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GO 106 News Archives for 2012-10

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Person Killed in Somerset County Monday Night

One person was killed in a Somerset County traffic accident Monday night, as the result of a snow-slickened road. The name of the person killed in the accident, nor that of the driver was released, pending notification of next of kin. The driver lost control of the car on the snow and slush-covered Route 281. The car crossed the double yellow center line, and rolled over into a farm pond on the east side of the road. The driver was a 51-year old Confluence woman. She was not injured, but her passenger was pronounced dead at Somerset Hospital.

 

Storm Packs A Punch in Maryland

Western Maryland is in "recovery mode," following the brunt of "Sandy," which hit the area Monday night/Tuesday morning. The Maryland State Highway Administration had more than 1200 people statewide, responding to the storm. Emergency crews dealt with everything from downed trees, historic rainfall, snow in Garrett County, high water, and they're still dealing with power outages across the state. Two people were killed in Maryland Monday. A tree crashed through a house in Pasadena, Maryland, killing a man instantly. In Montgomery County, another person is dead following a storm-related crash.

 

SHA Provides Update on Storm Recovery

The Maryland State Highway Administration's Emergency Operations Center and more than 650 crews continue to respond to flooding, snow, downed trees and power outages across the state. Driving hazards will persist through today as more motorists resume travel. In Allegany County, there are nearly 6500 residents still without power. Overall, Potomac Edison is reporting more than 52,000 customers without electricity. Statewide in West Virginia, power outages have topped 271,000.  High winds, intense rains and heavy snowfall have impaired crew accessibility and hampered the damage assessment and restoration process.

 

Passage in Allegany County Damaged

A portion of the Great Allegheny Passage through the county has suffered significant damage from Monday's storm. Trail users are advised to proceed at your own risk, and the county is not responsible for any personal injury or property damage suffered by any user. The clean-up will begin as soon as possible. The primary damage is from Brush Tunnel westward, to the Mason-Dixon Line. Numerous trees and limbs have fallen, and there are washouts in the Woodcock Hollow area and in several other areas as well.

 

Early Voting Extended

Governor Martin O'Malley has extended early voting in the state of Maryland, because of the storm. Early voting will run today, tomorrow, and Friday. The new hours for early voting are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

 

Pennsylvania Reporting Downed Trees, Utility Poles, and Flooding

Several roads in the Bedford and Somerset County region were closed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, after the storm rolled through the area. Among the roads in Bedford County that were shut down include Lake Gordon Road, which was closed because of a downed utility pole. A section of Route 96 was closed for the same reason. In Somerset County, portions of several Roads were closed, including the Glencoe Road, the Poorbaugh Road, and Warrens Mill Road.

 

U.S. Route 219 Project on the "Slow Track"

Plans to extend and improve Route 219, from Meyersdale to the Maryland border have slowed, but the Appalachian Development Highway System-from Somerset to Meyersdale-should get underway within the next few months. The Somerset County Commissioners have sent a formal letter to Governor Tom Corbett and PennDOT, requesting a meeting. The annual meeting of the North-South Highway Coalition is set for tomorrow.

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Traffic, Rock Slides, Evacuations Resulting from Sandy

Portions of Interstate 68 westbound are closed, as the result of severe conditions and the fact there were several jackknifed tractor trailers in the area last night. The Maryland State Police also advised residents of the Locust Grove area to evacuate, due to rising water and flooding in the area. A mandatory evacuation was ordered for Hyndman Borough residents, east of the railroad. the evacuation was voluntary for all other areas. Shelters were set up at the Hope for Hyndman Charter School, the Londonderry Township Building and the Hyndman Grange Hall. The snow emergency plan is in effect I-68, from Clarysville to the Garrett County line.

 

Cold Case Suspect Arrested in Cumberland

A Cumberland resident has been arrested in connection with a Florida case, stemming from 2001. Thirty-nine year old David Ray McMannis was arrested in Cumberland last Friday; forty-three year old Phillip Gavin Barr is still being sought in connection with the murder of 19-year old Tara Danielle Sidarovich of Punta Gorda, Florida. She disappeared from her home on October 1, 2001; her skeletal remains were found on July 12, 2002 in Charlotte County, Florida. McMannis is awaiting extradition to Florida. Sheriff Bill Cameron commended the efforts of a number of agencies, including the FBI and the local C3I unit for providing what he called "invaluable contributions" to the cold case team during the ongoing investigation.

