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Flintstone Man Sentenced in Manslaughter Case

Flintstone resident Melvin Emory James Gallion has been sentenced to seven years in prison, with four suspended, following a guilty plea in Allegany County Circuit Court. Gallion was driving on Route 144 in Flintstone in August of last year, when he collided with a vehicle, driven by Daniel Weaver, also of Flintstone. Weaver died as a result of the crash; the investigation revealed that Gallion was traveling above the posted speed limit and was under the influence of alcohol, when he struck Weaver's vehicle broadside, as Weaver pulled from a gas station parking lot. The case was investigated by both the Maryland State Police and the Allegany County Sheriff's Office.


Councilman Files Complaint Against Bedford DA

Everett Borough Councilman Charles W. Karns has filed a private criminal complaint against Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins. In the complaint, Higgins is accused of illegally releasing sealed information from his criminal record in two press releases and in courtroom conversations. Convictions for animal cruelty and driving under the influence were allegedly revealed by Higgins, but Karns claims those convictions had been removed from his public criminal record. For his part, the District Attorney dismissed suggestions that he broke the law in April and May when two press releases were sent out on Karns' case.


Piedmont Foreman To Serve Time

Westernport resident John Shingler, who is currently the Piedmont Town Foreman, will serve three months in jail, after being convicted on a charge of conversion of government property. He could have been sentenced to a ten-year prison term and fined up to $250,000. He was also ordered to pay a special assessment of $100, and make restitution of $3,000. In representing the town of Piedmont, Shingler obtained six surplus FEMA trailers. He then sold the trailers to private citizens, and were not used as they were intended; that is, for law enforcement and for a water project.


Head Start Receives Grant

The Applachian Regional Commission has granted the HRDC Head Start program $110,000. The new program will serve 47 children, up to age 5, from households with incomes at or below 100-per cent poverty. The city of Cumberland will be renovating an existing building in the 300-block of Seymour Street to support the new Head Start program. The renovation of the property will remove existing blight, and will also place the new program centrally located to the participating families. In addition to the ARC funds, state sources will provide $250,000 and local sources will provide an additional $200,00, bringing the total project funding to $560,000.  The announcement of the grant was made by Maryland United States Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.


City Council Votes Down Curfew Change

The Keyser City Council has voted not to change its curfew, but rather enforce the existing laws, in an effort to curtail vandalism at city parks. The city's four parks are usually open from dawn to dusk, but young people usually hang out at the park pavilions until the curfew time of 11 p.m. It was suggested that the curfew be moved back to 10 p.m. in the summer and on weekends and to 9 p.m. on school nights. If increased law enforcement doesn't cut down on the vandalism, the council could revisit the curfew issue.


Man Released Pending Trial

Cumberland resident Timothy Merrbach was arrested, following a disturbance Monday afternoon on Davidson Street. Merrbach was stopped for driving at a high rate of speed on the street. It was also discovered his license was suspended in the state of Maryland, and he acknowledged that, in the car, there was a smoking pipe for marijuana. Merrbach was issued a citation for driving while suspended, and a criminal citation for possession of CDS paraphernalia. He was released pending trial.


Programs Available at CCTE

There is still time to enroll in a number of programs at the Center for Career and Technical Education. The CCTE gives students a head start on college and careers in areas, such as Industrial Manufacturing, Information Technology, Interactive Media Production, and Building Trades. For more information, contact the school's office at (301)-729-6486, or visit the website at ""


Flight 93 Chapel To Remain at Present Location

The Flight 93 Memorial Chapel will remain at its present location along Stutzmantown Road, instead of being moved to Route 30. The late Bishop Alphonse Mascherino had hoped to move it to Route 30, because the main entrance to the Flight 93 National Memorial is located along Route 30. The Bishop died in mid-February, about a month after transferring ownership of the chapel to the Catholic Church of the East. Current chapel director, Archbishop Ramzi Musallam has stated that the chapel will remain at its present location.


Council Member Encouraging Community Involvement

Cumberland City Council member Nicole Wagoner will be bicycling the Great Allegheny Passage in about 2-1/2 weeks. She will bike the entire 355-mile route from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. Councilwoman Wagoner says she hopes to inspire community involvement through her actions.



Maryland Unemployment Rate Rises to 7.1 Per Cent

Despite Governor Martin O'Malley's comments on Maryland's employment successes at this past weekend's Maryland Association of Counties meeting, the state experienced a slight uptick in the unemployment rate. While the jobless rate was 7 per cent in June, it rose slightly in July, to 7.1 per cent. The state lost 9200 jobs, and part of the blame was attributed to $85 million in federal across-the-board spending cuts during March through September, as part of the federal sequestration.


Smoking Ban at WVU in Effect

A new smoking ban is in effect at West Virginia University. The ban went into effect on July 1st. Smoke free rules have been in effect for a while at residence halls, and tobacco is now banned everywhere on campus. A similar ban is in effect at Marshall University in Huntington; fall semester classes begin there next Monday, August 26th.

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