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Man Killed by Fallen Tree


Eighty-two year old Oldtown resident Kenneth David Richard was killed late yesterday morning, when a tree fell on him. Richard and others were cutting trees on private property around 10 a.m., when the incident occurred. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Several fire and rescue units responded, along with the Maryland State Police Medevac helicopter.



Suspect Arrested in Circle K Robbery


Thirty-four year old Shawn Holloway was arrested late Friday night, as he was trying to stop a cab in South Cumberland. He is accused of the armed robbery of the Circle K convenience store on Oldtown Road, which has been robbed twice in the last three weeks. Holloway allegedly displayed a knife, demanding money from the cash register. One of the employees struck him from behind and both workers fled from the store. Holloway then removed an unspecified amount of cash and fled. He has two other theft cases pending against him. Holloway was charged with armed robbery, along with first and second-degree assault. He was held on $275,000 following a hearing before a District Court Commissioner.



Weaver Found Guilty in Bedford County


Stephen Weaver, of Bedford County, has been found guilty of 24 counts of sexual offenses involving teenagers. He had originally been charged with hundreds of counts of sexual assault. He was found guilty of one count each of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and 21 counts of indecent assault. In all, he could be facing up to 92 years in prison. Weaver was arrested after police had to storm a makeshift bunker at his Schellsburg home. He was found hiding in a closet of the home.



Commissioners Request RFP for Cumberland Chase


The Allegany County Commissioners are seeking requests for proposals, to seek planning assistance with the development of a master plan for Cumberland Chase, a planned development. The property consists of 1,100 acres and is located adjacent to the Barton Business Park on Route 220 South. Negotiations between Summit Community Bank of Moorefield, West Virginia and a development group have been stalled, and Summit intends to liquidate the asset.


Frostburg Museum Burglarized


The Frostburg Museum was entered sometime Thursday night or early Friday, and about 50 to 60 small items were taken from various locations in the building, at 69 Hill Street. Inventory is being taken, to determine if any additional artifacts were taken. Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to contact Frostburg City Police at (301)-689-3000.



Skills Showcase Set this Week


The Center for Career and Technical Education will host its annual Skills Showcase this Thursday, beginning at *;20 a.m. The event will feature junior-level skill students competing against their classmates. An awards ceremony will then be held on Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the school auditorium.



Air Service Postpones Hagerstown Expansion


Sun Air, with a hub at the Hagerstown Regional Airport, has delayed expansion of commercial service there until early next year. Sun Air began flying between the Hub City and Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia on November 5th, four days later than expected. The delay was attributed, in part, to delays caused by Superstorm Sandy, but only one passenger from the public flew out of Hagerstown on the first two round trips between the two locations. The original plan was to start with 14 flights a week, then increase to 24 after about a month. The increased flight schedule should be in place by January 3rd.



Commission Approves Casino Request


It looks as if Maryland’s state casinos will be operating around the clock.The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission has approved several rules, governing table games, including a request to start operating 24 hours a day. The Maryland Live Casino will begin operating 24 hours a day on December 27th. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission also voted to allow the State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency staff the authority to regulate hours, without commission approval.



Two Companies Receive Money from InvestMaryland


Two start-up companies in Maryland have received $300,000 from the state’s InvestMaryland initiative. The Plasmonix Company will receive $100,000, while Bambeco will get $200,000. Plasmonix is based at the University of Maryland/Baltimore County, and has developed technology used in cell detection for medical research. Bambeco is a Baltimore-based retailer, whose items include solar-powered tea lanterns and briefcases made from recycled truck tires, with seatbelt shoulder straps.



West Virginia Appoints State Superintendent of Schools


West Virginia has temporarily appointed Dr. James Phares as the 28th superintendent of schools. He is the former superintendent of Randolph County Schools and has been an educator for 40 years. He replaces Dr. Jorea Marple, who was fired last month. A nationwide search is underway for a permanent replacement, as officials say Phares does not have the state requirements to qualify for the position. Phares will take over the position, even though it is temporary, on January 2nd.


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