Local Physician Passes Away
Dr. Robert Cendo, a local physician, was found dead at his former residence on Spruce Street early Saturday morning, according to the Cumberland City Police and the C3I unit. There was no indication of foul play, and the scene was processed by members of the Maryland State Police Crime Lab. Also responding to the scene was a forensic investigator from the Maryland Medical Examiner's Office. Cendo reportedly surrendered his medical license recently, after being arrested in May on charges of illegal firearms possession, and trading drugs for sex. Dr. Cendo was 59 years of age.
Robbery Suspects in Custody
Three people from Baltimore who are suspected of an attempted armed robbery at the LaVale Pizza Hut late last week are in custody. Two employees were approached by three others in the parking lot; one of the suspects had a handgun. Both of the employees were able to escape to their vehicles and were able to notify authorities. The suspects were eventually able to get a taxi to Baltimore, but were apprehended in Hagerstown. They were identified as Shaequa De'Shay Douglass, Chirstopher Jamal Anderson and Angel Denise Bright.
Man Arrested for Assault
A Cumberland man has been arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant for assault, in connection to an incident on Memorial Avenue in April. Thirty-two year old Charles George II is accused of getting into an argument with a woman over financial issues. The argument became physical, when he allegedly pushed her to the ground and began hitting her. Her injuries did not require medical attention. He fled the residence before police arrived. He has been charged with one count of second degree assault, and was released on personal recognizance.
Speed Cameras Result in Over 5500 Citations
A speed camera on Interstate 68 has resulted in over 5500 citations since June. The citations result in a $40 fine for exceeding the posted work zone speed limit of 55 miles-per-hour by 12 miles or greater. Citations are mailed with images, detailing the alleged violations. Work on the project, in the vicinity of Kelly Road and Patterson Avenue began in May and will be finished by the fall of next year, weather permitting.
Mineral to Hear Smoking Ban Comments
The Mineral County Board of Health will hear comments next Monday, regarding the proposal to declare the county 100 per cent smoke free. Most businesses and public buildings have been smoke free for nearly seven years; however, that did not include certain buildings, including free-standing bars and bingo halls, and other outdoor areas, such as parks, playgrounds and athletic facilities. While many are in favor of the ban, other groups, such as the local American Legion Post has been circulating a petition against it.
Staff Changes for School System
There are several changes in store for the 2013-2014 school year, including a new pilot program at Fort Hill High School. Katie Buskirk has been named the Dean of Academics at Fort Hill, while Richard King will serve as the Dean of Students. Other changes include Dave Kauffman and Jeff Avey, who will share the responsibilities of Fine Arts Supervisors; Kauffman was recently appointed assistant principal of Braddock Middle School. Dr. George Brown will replace Martin Crump as the Assistant Supervisor of Professional Development. Joe Carter is the new Supervisor of Math, while Eric Van Slyke will be the new Science Supervisor in the school system.
Rawlings Meeting Set for Wednesday
The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting on proposed water projects for the Rawlings/Route 220 areas. Community members and residents are invited to the meeting on Wednesday at 7 p.m., at the Rawlings United Methodist Church. On hand will be Department of Public Works staff. Public comment will also be accepted.
Tax Free Week August 12-18
Maryland is giving families a break with tax-free shopping next week. Beginning Monday, stores will be dropping the six per cent sales tax on certain items, just in time for back-to-school shopping. It's been waived for clothing and shoes, as long as the amount is under $100.00.
AMEX Drops Charges Against Giordano
A subsidiary of American Express is dropping charges against a Frederick man, who had been jailed for months in the presumed death of his traveling companion in Aruba. The company had sued Gary Giordano to void a travel insurance policy he had taken out in Robyn Gardner's name, before traveling to Aruba. Giordano also sued to collect on the policy. He had been suspected in her disappearance but was later released, and has denied any wrongdoing in her disappearance. As part of the settlement, it is believed Giordano wouldn't be paid by American Express.
Somerset Employees Back to Work
A strike by employees of Cleveland Brothers of Somerset was settled over the weekend. The equipment company and the International Union of Operating Engineers came to an agreement on pensions and annual wages, with the previous three-year deal expiring at the end of June. If the contract is finalized, an unfair labor practice complaint would be dropped. The strike involved not only the employees in Somerset, but in other locations throughout Pennsylvania.
Third Person Charged With Casket Tampering
An Inwood man has been charged with tampering with caskets at two mausoleums in Martinsburg. Richard Ruffner of Inwood, along with David Bowers of Hedgesville are accused of breaking into the crypts and stealing jewelry from bodies. The jewelry was taken to two Martinsburg businesses and sold for cash. A third suspect is still being sought. Ruffner is lodged in the Eastern Regional Jail.