O'Malley Makes Offer to Pennsylvania on Route 219 Project
Governor Martin O'Malley has written to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, proposing that the Maryland Department of Transportation "move forward and complete" the project planning studies for the full length of U.S. Route 219, between Interstate 68 and Meyersdale. Maryland will use its Appalachian Development Highway System funds
Somerset Woman Sentenced for Stealing From Vet's Group
Friedens resident Lorrie Sue Fisher has been sentenced to one to 23 months in jail, after pleading guilty in February to stealing more than $5,000 from the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 587 in Somerset County. She was accused of writing nine checks from the group's account to herself without authorization and stealing cash as well. She has not paid any restitution to the group, since her guilty plea on February 11th of this year.
Over 2,000 Homes Lose Power Sunday
Approximately 2100 homes, and 230 residents were without power yesterday afternoon, as a homeowner on Pine Avenue cut a tree that fell across power lines. Service was interrupted around 3 p.m., and service was restored by 6. The area from Shade's Lane to Naves Crossroads was without power. In addition, Williams Street and the Constitution Park area was affected.
Man Arrested for Violating Protective Order
Cumberland resident Abraham Ortiz has been arrested for assault and violation of a protective order, following an incident in the 300-block of Independence Street on Saturday. Ortiz allegedly argued with a female victim, and he slapped her in the face, and threw a kitchen utensil at her. The protective order instructed him not to abuse the victim. He was held without bail at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Teen Assaulted with Pellet Rifle
Cumberland resident Miguel Quinton Vanmeter is being held on $45,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after allegedly assaulting a 17-year old juvenile with a pellet rifle. The victim would not tell police who shot him with the air gun; he was later transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. However, witnesses identified Vanmeter. He was charged with both first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment and shooting an air gun with the city limits. The incident took place in the vicinity of West Oldtown Road, near Gay Street.
Juvenile Charged As Adult in Assault Incident \
A 16-year old juvenile is being charged as an adult, following a domestic assault in the 100-block of Humbird Street on Friday. A female victim told police she was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, who still lives with her. He allegedly struck her in the face with a closed fist, following an argument. Due to the extent of her injuries, he was charged as an adult, and later released on his own recognizance, following an appearance in District Court.
Park, Water Slide Projects Move Forward in Keyser
The city of Keyser is getting a jump on the summer recreational season by announcing that the West End Park playground project will be built on Saturday, April 27th and that a fundraiser is being planned to purchase a slide for the city pool. Residents and contractors will be donating their time talent and equipment to build the playground, and a basket bingo event for the pool slide will be held on Sunday, May 5th at Keyser High School.
U.S. Wind Force Announces Grant Recipients
The U.S. Wind Force Foundation has announced the second round of grants from the Community Benefit Fund, Associated with the Pinnacle Wind Farm at New Page. A total of $25,000 in grants were allocated to local projects, including $3,000 for the city of Keyser, which will be matched for a playground structure. Other beneficiaries of the grants include the Elk Garden PTO, which will receive $2500 to assist with the construction of a quarter-mile walking track, and the Mineral County Family Resource Network, which will receive $2,000 for its three Energy Express sites.
Autism Walk Raises $60,000
Saturday's 11th annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks event at Allegany College of Maryland raised approximately $60,000, topping the 2012 totals for both money raised and the number of people participating. Over the years, the annual event has raised over a half-million dollars. Walkers came Saturday from as far away as Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Frederick, according to the Cumberland Times-News.
Local Teacher Named Character Educator of the Year
A teacher at the Mineral County Alternative School has been named West Virginia's Character Educator of the Year. Diana Sutherland was honored during the West Virginia Board of Education's April meeting. Character education emphasizes trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, citizenship and fairness. The Mineral County Alternative School serves students with severe disabilities and those who have been expelled from school.