 

Cumberland Man Charged with Assault

A Cumberland man is being held on $75,000 bond, following a domestic assault over the weekend. Twenty-four year old Leroy Johnson and 20-year old Sarah Whiteman had been arguing; Johnson allegedly pushed Whiteman out of the vehicle on McMullen Highway while it was still moving. Ms. Whiteman was taken to an apartment on Bowling Street, where Johnson arrived, kicked the door in, and continued to assault her. Ms. Whiteman was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment, while Johnson was charged with first and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. He was taken to a District Court Commissioner, where bond was set.

 

Pennsylvania Woman Arrested for DUI

Manns Choice resident Tabatha Louise Miller was arrested at the Corriganville Sheetz over this past weekend. The Maryland State Police say Ms. Miller agreed to, but failed, all three of the standardized field sobriety tests. She was then arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, processed and released by an Allegany County District Court Commissioner on personal recognizance.

 

Manassas Man Arrested for Destruction of Property

Manassas, Virginia resident Jeremy Veney was arrested on Sunday for an alleged destruction of property incident at the CBIZ parking lot. Veney is accused of breaking the wooden arm of the parking device at the lot. While Veney admitted to grabbing the arm, he was unaware that he caused it to break. He was also taken into custody on an outstanding bench warrant for failure to pay a traffic fine from Frederick County, Maryland. He was later released on his own recognizance.

 

Somerset County Couple Facing Bedford Burglary Charges

Somerset County residents Larissa Dneaster and Robert Friedline are accused of stealing more than $2,000 from a home on Cortland Road in Bedford County. The two allegedly broke into the home several times from June through October. They are also accused of stealing $17,000 worth of jewelry from a home on Sarver Road in Somerset County last week.

 

Injured Woman Identified

A woman, who was hit by a car in Addison Township over the weekend, has been identified as Sarah Ankrom of Markleysburg. She was hit by a car, while lying in the road on National Pike, State Route 40, near Newberry Road. Two bystanders tried to stop traffic before she was hit. She suffered injuries to the head and neck area, and is being treated at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

News Update


Flooding, Rock Slides Result of “Sandy”

Numerous reports of localized flooding have come in from the westernmost regions of Allegany County. While Garrett County is reporting heavy, wet snow, some flooding has been reported in the Frostburg, Lonaconing, Shaft, Clarysville and Vale Summit areas. The heavy rains, as a result of the storm have caused at least two incidents of rock slides. One incident was reported earlier on Route 135, while a second was reported on Route 36. There are also reports of debris on the roads, as a result of extremely high winds. Drivers are urged to use caution when driving, if they have to go out at all.

NewsUpdate


Portion of I-68 Closed

A portion of Interstate 68 is closed this evening. The closure is at mile marker 29 westbound. A spokesperson from the Allegany County Office of Emergency Services says the closure was necessary because of snowy conditions there, and because of several jack-knifed tractor trailers in the area.

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Hurricane Sandy Making Landfall

 

High wind warnings, rain, and, in some parts, snow are all possibilities in the region, as the result of Hurricane Sandy. Cumberland City Police are reminding motorists to use caution on the roadways during the storm. Motorists should allow for extra time, make sure to leave plenty of distance from the vehicle in front and to avoid driving into standing water. One foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the roadway.

 

 

 

Black Bear Hunt Closed

 

The Maryland black bear hunt for 2012 has been closed. Hunters reported 92 bears to mandatory check stations in Western Maryland. The season was opened on October 22nd in Allegany and Garrett Counties, meeting its management goal in five days. The average live weight of the bears taken this year was 160 pounds. Oakland, Maryland resident John Fink took the largest bear of the season, a 452 pound male. Eighty-two bears were taken from Garrett County, with only 10 in Allegany County.

 

 

 

Ridgeley Town Council Asks Mayor to Step Down

 

The Ridgeley Town Council has asked Mayor Jim Twigg to step down from his position, at least temporarily, while he is being investigated for alleged improper use of the town purchasing card. He is being investigated for allegedly using the card for improper purchases during trips to represent the city at various functions. While the Town Council has no authority to remove him from office, Mayor Twigg says he will decide whether to step down or remain in office by the next council meeting.

