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Inmate Death Ruled Homicide


The death of an inmate at the Western Correctional Institution on Friday has been ruled a homicide by the medical examiner's office. Jason Wallace died from blunt force trauma to the head. Investigators from several agencies, including the Allegany County C3I unit continue their investigation. A suspect, who is also an inmate at the facility, has been identified, but no charges have been filed as of yet. Once charges are filed, the identity of the suspect will be released.



Cumberland, Garrett Airports Receive Federal Grants


The Greater Cumberland Regional Airport has been awarded a $2.3 million Federal Aviation Administration grant for runway rehabilitation. Garrett County will receive over $112,000 to update its Master Plan and to address key issues that will lead to improved operations there. Cumberland's portion of the grant will relocate runway thresholds, aid in the acquisition of 6 new land parcels, and will remove dangerous runway obstructions at the facility. Despite its location in West Virginia, the Cumberland operation is considered a Maryland airport.



Cumberland Arms Apartments Sold


The same company that owns the former Booth Tower in South Cumberland, has purchased the Cumberland Arms apartments in downtown Cumberland. The Hampstead Companies of San Diego, California recently purchased the Cumberland Arms for $4.1 million. The selling price for Booth Tower, now known as the Mountain View apartments, was $11.5 million. The Cumberland Arms is home to about 75 residents. Rents will not change, and the Hampstead may add new residential programs for its occupants.



Waverly Terrace Work to Begin


Beginning today, parking is being restricted on Waverly Terrace, from Baltimore Street to Ridgeway Terrace. Flaggers will be present in the area, and caution should be used, while traveling in the construction area. Traffic is also being restricted in the Baltimore Avenue area, as the first phase of that improvement project gets underway today as well.



Man Held on $10,000 Bond


A Cumberland man is being charged with possession of heroin and possession of controlled paraphernalia, following his arrest over the weekend on Virginia Avenue. Antonio Smith was wanted for allegedly pushing a Cumberland City Police officer and fleeing the scene. Suspected heroin and a hypodermic needle were found on Smith during his arrest. He is being held on $10,000 bond, including warrant charges of second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment.



Cumberland Man Released After Assault Incident


Thirty-six year old Cumberland resident David Wamsley was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond pending trial, following an assault incident early yesterday morning on Virginia Avenue. He and the victim got into an argument, which resulted in Wamsley allegedly striking her in the head, and pushing her to the ground. The victim did not require medical attention, but Wamsley was charged with second-degree assault.



Meeting Set on Rawlings Water Projects


The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting on proposed water projects for the Rawlings/Route 220 area. That meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7 p.m. at the Rawlings United Methodist Church. Public Works staff will be on hand to answer questions. To be discussed will be the schedule for the water service projects, as well as the termination of water service by the Rawlings Water Company system, and the shutdown of this private water system.


FSU Hosts Upward Bound Ceremony


Frostburg State University recently held an awards ceremony for the Upward Bound Summer Residential Program, and five students received the Distinguished Student Award. They are Marcus Bowers, Katie Lick, Austin Whetzel, Cierra Zarger and Susan Zoller. The award is given to students who not only excel in the classroom, but also demonstrate their Upward Bound spirit in all other areas of the program. The summer residential staff members and summer classroom teachers nominate and evaluate the students.



School Board Updated on Teacher/Principal Evaluations


The Allegany County School Board was updated on Teacher/Principal evaluation models, during the September meeting, held last week. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, of the Board of Education, says the models are being fully implemented this year. Evaluations are being based on measures of professional practices, as well as student growth. The Allegany County teacher model is being developed locally, while principal evaluation criteria is being developed at the state level.



Special Olympics Athlete Goes on Patrol


A Garrett County Special Olympics athlete, George Mattingly,  had the opportunity to go on patrol with Maryland Senior Trooper Steve LeMay last week. The tour of the barrack and "ride along" is part of a new effort to reach out to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. George's mother, Donna Holt, is the coordinator for the Special Olympics programs in Garrett County. She has been working to increase interaction between the number of people with intellectual disabilities and law enforcement officers.



Law Enforcement Agencies Added to Gun Permit Reviews


The Maryland State Police is looking to other law enforcement agencies to help conduct criminal background checks on some 38,000 applicants for firearms permits. A request from Western Maryland Delegate Kevin Kelly to the Attorney General may have prompted the move to have as many as 20 officers from the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, the Maryland Natural Resources Police, the Maryland Transit Administration Police and the Maryland Capital Police help conduct the background checks. Delegate Kelly questioned whether letting other agencies enter the data was legal. Additional officers will be used until the backlog is eliminated. Maryland's new gun control law takes effect October 1st.

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