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Additional Charges Filed Against Mt. Savage Man

Mount Savage resident Cole Michael McCormick faces an additional 68 charges, as a result of an indictment handed down by an Allegany County Grand Jury. McCormick's counts involve a series of night time residential burglaries, in addition to thefts from vehicles in the Frostburg and Mount Savage areas. In another matter, 32-year old Frostburg resident Randall James Kelley II was charged in another series of thefts from vehicles. Both investigations are continuing and additional charges are anticipated.


Cumberland Woman Injured in Accident

Seventy-six year old Virginia Brooks was injured in a two-vehicle accident on West Industrial Boulevard at Pennsylvania Avenue late yesterday morning. Ms. Brooks pulled out in front of a tractor trailer and was hit. She was treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Both vehicles suffered heavy damage. No citations were issued, but the investigation is ongoing by the Cumberland Police Department.


Death Penalty Repeal, Gun Control To Be Debated

This is week eight of the Maryland General Assembly Session, and the full Senate will discuss issues of gun control and repeal of the death penalty in the state. A full vote on the repeal of the death penalty could come as early as tomorrow, with a gun control voted expected by Friday. On gun control, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted in favor of the bill late last week, with an amendment that prohibits people from owning a gun if they have been involuntarily committed for any duration. Meanwhile, even though senators who support the death penalty say they don't believe the issue can draw enough signatures to get on the ballot, that won't stop death penalty supporters from trying.


West Virginia Man Held on $5,000 Bond

A Bunker Hill, West Virginia man is being held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after being stopped on Interstate 68 Westbound on Sunday. Collin Kelly Brand was initially stopped for speeding; a scan of his car yielded a quantity of suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia. He received a hearing in Allegany County District Court, before being remanded to the Detention Center.


Fairhope Man Arrested for Rape

Fairhope, Pennsylvania resident Paul Bonus, Jr., has been arrested on rape charges. The Pennsylvania State Police say a 15-year old girl is accusing him of sexually assaulting her last Friday morning. More charges are expected to be filed; Bonus is in the Somerset County jail on $100,000 bond.


Three Face Charges After Robbery and Pursuit

Three people are facing charges, following an armed robbery and pursuit over marijuana, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. Brian Pope and Ashley Nail are in jail, after Pope allegedly pointed a gun at three men on Riverview Road in Bedford County. One of the men stayed in the car, which led Pope and Nail on a pursuit. One of the victims will be facing drug charges, as both drugs and a gun were found in the car.


Bait and Tackle Shop Destroyed in Fire

The cause of a fire that destroyed the "Reel Deal" Bait and Tackle store Hancock is being investigated. The two-story 30-by-60 foot wood framed historic structure is owned by Thomas Palacorolla, and suffered a reported $300,000 in damage to the structure and contents. The fire was reported at 2:56 a.m. yesterday, calling out several regional fire companies, including Hancock, Berkeley Springs and Great Cacapon. Two structures adjacent to the shop suffered exterior heat damage. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal at (301)-766-3888.


Maryland Bans Sky Lanterns

The state of Maryland has expanded the ban on the use of aerial luminaries, known as "sky lanterns." The devices are typically constructed with oiled rice paper on a bamboo frame; they are released into the atmosphere after a candle or fuel cell is ignited, causing the trapped air inside to become heated. However, they can return to earth, often before the flame is fully extinguished. Sky lanterns are in the same category as aerial fireworks, which are also illegal in Maryland.

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