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Fire Investigation Continues


The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office is continuing its investigation into Saturday morning's fire at Uncle Willie's Place in Lonaconing. The fire has been determined to be arson, and caused an estimated $300,000 in damage to the building and its contents. It originated in the basement area, and caused heavy damage there and in the attic of the building. The business is owned by Paul Arkins and his son, Christopher. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Fire Marshal's Cumberland Office at (301)-729-5021.



Team Conducts River Rescue


The Cumberland Fire Department's Swift Water Rescue Team rescued a woman who had fallen into Will's Creek early yesterday morning. Twenty-nine year old Tonyia Kegarise of Fairmont, West Virginia fell from the deck of a business on Mechanic Street into the water. She was quickly located several hundred yards downstream. She was in the water for about a half an hour. She was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.



Police Respond to Pub Crawl Incidents


The Cumberland City Police responded to several incidents during the annual Hooley Pub Crawl on Saturday, including a fight at a North Mechanic Street business in which a knife was displayed. A knife was located in the parking lot at Baltimore Street, but no arrests were made. Despite numerous service calls, police say the event appeared to be well-managed,and didn't cause any major issues for law enforcement authorities.



Man Arrested in Assault Incident


Keyser resident Steven B. Miller, who had been evicted from the Keyser House, was arrested after allegedly assaulting a former girlfriend, who lives there. Miller was charged with domestic battery and burglary, and is being held on $8400 bond. Keyser City Police are issuing notices to those who have been evicted from the complex, advising them they will be arrested as trespassers if they return.



Man Arrested After Disturbance


Cumberland resident Timothy Dale Ryan was arrested Friday, following a disturbance at a Willowbrook Road business. He was arrested shortly after noon in the Williams Street area. Ryan had been arguing with his girlfriend, and is accused of pushing her, and taking her car keys. He is being held on $8500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.



"Capt. Ed" Utilized as Crime Prevention Tool


"Capt. Ed," an acronym for Crime Prevention through Environmental Design is being implemented by the Cumberland Safe Streets Program as a crime fighting tool. Chuck Sczuroski, a Master Trainer with the National Crime Prevention Council, says the concept is used in crime "hot spots," using access control, territorial reinforcement, surveillance and maintenance.

Sczuroski says businesses are also key in the program, and praised the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce for its participation. He spoke on another aspect of the program.

And, he also commented on Mayor Brian Grim's campaign against blighted properties in the city of Cumberland.




State Police Investigate Burglary


The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating a burglary in the 200-block of Old Morgantown Road West in Friendsville. The burglary could have taken place any time from November of last year to this past Saturday. Taken from the residence were two small refrigerators, on small freezer, a table saw, metal detector, and a taser. Anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry barrack at (301)-387-1101.



Piedmont Council Member Resigns


Piedmont City Council member Gary Bradley, who had been elected in May of last year, has resigned his position, citing his work schedule, and "personal reasons." Bradley had been elected to serve as parks and recreation commissioner, and it is hoped an appointment will be made from the citizens of the community.



Meeting Set on Comprehensive Plan


The Allegany County Division of Planning Services has completed the final draft of the 2014 Comprehensive plan. A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 9th at 5:00 p.m. at the county office building on Kelly Road. The plan, consisting of ten chapters, addresses such issues as housing, transportation, public facilities, and mineral resources, among other items. The final chapter of the plan deals with land use and implementation.



Conemaugh Partnership Announced


Conemaugh Health System has announced a partnership with Duke LifePoint Healthcare, based in Tennessee. Conemaugh operates three hospitals including its Memorial Medical Center, Miners Medical Center and Meyersdale Medical Center, along with outpatient centers and physician's group practices. For its part, Duke will invest more than $500 million over the next ten years in the region. Duke LifePoint healthcare operates 60 hospitals in 20 states with 28,000 employees and 3,000 physician partners.

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