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Teen Killed in Friday Accident


Seventeen-year old Moorefield High School Senior Autym Wolfe was killed Friday morning, in a three vehicle crash on Route 220,near Purgittsville, West Virginia. Her car and a tractor trailer sideswiped each other; Ms. Wolfe's car went out of control, where it was hit by a second tractor trailer. Neither of the truck drivers was injured, but Ms. Wolfe was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is continuing.



Burlington Man Killed in Crash


Eighteen year old Burlington, West Virginia resident Brandon Sites was killed in a single-vehicle crash late Friday on Knobley Road, south of U.S. Route 40. He was a passenger in a truck, driven by Nicholas Shoemaker and also occupied by his brother,  Lucas Shoemaker. The truck veered off the highway, hit an embankment, and overturned. The Shoemaker brothers were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland, where they were treated and released.



Sunday Fire on Seymour Street


Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire yesterday afternoon. The fire was reported around 2:40 p.m. at 422 Seymour Street. This is the second fire incident at the same location since October 21st. The fire originated in the living room area, and smoke damage was reported throughout the building, which is owned by David Swisher. The fire was brought under control by about 4 p.m. and there were no injuries.



Garrett Sheriff's Office Investigating Burglaries


The Garrett County Sheriff's Office is investigating several burglaries at its government facilities in the southern portion of the county. The burglaries occurred between September 29th and October 24th. Four buildings were entered and about $500 worth of tools and cash were taken. A reward may be offered to anyone who can provide information, regarding the incidents. Callers to the Sheriff's Office or to the Garrett County Crimesolvers group can remain anonymous.



Man Held on $250,000 Bond


A Cumberland man is being held on several arson charges, and other counts, following an argument at an Altamont Terrace residence Saturday morning. Thirty-seven year old James Flohr is being held on a quarter-million dollars bond. Flohr and a woman were arguing, and the fight became physically abusive. He allegedly tried to set her mattress on fire. The Cumberland Fire Department was on the scene to clear the residence. The victim was taken to the hospital, and Flohr was jailed.



Black Bear Hunt Closed for 2013


The black bear hunting season for 2013 is now closed. As of 9 p.m. Saturday, there were 94 bears taken; of that number, 70 were from Garrett County and 24 from Allegany County.  The season lasted for six days in Allegany and Garrett Counties. Seventy per cent of the bears were taken on private land, and about 748 hunters participated.



Blasting for Route 219 to Begin Today


Blasting is scheduled for today in Somerset county, to make way for the four-lane Route 219 project from Somerset to Meyersdale. Flag crews will be monitoring roadways near the blast sites, to keep motorists clear of the work. The total project includes construction of about 11 miles of new road.



Bedford Civil Lawsuit to Proceed


A federal district judge has cleared the way to allow a civil lawsuit against Bedford County and its Sheriff, Charwin Reichelderfer. Two deputies who opposed the sheriff's re-election two years ago, were fired two days after his re-election. Deputy Charles Stuby had run against Reichelderfer, while Deputy Lukas Berkey supported Stuby's bid. The former deputies are asking to be reinstated, and for a court order, barring further discrimination; they are also asking for an undetermined amount of money damages.



Health Department Plans Forum


The Allegany County Health Planning Coalition is seeking community input, and will hold a public forum on Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room on the ground floor of the Willowbrook Office Complex. The public is invited to participate in the forum to discuss the health needs of Allegany County residents and to help identify actions to address those needs. For more information, call 240-964-8422 or 301-759-5015.



Tournament of Bands Held


Congratulations to the Allegany High School and Mountain Ridge Marching bands, who recently won in their respective categories and group size at the recent Tournament of Bands Championships. Allegany defended its Group 2 Open title, and will compete in the Group 2 Open Championships on November 4th. Mountain Ridge earned its first Chapter Championship in Group 2A, and will perform at the Atlantic Coast Championship this Saturday.



Wagoner Receives Jaycee Award


Cumberland City Council member Nicole Wagoner received the Jaycees' Outstanding Young Professional award at last week's Allegany County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner. One of the activities for which she was cited, was her recent bike trip, to raise awareness of the Great Allegheny Trail. She says she met people from all over, and asked them about their spending habits on the trail-an indication of the economic development potential it could bring to the region.



Graduation Rates Increase in West Virginia


West Virginia high school graduation rates have improved over the past five years. Last school year data shows that over 79 per cent of high school seniors graduated, up from 2008-2009 numbers, which showed a rate of nearly 71 per cent. Improved numbers are being attributed to retention and alternative education programs in the schools, as well as an anti-truancy initiative from the State Supreme Court last year.



Martinsburg VA Medical Center Sets Open House


The Martinsburg VA Medical Center is holding its seventh annual Hospice Open House next Wednesday, November 6th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Veterans, families and members of the community are invited to attend. Hospice care focuses on improving the quality of life for patients with serious, life-limiting illnesses. The open house event will also include a grand rounds presentation that begins at noon.

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