 

 

 

Swanton Man Injured In Motorcycle Wreck

 

Forty-one year old Swanton resident Donald Storch was take to Ruby Memorial Hospital, following a motorcycle accident late Friday afternoon at Route 42 and Kisner Road. Storch suffered an unknown leg injury and the collision remains under investigation.

 

 

 

Drivers Charged in Multi-Vehicle Collision

 

Operators of three of five vehicles involved in an accident Friday morning are being charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision. The accident occurred on McMullen Highway in Bel Air. The first vehicle operated by Gene Keister had slowed and waited for oncoming traffic, before making a left turn. Another vehicle, operated by David Stevey had also slowed. A chain reaction collision, involving three other vehicles operated by Jonathan Lancaster, Chelsea Smearman and Howard Lease then occurred. At least two people were injured and were taken to the hospital by the Cresaptown EMS. The investigation by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office is continuing.

 

 

 

Couple Charged with Contributing to Condition of a Child

 

An infant sustained minor injuries, as the result of an incident over the weekend on Grand Avenue. Officers were told by a witness that the infant child of Melissa Becraft was dropped on the ground. She and a friend, Edward Wilkins, had admitted to drinking. The child was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. Both were charged with contributing to the condition of a child.

 

 

 

Minor Fire Investigated

 

A minor fire, involving a vacant shed and some brush, is being investigated. The fire occurred at 89 Douglas Avenue in Lonaconing. The shed is owned by Droll’s D-D Rentals, LLC. The State Fire Marshal is investigating and residents are asked if they have any information concerning the fire, to call the Office of the State Fire Marshal at (301)-766-3888.

 

 

 

Woman Hit by Car; Identity Unknown

 

An unidentified female was hit by a car on Route 40 in Addison Borough, and she is in critical condition. The woman was lying on the road, after being hit by the right front of a vehicle. The driver was not charged, but the victim was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital for treatment. She had no identification, and police are asking anyone who can provide additional information to call them at (814)-445-4104. The victim is described as being between 20 and 40 years old, about 5’2” tall, and weighing 110 pounds. She has a left eyebrow piercing and a heart tattooed on her right hip.

 

 

 

Bribery Charges Dropped

 

A Somerset woman was fined for driving without a license and driving with a suspended license, but a bribery charge against her was dropped. Thirty-year old Lindsay Borrows was fined $400, and explained the alleged bribery offer was intended as a “dig” against the officer and didn’t have any money at the time of the traffic stop. A Somerset Officer stopped Ms. Burrows in April when he mistakenly believed she had some outstanding arrest warrants. However, he learned that her license was suspended and told her he had to impound her father’s car.

 

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Sheriff's Department Responds to Keyser High

The Mineral County Sheriff's Department was recently called to Keyser High School, to break up a fight between two students. One student was pepper-sprayed, handcuffed and taken from the school. In another recent incident, an unloaded gun was recovered from a students' car in the parking lot of the school. There was ammunition in the glove compartment of the car. Mineral County School Superintendent Rob Woy commented that authorities had the situation under control.

 

Intoxicated Teen Charged

Cumberland City Police took an intoxicated teen into custody at Wednesday night's annual South Cumberland Halloween parade. Officers located the 16-year old, after receiving complaints for several citizens. The teen later admitted to drinking, after an officer detected the odor of alcohol on his breath. He was charged with disorderly conduct and underage possession of alcohol. After being processed, he was released to the custody of his mother, pending trial in Juvenile Court.

 

W.Va. Department of Natural Resources Investigates Accident

A hunter was injured, after falling from a tree stand on Nathaniel Mountain around 8:15 a.m. Wednesday. The victim, 50-year old David Collie was transported to the hospital by Air Care Unit #4, from West Virginia was called in; Trooper 5 from Maryland was initially called to transport the injured hunter. Crews cleared the scene around 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Collie was listed in good condition, as of yesterday.

 

Garrett Man Jailed After Assault

Mountain Lake Park resident Clifford Frank Elliott was charged with second-degree assault, following an incident early yesterday morning. A female victim was found lying at the bottom of a set of stairs, complaining of shoulder pain. Elliott is accused of pulling her down the stairs during an argument. He was released from the Garrett County Detention Center after posting bond. The victim was treated at Garrett Memorial Hospital.

