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Man Accused of Assaulting Police Officer

Keyser resident Christopher Lee Redman is accused of striking a police officer there, and then fleeing the scene. Officers were initially called to the 400-block of Carskadon Road for a domestic incident; an officer tried to subdue Redman, but-after hitting the officer in the face-left the scene. Redman was apprehended a short time later. He remains jailed on $1,000 bond.


Bedford Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

Bedford County resident Kerry Ritchey is jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail, set at 10 per cent, on numerous counts of possessing child pornography. Ritchey is one of five men across the state of Pennsylvania who have been arrested, on unrelated charges, as part of ongoing efforts to target online sharing. Items seized from Ritchey's home included a laptop and desktop computer, a notebook computer and an external hard drive, along with other electronic media. Ritchey has a preliminary hearing next week.


Safe Streets Initiative Nabs 22 Fugitives

The latest Safe Streets Initiative, conducted by the Cumberland Police Department, has resulted in the arrest of 22 people on a variety of charges. Counts rangted from robbery, to driving under the influence to theft, and failure to appear. The Cumberland City Police has expressed its thanks to the public for their help in apprehending those who were wanted.


More Fallout from Canal Place Meeting

The state of Maryland has run out of money to develop Canal Place, and Delegate Kevin Kelly says there are issues there that need attention. Delegate Kelly says water is leaking from the basin at Canal Place, and there is trash and algae in the water. He is pushing for a city/county takeover of the property, and Kelly says both provided funding for years from the hotel/motel tax. As it is presently structured, Delegate Kelly says Canal Place cannot be self-sufficient; in fact, it costs more and more each year. Should the city and/or county take over the property, Delegate Kelly says citizens will know who they can bring their concerns to...


McKay Comments on "State of the County"

Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay says the county is in its strongest financial position in years, despite the reduced size of government. This has been accomplished, without sacrificing services. Commissioner McKay says county employees have "bought into" the idea of doing more with less, and expressed his thanks to them. Commissioner McKay notes that the Rocky Gap casino now has 500 full-time employees, who have benefits. Thanks to the Western Maryland delegation, and in particular to Senator George Edwards, the county can designate where and how proceeds from the casino can be spent. Through the Allegany County Commissioners' Scholarship Fund, funds are sent to both Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg State University.


Authority Asks For Clarification

The Potomac Highlands Airport Authority will ask State Senators Joe Manchin and Ben Cardin to clarify language in the Federal Aviation grant as it pertains to the annual autocross event that held been held. The Authority, in November, sent a letter to the National Road Autosport group, stating that the event could no longer be held at the Cumberland Regional Airport, because of funding criteria established by the FAA for runway rehabiliation. 


Valley Health Laying Off Workers

Thirty-three Valley Health employees were laid off this week, including one from Hampshire Memorial Hospital. The furloughs were in response to payment cuts from the federal government, and Virginia's decision not to expand Medicaid. Valley Health also trimmed about six employees from Valley Health's corporate office. The federal government's two-per cent spending cut equates to about $5 million less from Valley Health's bottom line.


Keyser May Eliminate Fluoride in Water Supply

In an effort to trim operating expenses at its water treatment plant, the city of Keyser is considering the elimination of fluoride there. Keyser could save about $8,000 annually by eliminating the treatment. But, even with the savings, there wouldn't be any reduction in water bills for residents using the system.


Garrett Public Schools Set Graduation Date

The Garrett County Board of Education has set the graduation date for both Northern and Southern High Schools. Northern High School's graduation will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 31st. Southern's graduation will take place the same day, at 3 p.m.


Senator Wants FCC Probe of Dropped 911 Call

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to look into why a 911 call placed by a man who was fatally shot on Interstate 81was dropped as he crossed the Mason-Dixon line. Casey's letter calls for a "renewed effort to improve services in rural communities, where calls may be dropped or of poor quality. Maine resident Timothy Davison was killed after placing 911 calls to Washington County, as he was being pursued by a driver, in a pickup truck. Davison was shot to death by the assailant.

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