Mayor Wants To Close Underpass
Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim has made no secret of the fact he wants to close the Baltimore Street underpass, but it first must be determined who owns it. Trash, bottles, graffiti and standing pools of water make the underpass "disgusting," according to the Mayor. While city crews have attempted to clean it in the past, the odor or fumes from the substances create a problem, because it is an enclosed structure.
Man Admits To Sexual Assault
Forty-five year old Brian Lynch has admitted the sexual assault of a six-year old boy who was taken from his home on Saturday. Police say Lynch did not have permission to take the boy, and had recently moved to Fayette County from Westmoreland County. He is accused of sexually assaulting the boy in the back seat of his car in a parking lot near Legion Keener Park. Lynch faces about a dozen charges, most of them felonies including kidnapping and rape. He is being held on $250,000 bond.
Breaking and Entering at Pharmacy
Cumberland City Police, along with the Maryland State Police are investigating the breaking and entering of a pharmacy in the 600-block of Greene Street. A rear window had been shattered, and it was determined the suspect or suspects had actually entered the store. The owner of the business determined nothing had been taken. An attempt was made to track the suspect, using a bloodhound, and a Crime Scene Technician with the Maryland State Police was able to collect evidence the suspect left behind. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police or Allegany County's CrimeSolvers' Program at (301)-722-4300.
Man Charged With Battery
A Keyser man, who had been arrested for assaulting a man with a knife, was recently charged with battery, after allegedly choking a woman at a North Main Street apartment. Sixty-year old Harold Bosley was most recently arrested after he was found holding a woman to the floor by the neck. It was originally thought Bosley had a knife, but none was found. Bosley was held on $500 bond, and still faces charges in connection with a January 10th malicious wounding incident.
Garrett Man Faces Indecent Assault Charges
A fifty-two year old Garrett man, who was charged with inappropriately touching a young girl, will face trial, beginning Monday. The jury has been chosen in the case against Bruce William Hockenberry. Charges were filed in November of 2011; the incident allegedly occurred on New Year's Day, 2002, and the victim was less than 9 years old at the time.
Roads To Receive Pavement Treatment
Several roadways will be treated with "slurry seal" or "microsurfacing" within the next several months. The State Highway Administration has dedicated $2.5 million to overlay selected roads in the state. Among the roads slated for improvement are Route 36, between Vale Summit and Midland; Route 51, near Oldtown; and Route 935-the Lower George's Creek Road-near Barton. The pavement treatment seals cracks, locks out moisture and improves traction to help prevent hydroplaning.
Body of Frederick Man Found in Potomac River
The body of a 54-year old Frederick man was found in the Potomac River this past weekend. The Maryland State Police say a suicide note was found at the man's home. A bicyclist spotted the body in the water late Sunday afternoon; the man's car was found about a half-mile from where the body was recovered.
Motorcyclist Remains in Critical Condition
The father of one of the victim's of Saturday's double-fatal motorcycle crash on Interstate 70 near Indian Springs, remains in critical condition at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Mark B. Stephens and his passenger, 19-year old Megan Daymude of Inwood, were killed in the accident, which closed Eastbound Interstate 70 for about four hours. Mark D. Stephens is still being treated.