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Possible Remains of Cumberland Woman Found

The probable remains of murder victim Lisa Ann Simmons have been located in a Winchester, Virginia Industrial Park. Members of local law enforcement agencies assisted in locating and recovering her body. The suspect in the case, Stephen George Schleuniger of Cumberland, led authorities to the body. He was charged with her murder in September, despite law enforcement not having located the body of Ms. Simmons. Schleuniger has a court appearance scheduled for Allegany County Circuit Court next week. The remains were sent to the Virginia State Medical Examiner's Office.


Fire Destroys Westernport Home

A Saturday evening fire completely destroyed a home on Koon Hollow Road in Westernport. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office says the blaze, at the home-owned by Marty Jewel and Mamie Lambert, and occupied by Linda and Robert Braithwaite-was caused by an electrical malfunction near the entertainment center. The total estimated loss to the home and its contents was $30,000. There were no injuries and the family is being assisted by the American Red Cross.


Smoke Hole Fire "Contained"

The fire in the Smoke Hole area of the Monongahela National Forest has been contained and the closure was lifted over the weekend. The fire started on November 10th, and the emergency closure was put into effect three days later. There are still ongoing monitoring and fire patrol efforts; several crews, fire engines and a helicopter continue to work in the area.


Canal Place Audit Finds Three Issues

The Maryland Office of Legislative Audits has returned a relatively clean audit of Canal Place. Only three areas of concern were found in the report. The areas of concern dealt with the method of processing invoices for janitorial services, obtaining hotel/motel tax revenue supporting documentation and problems with the annual fiscal audits not being finished in a timely manner. Many of the practices found to be at fault had been in place under prior administrators of Canal Place.


West Side Elementary Evacuated

West Side Elementary School was evacuated yesterday, after a fire alarm was triggered. The fire department responded and determined the cause was an overheated oven in the school. The building was cleared and all staff and students returned to the building.


Bedford County Man Killed in Farming Accident

A yet-to-be-identified Bedford County man was killed in a faming accident over this past weekend. The man drove the tractor out of his barn in Colerain Township, made a left turn, and hit the building, throwing him from the tractor. It then ran over him. The Pennsylvania State Police continue to investigated the accident.


Man Arrested in Domestic Incident

Cumberland resident Anthony Torres has been charged with domestic assault, in connection with an incident that happened earlier in the month. Torres is accused of assaulting his wife in the 700-block of Elm Street. He was issued a summons through District Court.


Two Injured in Somerset Mishap

Two people, including a Conemaugh Township police officer, were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Somerset County. Sgt. James McKnight was driving through Boswell, when 61-year old Rodney Kensinger pulled into his path. Sgt. McKnight and a passenger, 26-yera old Daniel Beeman, were injured and taken to the hospital to be evaluated. Kensinger was not injured. It is not known if any charges were filed in the incident.


Legislation Would Limit Immigration Policing

The American Civil Liberties Union has announced a legislative effort to limit local police involvement in immigration enforcement. An attorney for the ACLU, Sirine Shebaya says that presently, getting police involved in immigration enforcement undermines public safety in Maryland. On the flip-side, Brad Botwin, director of the pro-immigration enforcement group, Help Save Maryland, says says illegal immigrants have received "perks" such as in-state tuition, which he calls a "misuse of tax dollars, with no input from the community at large. Botwin commented on the ACLU contention that having local police handling the immigration issue detracts from dealing with crime.


Six Charged With Wildlife Violations

Six residents of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia have been charged with illegal deer sales and several other violations. Search warrants were issued in Hedgesville when officials suspected that deer were being killed and processed illegally, including the sale of deer meat across state lines. Three of the six suspects lived in Hedgesville, and three were from other communities.


West Virginia Considers Marijuana Bill

West Virginia will consider a bill, allowing the use of medical marijuana, during its upcoming legislative session. Twenty states and the District of Columbia now allow the use of medical marijuana, although it is still prohibited under federal law. One aspect of the bill is that people with certain illnesses, such as cancer and glaucoma could possess up to six ounces of marijuana. Registered patients would also be allowed to have a limited number of 12 marijuana plants.

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