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Police Investigate Possible Meth Lab


The C3I unit is expected to file charges, after a possible meth lab was found in the 500-block of Linden Street late last week. Cumberland Fire and Police departments responded to the fire, inside the residence. Firefighters observed some suspicious items that lead them to believe some of the materials in the home may have been used to manufacture methamphetamine. Also  responding to the scene was the Allegany County Hazardous Material team.



Safe Streets Initiative Begins


The Safe Streets Program is conducting another warrant initiative, beginning today, and running through Friday. Sixteen residents are being sought for a number of violations, including drug counts, violation of probation/failure to appear, robbery and domestic assault. The Safe Streets program is requesting citizens and residents of communities to assist in the apprehension of numerous individuals wanted for various criminal activities.



Kelly Calls for Termination of Canal Place Authority


Delegate Kevin Kelly believes the city of Cumberland and the county should be responsible for Canal Place, and that the Preservation and Development Authority should be disbanded. During recent remarks at the Maryland Retired School Personnel Association, Delegate Kelly believes Canal Place should be under the control of elected officials, who are directly accountable to the taxpayers. According to an article in the Cumberland Times-News, Kelly believes he has "seen enough."



Scarpelli Officially Announces House Bid


Cumberland City Council member Nick Scarpelli has officially announced his bid for the District 1-C House of Delegates seat being vacated by LeRoy Myers. During his announcement Saturday, Scarpelli noted that he has had the opportunity to work with a team that has taken a city that couldn't pay its bills, to one that now has a positive fund balance. All this, without cutting services to its citizens. Having chosen his family home and business, the Scarpelli Funeral Home to make the announcement, Scarpelli promises, if elected, to work diligently to bring employment opportunities to Western Maryland. Councilman Scarpelli noted that he has assembled a team that has accomplished several objectives, including having secured funding for a playground at Canal Place.




Romney Residents Face Drug Charges


Two Romney residents, 24-year old Cassandra Lynn Kesner and 19-year old Dillon Shawn Cleaver, have been arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. During a traffic stop on Interstate 68 westbound, a K-9 scan alerted Cumberland City Police to the presence of drugs. Numerous hypodermic syringes, along with two burnt spoons that later tested positive for morphine, were found in the car. Both were arrested, and Ms. Kesner was later released; Cleaver was held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $4,000 bond.



MCDA Looking for Executive Director


The Mineral County Development Authority is looking for an executive director, following the retirement of Mona Ridder. The Authority is accepting applications until Wednesday, January 15th. Qualifications include a bachelor's degree in business, economics, or a closely related field, along with a minimum of seven years experience in the same fields. Letters of interest and resumes can be sent to the MCDA, 87 North Main Street, Suite 1, Keyser, West Virginia 26726.



Grants Awarded by Pennsylvania Department of Education


The Pennsylvania Department of Education has announced $1.7 million in career and technical education equipment grants, including nearly $50,000 to Somerset and Bedford Counties. The Bedford County Technical Center was awarded $10,000, while Somerset County's Technology Center was granted over $38,000. Funding will be used to purchase equipment for training students in the programs, but they must also align with Pennsylvania targeted industry areas.



Homicide Investigated Along Southbound Interstate 81


A Maine man is dead, in what can only be described as a "bizarre" incident on Southbound Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania early Saturday morning. Twenty-eight year old Timothy Davison of Portland, Maine, was traveling southbound, when he reported to "911" that he was being pursued by a Ford Ranger-style truck. The driver was firing a weapon at him, then rammed him, and forced his vehicle into the median. The driver then fired several rounds into Davison's car; he later died at a York-area hospital. The Interstate was shut down for several hours, but the suspect is still at large.



Microbrewery Legislation to be Proposed


\Maryland Delegate Kelly Schulz will sponsor a bill to allow microbreweries in the state to sell their own pre-packaged beer on site. Currently, that is now allowed under state law. Delegate Schulz sponsored a new law last year, that allows Maryland microbreweries to distribute their beer off-site, such as at a retail store.


Gas Prices Rise in West Virginia


Gas prices rose about four cents over the last week in West Virginia, with the average price of a gallon of regular gas, pegged at $3.39. That is higher than the U.S. average of $3.32, but below some of the steep increases reported in several other states. Prices range from a low of $3.22 in Parkersburg to a high of $3.50 a gallon in the Martinsburg and Wheeling areas.


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