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Bedford Racer Dies of Injuries


A 15-year old Bedford County racer died Saturday night at the Bedford County Dirt Racers Dirt drags. The incident took place when the racer lost control of the quad racer; it struck a tire barrier on the side of the track, causing the machine to flip. The driver was thrown from the vehicle, and struck a light pole. The operator died when medical personnel were attempting to treat the injuries. The investigation from the Pennsylvania State Police is continuing.




Sections of Bridge To Close This Week


The State Highway Administration is closing a section under the Crosstown Bridge, beginning today, as work continues to repair, clean and paint the more than half-mile bridge over the city. The parking area under the bridge between Queen City Drive and South Centre Street will close; this is a permit-only parking area, and is operated by the city of Cumberland. Permit holders will be directed to another nearby parking area. Beginning Saturday, June 1st, the parking area under the bridge, between South Johnson Street and Bridge Street, west of Wills Creek, will also close. Both sections will be closed for several months.




C3I Investigating Breaking and Entering


The C3I unit is investigating the breaking and entering and theft from the former Sacred Heart Hospital building on Seton Drive which is currently owned by the Allegany County Board of Education. Unknown suspects had broken a window to gain entry to the building. Video surveillance led to the identity of the four. They removed a single fire extinguisher and several other miscellaneous items. Criminal charges will be filed.




Cumberland Man Charged with Burglary


Thirty-year old Cumberland resident Jason Robert Edwards was charged with burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property, following an incident early yesterday morning. Edwards allegedly threw something through the window of a West Second Street residence, and forced his way through a door. He also allegedly assaulted several people inside. He was charged and was awaiting an initial appearance in District Court.




Mc Coole Fire Protection Meeting Set


The Allegany County Emergency Services Board will have a public meeting on Wednesday, June 5th at 7 p.m., to discuss fire protection services in the McCoole area. Input is being sought from community members and the general public on the subject. The meeting will be held at the McCoole Cornerstone Ministries Church, on Queens Point Road.




Two Charged with Marijuana Growing Operation


Two Somerset, Pennsylvania residents were charged, after State Police found more than two dozen marijuana plants in Jenner Township. Twenty-one year old Johnathan Barr and Mary Elizabeth Beeman of Somerset were taken into custody. They were arrested after Somerset police came to their apartment to investigate a domestic incident with the pair. They volunteered information about a larger marijuana growing operation in Somerset County, and that information was passed on to State Police.




Maryland Tax Court Misses Deadlines


The Maryland Office of Legislative audits says that the Maryland Tax Court failed more than 40 per cent of the time to resolve homeowners' appeals of property tax assessments within 90-days of filing, as required by state law. The Tax Court missed the deadline by a month or more in 293 cases, or 41 per cent of the 720 appeals filed. They appeals were either filed or heard between July 1, 2010 and February 20th of this year. A prior audit showed a 62 per cent failure rate.




AccuWeather Predicts Active Hurricane Season is predicting at least three hurricanes will make landfall in the U.S. this season, as opposed to four in 2012. Meteorologists are calling for 16 tropical storms, with four of those possibly developing into major hurricanes. An average year sees 12 tropical storms, 6 hurricanes, three of which a major hurricanes, and two storms that make landfall.




Attorney Sentenced for Defrauding West Virginia


An attorney from Belington, West Virginia was sentenced to 12 months and one day imprisonment for bill the state for services she did not perform. Lisa Weese, who had been a panel attorney in the circuit court of Barbour, Randolph, Tucker and Taylor counties billed the state for over $159,000, and will have to make restitution. She will self-report to a designated federal institution. The case was investigated by the West Virginia Commission on Special Investigations.

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