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Minor School Bus Accident


An Allegany County Public School Bus, leaving Fort Hill High School, en route to Washington Middle School, was involved in a minor accident with a passenger vehicle. The car was backing out of a driveway, and hit the side of bus number 16. There were no injuries, and no replacement bus was necessary.



Bear Season Opens


The tenth black bear season began yesterday. The Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service set a harvest quota of 95 to 130 bears for the six day season. It will end earlier than Saturday, if the level is reached before then. As of last night, there were 41 bears checked in, with seven from Allegany County alone.



Couple Charged With Coupon Fraud


Two Barton residents are being charged with false pretense, after cashing in fraudulent discount promotions at area grocery stores. Twenty-Four year old Justin Linn and 26-year old Cassie Miller are accused of passing fraudulent refund material at Martin's Grocery in Keyser last April. Police say they had done the same thing at other area stores. Police contacted them, and told them if they didn't turn themselves in, they would be arrested. They then came to the Keyser Police station to face the charges.



Bedford Woman Dies in Accident


Clearville resident Marsha Ryan was killed in a single-vehicle accident Friday afternoon. The crash happened on State Route 326, when her SUV went off the roadway and struck a tree on the drivers' side of the car. She was pronounced dead at the scene, and the investigation is continuing.



Residents Warned of Scam


Area residents are being warned about a scam, in which a caller advises the victim they would be charged with a federal crime, and should pay fines to avoid being arrested. The caller is able to disguise the true phone number from which he is calling, and substitute a working number for area law enforcement agencies. Sheriff Jeremy Taylor of Mineral County was investigating a complaint recently, and took a phone call from the scammer. The caller ID indicated it was coming from the number for the Keyser Police Department. After identifying himself as the Mineral County Sheriff, the caller hung up. Sheriff Taylor says that police would never solicit such a payment and the calls are a scam.



Memorial Demolition Meeting Set


The City of Cumberland Engineering Department, along with Ritter and Paratore Contracting have set a meeting for residents of the Memorial Hospital Campus area for next Tuesday, October 29th. The meeting will be held at the Fort Hill High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. The contractors will be at the meeting to answer questions and concerns about the demolition process. If you are unable to attend the meeting, but have a question about the process, call (301)-759-6600, and your question or concern will be added to the list for the night.



Garrett County Schools Launch Website


Garrett County Public Schools recently launched a new website. The address is "," and features an updated look, with better menu options, and an easy-to-use navigation bar, located at the top of the home page. The new site also features popular web links  under the Resources section, located on the left hand side of the home page, and a rotating slideshow of pictures, featuring Garrett County Public School students, staff, and events. The website will still be used as a primary notification tool, when any charges in the school schedule occur.



Hampshire Courthouse Undergoing Renovations


The Hampshire County Court House has eight items that need to be repaired, at a cost of nearly $350,000, the majority of which is for the dome of the courthouse. The courthouse has experienced some water damage, and a portion of the project addresses downspout, flashing and repairing or replacing the existing cornice on the building. The dome itself will be replaced , and a fire suppression system and several water heaters will be installed.



Trespasser Arrested at Downtown Store


A 41-year old man, with no fixed address, was arrested after trespassing at Rose's Department Store in downtown Cumberland. Neil Anthony Griffith refused to leave the store when told to do so. He did leave, just before police arrived. He had been served with a "no trespassing" letter and admitted that he knew he wasn't supposed to be in the store. He was taken for a bond hearing and released on personal recognizance.



West Virginia PSC Approves Rates


West Virginia natural gas customers will see minimal increases and drops, based ontheir provider. The state Public Service Commission recently approved interim winter rates, which are based on a number of factors, including the current cost the companies are paying for natural gas on the wholesale market. Mountaineer Gas, which has the most customers in the state, will receive a three per cent increase. The average bill will rise from 489.47 to $93.30. The PSC will finalize the winter rates in February. The costs could change if we have a very cold winter.



Slain Sheriff Was Under Investigation


Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was reportedly under investigation on a suspicion of money laundering in the weeks before his death. Crum was under investigation by the FBI for allegedly arranging to buy campaign signs with cash from a doctor, convicted of running a "pill mill." The FBI was also investigating whether Crum committed mail fraud by submitting fake campaign disclosure forms by mail, whether he possessed illegal drugs, and whether he intended to distribute those drugs.


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