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Three Receive Preliminary Hearing

Three Hampshire County residents, who are accused in the murder of Michael O'Hara, received a preliminary hearing yesterday. Thirty-six year old Mandy O'Hara, 21-year old John Shoemaker and Gabriella Clutter are accused of breaking into Michael O'Hara's house, and killing him; they then allegedly tied his body to a car, and then dragged it to the Cacapon River. While O'Hara and Shoemaker are charged with the actual murder, Ms. Clutter is charged with conspiracy. The O'Haras were involved in a custody battle over their five children.


Traffic Changes on Route 220 Tonight

The Maryland State Highway Administration's Route 220  construction project will cause some traffic changes, starting tonight. Traffic will be shifted beginning tonight, into tomorrow morning. Route 220 northbound will be closed prior to Interstate 68, from 8 p.m. this evening through 6 a.m. tomorrow. Motorists should follow the posted detour, which will use northbound Maryland Route 53, the Winchester Road, in Cresaptown to U.S. 40 and I-68 in LaVale. This is the final phase of this particular project.


Slight Revenue Decline at Rocky Gap

There was a slight decline in revenue at the Rocky Gap casino from August to September. The Cumberland Times-News reports that the conference rooms are still due to open next month, with Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine noting that funding is being added to the commissioners' scholarship fund at Allegany College of Maryland, and that with the revenue from hotel room rentals, the county's hotel/motel tax will help retire the debt service on the Rocky Gap loans. Poker tables at the facility recently opened, and those numbers weren't available for the month of October.


Jewelry Thief Sentenced to Prison

A Bloomington resident, who pleaded guilty to stealing jewelry after entering a home through a window, has been sentenced to eight years in prison, with four suspended. Thirty-year old Ryan Andrew Butler pleaded guilty in circuit court in June. Butler will be on probation following his release, and will be required to pay over $500 in  restitution. Most of the stolen property was recovered.


Man Arrested for Trespassing, Disorderly Conduct

Thirty-seven year old Cumberland resident James Kenneth Flohr, Jr., was arrested Sunday in the vicinity of Harrison and South George Streets.  Flohr, who had trespassed on CSX property, was allegedly yelling at several people who were standing near the train station. He then ran  from officers, but was later apprehended. He was issued two citations for trespassing on posted property and disorderly conduct. Flohr was released pending trial in District Court.


Man Held on $15,000 Bond

Forty-four year old Cumberland resident Thomas Evix was held on $15,000 bond, following an incident on South Chase Street Sunday. Evix had allegedly been drinking, and arguing with his girlfriend's children. One of the children was grabbed by the arm; another victim was allegedly choked; and, hot wax was thrown over all the children. Following a hearing in Allegany County District Court, Evix  was taken to the Allegany County Detention Center. He was charged with four counts of second degree assault and one count of reckless endangerment.


Toys for Happiness Dinner Kicks off 32nd Year

The Toys for Happiness campaign is entering its 32nd year with a kick-off dinner held last night at the Bedford Road Volunteer Fire Department. This year , there will be a new website, from which residents can directly submit applications for the annual campaign. Several events have already been scheduled, including the annual Harvest Skate, which takes place the night before Thanksgiving. Chairman Chuck Koelker noted that time was of the essence this year, as Thanksgiving is in late November; the campaign will be running the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.


C & O Canal Towpath is Closed

The government shut-down is hitting close to home. The National Park Service has announced that visitor traffic on the C & O Canal Towpath is now prohibited; bicyclists planning rides from
Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. on the Great Allegheny Passage and C & O Canal should plan to turn back at Cumberland. All visitors' centers are closed. There are several other restrictions, including one where volunteer events and those requiring special use permits will not be able to take place. And, volunteers should cease those activities immediately, and they should not enter the parks until after the restrictions are lifted.


Keyser Police To Enforce Speed on Richmond Street

The City of Keyser will be paying more attention to motorists on Richmond Street, following a citizen complaint at last week's council meeting. It was decided to place a digital sign to display vehicle speeds, and police will be stepping up speed enforcement in the area. The complaint was raised, in part, because children often play on and around the street.


Two Taken To Hospital Following Accident

Two Somerset County residents were taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, following a single vehicle crash on Route 281 in Milford Township early Sunday morning. Twenty-six year old Somerset resident Jennifer Jury and 22-year old Mason Ansell, of Rockwood were both thrown from the vehicle. Ansell, the driver, missed a turn in the road and lost control; the truck eventually came to rest in a corn field and caught fire. The investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police is continuing.


Trooper Remains in Serious Condition

A Maryland State Police officer remains in serious condition at Baltimore's Shock Trauma Unit, after being hit by a car over the weekend. Trooper Jacqueline Kline was struck on Route 100 in Anne Arundel County. She had stopped a suspected drunk driver, but was hit by a car, driven by 21-year old Enrique Guzman of Pasadena. No charges have yet been filed against him. Trooper Kline suffered head injuries, a broken arm, and various cuts and bruises.


West Virginia Signing Up for Medicaid

About 45,000 West Virginia residents have signed up for automatic enrollment in Medicaid over the past two weeks. The Department of Health and Human Resources has sent out 118,000 letters, informing families they automatically qualify, under the federal Affordable Care Act. The exchange is designed to give uninsured people an affordable way to purchase coverage by pooling the buying power of individuals and businesses. There have been no major technical glitches reported with the new online system.

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