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STUDENT DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES

Frostburg State University student She-Ra White died of a blood clot that had moved to her lungs; the death is being classified as natural causes. She was a graduate student from Wichita Falls, Texas who had been attending FSU since the fall of 2012. She had fallen down an interior stairwell in the Guild building, and was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, where she died.

 

ORDERING COMING ON FIREFIGHTER DISPUTE

A ruling is expected by the end of the day in the ongoing dispute between the city of Cumberland and the International Association of Firefighters, Local 1715. The firefighters have been working without a contract and negotiations have been ongoing since January. A hearing was held yesterday, and an impasse in negotiations was declared by both sides.

 

FSU INVOLVED IN TITLE IX INVESTIGATION

Frostburg State University is the only Maryland school, among the 55 which are under Title IX investigation for open "sexual violence investigations." Among other schools in the Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia are Catholic University, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Virginia. At FSU, a federal investigation at the university began with the fall semester, and involves a single assault case that occurred off campus in  2013.

 

MAN SENTENCED IN DEATH OF CHILD

Cody Schartiger has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison, in connection with the death of one child, and for the abuse of another that was with him. Schartiger had previously pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the August, 2011 death of 18-month old Baylee Svenungsen. He had previously been accused of trying to smother his then-girlfriend's three-year old son. A sentence of two to 12 months in prison will be served concurrently with the voluntary manslaughter sentence.

 

TWO SITES CONSIDERED FOR HOTELS

Two sites-one in Frostburg, and the other east of Cumberland-are being considered as sites for new hotels by Cobblestone Hotels, specializing in mid-level accommodations. The Allegany County Commissioners approved partnering the cities of Cumberland and Frostburg, to fund a feasibility study that would may bring hotels to the area. Also at yesterday's meeting was an announcement that Standard and Poor's had upgraded the county bond rating, the second such upgrade in two years.

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY MAN ARRESTED IN CUMBERLAND

Washington County resident Nathan Allen Herrell, who had been wanted on an open bench warrant there, was arrested on West Oldtown Road on Wednesday. Herrell was turned over to Washington County authorities and will be taken to its Detention Center. He will be held there, pending his appearance in Circuit Court there.

 

POLICE INVESTIGATE DOG SHOOTING COMPLAINT

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating an animal cruelty complaint involving the shooting death of a large, tan Great Dane/Bull Mastiff mix. The incident possibly occurred between Chestnut Ridge Road and Meyersdale Road in the Grantsville area last Saturday. Police are asking for the public's help in locating a vehicle of interest. It is described as a black, older model SUV, occupied by two white males in the mid-20's to early 30's. Anyone with information is asked to contact Senior Trooper Blocher at the McHenry barrack. That number is (301)-895-1101.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN TO BE PRESENTED

Members of the Downtown Cumberland Business Association and the Downtown Development Commission have been invited to a presentation meeting of the new Cumberland Strategic Plan this coming Tuesday from 11:15 to 12:30 p.m. in the board room of the Chamber of Commerce building. RKG Associates and Shawn Hershberger, Director of Economic Development for the city of Cumberland will be on hand to share the information in the new strategic plan.

 

STATE SUING B.P. FOR SPILL LOSSES

The state of Maryland is suing BP for stock losses incurred as a result of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico over four years ago. Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says the spill was the worst environmental disaster in American history. Gansler says the state's retirement system and its pension fund lost millions of dollars in investor money. The state is seeking $15 million, as a result of legal challenges. So far, it is the only state to have filed suit. Gansler claims the money was lost as a result of misleading statements from the company. He adds the resolution of the suit could take months, to possibly several years.

 

ONE OF "MOST WANTED" ARRESTED BY TASK FORCE

One of the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force's "Most Wanted" has been arrested in Virginia. thirty-five year old Hagerstown resident James Exline was taken into custody this week. He, along with Rodney Canby and Amy Burcker were wanted for operating a clandestine drug lab, resulting in a fire on April 1st in Martinsburg. Canby has also since been arrested, but authorities are still looking for Ms. Burcker.

 

MON POWER, P.E. LOOKING FOR RATE INCREASE

Power companies Mon Power and Potomac Edison are looking for a rate increase that would raise the average customer bill by $14 per month. The case was filed with the West Virginia Public Service Commission for the increase which, if approved, would mean $144 million additional for the companies. A portion of the rate case includes the opportunity for the companies to recover the cost of the 2012 derecho and Superstorm Sandy.

 

CANAAN VALLEY HAS NEW MANAGEMENT COMPANY

Canaan Valley Resort State Park will be run by U.S. Hotel and Management Company, beginning in July. The subsidiary of Ramkota Comppanies, Incorporated will take over operations when the current management contract with Guest Services, Incorpated ends on June 30th. The contract will include the operation of the restaurant and food services at nearby Blackwater Falls State Park.

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