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Two Arrested in Moore's Hollow Road Arson


Two area men have been arrested in connection with the arson fire on Moore's Hollow Road late last month. Twenty-four year old Kevin Vanmeter and Zachary Plummer were arrested. During the investigation, it is known that two suspects were involved in setting a fire in the kitchen of the vacant home at 12216 Moore's Hollow Road. The small fire was quickly extinguished when a neighbor extinguished the fire. Damage was placed at $750.000. Vanmeter was released on $10,000 bond, while Plummer's bond was set at $5,000. He  also was released.



Paper Mills Benefit From Energy Law


The New Page paper mill and several others in the region have collected millions of dollars over the past 8 years by taking advantage of an obscure provision in a state law. The provision is supposed to encourage the development of wind, solar and other renewable energy projects. The “Baltimore Sun” is reporting that some lawmakers are hoping to close what they contend is this major loophole in Maryland’s efforts to promote the growth of renewable energy production in the state.



Bail Reduced in Corpse Abuse Case


The bail for a Somerset, Pennsylvania man charged with moving a deceased man’s body out of his apartment, has had his bond amount reduced. Michael Moore of Stoystown Road is accused of moving the body of Frankie Allen Sass, following his death. Sass, who police say was a known drug user, was reported missing on January 23rd. Moore’s bail is not set at $30,000.



Animal Control Officer Indicted


A Hampshire County Animal Control Officer has been indicted by a grand jury there on three counts of obtaining possession of a controlled substance through misrepresentation. Debra Kay Shamburg has been arraigned, and has waived her right to a speedy trial. That indictment was one of 10 presented to the grand jury. She was arrested in July and held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $10,500 bond; she is no longer listed as an inmate there.



Four Hurt in Vehicle Crash


A Lonaconing woman suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash earlier this week on Route 135 in Westernport. Jessie Green was a passenger in a car, operated by 18-year old Anthony Ashby of Oakland; his vehicle hit a patch of ice and collided with another, driven by Jerry Loar of Barton. In the Loar vehicle was 54-year old Ronnie Loar. The accident happened near the New Page finished products warehouse. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage in the crash, which was weather-related.


Man Held on $10,000 Bond in Assault Case


Cumberland resident Aaron Soules was charged with second-degree assault and held on $10,000 bond, following an incident Tuesday on Decatur Street. Soules is accused of assaulting a female victim during an argument. The victim told officers Soules had punched and choked her during the altercation. He was located back at the apartment building, and was taken into custody. He received a hearing in Allegany County District Court.



Officials Hope for Flooding Solution


An illegally constructed driveway may be to blame for a drainage and flooding problem in the town of Fairhope, Pennsylvania. Supervisors there are looking for an amicable solution tothe problem, and say the drainage problem is impacting almost half of the properties in town. Supervisor Rick Tunstall says he believes property owners at the top of a hill there may have blocked off drainage in a culvert.



Bill Would Broaden Scope of Protective Order


Senator Christopher Shank of Washington County is re-introducing a version of a bill that would broaden the scope of a protective order, to better protect those in or formerly in, intimate relationships. Protective orders are currently restricted, among others, to married couples, those who have a child together, or those who are living together. Shank’s bill has the support of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Last year, the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, testified in support of the bill.



Teen Killed in Stabbing


A teenager was killed earlier this week, following a stabbing during the Baltimore Ravens’ victory celebration. The stabbing occurred just after fans were exiting M & T Bank Stadium. The teen died, after being taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Two other teens were stabbed, with one listed in critical condition and the other in serious condition.



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