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Three Injured in Mobile Home Fire

One person was taken to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center, and two others, to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, following a fire in a mobile home on Green Street in Frostburg Tuesday night. Sixty-three year old Patsy Porter is listed in critical condition at the Baltimore facility, while 62-year old Glenn Porter and 52-year old Maria Porter were taken to the local hospital with non-life threatening, smoke inhalation injuries. Two adjacent mobile homes received exterior radiant heat damage. There were no other injuries, and working smoke alarms alerted the occupants of the blaze. The origin and cause for the fire remain under investigation.


Striplin To Announce Candidacy

All three incumbent Allegany County Commissioners have filed for re-election in 2014, and now former Board of Education member Tom Striplin is announcing his candidacy for the county board. Striplin's Kick-Off event is scheduled for tonight at 6:30 p.m., at Maplehurst Country Club in Frostburg, and the event is open to the public. He is currently the Director of Clinical Education for the Respiratory Care Program at Allegany College of Maryland, a position he has held for the past 25 years.


School System Experiences Phone Issues

The Allegany County School System was notified Tuesday there were issues with intermittent phone service in Allegany County. Verizon and Lumos have confirmed there are issues in the area, and are working to resolve them. Several schools have observed difficulties with incoming calls as well. There are currently more than 150 customers with phone service issues in the county with no estimated time of resolution from Verizon and Lumos. The public schools wanted to make parents aware if they are attempting to contact their child's school, and the calls are going unanswered, it is likely due to the county-wide phone service issue.


Somerset Prison Guard Charged with Smuggling Contraband

An SCI-Somerset correctional officer has been charged and arraigned on charges he was involved in a contraband smuggling operation with inmates at the prison. Thirty-five year old Donald Lynch was charged by special agent Michael Kondas of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. The contraband brought in included marijuana and other drugs, pornographic magazines and Muslim oil, according to the probable cause affidavit. Lynch is free on $20,000 unsecured bond, and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 7th.


Man Sentenced for Burning Own Home

A 48-year old Somerset County man has been sentenced to one to five years in prison for setting fire to his home last June. Jay Shaulis of Somerset had been in the Somerset County Jail since last July; he was not credited for any time served. Shaulis, who provided several accounts of how the fire started, allegedly had previously threatened to burn it down, according to a court document from his wife. He has also been ordered to pay $1,000 in fines and make restitution of nearly $47,000 to State Farm Insurance.


Shoplifting Complaint Leads to Drug Arrest

A Cumberland woman, who had allegedly been shoplifting at a Virginia Avenue business, was later charged with possession of CDS. Thirty-two year old Allysan McDaniel was spotted placing various items in her handbag. A search by police yielded a quantity of Clonazepam pills, which are a Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance. She was charged with theft and drug possession and held on $3500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Maryland Avenue Disturbance Leads to Arrest

Cumberland City Police were called to a disturbance in the 700-block of Virginia Avenue early Tuesday evening; when they were called back, the person allegedly creating the disturbance was arrested. Thirty-five year old Kelly Goetz had been told by police to stop causing the disturbance. Less than 20 minutes later, she was continuing to cause the disturbance, throwing household items out of the residence onto the roadway. She was charged and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.


WV School Building Authority Funds Projects

The state of West Virginia School building Authority has funded 11 projects, including several regional ones. Among those, Pendleton County received nearly $10 million for the construction of a new Franklin Elementary School. The Martinsburg North Middle School will be renovated with nearly $6 million in funding. And, Preston County received $4 million for a new West Preston Middle School. A total of more than $49 million was allocated to a dozen school systems.


Officers Accused of Being Members of Prison Gang

Dozens of correctional officers and gang members were apprehended as part of a grand jury indictment involving the Black Guerilla Family gang in Baltimore. Those accused are alleged to have helped run the prison gang in the Baltimore City Detention Center and at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center. Fifteen women and ten men are accused of not only being gang members, but also of smuggling drugs and cell phones into the facilities. According to the indictment, one of the alleged leaders got four female correctional officers pregnant at least once over the last several years.

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