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Three Hurt in Bel Air Blaze


Three people, including a firefighter, were hurt in a fire at a Bel Air duplex yesterday on Old Lake Drive. All were treated and released from the hospital. More than a dozen firefighters were on the scene of the fire, which was reported about 1 a.m. Another fire at the LaVale Lions club chicken barbeque was reported about 8:30 a.m. yesterday. There were no injuries, but sales had to be cancelled yesterday.




Virginia Man Arrested in Sexual Solicitation Case


A Woodbridge, Virginia man has been arrested for the sexual solicitation of a 14-year old Garrett County girl. Rory John Frank, Jr., was taken into custody, after a four-month investigation. He is charged with sexual solicitation of a minor, displaying pornography to a minor, soliciting a person to create child pornography, telephone misuse and indecent exposure. After extradition to Garrett County, Frank was jailed on $10,000 bond.




Funeral Services for Elliott Set


Funeral services will be held today for former Cumberland City Council member Floyd "Pete" Elliott. Pete passed away on Thursday at the age of 87. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, founded the Cumberland Neighborhood Housing Service, and played baseball in the Pen-Mar League, and for other teams as a pitcher. He is survived by his wife and three children. Services are being held today at 11 a.m. at the Adams Family Funeral Home on Decatur Street. Internment will be held at the Maryland Veteran's Cemetery at Rocky Gap.




Man Arrested in Cab Robbery


Forty-six year old Cumberland resident William Harry Thayer was arrested on robbery and theft charges, following an incident Saturday afternoon in the area of the Family Dollar Store at 60 Queen City Drive. The car driver told police a man had approached the cab and asked her for three dollars. He reached into the cab, grabbed the money and fled the area. The victim not only provided police with a detailed description, but had remembered him being in her cab before. She led them to 321 North Centre Street, where Thayer was arrested. He was held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.




Man Arrested for Assaulting Mother


A Cumberland man was arrested over the weekend, for allegedly assaulting his mother. Mickael Allen Thornton allegedly got into an argument with his mother, which turned physical, as Thornton began to choke her. She was taken to the hospital for treatment, and he was located and arrested a short time later. Thornton was released on personal recognizance, following a hearing in Allegany County District Court.




Board to Televise Meetings


The Allegany County Board of Education will meet in work session tomorrow at 4:30 p.m., in advance of its monthly business meeting at 7 p.m. A taped broadcast of the work session and business meeting will air on Atlantic Broadband, Channel 97 for two weeks following the meetings. The broadcasts will be on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. An online program guide is available on the ACCTV website at School board meeting playbacks can also be accessed online at for those without a subscription to Atlantic Broadband.




Wanted Man May Be In Region


Law enforcement authorities are looking for a man, who is wanted on charges of theft, distribution of heroin, and other counts. Thirty-seven year old Michael John Burton may be in Hancock, Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania, or Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Burton is wanted in Maryland for theft of under $10,000 and numerous traffic warrants. In Pennsylvania, he is charged with distribution of heroin, and a parole violation in West Virginia. Burton is accused of cutting off his monitoring bracelet and fleeing the state. Anyone with information should contact their local law enforcement agency.




State Representative Dies Following Surgery


State Representative Dick Hess of Bedford, died Friday at UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh following leg surgery. Hess served the Bedford County area for more than 26 years, and was the 10th most senior of House's 203 members. He had chaired the powerful Transportation Committee in the House.




Capon Bridge Man Sentenced to Federal Prison


A 36-year old Capon Bridge, West Virginia man has been sentenced to seven months in prison, followed by 36 months supervised release for use of a controlled, dangerous substance. Olin Gaskins also was charged with several other counts, including associating with a convicted felon without his probation officer's permission. He was originally sentenced six years ago, to 70 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.




Two Arrested in Bruceton Mills Shooting


Two Preston County residents are in custody following a Saturday morning shooting. Stephanie Marie Gentry-Russell and 30-year old Michael Bryant Glenn went to the home of Robert Beerbower, and began shooting at a vehicle belonging to Beerbower's wife. When he came outside, he was shot twice in the stomach. He was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital, and is listed in stable condition. Both Gentry-Russell and Glenn were charged with attempted first-degree murder.




Woman Arrested in Death of Daughter


The Maryland State Police have arrested a Carroll County woman, in connection with the death of her four year old daughter. Forty-six year old Paula Jane Shipley has been charged with second degree murder, first degree child abuse leading to death, manslaughter, neglect of a minor and reckless endangerment. Four year old Cassandra Jane Shipley died from a lethal dose of various narcotic drugs; over-the-counter medications were also discovered in her system. Paula Shipley had been indicted by the Carroll County Grand Jury late last week.




New Report Shows Hunger's Hold on Maryland


The federal government calls it "food security," and every year, the government asks who can afford enough food for an active, healthy life. About 13 per cent of Marylanders are, in fact, "food insecure." Michael J. Wilson, the director of Maryland Hunger Solutions says the number of people in the state struggling to feed their families has increased over the past decade at rate, higher than the national average. He says it's critical that lawmakers at the state and federal level protect food assistance programs, because hunger has a hold on Maryland that doesn't appear to be letting up.

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