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Somerset County Man Dies in Collision

New Alexandria, Pennsylvania resident James Harris was killed Monday in a crash in Somerset County that involved three trucks. One of the vehicles was a coal truck that caught fire and spilled coal on Route 30. Harris was a passenger in a box truck, with the driver of both the coal truck and box truck flown to area hospitals. A third truck driver was also hospitalized. An accident reconstruction team is investigating.

 

Fire Investigation Underway

Monday's fire on Darrows Lane, across from Calvary Christian Academy remains under investigation. The Adam Siefarth family had just moved back into the home on Sunday; seven family members were displaced,  and are being assisted by the local Red Cross. The fire did a total of $70,000 in damage. Spotted by a passerby, the fire began under the exterior porch of the home. The fire reignited around 5 p.m. Monday, and fire units were called back. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Fire Marshal's Office at (301)-729-5021.

 

Baltimore Man Sentenced on Drug Charges

Twenty-eight year old Baltimore resident William Moye III has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on a conviction of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. He had been convicted of multiple drug offenses and was part of a larger investigation by law enforcement of narcotics coming into the community via Baltimore City. The first ten years of the sentence will be served without the possibility of parole, since it represented a subsequent narcotics conviction against him. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State's Attorney Sam Lane.

 

Garrett County May Close Schools

Garrett County is going ahead with the process of closing three schools, including Crellin, Friendsville and Route 40 elementary schools. The school system is facing an over $2 million deficit for next school year. A study suggested closing two schools in the northern end of Garrett County, and one in the southern portion, and reconfiguring all grades in the northern schools, along with adjusting school boundary lines.

 

City to Buy Computer System

The city of Cumberland is considering several vendors, and is purchasing a new computer system, at a cost of over a half-million dollars. The current system has been used since 1996, and several city employees and staff members have been looking product demonstrations from various vendors. A new system will be user friendly and would allow residents to access their utility bills and tax records 24 hours a day.

 

Suit Filed Against Pinnacle Wind Farm, LLC

Mike Haywood, a Keyser businessman, has filed a lawsuit against the  Pinnacle Wind Farm, LLC, which owns the Green Mountain Turbines. In the suit, Haywood claims noise and vibration are harming his efforts to sell houses, and are thwarting an effort to  construct a proposed housing development less than 2 miles away from the site. Haywood's suit is one of 32 filed against Pinnacle within the past 60 days.

 

Dollar Store Considers Two New Locations

Dollar General Stores is considering locating two new facilities in Allegany County. Preliminary locations have been considered, with one on Mount Savage Road and the other at Nave's Crossroads. Dollar General says the new stores would not be relocations of existing stores, nor are any of the present locations closing. The company says it is doing "due diligence," which means it is interested in putting stores in those locations, but have not committed to doing so.

 

Man Arrested in Middle School Disturbance

Forty-six year old Cumberland resident Darnell Powell turned himself in to Cumberland City Police Monday night, after allegedly causing a disturbance at Washington Middle School earlier in the day. In a meeting with his child's teachers, he allegedly used profane language toward the teachers. He continued to curse at them after the meeting was stopped. He also threw a desk to the floor. He also stated several times that if his child has any further problems with the teachers that he would burn down the school. A warrant for his arrest was issued; he turned himself in around 11 p.m. He was later held on $10,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Woman Arrested for Trespassing at Parklet

A Cumberland woman, Janice Lee Youmans, was arrested Monday evening, for trespassing at the Liberty Street parklet. The area is closed from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily. A Cumberland Police Officer told her she would be arrested if she didn't leave, and she stated she would prefer being arrested. The officer also offered to find her a place to stay, and again said she would rather be arrested. She was held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $500.00 bond.

 

Man Charged With Assaulting Girlfriend

A Cumberland man was released on personal recognizance, after being charged with assaulting his girlfriend in September. Twenty-eight year old Darrell Soules allegedly assaulted her, after being accused of being unfaithful to her. The woman is currently pregnant with his child. He allegedly slapped her in the face, and told her he would tell police she was the primary aggressor. At the hospital, the victim went to a nurses' station for help after being assaulted. Soules fled the hospital before police arrived. He was taken into custody on an arrest warrant Monday.

 

Toys for Happiness Underway

The Toys for Happiness campaign held its annual press conference at the Country Club Mall yesterday morning. This is the 32nd year, and chairman Chuck Koelker says, that as in years past, the gift wrapping area will be just outside of J.C. Penney. Jody Oliver says the area will be open, for gift wrapping and donations,  on Black Friday morning. Donations will help anywhere from 2100 to 2200 area children, and that cash donations are very much appreciated.

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