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Grant County Woman Dies in House Fire

Eight-six year old Dora Lee Hawk of Grant County died Monday afternoon in a house fire. She was cooking in her kitchen, when the fire broke out, and the blaze is being considered accidental in nature. The body has been sent to the West Virginia State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. The assistant State Fire Marshal, George Harms, said there was heat damage to the kitchen and living room areas, with smoke spreading throughout the rest of the house. The investigation into the fatal fire is continuing.


Woman Sentenced on Heroin Charge

Grantsville resident Sheana Renee Livengood has been sentenced to four years in prison, on a charge of possession of heroin, with intent to distribute. A related charge was merged with the more serious charge. She also must pay $345 in court costs. She was found guilty in October. She was charged last April, when she was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped. Police found a substantial quantity of the drug on her, following a positive alert from a drug detection dog.


Kitzmiller Man Sentenced to Prison on Assault Charge

Kitzmiller resident Michael Evans will spend the next three years in prison, with all but 18 months suspended,  on a charge of assault and driving under the influence of alcohol charges. Last September, Evans was accused of hitting a police vehicle with a four-wheeler, then fleeing. He also tried to hit the officer with the vehicle. He was arrested by another officer along Walnut Bottom Road. It was determined he was under the influence of alcohol at the time.


Man To Serve Year in Prison

Grantsville resident Ben Nichol will serve a year in prison in connection with a domestic incident. Nichol was sentenced on a charge of reckless endangerment. Maryland State Police responded to a home in the Accident area for a domestic dispute. It was determined he returned to his former marital residence with a shotgun and confronted two adults at the home.


Bus Involved in Minor Accident

An Allegany County school bus was involved in a minor accident yesterday morning on Route 220, while it was on its way to the Career Center. There were 21 students on board Bus #63, when it hit the back of another vehicle. There were no injuries and a replacement bus took the students to the school. The Allegany County Sheriff's Department and personnel from the school system were on the scene of the accident to investigate.


Meeting Set to Discuss CSO Proposal

A meeting among all interested parties has been scheduled to further discuss the combined sewer overflow issue for the Cumberland, Frostburg, and LaVale areas. A meeting was held yesterday morning at the office of State Senator George Edwards in Annapolis. Among those in attendance were representatives from the Maryland Department of the Environment, Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim, City Engineer John DiFonzo, Dave Wendt of the LaVale Sanitary Commission and members of the Western Maryland Delegation. At issue is should the city spend $30 million to mitigate problems with the combined sewer and storm water system; and, if so, would the area be liable for fines if the mitigation does not work.


Board's General Fund Declining

The Allegany County Board of Education's General Fund has dropped to $9.6 million in 2013, and is expected to decline even further to about $1.8 million in Fiscal Year 2015. This year's decrease in funding is due to the board using just over $3 million for operations of the school system and a million dollars to be used for the demolition of the former Sacred Heart Hospital, so that the new Allegany High School can be built on the site.


Flames Destroy Bedford County Home

A home, which is used as a seasonal camp in Bedford County, was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning. The house is located in the 4800 block of Lincoln Highway, Route 30, in Napier Township. The fire was reported around 4:15 a.m. Crews had difficulty in using fire hydrants in the area because of near-zero temperatures. Route 30 was closed for a short time, because ice had formed on the roadway.


MCDA Appoints Director

The Mineral County Development Authority has named Kevin Clark as its new director. Clark was chosen from a field of 19 applicants, and his first day on the job will be March 15th. Clark is a graduate of Petersburg High School, but moved to Mineral County in2005 as a student at Potomac State College. He is the owner of Clark Construction in Fort Ashby; he and his wife are partial owners of the Subway franchise in Fort Ashby.


Dirt Bike Stolen From Grantsville

The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating the theft of a dirt bike from a residence along Chestnut Ridge Road. The incident happened sometime between the end of January and February 25th. It is a 2003 Honda XR 100 R. It has a "number 88" graphic on the front plate and also has a torn seat with black duct tape over it. An "AMSOIL" sticker is on the side plate. Anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police at (301)-895-1101.


Woman Accused of Stealing from Hidden Valley

A woman has been accused of committing false transactions, after she was seen, on video, taking merchandise off the rack at a Hidden Valley Ski Shop, scanning the merchandise to the computer to be purchased and returning it for money to be put on her credit card. Authorities say Billie Sleith did this ten times over a two-week period. About $2800 worth of merchandise was returned. The owner of the ski shop provided state police with evidence of the falsified returns, and additional charges may be filed in the future.


House Considering Gun Bill

The Maryland House of Delegates is considering a bill that would link Maryland's gun registry to its criminal database. Montgomery County Delegate Luiz Simmons says the crime database and the gun registry do not presently "communicate" with each other. Delegate Simmons says there are approximately 110,000 Maryland residents who now have guns, that shouldn't own them. Meanwhile, Delegate Mike Smigel, an Upper Eastern Shore Republican, is trying to have gun control repealed in the state, pointing out that Maryland is losing money, revenue, and people. Despite the fact that such a bill is presented each year, legislators don't even take a vote on it.


Former Superintendent Dies at 78

Former Maryland State Police Superintendent George Brosan has passed away at the age of 78. Brosan lived in Annapolis, and began his career with the New York City Police Department as a foot patrolman, working beats in Central Park and Harlem, and later with the department's tactical police force. His career ended during the Schaeffer Administration. Bishop Robinson, the-then secretary of public safety and corrections, was asked to explain why Brosan was let go, Robinson simply commented that it was a "professional decision."


Frederick Deputy Resigns After Guilty Plea

Frederick County Sheriff's Deputy Todd Joia has resigned, after pleading guilty to breaking and entering a Berkeley County, West Virginia business. The Sheriff's Office there says Joia stole money from two gaming lottery machines at Ruby's gaming parlor. Joia took a plea deal, and was sentenced to a year in jail, which was suspended. Her also was ordered to pay restitution of just over $245.00.


February Good Month for W.Va. Tax Collections

State tax collections in West Virginia came in at $9 million above estimates. It is the second month in a row for better than expected revenue collections. Overall, the news is not as good. Revenue collections are $64 million below estimates for the year with just four months remaining in the present Fiscal Year. Personal income tax collections were about $6 million above estimates, while sales tax collections were reported to be $2.3 million below estimates.

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