BEDFORD FIRE RULED ARSON
The Will's Mountain Fire in Bedford County which burned for six days, was intentionally set. The initial investigation showed the fire began around 2 p.m. on April 19th, and burned about 1,000 acres of land. More than 100 firefighters were called to the scene; firefighting aircraft were used to drop water on the flames. As the investigation gets underway, the DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Forest Fire Protection Division, is asking for the public's help. Anyone with information is asked to contact special investigator Terry Smith at (717)-362-1472.
MAN FOUND DEAD IN BEDFORD COUNTY
A Bedford county resident, who was found dead in the woods near his Woodbury Township home, apparently died of natural causes. Sixty-five year old Robert Miller left his home last Saturday, and his family became concerned when he didn't return. Several agencies searched for him, and he was found around 9 p.m.
MAN CHARGED WITH SEX OFFENSES
Grantsville resident Eric John Moser faces numerous sex offense charges, following the execution of a search warrant at his home. Moser has been charged with two counts each of fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree assault, and one count of third-degree sex offense. Alleged offenses occurred between January and March of this year, and also on April 23rd. He remained jailed yesterday on $5,000 bond.
VIRGINIA MAN ARRESTED IN GARRETT COUNTY
Stafford, Virginia resident Devon Mulgrew faces a number of charges, following an accident on Interstate 68, east of Lower New Germany Road. Mulgrew was found to be driving while impaired. He was also found to have CDS and CDS paraphernalia on him. Additionally, he was charged with child endangerment as he had two children-ages four and five-in the vehicle at the time of the accident and arrest. He was taken to a district court commissioner for a bond hearing.
MAN INJURED IN SINGLE-VEHICLE ACCIDENT
Nineteen year old Garrett County resident Andrew Cody Lucas was injured in a single-vehicle accident Sunday on Steiding Church Road, near Turkey Neck Road. Lucas' vehicle crossed the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned. He was hospitalized. The Southern Garrett Rescue Squad and Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department responded to the 4:36 p.m. accident.
WORKER'S MEMORIAL DAY HELD
A ceremony was held in Cumberland yesterday, marking Worker's Memorial Day. The names of those who lost their lives on the job in Maryland were read, and the numbered around 70. Jessica Martinez, deputy director of the National Council for Occpational Safety and Health, says almost every death and illness could be prevented. Martinez says worker deaths can be categorized as transportation incidents, violence at work, equipment malfunctions, falls, exposures to harmful substances, and fires and explosions. She explains why those most at risk of death and injury are Latino workers and those born in other countries.
BEITZEL DISCUSSES MASS TRANSIT
The bulk of money from the gas tax increase will be going to two mass transit projects in Montgomery and Baltimore Counties. The "purple line" in Montgomery County, for example, will cost approximately $2.2 billion. Delegate Wendell Beitzel says funding will come from a public/private partnership.
FORMER COCA-COLA BUILDING BEING PRESERVED
The former Coca-Cola Bottling building in Romney,which has been used for Hampshire Arts Council performances and other community activities, is being preserved by the Loy Foundation, owner of the facility. The building has had several problems over the years, including a large heating bill this past winter, and other HVAC issues. Work that is being done on the building will cost around $40,000.
COUNCIL POSITION FILLED BY CLARK
The Piedmont City Council filled an empty spot by searing in Susie Clark. Ms. Clark will finish out the unexpired term of Gary Bradley, who resigned in March. She had previously been elected to two terms on the local council, and will be stepping into the position of street commissioner.
SOMERSET MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOLLOWING PURSUIT
Somerset resident Jeremy Kubas was captured by law enforcement, after leading police on a nearly 6-mile manhunt. Kubas had been wanted on a warrant from the Somerset County Sheriff's Department for a number of charges. He had pleaded guilty to burglary and trespassing charges; he is also accused of stealing items from his mother and grandfather to sell for cash. He is currently being held in the Somerset County Jail.
SUPERINTENDENT TOURS FROST ELEMENTARY
The Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lillian Lowery, was in town last week on her Tour of Excellence. While here, she visited Frost Elementary, during its Blue Ribbon Schools celebratory event. Frost was recognized in December as a Maryland Blue ribbon School of Excellence. They were presented with a Blue Ribbon School flag and a plaque of recognition.
JUDY CENTERS HONORED
The Allegany County Judy Center received the Innovative Spirit Award yesterday, during a luncheon in Greenbelt, Maryland. The award was presented at the 8th annual Judith B. Hoyer Foundation Awards Celebration. Judy Centers offer nearly 13,000 children, ages birth through kindergarten and their low-income families throughout the state high quality and early childhood education programs. They also provide critical services, such as full-day and full-year programs, healthcare, parenting education, early intervention services, and family engagement opportunities.
POLICE INVESTIGATE FATAL CRASH
Twenty-four year old Joshua Finney of Hancock was killed early Sunday morning on Interstate 70 westbound at the Big Pool exit. Finney went off the road, striking a road sign, before re-entering the roadway of the ramp. The vehicle overturned, ejecting Finney and came to rest on top of him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation by the Maryland State Police is continuing.
UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS IN MOST W.VA. COUNTIES
The unemployment rate fell in the majority of West Virginia's 55 counties in March. Jobless rates fell in 46 counties, while they were unchanged in two counties. The unemployment rate rose in seven other counties. Monongalia County had the lowest rate at 4.1 per cent, followed by Jefferson at 4.9. The highest rate was reported in Wetzel County. The seasonally adjusted rate in March rose two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.1 per cent.