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Sheriff Presents School Security Options

Three options for county school security were presented yesterday by Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson. During a meeting with the County Commissioners and School Board members, Sheriff Robertson noted that one of the options would be to hire full time School Resource Officers to provide security. No matter which of the options is chosen, Sheriff Robertson said


Man Electrocuted at Oakland Work Site

An Oakland resident was killed just before noon yesterday, while cutting trees on private property on Rock Lodge Road in Bittinger. Twenty-eight year old Brian K. DeBerry died when he came in contact with a "live" overhead electrical line. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and Rock Lodge Road was closed for about two hours during the incident.


Team Talks Man Off of Bridge

Tragedy was averted early yesterday afternoon, when members of the Allegany County Crisis Negotiation team were able to talk a man off the Willowbrook Road overpass. The 48-year old man was seated outside the guardrail, threatening to jump. Traffic was diverted off Interstate 68, both East and Westbound at the Willowbrook Road exits and allowed back on the ramps. The man was taken to the hospital for an emergency evaluation.


Boy Attacked by Raccoon in Levels, West Virginia

Six-year old Mason Kidwell was attacked by a possibly rabid raccoon while playing in the yard of his home in Levels, West Virginia recently. The animal entered a tent, and wrapped its paws around his leg. The youngster, however, was able to fend off the attack  by kicking it, and running into his house. Although he wasn't bitten or scratched by the raccoon, he will probably receive a post-exposure, anti-rabies vaccine.


Mechanic Street To Remain Closed Tonight

South Mechanic Street, between West Harrison and Howard Streets will still be closed tonight, weather permitting, to allow crews to finish painting the steel on the section of bridges above the street. Detour signs will be posted and the closure will be from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.


Drug Bust Along Garrett Highway

Three Pennsylvania residents were arrested, after a traffic stop in the 2400-block of Garrett Highway. The Maryland State Police say that Daniel Saversky or North Huntingdon, Lauren Burke of Jeanette, and Sherado Stape of Grapeville were all arrested and issued a criminal summons for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.


Man Arrested for Theft

A woman, suffering from a medical issue, had her cell phone stolen from her residence, and a Cumberland man has been arrested as a result. Forty-seven year old James Hugh Rossell was taken into custody, and ordered held on $2500 bond, following a hearing in District Court.


FSU Offering European Undergraduate Program

Frostburg State University is teaming up with several other entities, in offering its undergraduate education program at military institutions across Europe. The program is being offered as part of a major Department of Defense contract with the University of Maryland University College. The initial program will present FSU's secondary education program at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, and it could begin as soon as next January.


Smoke Alarm Law Updated in Maryland

There's a new law that went into effect July 1st, that requires you to replace your old type smoke alarms with those having long-life, sealed in batteries by 2018. The smoke detectors would replace battery-operated alarms that are at the end of their 10-year lifespan, or nearing it. Enforcement of the law will come when a home is sold; the new units will be required of the new owner.


Three Dead in Berkeley County Accident

A pickup truck, carrying six people, slammed into a tree near Hedgesville, West Virginia; three people, including two men and a 17-year old boy, were killed. A mother and her two young sons were being treated for their injuries. The investigation by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department is continuing.


Bank Manager Enters Plea to Embezzlement

A former branch manager of the Weston branch of the Huntington National Bank has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly a quarter-million dollars. Fifty-one year old Deborah Radcliff also pleaded guilty to a count of "structuring," which means the bank failed to file a Currency Transaction Report for currency transactions of $10,000 or more. All victims had their money restored to their accounts.

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