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Man Jailed for Allegedly Shooting at Hunter


Berkeley Springs resident William Dixon is in jail, on $100,000 bond, after allegedly firing shots at a hunter Saturday evening on State Route 144. The victim shot a deer and was waiting for friends to arrive, to help collect the deer. Shots were fired and the group fled the scene. Dixon was taken into custody shortly after that. There were no injuries, but police confiscated several firearms from Dixon.     



Mor For Less Closing at White Oaks


The Mor for Less Food Store is closing its White Oaks Location. The announcement was made by owner and President of Queen City MFL, Incorporated, Barry McGinnis. The store, based in Franklin, Pennsylvania, has been a part of the Cumberland region for over ten years. According to McGinnis, the decision was personal in nature, in that he wanted to spend more time with his family, and to pursue other business opportunities in northern Pennsylvania. Mor for Less announced the closure of its Queen City Plaza store in July of this year. The lease at White Oaks ends this month.



"Retirement Community" Planned for Cumberland


The Allegany County Commissioners have opted to develop a parcel of property, adjacent to Furnace Street, for possible development of an "Active Lifestyles" retirement community in Cumberland. The owners of Allegany Health Nursing and Rehabilitation have expressed interest in completing a feasibility study for the venture. The community would feature a spectrum of retirement services, including independent, as well as assisted living, and would be focused on the middle-income, 55-plus population. Residents would have access to golf, social events, interest groups, a fitness center with classes, gardening, swimming and the like.



Garrett County Schools Could Close Without Action


At least four Garrett County schools could close next fall, if Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley doesn't provide emergency action to help alleviate the dire financial situation there. Maryland State Senator George Edwards has written to the Governor, asking him to hold counties harmless, from losing any money, until the state's wealth formula is complete, according to the Cumberland Times-News. The letter requests an administration bill, and for the support of one that Edwards would request on the issue. Allegany, Garrett, and other counties have seen decreases, and will continue to see cuts in funding.



Inmate Found Guilty of Escape, Carjacking


Former Western Correctional inmate Larry Jerome Johnson was found guilty on numerous charges surrounding an escape and carjacking incident in September of last year. Johnson was working on a road crew, mowing grass along Interstate 68 near Grantsville, when he stabbed a correctional officer with pliers, and stole and Division of Corrections van. He also flagged down and attacked a passing motorist, stabbed him as well, and stole his car. He was arrested in the Sky Valley/Thousand Acres area. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered by Garrett County Judge Jim Sherbin. Johnson has since been transferred to Jessup Correctional Institution.



Rocky Gap Offers Poker


The Rocky Gap Casino has received approval from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission to offer poker. There are now three tables, with eight seats each, in the hotel lobby, offering Texas Hold 'Em with both Limit and NO Limit stakes. A controlled demonstration was held late last week. All proceeds from the demonstration were donated to the Volunteer Team, Incorporated, the non-profit organization that supports Rocky Gap State Park.



Three Routes Considered for 219 Upgrade


There are three possible routes for the Route 219 project between Grantsville and the Pennsylvania State Line. Representatives of Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were updated Friday, during a a meeting of the North-South Highway Coalition at its annual meeting Friday at Frostburg State University. That road is part of a bigger picture to create a major highway from Somerset to the North, to Scherr, West Virginia to the South, using Route 219, Interstate 68 and U.S. Route 220. A timeline has not been developed on the route selection, but an environmental impact statement could take up to two years.



Construction Begins on Baltimore Avenue Project


Baltimore Avenue is now one-way, from downtown Cumberland to Willowbrook Road for the duration of the improvement project there. Construction begins today, and caution is urged when driving in that area. There will also be traffic control devices in the area of the project. Any questions should be directed to the City of Cumberland Engineering Department, at (301)-759-6600.



Cumberland Man Faces Assault Charge


Cumberland resident Joseph Lee Wolfe has been charged with second degree assault, following an incident Saturday on Valley Street. Wolfe allegedly assaulted a woman, pushing her and kicking her while she was on the ground. He received an initial appearance at District Court, and was held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $20,000 bond.



Man Jailed in North End Assault


Sylvan Avenue resident David Lee Weimar is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $10,000 bond, after being accused of assaulting a woman at their residence. Weimer and the victim had argued over leaving the lights on inside a vehicle. Weimer is accused of straddling the victim and punching her in the face. Officers noticed a small amount of swelling on her upper lip and what appeared to be a small amount of dried blood. Weimer was charged with second-degree assault.



Rawlings Water Project Meeting Scheduled


The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting on proposed water projects for the Rawlings/Route 220 area. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7 p.m., at the Rawlings United Methodist Church. The initiation of water service and the connection to the public water system will be discussed, as well as the termination of service by the Rawlings Water Company System. Questions and comments will be taken at the meeting.



Scrap Tire Drop Off Day


The Allegany County Commissioners are encouraging county residents to take advantage of the upcoming opportunity to recycle unwanted tires. The Drop Off Day has been set for this Saturday at the Allegany County Fairgrounds, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is restricted to Allegany County residents, as proof of residency, such as a valid driver's license or current utility bill will be required. A maximum of ten tires will be accepted from each resident.



Woman Sues Pinnacle Wind Farm LLC


A Mineral County woman is suing Pinnacle Wind Farms, LLC, and its parent company, Edison Mission Group of Rosemead, California. Anna Bell Saville, who lives about a half-mile from the site, says the wind turbines have caused her physical and mental suffering from the 23 turbines on Green Mountain. She is asking for an injunction to shut down the turbines, and is also asking reimbursement for lost wages and medical expenses. The total amount was not disclosed.



Hedgesville Man Sought by Task Force


Hedgesville, West Virginia resident Kevin Burrows is being sought by the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force for possessing thousands of images of child pornography. The 62-year old Burrows had been working for a fertilizer company in the Petersburg, Virginia area, but abandoned his employment and family, after he learned a warrant for his arrest had been issued. Police say he may have returned to West Virginia, or may be anywhere in the United States. He also may have returned to Australia, where he was born.


Circleville Man Accused of Killing Father


Pendleton County resident John William Smith  is in the Potomac Highlands Jail, accused of killing his father over the weekend. Police received a call on Saturday for shots fired at a home in Circleville. When they arrived, they found John Conway Smith dead from a gunshot wound. His son, who was at the home, was arrested and charged with murder.

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