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Teen Jumps From Bridge, Later Charged

A 16-year old male juvenile was the subject of a water search yesterday afternoon in Will's Creek. An Allegany County School bus driver saw the boy jump from the Valley Street bridge and notified authorities. Cumberland City Police, along with the Cumberland Fire Department, and the Maryland State Police joined the search. He was later found, and placed under arrest, charged with disorderly conduct. He was released to the custody of his mother, pending further action in Juvenile Court.


Baltimore Man Sentenced in Bedford County

Baltimore resident Christopher Pope has been sentenced to 19 to 41 years in prison, after being found guilty in January on charges of robbery and other offenses. It was a drug deal, gone bad. Pope and his girlfriend had made arrangements to buy marijuana, but robbed another person, at gunpoint, of the marijuana. Pope had previously been convicted of robbery in Maryland and was, therefore, ineligible to possess a firearm. Pope is in the Bedford County Jail, and will be transferred to the Camp Hill, Pennsylvania prison to serve his sentence.


Brice Hollow Road Fire Ruled Accidental

A fire, early yesterday afternoon, was caused by a wood stove flue igniting the siding of a home on the Brice Hollow Road. The home, owned by Brian and Crystal Keefer, sustained about $5,000 in damage. Smoke detectors were present, but non-functioning, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. It took about 5 minutes for firefighters to control the fire.


Berlin Man Kills Himself When Police Arrive

A Berlin, Pennsylvania resident killed himself when police arrived at his home Sunday to interview him. Joseph Deem, of Salco Road, died of a self-inflicted wound. The police had wanted to interview him as part of an active investigation. Emergency responders pronounced him dead at the scene.


Cumberland Man Cited for Marijuana Possession

Cumberland resident Michael Wayne Harper was arrested and later given a citation for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Harper was found spinning the wheels of his truck and driving erratically on Park Street. Harper was found to have both a marijuana pipe and a quantity of the drug in his car. He was also cited for spinning his wheels. He was released, pending trial.


Keyser Pool's Future in Doubt

Declining numbers and rising costs have prompted the Keyser City Council to consider keeping the city's pool closed. The Mineral County Board of Education is considering an early August start to school, and the pool would only be open a little over two months. Keyser could save over $100,000 by not opening the pool. Some of those savings, approximately $25,000, could be used for certain youth programs, and the city could then net $75,000 in savings this year.


Garrett County Housing to Receive Funding

Fourteen affordable rental housing projects throughout the state, including The Meadows in Garrett County, will be among those receiving more than $19.6 million in Rental Housing Funds and nearly $17 million in federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits. The projects will create or preserve 971 rental housing units, add more than 2600 jobs, and put more than $230 million into the economy. They will help meet the affordable rental housing needs for working families, senior citizens and individuals with special needs in Baltimore City and nine counties.


Schools Participating in Phonebook Recycling

The 20th annual Allegany County Phonebook Recycling Campaign is taking place in all Allegany County public schools from April 1st through the 30th. The event aligns with Earth Day, on April 22nd. Last year, 12,606 phonebooks were collected by Allegany County students, and this year, cash prizes will awarded to the top five schools.


I-70 Crash Results in Fatality

A two-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 Sunday night left one man dead, and closed the Interstate for about three hours. Fifty-year old Larry Allen Martz of Mayport, Pennsylvania collided head on with a 2014 pickup truck, driven by 27-year old Brian Chatfield from Silver City, North Carolina. Martz was flown to Meritus Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. Other occupants in the Chatfield vehicle were treated at the scene and released. The Maryland State Police are continuing the investigation.


Williamsport Woman Sentenced in Sex Case

Williamsport resident Angela Grimm has been sentenced to four years in prison on two counts of sexual abuse of a minor. The victim, who was 16 at the time, may possibly have fathered a child with Grimm. The relationship began in 2006, and ended in 2012, and came to light when the victim's friend reported it to a school counselor. Grimm will be a registered sex offender for the rest of her life, following her release from prison.


Medical Marijuana Vote Scheduled

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee is expected to consider a bill to expand medical marijuana in the state. Committee Chair Brian Frosh, who is also a Democratic candidate for attorney general, says he would like to form the legislation into a system that works. Frosh says he strongly supports the decriminalization of marijuana. Frosh believes the "wiser course" would be to keep the medical marijuana and decriminalization bills separate.


Coalition Would Like to See Tobacco Increase

The Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative would like to see a tobacco tax increase of a dollar a pack. Statewide, the group says 64 per cent of registered voters support the measure. Projected new revenue from increasing the tax rate by a dollar per pack could generate nearly $95 million. However, not everyone sees the need for another tobacco tax increase.


Men Indicted by Grand Jury

Two Terra Alta, West Virginia men have been indicted by a Garrett County Grand Jury on burglary charges, involving eight cases. Twenty-seven year old Dustin Jay Isennock an 20-year old Cody Allen Tusing have been charged in a series of burglaries that happened in the Deep Creek Lake area during the first two weeks of February. While Isennock has posted a $50,000 bail, Tusing remains in the Garrett County Detention Center.

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