Missing Man Positively Identified
A body found this past weekend at Ohiopyle State Park has been positively identified as that of 29-year old Jeremy Walker, who was last seen on New Year's Eve. A watch and dental records were used to help identify the Somerset man. A Fayette county deputy coroner says Walker drowned in the Youghiogheny River, and that the death is not suspicious in nature. Kayakers found his remains along the river Sunday evening. A memorial service for Walker is set for this evening in Somerset.
Council Votes on Footer Building
The Cumberland Mayor and City Council voted 3-0, to nominate the Footer Dye Works Building to the National Register of Historic Places. Mayor Brian Grim and Council Member Nicole Wagoner abstained from the voting. Federal money received for any preservation projects is dedicated and cannot be used for other city projects, according to the Cumberland Times-News.
ABL Receives Ammunition Contract
Allegany Ballistics Laboratory has received a $12 million contract to deliver ammunition to the Navy, beginning next year. However, the contract does not indicate an increased need for additional staffing at the ATK facilities in Minnesota, Virginia, and West Virginia. The multi-year contract has a potential value of $41 million over the course of about four years.
Rocky Gap Realizes Fourth-Quarter Profits
Lakes Entertainment says it showed a $2.8 million profit in the fourth quarter of last year, due in part to income from Rocky Gap State Park. Earnings reported came before any slot machines or table games are in operation at the casino. Along with that, the company says it plans to construct an events center, which is expected to open during the fourth quarter of this year.
Fracking Recommendations Issued
A report, prepared by the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science, is issuing several recommendations for hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," as it is commonly known. The process uses sand, water, and chemicals to free gas from shale. The recommendations include prohibiting drilling within 2,000 feet of the surface, until it can be done safely near drinking water. The wells should be closed-loop systems, so that any spills can be contained. Another recommendation is that there should be no net loss of forest land. No drilling permits will be issued until the panel presents its final report in August of next year.
Cumberland Man Arrested on Warrant
Twenty-nine year old Cumberland resident Timothy Hart Winkler was arrested following a disturbance in the 100-block of Centre Street. A man and woman were arguing as police arrived; wanted checks were run on both, and it was discovered Winkler was wanted in West Virginia. A baggie of marijuana was also found. He was held without bond on the arrest warrant from West Virginia, and charged with having less than ten grams of marijuana.
Man Charged with Assault
A Cumberland man is being held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, following his arrest on assault charges. Westley Alan Myers is accused of striking his girlfriend and throwing her to the ground. She had been treated at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, and was interviewed by police there. Myers was charged with second-degree assault.
Commissioners to Discuss Public School Security
The Allegany County Commissioners have invited representatives of the education, law enforcement, and political communities to a meeting next Monday, to discuss security in the county's public schools. The letter, signed by Commission President Mike McKay and Sheriff Craig Robertson, notes a recent discussion by the Board of Education on school safety, and cites pending legislation on the issue in Annapolis. The public meeting will be held at 9 a.m. in Room 212 at the Allegany County Office Complex.
ACM Observes Women's History Month
Allegany College of Maryland is planning an event this Saturday, which will feature female leaders from Western Maryland. The event is free and open to the public. The event is scheduled to run from 2 to 4 p.m. in the ACM Center for Continuing Education, and will be emceed by Al Feldstein, who will introduce the women to be honored for their public service.
Keyser To Discuss Pay Raises
The city of Keyser is planning to discuss a pay hike for city employees during this afternoon's meeting, set for 4:30 p.m. Mayor Randy Amtower and council members are looking ahead to the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1st. Also on the agenda are salary-related issues for the City Administrator and an increase for the city's tax clerk. based on additional duties she has undertaken in conducting building inspections.
Somerset Approve Resource Officer Proposal
The Somerset County school board has approved the proposal for a security resource officer to provide coverage for the district. The officer will be paid $32 per hour, working an eight-hour shift throughout the school year for 176 days. The yearly salary will be $45,000, and school officials are hoping that can be covered by a federal grant.
Probable Cause Found in Drug Case
Two Tucker County residents are being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $75,000 bail each; they face numerous drug charges. John and Arica Boyles are charged with the delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver cocaine after a controlled buy operation at a home in Randolph County. Law enforcement authorities also found almost a pound of crack cocaine and powdered cocaine.
Washington County Fatality Reported
The Maryland State Police are continuing an investigation into a pedestrian/vehicle collision that resulted in a fatality on Monday. The incident occurred on Sharpsburg Pike at Lyles Drive. Fifty-seven year old William Guth of Hagerstown struck 26-year old Priyanka Malik, also of Hagerstown. Ms. Malik died from her injuries. She was a native of India, working in the United States. The Maryland State Police Crash Team responded for collision reconstruction.
Body Found in Clear Spring
A body was found Monday afternoon, in a wooded area of Ashton Road and Big Pool Road in Clear Spring, and it has been identified as that of 54-year old Leroy Francis Henson. A cause of death has not been determined; the body was taken to the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy. Henson was last seen on December 29th and he was reported missing on January 2nd. The Maryland State Police say there was no evidence of foul play.