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Oakland Man Arrested on Arson Charges

A thirty-two year old Garrett County man was arrested for his involvement in setting his ex-girlfriend's house on fire earlier this month. Jason Michael Weaver is charged with intentionally setting the fire that caused about $60,000 in damage to the home on Sanders Lane in Oakland. He faces numerous charges and is being held on $100,000 bond. If convicted, he could face up to 83 years in prison and/or $65,000 in fines.


County Water Rates to Increase

Allegany County water customers could see a slight rise in their water and sewer rates in the upcoming fiscal year. Some districts, such as those in the Jennings Run area could see the largest hikes, up to $8.00 per quarter for sewer surcharges. Cresaptown will pay $9.00 more per quarter. the increased costs will, however, be phased in over a three year period, with another increase planned for 2015.


Four To Hospital at NewPage Corporation

Four people were taken from the NewPage facility yesterday morning, following reports of an "unusual odor" early yesterday. All four were treated and released from the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The odor was traced to a hydraulic pump at the plant. Although the incident remains under investigation, normal operations resumed following the incident.


Development Authority President Resigns

The President of the Mineral county Development Authority, Rick Linthicum, resigned this week. A question arose about a $250 expenditure to the Greater Cumberland Committee, with Linthicum claiming he was being "badgered." The money in question was written for the North/South Subcommittee of the Greater Cumberland Committee; according to the Authority's by-laws, the director has the "discretion of spending money." There were other questions concerning the authority, such as paying for broadband access, and paying down the debrt on the shell building in the Fort Ashby Park.


Two More Charged in Meth Dump Site

Two Meyersdale residents have been charged in connection with a methamphetamine dump site discovered in Summit Township. Forty-eight year old Debra Custer and 25-year old Vanessa Housel have been released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. Police found and seized several items used to manufacture meth during a search of an apartment on Mason-Dixon Highway; police subsequently fund the dump site along Sand Spring Road in Summit Township.


Man Charged With Arson

A former Cairnbrook resident is accused of starting two fires at his ex-girlfriend's residence, and has been arraigned on those charges. Thirty-eight year old William Henry Ulderich is charged with intentionally setting the two fires, on May 7th and May 20th of last year. Bail has been set at $10,000 in each case. A preliminary hearing has been set for June 3rd.


Downtown Celebrates Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day in Downtown Cumberland begins tonight with Friday After Five, music on the Liberty Street stage tomorrow night, and Sunday's "Bargains on the Bricks." The Allegany Jazz Band will play from 6 until 7 tonight; immediately following that, there will be a viewing of the MPT video, "Our Town-Cumberland," on a giant blow-up outdoor movie screen, furnished by the city's Parks and Recreation Department. Tonight's Friday After Five is being sponsored by the Downtown Cumberland Business Association, and donations are greatly appreciated.


Hagerstown Man Sentenced for Assaulting Child

Hagerstown resident will spend the next 14 months in jail, and will be on probation for five years, after he pleaded guilty to assaulting his infant son last June. Thirty-one year old Jerome Jackson will spend that time in the Washington County Detention Center. The two-month old boy was treated for a broken femur at Meritus Medical Center; a Hagerstown Police Officer was called. Jackson will also undergo a mental health evaluation and will not be allowed to have any unsupervised contact with the child.


PSC To Open Investigation of Potomac Edison

The Maryland Public Service Commission will allow individuals to participate in an investigation of complaints against Potomac Edison. There have been several complaints from Western Maryland customers, who say they've been overbilled because P.E. failed to read their meters as often as required by law. A list of issues will be circulated among parties, including attorneys for the PSC, Potomac Edison, and the state Office of People's Counsel. That list will then be submitted to a judge.


Baltimore 5th Most Unhealthy City

Baltimore ranks fifth, when it comes to unhealthy environs, according to a blogger on the"" website. A number of factors were taken in to consideration, including smoking, obesity, access to fitness centers, walkability, and access to healthy food. "Charm City" actually ranks first, when it comes to the number of fast food restaurants per square mile, and also has an "F" ranking from the American Lung Association for air quality. Indianapolis, Indiana ranked first, however, in the "most unhealthy" category.


Capito Mobile Office Visit Set

The mobile office of Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito will be visiting the Romney area next Friday. A staff member will be on hand at the Romney Senior Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to assist residents with problems they are having with a federal government agency, such as the Social Security Administration, Medicare, or the Veteran's Administration. Residents also will be able to send a message to the Congresswoman, through her representative. 

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