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Fire Makes Home "Uninhabitable"


A fire, early yesterday morning on South Massachusetts Avenue, has made the home "uninhabitable," according to the Cumberland City Fire Department. Units were called to the Powell home at 223 South Massachusetts,  just after 4:30 a.m. No nearby homes were affected. Nobody was home at the time of the fire, and preliminary indications are the fire did not appear to be suspicious in nature.



Robbery Suspect Held Without Bond


The man accused of robbing the M & T Bank branch office on Friday afternoon, is being held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. Thirty-year old William Morgan Stewart of Creek Road in Cumberland, was also seen earlier in the day at the Industrial Boulevard branch of First People's Credit Union, and was acting in a suspicious manner. Surveillance video and additional information led to his arrest. The amount of cash taken in the M & T robbery was not disclosed and the investigation is continuing.



Man Steals, Crashes City Cab


A Cumberland man, who stole a cab from Cumberland, was involved in a motor vehicle crash with the stolen car in Garrett County. Surveillance video showed that 19-year old Dez'mond Deon Holmes of  Cumberland had been checking vehicles in the area for unlocked doors. He found the cab, got in, and drove away. He faces several charges in the incident, and is being held on $8500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.



Heroin Deal Leads to Arrest


A Mount Savage man was held on $8500 bond, after a Cumberland Police Officer observed a hand-to-hand exchange between two people in the area of Williams and Elm Streets. Twenty-eight year old Brett Allen Denby was found to have heroin, and was arrested at the scene. He received an initial appearance in Allegany County District Court.



Sheriff's Office Warns of Scam


"If it sounds too good to be true..." Well, you know the rest. The Sheriff's Department is warning of another scam. A person is calling area residents, telling them they have won the lottery, a car, or some other type of prize. They then ask you to get a Visa gift card, and tell you to put a certain amount of money on the card. Once you get the card, they ask that you call and give them the numbers from the card. Once they have the information, they redeem the cards, and-if you fall for the scam-you are out the money you put on the card.



Cumberland Man Sentenced in Fatal Pennsylvania Crash


Cumberland resident Ronald Streets will serve at least nine months in jail, in connection with a fatal crash in June of last year. Streets had previously pleaded guilty to homicide by motor vehicle. He lost control of his car while rounding a curve in Wellersburg, and both he and his friend, Anthony Winter, were ejected from the vehicle. Winter died in the crash. Streets allegedly walked to a home and called both his father and ex-girlfriend to ask for a ride 1-1/2 hours before he called 911.



Former Deacon and Teacher Given Probation Case


A Somerset county resident-a former church deacon, teacher, and member of the Conemaugh Township School Board-has been sentenced to five years of supervised probation. Brian Scott Eppley is also required to register his whereabouts with the state police for the next 25 years under Megan's law. He was charged with four counts of corruption of minors and one of unlawful contact with a minor. He also will not have any unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 18.



Bail Reduction Request Denied


A Salisbury resident, who had been accused of sexually assaulting a nine-month old infant, has had a request for a three year old bail requirement reduced. Rodney Thomas previously had his $100,000 bail reduced, but that was revoked after having contact with one of the witnesses in the case. He began serving a 20 to 40 year sentence for the crime in January of last year.

Bridge, Business Park Possible for Carpendale


The town of Carpendale is looking to develop a commercial business park, and to build a bridge over the Potomac River to Bowling Greene-two moves that could bring employment for over 500 people. Carpendale Mayor Butch Armentrout recently met with Congressman David McKinley and Delegate Gary Howell to discuss the potential projects. Officials are looking at establishing the business park on about 300 acres of  the Western Maryland property along the Potomac.



EPA Settles Suit With Hagerstown Firm


The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice  have settled a suit over Clean Air violations by a Hagerstown firm. Holcim, Incorporated has agreed to pay a $700,000 civil penalty and install advanced pollution controls at it kiln facility in order to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions. the EPS suit alleged the company unlawfully made modifications to its cement kiln that resulted in significant increases in harmful emissions. 



EWVCTC Receives Check for Program


Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College has received a $5,000 check from Shell Wind Energy, to develop its wind energy technician training program; this is the second year in a row the cash grant has been made to the school. Over the last several years, graduates of the program have been hired at are wind farms, including one located in Mount Storm, West Virginia.



Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for Today


The Corridor "H" Authority, along with the West Virginia Division of Highways is breaking ground today on the newest section of the project. The ceremony will be held near the Canaan Valley Institute in Davis; the new section of highway will connect is with Scheer. During a meeting of the Authority later in the day, new information and timetable for the completion of the highway will be given.

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