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Safe Streets Warrant Initiative Concludes
Nearly three dozen individuals were arrested during last week's Arrest Warrant Initiative, conducted by the Cumberland Police Department's Safe Streets Program. charges ranged from failure to appear, probation violations, drug charges, and burglary and theft counts. The goal of the program is to make our streets safer through the reduction of backlogged arrest warrants. The Safe Streets Operation sought citizen help in locating and apprehending individuals on open arrest warrants. Also participating in the operation were members of the Allegany County Sheriff's Department.

Opposition to Backbone Mountain Project Voiced
The Maryland Public Service Commission has received numerous emails, opposing the Fair Wind Power Partners, LLC application to build up to 15 wind turbines on Backbone Mountain. Many inferred the project would simply be an extension of the Criterion Wind Project, which is the deadliest industrial project in North America for bats and birds, according to an article in the Cumberland Times-News. Criterion conducted a study last year, that indicated 28 birds, representing 12 species, and 82 bats, representing five species had been found in the vicinity of the project.

Kauffman Announces Candidacy
Cumberland City Councilman David Kauffman has announced he will seek re-election. He is currently serving his first term, and wants to help continue moving Cumberland forward into a stronger financial position in the region. Citing his past involvement in several projects, Kauffman says he want to see the city concentrate on its population base during his next term. The primary election is June 24th, with the general election set for November 4th of next year.

Tree Lighting, Open Houses Set
The city of Cumberland's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Open Houses will be Friday evening. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Due to the large number of citizens in attendance, and for their safety, no parking will be allowed on Centre and Liberty Streets after 5 p.m. The municipal parking lot will be open for the public to use. The Santa Parade will take place on Centre Street, with the participants lining up on Frederick Street to Butler Alley, if needed.

Former Frostburg Council Member Passes Away
A former, long-time member of the Frostburg City Council has passed away at the age of 71. Robert Connor passed away earlier this week at his home. Connor served on the Frostburg City Council for 18 years, and was a member of the Maryland Municipal League, Frostburg Area Ambulance Service and a lifetime member of the Frostburg Fire Department. Family and friends will be received at the Durst Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Saturday at St.Michael's Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Frostburg Memorial Park.

Keyser Man Arrested in Building Damage Incident
Fifty-two year old Keyser resident Craig Allen Carr has been arrested in connection with an incident earlier in the month, in which the New Creek Water Association Building was heavily damaged. Carr missed a curve on Route 972 and crashed through the north end of the building. Carr is accused of fleeing the scene, and with the cooperation of the Grant County Sheriff's Office, he was apprehended near the Mineral-Grant county line. He was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to maintain control, driving left of center and possession of CDS.

Woman Fails to Appear in Somerset Court
Thirty-two year old Mandy Lee Klinkner, who had been freed on $25,000 unsecured bond, failed to appear this week in Somerset County Court. Ms. Klinkner was charged with holding a fraudulent fundraiser for a 4-year old cancer patient. Specific counts filed against her included theft by deception, theft, and receiving stolen property.

Berlin Man Charged
Berlin resident Jonathan Lee Swank faces ten charges involving home improvement fraud and theft by deception. Swank is accused of receiving advance payment for building projects and not performing the work or returning the money. One of the incidents involved bad checks.

Student Receives Letter From Mandela's Group
Flintstone student Ariana Spear recently received a letter from a group, representing former South African President Nelson Mandela. Her class had been studying Mandela, and-according to Board of Education Public Information Officer Mia Perlozzo-Cross-the students were intrigued by the fact that, even though Mandela had been imprisoned, he eventually became the country's president. Ms. Spear wrote and sent a get-well note to Mandela, who has experienced several health problems.

Wisp Opening Friday for the Season
Thanks to an early snowstorm, the Wisp Ski Resort-Maryland's only ski resort-will be opening on Friday. Last year, skiers had to wait until December 15th. The Wisp made snow this week, and is able to open early because of additional snow received.

Small Business Saturday This Weekend
Saturday is "Small Business Saturday." and Becky McClarran, a small business owner says the idea was initiated by American Express. She says the company recognizes that small businesses are the heart of any community. And, in downtown Cumberland, there are several unique stores. When you shop locally, more of the dollars spent, stay in the community. Online, the Maryland Main Street Program has special offers for shoppers. The website address to click on, and print the coupons is

Flu Cases on the Rise in Maryland
Flu cases are on the rise in Maryland, and for people including the very old, the very young and pregnant women, the flu could be fatal. The number of elderly Americans hospitalized last year was on the rise. The first flu case in the state was reported on October 3rd, more than two weeks earlier than last year. The best defense against the flu is a flu shot. Although many resist, more than 36,000 Americans die every year from preventable illnesses.

Two Die in Ocean City Church Fire
Two people died in a fire at St. Paul's By The Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City. The pastor, the Reverend David Dingwall and a church member who was in the rectory were both killed. The cause is being investigated, but it is known that man who was on fire, ran into the basement of the rectory, igniting it. The rectory had been used for various programs, including homeless ministry. The sanctuary of the church itself was not heavily damaged.

Maryland Gas Prices Above Average
The average for a gallon of regular gas in the state is 15 cents a gallon higher than the current national average. The $3.42 price tag is the highest it's been in months after hitting a two-year low just a couple of weeks ago. Gas rose 12-cents in just one week and is about the same price now as it was a year ago for the Thanksgiving holiday period. The lowest price is at a Costco store in Glen Burnie at $3.04. The highest price is at a Bethesda Exxon at $4.49 a gallon.

Men's Warehouse Tries to Buy Bank Clothiers
Less than two weeks after Joseph A. Bank Clothiers withdrew a bid to buy Men's Warehouse for $2.3 billion, Men's Warehouse has offered $55 a share for Bank. Men's Warehouse said it wouldn't rebrand Joseph A. Bank if a deal goes through. Shares of both companies climbed in pre-market trading.

Man Drowns in New River
An unnamed man drowned in New River while trying to retrieve a canoe. The victim and his teenage stepsons were dumped out of a flat-bottomed canoe. The teens were taken to the hospital. The accident occurred Monday night near Meadow Creek.

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