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Sav-A-Lot to Occupy Former Mor For Less Location


On the heels of Mor For Less abruptly closing its downtown location on Tuesday, comes word that the Sav-A-Lot chain will take over that space along Queen City Drive. Sav-A-Lot, with a location on Industrial Boulevard, will most likely open in the fall. The sole location of Mor For Less is in the White Oaks Plaza location.



Community Alert System for Keyser


The Mineral County Office of Emergency Services has established a community alert system through Nixle Connect. The system is established in the event of severe weather or emergency conditions. Residents can register with, to receive messages by text, email, over the web, or by mobile application. Over 5,000 public safety agencies across the United State utilize Nixle Connect, including Allegany County.



Four Taken To Hospital Following Garrett Accident


Four people were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, following an accident last night in Garrett County. Few details are available from the Garrett County Department of Public Safety, but it is known the accident happened on the Garrett Highway at Mosser Road in McHenry. The Maryland State Police investigated; the accident occurred at approximately 9:38 p.m.


City Police, Sheriff Warn of Scam


Both the Cumberland City Police and Sheriff's Department are warning residents of a scam, where a woman, claiming to represent Allegany College of Maryland, is going door to door to offer to help residents obtain scholarships. The College has informed both agencies that does not send representatives door-to-door. They are also asking those who have information on any related incidents to contact law enforcement agencies.



Large Bond Set for Protective Order Violation


A Cumberland man is in the Allegany County Detention Center on $15,000 bond for violating a protective order. Paul Hatfield, through the order, had to remain away from a residence in the 300-block of Avirett Avenue. He was arrested at that address and taken for an initial appearance in District Court, before being lodged in the detention center.



Charges Pending Against Suspect


Cumberland City Police are investigating the breaking and entering of a business in the 600-block of Kelly Road Wednesday morning. A vehicle had also been taken from the business. The Pennsylvania State Police notified the business owner, as the stolen vehicle was involved in a hit and run accident in Bedford; the operator of the van was arrested by Pennsylvania authorities. Charges in Maryland are pending against the unidentified suspect.



Former Cumberland State Police Commander Now in Charge in Hagerstown


The former commander of the Cumberland Barrack of the Maryland State Police, Lt. Michael Fluharty, can now be found in Hagerstown. Fluharty is the new barrack commander there, succeeding retired Lieutenant Tom Woodward. Before joining the Maryland State Police, Fluharty was a Deputy Sheriff in Virginia.



O'Malley, BPW Preserve Allegany County Land


Governor Martin O'Malley and the Board of Public Works have approved funding the preserve land located in Allegany County. The Rural Legacy Program will help to permanently protect the Mullan Property in the Moutain Ridge Rural Legacy. About 94 acres will be permanently protected and the designation will prevent the development of 13 lots. The easement will preserve the character of the National Road and the property near the county-owned LaVale District Park.



SHA's Recycling Program to Help Frostburg


The State Highway Administration has donated about $6,000 worth of recycled aluminum to build a complex of greenhouses, a native tree nursery and a 5,000 gallon water storage unit in Frostburg. SHA crews also helped with excavating land where the greenhouses now stand on the campus of Frostburg State University. The aluminum came from old road signs, and almost a linear mile was donated.



Republican Seeking to Unseat Delaney


A Brunwick, Maryland resident has announced his candidacy for the 6th Congressional District seat now held by John Delaney. David E. Vogt III is calling on Delaney to limit campaign spending to a half-million dollars. Delaney spent $4.1 million to defeat Roscoe Bartlett last year, and about half of that was his own money. Delaney defeated Bartlett by a margin of 59 per cent to 38. Vogt will face Dan Bongino in the Republican Primary Election.



Somerset Commissioners Vote to Eliminate Jury Commissioner Position


The Somerset County Commissioners continue to try to eliminate the jury commissioner position. The action was determined to be unconstitutional by the State Supreme Court, but a new law was passed that allowed counties to eliminate the positions. Somerset County now plans to hire two part-time employees to do the work for about the same amount of money, $10,000 annually. The savings to the county will be realized in eliminating benefits for the position.


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