Safe Streets Initiative Underway
Another Safe Streets warrant initiative is underway, and will conclude on Friday. The Safe Streets Program is asking citizens and residents of the surrounding communities to help in the arrest of several individuals, wanted for various crimes. Seventeen people are wanted on a variety of charges, including drug charges, assault, failure to appear and violation of probation.
Berlin Man Killed in Two-Car Accident
A Berlin man was killed late last week, after his car struck a school van and went into a nearby field in Stonycreek Township. Forty-eight year old Dean Blough had been involved in another accident about ten minutes before the fatal crash. The second accident occurred as Blough was driving north on Lambertsville Road, at an apparent high rate of speed. His car struck a minivan, driven by Lynn Frazier of Central City. Blough lost control of the car, ran off the road and flipped several times before coming to rest. He and his passenger, Georgiann Ruschak were ejected, as neither was wearing a seat belt. The investigation is continuing.
Museum Requests State Funding
Allegany County Museum officials have sent a letter to Governor Martin O'Malley, requesting $2.75 million in funding to complete the renovations to the Pershing Street building. The funding request to the Governor is to "complete the restoration work and make the museum a national heritage attraction, " according to the Cumberland Times-News. State Senator George Edwards has a copy of the letter; however Delegate Kevin Kelly says he was not aware of the letter until three weeks after it was sent. A meeting with the Western Maryland delegation has been set for December 4th to discuss the funding plan.
Residents Back Garrett County Wind Power Project
Garrett County is in need of the revenue a wind power project would generate, so the majority of those testifying on the Fair Wind project spoke in favor of it last week at Garrett College. On the opposing side, some feel the project would change the wealth formula on receiving funding for the state. Fair Wind has filed for an application with the Public Service Commission for 12 wind turbines along the top of Backbone Mountain. It would begin in the spring of next year and be operational by 2015.
Smoke Hole Fire Burns for a Week
Some weekend rain helped, but the fire that has been burning in the Monongahela National Forest near Petersburg has been burning now for a week. The fire is considered to be about 40 per cent contained. A cause for the fire has not been determined, but an outdoor burning ban remains in effect.
Police Investigate Firearm Incident
Both the Keyser and Romney detachments of the West Virginia State Police investigated an incident last week, where a man allegedly brandished a firearm at an off-duty Hampshire County Sheriff's Deputy. The incident happened along Route 28 in Springfield, across from the Country Store, at the Wayne Skipper residence. The case remains under investigation by the Romney detachment.
Money Found in Flea Market Item
A local couple found a large amount of money in a mantle fireplace they bought at the Queen City Flea Market recently. Carol and David Hall found at least $35,000 in $100 bills in the piece; the Halls thought the container was a shaving kit. There was additional money, in stacks of $50 and $20 bills, and it is believed there was a total of about $50,000. The honest couple called the owner and returned the money; meanwhile, the mantle is still at the flea market, and still for sale.
Fort Hill Wins State Championship\
If you were wondering what all the sirens and noise were Saturday night, it was an escort into town for the Fort Hill Girls' volleyball team, as they won the Class 1-A state championship at the University of Maryland. Fort Hill defeated the Carver A & T Wildcats, and the Lady Sentinels finished the season with a perfect 19-0 record. They won the first state volleyball title in school history. Their coach is Joe Brewer.
Man Assaults Officer at Hospital
A Cumberland man, Dustin Bennett, who had been a patient at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, is now a resident of the Allegany County Detention Center. Bennett was at the hospital, became unruly and argumentative, and hit a Cumberland City Police officer in the face, with a closed fist. He was arrested and charged, and held on $10,000 bail.
Possible Recreational Opportunities for Potomac River
The city of Cumberland is exploring options for developing the Potomac River near the Blue Bridge, for recreational opportunities such as boating and kayaking. Cumberland City Council member Dave Kauffman says he would be interested in seeing how shared ownership of the river, between Maryland and West Virginia is handled, along with the determination of toxins under the dam itself. Kauffman says he also has fiscal concerns about the project. He also says he wants to make sure the nature of the investment warrants the return on investment, and adds there have been some preliminary conversations with West Virginia representatives.
Commissioners to Meet in Barton Thursday
The Allegany County Commissioners will hold a public business meeting in Barton this Thursday. The meeting will be held, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Barton Town Hall. Community members and all interested individuals are invited to attend.
Bedford County Plans WWII Memorial
Bedford County is planning a memorial for World War II veterans, at a cost of about $200,000, and the Monument Committee is taking donations until Christmas Eve. The statue will contain the finger and thumb prints of surviving World War II veterans in Bedford County. After donations are collected, plans for the monument will be sent to a foundry in Montana by the end of the year.
Woman Sentenced for Embezzlement
A Berkeley County woman was sentenced to more than two years in prison, and ordered to make restitution of more than a million dollars for embezzling from Collaborative Systems Group. forty-one year old Bunker Hill resident Melissa Trenary Grove had secretly added a relative to the company's payroll and used some of the money to start a spa business, which ultimately failed. She is accused of wiring funds, writing checks from company accounts, and using a company credit card for her personal use. She will report to prison in January.
More Health Insurance Assistants to be Hired
The state of West Virginia will hire about 100 more workers to help people enroll in the state's health insurance marketplace and expanded Medicaid program. Federal funding for the workers will go to the West Virginia Primary Care Association, Community Care of West Virginia, Partners in Health Network, Incorporated, and the Valley Health Systems. Open enrollment in the state's expanded Medicaid program will continue through March 31st.