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Oldtown Woman Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash

Fifty-nine year old Diana Gail Knott of Oldtown was killed in a two vehicle accident Friday, on Route 51, near the Green Ridge Road, east of Oldtown. The crash occurred as Pittsburgh resident Daniel Horn entered a right hand curve; Ms. Knott’s vehicle crossed the center line, and was hit on the passenger side by Horn’s SUV. Ms. Knott, of Crabtree Lane was killed instantly. Horn was treated at the scene for minor injuries. A county forensic investigator responded, as well as the Oldtown ambulance and the Paw Paw Fire Department. The Maryland State Police assisted at the scene.

Major Fire in Frostburg

Firefighters from three counties responded to a fire Saturday night at 16 Broadway in Frostburg. The building once housed the city’s Magistrate Court. Two people were taken from the scene for treatment at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Heavy fire was reported as the first companies responded to the 8:30 p.m. Call. The fire was brought under control just over an hour later, and the Maryland State Fire Marshal began an investigation around 10:20 p.m. The American Red Cross was called to assist residents who lived in the building. There was no word on what caused the fire, nor the identity of those taken to the hospital.

Arrest Made in Vine Street Breaking and Entering

It was only a matter of hours before the Allegany County Sheriff's Office made an arrest in a breaking and entering on Vine Street in Westernport. An initial report was received around 9 a.m. yesterday on the incident, and police were on the lookout for a Dish Network type of white van. Deputies located the van on Philos Avenue and arrested the driver, 36-year old Marvin Stump of Martinsburg, West Virginia. Stolen tools were found in the van, and stump was charged with burglary and theft. He was held on $25,000 bond.

Chinese Possible Rocky Gap Investors

A group of Chinese investors may be interested in the Rocky Gap Casino and Convention Center. The Allegany County Commissioners, at last week’s press conference, said they have found a way to attract foreign investors to build a casino and a convention center. One advantage for the Chinese, is that they will get a permanent visa for every million dollars they invest in the project. That money may not have to be paid back and the casino project will mean 400 new jobs, and will be advantageous to the local economy.

Three Arrested in Meth Lab Investigation

Three more people have been arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Bedford County Drug Task Force, in connection with an ongoing investigation into methamphetamine manufacturing operations there. Taken into custody were 31-year old Imler resident Bradley Shroyer; Shane Culver Mathos of Fishertown; and, 24 year old Summer Robin Clark-Eckard of Bedford were arrested over the weekend. The arrests stemmed from an incident that occurred at the Breezewood Motel in East Providence Township in October of this year. The three are accused of renting a room there, where they intended to set up a meth lab. A six-figure bail amount was set for all three.

South Centre Street Work on Monday and Tuesday

The city of Cumberland’s Engineering Department is letting the public know that South Centre Street, between Harrison and Union Streets, will be closed both today and tomorrow from 7 a.m. To 5 p.m., to allow a new gas main to be put in place. Detours should be expected during these working hours. Motorists are asked to follow posted detours and to obey all traffic control devices in place.

College Affordability Program Set

Maryland Public Television and the Maryland Higher Education Commission are co-sponsoring a production entitled, "You Can Afford College," which will air on MPT tonight at 8 p.m. Host Mario Armstrong will explore with viewers the financial maze of paying for college. Viewers can also talk to a financial aid advisor live during the program by calling 800-222-1292, to get answers to questions about college financing.

Bedford Property Taxes to Rise

Bedford County residents could be paying as much as 10 per cent more on their property taxes in the coming year. The ten per cent figure represents the legal limit that property taxes can rise after a property reassessment. The county is projecting a $300,000 deficit and massive, state-imposed Children and Youth Services expenses as reasons for the tax hike. Bedford’s budget is predicted to be more than $15 million in the coming year, up from $14.5 million this year.

Red Cross Employees Given Pink Slips

About 45 Red Cross employees in Johnstown were laid off late last week. The 45 employees were union members, and the move came as a shock to the union president for the local 13000 Communications Workers of America. Nationwide, the Red Cross is cutting 380 positions, which is only about two per cent of its workforce. The Johnstown cuts go into effect on December 31st.

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