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Truck Strikes Bridge; Roadway Closed


A tractor-trailer, which had been traveling into Ridgeley through the underpass, became wedged under the bridge this morning, and traffic is being diverted past the storage sheds. There is no word on the extent of damage to the bridge, but the truck is being off-loaded to it can be removed.



Saturday Fire Determined to be Accidental


A fire, that began on Broadway Street and extended to a residence on Cromwell Terrace has been ruled accidental in nature. The fire displaced three members of the John Melvin family, and they're being assisted by the American Red Cross. The fire spread from  an unoccupied home at 434 Broadway to the Melvin's home on Cromwell Terrace. Four Cumberland City firefighters suffered minor injuries, and were treated at the scene.  The fire was caused by an overheated extension cord, where power tools had been plugged in; ceiling joists in the basement then caught on fire. Fire units had cleared the scene by 1 p.m.



Several Regional Fires Reported


Several brush and structure fires were reported throughout the area yesterday, including a brush fire in Hampshire County, and a house fire. The structure fire was reported on Gage's Lane, off of Route 28 at the Hampshire County line. There were no injuries, and the Red Cross was on the scene to assist the displaced family.



Man Accused of Child Abuse Applies for Marriage License to Mother


Cory Orndorff of Green Spring, West Virginia,  who is accused with child abuse resulting in death, has applied for a marriage license with the child's mother. Orndorff's bail remains at $150,000; he was arrested in October and charged in connection with the death of 18-month old Leah Grace Barnes. He and Brooklyn Barnes, the mother of the child, applied for a marriage license last Thursday. A review on the case is scheduled for January 7th.



Man Charged with Allowing Prostitution


A Manns Choice, Pennsylvania resident is being charged with allowing prostitution at a Martinsburg, West Virginia residence he owned in 2011. Sixty-three year old Charles Michael Gerver of Manns Choice is accused of using the West Virginia home as a house of prostitution from February to March of 2011. Six men, who were stopped after driving away from the residence, said they found contact information for an escort service on the internet. Each paid between $100 and $200 for various services.



Nurse Sentenced in Theft


Former Keyser nurse Tonya Lenae Poland has been sentenced on grand larceny charges; she had previously pleaded guilty to stealing several rings from a man who died at Potomac Valley Hospital. Ms. Poland was sentenced to three years probation and 100 hours of community service. She is also required to pay a $130 appraisal fee for the rings, which were valued at more than $1,000. She told police she had intended to sell the rings. She could have been sentenced to one to ten years in prison.



Memorial Demolition to Begin Next Week


The demolition of the former Memorial Hospital is set to begin a week from today. Cumberland City Council member Dave Kauffman says that, at a meeting in October, various concerns from residents of the area were addressed. They included a concern about blasting and the use of wrecking balls. Kauffman says the city has worked as hard as possible to minimize the impact of the operation on the neighborhood. It's uncertain what will happen to the property itself.  The city estimated that the demolition would cost between 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 million dollars, when in fact the winning bid came in at under 2-million. Kauffman says the savings realized will be used to infrastructure improvements in the city including water and sewer improvements and roads.




Man Arrested After Violating Florida Court Order


Cumberland resident Jordan Garlitz was arrested over the weekend, following a traffic stop on Franklin Street in Cumberland. Garlitz was initially stopped for a registration violation, but it was also discovered that he was in violation of a Florida court order by being in contact with passenger in the vehicle. He was charged with that count, along with driving an uninsured vehicle, and displaying expired registration plats. He was released on personal recognizance pending trial.



Woman Driving on Suspended License, Hits Child


Cumberland resident Nicole Bright, who had been driving on a suspended license, hit a child early Friday evening at the corner of Arch Street and East Oldtown Road. The child sustained a foot injury and was taken to the hospital for treatment. She was issued a traffic citation and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court. The vehicle was released to a valid driver.



Roundabout Officially Opens Tomorrow


Drivers will now have easier access to Interstate 68 Eastbound, when the new, partial roundabout on Route 220  officially opens tomorrow. The roundabout, which has been under construction since the spring of last year, provides a safe way for southbound traffic on Route 220 to turn around to access the ramp to Eastbound I-68. Before, the ramp was only accessible to northbound Route 220 traffic.



Focus On The Future Event Set


The Allegany County Public School System will host the 8th annual Focus on the Future Showcase at the Allegany County Fairgrounds tomorrow and Wednesday. The event will be held in the multi-purpose building. The showcase targets all seventh grade students and strives to raise public awareness on the importance of career preparedness. Focus on the Future also promotes economic growth in the county by keeping graduates locally employed with the necessary expertise to enter the job market.



Bomb Squad Detonates Package in Washington County


What was termed a "suspicious package" was safely detonated over the weekend at the Hagerstown Reproductive Health Services building on Washington Street in Hagerstown. The State Fire Marshal's Office Bomb Squad performed a controlled detonation. The building was evacuated and several streets were sealed off during the investigation, which is ongoing.



Washington County Awarded Federal Funding


Washington County has been chosen to receive over $62,000 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, and consists of several agencies. The local board was charged with distributing funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in areas of high need, across the country.



Former Boswell Man, Fiancee Killed in Shooting


A former Boswell, Pennsylvania man who had safely completed a military tour in Afghanistan, and his fiancée, were shot and killed by a neighbor last week in Hempfield Township, located in Westmoreland County. Thirty-year old Timothy Reffner and his fiancée, Christina White were shot and killed by neighbor Phillip Cancilla, who later turned the gun on himself. The couple and Cancilla had argued about in the past about loud music and other noise. Both had complained to the manager of the apartment where they lived. Cancilla shot Reffner six times, while Ms. White was shot five times in the head and back.

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