 

Rocky Gap Sets Veteran's Day Service

The 31st Annual Veteran's Day program will be held on Sunday, November 11th at the Rocky Gap Cemetery. This year, the guest speaker will be Francis Zumbrun. The public is invited to attend and is asked to bring lawn chairs for seating. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m.

 

Man Found Guilty for Transporting Heroin

A Pittsburgh man has been found guilty in Somerset County court for helping to transport $80,000 worth of heroin on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 2008. Khalid Ibn Abdullah Kareem, a Pittsburgh rap artist, was accused with three other men in the incident. Kareem, who is known as rapper "S. Money," is facing a minimum of four years in prison, because of his prior convictions. Sentencing is set for December 5th.

 

Police Searching for Missing Bunker Hill Woman

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in finding a Bunker Hill woman, who has been missing since March of 2011. Mary Jean Olshefski-Beatty was last seen by her daughter, walking away from her home. She has two tattoos: a Pegasus on her right ankle and a butterfly on the left side of her chest. If you have any information on Ms. Olshefski-Beatty, you are asked to contact the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

 

Woman Found Dead; Caretaker Charged

Seventy-year old Sally Jean Fultz, who was a resident of a Huntingdon, Pennsylvania-area nursing home, was found dead in a creek this week, and her caretaker has been charged in connection with the crime. Ms. Fultz, a resident of the Sleepy Hollow Personal Care Center, was blind and suffered from dimentia. Her caretaker, 62-year old Connie Ann Souders, has been arraigned on charges of neglect of care of a dependent person and involuntary manslaughter. She was jailed in lieu of $100,000 bond.

 

"Tobacco Tax" Expected to Cut Use

The Maryland Health Care for All Coalition" has released a study on the effects of tax increases on small cigars and smokeless tobacco products. The increase, at least, on the cigars, is expected to cut the use by those under 18, by 30 per cent the first year. The tax went into effect in July. Taxes went from 15 per cent of wholesale to 70 per cent under the law. Products that cost anywhere from $1 to $5 before the tax hike, now cost up to $8.00.

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Shirey Sentenced to Life In Prison

Cumberland resident Mark Shirey has been sentenced to life in prison for the March, 2011 fatal shooting of Michael Simpson of Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania. Simpson had a relationship with Shirey's ex-wife, whom he had divorced ten years before. Law enforcement officials say Shirey broke into Simpson's home and repeatedly shot him when he arrived there. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty, before a plea agreement was reached last month.

 

Man Sentenced to Fourteen Years in Prison

A registered sex offender from the state of Arkansas was sentenced to 14 years in prison on two counts of third degree sex offense for an incident that occurred in Allegany County. Thirty-six year old Todd Edward Sparks was accused of meeting a local juvenile girl on the Internet, where they were found at a local hotel. Based on her age and that of Sparks, he was charged with two counts, to which he pled guilty. When he completes his sentence here, he will be extradited back to Arkansas, to face additional jail time for a parole violation.

 

Governor Asked to Attend Meeting

The Somerset County Commissioners have written to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, asking him, and other Department of Transportation officials to attend the annual meeting of the North/South Appalachian Highway Coalition. The meeting is set for next Thursday, November 1sr at the Morguen Toole Company on Center Street in Meyersdale. Coalition Coordinator David Moe says that his group is frustrated, because federal funds to complete the southern section of the road are available without a state match, the project now seems to be on hold. Such is not the case, according to PennDOT, which will have a representative at the meeting.

 

More of Continental Motel to be Demolished

More of the structures on the site of the Continental Motel on National Highway will soon be demolished. The Allegany County Commissioners will hear a bid report for demolition at today's meeting. The low bid on the work came from Miller's Trucking and Demolition of Cumberland; that was in the amount of $9,500. The high bid came in from Excavating Associates of Ellerslie, for $79,000.

 

Woman Released Following Assault Incident

A twenty-four year old Cumberland resident was released on personal recognizance, following an assault incident in the area of Polk Street yesterday. She allegedly struck a man in the face several times, and he sustained several small cuts to his face as a result of the attack. A witness corroborated the story and Mariah Haberlein was taken into custody. She appeared before a District Court Commissioner, before being released.

