Market Robbed Overnight
An unknown amount of cash was taken from the Fair Price Market, on Route 135 in Westernport early this morning. The Allegany County Sheriff's Office says a person entered the business with a handgun and demanded cash. An unspecified amount of money was taken from the cash register, and the gunman fled on foot. He was described as a white male, 5'3" to 5'4" with a thin build and a dark colored coat, and a tobggan. His face was covered by a black and white bandana. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Maryland State Police, the Mineral County Sheriff's Office and K-9 Unit, and the C3I unit. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office or the C3I unit.
International Beauty Schools Shut Down
The International Beauty Schools, in both Cumberland and Winchester, Virginia, were shut down early yesterday, following a raid by the FBI and representatives of the Department of Education. The federal groups were assisted by the Cumberland City Police. There is no word on why the action took place, but agents were seen carrying out cardboard boxes from the Winchester school, located on Berryville Avenue. Some students were questioned when trying to enter the facility in Winchester. There is no word on the nature of the federal investigation.
Teen Hit By Car on Greene Street
A 13-year old girl was hit by a car in the area of 64 Greene Street late Tuesday afternoon but the injuries were not life-threatening. The girls' mother had dropped her off for a dental appointment, and two witnesses said they saw her run into the path of a vehicle, driven by resident Kevin Cookerly. He said he didn't have time to brake, and the child was hit by the left front bumper of the car. The juvenile was found to be at fault, and no citations were issued.
Burlington Man Sentenced on Drug Charges
Burlington, West Virginia resident Donald Tillotson has been sentenced to a total of 8 years in federal prison, for possession of pseudoephedrine, a drug which is used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. He was also ordered to make restitution of over $1,000 for expenses incurred by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for the cleanup of the meth lab. A U.S. Marshal placed him in custody, pending designation to a federal correctional institution.
Garrett County Looking to State for Funding
The Garrett County Commissioners may be looking to the state of Maryland for funding to keep three schools open there. Commissioner Robert Gatto made a motion to designate $2.2 million to the board for FY 2015 with the amount to be reduced, should the state grant funding to the school system. The motion died for the lack of a second. Commissioner Jim Raley says he would like to provide the board with a funding number on December 17th.
Police Seek Information on Stolen Vehicle
The Cumberland City Police Department is investigating the theft of a 2000 Nissan Altima from Footer Place on Monday. The license plate number is "5BC6772," and anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600.
Mineral County Seeks to Improve Communication
A new communications tower on Patterson Creek Ridge would greatly improve wireless and radio communications in the northern end of the county. That's why officials there are looking to erect a 340-foot tower, which has the potential to reach into Hampshire and Morgan counties. Mineral County's share of an 80/20 matching grant has been estimated at $107,000. The county would also be liable for the cost of radios, repeaters, antennas and installation.
Wildfire Nearly Contained
Most of the wildfire in Pendleton County has been contained. The U.S. Forest Service estimates it is about 70 per cent under control. The fire, in the Smoke Hole area of the Monongahela National Forest, has been burning since November 10th. No structural damage has been reported, but an emergency order, prohibiting public access to lands in an approximately 3-square-mile area around the fire, remains in effect.
Garrett School Advisory Applications Available
As has been reported, Garrett County Public School officials are moving ahead with plans to close three of its schools. School Advisory Committees will be developed to consider the impact of student enrollment trends, age or condition of the buildings, transportation and other areas of concern. Committee applications can be found on the Garrett County Public Schools' website, at www.garrettcountyschools.org." All applications should be received by November 26th.
Single Vehicle Accident Injures Washington State Man
Twenty-six tons of steel coils were strewn over a connector ramp from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Exchange to Route 30 west in Breezewood. Twenty-six year old Oleg Stratan of Mountlake, Washington-the driver of the truck carrying the coils-was cited for speeding. He suffered minor injuries. One lane of Route 30 and the ramp were partially blocked while crews worked to upright the truck. His truck was the only vehicle involved in the crash.
Friedens Man Faces Further Charges
A Friedens man has been charged by the Pennsylvania State Police with a total of 31 commercial burglaries and attempted break-ins. Twenty-two year old Roy T. Penrose faced several initial charges last week, and all of the cases have been consolidated and will be heard next Tuesday at 10:15 a.m.
School Evacuated Due to Propane Odor
Chestnut Ridge High School was evacuated on Monday, after a propane gas odor spread through the building. The school had received a propane delivery earlier in the morning, and some of the fumes apparently entered the school's ventilation system. The students were evacuated to the football field; at least two teachers and six students were examined by medical personnel. Two of the students were taken to the hospital. Everyone was back in the building by 11 a.m., and the school day continued as normal.
Double Fatal Blaze in Washington County
The State Fire Marshal's Office, along with the Maryland State Police and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating a fire, early yesterday morning, that resulted in two deaths. The fire was reported on Village Mill Drive in Maugansville. An unidentified adult male was found on the first floor of the home, and an adult female was found inside a bedroom. Both were taken to EMS personnel, but pronounced dead on the scene. The fire originated in the kitchen/dining room area of the first floor. No smoke alarms were located in the home.
Board Considers Discipline Changes
The Maryland State Board of Education is considering changes in its discipline policy to reduce the number of suspensions, eliminate disparities in how out-of-school punishments are handed out to African American children and student with disabilities. Advocates for Children and Youth Education Policy Director David Beard says students suspended for non-violent offenses such as insubordination should be able to keep up with their coursework. Beard says he believes children should be kept in school whenever possible, and advocates for methods that are appropriate for the behavior displayed. He notes one Maryland high school has instituted a school service day.
Policies Can Be Renewed
Maryland Insurance Commissioner Therese Goldsmith says individual policies that don't comply with the federal health care overhaul can be extended through the end of the year. She has sent a memo to insurers, stating they can renew such policies for the coming year, as long as the renewals take effect before January 1st. About 73,000 Marylanders are losing their policies because of the new health care law.