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Cause of Fatal Frostburg Fire Determined

The cause of last week's fatal fire in Frostburg has been determined. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office says electrical components of an entertainment center in the living room of the home sparked the blaze. The fire, at a mobile home on Green Street, took the life of Patricia Porter, and injured 62-year old Glenn Porter and 62-year old Maria Porter. Fire loss to the structure and its contents was set at $25,000.

 

Police Investigate HRDC Incident

The Cumberland City Police Department is investigating an incident this week, in which an unidentified mini-van attempted to pick up Head Start children at one of HRDC's bus stops in the Baltimore Street/Goethe Street area. The van is not an HRDC Head Start vehicle, and the agency is urging all families to take necessary precautions. If you notice any suspicious vehicle at your child's bus stop or near the Head Start Center, contact Cumberland City Police immediately at (301)-777-1600. The HRDC Head Start program will only send a yellow bus to pick up children.

 

Fire Causes $100,000 Damage to Iris Avenue Home

The Maryland State Fire Marshal has determined Monday's fire at 11908 Iris Avenue to be accidental in nature, caused by an electrical malfunction of household wiring in the basement ceiling. The home of Samuel and Maragaret Blume sustained $100,000 in damage, and two dogs were lost in the fire. The structure is considered a total loss, and the family is being assisted by the local American Red Cross and family members.

 

Sewer Rates to Rise

Sewer rates will increase 20 per cent for Cumberland City residents at the beginning of Fiscal Year 2014. The Cumberland Mayor and City Council approved the drafting of an ordinance during last night's work session. An average city residents' sewer bill, which is now about $35, will rise to $42 with the increase, which is being implemented due to a projected deficit in the sewer fund of over a million dollars.

 

Auction Fails To Produce Buyers

An auction of the former Oxford House Restaurant, located at 127-129 Baltimore Street yesterday failed to produce any buyers. The value of the five story property is over $423.000, but the minimum bid sought was $131,000. The building will remain in the hands of PNC Bank, based in Pittsburgh. Along with that structure, the McMullen Building, the former home of G.C. Murphy Company, was also retained at auction by First People's Community Federal Credit Union. 

 

Traffic Stop Yields Nearly 140 Pounds of Marijuana

A stop for speeding this past weekend yielded about 140 pounds of marijuana. The stop was made on Interstate 68 near Frostburg. The marijuana had a street value of a little over $200,000. Taken into custody were Baltimore residents Tamboura Hall and passenger Chanelle Williams. They were taken to the Allegany County Detention Center, and are being held on  $750,000 bond each.

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