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Thirty Hurt in Bus Crash

Approximately 30 people were hurt yesterday, when a tour bus went out of control on U.S. Route 220, not far from the Maryland/Pennsylvania state line. Route 220 was snow-covered at the time, and was closed, following the crash, to allow for emergency vehicles to reach the scene. The injured people were prioritized, and taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. Patients were also taken to Bedford Memorial Hospital. There was also an unconfirmed report that a Bedford County ambulance crashed while en route to the scene. The bus was owned by Freedom Excursions of Altoona, Pennsylvania.  The initial call was received around 2:20 p.m.

Plea Agreement Reached in Child's Death

Green Spring resident Cory Orndorff will be sentenced on March 12th, in connection with the death of 18-month old Leah Grace Barnes. The penalty for abuse, resulting in death is not less than 10, nor more than 40 years in prison. Orndorff was arrested last October. On Friday, his $150,000 bail was revoked, and taken to jail to await sentencing.

Pleasant Valley Road Home Destroyed by Fire

A home, near the entrance to the Rocky Gap State Park Campground was destroyed by fire late Saturday morning. It  began at the home of Joseph and Joanne Miltenberger at a home, occupied by their son. Joseph Miltenberger was injured while trying to put out the fire. The property loss was preliminarily estimated at about $65,000, and the cause remains under investigation.

BW Principal Announces Resignation

Bishop Walsh School principal Shelby Webb is announcing her resignation, effective this Friday, for what she called "personal reasons." Assistant Principal Ann Workmeister has been named principal, until the Department of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Baltimore works with the school to appoint a new principal. Webb was appointed principal in June of 2011, to replace Sister Phyllis McNally, who retired; Ms. Webb had previously been assistant principal for three years.

Everett Woman Arrested for Paraphernalia Possession

Thirty-four year old Everett, Pennsylvania resident Cody Amanda Clark was arrested at the Sheetz store on Virginia Avenue, and now faces various drug charges. Police responded to the store, after a report of two people acting suspiciously. Ms. Clark, was found to have a hypodermic needle, along with heroin paraphernalia. She had admitted to using heroin earlier in the day. She was taken to District Court, and released without bond.

Destruction of Property Incidents Investigated

Cumberland City Police are investigating several destruction of property incidents in the Cecilia Street area from yesterday morning. A resident of 314 Cecilia Street discovered several small holes in her front storm door, and one in the storm window. Police also discovered several vehicles where the driver's side window had been shot out by a BB-gun. Damage for each individual incident is estimated at $500.00. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600.

School Bus Involved in Accident

Allegany Public Schools bus number-66 was involved in a minor incident on Friday, while transporting students home from Braddock Middle School. A passenger vehicle hit the bus in the LaVale WalMart parking lot. There were no injuries or damage to the bus. Maryland State Police were on the scene to investigate. The bus had some minor delays, and all parents of students on the bus were notified.

Hearing Held on Phone Service Changes

The telecommunications industry has been moving away from traditional landlines for several years, to wireless based forms of communication. There are differences between the two, and a Maryland House of Delegates hearing was held last week, that would place a moratorium on selling the new services until a study of the pros and cons is completed by the Public Service Commission. Tammy Bresnahan, with AARP-Maryland explains some of the implications of the new type of service. Wireless landlines made the headlines in New York, when phone companies replaced traditional landline service with the wireless version after Hurricane Sandy. Customers had complained of dropped calls, inability to access 911, and lower sound quality that affects those with hearing disabilities. Ian Hoffman, at Common Cause, fielded many of those complaints.

Gas Prices Likely to Rise

Gas prices could rise this spring, as main refineries slow production of gas in February to conduct seasonal maintenance. Although they are not expected to rise as quickly as in past years, they are expected to be between $3.55 and $3.75 a gallon. After the spring peak, prices will likely fall again. This year could be a better year than last; the average price in 2014 could end up being 5-cents less than the 2013 average of $3.49.

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