Crews Battle Brush Fire
Crews have been battling a brush fire in the mountains near the Cumberland Valley Fire Company since Saturday. As of last night, the fire spread to nearly 200 acres, and crews have worked around the clock to contain it. Planes and a helicopter carrying an 80-gallon water bucket were called in to battle the blaze. Conditions are not in the firefighters' favor this time of year. They aren't sure what caused it, but are urging area residents to be cautious this time of year, as the fire danger is high.
Moorefield Man Faces Felony Drug Counts
Twenty-six year old Reginald Redman of Moorefield faces a felony drug count, following his arrest in Keyser. Redman, who had a warrant on file for his arrest on charges of battery and violation of probation, was found to have a half-gram of amphetamines on him when arrested. He was jailed on Friday at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on a total bond of $5800, in addition to being detained without bond for the probation violation.
Resident Jailed Following Alleged Drug Deal
Twenty-five year old Angelo Carlton was arrested late last week, after police saw him taking part in an alleged drug deal on Columbia Street. Carlton was charged with possession of crack cocaine, marijuana, obstructing and hindering police and disorderly conduct. After running from police, he was quickly apprehended. He was jailed at the Allegany County Detention Center in lieu of $3,000 bond.
Turnpike Arrest Nets 160 Heroin Bricks
A man was stopped on the Pennsylvania Turnpike last week, and a search of his rental car netted 160 bricks of heroin; that translates into 8,000 individual stamp bags, which were packaged and ready for distribution. The driver, James Farrish, told State Police he was traveling to Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He was stopped when he failed to turn on his headlights when entering the Allegheny Tunnel. This was the third large drug bust in the Somerset area of the turnpike, so far this year.
State Police Seek Missing Man
The Pennsylvania State Police are looking for a Springs man, who has been missing since January 6th. Shane Spidle Boone was last seen driving a black 2013, 4-door Jeep Wrangler, with Pennsylvania license plate JGH-3891. He was known to frequent the Grantsville and Hagerstown areas. He is described as 6-feet tall, 190 pounds, with dark brown hair and a full beard and mustache.
Granstville Man Arrested for DUI, Drug Violations
Twenty-five year old Grantsville resident Sean Thomas Mastej was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. Marijuana and CDS paraphernalia were also found. He was taken to the McHenry barrack, processed and charged. He was later released to a sober driver.
Grantsville Man Held on $20,000 Bond
Grantsville resident Timothy Hart Winkler is being held on $20,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after allegedly threatening a Seymour Street resident with a handgun. Winkler allegedly pulled the gun from his waistband, cocked it , and pointed it at the victim. He was later processed, served and taken to the Detention Center, following a hearing at the District Court Commissioners' office.
Man Charged with Resisting Arrest, Assault on Police
Cumberland resident Jobe Osave McDowney was charged with two counts of assault on police, following a Saturday incident on Cecilia Street. McDowney is accused of assaulting his girlfriend; when police tried to talk with him about the assault, he refused to talk with them, refused to obey their orders, and used profanity toward them. While he was being arrested to shoved one officer, and kicked a second one. He was charged with assault on police, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was held on $5,000 bond.
Man Arrested Twice in Two Days
Cumberland resident John Tyler Brennan was arrested twice in as many days this past weekend. In the first incident he was charged with disturbing the peace, and released after being served with a criminal summons. In the second incident, he was charged with threatening both three adults and a juvenile with a torque wrench and a knife. He was charged and held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.
Mineral Board Finalizes Calendar
Pending approval from the West Virginia State Board of Education, Mineral County students will begin school on August 14th, and could conceivably finish their school year on May 29th. The Thanksgiving break was kept intact, but four of those days could be used as makeup days. The week after Easter, next year, could also be used as make up days for students. Every county in the Mountain State is now required to provide 180 days of instruction, regardless of the number of days missed due to bad weather or other conditions.
Service Interruptions For Garrett County
Two brief service interruptions have been scheduled by Potomac Edison in the McHenry area of Garrett County next Monday. The interruptions will occur at 7 a.m., and again at 4:30 p.m., affecting about 2700 customers in the McHenry area, including those along Route 219, the Marsh Hill Road and Hoyes Run Road areas. Potomac Edison will try to contact affected customers by phone prior to the outage. The utility regrets the inconvenience, but says the maintenance work is necessary to ensure service reliability in the area.
Mayor Continues Blighted Property Campaign
One of Mayor Brian Grim's priorities during his term in office is ridding the city of blighted properties. Mayor Grim has compiled a list of hundreds of them, and is working aggressively to get those buildings in the city's hands. Cumberland has been working with the owners to either have them renovated, or demolished. Efforts have also been focused in the Baltimore Avenue and the Columbia Street areas of the city. In some cases, properties have been subject to tax sales; during those sales, some sell for as little as $500. If they are not sold, they revert back to the city of Cumberland. Mayor Grim says that in other cases, the owners come to the city to say they have properties available, but don't know what to do with them.
Destruction of Property Reported
A Friendsville resident reported that his 2002 Dodge Dakota was shot in the passenger side with a shotgun, and has reported it to the McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police. The truck was parked outside of his residence on the Blooming Rose Road, and the victim reported he heard a gunshot outside of his residence around 3 a.m. Anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry barrack at (301)-387-1101.
Unemployment Rate Virtually Unchanged
The unemployment rate remained essentially unchanged from February to March, with only 2300 jobs added last month. The state's unemployment rate was 5.6 per cent; the national rate was 6.7. Job gains were reported in the private sector, led by retail, transportation and utilities, followed by business and professional services. However, Maryland's job growth in the past year lagged behind the national average by about one-third.