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Maryland Has 326 Enrolled in Health Exchange

Even though it claims thousands are interested in buying health insurance in Maryland, only 326 have actually enrolled. The "Wall Street Journal" says the exchange has been plagued with design and software problems. Maryland is one of 14 states running its own exchange. While 13,532 accounts with verified identity were created as of Sunday, only 326 people have actually enrolled in the new health-insurance plans. Maryland has about 600,000 without health insurance. Open enrollment continues until March 31st of next year.


Three Bound Over for Grand Jury Action

There is probable cause to hold three people who have been charged in connection with the September 26th murder of Michael O'Hara of Hampshire County. Mandy Lee O'Hara and John Steven Shoemaker have been charged with first-degree murder. Twenty-one year old Gabriella Elisa Clutter, who lived with the two, has been charged with concealment of a body. It has been confirmed that Clutter  gave birth to a daughter this past Sunday. The suspects will remain at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail until the grand jury convenes on January 7th.


City Approves Grant Proposal

The city of Cumberland has given its support to a forest management plan for its watershed.  A grant application for federal money has a deadline of October 15th, or until such time as the government emerges from its shutdown. The plan, according to Nature Conservancy representative Donnelle Keech, was essential to protect the source of the city's water supply.


Former Mineral Sheriff Dies at 69

Former Mineral County Sheriff Jerry Detrick has passed away at the age of 69. He was a graduate of Ridgeley High School and Allegany College of Maryland. He had also been employed as a railroad police officer for the Western Maryland Regional and CSX Railroad. Friends will be received at the Upchurch Funeral Home on Greene Street tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service has been set for Friday at 11 a.m.


Two Taken To Hospital

 Two people were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, following an accident on Industrial Boulevard, in the vicinity of the Outdoor Club. The accident was reported at 12:43 p.m. yesterday. One car pulled from Lamont Street into the westbound lane, and was struck by a second vehicle. Charges are pending in connection with the crash.  The Cumberland Fire Department and Ambulance were on the scene to transport the victims to the hospital. There is no word on the identity of the drivers, but their injuries were termed "minor." There will be further details as they become available.



Sobriety Checkpoint Set in Allegany County

The Allegany County Sheriff's Office is conducting a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location this week, to promote awareness and reduce the number of alcohol-impaired drivers on the roads. The operation is part of the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign and is funded in part by a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office. Last year, the Allegany County Sheriff's Office investigated 183 crashes, resulting in 134 injuries and 3 fatalities. The checkpoint will be clearly marked with signs, lights and uniformed officers. Both marked and unmarked vehicles will be used.


Woman Charged with Taking Fundraising Money

A Somerset woman is charged with taking funds she claimed were for a four-year old girl fighting cancer. Thirty-two year old Mandy Lee Klinkner allegedly obtained 200 fundraising booklets from Sheetz, and sold the booklets in Somerset County as a fundraiser. She failed to reimburse Sheetz and failed to give a portion of the proceeds to the child. Ms. Klinkner is free on a $25,000 unsecured bond. Her preliminary hearing is set for October 28th at 11 a.m.


Bench Warrant Issued for Cumberland Man

Thirty-six year old Ryan O'Toole is being held on a $10,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after being served a bench warrant on Monday. He was cited for failure to obey a court order from August, which included violation of an ex parte order. Another warrant charged him with violating conditions of his probation set forth in May. He was remanded to the jail, after receiving a hearing in Allegany County District Court.


Assault Charge Lodged Against Woman

Cumberland resident Rhonda Walker was charged with second-degree assault, following an alleged incident on Memorial Avenue on October 2nd. Ms. Walker is accused of walking up to another woman on Memorial Avenue, and hitting her for no apparent reason. The victim suffered minor facial injuries in the incident.  Charges were then filed against her. She was served and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.


Guest Speaker At Bishop Walsh

The Pratt Center at Bishop Walsh School is hosting an evening with Dr. Vincent Culotta, author of the book, "School Success for Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders." Culotta, a renowned psychologist, will help present helpful hints for parents and educators of unique learners struggling with issues such as ADHD, Dyslexia and organization. The event is also for mental health professionals. The event will be held Monday, October 26th at 6 p.m. in the Bishop Walsh auditorium. For more information, call (301)-724-5360, extension 218.


Lawmaker's Wages Garnished in Suit

Berkeley County Delegate Larry Faircloth is accused of not paying more than $48,000 in legal fees and damages, plus interest. And now, the money will come out of his paycheck. Faircloth was ordered, six years ago, to pay a $29,000 judgement to Mark Mulligan and David Haarberg, claiming he defrauded them by failing to report termite damage while inspecting a home. Lawmakers earn $20,000 annually, and can receive pay for special legislative sessions.


Affordable Care Act Newest Tool in Breast Cancer Fight

This is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year's event marks a major shift in women being able to access the health care they need. Matt Schafer works for the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network. He says under the Affordable Care Act, women cannot be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition such as breast cancer. Schafer says, that for an organization like the American Cancer Society that's focused on finding a cure for this disease, nothing can be better. More improvements are expected as more women are able to access affordable health care and get in for regular check-ups and treatment if needed.


West Virginia Leads in Deer Collisions

Even though the rate has dropped about 4.3 per cent, West Virginia remains the most likely state in which you'll hit a deer while driving. The national average is about one in 174, but in West Virginia the chances of hitting a deer are one in 41. West Virginia has been first in State Farm Insurance's annual survey for the past seven years. Other states rounding out the top five are Montana, Iowa, South Dakota and Pennsylvania.


Boil Water Advisory in Effect

This reminder: the Dowden's Addition in Fort Ashby is on a "Boil Water" notice until further notice. There has been a water main break.

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