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Inmate Sentenced on Murder Charge

An inmate at the North Branch Correctional Facility in Cumberland has been sentenced in connection to the death of a fellow inmate who died earlier this year. Anthony Monroe was sentenced to 30 additional years in prison, after being convicted of second-degree murder. Monroe had been accused of attacking Michael Armstead in November of last year. Armstead never regained consciousness and died in early January at Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore.

 

Mary Street Fire Under Investigation

A fire, at 135 East Mary Street, early yesterday morning is under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. There were no injuries at the home of Linda Cline. The fire originated on both the front and back porch of the home. About $500 in damage was done. There were no injuries, and anyone with information is asked to contact the State Fire Marshal's Office or the Arson Hotline.

 

Groundbreaking for New Sheriff's Office

A groundbreaking ceremony took place this week for the new office of the Allegany County Sheriff on Kelly Road, adjacent to the County Office Complex. The building was designed by Chaney Architects, Incorporated and will be constructed by Harbel, Incorporated. The county's maintenance division will install all systems in the building and complete the interior finishing. The building is scheduled to be finished in November.

 

County Looks to Improve Frostburg Intersection

The Allegany County Commissioners have agreed to authorize the Cumberland Area Metropolitan Planning Organization to advertise for requests for proposals to improve the intersection of Braddock Road and Park Avenue in Frostburg. The RFP will be used to hire a consultant who can recommend future improvements and preliminary designs for the intersection. The project will be funded by both the Federal Highway Administration and the Maryland Department of Transportation.

 

Pittsburgh Man Charged With Drug Offenses

Pittsburgh resident Hildred De'Von Berkley was arrested in a Somerset County hotel room, charged with various drug offenses. Police found 115 packets of heroin, drug paraphernalia and $120 in cash at the Knight's Inn motel in Somerset.

 

Missing Somerset Resident Found Safe

A man who had been reported missing earlier in the week has been found safe. Eighty-two year old Bob Coleman of Somerset was found in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Coleman reportedly left his home on Monday and did not return.

 

No Bids Received for Somerset Plaza

There were no bidders at a public auction on the Plank Road Shoppes Plaza in Somerset Borough, even though there had been some interest in the property. Bi-Lo market had been located there, but its parent company filed for bankruptcy, and closed the store. Over two dozen people showed up for the auction, but most were residents who were more interested in locating another grocery store in their neighborhood.

 

Man Faces Assault, Other Charges

Cumberland resident Michael Anthony Butler is facing assault, disorderly conduct and other counts in connection with an incident at a South Street residence Wednesday. Butler allegedly assaulted the victim, threw them to the ground and dragged them along the floor, following an argument. Butler also provided false identification to the arresting officer. Butler was further charged with obstructing and hindering, reckless endangerment, and fraud-for providing the false personal identification. He is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.

 

Reorganization Results in 19 Job Losses

Windber Medical Center is hoping to save at least a million dollars in the first year through a "reduction in force" of 19 people. It's being called a reorganization, with 11 vacancies coming from either retirement or resignation; the roles of several other positions have been changed.  A statement from the medical center says the reorganization will have "minimal" impact on direct patient care providers.

 

Great Allegheny Passage Event Generates Funds

The state of Pennsylvania has done a survey of riders, specifically those who rode that portion of the trail in the Keystone State during the Great Allegheny Passage Event. Highlights of the survey showed that the event generated a total of $65,700 in Pennsylvania towns; each of the 292 riders spent an average of $224 in Pennsylvania and $152 in Maryland, on such items as bike supplies, clothing, sleeping bags and the like. Of a total score of "5" on the survey, riders rated the condition of the Great Allegheny Passage at 4.3.

 

Investigators Call Death "Suspicious"

Any bit of information, no matter how small, could make a big difference in the death investigation of Kenneth Flook, whose body was found next to a bridge crossing the Conococheague Creek between Hagerstown and Clear Spring. Officials say that based on what they know right now, there's some suspicious activities surrounding his death; results from the autopsy will help fill in some of the blanks and give closure to his family. 

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