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Sunday Fire Reported on Greene Street
About eight fire companies were on the scene of a fire on Greene Street Sunday night. The fire, at 842 Greene Street, was initially reported around 10:45 P.M. There were no injuries, and crews cleared the scene around 2 a.m. yesterday. There was no word on the cause of the fire, nor how many people were displaced. The Maryland State Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate.

Death at Hidden Valley Resort Investigated
The Pennsylvania State Police in Somerset are investigating a death at the Hidden Valley Ski Resort. A younger person was involved, but the death is not suspicious, and autopsy results are being awaited. There is also no word on whether the person was from the region, or from out of the area.

Man Arrested for Destruction of Property
A twenty-eight year old Cumberland man was arrested in connection with a December 19th incident, where he allegedly slashed the tires of a vehicle in the 200-block of Decatur Street. David Earl Troutman was charged with both destruction of property and willful motor vehicle damaging. After being taken to District Cout for a hearing, he was released on personal recognizance.

PACE Tickets Available to Public
Tickets are available for the annual PACE reception in Annapolis, but after today, the price rises to $150 per person. The price includes the Thursday, January 24th reception and the legislative breakfast the next day. Checks should be made payable to PACE and mailed to Post Office Box 3273, LaVale, Maryland, 21504-3273.

No ACT Service on Friday
Allegany County Transit personnel will participate in employee in-service training day on Friday, and there will be no public transportation service offered; neither fixed route bus service, nor All Tans will operate. The county reviews the many aspects of safety twice a year as part o the ongoing safety program. All employees will have an eight hour training session on Friday, which will take place at the ACT office in Cumberland.

Judge Retires From Bench
A former Hampshire County attorney, who is now a circuit court judge, is retiring after 28 years on the bench. Judge Thomas Keadle  plans to step down at the end of the month, and it will be up to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to appoint a successor. Judge Keadle hopes to do some work as a senior status judge, according to the Hampshire Review.

Five Arrested for Manufacturing Meth
Five people in the Elkins area have been arrested in connection with trying to operate a methamphetamine lab in that area. Each is being held on $50,000 bond in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.  The suspects range in age from 28 to 51 years of age. Police entered a home with a warrant, and noticed materials used to manufacture meth once they entered the house.

Wine Shipment Legislation a Success
Maryland's law that allows the direct shipment of wine to consumers is a success, according the Maryland State Comptroller's Office. Consumer access to the world's top rated wines increased by about 30 per cent. Of the Top 100 wines, as lised by "Wine Spectator" magazine, 40 were available through state-licensed wholesalers, and another 13 domestic wines were added to the direct wine shipment program.

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