 

MSP To Start Local Explorer Post

The Cumberland Barrack of the Maryland State Police will be starting an Explorer Post for local youth. The program is designed to introduce young men and women to the world of law enforcement. Interested persons, between the ages of 14 and 21 years of age are encouraged to attend an initial orientation/sign-up meeting on October 30th at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the State Police Barracks in LaVale. For more information, contact TFC. Toey or TFC. Griffin at (301)-729-2101.

 

Admissions, Financial Aid Workshops Scheduled

Frostburg State University, in cooperation with the Maryland Higher Education Commission will offer two workshops for high school students and their families that focus on college admissions and financial aid in an effort to help them prepare for college. The workshops will be presented in conjunction with the College Preparation Intervention Program. Students and parents will have the opportunity to attend the workshop either on November 1st at the Mountain Ridge High School cafeteria, or November 7th, at the Fort Hill High School cafeteria. Both sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m.

 

Redistricting Proposal on November Ballot

Maryland voters will have several issues to decide on November 6th, along with their choice of Presidential candidates. Among those issues is Question 5, dealing with boundaries for the state's Congressional Districts. Opponents of the plan say it creates a lot of gerrymandering, and disproportionately large districts. The plan targets incumbent Roscoe Bartlett by adding sections of Montgomery County to the Sixth District. Bartlett is in a close race against Democrat John Delaney. If voters reject the ballot issue, state lawmakers would be required to come up with new district boundaries in time for the 2014 elections.

 

FDA Investigating Energy Drink Following Death

The United States Food and Drug Administration is investigating the highly-caffeinated Monster Energy Drink, after 14-year old Hagerstown resident Anais Fournier died after drinking two, 24-ounce cans. An autopsy concluded that she died of cardiac arrhythmia, due to caffeine toxicity; the medical examiner also found she had an inherited disorder that can weaken blood vessels. Her parents have filed suit against the Riverside, California company, claiming Monster failed to warn about the risks of drinking its products.

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Board Meets with Western Maryland Delegation

Canal Place leaders met with members of the Western Maryland delegation to the General Assembly yesterday, to discuss possible state funding to help stabilize and repair the Footer Dye Works building. The legislators, in return, said that there is a need for a plan for the building and preferably a commitment from a developer in order to make the case for state funding, according to the Cumberland Times-News. If the building were in better shape, it would be more attractive to a potential developer, who would bring in private money and fully restore the structure.

 

Man Held on $75,000 Bond in Assault Incident

A thirty-four year old Bowling Green man is being held on $75,000 bond, in connection with an incident during which he allegedly assaulted a man and his mother. Sean Patrick McElwee allegedly choked and struck the woman in the face several times. When her son tried to intervene, he too was struck in the face, resulting in a swollen and bloody lip. McElwee was arrested by the Maryland State Police and processed at the LaVale barrack. The incident occurred on Monday, around 11:45 P.M.

 

Man Sentenced in Robbery

Thirty-year old Shannon Lee Cline of Cumberland has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for assault and the armed robbery of Steve's Pharmacy in Cresaptown. The robbery occurred on December 8th of last year. Cline was armed with a knife at the time of the robbery. An Allegany County grand jury convicted him of the charges, at which time a pre-sentence investigation was ordered.

 

Tractor Trailer Rollover in Midland

Two Pennsylvania men were uninjured in a tractor-trailer rollover in Midland late yesterday afternoon on Route 36, in the area of Big Lane Avenue in Midland. Forty-one year old Alexander Morgan Scott of Maytown, Pennsylvania and his 19-year old son were involved in the accident, but were not injured. The truck was hauling 47,000 pounds of paper from the New Page Paper Company. The truck began to sway, and rolled over. Scott was not charged. Route 36 was closed until about 10:10 p.m., while the paper was off-loaded with the assistance of volunteer fire crews. The vehicle was removed by South Side Salvage.

 

Single Vehicle Accident Reported in Westernport

A Piedmont man refused medical treatment, following a single-vehicle accident on
Route 135, near the Tri-Towns Plaza. Thirty-two year old Fred Murphy failed to negotiate a curve, and his car left the roadway and overturned near the railroad tracks. A further investigation led to a charge of driving an uninsured motor vehicle. He was released pending trial. The Allegany County Sheriff's Office investigated the accident, and the Potomac Fire Department also responded to the scene.

