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Trooper Strikes, Kills Pedestrian

State  Police continue to investigate an accident Tuesday night, involving a pedestrian, who was struck in the roadway by a Maryland State trooper, travelling on Interstate 68, at the Chestnut Ridge Road overpass. Truck driver,  Lamont Scaife, of Orlando, Florida was struck on the roadway, as he was retrieving a paper that had blown out of the truck. Trooper First Class Scott Bell, assigned to the McHenry barrack, struck Scaife in the roadway. Trooper Bell immediately called for help and began CPR on Scaife. He was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, where he died of his injuries. The Maryland State Police CRASH team is conducting a complete reconstruction of the incident, as the investigation is continuing.

 

Man Sentenced on Drug Counts

Frostburg resident Brendan Patrick Orr will be spending the next 11-1/2 years in prison, following his sentencing this week in Allegany County Circuit Court. Orr, 25 years old, was found guilty last month of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, possession of heroin and possession of controlled paraphernalia. Judge Tim Finan sentenced Orr to the term, as part of a larger suspended sentence. When released, Orr will be on three years of supervised probation. 

 

ATK Awarded Contract

ATK has been awarded a production contract with the U.S. Air Force, with an initial value of $22.8 million. The local facility will manufacture a Proximity Sensor to determine the correct height above a target and for maximum effect. Delivery on the sensors will begin in 2015. There are options in the Air Force contract for four additional order periods, totaling up to $84 million.

 

Firefighters Battle Blaze in Pendleton County

More than 80 foresters and firefighters are battling a fire in the Monongahela National Forest in Pendleton County, West Virginia. As of yesterday, the Smoke Hole blaze was about 20 per cent contained, after having damaged nearly 730 acres. Firefighters from six states and West Virginia are on the scene of the ongoing fire. High humidity is keeping the flames from spreading any faster, but firefighters said precipitation in the area would greatly help in controlling the fire.

 

Resignations Accepted by Commission

The Mineral County Commissioners dealt with three letters of resignation from the county's Development Authority. Members Bob Cole and Steven Davis, along with president Dave Boden had already announced their resignations; the commissioners are just now considering the letters, because of the timing of their meetings. They will now have to find replacements for all three, to bring the authority's number back up to the required 15 members.

 

Petition Calls for Removal of Commissioners

A petition that has been circulating in Hardy County over the past two weeks seeking to remove two Hardy County Commissioners. The petition to remove J. Michael Teets and William "JR" Keplinger, Jr., from the commission, is related to the recently passed Ambulance Service Fee Ordinance, and the purchase of a building by the commissioners. The petition contains over 750 signatures, asking the Superior Court of West Virginia to look at specific violations of the law by the two commissioners.

 

Meyersdale Man Charged with Burglary of Sister's House

Cumberland Highway resident Ronald Eugene Lepley is being charged with attempting to burglarize his sister's home in Southampton Township. Lepley was caught on video, trying to enter her home, during the time he was working on her property. Lepley, currently on parole, has a hearing scheduled for next week in Meyersdale. Until then, he is being held in the Somerset County Jail.

 

Maryland College Students More Likely to Drink

As reported last week, a new study finds that underage college students in Maryland are significantly more likely to drink alcohol than those in other parts of the country. Dr. David Jernigan, director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, says that binge drinking is about average. Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg State University are part of the study. Dr. Jernigan says that data for Maryland was taken from a national study, and Hopkins then looked at what colleges are doing across the state. Major progress has been made with high school students in pointing out who should be addressing the problem, whether it be the students themselves, parents, or the colleges.

 

"Common Core" Session Set for Tonight

Allegany and Garrett County's Boards of Education have scheduled an informational session on Common Core Standards this evening. The session will be held at the Frostburg State University Compton Science Center in Room 226, beginning at 7 p.m. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, public information specialist with the Allegany County Board of Education, says that, on hand for the session will be Maryland State School Superintendent Dr. Lillian Lowery; Allegany County School Superintendent Dr. David Cox; and, Ray Leone, the Maryland State PTA President.

 

Republicans Choose Topper for Election

Bedford County Republicans have chosen minister Jesse Topper as the party's "almost certain" candidate for a January State House special election. Topper will be running in the 78th District Race, to replace state Representative Dick Hess, who passed away in September from surgical complications.

 

Fugitive Captured in Maryland

A man wanted on grand larceny charges in Front Royal, Virginia, was taken into custody on Tuesday. Anthony Wayne Williams was arrested in Anne Arundel County, Maryland on active warrants from another jurisdiction. He was charged earlier this month, after allegedly selling a car police say didn't belong to him. He is also wanted in Prince George's County on a felony larceny charge obtained in October. Two men who were with Williams were also arrested.

 

Sixth Victim of Elkins Fire Dies

An Elkins mother who lost four children in an October 28th fire, has also died. Jennifer Chamberlain died at the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh, and is the sixth victim of the fire. The fire at the Central Street home, began on the side porch, where a couch was located. An official with the West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office says some of the family members had been on the porch, smoking, the night before. Arson and electrical malfunctions have been ruled out as possible causes. Fundraising efforts are continuing for Ms. Chamberlain; over $50,000 was raised last week during an event in Mill Creek.

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