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Teen Dies in Collision with Truck

An unidentified 16-year old was killed yesterday afternoon, in a two-vehicle crash in Garrett County. It happened at the intersection of Bittinger and Glendale Road. The teen intended to turn onto Bittinger Road, when he was struck by a tractor-trailer. The truck driver has been identified as Kevin Herrell of Rawlings; a passenger in the victim's car was identified as James D'Amato of Oakland. Both suffered severe injuries and were taken to local hospitals.


Two Appointed to Development Authority

Two new members have been appointed to the Mineral County Development Authority; nine others were reappointed to their respective boards this week. Both Steven Davis and Shelley Friend were appointed. Davis is a manager of a business in the area, and operates a business of his own. Ms. Friend is the Keyser branch manager at First United Bank and Trust. The Mineral County commissioners say both would be "a good fit" for the community.


Three Arrested at George Washington's Headquarters Park

Three men, who were being investigated in reference to an assault in the area of George Washington's Headquarters, were taken into custody for having open containers of alcohol. Citations were issued for 45-year old Kelly Swick and 41-year old Nelson Williams of Cumberland and Scott Milliron of Carpendale, West Virginia. They were issued citations at the scene and released pending trial in District Court.


Cumberland Man Arrested for Theft

A Cumberland man was arrested in the area of Second Street and Virginia Avenue, in connection with the theft of fencing from a residence in the area. Cumberland City Police saw Steven Royce Malone carrying a bundle of wire fencing, and he later admitted to taking it from a nearby yard. He was charged with theft of less than $100 and released pending trial in District Court.


Two Hospitalized Following Crash

Two people were taken to the hospital following an accident on Route 40 at Parkersburg Road. An SUV, operated by Frostburg resident Donna Churchill, struck the rear of another vehicle, driven by Samantha Bean, as it slowed to make a left turn onto Parkersburg Road. There was a 14-year old also involved; she was a passenger in the Bean vehicle.


National Guard Band to Play Monday

The 229th National Guard Ceremonial Army Band will be playing in downtown Cumberland Monday evening. The band will be at the Baltimore Street stage from 7 to 8:30 p.m., for a free outdoor performance. Following that, the video, "Cumberland, Our Town," developed by Maryland Public Television will be shown on a large, outdoor screen. In case of bad weather, the performance will be on Tuesday evening; in case of bad weather on Tuesday, the concert will be held at Windsor Castle, formerly the Cumberland Armory.


State Adds Jobs, But Rate Rises

Maryland employers added 4600 jobs in May, but the state unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point. The gains last month didn't quite make up for the 4900 jobs lost in April, although original estimates were 6200 jobs. The category to show the largest gain was in the professional and business sector, which added 2200 jobs.


Gas Tax To Increase Next Week

Beginning Monday, you'll be paying more for a gallon of gas. The first gas tax increase in 20 years becomes effective next Monday, July 1st. Governor Martin O'Malley signed the gas hike into law during the 2013 legislative session, noting the increase was necessary to pay for future projects. The tax rises four cents next week, and will continue to rise until 2018, when Marylanders could be paying about and extra 45-cents a gallon for gas.

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