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Fire Ruled "Accidental" by Fire Marshal

A fire at a Garrett County agricultural barn Tuesday morning has been ruled accidental in nature, caused by an electrical malfunction. The structure was owned by Henry Kinsinger and was located on the Paul Friend Road in Oakland. Losses were placed at $100,000. It was discovered by Kinsinger on the inside of the barn, and is considered a total loss.

 

Bedford Commissioner Resigns

Bedford County Commissioner Steve Howsare has announced his resignation, and will be heading up the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission. The commission is a non-profit organization that directs federal and state funds toward business training and assistance. Bedford County President Judge Thomas Ling will select his replacement, after his resignation becomes effective on February 2nd.

 

Centerville Experiencing Water Problems

Centerville, Pennsylvania has been without a reliable water supply for more than a week. The sporadic service has been blamed on several water leaks that are difficult to find. Recent weather and the age of the water system have played a part in the reduction of service. The Centerville Municipal Authority has pledged to isolate any significant leaks and to restore full water service as soon as possible.

 

Hospital Demolition on Schedule

If you've been in the area of the former Memorial Hospital, you may have noticed there has been no exterior demolition of the building at this point. Cumberland City Council member David Kauffman says there has been some interior issues, such as asbestos removal and other environmental concerns. He says crews are preparing for the demolition of the exterior of the building. He emphasizes the demolition is on schedule. The Mayor and Council had received a change order for asbestos removal, which is not uncommon.

 

Senator Edwards Welcomes Intern 

Maryland State Senator George Edwards has welcomed a new intern. Tyler Young, from Odenton, Maryland, is a senior at Frostburg State University. FSU's Political Science Internship program, directed by Professor Timothy Magrath, has provided Tyler with an opportunity to serve the District 1 state legislative district of Garrett, Allegany, and western Washington counties with Senator Edwards during the 2014 session.

 

Potomac State Program Receives Grant

The Agriculture and Forestry Program Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser has received an over $14,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. The money will be used to provide a learning model of hydroponic and vegetable production to the students. This past fall, students in the program built a hydroponic system to grow lettuce, used by the PSC Food Service Department. This spring, they'll be raising winter crops, to help supply certain foods to the college.

 

Trial Delayed for Former Correctional Officer

The federal trial for a former correctional officer at the Roxbury Correctional Institution has been delayed by the weather. Josh Hummer faces allegations he failed to stop an assault on inmate Kenneth Davis in 2008. Twelve other defendants have pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other offenses, while two more still must stand trial. Davis, who at one time had been incarcerated in Cumberland, suffered a broken nose and fractures in his back and ribs from a beating, after scuffling with a guard at Roxbury.

 

Two Remain Jailed in Murders

Two Maryland women remain jailed, in connection with a case in which two children were killed. Both Zakieya Latrice Avery and Monifa Denise Sanford are accused of killing two of Avery's children-ages one and two-as they were conducting what they said was an exorcism, and believed that evil spirits were moving between the children's bodies. The two received their first court appearance on Tuesday.

 

Governor, Senator Propose Chemical Storage Regulatory Program

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and United States Senator Joe Manchin are proposing tighter regulations for chemical storage facilities, after a spill contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people in the state. Freedom Industries' underground chemicals were not subject to environmental regulations because the chemicals were not manufactured on site, nor did they produce emissions.

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