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Five Charged in Sacred Heart Break-In

Five people-two adults and three juveniles were arrested in connection with last week's breaking and entering of the former Sacred Heart hospital building on Seton Drive. John Michael-Fraley and Jonathan Edward Urgiles and three 17-year olds were taken into custody. The Sacred Heart site, owned by the Allegany County Board of Education, is the site of the future Allegany High School. The five removed a single fire extinguisher and several other miscellaneous items. They are being charged with second-degree burglary, theft and destruction of property.


EPA Approves Route 219 Expansion

The Environmental Protection Agency has informed the Army Corps of Engineers it would not seek a higher review of the improvement and expansion of Route 219. This means the Army Corps will issue the final permit needed before construction can begin. Construction, for now, will expand Route 219 between Somerset and Meyersdale; the ultimate plan is to extend the roadway into Maryland and New York. The project has been 42 years in the making.


Potential Skydiving Business for Cumberland Airport

A Garrett County man, who operates a skydiving business in Garrett County, wants to explore the possibility of a similar business at the Greater Cumberland Municipal Airport. Neil Porter received his training while serving in the U.S. Army and was in business in Colorado for 10 years. Porter cited the Cumberland airport as having "a good landing area, great weather, field trucks and maintenance." He presented his idea at a recent meeting of the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority, and it was decided that, pending legal review, the business would be accepted at the airport, according to the Mineral News-Tribune.


Excess Funds Devoted to Employees, Vehicle Purchases

The city of Keyser's finances are better than expected and that excess will be devoted to its employees, and for the purchase of vehicles for the police and street departments. One of those expenditures will be a $100 clothing allowance for each of the city's 40 employees. Earlier this year, a 30-cent across the board pay increase was approved for employees as well.


Bedford Woman Arrested in Disturbance

Nineteen year old Mary Delisle of Bedford was released on her own recognizance, following a disturbance complaint in the vicinity of Seymour and Third Streets Monday evening. She was accused of acting in a disorderly manner and yelling at other individuals, including the officers. She failed to comply with their requests, and was taken into custody. She was charged with failure to obey a lawful order, disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.


Georgia Man Arrested in Gun Incident

A thirty-seven year old Monroe, Georgia man was arrested in the parking lot of a local pizza shop in Garrett County Monday evening. James T. Cleveland allegedly brandished a .22-calibre semi-automatic pistol during an altercation with other individuals. The gun was recovered and Cleveland was placed under arrest.


Air Conditioner Stolen from Residence

The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating the theft of an air conditioner from a private residence in the 12000-block of Friendsville Road. The theft occurred either last Wednesday or Thursday. Anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry barrack at (301)-387-1101.


Sobriety Checkpoint Set for Friday Night, Saturday Morning

The West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from Friday night at 8 p.m. until Saturday morning at 2 a.m. It will be in Mineral County, along Route 220, south of Keyser. The Governor's Highway Safety Program, in conjunction with the West Virginia State Police, will conduct events and patrols concentrating on the arrest of intoxicated drivers.


West Virginia Granted Waiver

The West Virginia Board of Education has received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education on a proposal seeking flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act. The waiver frees the state's public schools, and allows them to focus on achievement and improvement, so that all students can be prepared for college and career success. The state board of education has identified 32 low-performing schools across the state as priority schools, making them eligible for extra funds and resources.

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