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Last Full Week of General Assembly Session


This is the last full week of the Maryland General Assembly, and lawmakers will spend much of the week determining the fate of gun control legislation and hundreds of other bills. The gun control bill includes a requirement for future handgun buyers to submit fingerprints to the State Police, a ban on assault-type weapons and limiting magazine rounds to ten bullets. Floor debate on the bill should begin today, with a final vote taking place tomorrow or Thursday, sending it back to the Senate.




ACM Increasing Tuition


Allegany College of Maryland is planning to increase tuition rates in Fiscal Year 2014, and has asked the county commissioners for a flat funding plan. The college itself is anticipating a flat enrollment, a two per cent salary increase for its employees and a 13 per cent health insurance increase. Tuition will increase from $105 per credit hour to $108 per credit hour. ACM requested just over $7.4 million in funding from the county for the coming fiscal year.




Bedford Restaurant Robbed


Two men, armed with knives and wearing ski masks, robbed the Bedford Denny's Restaurant early yesterday morning. The two forced employees to the back of the restaurant, then kicked in an office door, and left with an undetermined amount of money. Police have a description of the getaway car, and note that video surveillance was in operation at the time of the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bedford Barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-623-6133.




Rig Accident Closes Garrett County Road


A tractor-trailer accident closed Trap Run Road in Garrett County yesterday afternoon. The Garrett County Sheriff's Office says a tractor-trailer overturned in a stream. Two patients were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Units were on the scene, removing about 200 gallons of fuel from the rig. Trap Run Road was closed for over six hours yesterday afternoon, into the evening.




Dealership Victim of Weekend Theft


The Garrett County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of tires from two new vehicles at Diehl's Ford Sales in Grantsville over the weekend. Sometime between Friday and Saturday, a person or persons removed two entire sets of tires from two 2013 Ford Edge vehicles that were parked outside. Other, nearby vehicles were also damaged. Anyone with information, or anyone seeing anything suspicious, is asked to contact the Garrett County Sheriff's Office at (301)-334-1911.




Summons Served on Woman For Theft


A criminal summons was served on 48-year old Lisa Brooke on Sunday. A person claimed that, during the week of March 4th through March 8th, Ms. Brooke came to the victim's residence to visit, and during each visit, stole various pieces of jewelry and money from different locations within the victim's home. She was charged with theft scheme, from $10,000 to under $100,000, and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.




Cumberland Woman Charged with Theft


A criminal summons was served on 18-year old Tyisha Thorton on Sunday. She is charged with allegedly stealing an electronic device belonging to another student, while at Allegany College of Maryland. She was observed by security cameras committing the theft. She was served,and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.




Man Charged in Domestic Incident


Fifty-year old Charles Woods was charged with two counts of second degree assault and two of reckless endangerment, following an incident Sunday at a home on Elm Street. Woods and a woman were involved in a verbal argument, which led to Woods grabbing and shaking the woman. A second female victim intervened, and Woods allegedly grabbed her and threw her to the ground, punching her in the head several times. He received a bond review at Allegany County District Court, and was released on personal recognizance. Neither victim required medical attention.




State Help Sought in Folck's Mill Preservation


An effort by the Maryland Historical Trust is underway to preserve a Civil War battle site near Cumberland. The crumbling stone foundation of Folck's Mill marks the spot where Brigadier General Benjamin Kelly and his troops prevented the Confederate Army from attacking Cumberland. Preservation funds may be available for the site, near Nave's Crossroads, if the Canal Place Heritage Area in downtown Cumberland is expanded to include Folck's Mill. During the battle, in August of 1864, there were 38 casualties.

Baseball Coach Killed in Fishing Mishap


Former Berkeley Springs High School baseball coach Ronald "Ronnie" Clatterbuck died in a fishing accident Saturday afternoon on the Cacapon River. He, along with his son and grandson, were fishing in the river, when their boat capsized; the three were swept downstream. Clatterbuck's son was able to bring him to shore, but he could not be revived. A Maryland State Police helicopter was used to lower a basket to rescue the grandson, who was trapped on a different shoreline. Clatterbuck helped lead the Berkeley Springs High School team to its only state championship in 1983.




Clear Spring Man Killed in Accident


Clear Spring resident Ernest Robertson was killed in a single vehicle accident Easter Sunday afternoon on the National Pike, east of St. Paul Road. his 2007 Saturn went over an embankment and into a creek bed. He was taken to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, where he died of his injuries. The National Pike was closed for about an hour. The investigation is continuing, and the Maryland State Police believe alcohol may have contributed to the accident.

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