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Body Found In Potomac Identified


A body, found late last week on the North Branch of the Potomac River, has been identified as 36-year old Cumberland resident Jason Leonard Crawford, Sr. The body was found by a man and his son who were kayaking in the area, which is about a mile downstream from the Mason South End Recreational Complex. Crawford had been reported as missing to the Mineral County Sheriff's Office on May 15th. The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore for an autopsy. The investigation is continuing by the Mineral County Sheriff's Office and the C3I unit.




Water Main Break Disrupts Service


A water main break yesterday afternoon disrupted service to North End homes. The break was located on Davidson Street, between Henderson Avenue and Decatur Street. There was some damage to the street and minor damage to vehicles in the area. A crew was on the scene making repairs yesterday afternoon. Residents experienced low water pressure and may have been without water service for a time.




Man Arrested for Having Concealed Handgun


Cumberland resident Christopher Nathan Maistros was arrested late last week for having a loaded and concealed 40-calibre handgun in his waistband. A search of Maistros also revealed a small quantity of suspected marijuana. He was taken to District Court for a hearing, and ordered held on $2500 bond. Charges include having a concealed handgun and possession of marijuana.




Man Arrested for Having Loaded Handgun in Car


Cumberland City Police arrested a Cumberland man in the area of  the Constitution Park  pool late last week. Thirty-one year old Antonio Eugene Miller was found to have a loaded .22-calibre revolver under the passenger seat of his car, as well as a large amount of ammunition. Officers also found a ski mask, gloves, and a large bag inside the vehicle. Bond was initially set at $7,000, but Miller was taken to the Allegany County Detention Center to await a bond review.




River Project Meeting on Thursday


The "Potomac River Project Community Conversation" will take place this Thursday, beginning at 5:30 p.m.., at the Allegany County Museum. The public is encouraged to attend and ask questions. The project seeks to remove the dam under the Cumberland/Ridgeley, West Virginia bridge to open up the North Branch of the Potomac River, not only to restore it to its natural state, but also to accommodate canoeing, kayaking and boating. The discussion is sponsored by the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, and will feature speakers from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Department of Planning.




Thirteen-Year old Goes on Crime Spree


A 13-year old boy is accused of stealing a car from the Mann's Choice Church of God last weekend, and going on a crime spree. The teenager picked up two friends and ran over several mailboxes on Route 31, and then tried to break into a Shell gas station along Route 30. He also drive to Johnstown to try to buy drugs, and abandoned the SUV on Route 56. Police also believe he was also involved in another burglary at Sundae's Ice Cream Shop in Mann's Choice.




PBS Coals Lays off 134 Workers


About 134 employees of PBS Coals in Somerset County were laid off Friday morning, shortly after they arrived for work. This is the third round of layoffs by the company in less than a year. Last July, 255 workers were laid off and in December, an additional 138 lost their jobs. The reasons for the layoffs are the weak economy, escalating costs and an overall decreased demand. Officials say this is not a localized problem, but a worldwide issue. PBS now has about 550 employees left.




Man Shoots WalMart Employees with Pellet Gun


A Bedford man is being held on $15,000 bond, after allegedly shooting two WalMart employees with a pellet gun in Snake Spring township. The two employees suspected Christopher McGillick of shoplifting at the store and followed him to his car. He allegedly shot one employee four times and the second, at least once. He left the scene, but was arrested a short time later at a Breezewood motel. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for this Wednesday.




Piedmont to Pay Legal Fees


The town of Piedmont has decided to pay the legal fees of town foreman John Shingler, because the two people who could have come to his defense have now passed on. Some heated discussion arose from the decision, including comments from council member Ray Hall, who said the town is paying Shingler's legal fees, when the town did nothing wrong. The two who passed away during the investigation were former Mayor Ebbie Gilmore and former finance commissioner Mickey Racco.

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