Moore's Hollow Road Fire Determined to be Arson
A Sunday night fire on Moore's Hollow Road in Cumberland has been determined to be incendiary in nature, and originated in the back of the house. The one-story, vacant single-family dwelling sustained $5,000 in damage, but was unoccupied at the time. It is unknown who owns the building. At least eight fire departments responded to the 10:42 p.m. fire, and it was controlled within 20 minutes of its discovery by a neighbor. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal at (301)-766-3888.
Two Arrested in Weekend Assault
Two Cumberland men were arrested in connection with an assault that happened on Monday. Forty-nine year old McClave Cleland Combs and 26-year old Shane Christopher Combs were taken into custody, after a woman reported she was assaulted by McClave Combs at a Columbia Street party on Saturday. A second assault occurred when Shane Combs assaulted a man, who sustained injuries to the side of his head. While McClave Combs was released on personal recognizance, Shane Combs was held on $5,000 bond. He posted bond, and was also later released.
Cause of Garrett County Fire Remains Under Investigation
The cause of a Sunday morning fire on Maryland Highway in Deer Park remains under investigation. It was first reported at the home of Joe and Ellen Ingram. The 1-1/2 story, log style, single family dwelling sustained $175,000 in damage to the structure, and $30,000 in losses to the contents. It is known the fire originated on the first floor of the home, just after 4 a.m. Sunday. Six fire companies responded the fire, which took about 45 minutes to extinguish.
Two Taken to Hospital Following Sideling Accident
Firefighters from Little Orleans and Hancock responded to an accident Sunday afternoon on Interstate 68 at Sideling Hill. Two people were taken to the hospital, after a pickup truck ran under the trailer portion of a tractor-trailer traveling eastbound. The slow lane of Interstate 68 was closed briefly following the accident, and about five dogs in the truck were recovered by the Humane Society of Washington County. Neither person taken to the hospital was believed to have life-threatening injuries.
Meyersdale Opens School Registration
The Meyersdale Area Elementary School has opening registration for children who will be eligible to attend kindergarten next year. If you have a child who will be five years of age before September 1st, and wish to send him or her to kindergarten in the fall, please call the elementary school office at (814)-634-8313. Meyersdale Elementary School's Kindergarten Screenikng will be held on Friday, May 3rd, and a Kindergarten Readiness Orientation has been set for Thursday, February 28th at 6:30 p.m.
O'Malley Proposes Expanded Early Voting
The O'Malley administration is proposing that voters register and vote on the same day as those designated for early voting. While many support the idea, the Maryland Republican Party says the proposed changes invite voter fraud, and last year, a voter identification watchdog group reported thousands of questionable votes.
Acting WV DMV Commissioner Named
The acting commissioner of West Virginia's Division of Motor Vehicles is now in charge of the agency, following last week's retirement of Commissioner Joe Miller. Steve Dale has been with the DMV for several years, and now oversees 23 regional offices, with another in Summersville opening soon. One of his priorities is to upgrade the technology which Miller put in place.
Historic Preservation Grants Available
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History has about $500,000 available in historic preservation grants. Eligible projects include restoration, rehabilitation or archaeological development of historic sites, listen in the National Register of Historic Places. The deadline to apply for funds is April 1st.