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Passenger Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident


Forty-two year old Frostburg resident William Volk was killed in a single-vehicle accident Saturday night on Route 40, east of the Finzel Road. He was a passenger in a car, driven by Veryl Rafferty, Jr. The car went off the road struck a utility pole and overturned. There were severe wind and snow conditions at the time of the 11:03 p.m. crash. Others in the car, 36-year old Edward McAteer and 42-year old Phillip Krauss, refused medical treatment at the scene of the accident. The accident remains under investigation by the McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police.



Two Garrett County Men Charged


Friendsville resident Dana Russell Stallard and Vincent Corby of Mountain Lake Park have been charged with allegedly manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine. Four searches were conducted at residences in those two towns, and they led to the discovery of meth, and materials used to produce it . Additional charges are pending, but they have posted $25,000 bond for their pretrial release from the Garrett County Detention Center.



Fire Reported on Stoney Run Road


A working fire in an unoccupied building on Stoney Run Road in Westernport was reported over the weekend. No further information was available from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.


Baltimore Street Crossing Open


The Baltimore Street railroad crossing opened late last week. It had been closed for several weeks by CSX Corporation, which was taking care of some improvements to the crossing.



Woman Arrested in Saturday Assault Incident


Twenty-year old Carrie Virginia James was arrested Saturday evening at a home in the 200-block of Virginia Avenue. A man stated he was assaulted by James for wanting to go out with friends. When he returned, James allegedly assaulted him, but he didn't require medical treatment. She was taken to Police Headquarters, processed and released on personal recognizance by a District Court Commissioner.



Mother, Son Arrested for Assault


Thirty-seven year old Jennifer Lynn Rhodes was arrested by Cumberland City Police over the weekend, and charged with assaulting her son in the 700-block of Fayette Street. She claimed the son became argumentative with her, and assaulted her. And,  the son claimed he was assaulted by his mother. Ms. Rhodes was arrested and her son was also charged with second-degree assault, and the case is pending further action by the Department of Juvenile Justice.



Mount Savage Water System Nearly Complete


The $8 million Mount Savage Water project is 75 per cent complete, and the project should be entirely finished by the spring of next year. About 150 residents have been notified they can now hook up to the system. Due to the initial phase of construction, about 80 residents must connect to the new system by December 31st, as a portion of the old system will be shut down. The county's Department of Public Works is asking that all residents who live on the East side of New School Road, complete the process of connecting to the new water line. Hookup assistance is available to residents who meet income guidelines.



Kingwood Chiropractor Faces Sex Charges


Preston County chiropractor Stephen Dwight Herto has been indicted by a grand jury there, for allegedly trying to initiate a sexual relationship with a 16-year old patient. He faces 13 total charges, including sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian, or a person in a position of trust. He is accused of contacting the girl through emails between October of 2010 and February of 2011 with inappropriate requests. He also allegedly grabbed the girl in his office and asked when they were going to get together.



Keyser Native Named State Director


Keyser native Mara Boggs has been named the state director for United States Senator Joe Manchin. She will be returning to West Virginia from Capitol Hill, where she had served as Senator Manchin's chief of operations and a senior policy advisor for defense. Both she and her husband had served in had served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ms. Boggs is a graduate of Keyser High School and West Virginia University. She will begin her new duties immediately, and will move back to the Mountain State on January 1st.



FSU Named One of Best Colleges for Veterans


Frostburg State University has been named one of the top ranked schools in the 2014 edition of U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges for Veterans. The rankings recognize schools that participate in federal initiatives, helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for, and complete their degrees. The 234 schools in the new list scored well in terms of graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation and other markers of academic quality.



Deer Season Begins Saturday


The two-week firearms deer season begins Saturday and runs through December 14th. Hunters who possess a valid hunting license may use guns to hunt white-tailed deer and sika during the season. Complete bag limits and other information can be found on the Department of Natural Resources website. Deer hunters are also encouraged to donate any extra deer they may harvest to the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry Program.


Another Portion of Corridor H Open


A new, nearly five mile section of Corridor H opened on Friday, this one between Scherr and Bismark. Work is already underway on another 16.2 mile section of roadway near Davis, West Virginia. That portion could open by 2015, and at that point Corridor H wi9ll be around 80 per cent complete.



COOL Targeted by Foreign Countries


"Country Origin Labeling" is requiring labels on meat sold in the United States to clearly state where that meat comes from; Joe Maxwell, of the Humane Society of the U.S. says his group has helped form a coalition to try to keep the law in place, as it is being opposed by some foreign countries, along with groups in the U.S. Maxwell says this should be a major concern for consumers and farmers alike, as some countries do not have health and safety rules for raising animals, and meat processing standards are lower. Those working to overturn "COOL" include Canada and U.S. groups, including the National Pork Producers Council and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. He adds the push for cheap meat has come at a heavy price for animal welfare and for small farmers.



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