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Safe Streets Initiative Announced

A total of 32 arrests were made, with a total of 36 arrest warrants served during an Operation Safe Streets Warrant Initiative the last week of September. The goal of the program is to make streets safer through the reduction of backlogged arrest warrants. A variety of charges were lodged against those who were arrested. Warrant fugitive officers, along with members of the Cumberland City Police and Allegany County Sheriff's Department conducted the operation.

 

Crossing to be Repaired

CSX has announced it is currently repairing the  Pear Street railroad crossing in North End . The crossing is now closed to traffic during the repairs. CSX is also planning major improvements to the Baltimore Street crossing. That work will require an extensive closing of the crossing.

 

Route 220 Work Planned for Weekend

The Maryland State Highway Administration has announced that the ramp from U.S. Route 220 (Greene Street) to eastbound Interstate 68 will be closed this Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting, due to construction. A detour is being posted. In the event of bad weather, the closure may be rescheduled. The closure is related to the construction of a new partial roundabout on Route 220 at Interstate 68.

 

Man Arrested for Ex-Parte Violation

A Cumberland man has been arrested for violating an ex parte order and for second degree assault. Fifty-one year old Roger Davis was found on the front porch of a house on Bond Street. The victim alleged that Davis got into an argument with her; he allegedly threatened bodily harm, and threw a cell phone at her. After being charged and receiving a District Court hearing, Davis was held on $3,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Hyndman Man Arrested for Assault

Hyndman, Pennsylvania resident Dustin Shoemaker has been charged with second degree assault, following an incident earlier this week on Bedford Street. He allegedly pushed and threw a woman to the ground at the home. The victim did not require medical attention. Shoemaker was released pending trial in District Court.

 

Fatal Logging Accident in Tucker County

A contractor, working for a logging company, was killed Tuesday in Tucker County. The victim, 59-year old William Skinner, was working on the ground at a logging site near St. George, when a tree fell on him. Several agencies, including the West Virginia Forestry Service, responded to the scene.

 

Update on AP Participation

The number of students participating in AP classes is on the rise in Maryland. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, of the Allegany County Board of Education, says Maryland students overall, continue to show improvement in AP classes. Even with the increase in those taking the classes, Ms. Cross says the number of student test scores reaching a level of high achievement, has also increased.

 

Maryland Receives Grant for Pre-K Assessments

The United States Department of Education has given a $4.9 million grant to a Maryland-led project. It is designed to build a new generation of Pre-K assessments. The grant is one of three advanced assessment grants announced by the U.S. Education Secretary. The latest grant will help expand educational efforts within a 7-state consortium.

 

Animal Shelter Partners in Spay/Neuter Program

The Allegany County Animal Shelter is partnering with "Spay Today," and the Thomas Beath Veterinary Hospital of Fredericksburg, Virginia to take a bite out of pet overpopulation, by providing the community and animal welfare organizations with affordable, high quality spay and neuter surgery. Anyone interested in taking advantage of the program should contact Spay Today program at (304)-728-8330 to purchase a voucher for surgery. The veterinary hospital will pick up pets at the Animal Shelter next Wednesday; they will be taken to the hospital for surgery and will stay overnight to recover. Pets will return to the shelter the next day. For more information, contact the Animal Shelter at (301)-777-5930.

 

Meyersdale Residents Speak Out on Community Center

Two people were escorted from the Meyersdale Borough Council meeting this week, when speaking on the town's community center. The center, which was built in 1937 and once housed Meyersdale High School, has been experiencing mold and sewage residue problems. The community center is also home to the police department and a day care center. The council adjourned into executive session. However, no decision was made on what to do to alleviate the problems in the building.

 

Maryland Processing Federal Unemployment Claims

Over 16,000 unemployment claims have been filed by furloughed federal workers; of that number, about one-fourth of those workers call Maryland home. Federal workers are eligible to collect unemployment benefits, they are required to pay the money back, if they receive back pay after the shutdown ends. Federal workers who live in Maryland can apply for benefits online at "mdunemployment.com," or they can call, toll-free, at 1-877-293-4125.

 

West Virginia Tops Drug Overdose Deaths

The state of West Virginia has the highest drug overdose rate in the country, and the rate has quadrupled over the last ten years. A report from the Trust for America's Health the overdose rate in the Mountain State was 28.9 per 100,000 residents. Comparatively, North Dakota has the lowest rate at 3.4 overdoses per 100,000 residents. the study also shows that more people die of a drug overdose, than are killed in auto accidents. The drugs of choice include Oxycontin, hydrocodone, Vicodin, Xanax and Ritalin.

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