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Bedford County Woman Killed in Crash


An Everett woman was killed in a single vehicle crash early yesterday morning in Snake Spring township. Forty-year old Beth Ann Morris died when her car went out of control on Route 30. The car struck a rock embankment and came to rest. The investigation into the accident is continuing.



Schools To Be Fully Staffed After Christmas


The Allegany County Board of Education and various law enforcement agencies have agreed to have the school system fully staffed with nine resource officers after the Christmas break. The nine officers will be assigned to various schools, with others working on a rotating basis in the outlying schools. The costs for the school resource officer programs will be shared between the county and the Board of Education.



Numerous Items Destroyed in Wiley Ford Fire


Losses have been placed at $250,000 in a Saturday evening fire on Motorcycle Lane off Detrick Lane in Wiley Ford. A three-bay garage at the Stewart residence contained a boat, four-wheeler, and various equipment and items, which were destroyed in the 10:40 p.m. fire. There were no injuries, and the cause remains under investigation.



Virginia Man Nabbed for Marijuana Possession


The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police has arrested a Virginia man for marijuana possession. Thirty-one year old Christopher Michael Dibenedetto was stopped for a traffic violation on Interstate 68near Grantsville. A probable cause search was done, and marijuana was found in the car. He was arrested for possession of both marijuana and paraphernalia. It was also discovered Dibenedetto was wanted in Worchester County for failure to appear in court.



Vick Announces Resignation


Andy Vick, executive director of the Allegany Arts Council and chairman of the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority, announced his resignation Saturday night at an Arts Council Event. Vick is planning to leave for a similar job in Colorado, and his resignation is effective at the end of the year.



Dr. Giarritta Passes at Age 88


Dr. Nicholas Giarritta passed away on Thanksgiving Day at the age of 88. Dr. Giarrita was instrumental in the revitalization of downtown Cumberland, having established the Bistro and Gourmet Shop. He was also instrumental in coaching many young people in the art of fine dining. Dr. Giarritta was also active in the Cumberland Theatre Organization. At his request, he will be cremated and there will be a Memorial Mass celebrated Saturday, December 14th  at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic church.



Delegation Plans Public Meetings


The Western Maryland Delegation to the General Assembly has scheduled pre-legislative meetings in the next several weeks. The Allegany County meeting will be held next Monday at 7 p.m. at Allegany College of Maryland. Garrett County's meeting will be December 19th at the Garrett College Continuing Education building. Other delegation meetings with county and city officials have also been scheduled.


Piedmont Approves Trash Fee Increase


After much discussion, the Piedmont Town Council has voted to raise garbage collection fees by two dollars a month, beginning immediately. One of the firms submitting a request for proposal was J & D Trucking, which charges $13.30 per customer, but would not collect trash from dumpsters. The council also voted to not obtain a "p-card," which would have been used as a credit card for purchases.



Women Fill Shopping Carts, But Don't Pay


One of two women has been charged with theft as the result of a Saturday incident in the 700-block of Park Street. Twenty-one year old Tiffany Diehl allegedly filled a shopping cart with items, and then left the store without paying. One of the two fled the scene, but Ms. Diehl was arrested and charged. She was later released on her own recognizance. The second person involved has been identified and charges are pending.



No Charges in Route 220 Accident


No charges were filed in a single-vehicle accident  Saturday in the vicinity of the Route 220 Park-N-Ride. Fifty-two year old Joseph Rotruck was driving in the area, when he became distracted and ran into a ditch. His 2011 Toyota flipped onto its top and came to rest in the southbound lane. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, and Route 220 was shut down for a short time following the accident.



Woman Cited for Failure to Yield to Sheriff's Cruiser


Cumberland resident Mary Ann Cleggett was cited for failure to yield right of way, following an early evening accident Thanksgiving night. She turned left from Henderson Boulevard onto Mechanic Street, and was struck by Allegany County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Detrick. Both vehicles sustained damage. Ms. Cleggett complained of neck pain, but refused treatment, while Deputy Detrick sought medical treatment at the hospital. Both cars were driven from the scene.



Franklin Man Charged with Killing Bald Eagle


Franklin, West Virginia resident Chris Armentrout has been charged with killing a bald eagle, and has had hunting privileges revoked for the next ten years. Natural Resource Officers, acting on a tip, investigated the case against Armentrout, and he has since pleaded guilty to the illegal possession of a bald eagle. He was fined $1500 and was ordered to pay court costs of over $160.00.


Maryland Deer Season Underway


The firearm deer season is underway in Maryland, and will continue through December 14th. Bowhunters and muzzleloaders have killed 26 per cent more deer in September and October, than during the same period last year. Officials are encouraged about this year, even though the total deer harvest dropped below 90,000 for the first time in a decade. The firearm season accounts for more than half the total.



Human Remains Found in Harper's Ferry


Human Remains have been found near the Shenandoah River, near Harper's Ferry. the medical examiner's office there says the remains are that of an Hispanic man, and he may possibly have been from Arizona. The cause of death is not known, as he either died of natural causes, or was murdered. Anyone with information should contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.



More Flexibility for West Virginia School Calendar


The West Virginia State Board of Education may give county school boards more flexibility with school calendars, but requires county school systems to provide at least 180 days of instruction for the students each year. Guidelines also state that county school boards would also have to hold at least two public hearings before voting on a schedule. If approved, the changes would go into effect during the 2014-2015 school year.

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