Frostburg Woman Dies of Injuries
Frostburg resident Patsy Porter died over the weekend of injuries sustained in a mobile home fire last Wednesday night on Green Street. She passed away at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center. Both 62-year old Glenn Porter and 52-year old Maria Porter suffered non-life threatening injuries in the fire. The cause of the fatal fire remains under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. The home did have working smoke detectors.
Cumberland Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Crash
Twenty-nine year old Cumberland resident Ronald Lee Streets has pleaded guilty to homicide by motor vehicle, in connection to a fatal crash on Route 160 in Pennsylvania last June 9th. Twenty-six year old Anthony Michael Winter of Michigan died of blunt force trauma to the head. Neither man was wearing a seatbelt and were ejected from the car, after it skidded and went over an embankment. Streets did not call "911" until a half-hour after the crash. At the time his blood alcohol level was below the legal limit of .08 per cent. Streets faces nine years in jail and a fine of over $20,000.
Hampshire Man Found Guilty in Brothers' Death
Romney resident David Corey was convicted of first degree murder, with the jury taking less than an hour to do so. He now faces life in prison for the murder of his brother, Danny. Danny Corey was pronounced dead on the evening of January 8, 2012. The case against David Corey was admittedly circumstantial, and his attorneys' defense relied on the lack of physical evidence or witnesses. However, he was found guilty, and the jury voted against a recommendation of mercy, which would have made him eligible for parole after 15 years.
Somerset County Police Officer Dies of Injuries
A longtime Paint township officer died late last week of injuries received in an ATV accident on April 13th in Bedford County. Forty-three year old William Gephart was not wearing a helmet when riding near his family's New Paris cottage. He was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown following the accident. His son, who was riding with him, was thrown from the ATV and was treated and released from the same facility.
Rocky Gap Could Open May 22nd
The Rocky Gap casino could begin gaming operations on May 22nd, pending the results of a controlled demonstration on May 20th. The casino is planning for 558 slot machines and ten table games. About 250 employees are being hired for the gaming operation, and will operate 24 hours a day. Rocky Gap will become the state's fourth casino and its smallest.
Woman Arrested for Robbery
Twenty-one year old Mikki Kondilas is being held on $100,000 bond, following her attempt to rob a Maryland Avenue business late Saturday afternoon. She allegedly jumped over the counter and grabbed the cash register, demanding money, but tripped, giving the clerk time to close the drawer. Ms. Kondilas fled the business, but was apprehended near Kingsley Place. The clerk positively identified her. It was also learned that she also had an additional arrest warrant in Harford County for failure to appear. She was remanded to the Detention Center, following a District Court hearing.
Traffic Pattern, Parking Change on West Elder Street
The city of Cumberland is changing the traffic pattern and parking on West Elder Street, from Virginia Avenue to the Canal Parkway. Parking will be permitted only on the North side of West Elder Street, restricting parking on the South Side. Parking will also be restricted on West Elder Street, from Lexington Avenue to Canal Parkway. Lane markings will be adjusted from Lexington Avenue to Virginia Avenue, to allow for the parking lane on the North side of the street. The City feels the change is necessary for the safe travel of motorists in the area, as West Elder Street was not initially designed for parking.
Westernport Water Interruption
There will be a water interruption in specified areas of Westernport on Wednesday, beginning at about 4 p.m. and lasting for four hours. Those areas affected will be Main Street, from Route 135 to the First Baptist Church; Church Street, including all businesses; Maryland Avenue, including the UPRC; 306 to 308 Front Street; Philos Avenue, from Main Street to Howard Street; the Port West Plaza; and, Washington Street.
Three Hurt in Canaan Valley Plane Crash
Three Virginia men were injured in a single engine plane crash Friday afternoon at the Windwood Fly-In Resort in Canaan Valley. They were identified as Wasseem Haider, Shujjat Rathore and Muhammad Paracha. The other two men got out of the plane, while Haider had to be extricated. The three were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. The Federal Aviation Administration began an investigation Friday night.
PennDOT Awaiting Final Route 219 Permit
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is awaiting a final permit, before beginning to advertise for bids on Route 219, between Meyersdale and Somerset. Bids are expected to be advertised this summer; at that point, PennDOT will give contractors eight weeks to submit bids, because it is such a large project. Earthwork is to be done this year; following that, the bridges and other structures are to be built next year, and the paving done in 2015. The 11-mile project includes two interchanges and six bridges.