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Hampshire County School for Deaf, Blind May Relocate

A Hampshire County fixture for the last 150 years may be moving. The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind is the largest employer in Hampshire County, and Superintendent Dr. Lynn Boyer was asked to look at other locations to build new schools, after submitting a 10-year school renovation plan. Dr. Lynn Boyer says research is in the preliminary stages, and that thge state is doing what's best for the students and parents of the schools. The fate of the Romney-based school will be decided in January at a meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education.

 

Pennsylvania Man Charged with Growing Marijuana

Artemas, Pennsylvania resident Alan Randolph Large has been charged with growing marijuana inside the Green Ridge State Forest in Allegany County. Large was also charged with intent to distribute, possession of plants and production equipment and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $25,000 bond, and a preliminary hearing is pending.

 

Board's General Fund Being Depleted

The Allegany County Board of Education's General Fund is expected to fall by 50 per cent, due to the level of expenditures over income. The current balance of $12.6 million is expected to fall to $5 million for fiscal year 2014. Among the factors for the decrease is a million dollar expenditure for the demolition of the former Sacred Heart Hospital, the site of the new Allegany High School.

 

Council Discusses Use of Savings from Hospital Demolition

The Cumberland Mayor and City Council fielded questions last night on what to do with potential savings on the demolition costs for the former Memorial Hospital Building. City Administrator Jeff Rhodes cautioned that the savings have yet to be realized since a contract has not been awarded. Change orders on the demolition are always possible, which would change the total cost, and therefore, any savings for the project.

 

Man Jailed on $15,000 Bond in Domestic Assault

A twenty-five year old Cumberland man is jailed on $15,000 bond, following a domestic incident that began on Columbia Avenue. Glen Curtis Spencer is accused of swinging a knife at his wife, and hitting her with a closed fist. She fled to a friend's house on Mechanic Street, but Spencer allegedly found her and tried to drag her down a set of stairs. She did not require medical attention, but Spencer was charged with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

 

Keyser Man Charged With Battery

A Keyser man was jailed on $650 bond, after being charged with domestic battery. Twenty-seven year old Michael Cole was arrested after 4 a.m. Friday, following evidence of a physical assault. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment and Cole was arrested at the scene.

 

Two Moorefield Residents Sentenced in Federal Court

Two Moorefield residents were recently sentenced in federal court on drug charges. Twenty-three year old Michelle Lee Stocking was sentenced to 51 months in jail and two years of supervised release for the possession of materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. And, 39-year old Kayla Lynn Evans, also of Moorefield, was sentenced to 41 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release on the same charge.

 

MCDA Director to be Evaluated

The Mineral County Development Authority has scheduled a meeting for today, to review evaluations of the executive director's performance. Sixteen members were sent a form to fill out, relating to the job performance of executive director Mona Ridder. The meeting is being held in the conference room at the development office on Main Street in Keyser.

 

Bus, SUV collide in Bedford County

A school bus, with 17 children on board, collided with an SUV in Snake Spring Township late last week. Bus driver Cloyd Foor says he didn't see the oncoming vehicle; he tried to stop, but could not, and it struck the back passenger side of the bus. There were no injuries, but Foor is expected to be cited in the incident.

 

County to Hold 911 Observance

The Allegany County Commissioners are holding a 911 Remembrance on the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the U.S. This is also 9-1-1 Communications Day. Everyone is invited to attend the commemoration from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Allegany County Office Building on Kelly Road, Room 100.

 

School System Participating in Walk

Earlier this week, the Allegany County School System participated in "Teal Day," in observance of the fight against ovarian cancer. Donations were also accepted. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, of the school system, adds a fundraiser is being held this Saturday by the Frostburg Soroptomist Club. the Vicki Linn walk for ovarian cancer research will be held then.

 

Flight 93 Fundraising Completed

The completion of the Flight 93 National Memorial Capital Fundraising Campaign has been announced by  the National Park Service. The foundation raised$40 million in private funds for the design and construction of the memorial honoring the 40 lives lost in Somerset County on September 11, 2001. More than 100,000 donors have contributed to the fund. In addition to the $40 million in private contributions, at least $32 million in government financing has been secured.

 

Man Arrested in Fatal Child Abuse Case

A Thurmont man has been arrested in connection with the death of a two year old boy in his care. Thirty-nine year old Raymond Matthew Brittle is being held on three-quarters of a million dollars bond. The child, Robert Dean Watkins, was taken to the hospital, where staff was told he had fallen down about six steps and had an apparent head injury. However, there were additional injuries that were not consistent with falling down the stairs. Watkins later died at Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C. The incident is being treated as a homicide.

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