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September Safe Streets Warrant Initiative

The Safe Streets Program is conducting a new warrant initiative, which will conclude on Friday. The Safe Streets Operation is seeking the public's help in locating 16 individuals on open arrest warrants. Charges against them range from drug charges, violation of probation, failure to appear and theft. The warrant initiative began yesterday.


Canal Place Officials Appeal to City, County

Facing a loss of $100,000 in hotel/motel tax funding in Fiscal Year 2015, the Canal Place Preservation and Development authority is now appealing to both the city of Cumberland and Allegany County for funding. The situation there is dire, according to authority chair Andy Vick, who has written a letter to both Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim and Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay. And while it is hoped for, executive director of the facility, Dee Dee Ritchie doesn't think Canal Place can become self-sufficient anytime soon.


Kingwood Woman Arrested on Drunk Driving Charges

Kingwood, West Virginia resident Donna Lynn Murray was arrested in Garrett County Sunday for driving under the influence of, and driving while impaired by alcohol. Ms. Murray's vehicle was found in a ditch along Underwood Road, with the engine running and lights on; she was found in the driver's seat. She received a District Court hearing, and was released on personal recognizance.


Three Injured in Accident

Three people were hurt in a two-vehicle accident late yesterday morning at the entrance to the Country Club Mall parking lot. The accident was reported around 10:23 a.m. Responding were members of the Allegany County Sheriff's Office. There is no word on the identities, nor the extent of injuries of those involved.


Two Charged With Setting Fire

Two juveniles have been charged with intentionally setting a fire that damaged a vacant Mountain Lake Park residence. The two, 12-year olds used an ignitable liquid to set the fire. They were charged and released to the custody of their parents, pending further action by the Department of Juvenile Services. The fire happened at 2:30 Sunday afternoon at the 1001 Oakland Avenue home. The owner is Scott Bittinger. The Garrett County Sheriff's Office assisted in the investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.


Schools "Locked Down" in Everett Friday

An Everett man was arrested, following an incident on Friday, that caused two area schools to be "locked down." Albert "A.J." Kuklo had threatened some people who wanted custody of his three-year old daughter. The incident occurred at his house in Everett. Kuklo was arrested and jailed on $75,000 straight cash bail.


Summons Served on Cumberland Man

A criminal summons was served on 26-year old Cumberland resident Shawn Eric Shewey on Sunday. The summons was the result of a private citizen filing for charges through District Court. Shewey is accused of removing property from a residence in the 600-block of Maryland Avenue. He was charged with one count of theft under $1,000. He was served the summons and released, pending trial in District Court.


Structure Fire in Mountain Lake Park

Six fire departments and the Southern Rescue Squad responded to a house fire at 1001 Oakland Avenue in Mountain Lake Park Sunday afternoon. Fire crews were on the scene of the working basement fire for about two hours. Also on the scene were the Garrett County Sheriff's Office, Allegheny Power and the State Fire Marshal's Office, which is conducting an investigation.


Truck Damages Recreational Area

The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating property damage in the Wilhelm Recreational Area on the Avilton-Lonaconing Road. A white diesel pickup truck entered the area and deliberately spun the truck in a circular motion in the grassy area. The vehicle caused some damage, and anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry barrack at (301)-387-1101.


Partial Closure of Baltimore Avenue

The City of Cumberland's Engineering Department is notifying the public that beginning tomorrow, through October 1st, weather permitting, Baltimore Avenue will be closed from Goethe Street to Marion Street. This closure will take place during working hours and will reopen to traffic nightly, and on the weekend, and will allow for necessary utility pole relocation. The one-way traffic pattern will be delayed due to this closure. Drivers are asked to obey all traffic control devices that will be in place.


Tri-State College Night Set

The 46th annual Tri-State College Night will take place on Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Allegany College of Maryland gymnasium. Tri-State College Night is sponsored by the Allegany County Guidance Counselor's Association, with a goal of helping high school students make educated decisions about post-secondary plans. More than 70 schools and military organizations will be represented. Four high school students will be awarded, by random drawing, scholarships ranging from $200 to $500, to help them further their education.


Edwards Comments on Marcellus Drilling

While West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio are moving ahead with Marcellus Shale drilling, Maryland is still studying the issue. Maryland State Senator George Edwards says there is a group of people who do not want "fracking" in the state. Senator Edwards says that more studies are emerging which shows atmospheric and water contaminations are within the realm of safety. Senator Edwards says the so-called "fracking committee" hope to have a "best practices" report available in August of next year. He adds only one to two percent of the total natural gas "pocket" is in Maryland. He says that natural gas prices have been on the decline in recent years.


Deep Creek Listed on Travel Channel

The Deep Creek Lake area has been selected by the Travel Channel as one of the top 10 2013 Best Fall Foliage Road Trips. Two driving tours and the annual Autumn Glory Festival were included in the listing. The 46th Annual Autumn Glory Festival is scheduled from October 9th through the 13th. Included in that are two parades, concerts, antique and craft shows, and other activities.


Chessie To Hold Community Shred/Recycle Day

Chessie Federal Credit Union has scheduled a Community Shred/Recycle Day this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at is main headquarters on Commerce Drive. Items accepted for shredding include important documents and  cardboard. Recycled items include flat screen monitors, computer towers, TV's, and CRT monitors. Donations will also be accepted for the Western Maryland Food Bank. For more information, call (301)-777-1781 or visit ""

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