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Frostburg Man Charged With Forgery, Theft, Fraud

Sixty-year old Frostburg resident Arthur William Siemann has been charged with several counts including forgery, theft, fraud and possessing or using a false government ID. He allegedly obtained several forms of identification and other documents in the name of an Oregon man. Siemann allegedly obtained fund that were meant for the Oregon man. He was released on $35,000 bond, pending his next court appearance.


Man Charged in Double-Stabbing

Cumberland resident Dajon Antonio Lopez remains in the Allegany County Detention Center   on $825,000 bond, following a double-stabbing early yesterday on Fairview Avenue in Cumberland. Lopez is accused of stabbing two men, after coming to their residence to see his ex-girlfriend. Lopez is also accused of repeatedly calling and texting the 17-year old girl. Lopez turned himself into Cumberland Police after his family was contacted. Along with charges of attempted second-degree murder, assault and burglary, he is charged in connection with repeatedly texting and calling the teen.


Keyser Fees To Increase

Some Keyser residents may see their sewer charges double, as the Mayor and Council is proposing a fee schedule that would take effect by the end of 2015. The price tag on a new treatment facility is about $25 million, and is part of a regional effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. The brunt of the cost will be borne by the residents of New Creek and McCoole, Maryland.


Former Mayor Meets with Current Mayor and Council

The current Ridgeley Mayor and Council met with former Mayor Jim Twigg recently. Twigg had entered a guilty plea to four misdemeanor charges of failure to perform his duties as mayor. He had originally been charged with eight felony counts of fraudulent or unauthorized use of a purchasing card during his tenure as mayor. The purpose of the meeting was to establish what is best for the town and its residents, and move forward with that.


Chlorine Leak Reported at Seven Springs

A leak from a 100-gallon chlorine tank at the Seven Springs water treatment plant was contained Sunday morning. The plant operator, who had complained of dizziness, was taken to Somerset hospital. The resort was not affected, as the treatment plant is about two miles from the main entrance to Seven Springs. There were no serious injuries.


Somerset Holds Job Fair

Somerset County's unemployment rate rose to 9.1 per cent in August, and a job fair was held last week, to help companies who are seeking new employees in the fall. One of those employers, Seven Springs resort, is looking to fill around 1,000 positions for the coming ski season. Seven Springs recently bought the Hidden Valley Resort. Nearly all of the companies required a high school diploma from potential employees, and there were some that required additional education, either a bachelor's of associate's degree, in order to be considered. Another job fair is scheduled for April in Somerset County.


NSA Seeks Students for Summer Program

The National Security Agency is seeking students for its gifted and talented program. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, of the Board of Education,  says the NSA is now accepting applications for the Summer 2014 STEM program for high school seniors. She says the NSA is seeking students who have an aptitude for Math, Science, and Engineering are being sought. She says it is an invaluable experience in those areas. Applications are being accepted through the middle of November; the program entails a 40-hour work week for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer, following the senior year of high school.


Officer Identified as Murder-Suicide Suspect

A Baltimore City police officer, a city firefighter and a woman were involved in a murder-suicide this past weekend. Police say 37-year old Christopher Robinson, a member of the Baltimore City Police Department shot both Andrew Scott Hoffman and 26-year old Marie Leanne Edith Hartman before turning the gun on himself.


West Virginia Truancy Plan Working

The West Virginia Supreme Court Justice who headed up a program to crack down on school truancy in the state is pleased that there has been an 8.5 per cent jump in attendance in the last five years. While the program is showing signs of success Justice Robin Davis next would like to examine the counties in which the program is working, and determine why it's not working in other counties.


Some Westernport Water Off Today

The Westernport Water Department has turned off water to residents in the 100 and 200 blocks of Maryland Avenue today, in order to repair a leak in that area. It's not known how long the water will be off.

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