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ARREST MADE IN FSU THREAT

An arrest has been made in a threat, on the "Yik Yak" messaging ap, threatening the Frostburg State University campus. Twenty-one year old Marvin Chijioke Ogu, a student at the school, was taken into custody, following a daylong investigation by the Allegany County C3I unit. Ogu has been charged with disrupting school functions. Ogu, from Lanham, Maryland said the threat was made "as a joke," and had no intention of acting on it. He received an initial court appearance, and was released, pending further court appearances.

 

ORBITAL SCIENCES, ATK TO MERGE

Orbital Sciences Corporation and Alliant Techsystems have announced a $5 billion merger, creating a new aerospace and defense company called Orbital ATK, Incorporated, employing 4,000 people in Maryland and Northern Virginia. The merger has been in the works for six months, and will be based at Orbital's campus in Dulles, Virginia. When the deal is finalized, ATKJ shareholders will own about 54 per cent of the combined company. Orbital shares rose more than 16 per cent and ATK shares rose nearly 7 per cent at the close of trading on Tuesday. The merger has been approved by the boards of both companies.

 

CREWS REPAIR MAJOR WATER MAIN  

Henderson Avenue was opened to traffic yesterday afternoon, but side streets from Henderson to Decatur Streets remain closed, as crews worked to repair a 30-inch water main, which burst yesterday morning. Streets, such as Fulton, Charles, and Davidson were closed to traffic, while repairs were made.  Crews encountered another problem with sewer lines; when the main burst, the sewer lines were shifted. The underpass at the Baltimore Street crossing was also closed, as some water has made its way there.

 

MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT

Thirty-year old Cumberland resident Glenn Eugene Westfall is being held without bond, after being accused of the rape of his estranged wife, along with burglary, assault and related charges. Westfall is accused of cutting the screen of a window, to gain entry to the victim's house. He reportedly sexually assaulted her over the course of several hours. She was able to convince Westfall she needed to go to the store, and when allowed to leave, she phoned the police. Westfall fled, but was later arrested and charged.

POTOMAC CENTER GIVEN PROVISIONAL LICENSE

A six-month provisional license has been issued for the Potomac Center in Romney to reopen the program the Department of Health and Human Services shut down in January. The Potomac Center has been permitted to open cottages to house 8 children, ages 5 to 21 years old. The DHHR has acknowledged the Potomac Center has implemented a corrective action plan that ensures the necessary program changes to ensure the safety and well-being of the children.

 

CUMBERLAND MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION

Twenty-five year old Eric Miller was issued a criminal citation and released pending trial, following a traffic stop on Baltimore Avenue Tuesday. Miller was found to be in possession of marijuana; he was then taken into custody. He was then taken to police headquarters and issued the citation.

 

CHAMBER ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee and the Rotary Club of Cumberland presented the outstanding Business Student Awards at a noon luncheon on Tuesday. Fifteen students from the area's high schools, Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg State University were honored. Each honoree was presented with an inscribed plaque, signifying dedication to business education and outstanding work in this area.

 

DAY OF CARING AND SHARING SET FOR MAY 9TH

The 17th annual Day of Caring and Sharing will be held next Friday in and around Cumberland. The day is a partnership between the United Way of Allegany County, Let's Beautify Cumberland, the Garden Club, the city of Cumberland, and is sponsored by Columbia Gas of Maryland and CSX Transportation. Mary Beth Pirolozzi, executive director of the CUW, says the event was originally intended to kick off its annual campaign in the fall. It was later decided to have it in the spring, to get the town ready for the summer tourist season.

 

Washington Countian to Lead State Chamber

Brien Poffenberger is leaving his position as the president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce to take the same job for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. He will stay on the job in Hagerstown until May 30th

 

Berkeley County Residents to be Sentenced

Berkeley County residents David Paul Bowers and Richard Rowland Ruffner face up to 115 years in prison, after pleading guilty to stealing from more than 20 caskets at a Martinsburg Cemetery last summer. There were 24 felony counts against them, and they pleaded guilty to all of them. They broke into the mausoleums in July of last year, with a third man stealing jewelry from the bodies; they then took the jewelry to the Martinsburg Mall to sell it for cash. Sentencing has been scheduled for July 14th at 9 a.m.

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