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Fishertown Woman Killed in Accident

Eighteen year old Fishertown, Pennsylvania resident Breena Morris was killed Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash on Route 56 in Bedford County. Ms. Morris was driving east on the road, when she lost control of her car on the icy road, and struck another car, driven by Johnstown resident Francis Terek. Ms. Morris was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash; Terek was not charged.


One Hospitalized in Single-Vehicle Accident

One person was flown to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, while the driver was arrested following a single vehicle accident Tuesday evening on Pine Swamp Road in the New Creek area. The accident happened around 6:36 p.m. and police continue to investigate the crash. New Creek, Keyser, and Elk Garden volunteer fire and rescue units responded to the scene.


School Bus Involved in Minor Accident

An Allegany County school bus, transporting students to Braddock Middle School was involved in a minor accident yesterday morning. The bus clipped the mirror of a pickup truck on Fayette Street. There were no injuries and no damage to the bus. Cumberland City Police and school system staff were on hand to investigate. The Braddock Middle School staff was also notified that the bus would be delayed in bringing the students to the school.


Ex-Officio Bill Passed By Senate

A bill that abolishes ex-officio seats on the Allegany and Garrett County Boards of Education was passed unanimously in the Maryland Senate this week. Ex-officio members include one member of the Allegany and Garrett County commissions on the boards. An ex-officio member has the right to attend meetings, including executive sessions, but does not have a vote on issues. The position has caused some problems between the Allegany County Commissioners and the Board of Education in recent years.


Two Arrested in Goethe Street Burglary

Cumberland City Police arrested two men yesterday in a daytime burglary at a Goethe Street residence. As they arrived, police say 30-year old Mark Whorton walked out of the residence with his hands elevated above his head. Another man, 25-year old Rodricus Wilkes was found in a room inside the unoccupied house. They were searched and police found a suspected baggie of cocaine on Whorton; Wilkes was found to have a marijuana smoking device. They were both charged with burglary and drug counts, and were released on personal recognizance.


Mineral Resident Offers Input on Jobs

Mineral County resident Robert Hines has made several suggestions to boost the economic viability of that area. Hines, a native of Mineral County, urged the development of the Fort Ashby Business and Technology Park by marketing it to the health care and/or hospital industry. He also offered suggestions on the development of the CSX property in Keyser. Hines was asked to serve on the Mineral County Development Authority, and a letter of interest will be submitted to the group.


FSU To Host Band Festival

Frostburg State University will be hosting the Tri-State Honor Band festival on Sunday, March 9th at 3 p.m. The event will be held in the Pealer Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. the festival features high school musicians from around the tri-state area who will come together for the concert. Students from across the region, including those from Somerset County, Pennsylvania, Mineral County, West Virginia, and this region of the state and those from Wicomico, Baltimore and Cecil counties. For more information, call (301)-687-4109 or visit


Horse Rescued from Lake

Firefighters, citizens, animal control officers and neighbors rescued a horse that became trapped in ice Tuesday afternoon. The horse fell into a lake off of Snowy River Road. Ropes were placed under its back legs, which had become lodged in the ice. The horse was uninjured. Units on the scene were Springfield and Romney Rescue, Hampshire County Animal Control and officials from the 911 Center.


Missing Girl Found Unharmed

A girl, originally reported missing Monday evening, was found safe about 12 hours later. Mayson Elizabeth Deighton was found in a wooded area between Cardinal Avenue and the Hagerstown Community College campus, after running away from home. She was found by a K-9 team under a log, where she had covered herself with some brush to stay warm.


Legislation to Correct Retirement/Pension System

Maryland State Senator George Edwards and Delegate Andrew Serafini have sponsored a bill that would allow a certain class of correctional officers to be part of the Correctional Officers Retirement System, rather than the less generous state pension system. The measure would benefit correctional officers who serve as security chiefs, facility administrators, assistant wardens and wardens. The bill was heard by the House Appropriations Committee this week, while a Senate version of the bill was heard in committee last week.


University of Maryland to Offer Credit Monitoring

The University of Maryland has extended the amount of time free credit monitoring will be offered to the over 300,000  people whose personal information was compromised during a recent data breach. Those affected will now be offered five years of free credit monitoring, instead of just one year, as previously announced. Maryland President Wallace Loh is also ordering an investigation of the school's computer systems. The breach affects the records of those who had been issued a university ID since 1998.


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