Cumberland To Receive Block Grant Funding
The city of Cumberland is expecting around $700,000 in block grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for FY 2015. The money will be distributed to a variety of local, non-profit organizations that offer programs for low-income neighborhoods. Interested organizations should submit requests in person at the regular Cumberland Mayor and City Council meeting on February 11th at 6:15 p.m.
Cell Tower Won't Interfere with Aircraft
A proposed cell tower in Flintstone won't interfere with air navigation, but a construction date is uncertain. A cell tower is being proposed by Verizon, and in a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration, it was stated the tower does need to be lighted, in accordance with federal regulations. Construction should begin later this year, and should be activated, no later than June, according to Verizon.
Cause of Fire Determined
The cause of Monday night's fire on "A" Street in Lavale has been traced to electrical wiring in the wall, which caught a couch on fire. The home of Amy Shirey sustained a total of $50,000 in damage to the structure and contents. The fire was discovered in the living room by Ms. Shirey. About 30 firefighters from several area companies responded. Ms. Shirey is being assisted by family members.
Woman Arrested for Receiving Stolen Property
Twenty-one year old Rachael Erin Twigg was issued a criminal summons for receiving stolen property. The summons was issued as a result of a breaking and entering investigation handled by the Cumberland City Police, and then forwarded to the C3I unit for investigation in June of last year. Ms. Twigg revealed she was involved in the incident in receiving the property. She was charged with theft of less than $1,000, theft of less than $100, and being an accessory after the fact in the case.
Moorefield Man Arrested in Garrett County
Moorefield resident Benjamin Whetzel was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, following a traffic stop late yesterday morning on Route 219, north of Glendale Road. Whetzel was originally stopped for speeding and not using his seat belt. A probable cause search was done on the car, and Whetzel was taken into custody, and later released after signing a criminal citation.
Ludwick Sworn In As Board of Health Member
Dr. William Ludwick was sworn in as the newest member of the Mineral County Board of Health, during a special meeting held yesterday afternoon. Dr. Ludwick was appointed by the Mineral County Commission at last month's meeting, and replaces Rodney Leatherman, who has left the area.
No Changes Foreseen at Luke Mill
The purchase of NewPage Corporation by Verso was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, and will better position the new company to serve its customers and compete in a competitive global marketplace. Patsy Koontz, public relations manager at the NewPage plant at Luke, says they will be able to offer a broader range of products, which is important in light of the decline in the use of paper products. Ms. Koontz emphasized there are no plans to close any NewPage or Verso mills and the company will continue to do what they do best. Rick Watro, Luke Mill manager released a statement, thanking the dedicated employees for an improved year-over-year performance in both safety and production. Watro's statement noted the company's focus will remain on making the Luke Mill an ever safer and more cost-effective operation in 2014, so that it will be a valuable asset to the new organization.
Explosives Found in Hagerstown
Commercial grade explosives were found at a construction site, north of Hagerstown on Monday. A construction crew noticed a blasting cap in the ground, while working on a sidewalk project, and the explosives were detonated in the ground. Bruce Bouch, director of public education and media affairs for the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office, says the explosives were left in the ground when a shopping center was being built in that area in 1989.
FBI Looking for Random Shooter
The FBI has joined in the search for a suspect, who fatally shot a Maine resident during an incident on Interstate 81 southbound. Timothy Davison of Poland, Maine was killed in what police believe was a random, road-rage incident. Davison called "911" to say he was being pursued by a pickup truck, whose occupant was firing a gun at him. Police are sending a special plea to collision and auto-body shops that might spot a vehicle matching the description of the one involved. It was described as a smaller-style pickup truck, possibly a Ford Ranger.
Former Police Commissioner, State Official Dies
Bishop Robinson, the first African-American police commissioner in Baltimore City, has passed away at the age of 86. Robinson also served as the State Secretary of Juvenile Justice under former Governor Parris Glendenning. In a statement from the Baltimore City Police Department, it was noted Robinson served as one of the founding members of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives or "NOBLE." Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Plane Equipped with 'Chute System
A plane that crashed last weekend in Upshur County, West Virginia was equipped with a parachute system that was deployed when the engine lost power. It is the only plane of its kind to be equipped to lower itself to the ground in an emergency. Both the pilot, 30-year old James Meadows of Hendersonville, Tennessee and 42-year old Billy King of Buckhannon were uninjured in the crash.