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Cumberland Woman Arrested in Jewelry Theft

Fifty-nine year old Cumberland resident Vickie Lynn Herbaugh has been arrested in connection with that jewelry theft last Sunday from a Virginia Avenue business. She had been developed as a suspect early in the investigation. Police responded to a private residence on Arch Street on an unrelated matter; Ms. Herbaugh was seen wearing some of the reported stolen jewelry, and was arrested. She was charged with burglary and theft and held on $20,000 bond, pending her next court appearance. The investigation by the Cumberland City Police and C3I unit.


Western Maryland Missing Out on Gas Drilling

All four companies that had filed drilling permits in the Cumberland area have now withdrawn them. Part of the reason could be that a drawn-out state review of hydraulic fracturing has weakened the region's appeal to the energy industry. There is ongoing, heavy drilling in both West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Wholesale natural gas prices have dropped about a third of what they were in July of 2008. And, the small portion of Maryland, mostly in this area, contains pockets of natural gas, but few of the liquid compounds such as ethane, butane and even oil.


Man Charged with Trespassing

A North Carolina man suffered minor injuries, when his car was struck by a CSX train early Tuesday morning. Twenty-six year old Dustin James Turbin of Willow Springs, North Carolina was driving along the tracks near Faulk's junkyard along Waxler Road, when his pickup truck became lodged, with its front end across the tracks. There was damage to his truck, but only minimum damage to the train, which stopped following the accident.  Turbin was charged with trespassing on CSX property. The accident investigation by the Sheriff's Office and CSX, is continuing.


Cumberland Woman Arrested for Theft

Twenty-seven year old Cumberland resident Ashley Dawn Dougherty, was arrested, but later released on an unsecured bond. She is charged with the unauthorized removal of property and theft of less than $1,000. Following her arrest, she was processed, served, and taken to the Allegany County District Court Commissioners' Office for a bond hearing.


Somerset Receives Grant

Somerset Hospital has been awarded a three-million dollar state grant. The money, according to Senator Richard Kasunic and Representative Carl Walker Metzgar, will be used for facility renovations there. The grant was announced this week.


Dismissal Sought in Frederick County Suit

Frederick County deputies are asking a federal court judge to dismiss a wrongful death suit involving a man with Down's Syndrome, who, they say, contributed to his own asphyxiation by resisting arrest. The parents of Robert Ethan Saylor filed the suit, but the deputies say they were at fault as well, for putting their son in the care of an aide who couldn't control his angry outbursts. The deputies say Saylor was being arrested after refusing to leave a theater seat for which he had not paid.


Standardized Tests Criticized

The Maryland School Assessments tests are outdated and meaningless in the age of Common Core Academic Standards,  and that is why two legislators are seeking a waiver this school year from a federal requirement to give standardized tests. The MSA's, according to some, lack purpose and waste instructional time because they don't reflect Common Core standards.


Holiday Foods and Decor Can Be Deadly for Pets

With the holiday season in full swing, there are foods, decorations, and plants in the home that can prove toxic and even fatal for your pets. Some may surprise you. K.C. Theisen, director of Pet Care Issues for the Humane Society of the United States, says grapes, raisins, and garlic can be toxic for pets. Chocolate, which is plentiful this time of year, can be especially bad. Plants such as holly and poinsettias can be toxic, as well as mistletoe berries. Theisen says to be sure to keep decorations and ribbons out of reach. A cat, for example, could mistake ribbon or plastic decorations for a toy.


New ACA Deadline

There is a new deadline for residents enrolling for health insurance through the federal exchange. They have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to enroll. Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield is the only company in West Virginia offering health insurance plans through the federal exchange. The number of West Virginia residents continued to climb above 2200 before the new deadline was established.

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