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Footer Building Receives State Approval; Now Needs Federal OK

The Footer Dye Works Building has been given approval by the state, and now needs a federal approval to be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. It will now go to final approval with the National Park Service. During a meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission yesterday at City Hall, the announcement was made by Kathy McKenney, historic preservation and planning coordinator for the city of Cumberland.  A listing on the National Register means that the building would be eligible for a 20 per cent federal tax credit, which could act as an incentive for potential developers.


Police Seek Driver in Hit and Run

Cumberland City Police are looking for a tractor-trailer driver, involved in a hit and run yesterday morning on the Crosstown Bridge, near the Beall Street exit. The driver moved into a lane and struck a van, operated by Bedford resident Jared Anderson. The van overturned, and the tractor trailer then traveled about 100 more yards, stopped, and then continued westbound, leaving the scene. It was described as being white in color, with a "caution" type symbol on the rear. Anderson was uninjured. Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at (301)-777-1600.


One Arrested in Meth Lab Bust

The Pennsylvania State Police, along with the Bedford County Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant Tuesday morning along Barefoot Road in Alum Bank, and arrested one person. Twenty-five year old Brooke Nicole Malia was the only person at the residence, and was taken into custody. She will be charged with violations of the Controlled Dangerous Substance Act. Additional arrests are expected, once the investigation is complete.


Owners Request Independent Analysis of Products

The owners of The Earth Zone in Keyser and Short Gap, John and Tonya Cozatt, are asking for an independent analysis of one of the products they sell; investigators say the products contain illegal substances. The Cozatts were indicted in January on felony charges of selling synthetic marijuana in their stores. The motion to do an independent analysis of the substances was granted, and another preliminary hearing is being set for May 22nd at 11 a.m.


USDA Approves Allegany County Grant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has announced a grant of $566,000 to Allegany County, for the extension of the county's water mains to connect to Rawlings' community water system and to replace the existing aged distribution system. In addition to the grant, the project will be funded by a loan of $190,000 from USDA-RD to the county. The announcement was made yesterday by Maryland United States Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.


Two Arrested on Outstanding Warrants

Two Cumberland residents were arrested on outstanding warrants, although one of the two was less than cooperative. Cumberland Police arrested 35 year old Misty Dawn Jenkins near the
Western Maryland Railroad, near the Potomac River. However, when they tried to arrest 34-year old Joseph William Wood, he jumped into the river, and swam away from officers. He got out of the water and was apprehended a short distance away. Ms. Jenkins was held on $1,000 bond and Wood was held on $8,000. The original charges stemmed from an altercation between the two that happened last weekend, in the area of Baltimore Avenue and Decatur Street.


Two Arrested in Maryland Avenue Assault

Both Norman Bernard Cromwell and Christopher Joe Clanagan were charged with first and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, following an incident in the 700-block of Maryland Avenue on Tuesday. The victim reported that he had been attacked by two men, and witnesses at the scene identified both Cromwell and Clanagan. The victim was treated for a laceration to his head, while Cromwell was arrested and held on $5,000 bond; Clanagan's bail was set at $10,000.


Woman Assaulted by Her Boyfriend

Fifty-one year old Amos Victor Tichnell was held on $3,000 bond, after he was charged with second degree assault. A female victim told Cumberland City Police she had been assaulted by her boyfriend. She sustained an injury to her lip, but did not require medical treatment. The incident took place in the 200-block of South Central Avenue on Tuesday.


Commissioners Cancel Meeting

The Allegany County Commissioners will not have a meeting today, due to a limited number of agenda items. The next public business meeting will be held next Thursday. However, the first budget workshop is being held today at the Allegany County Office Building.


Keyser Woman Arrested on Failure to Appear Warrant

Forty-five year old Karen Harms was arrested at her North Main Street apartment, after repeated requests to turn down her music. She was charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing a police officer, and public intoxication.  It was later discovered she was wanted for failure to appear for a previous court date. She was held on $1500 bond.


New Jersey Man To Face Bedford County Charges

A New Jersey man will face charges after several inappropriate photos of a Bedford County teen were found on his cell phone. Investigators from as far away as Colorado had been tracking Edward Gutierrez since earlier this year. He is also accused of sending explicit text messages. He was taken into custody late last week in New Jersey and will be returned to Bedford County to face the charges.


Somerset County To Receive Marcellus Shale Money

Somerset County will receive nearly $290,000, as its share of the Marcellus Shale impact fee generated last year. The fund was established in 2011, and imposes an annual impact fee on each natural gas well in Pennsylvania; it puts limits on how counties and municipalities can spend the cash. The fee generated $204 million in its first year. County officials must notify the Public Utility Commission of their plans for the money by April 15th. The commissioners will place most of the money in a capital reserve fund.


Heroin Bust Could Be Largest in Somerset County History

Last week's heroin seizure on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Somerset could be one of the largest in county history. Taken into custody was Warren Green IV, who remains in the Somerset County Jail on $750,000 bond. Green was initially arrested for driving 14 miles-per-hour over the speed limit, but a drug scan by a K-9 unit indicated the presence of drugs. In all, 1500 grams, or 1,000 bricks of heroin were seized.


Sobriety Checkpoint for Hardy County

The West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint this weekend along U.S. Route 220 in Moorefield. The State Police will conduct events and patrols concentrating on the arrest of intoxicated drivers. Officers are conducting the event in conjunction with the Governor's Highway Safety Program.


Arrests Made in Serial Arson Cases

Four Maryland residents have been arrested in connection with what are being called "serial arsons" in Washington and Frederick counties. The suspects are identified as 20-year old Williamsport resident Tyler Murray; Sara Mathews, 19, of Adamstown; Frederick resident Olivia Hannah and 20-year old Morgan Nield of Hagerstown. All face various counts of arson, attempted arson or malicious burning. The fires date to March 17th, when two trash containers were set on fire in Williamsport. Since then, nearly 40 additional fires have occurred. They include mulch piles, mailboxes, hay bales, vehicles, barns and a garage. Damages have been estimated at $200,000. There may be both additional charges and suspects in these cases.

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