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State's Attorney To Seek Indictment

Allegany County State's Attorney Michael Twigg is seeking a grand jury indictment against North Branch Correctional Institute inmate Michael Crawford. Crawford is accused of the August 5th assault on Correctional Officer Herbert Hilliard. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges against Crawford are anticipated. The Allegany County Grand Jury is scheduled to convene in mid-September.


Dan's Mountain Wind Force Granted Extension

The Maryland Public Service Commission has granted a request from Dan's Mountain Wind Force, LLC to extend the time for building turbines there until December 31st of next year. There are no further concerns about environmental issues. The company had also cited delays, caused by financial difficulties that prevented a construction start of September 12th of this year. More time is also needed to work with zoning rules and any court action that might be needed.


City Opens Memorial Demolition Bids

The City of Cumberland received seventeen bid packages for the demolition of the former Memorial Hospital, ranging from $1.5 million to $4 million. Mayor Brian Grim noted there are several bids under $2 million; the city's estimates on razing the structure would be in the neighborhood of $3.5 million. Mayor Grim noted that it would cost less to tear it down, than maintain the building for two years. The city engineering staff will make a recommendation to the Mayor and Council on demolition for the former hospital.


Charges Pending in Hit and Run

Westernport resident Rachel Haggerty has been identified as the person who hit a bicyclist on Upper George's Creek Road earlier in the week, then fled the scene. The collision injured 66-year old Onas Hanekamp of Lonaconing. Ms. Haggerty was cited after a tip led Maryland State Police troopers to Ms. Haggerty. She has admitted to the collision and leaving the scene.


Former Council Member Questions Storage Fees

Former Piedmont Town Council member Ray Hall is asking city officials about storage fees for six FEMA trailers. Hall wants to know if Piedmont is responsible for the fees for the structures, that were confiscated by the West Virginia State Police. The estimated storage fee is now over $107,000, but the opinion is, that since the city does not own the trailers, storage fees do not apply.


Mother/Daughter Domestic Incident Results in Arrest

An argument between a mother and daughter turned physical on Tuesday, and the mother was arrested. Forty-year old Cumberland resident Amellia Gayle Storey had been arguing with her daughter at an apartment on West Oldtown Road. Ms. Storey is accused of jumping on top of the victim and causing her to have a cut above her eye, a swollen right ear, a swollen left elbow and a small cut on her foot. Following her arrest, Ms. Storey was released on personal recognizance.


Frostburg Man Jailed on $50,000 Bond

Frostburg resident Bradley Allen Deffenbaugh was jailed on $50,000 bond, after being charged with two counts of violating a protective order and harassment. The arrest warrant was served on Tuesday.


Iron Girl/Rocky Gap Triathlon To Be Held Sunday

The second annual Iron Girl/Rocky Gap Triathlon will be held this Sunday with individual athletes competing for a $4,999 prize purse. The three events include a half-mile swim, 16-mile bike ride and 2-1/2 mile run. More than 1200 female endurance athletes, representing 24 states and two countries are expected for the event. The women range in age from 14 to 71 years of age. The event benefits the Cumberland YMCA.

Sale May Have Tax Ramifications

The sale of Hidden Valley Resort may affect the status of a real estate tax refund requested by the facility's present owner, The Buncher Company. Buncher had contested the property's value shortly after it purchased it in 2007, and has been seeking a real estate tax refund of nearly $1.5 million from the Somerset Area School District, Jefferson Township and Somerset County, from taxes paid from 2009 through 2012. A pre-trial conference on the issue is scheduled for this Friday, with a non-jury trial slated for September 30th, and October 1st and 3rd.


Hess Being Treated at Pittsburgh Hospital

State Representative Dick Hess of Bedford is undergoing treatment at a Pittsburgh hospital for an undisclosed medical problem. Hess has served in the State House of Representatives since first winning his seat in 1986. He heads the House Transportation Committee, and should be returning to Harrisburg for the fall session in late September.


Marylanders Driving Less

Gas prices are on the rise again, following the Labor Day holiday, which may be one reason Marylanders aren't driving as much as they used to. The study from the consumer group PIRG finds Marylanders drove about 10,000 miles per person in 2011-a nearly four per cent decline over a six-year period. Study author Phineas Baxandall says there are a number of reasons why people are driving less.

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