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Allegany Base Model Approved

The Allegany County Board of Education has unanimously approved a base model design for the new Allegany High School on Haystack Mountain. The cost was estimated at $34.5 million. The base model design has nine fewer classroom spaces, no sports fields, tennis courts and no auditorium. The state of Maryland is contributing 93 per cent of the projected cost. The county has committed $9.2 million to the project. It will now be placed for bid by prospective builders.


Friendsville Fire Traced to Wall Outlet

An accidental fire yesterday morning in Friendsville was caused by a malfunctioning wall outlet, and has left Robert Pavor homeless. He lived in the home, owned by Mary Jane Tabor. The fire caused a total of $50,000 in damage to the home and its contents. It was discovered by a passerby shortly after 9 a.m.


Frostburg Man Cited for Paraphernalia Possession

A Frostburg resident was given a criminal citation for possessing drug paraphernalia, following a traffic stop in the area of Lamont Street. Paul Robert Goetz was the passenger in a vehicle. A positive alert from a K-9 unit led to the discovery of a pipe on Goetz. The pipe contained the residue of a controlled dangerous substance. He released from the scene, pending his next court appearance.


Keyser Woman Held in Assault Case

Thirty-five year old Heather Jackson of Keyser remains in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $1,850 bond, following an assault incident Monday night. She is accused of hitting a 43-year old victim in the head with a piece of wood. The victim was treated at Potomac Valley Hospital. The incident happened around 8:15 p.m. at a North Main Street residence.


Route 36 Meeting Set

The Maryland State Highway Administration and the Allegany County Department of Public Works have scheduled a public informational meeting, regarding parking on Route 36, the Mount Savage Road in Mount Savage. The meeting will be held next Tuesday, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., at the Mount Savage School Cafeteria. The changes to be discussed would be put in place as part of an upcoming roadway resurfacing project, scheduled for this spring in Mount Savage. On street parking has caused problems with drivers having to enter the opposing lane of traffic to get by, and for emergency vehicles trying to fit between the parked vehicles.


Man Arrested for Possession

Cumberland resident Sean Thomas Major of Cumberland was arrested early yesterday morning on Race Street. Officers stopped the vehicle for an equipment violation, and a strong odor of marijuana was coming from the vehicle. Major admitted he had a smoking device in the center console of the vehicle. Along with the pipe, officers found a small baggie of marijuana. He was issued two criminal citations and was released, pending his next court appearance.


Missouri Woman Held on Warrant

A traffic stop on Interstate 68 led to the arrest of a woman, who had an active warrant from Missouri. Christa Fontaine Reynolds was taken into custody, and CDS was also located on her. She was taken to the Garrett County Sheriff's Office, where she was held on the warrant.


Safe Streets Board Holds Meeting

Crime in the Cumberland area dropped 5.4 per cent over the last year, and it has decreased by over 35 per cent during the last several months. David Goad, Project Director of the Cumberland Safe Streets program notes that warrants are down by 43 per cent. An aspect of the Safe Streets Program is the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Program. Goad says groups such as the city of Cumberland and the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce are getting involved, and looking at ways to reduce crime. A commercial and residential survey is being created toward that end. Goad says that a disproportionate number of people living in so-called crime "hot spots" is committing the majority of crimes. He estimated that to be about 20 to 25 per cent of the people living there.


Man Held on $30,000 Bond

A Bedford County man is being held in the Bedford County Jail, in lieu of $30,000 bond, after trying to run over a woman with his truck. the victim told Zachary Simmons that she was going to stay with her mother for the night on Friday; she, however, returned and was sprayed in the chest and face with mace pepper spray. Police found him hiding under a trailer. He now faces several charges, including recklessly endangering another person and reckless driving.


Virts Waives Extradition to Maryland

Timothy Virts, who is accused of murdering his ex-wife and abducting his daughter, has waived his right to extradition and will be returned to Maryland. His daughter, Caitlyn, has been reunited with her twin sister and brother, and is in the custody of social services. It's not known when Virts will be returned to the state to face the charges lodged against him.


Two Arrested by Fugitive Task Force

Two area fugitives have been arrested in Berkeley County, West Virginia by law enforcement authorities. Martinsburg resident Derrick Brown had been wanted by Florida for violation of parole on an underlying charge of murder and robbery. Calva Springette, also of Martinsburg was wanted for the distribution of crack cocaine. The operation of locating and arresting the pair was conducted by the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force, which is comprised of the U.S. Marshal's Service, the West Virginia State Police and the Morgan County Sheriff's Office, among others.


Martinsburg Woman Strangled, Smothered

A 38-year old Martinsburg man, William Jackson, has been arrested in the murder of Martha Tyler, whose body was found in her home Saturday. The West Virginia State Medical Examiner's Office has ruled she had been strangled and smothered. Ms. Tyler's front door was kicked in by an intruder two weeks ago, but there was no sign of forced entry last Saturday. Jackson was arrested after he had used Ms. Tyler's bank card for a cash withdrawal in the area.

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