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Memorial Demolition Meeting Held

A meeting between the contractors involved in the demolition of the former Memorial Hospital and citizens of the area was held last night, with about 40 residents attending. It was announced the demolition work will begin on November 18th, and will not entail the use of explosives, wrecking balls or on-street parking by the demolition crews from Ritter and Paratore and its trucks. The demolition work will be done in four phases.

 

Man Arrested for Breaking and Entering 

Gordon J.W. Whitfield, of Cumberland, was charged with breaking and entering at Archway Station on North Centre Street on Monday. Whitfield knocked on the door of the facility, and demanded to speak to someone inside the building. He was told to wait outside and not to enter the building. He shoved his way through the door and entered. He also began yelling and becoming disruptive. He is also accused of punching a hole in the wall as he was leaving. He was charged, but released on personal recognizance, following a District Court hearing.

 

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced in Domestic Incident

A Buffalo Mills resident, Leonard Forbes, was sentenced to serve five to ten years in state prison, in connection with an incident involving his ex-wife and her boyfriend. Forbes was charged last June, after he forced his way into his ex-wife's residence, and threatened to kill her and her boyfriend. He fired a shotgun into a wooded area, where he believed the boyfriend had retreated. He also threatened to kill himself in front of his children. The plea was entered before the case was to have gone to trial.

 

Man Arrested for Failure to Appear

Fifty-one year old Cumberland resident Robert Jay Toey has been arrested on an outstanding warrant. He was wanted for failure to appear in court on October 24th, for a previous drug paraphernalia arrest. He received a District Court Commissioners' hearing, but later released on his own recognizance.

 

Blasting Begins on Route 219 Project

Blasting has begun on the Route 219 construction project, near Garrett, Pennsylvania. This week's portion of the project is being done in the area of Fogeltown Road, and will then move to the area between the existing Route 219 and Crossroad School road. Crews are stopping traffic in a radius of 800 to 1,000 feet around the blast site to make sure nobody gets too close to the blasting, due to flying debris. Bid openings for the next two phases will happen over the course of the next several years. PennDOT anticipates the road will be open in 2018.

 

Vandalism Reported in Berlin Over the Weekend

The "trick" part of Halloween "trick or treating" took place this past weekend in Berlin, Pennsylvania, as at least 20 dozen eggs were thrown at several vehicles and homes in the area. Some of the vandalism was near businesses, where police say there are surveillance cameras. They are currently reviewing the videos for additional leads. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (814)-445-1525.

 

Kindergarten Report Cards to be Delayed

Allegany County Public School kindergarten report cards will once again be on a delayed distribution schedule for the first nine-week period of the 2013-2014 school year. Report cards will be sent home on Monday, November 25th.

 

Home Sales Down in September

Higher mortgage rates and home prices have caused a drop in sales. The National Association of Realtors say the seasonally adjusted pending home sales index dropped 5.6 per cent last month, pushing the index below its year-ago level. This is the first time that has happened in nearly 2-1/2 years. The drop also suggests final sales will decline in the coming months. Mortgage rates reached a two-year high over the summer, in response to speculation the Federal Reserve would reduce its stimulus later this year.

 

State Senator Proposes Abolishing "Rain Tax"

Howard and Carroll County State Senator Allan Kittleman is pre-filing legislation to repeal the so-called "rain tax" in Baltimore City and nine counties in the state. Kittleman, a Republican, says that some counties have enacted their own legislation, and there has been no "backlash" for not adopting the state mandate. Kittleman says, for example, Howard County has not done a good job with storm water remediation, which he says is "overly burdensome on businesses." And, he acknowledges that businesses have borne the brunt of the cost of stormwater management.

 

West Virginia Fatality Reported

While there were two fatal accidents reported over the weekend in West Virginia, another claimed the life of a Petersburg man. Fifty-two year old resident Jeffrey Swick was killed as he was riding in a car on Smoke Hole Road in Pendleton County. State Police say two others, including the driver, were seriously injured. They add that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Elkins Fire Kills Two Children

A fire, which may have started on the porch of an Elkins home, took the life of two children and hospitalized five more people. Most of the injuries were from smoke inhalation, but some did suffer burns. Firefighters knew people were trapped in the home, on Central Street. Both of the front doors of the home were blocked with fire, and the victims could not get through the living room, because fire had spread from the porch to the living room. the cause is under investigation. It's also not known if there were any smoke detectors in the home.

 

Layoffs at Casino Tied to Competition

Fewer than 50 employees are being laid off at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town races. The reason? General Manager Al Britton says the layoffs are due to the nation's sluggish economy, and growing competition from neighboring states, such as Pennsylvania and Maryland . Revenues at Charles Town have dropped more than 15 per cent. The West Virginia facility is owned by Pennsylvania-based Penn National Gaming, Incorporated.

 

Woman Charged With Bank Robbery

A 60-year old Hedgesville woman, Linda Marie Terry, was taken into custody shortly after police say she robbed the CNB Bank in Martinsburg. Investigators found a bag of money, and socks over her hands when they found her. Notes that she allegedly handed the teller were also found on her. Ms. Terry is being charged with one count of bank robbery.

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