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Operation Takedown VI Nets 29 Arrests

Last week's new warrant initiative, conducted by the Cumberland Police Department's Safe Streets Program, netted 29 arrests; 36 arrest warrants were also served. The operation ran from last Monday through Friday. Charges ranged from drug offenses, to sex crimes, to assault, theft and failure to appear.


Hamilton Relay Awarded State Contract

The state of Maryland Department of Information Technology has awarded Hamilton Relay of Frostburg the contract to provide Telecommunications Relay and Captioned Telephone Services. Hamilton first opened a relay service call center in Frostburg, after receiving the initial award in 2007, and the workforce was expanded in 2012


Frostburg Trailer Fire Reported

Two people were reportedly injured in a trailer fire last night on Green Street in Frostburg. The alarm went out around 9:45 p.m., with five fire companies responding. The State Fire Marshal's Office and Potomac Edison responded as well. There were no further details on the cause of the fire, nor the condition of the victims.


Somerset County Man May Face Trial Next Month

Fifty-seven year old Brian Scott Eppley, a former Somerset County area church deacon, school board member and middle school teacher May face trial as soon as next month. He is charged with two counts each of unlawful restraint which is a felony, along with corruption of minors. Eppley had requested a non-jury trial before a judge, but that was denied. A jury is to be chosen May 6th, but because of time issues and possible continuances, the trial could be delayed. Meanwhile, Eppley is free on non-monetary bond.


Potomac Edison Enhancing Electric System and Reliability

Potomac Edison, a subsidiary of First Energy Corporation, is spending about $55 million this year to further enhance the electrical system and reliability in Western Maryland, and in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Among the improvements is the purchase of several spare, high -voltage transformers at a cost of more than $1 million to help reduce outage duration. The company also plans to replace aging equipment and install new monitoring technology. More than $17 million will be spend for ongoing vegetation management and to maintain proper clearances to help reduce tree-related storm damage. That work is planned for all three Western Maryland counties, along with Frederick County, Maryland and Berkeley County, West Virginia.


Two Arrested After Mall Disturbance

Two men were arrested, following a disturbance on the downtown Cumberland Mall on Monday. Twenty-seven year old Charro McMillan and 49-year old Donald Crawford were arguing, and both were placed under arrest, and criminally cited for disorderly conduct. McMillan was also charged with possession of paraphernalia when officers found a suspected marijuana smoking device on him. They were released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.


Grantsville Woman Charged with Assault

Grantsville resident Marcy Lynn Durst was charged with assault, following a domestic disturbance on Posey Row Road. Maryland State Police troopers found a male victim with scratches in the face, neck and stomach areas. As a result, Ms. Durst was arrested and charged with the assault count.


Traffic Change for Sunday in Downtown Cumberland

The City of Cumberland, on behalf the Allegany County Child Abuse Task Force, is advising motorists that Salem Street, from Queen City Drive to South Center Street will be closed on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All traffic should use Queen City Drive to Harrison Street to access the downtown area during that time, to allow for a car show, as part of the event. All through traffic will need to use I-68 westbound or Queen City Drive to detour around the event.


 Maryland Man Dies After West Virginia Event

An Ellicott City man died, while competing in an endurance course in the Eastern Panhandle. The body of 28-year old Avishek Sengupta was found at a water obstacle at the "Tough Mudder" event in Glengary, and died on Sunday at a Northern Virginia hospital. An investigation is continuing, but the initial finding was that the death was accidental.


Indictment for Murder Suspect

An indictment has been issued for the man charged in the death of the Mingo County Sheriff.  A three-count indictment was handed up against 37-year old Tennis Maynard of Ragland. He allegedly walked up to a parked cruiser and shot Sheriff Eugene Crum on April 3rd. Sheriff Crum died a short time later.  He is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and felony  fleeing a police officer.

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