 

Strike Forces Mineral Schools to Find Alternate Supplier

The Galliker's/Potomac Farms strike in Cumberland, which has been ongoing since September 12th, has force the Mineral County School System to find another supplier. The strike has not only affected Mineral County schools, but seven more in the Regional Education Service Agencies area. Mineral County has since worked out a deal with United of Fairmont, West Virginia, and the company began supplying milk yesterday. About 55 employees at the local dairy have been on strike, to protest a potential cut in pay and pension plans.

 

Excessive Force Case Dmismissed

The case of a woman, who had filed suit against Mineral County on the grounds of excessive force and a violation of civil rights, has been voluntarily dismissed. Charlotte Carter, the plaintiff, had filed a $3 million lawsuit against Deputy Ronald Keith Anderson, the Mineral County Sheriff's Office, and the Mineral County Commission. She had been involved in a two-vehicle accident on Route 220 in August of 2010, and had been suspected of DUI. She escaped the police cruiser, and in the process of being apprehended, she claimed to have suffered injuries to various parts of her body. Later, she said the officer did nothing wrong as she attempted to escape. The lawsuit had been filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

 

Kindergarten Report Cards to be Distributed Next Month

The Allegany County Public School's kindergarten report cards will be on a delayed distribution scheduled for the first nine-week period of the school year. The current timeline that Maryland has established for data collection in kindergarten students does not align with report card distribution for the first marking period; therefore, kindergarten report cards only will be sent home on Wednesday, November 28th.

 

Woman Struck and Killed by Car in Somerset County

A 93-year old Central City woman was struck and killed earlier this week while crossing Main Street. Nellie Chelednik was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not reveal the identity of the driver, who was taken to Windber Medical Center with minor injuries. A toxicology test will be performed, to determine if drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident.

 

Woman Killed in Motorcycle/Car Accident

A woman was killed and her husband was injured when their motorcycle was hit by a van on Halfway Boulevard in Hagerstown. A van, driven by 69-year old Charles Zulaf hit the bike, driven by 58-year old Terry Miller. He is listed in critical condition, but his 55-year old wife, Susan, was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

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Man Arrested for Heroin Possession

 

Twenty-seven year old Valley Road resident Benjamin James Covalt was arrested for possession of heroin, following a traffic stop Sunday on Baltimore Avenue. He allegedly told officers that he didn’t have his license with him, and became nervous. A search of his vehicle yielded his ID, along with several individual packets of heroin, ready for distribution. It was also learned that he had an active Parole Retake Warrant for his arrest. He was taken to Cumberland Police headquarters, where he was charged and processed.

 

 

Memorial Bridge to Open Tomorrow

 

The new Memorial Bridge, carrying U.S. Route 220 over the Potomac River, between McCoole and Keyser, will open to traffic tomorrow, following an 11 a.m. Ribbon-cutting ceremony. The bridge is being replaced as part of a $24 million joint project, led by the West Virginia Department of Highways, which began in the spring of 2010. Once traffic is shifted to the new bridge, crews will begin demolishing the old bridge, and continue work on the roadway approaches to the bridge. Weather permitting, the entire project will be completed in the spring of next year.
 

 

Bear Hunt Underway

 

The annual Maryland black bear hunt began yesterday, with an expanded kill quota and more hunters to help manage the growing population. The hut is restricted to Allegany and Garrett counties. The season will end Saturday or sooner, depending on how quickly hunters reach the Department of Natural Resources quota of 80 to 110 bears. Last year, the agency allowed hunters to kill a total of 65 bears.

 

Accident Sends Two to Hospital

 

At least two people were sent to the hospital yesterday morning, as the result of a head-on collision on Route 40 in Eckhart. The Frostburg Ambulance Service and LaVale Rescue Squad transported the injured to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The accident remains under investigation, and the names of those involved have not been released.

 

 

Early Voting to Begin Saturday

 

For the 2012 Presidential General Election, voters can vote in person or by absentee ballot. To vote in person, a voter can cast his or her ballot before election day at a designated early voting center in Allegany County or vote on election day at the polling place for his or her residence. Early voting centers will be open from 10 a.m. To 8 p.m. On Saturday, October 27th and Monday, October 29th through Thursday, November 1st. The center will also be open between noon and 6 p.m. On Sunday October 28th. The early voting center is located at the Allegany County Office Complex on Kelly Road, Suite 212.

