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Former Bedford Executive Faces Charges

A former executive for Bun Air Corporation in Bedford County is facing more than 100 felony charges. Thirty-eight year old Frank Gottshall is accused of logging into airline systems and altering flight information after his firing. The Pennsylvania State Police say he repeatedly accessed the system between July 27th and August 18th, changing flight data and schedules. For his part, Gotshall says he is being unfairly targeted for working to start a competing charter line. He has been released on $75,000 unsecured bail, with a preliminary hearing set for next Wednesday.


WVSDB In Need of Renovations

Now that it's been decided that the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind will remain in Romney, officials there are looking to renovate and upgrade the facilities, some of which are more than 140 years old. Some of the buildings need new roofs, ceilings and walls, and they are looking to construct new buildings. Dr. Lynn Boyer, Superintendent, says that as part of the modernization plan, they are looking to buy new technology for the students. Renovations will hopefully get underway in two years.


Car Hit By Train; No Injuries Reported

A car was "clipped" by an Amtrak train last night at a closed crossing at CSX Drive near Industrial Boulevard. The train was headed westbound, toward Cumberland when the accident occurred. None of the passengers in the car were hurt. Responding to the scene were fire department personnel, along with Cumberland City Police and CSX officials. No further details are available.


Man Arrested for DUI Tuesday Morning

A man was arrested at the intersection of Henderson Avenue and Valley Street late yesterday morning. Fifty-eight year old Robert Burkett failed to stop at the intersection, and hit another vehicle that had already stopped for a red light. Burkett, who admitted to drinking one beer, failed all of the field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. He was processed, charged and released pending trial in District Court. Along with the DUI charge, Burkett also faces a driving on a revoked license.


Woman Hit by Car in Garrett County

A woman was hit by a car in Garrett County late Tuesday night, and was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown for treatment. Shavon Lynn Holliday was hit in the 400-block of Cove Road in Accident. Her condition is unknown. The Maryland State Police at McHenry are investigating.


Bedford Man Sentenced to Five Months in Jail

A Bedford man, Christopher Graeff,  was sentenced to five to 23 months in jail, in connection with a domestic violence incident in August of this year. He must also wear a "SCRAM" ankle bracelet to monitor his use of alcohol, once he is paroled. His live-in girlfriend went to the Bedford Police Department, and had visible injuries to her neck and face. She and Graeff  had been drinking, and began to argue when they returned home. The argument turned physical, resulting in the charges.


Open House Set

The Mt. Haven Wellness and Recovery Center in Garrett County is having an Open House tomorrow, beginning at 11 a.m. The center serves mental illness and substance abuse matters. The coordinator of the center is Jason McCowan, and the number is (301)-334-1314. Expected to be on hand for the Open House are Miss Maryland and Miss Delaware International. The center is located at 315 Dawson Avenue, off of Memorial Drive, just past Garrett Memorial Hospital. The public is invited to attend the open house event tomorrow.


Potomac State To Add Programs, Upgrade Stayman Field

Potomac State College of West Virginia University has announced that it will add four new athletic programs at the school, and will begin a fundraising effort to upgrade Stayman Field. Sports to be added include both men's and women's lacrosse and men's and women's cross country. Stayman Field is hoping to add artificial turf and lights and to renovate the field house there to better support the new sports programs. Golden Park, where the baseball team hosts home games, will also see public restrooms, a concession stand and locker rooms, as well as a press box and grandstands.


First People's Opening Second Somerset Location

First People's Community Federal Credit Union is adding a second location in  Somerset County.  The former Verizon building on North Center Avenue will be the new location, with a grand opening set for October 25th and 26th. The new building-which includes new landscaping, a new parking lot and additional drive-through lanes-will employ eight more people.


Trail Grant To Benefit Friendsville

A total of $1.21 million dollars in grants have been given for the Recreational Trails Program in Maryland. As part of the "Cycle Maryland Initiative," the town of Friendsville will receive a $40,000 grant to build a trail, between the town and a trailhead for the Youghiogheny Water Trail. Other recipients of the awards include Catonsville and Sykesville, Maryland. The work is being done through a total of 52 projects, which includes constructing new trails, maintaining existing trails and purchasing equipment and signage.


Finance Department Wins National Award

The Allegany County Finance Department has won a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. Specifically, the award cites the county's FY 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Receiving the award represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management, and this is the 21st consecutive year that the award has been received by the Allegany County Finance Department.


Student Volunteers Recognized

The Allegany County Student Volunteers of the Month have been recognized by the school system. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, of the school board, says students are recognized at the middle and high school level, and are nominated by teachers for outstanding service to their schools or the community. The Volunteers of the Month will be highlighted in the public schools and on the school system's website.


School Board Receives Preservation Award

The Allegany County Board of Education has received the Mary Susan Cerutti Historic Preservation Award. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, of the board, says the award was given for work done on the restoration of the Central Offices on Washington Street. The Central Office was built in 1866 by William Walsh, and has been occupied by the Board of Education since 1931.


Hagerstown Administrator Retiring

Hagerstown City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman is retiring in June of 2015. He was first appointed by the Mayor and Council in 1994, and Zimmerman says he has mixed emotions on retiring. A one-year contract extension for Zimmerman is expected to be approved at the end of the month.


Public Hearings Set on FirstEnergy Billing

West Virginia will hold public hearings next week in Fairmont, on customer complaints about Mon Power and Potomac Edison's billing and meter-reading practices. As an example, a Jefferson County woman received a bill for $3,000; her meter was read only twice in 2012, instead of the typical six times per year. The hearings have been scheduled for October 25th and October 26th.



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