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No Foul Play Suspected in Death

Preliminary indications are that there was no foul play in the death of a man, whose body was found hanging from a railing in the vicinity of the Valley Street Crossing of the Great Allegheny Trail yesterday morning. A person walking the trail found the body around 8:20 a.m. The trail was blocked off, while the scene was processed by the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division. The body of the 51-year old man was sent to the Maryland State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy to confirm the cause of death.

 

Two Arrested on Burglary, Theft Charges

A stolen gift card sparked an investigation, which has landed 20-year old Brady Aaron Twigg and a 17-year old juvenile in jail. Police were notified that two people were trying to use what was believed to be a stolen gift card to pay for a meal at a local restaurant. The card was determined to be stolen, and police also executed a search warrant on the two suspects' homes that yielded a large amount of stolen jewelry and collectible coins. Twigg is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $25,000 bond, while the juvenile is being held at a detention facility, pending his next court appearance. Investigators are asking anyone who recently experienced a break in at their homes, primarily in the North End of town, to contact them, arrange to see the property and determine ownership.

 

Mineral County Votes to Go Smoke Free

Despite some spirited opposition to the measure, Mineral County's Board of Health approved a strong no-smoking regulation during yesterday's meeting. The law now prohibits indoor smoking anywhere people gather or work. Representatives from the Keyser VFW, the American Legion and Moose clubs were vehemently opposed to the measure. Despite that, it was unanimously approved.

 

Woman Arrested After Interrupting Church Services

A woman, who disrupted Sunday Services at the Metropolitan AME Church in Cumberland was arrested, but later released. Fifty-two year old Fatima Maria Monteiro was escorted out of  the church and continued to be disruptive. She was held in the county jail on a temporary commitment, and taken back to the District Court Office, before being released on her own recognizance.

 

Bail Set at $100,000 For Stabbing Suspect

Bail has been set at $100,000 for the man accused of stabbing a 15-year old last Friday morning in LaVale. A District Court judge set the amount during a bail review yesterday. Victor White is charged with attempted second-degree murder, along with second-degree assault. He is accused of stabbing the boy in the back during an incident in the 400-block of National Highway; he was apprehended about 12 hours later at a residence on "A" Street.

 

Woman Held on $5,000 Bond in Domestic Dispute

Cumberland City Police officers were called twice to 316 Pennsylvania Avenue Sunday morning, for a domestic dispute. The first call, at 4:30 a.m., with Traci Tilson and her husband were told to quiet down. The second call, at 5:15 a.m., resulted in Ms. Tilson being arrested for allegedly assaulting her husband; she pushed him against a set of stairs, and also scratched him in the face and chest. She was taken to the District Court Commissioners office, where she was ordered held on $5,000 bond.

 

Train Pull Set for September 7th

The 12th annual Train Pull for Charities is set for 9 a.m. September 7th,  at the Western Maryland Station in Cumberland. The event will benefit four separate charities, including the Allegany County Special Olympics, The League: A Children's Place, Friends Aware, and the Ali Ghan Shrine Transportation Unit. Event chair David Goad says this is a one-of-a-kind, world-wide event. Each team of 20 people, raises $500 each.

 

Swimming, Fishing Restricted at Deep Creek Lake

Swimming and fishing have been restricted in the Deep Creek Lake area. About 36,000 gallons of domestic wastewater entered a stream that feeds into the lake from the nhorthwest end of Marsh Run Cove. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has placed warning buoys in the area of affected properties. Water sampling and testing will be ongoing, to determine when the restrictions can be lifted.

 

Employees Sue School District Over Salaries

Eighteen current and retired female employees of the Windber School District have filed a civil lawsuit, accusing the system of paying them approximately 10 per cent less than their male counterparts. Nearly all of the plaintiffs are teachers, while one is a nurse. The 22-page complaint also charge the district with discounting the out-of-district and long-term substitute teaching experience of women by an average of more than 12 per cent. The issue is scheduled to be placed in the U.S. District Court's Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, which allows the use of a mediator.

 

Thousands More Lose Homes in Foreclosure Wave

After having one of the lowest foreclosure rates in the country, Maryland saw the third highest foreclosure rate between January and June. The latest wave shows there were 9,330 foreclosure filings in the first three months of the year, more than twice the total of a year ago. Lenders had stopped foreclosures in recent years, to address problems with documentation.

 

Gas Prices Hit Lowest Mark Since Mid-July

Even though it may not last long, gas prices in the state of Maryland have been falling. Gas prices hit a statewide high of $3.70 on July 12th, and since then, the average cost of a gallon of regular has fallen, on average, 9-cents. There are several factors that could cause the prices to rise. Drivers in both Virginia and South Carolina continue to see the lowest gas prices; conversely, California has the highest at $4.79.

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