SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT IN HAMPSHIRE COUNTY TONIGHT
In an effort to increase awareness of the hazards of intoxicated driving, members of the West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Hampshire County tonight from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. tomorrow. The checkpoint will be conducted along U.S. Route 50 near Romney.
ALLEGANY EVENT CENTER NOW OPEN AT ROCKY GAP
Rocky Gap Casino Resort announced yesterday that the new 5,000 square foot Allegheny Event Center is now open and is available for groups up to 300 people in a variety of configurations including banquet, theater, or classroom style. There is now more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space at the resort including executive boardroom, restaurant, bar and lounge spaces with views overlooking the lake, and outdoor locations featuring a grill and views of the golf course and scenic Rocky Gap State Park.
WEST VIRGINIA REPLACES GED
West Virginia is doing away with the GED test, and replacing it with a high school diploma equivalency exam from CTB/McGraw Hill. The new Test Assessing Secondary Completion exam, or TASC, will be available in January. The GED exam is moving to a digital version, increasing the test fee from 50 to 120 dollars. The base price of the new exam is 52 dollars, and is available in print and online versions.
TIRES STOLEN IN MEYERSDALE
Pennsylvania Police say someone stole tires from Maple City Tire in Meyersdale sometime between Monday and Wednesday this week. The tires were valued at roughly $11,200. It was unclear how they entered the business. Anybody with information regarding this incident is asked to call State Police at 814-445-4104.
KEYSER HITS SNAG WITH WATER SYSTEM PROJECT
The city of Keyser may pursue condemnation proceedings against hold-out properties to allow the work to begin on a multi-million-dollar water system improvement project, by spring. At least 16 of 20 outstanding easements need to be obtained and Dunn Engineering, which is designing the project, reported at Wednesday's City Council meeting that the city still needs 14. The easements would allow the city to enter private property to install or replace existing water lines and make repairs or other improvements in the future. The holdup appears to be local residents who either will not sign or have not yet been made aware of the need for the easements. The city plans to make a concerted effort in the next two weeks to obtain the necessary easements, but if that effort is unsuccessful, the next step will be the court system and condemnation proceedings.
WIND TURBINES APPROVED FOR BACKBONE MNT.
The Maryland Public Service Commission approved Fair Wind Power Partners LLC’s application to construct up to 15 wind turbines on Backbone Mountain. Several residents voiced concerns that the wind project would just be an extension of the Criterion Wind project, which is the deadliest industrial wind project in North America for bats and birds. The Savage River Watershed Association Board of Directors said that the two other wind projects on Backbone Mountain kill thousands of migrating bats and hundreds of birds annually. The project, which would generate 30 megawatts of electricity, is slated to begin in the spring of 2014 and be operational in 2015.
STUDENT SERVICE CLUB SEEKS TAX RELIEF
A student service club at Allegany College of Maryland is asking the District 1 legislative delegation to help them with tax relief. The state requires payment of the six percent sales tax on items resold to raise money for charity. The Peace Studies Club has donated funds to the Union Rescue Mission, Toys for Happiness, organizations helping veterans returning from war, Doctors Without Borders, the Ark of Hope animal rescue and Haiti relief. Last year, though, those charities were deprived about $500, which went to pay Maryland taxes. Club members asked the delegation to intervene at the legislator’s pre-General Assembly session meeting Monday night at Allegany College of Maryland. Club members made a similar request last year, but said they’d gotten no response.
911 CALL NEVER MADE IT TO POLICE
The Cumberland Times-News is reporting that a 911 call made the night that Stephen Schleuniger, by his confession, took the life of 43-year-old Lisa Ann Simmons, never made it to police. A neighbor’s report of “loud banging” and “screaming” at 27 Browning St. the night of Sept. 5 made it to the Allegany County 911 center — but the caller finally told the 911 dispatcher to “forget it now” and not to send police. Roger Bennett, Allegany County 911 Division chief, said the matter was reviewed and there was no violation of protocol on the part of the dispatcher.
CITY ORDINANCE VIOLATION
Cumberland City Police officers were dispatched to a recently condemned building on Davidson Street yesterday after it was reported that people were seen in and around the building. Officers entered the building and found three three suspects illegally inside the residence. Eric Rosenberger, 33 of Cumberland, Chasity Kesner, 23 of Ridgeley WV, and Amber Lynn Warner, 33 of Cumberland were escorted out of the building and taken to Cumberland Police Headquarters for processing. All three suspects were charged on citations under the City of Cumberland Housing Code Ordinances. All three were released after receiving citations pending trial at District Court.
CITY MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
Cumberland City Police officers served a criminal summons on a Cumberland man yesterday, stemming from a private citizen complaint. 48 year old Fernando Alvarado, entered a restaurant on Queen City Drive and began to argue with employees earlier this month. A man attempted to step in and stop the disturbance and was allegedly struck in the face by Alvarado. He was charged with assault and disorderly conduct. Alvarado was served with the summons and released pending trial at the Allegany County District Court.
DOMESTIC ASSAULT ARREST
Cumberland City Police officers responded to a Bedford Street address yesterday in reference to a reported assault. While responding to the complaint, officers were advised that the suspect had fled the area on foot. 34 year old Travis Lee Houdershell, of Cumberland was located at a business on Frederick Street. He was arrested charged with assault. Houdershell was held at the Allegany County Detention Center on a $3000.00 bond.