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Fire Victim's Name Released
Seventy-four year old Wayne Levon Method has been identified as the victim in this past weekend's fatal fire on Bolton Street in Romney. He lived in the upstairs apartment of the two-story complex. The fire was discovered by Dustin Amtower, the chief of the New Creek Volunteer Fire Department, as he was on his way to work as a paid fireman for the city of Winchester. Members of the Romney Volunteer Fire Department made it to the second floor to recover Method's body. The State Fire Marshal's Office says the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

Possible Suspect Arrested in Robberies
A Burlington, West Virginia man was arrested Sunday evening, and an investigation is being conducted, to determine if Gary Dale Hamilton was involved in two weekend robberies in Lonaconing. The two incidents occurred on Watercliff Street in Lonaconing. The first incident, on Saturday night, happened as a man in a ski mask entered the residence of an elderly woman, and demanded money. He fled when the victim told him she had nothing. The second incident, on Sunday night, resulted in the suspect fleeing with an undetermined amount of money. Hamilton was arrested at a home on St. Mary's Terrace in Lonaconing. He is being held on various drug charges.

Domestic Situation in Midland
The Allegany County Sheriff's Department responded to the 17,000-block of Old Dan's Rock Road in Midland Sunday evening for the report of a domestic situation. Twenty-five year old Jason Bernard Seib was arrested in connection with the incident. The Sheriff's Office had reported that a person had discharged a weapon at the home. Troopers from the Maryland State Police and Sheriff's Department chased a late model BMW from Route 36 to Interstate 68 Eastbound, into Cumberland and Ridgeley. During the pursuit, an Allegany County Sheriff's vehicle was hit twice. Seib was taken into custody there.

Man Arrested for Assaulting Father
Twenty-year old Cumberland resident Seth Leonard Wells has been charged with second-degree assault, in connection with an incident on South Street, in which he allegedly assaulted his father. Wells said he and his father got into an argument over the use of the father's vehicle. Wells admitted to police that he "body-slammed" his father, and struck him in the face. He was arrested, taken to a District Court Commissioner, and released on personal recognizance.

Kauffman Comments on Canal Place
The Cumberland Mayor and City Council and the Allegany County Commissioners will be working together to address the Canal Place situation. Cumberland City Council member Dave Kauffman says it is important for all parties involved to work together to make Canal Place as viable as possible.
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Kauffman says Canal Place is a very complex entity, and one that involves many aspects such as the train station, canal, and the trailhead that comes with the property.
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Somerset Man Jailed in Hospital Incident
Police arrested 36-year old Adam Gracik at Somerset Hospital early Sunday morning. He had become disorderly, and as officers attempted to talk to him, he lunged off the bed, attacked an officer, and tried to steal his gun. Gracik was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, terroristic threats, criminal mischief, assault, and resisting arrest.

Hardy County Outage Planned for Today
Potomac Edison has scheduled an electrical service interruption for a portion of Hardy County today. The interruption, for repair work, will take place from 9 to noon, and will affect about 2300 customers in the vicinity of Baker, Mathias, and Lost River. Specifically, the outage will impact the region that run south of Baker, to the Virginia state border, along the Route 259 corridor and the surrounding areas. In case of bad weather, or extremely cold temperatures, the work will be rescheduled for next Tuesday.

Woman Arrested on Assault, Reckless Endangerment Charges
Fifty-two year old Maryland Avenue resident Shirley Crites was arrested, after a Saturday incident at her home. She had told police a friend had come to her house, and started an argument with her. She told the friend to leave, retrieved a gun, and threatened to shoot the friend. Police also found a marijuana pipe in the living room. She was charged with assault, reckless endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ms. Crites was released on personal recognizance, following a hearing in District Court.

Two Arrested in Somerset County Bust
Guns and drugs were found at a home in Somerset County, which resulted in the arrest of the residents, Michael Pollock and Tenisha Hadix. They were taken into custody at a Boswell Heights housing complex, and the arrests stem from ongoing drug investigations in the county. Charges are pending against both. Assisting was the Somerset County Drug Task Force and the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, along with the Somerset County District Attorney.

Sheriff Warns of Deadly Heroin
Garrett County Sheriff Rob Corley is warning the area of a deadly heroin mixture that resulted in the deaths of four people in Pittsburgh recently. People in the community obtain the drug by traveling to Fayette and Allegheny counties.  The heroin is laced with fentanyl and are labeled as "Theraflu." Immediate medical treatment is the only hope for a person who has taken an overdose of this particular strain. Sheriff Corley also urges those who overdose, to be completely honest with medical providers.

West Virginia Residents' Bills Rise
West Virginia residents paid 1.2 per cent more for utilities last year than in the previous year, primarily because of increases in natural gas and water rates. The average monthly utility bill was just over $280 for gas, electricity, water and telephone service. In 2012, the average monthly cost was just over $277.00. Increases in natural gas and water rates last year were offset by a decline in electricity rates.

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