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Luke Mill to Reduce Work Force

About 44 employees will lose their jobs at the New Page Luke Mill, due to a corporate wide initiative; both salaried and hourly workers are affected by the move. The company had about 874 employees as of the end of last year. All workforce reductions should be completed by the end of March. New Page successfully emerged from bankruptcy recently, and due to declining demand in the industry, the company says it must take additional steps to ensure that it is "sustainable in the long term."


Man Jailed on $10,000 Bond

A Keyser man remains in jail, on $10,000 bond, after striking a woman with an ax handle and aiming a loaded shotgun at a second woman, along with a mother and daughter on Keys Street. Sixty-one year old Richard Newcomb is being held at the Potomac Highlands Jail, following the alleged incidents late last week. He is charged with brandishing a firearm, three counts of assault for pointing the weapon at the three individuals on Keys Street, and battery for striking the first victim with the ax handle.


Woman Charged with Burglary, Assault, and Reckless Endangerment

A Cumberland woman has been charged with various burglary, assault and reckless endangerment counts, following an incident at the Fort Cumberland Homes on Monday. Twenty-year old Savannah Renee Moreland went into a home there, looking for the father of her child; she allegedly threatened another person with a piece of black metal. The male victim told police that Moreland attempted to hit him with the piece of metal, and he fled downstairs away from her. She was taken to District Court for an initial appearance, and later released on $25,000 unsecured bond.


Man Faces CDS Counts And Eluding Police

A Morgantown man, Alexander Mark Herbst, has been charged with CDS Possession and eluding police, following a traffic stop for speeding on westbound Interstate 68 and Lower New Germany Road. He allegedly attempted to elude police, but stopped in the vicinity of the Grantsville Plaza.  A search of his vehicle yielded both marijuana and CDS paraphernalia.


Attempted Break In Reported

The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating an attempted break in of a private residence in the 700-block of Bear Creek Road, about 1/2 mile east of Friendsville. A person or persons cut two window screens of the residence, and pried open one of the windows. As it opened, it made a loud noise, which alerted the homeowner, and caused the dogs to bark. They then left and the homeowner contacted police. Anyone with information related to the case, or who observes suspicious activity, is asked to contact the barrack at (301)-387-1101.


Priest Who Established Flight 93 Chapel Dies

The Reverend Alphonse Mascherino, a priest who left the Catholic Church who founded a nondenominational chapel to honor the victims of hijacked United Airlines Flight 93, died last Friday in Somerset. Mascherino bought a former Lutheran church and converted it into the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel; he later formed the North American Old Roman Catholic Church. At the time, Altoona-Johnstown Bishop Joseph Adamec said his work was commendable, but not compatible with his Catholic priesthood. Mascherino, who was 69 years of age, died at a Somerset hospice last Friday.


Pennsylvania Man Killed in Maryland Crash

New Holland, Pennsylvania resident Dallas Lee Miller was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 yesterday morning. Miller, 22 years of age, passed two other motorists on Interstate 70 near the 10-mile marker; his vehicle skidded off the road and into the center median, where it struck a tree and partially ejected him from the vehicle. His car caught fire, but after Miller had been ejected from it. Road conditions and speed were cited as factors in the crash.


Maryland, Virginia, D.C. Most Vulnerable to Budget Cuts

Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are the most vulnerable to looming and widespread budget cuts, according to a Wells Fargo report. Without a bipartisan deal, about $85 billion in cuts are expected by March 1st, affecting among other areas, defense cuts. There are many defense agencies and contractors in the region. Federal cuts could affect everything from biomedical research to homeland security.


Gas Prices on the Rise Throughout Maryland

Gas prices have increased every day for 32 consecutive days in the state of Maryland. Other states are averaging more than $4 per gallon. The national average for a gallon of regular gas is $3.73 per gallon, 43-cents more than the average cost of gas just a month ago. Triple "A" says switching to the summer fuel blend should reduce prices, but that is not expected until next month.


Legislators Upset Over Pay Raise Bill

Several Republicans in the West Virginia House of Delegates are upset with the Democratic leadership for making a move that would keep a magistrate pay raise bill from going before the House Finance Committee. The bill would give magistrates in 23 counties a nearly $6,000 raise. Originally scheduled to go to the Finance Committee, it will now be up for a vote before the entire House. Those in the 23 largest counties are paid $57,500 a year, and those in the 23 smallest counties are paid $51,125. The same bill passed the House last year, but didn't make it out of the Senate Finance Committee.


Manchin to Senate Mining Panel

West Virginia United States Senator Joe Manchin will chair a subcommittee that oversees national mining policy and mining education and research. Manchin's appointment to the Senate Energy Subcommittee was announced late last week, meaning he will have a say in many issues of importance to state residence. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon selected Senator Manchin as the subcommittee's chair.



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