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"Failed Auction" for Land Near I-68

It was called a "failed auction." Land off of Interstate 68, near the Ali Ghan Shrine Club, failed to sell at a Maryland Department of Transportation auction yesterday. Three bids were placed on the land, but none met a state minimum for the sale of the land. Meanwhile, plans by Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores, continue to move forward. Love's wants to build a fuel station and convenience store, has purchased more than two acres of the Turano property for just over $1.6 million last year. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for later this year.


Keyser Approves Bonds

The city of Keyser has approved loans totaling $15 million to pay for design and construction of pending water and sewer system upgrades. According the Mineral News-Tribune, the finance package does not cover the cost of building the new sewage treatment plant, which is expected to cost at least $25 million, with the state of West Virginia paying for about half of that. Keyser residents ultimately will pay for various upgrades through increases in their water and sewer bills over the life of the loans, which should be for about another 30 years.


Crown Jewelers in Bedford Robbed

While the Pennsylvania State Police continue to investigate this week's robbery of Denny's Restaurant in Bedford, they are also searching for a man who robbed Crown Jewelers on Lincoln Highway yesterday afternoon. The suspect, displayed a handgun, and demanded all the money from the cash drawer. He fled the store on foot, and the investigating officer says there was video surveillance of the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bedford barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-623-6133.


Piedmont Council Member Returns

Piedmont City Council member Ray Hall returned to last week's regularly scheduled meeting, after having served a sentence in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail for attempted extortion. However, the meeting was cancelled, due to lack of a quorum. Hall served six months on the charge, which was unrelated to his position on the council. A special meeting will be held this evening, to approve a payment request for the first phase of a water project, and a memorandum of understanding for the second phase.


Make Up Days Announced for Allegany County

The Allegany County Board of Education has approved a student make-up day schedule for instructional days missed during the 2012-2013 academic school year. Students have missed a total of eight instructional days; however, the State Board of Education approved a request to waive the three days of school missed in October, as the result of Superstorm Sandy. The last day of school for students will be Monday, June 10th; the last day for teachers will be Tuesday, June 18th. Students will now go to school the last two days of Spring Break, tomorrow and Friday of this week.


Two Vehicle Crash Reported on Vale Summit Road

Two people, involved in an accident on Vale Summit Road, were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Nineteen year old Peter Howard of Wexford, Pennsylvania attempted to make a left turn onto Vale Summit Road, and crossed into the path of another vehicle, driven by 19-year old Richele Fazenbaker of Westernport. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Route 36 was partially closed for about 30 minutes on Sunday.


Somerset County Projects Are Underway

Several road and bridge improvement projects are underway this week in Somerset County. Crews began work on moving a water line, to make way for the repaving of Route 160 to the Cambria County line.


Somerset County Man Charged in Brutal Beating

Twenty-four year old Jeremy James Murphey has been accused of severely beating another man, and leaving him in a snow-covered ditch. According to reports, Murphey and several others left a Windber bar in March. He got into a fight, in the car, with another man. The driver told them to get out, and Murphey continued to assault him outside of the vehicle. Murphey got back in the car, and left the victim alongside the road. Police say the victim could have died, had it not been for a patrol officer who found him about three minutes after the assault. Murphey is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.


Washington County Men Arrested for Assault, Drug Possession

The Maryland State Police arrested two Hagerstown men early yesterday morning, in connection with an incident that happened on northbound Interstate 81, south of Route 40. A tractor trailer driver reported that a small red passenger car was driving recklessly and aggressively near his vehicle. The car pulled up beside the rig and the passenger in the front, displayed a shotgun, pointing directly at the passenger window of the truck. Two people, 21-year old Alan Vincint Saunders and 20-year old Brandon Scott Castle later admitted their involvement. Also found on Castle were two hypodermic needles, and a cellophane wrapper, containing suspected marijuana. While Saunders were released, Castle was arrested.


Hagerstown Airport May Reopen Tower

The Hagerstown Regional Airport may reopen their tower, after it is closed on May 5th, due to federal budget cuts. A best-case scenario would be for the FAA to  continue to keep the tower open and keep funding in place, but Washington County says it will do whatever is necessary to keep the tower in operation. U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski says that both Hagerstown and Frederick support the airspace around Camp David, and serve as backdrops for any kinds of issues, from storms to other catastrophes.

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