


Twenty-one year old Jamaal Anthony Linton was arrested in Baltimore yesterday, in connection with the stabbing of a 19-year old man during a Maryland Avenue party early yesterday morning. Linton is accused of fighting with the victim, in the vicinity of Park and Emily Streets. Three people produced knives and began stabbing the victim; one of the suspects also displayed a handgun during the attack. Linton went to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, but left after being advised to check in. He was later treated at the emergency room of Sinai Hospital in Baltimore for a laceration of his hand. He was arrested there, and is being returned to Allegany County to face charges.



County to Refinance Debt


Allegany County hopes to realize substantial savings, as the result of code home rule legislation passed at last week's business meeting. The county will refinance its debt, which will amount in over $1.3 million in savings. The first loan involves FEMA and other loans, which will result in about $120,000 in savings. The second, larger general obligation debt, will save the county about $1.2 million. The debt will be refinanced at an interest rate of about 2 per cent.



Beal Hearing Delayed


The hearing for a man who is accused of strangling a 19-year old woman, and burying her body along the Great Allegheny Passage has been continued. Twenty-three year old Meyersdale resident Jonathan William Beal’s preliminary hearing was delayed because he did not have his two-member defense team together. He is charged with criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse and aggravated assault in the death of Justine Marie Jackson of Ellerslie. She had been living with an aunt in Meyersdale when she was killed. A new date for the hearing has not been set.



Man Arrested at Willow Woods Complex


Nineteen year old Cumberland resident Corey Linvard Cash was arrested over the weekend, and faces numerous charges. Police responded to a report of a man with a gun i the area of the Willow Woods Apartment complex. Cash was found to have a BB-gun, along with 12 individual packets of suspected marijuana. He was process and released on a $5,000 unsecured bond. He was charged with CDS possession with intent to distribute, and having a dangerous weapon on school property, among other counts.



Member of Arson Ring Pleads Guilty


The fifth member of a Bedford County arson ring pleaded guilty late last week and a sixth member is expected to do the same today. Twenty-three year old Misty Hafer admitted to joining a group of friends, last January, in filling gas cans at a Sheetz store, then setting an unoccupied building in Everett on fire. The group is thought to be responsible for several other arson incidents in the county, including barns, empty houses, and part of a Breezewood motel. Her sentencing is set for February.



Commissioners to Meet with Delegation


The Allegany County Commissioners are to meet with the Western Maryland Delegation to the General Assembly to discuss the county’s legislative requests for the upcoming session of the Maryland General Assembly. The meeting is set for this Thursday at 3 p.m. at the county office building, Room 100. Community members and all interested individuals are invited to attend.



Boat Ramp Closing Today


Effective today, the Fifteen Mile Creek boat ramp facility at Little Orleans will be closed to the public until further notice. The facility is being closed to allow for the construction of a new concrete boat ramp. The public campground at Fifteen Mile Creek will, however, remain open. River access is available at the Little Tonoloway boat ramp in Hancock, and at Bond’s Landing boat ramp. The new ramp is expected to reopen in the summer of 2013.



Master Plan Comment Period Extended


The comment period has been extended for the Allegany County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The deadline for the receipt of written comments is Friday, December 21st at 4:00 p.m. The overall goal is to improve biking and walking in the county. For more information on how to submit comments, contact Siera Wigfield at (301)-722-6360 at Allegany County Transit.



Driving Phone Application Introduced


The Maryland Vehicle Administration has introduced a new driving phone app, that includes a driving test tutorial that can challenge anyone’s driving knowledge, and will keep Maryland drivers updated on recent driving information. It has already been downloaded by nearly 100,000 people. It is available for Androids, iPhones and iPads. The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.


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