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Decision Expected on Revamped Route 220


A decision is expected next year on a preferred corridor for a revamped U.S. Route 220, linking the road to Corridor H in West Virginia. The selected route would run from Interstate 68 near Cumberland, south, nearly parallel to the existing Route 220 to Corridor H in Grant County, West Virginia. The road would also run north into Pennsylvania from Route 219 to the turnpike. The selection still requires federal approval.



Federal Suit Filed Against Pinnacle


A total of 23 federal lawsuits have been filed on behalf of 38 Keyser residents, alleging mental and physical health problems as a result of the Pinnacle Wind Farm at NewPage on Green Mountain. In the suit, residents are asking for a permanent injunction to keep the wind farm from operating. The residents allege that the turbines and blades emit both low and high-pitched noises, causing physical and mental problems. including loss of sleep, headaches, stomach issues and other alleged problems.



Controlled Poker Demonstration at Rocky Gap


There may soon be live poker at Rocky Gap Casino and Resort, with a controlled demonstration for the poker tables planned for October 3rd; poker could become part of table gaming at Rocky Gap by the following Monday, October 7th. The casino now has about 550 slot machines and table games. Rocky Gap generated just over $4 million from both slot machines and table games last month. Gross gaming revenue was just over $200 per slot machine and $1.6 million for banking table games.



Truck Fire Temporarily Closes I-68 Eastbound


A truck fire caused the closure of eastbound Interstate 68 early yesterday morning. The fire to which the Shaft Volunteer Fire Department responded, began in the cab of the truck, which was hauling cleaning supplies. The truck driver pulled off to the side of the road, after seeing smoke and told state police investigators the brakes locked up; the driver, who fell while running from the burning truck, was taken to the hospital for treatment of a hip injury.



Sentencing for Garrett County Woman Set for December


An Oakland woman faces up to 25 years in prison, after pleading guilty to first-degree assault in Garrett County Circuit Court. Twenty-year old Maranda White was accused of hitting her boyfriend with a car, crashing into the building that currently houses the Cornish Cafe. The victim suffered leg injuries that required surgery, while she was released from the hospital that same day in March of 2012. She remains free on bond, pending a sentencing hearing, with conditions including home confinement and electronic monitoring.



Man Charged Following Accident


An Oakland man was charged with negligent driving and driving under the influence of alcohol, following a single vehicle accident Friday evening on Lake Shore Drive in Garrett County. Twenty-eight year old Cody Lee Latta had been involved in the accident. Responding were both the Maryland State Police and the Deep Creek Fire Department.



Commissioners Schedule Luke Meeting


The Allegany County Commissioners will hold thei weekly public business meeting in Luke on Thursday, October 17th, beginning at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Luke City Building on Grant Street. Parking will be available in the front, as well as in the back of the building. Community members and interested individuals are invited to attend.

Greater Cumberland Committee Schedules Summit


The Greater Cumberland Committee will hold a regional broadband summit at Frostburg State University this Friday, beginning at 10 a.m. the meeting will be held in the Atkinson Room of the Lane Center. The agenda includes a snapshot of existing broadband issues in Allegany, Garrett, and Mineral Counties, a scaled-down version of what was presented to TGCC members, partners, and guests in May. A panel will address several broadband issues, including whether 100 per cent availability and adoption is a worthwhile and realistic goal for our region.



Traffic Stop Results in Heroin Arrest


A Cumberland man was arrested for possession of heroin, following a traffic stop Friday evening near the Park-N-Ride on U.S. Route 220. Thirty-five year old Michael Harmon was stopped for speeding, but appeared nervous and shaking. A K-9 unit indicated narcotics in the vehicle, as a quantity of suspected heroin was found. Harmon was charged with possession  with intent to distribute heroin, and other drug-related charges. He was released on personal recognizance, pending his next court appearance.



Woman Charged with Credit Card Abuse


Thirty-six year old Cumberland resident Hannalore Norris has been charged with credit card misuse, and other counts, after a private citizen filed a complaint against her. Ms. Norris is accused of gaining access to the victim's banking information and withdrawing over $1,000 from an account, and spending it throughout the Cumberland area. The incident allegedly occurred from April through July of this year. She was also charged with false credit card charges, and theft scheme of between $1000 and $10,000.



Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday


A Happy 100th Birthday today, to Devlin Manor resident Hazel Shank!  Heather Railey, activities director at Devlin Manor, says Ms. Shank grew up on Pennsylvania Avenue in Cumberland. She and her husband, after having traveled the world, returned to Cumberland, and set up residence on Weber Street.Ms. Railey says Mrs. Shank has been a resident at Devlin Manor for five years, and had previously lived at the Willow Valley apartments on Furnace Street.


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