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Woman Killed in Accident Identified


A 23-year old Cumberland woman was killed early Friday morning, in a single-vehicle accident in the 400-block of Virginia Avenue. Shelly Leeann Murphy hit a utility pole and was initially taken to the Western Maryland Health System for treatment. She was later transferred to the Baltimore Shock Trauma unit, where she died of her injuries. The investigation into the accident is continuing by the Cumberland City Police Department.



Center Tenants Told To Vacate by December 31


There are only three remaining tenants in the Grand Central Business Center in Keyser, and now, they're being told to leave by December 31st. Letters were received from Rick Thayer of First United Bank and Trust, advising them that the building will close at the end of the year. First United is the lien holder, having purchased the building in June of 2011.



Medical Building to be Demolished


When the former Memorial Hospital is leveled this fall, the medical building will also be demolished. The city had some initial interest in the medical building, but that didn't happen, so it has been decided to raze it as well. The cost of tearing down the hospital is expected to be about $3.5 million, and the work should begin in October.



Cumberland Man Arrested for CDS Possession


Cumberland resident Jason Bender was held on $3,000 bond, after a traffic stop in the 300-block of Maryland Avenue. Benter was initially stopped for driving without headlights and for having expired registration plats. He also admitted to being in possession of illegal prescription narcotics. He was charged with CDS possession, not marijuana, and received a hearing in Allegany County District Court.



Garrett To Receive ARC Broadband Grant


Garrett County will be receiving an Appalachian Regional Commission grant of a quarter-million dollars to expand broadband access to underserved areas there. An announcement was made by Congressman John Delaney, economic development leaders, college staff and other state and local leaders over the weekend. About 3,000 homes and small businesses don't have adequate broadband service, and the county expects to make it available to the remaining residences by 2016.



Taylor Comments on Rocky Gap Casino Project


There are plans to build a parking garage and a separate gambling facility at the Rocky Gap Lodge and Casino. The operation reported earnings of $2.5 million in its first full month of operation. Former Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, Cas Taylor observes that the first couple of months have been rewarding for both the county and the state. He adds that he is sorry it has taken to so long to come to fruition.



Woman Arrested Following Garrett County Disturbance


A 23-year old woman was arrested, following an altercation in Garrett County late last week. Andraya Nichole Austin had been creating a disturbance on Cassel Ridge Drive in Grantsville, and was determined to be under the influence of alcohol. She became combative while being arrested, kicking and spitting on a Maryland State Police trooper. She also had assaulted to men and struck a parked vehicle. Officers also found a hypodermic needle in her purse. Additionally, she was wanted on an outstanding warrant in Allegany County for bad checks. She was eventually released on personal  recognizance.



Pair Face Federal Meth Charges


Two Somerset County residents are looking at life in prison and fines of up to $10 million, or both, for operating a Somerset County meth lab. Justin Carr and Samantha McKenzie were allegedly operating the lab within 200 yards of Somerset High School. The two were in possession of more than 500-grams of the drug, which they intended to sell. They were arrested in January of this year.



Attorney Arrested on Drug Distribution Charges


A Jefferson County, West Virginia assistant prosecuting attorney has been arrested on drug distribution charges. James Casimiro III was charged with selling Oxycodone earlier this spring and summer to another person in Jefferson County. Casimiro had been employed with the prosecuting attorney's office for the last five years, and had primarily been handling abuse and neglect cases in the last year.

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