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Three Hurt in Area Fires

There were three separate fires in the region yesterday, resulting in three injuries. One was reported in the 12,000-block of Bowling Street, which resulted in one firefighter being taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. The second, at 138 East Elder Street, sent two of the occupants to the hospital for the same reason. The third fire was reported on Cedar Knoll Lane, in a vacant two-story, wood-framed single-family dwelling. All three fires are being investigated by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. 


Woman Waives Hearing in Meth Case

An eighteen-year old Somerset County woman waived her right to a preliminary hearing this week in county court. Samantha McKenzie faces numerous charges in connection with a methamphetamine lab, which was discovered there last week. Her co-defendant, 21-year old Justin Dale Carr, was granted a continuance this week. A trooper from the Pennsylvania State Police says items recovered from the South Vincent Avenue home included lithium, fuel, kerosene, cold medication and other volatile substances. Ms. McKenzie will remain free on an unmodified $50,000 unsecured bond, while Carr remains incarcerated on $100,000 bond.


Cardin To Address PACE Breakfast

Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin will address the Mountain Maryland PACE breakfast tomorrow morning, to discuss economic development and energy. During the breakfast, he will receive the 2012 Congressional Award from the Development District of Appalachia for his strong support of regional  economic development in Western Maryland. The annual PACE reception is being held tonight at the Loew's/Annapolis hotel tonight.


Man Arrested on Warrant

Fifty-three year old Cumberland resident Mario Alexander Caperna was arrested on a warrant from District Court. He was charged with two counts of failure to comply with a Peace Order, telephone misuse, and harassment. He was taken to Allegany County District Court for an initial appearance, where he was released on a $3500 unsecured bond.


Dennis Road Home Destroyed by Fire

A fire destroyed a home on Dennis Road, off of Route 51, Tuesday afternoon. Fire officials are still looking into the cause. The fire was first reported around 2:54 p.m. at 16800 Dennis Road. The Red Cross is assisting the family, and no injuries were reported.


Rock Slide Closes Tow Path

A rock slide, which happened last weekend, has blocked a 100-foot section of the tow path, near the eastern end of the Paw Paw Tunnel. The tunnel and that section of the towpath are currently closed, and will remain so until a full assessment of the area can be made to safely conduct repairs. A detour route has been established on the Paw Paw Tunnel Hill trail. For additional information, contact the Cumberland Visitor Center at (301)-722-8226.


Meeting to Discuss Neighborhood Advisory Commission

The Cumberland Mayor and City Council will hold a public meeting for interested citizens of Cumberland on Tuesday, February 5th in the City Hall Council Chambers. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss reorganization of the Neighborhood Advisory Commission. The Mayor and Council are seeking input from the public, so that the concerns and needs of the citizens can be heard. The meeting is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.


Howell to Serve as Committee Minority Chair

Delegate Gary Howell of Keyser has been elected minority chair of the Government Organization Committee, one of the five standing committees in the West Virginia House of Delegates. The Mineral News-Tribune notes that Delegate Howell will be working with 11
Republicans and 13 Democrats on the committee, which is charged with overseeing the makeup of government itself. The next committee meeting is set for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. the terminal meeting room at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport in Wiley Ford.


Park Officials Still Looking for Somerset Man

Ohiopyle State Park officials are now monitoring the Youghiogheny River for a Somerset man, who went missing on New Year's Eve. Twenty-nine year old Jeremy Walker's car was found at the park on January 2nd, and a search began. There have been no new leads, and authorities are not ruling out the possibility the he is not in the park, and simply left his car there.


Legislation Would Increase Minimum Wage

Legislation in Annapolis could increase the minimum wage in Maryland to $10 an hour by the year 2015. The proposal would also raise the minimum wage for tipped workers from 50 to 70 per cent, and adjust the minimum wage annually with the cost of living. Nineteen other states and the District of Columbia have a higher minimum wage than Maryland, which hasn't raised its minimum wage since 2005.



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