Armed Robbery Reported
A Cumberland man was quickly arrested, after allegedly robbing another person in the Canal Parkway area late yesterday morning. Jordan Shook allegedly pulled a fixed-blade knife on a person, holding it to their ear, demanding money. The victim broke free and Shook was arrested a short time later in the Central Avenue area. Shook was charged with robbery, and other charges, and was additionally served with a criminal summons for trespassing.
Cumberland Man, Woman Reported Missing
Two Cumberland residents have been missing since June 19th, and there has been no explanation for their disappearance. Twenty-nine year old Justin Faith and 23-year old Heather Kernan were last seen in a 1999 black Honda Accord with temporary tags. Ms. Kernan has a medical alert notification on her, because of severe diabetes. Anyone with information on the two is asked to contact the Maryland State Police. Their pictures can be found on the Maryland Center for Missing and Unidentified Persons Facebook page.
Traffic Changes Coming Next Week
If you don't want to be stuck in traffic, it might be best to avoid Willowbrook Road and the Messick Road areas over the next month, due to paving operations. Beginning Monday, work will take place at night near the I-68 Interchange and near the Western Maryland Health System. Work begins at 6 p.m., at least through Thursday of next week. From July 29th through late August, work will take place on Messick Road, north of Route 51 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. The work schedule is dependent on the weather.
Fire Investigation Continues
The investigation into Sunday's Massachusetts Avenue fire continues. The Cumberland Fire Marshal, Lt. Shannon Adams says the blaze caused a total of $60,000 in structural damage and $30,000 in the loss of its contents. The home was owned by Darrell Lee Powell. The Fire Marshal says there is nothing suspicious about the fire, which was first reported at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Nobody was home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries.
Pair Arrested for Possible Drug Activity
A man from Winchester and a local woman were arrested in the parking lot of a business on Queen City Drive for possibly dealing drugs. Forty-five year old Darin Beckwith and Belinda Billie Kay Davis of Corriganville tried to run, but were quickly apprehended. Beckwith was charged with trying to elude police, while Ms. Davis was charged with possession of CDS and other related charges. She was released on personal recognizance, following a District Court appearance.
New Piedmont Mayor Announces Appointments
Newly elected Piedmont Mayor Leon Garland made two appointments at the most recent city council meeting. He named Gary Bradley as parks and recreation commissioner and Michael Boggs was appointed housing commissioner. Both were elected as new town council members in May.
Inmate Injured in MCI Stabbing; Potential Suspect Being Eyed
The inmate injured in a stabbing at the Maryland Correctional Institution has been identified as a 37-year old inmate, serving a 15-year sentence for second-degree murder. Authorities are unsure where the inmate is from, and a "potential suspect" has been identified, and a weapon used in the stabbing has been recovered. The inmate was cut three times, including an injury to his back. He was taken to Meritus Medical Center as a precaution.
Child Care Subsidy Underfunded
The Maryland Child Care Subsidy program is severely underfunded, so much so that it hasn't met federal rate guidelines in a decade and still uses income eligibility criteria from 2001. The shortfall prevents thousands of Maryland families from participating and relegates many who do to the least expensive care available, often the lowest in caliber in terms of facilities, educational offerings and staff training.
West Virginia Woman Jailed in Son's Death
A West Virginia woman is currently in jail on $100,000 bail, charged with child abuse, resulting in the 8-year old's death. Valerie Brown's son, Levi Burroughs, had apparently ben dead for some time; Levi was a special needs child, suffering from Hurler's Syndrome, whose victims rarely live past age ten. The mother reportedly refused to allow a hospice worker to check on him, and that's when the West Virginia State Police were brought in. Another 6-year old son, was not home when the police showed up; he was with another family member.
Governor Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has asked for a major federal disaster declaration for six counties who suffered flooding, landslides and mudslides, during storms between June 12th and 20th. The declaration would provide help to residents, businesses and local governments in Roane, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis and Mason Counties. In addition to the federal declaration, Governor Tomblin is asking for Hazard Mitigation for the entire state.