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Fire Marshal Investigating Blaze


The Maryland State Fire Marshal has yet to determine the cause of a Sunday evening fire that destroyed 842 Greene Street in Cumberland. Several fire companies responded to the fire, first reported around 10:44 p.m. Sunday. Units were on the scene overnight and cleared the scene just before 5 a.m. Monday. Cumberland Fire Marshal Lt. Shannon Adams was trying to establish ownership of the building and the names of renters, but it is known that Chestnut Flats manages the property. The building experienced partial collapses, which made the investigation more difficult. There were no injuries, and the home is a total loss.



Boy Found Dead at Hidden Valley Identified


Eleven year old Conner Patrick Williams of New Philadelphia, Ohio was found dead Sunday morning at a Hiden Valley Resort condominium. It appears the boy died of natural causes, and although the death is not considered suspicious, the investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police is continuing. Investigators do not believe the death is connected to anything that happened to the child at the resort. Autopsy results are pending results of laboratory tests.



Criminal Summons for Cumberland Woman


A Cumberland woman is being accused of stealing $440.00 from another person, while at the victim’s Maryland Avenue residence on December 3rd of last year. Twenty-seven year old Gina Howard was recently served a criminal summons on a theft charge. The victim was in another room, when the alleged incident took place. She was released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.



Man Accused of Theft of Medication


A Cumberland man has been arrested for allegedly stealing medication from a trauma room at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center last Saturday. Twenty-seven year old Joesph Staples was taken into custody, after allegedly taking a quantity of medication while visiting a patient. He was released on personal recognizance, pending trial in District Court.



Man Arrested on Assault Charge


A Cumberland man was held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after being accused of assault, having a handgun in his vehicle, and a marijuana possession charge. Forty-nine year old Gary Pfadenhauer was initially accused of assaulting a woman at a residence on Maryland Avenue. He left the scene, but was found in his car, which was parked at a Park Street business. A baggie of marijuana and a loaded handgun was found. He received a bond hearing at District Court, and the assault victim did not require medical attention.



Commissioners Participate in MACO Conference


The Allegany County Commissioners are participating in the Maryland Association of Counties’ Annual Winter Conference, through Friday in Cambridge, Maryland. The goal of the conference is to provide county decision makers and other participants with a clearer perspective of the challenges facing counties. One of the highlights of the conference is a Public Service Award, which will be presented to former county commissioner Robert Hutcheson. He will receive the award at the awards banquet tomorrow evening.



West Virginia Appeals FEMA Decision


The state of West Virginia is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reconsider the damage the state sustained in Superstorm Sandy. FEMA has denied assistance to a number of counties including Preston and Tucker Counties. Public assistance has been approved, however for several others, including Pendleton County.



Armed Robbery Reported in Hagerstown; Suspect Apprehended


A trail of blood and a K-9 search led to the apprehension of a man, who is accused of robbing a gas station on the Dual Highway in Hagerstown. Police say Kiley Dusza entered the BP station, armed with a knife; a struggle between him and the clerk ensued, and Dusza suffered a laceration to his hand. He then fled, but was quickly located. He was taken to Meritus Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The incident happened early Monday morning.



Two Board Members Resign Over Firing


Two members of the West Virginia Board of Education made good on a promise to resign over the recent firing of the state schools superintendent. Jenny Phillips and Priscilla Haden submitted letters of resignation late last week to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. The State Board voted last month to fire Jorea Marple, and in her letter, Ms. Phillips called the firing “an illegal action.” Haden’s term was to have expired this year, while Phillips term would have ended in 2016.


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