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Scarpelli Announces House Bid

Cumberland City Council member Nick Scarpelli has announced his candidacy for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 1-C, a seat now held by LeRoy Myers, who is not seeking reelection. Scarpelli, who was first elected to the Cumberland City Council in November of 2010, had once considered a run for the House, but decided to run for city council instead. The Maryland primary will be held on June 24th, with the general election set for November 4, 2014.


Holiday Inn Express To Be Built By 2015

A project which has been discussed since 2010 may become a reality by 2015. That is the tentative date for the opening of a new Holiday Inn Express hotel in LaVale. The hotel will be located near Campground Road, Braddock Road and Interstate 68. The Downtown Cumberland Holiday Inn recently transitioned to a Ramada Inn.


Two Arrested in Robbery

Two Cumberland residents-27-year old Tara Crawford and 33-year old Timothy Lee Hairston-have been arrested in connection with a robbery near a liquor store on Union Street earlier in the month. The victim told police he had purchased several alcoholic beverages from the store, when he was followed outside by two people. The woman had asked him for the alcoholic beverage, and the man pushed him down and stole the beverages and a small amount of money. Video surveillance led to the arrest of the two. Ms. Crawford was held on $3,000 bond and Hairston was held on $7500 bail.


Breaking and Entering Investigated

The Cumberland City Police are seeking a suspect in a breaking and entering at a residence in the 500-block of Riehl Avenue. The incident happened sometime between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, when an unknown person or persons broke into the residence by forcing a window out of the back door, then reaching in and unlocking the door. Several items were stolen from the home. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cumberland City Police or Crime Solvers at (301)-722-4300.


Man Served Bench Warrant

Cumberland resident Larry Joseph Rodeheaver was served with bench warrant on Christmas Day, charging him with violating the terms of his probation. He was served with the warrant, then taken to District Court, where he was released after posting a $100 bond.


Cumberland Man Arrested for DUI

Cumberland resident William Laverne Swartz was arrested Christmas Eve, following a noise complaint in the 400-block of Park Street. The noise was coming from his van; officers detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage, and he was asked to perform standard field sobriety tests. Swartz was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. Following an appearance in District Court, he was issued citations and released.


Health Effects of Fracturing To Be Studied

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has commissioned a study on the public health effects of natural gas drilling in far Western Maryland. The study will assess the prospective impact of fracturing on water and air quality, noise and public safety, and will be done by the University of Maryland's School of Public Health. The results will be delivered to a state commission, created to advise regulators on safe drilling practices. The commission's final report is due in August.


Beitzel Comments on Upcoming Session

Delegate Wendell Beitzel says there may be legislation introduced next month, that would reduce business taxes to make the state more business-friendly. There will be budget problems, and Delegate Beitzel notes that the state borrows money, based on the amount of anticipated real estate tax collections. He says debt service on the budget is paid by those tax collections. On the recently enacted gas tax, Delegate Beitzel says the state has a plan to use that money, and it plans a mass transit project for Montgomery County, which should generate $35 million per year. The only problem is, it costs $100 million a year to operate that portion of the system.


Library Facing Deep Cuts

The Mineral County Library may be facing a possible $25,000 to $30,000 loss in funding, that could mean fewer staff members and shorter hours. Library Director Connie Sutton didn't request any additional funding from the Mineral County Commissioners, but wanted to alert them to the shortfall. The problem is being attributed to a lack of adequate local funding.


Christmas Tree Recycling Sites Open

Christmas trees can be dropped off to the recycling sites, located throughout Allegany County from now through January 18th. Trees and other live greenery, including wreaths and swags can be disposed of there; however, all decorations must be removed. There are at least ten recycling sites located throughout the county.


Perini Passes at Age 74

Dominick Perini, owner of a construction company that built some of Western Maryland's major commercial and institutional projects over the past 30 years, has passed away at the age of 74. Perini suffered an apparent heart attack Monday evening. Another venture, Perini Services, Incorporated operates five nursing homes in the states of Maryland and Pennsylvania. The nursing homes have a total of 900 beds and employs about 1,000 people.


Robbery Suspect Shot to Death in Home

One man was killed and another suffered three gunshot wounds following a Christmas morning robbery attempt near Fayetteville, Pennsylvania. Janorris Hughes was killed as he entered a home on Mt. Cydonia Road. Thrity-six year old Terry Fulton was shot three times, but the homeowner, Mickle Shaffer was arraigned in connection with the shooting.


WV State Police Add App to Android, iPhones

The West Virginia State Police have added a new smart phone application to help fight crime. The goal of the app is to enhance communication between the public and West Virginia State Police. It allows you to keep in contact with Facebook, Twitter, the West Virginia State Police website, and the sex offender registry and detachment information. The new app also can help the public locate the nearest detachment by using the GPS on their phone. It can be downloaded for free at the iStore for Apple products and at the Google play store for Android devices.

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