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Ridgeley Fire Displaces Seven

Firefighters responded to a home on Knobley Road extended early New Year's morning. Fire destroyed a mobile home there, and seven occupants have been displaced by the fire. One Ridgeley firefighter was injured as he fell from a porch, while fighting the blaze. The firefighter was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. Nobody was home at the time of the fire, and the property loss was estimated at $25,000 to the home itself, and $5,000 to its contents. There was no word on the identity of the victims, but the Red Cross responded, to offer assistance.


Cumberland Water Projects Approved

The city of Cumberland has been approved for a million-and-a-half dollars in funding for water supply projects. The bond issue has been approved by the state. The water projects include valve replacements at the Fort Hill reservoir, and various updates at the water treatment plant at Lake Gordon in Bedford County. Some of the other projects included in the funding are water line replacements on Michigan, Lafayette, and Kentucky Avenues.


Train Fire Reported in Hyndman

A fire was reported in a locomotive yesterday afternoon, on the CSX tracks at Fairhope, outside of Hyndman. The fire was reported at around 3:50 p.m., and assistance was given by the Ellerslie Volunteer Fire Department.


Elderly Woman Beaten, Robbed in New Creek

An 86-year old New Creek woman was beaten and robbed Saturday night, and the incident remains under investigation. No suspects had been developed, but it is known a male suspect knocked on her door, to tell the victim there was a gas leak which he needed to check. She initially denied him entry, but he forced open the door. She was tied and beaten, and was forced to show the suspect the location of her money and jewelry. Anyone with information is asked to contact the West Virginia State Police at (304)-788-1101.


Family Homeless After Fire

A Fulton County, Pennsylvania family of five is homeless, following a recent fire, and the American Red Cross is aiding them.  The blaze was located in the 4400-block of Buck Valley Road; an addition to the home was destroyed and the main section was gutted by flames. Another small structure and a pickup truck were damaged as well. The home was insured, although there is no estimate on the dollar amount; there has been no word on what caused the fire.


Charges Filed in Snowmobile Accident

Charges have been filed in connection with a snowmobile crash in Oakland Saturday evening. Injured in the accident was Randall Skeweris. He was operating a snowmobile, when he struck an embankment along Mason Road, and was ejected. He was struck by a second snowmobile, operated by Steven Wotring of Oakland. Wotring was arrested for driving under the influence, and operating an unregistered vehicle on a roadway. Charges are also pending against Skeweris.


Cumberland Man Arrested in Disturbance

A fifty-two year old Cumberland man was arrested on New Year's Day, for creating a disturbance in his neighborhood. Raymond Washington was reportedly inside the residence, kicking the floors and yelling obscenities at his neighbors. He then came outside and did the same, but was repeatedly told to go inside his residence, and to comply with the officer's orders. He was later arrested and charged. Washington received a hearing before a District Court Commissioner and was released on his own recognizance.


Hyndman Woman Arrested on Several Charges

A twenty-seven year old Hyndman woman, Sarah Diehl, was arrested Tuesday in the 200-block of North Centre Street. Police were originally called for a loud noise disturbance. A check revealed that she had an active bench warrant for failure to appear in court on a theft charge. A search was conducted, and police found two hypodermic syringes and other controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia. She was ordered held on a total of $15,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Former Warden Requests Accelerated Rehab Program

Former Bedford County jail warden Donald Orr and his wife have requested entry to an accelerated rehabilitation program that would keep the case out of their criminal records. The two have been charged with theft, for allegedly stealing more than $10,000 from Donald Orr's parents. The Orrs, from Hyndman, allegedly signed checks out of Donald Orr's parents' bank account, over which he had power of attorney. A hearing to determine their edibility for the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program is set for January 22nd.


Law Gives Incentive to Offenders

A new law that went into effect this year gives an incentive for offenders to stay on the right track. Two Washington County representatives co-sponsored the legislation, giving people on parole or probation credit for good behavior. It is hoped the new law will encourage non-violent offenders to stay out of trouble, and become a productive member of society. About 70,000 people are on either parole or probation in the state.


Maryland Set to Ban Crib Bumper Pads

A new law, effective  June 21st of this year, will ban the use of crib bumper pads. After an 18-month investigation, Maryland State Officials have decided to ban the pads, for fear of strangulation. Some daycare officials say that children over one year should not be in cribs; they could use the bumper pads to climb out and fall. By the time he or she is 12 months old, they are ready for a toddler bed at home, or a cot in a child care center.


Pennsylvania Could Privatize Lottery

The state of Pennsylvania is considering a $34 billion offer by a British-based liability company to take over and run its lottery. An extended negotiation period is underway with Camelot Global Services to assume operations; the company has proposed putting keno in bars and restaurants, increasing the number of retailers and changing the marketing strategies to boost participation. In the most recent fiscal year, the Pennsylvania lottery earned $35 billion.Ridgeley

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