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Downtown Cumberland Businessman Passes Away


Mort Peskin, who along with his wife Sue, owned Peskin's in downtown Cumberland for many years, passed away yesterday. The store opened in 1921, and Mort Peskin took over the day to day operations in 1957. Peskin's at one time, had been regarded as the premier shoe store in the state of Maryland, according to an article, written by Dave Shapiro in the Baltimore Jewish Times in 2012. He is survived by his wife, three children, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.  The Scarpelli Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.  



Hagerstown Man Held on $40,000 Bond


Twenty-five year old Hagerstown resident Robert Earl Mitchell is being held on $40,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after breaking into a Park Street home and threatening a person and guests. Mitchell began to assault the victim and guests and threatened to kill them with a gun he had in a car outside; no weapon was found. He is wanted on an out-of-county warrant as well as a Department of Corrections re-take warrant. He was charged, and taken to District Court for a hearing, following his arrest.



Cumberland Resident Charged with CDS Possession Counts


A Cumberland resident, Keith August Palmisano, was charged with drug possession, following an incident on Bellevue Street on Sunday. A female resident claimed that Palmisano had entered their residence illegally; Palmisano had previously lived there and still had belongings inside. Officers found him to be in possession of suspected cocaine, marijuana and CDS paraphernalia, and he was charged. He was released by the District Court Commissioner on a $2,000 unsecured bond.



Turnpike Expansion Uproots Residents


A $150 million plan to wide the Pennsylvania Turnpike will mean several homeowners in the village of Earlston in Bedford County will have to leave as soon as this summer. The work would widen the highway to six lanes, south and west of Everett, one phase in expanding the turnpike statewide. Another step is widening and expanding it to Bedford and Breezewood.



Sixth Guard Pleads Guilty in Inmate Assault


A sixth former Maryland prison guard has pleaded guilty to beating an inmate at the Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown in 2008. Jeremy McCusker has also admitted to conspiring with other officers to cover it up. McCusker acknowledged that he and four other officers were involved in the assault on inmate Kenneth J. Davis, to punish him for striking another officer during a prior shift. He faces up to 15 years in prison and sentencing has been set for August 23rd.



Tucker County Investigating Meth Lab


There is an ongoing investigation into a meth lab, found in Tucker County, West Virginia. The operation was found on Church Hill Lane, after an anonymous tip was received. Materials usually found in a meth lab, and a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia were found. No arrests have been made. The Parsons Volunteer Fire Department provided breathing apparatuses and chemical suits during the initial investigation.



Fire Police Volunteer Injured in I-68 Crash


A volunteer for the Washington County Fire Police was injured late last week, when a car, driven by a Martinsburg woman hit his vehicle, as he was standing in front of it, directing traffic from a previous accident. Graham Snow was injured, when a vehicle, driven by Ashley Khodayar traveled through a flare/traffic cone pattern, set up on Interstate 68 westbound, just west of Mountain Road. Both were taken to Meritus Medical Center, and Ms. Khodayar faces numerous charges in connection with the accident, including failure to control speed to avoid a collision, negligent driving, speeding and failure to reduce speed in dangerous highway conditions.


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