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Employee Stabbed at Finan Center


A Hagerstown man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, following a stabbing incident yesterday morning at the Finan Center. Fifty-year old Craig Harris Zello is accused of stabbing an employee there with a seven-inch galvanized spike that remained lodged in his head. Zello was taken into custody, after a confrontation with Maryland State Police troopers. Zello is being held without bond, while the investigation by the Maryland State Police, the C3I unit, and the Allegany County Sheriff's Office. One aspect they want to determine is how Zello was able to get the weapon used in the attack.



Fire Reported on Seymour Street



Cumberland firefighters controlled an attic blaze on Seymour Street yesterday afternoon in about ten minutes. There were no injuries when fire broke out at 422 Seymour, at a home occupied by David Swisher and his children. The cause has been narrowed to wires in the attic, which overheated, and ignited ceiling rafters and combustibles. Losses were placed at $6,000 to the structure and its contents. The property is insured, but the occupants reportedly did not have insurance.



City Foreman Position in Question


Several Piedmont citizens expressed their opinion against town foreman John Shingler retaining his employment, when he prison term is completed in December. Shingler was sentenced last summer to three months in a federal prison, after pleading guilty to one count of embezzlement of federal property. That federal property included three FEMA trailers  that were allegedly illegally purchased by the town in 2009. No decision was made, but the subject of allowing Shingler to return to work was debated during the meeting.



Mission of Mercy To Be Held This Month


This is the fourth year for the Western Maryland Mission of Mercy, which provides oral care for those who can't afford to go to a dentist. The event is scheduled for October 25th and 26th, beginning at 6 a.m. each day, at the Allegany County Fairgrounds' Multi-Purpose Building. The event still needs about 400 to 500 volunteers. Over the years, patients have come from 22 counties in seven states; a total of 850 people are served each year. For more information, the web address is ""



Woman Held on $10,000 Bond


Cumberland resident Paige Shingler was held on $10,000 bond, after failing to appear for trial in August on a disorderly conduct charge. Following the service of the bench warrant, she was taken to the Allegany County Distinct Court Commissioners' Office for a bond hearing. Then, she was remanded to the Allegany County Detention Center.



Woman Released After Theft Arrest


Cumberland resident Ashlie Rhodes was released, pending trial, following her arrest on theft charges. A Park Street business reported that Ms. Rhodes was observed by store personnel, taking items and concealing them in her clothing. She was charged with theft of less than $100.



City To Begin Leaf Collection


The city of Cumberland will start leaf collection at the end of the month. Beginning on October 28th through November 1st, leaves will be collected in the Seton Drive area, followed by the Upper West Side, North End, Mapleside, and South End in subsequent weeks. Residents can bag leaves and place them at the curb on their regular trash days. Advanced Disposal Services will collect up to eight bags of trash, including leaves. The schedule is posted on the City of Cumberland website, ""



Edwards Appointed to Special Committees


Maryland Senator George Edwards has been appointed to the Special Joint Commission on Public Safety and Security in State and Local Correctional Facilities. The commission is conducting a comprehensive study of laws, regulations, policies and practices that affect safety and security in correctional institutions. One area of concern is the use of cell phones within the prison and jail walls. Senator Edwards says the commission is working on a way to "jam" cell phone signals, and cited the Baltimore City Detention Center as one area of concern. Senator Edwards says cell phone use in prisons and jails is a problem throughout the state.



Delayed Open for Schools on Thursday


There will be a two-hour delayed opening for students on Thursday for professional development. The change in this year's school calendar is one of three, two-hour delayed openings for the school system. The other two are scheduled for November 14th and January 30th.



Young Females Show Most Interest in Maryland Health Connection


More young people are showing increased interest in buying insurance through Maryland Health Connection, and the majority of the 25 to 34 age group are female. Despite persistent technical difficulties with the website, about 25,000 people have created profiles there. Governor O'Malley expressed confidence that the state can overcome the technical problems the website,, have created.



Man Faces Felony Charges in DUI Death


A West Virginia man is in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, after a charge of DUI causing death with reckless disregard, has been upgraded to a felony charge. Thirty-three year old Ronnie Landis is charged in connection with the accident that killed his girlfriend, Nicole Currence earlier this month. The accident happened on Old Elkins Road, near Ellamore.



Counties Have More Flexibility with Calendar


West Virginia schools would have more leeway in scheduling 180 days of instruction per school year. A proposed policy from the State Board of Education changes the present guidelines, and would require counties to guarantee 180 days of instruction, no matter the weather. School officials could then decide what schedule works best for their schools.

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