Oakland Drug Arrests Made

 

The Garrett County Sheriff's Department made two drug arrests over the weekend. In the first incident, Cody James Broadwater was stopped for an alleged traffic violation. A scan of the vehicle by a drug-detecting dog led to the discovery of suspected heroin and paraphernalia. He was held in the Garrett County Detention Center. In the second, 31-year old Alan Lee Pingley was also found with suspected heroin, paraphernalia, and a loaded .45-calibre handgun. He was arrested, and released from the Detention Center yesterday, after posting bond.

 

 

North-South Highway Coalition to Hear Updates

 

The North-South Appalachian Highway Coalition will be holding its third annual meeting in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania on Thursday, November 1st at 12 noon at the Morguen Toole Company, located at 130 North Center Street. The coalition is a three-state group of individuals, businesses, county and municipal governments and non-profit organizations, focused on the development of U.S. Route 219 from Somerset to the Maryland Sate line, and U.S. Route 220 from Cumberland to Appalachian Corridor “H” in West Virginia. The group expects to have multiple letters of support from elected officials across all three states to provide to those in attendance.

 

 

Police Investigate Alcohol-Related Crash Involving Friedens Man

 

Friedens resident Daniel Paugh is being investigated for allegedly causing a crash, which injured himself and at least two others. Paul was allegedly driving drunk on West Main Street in Somerset Borough when he hit another car head-on this past weekend. The victim in the other car was trapped for nearly an hour. Both she and Paugh were taken to Conemaugh Memorial Hospital.

 

 

West Virginia Monitoring Maryland Table Games Vote

 

Businesses and community leaders in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia are keeping a close eye on “Question 7,” which would allow expanded gambling in the state of Maryland. If the voters pass the expanded gambling issue, it will mean more competition for West Virginia, especially the casino at Charles Town in Jefferson County. Leaders there have been preparing for the day Maryland would expand its gambling options for four years.

 

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Man Arrested for Heroin Possession

 

Twenty-seven year old Valley Road resident Benjamin James Covalt was arrested for possession of heroin, following a traffic stop Sunday on Baltimore Avenue. He allegedly told officers that he didn’t have his license with him, and became nervous. A search of his vehicle yielded his ID, along with several individual packets of heroin, ready for distribution. It was also learned that he had an active Parole Retake Warrant for his arrest. He was taken to Cumberland Police headquarters, where he was charged and processed.

 

 

Memorial Bridge to Open Tomorrow

 

The new Memorial Bridge, carrying U.S. Route 220 over the Potomac River, between McCoole and Keyser, will open to traffic tomorrow, following an 11 a.m. Ribbon-cutting ceremony. The bridge is being replaced as part of a $24 million joint project, led by the West Virginia Department of Highways, which began in the spring of 2010. Once traffic is shifted to the new bridge, crews will begin demolishing the old bridge, and continue work on the roadway approaches to the bridge. Weather permitting, the entire project will be completed in the spring of next year.
 

 

Bear Hunt Underway

 

The annual Maryland black bear hunt began yesterday, with an expanded kill quota and more hunters to help manage the growing population. The hut is restricted to Allegany and Garrett counties. The season will end Saturday or sooner, depending on how quickly hunters reach the Department of Natural Resources quota of 80 to 110 bears. Last year, the agency allowed hunters to kill a total of 65 bears.

 

Accident Sends Two to Hospital

 

At least two people were sent to the hospital yesterday morning, as the result of a head-on collision on Route 40 in Eckhart. The Frostburg Ambulance Service and LaVale Rescue Squad transported the injured to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The accident remains under investigation, and the names of those involved have not been released.

 

 

Early Voting to Begin Saturday

 

For the 2012 Presidential General Election, voters can vote in person or by absentee ballot. To vote in person, a voter can cast his or her ballot before election day at a designated early voting center in Allegany County or vote on election day at the polling place for his or her residence. Early voting centers will be open from 10 a.m. To 8 p.m. On Saturday, October 27th and Monday, October 29th through Thursday, November 1st. The center will also be open between noon and 6 p.m. On Sunday October 28th. The early voting center is located at the Allegany County Office Complex on Kelly Road, Suite 212.

Oakland Drug Arrests Made

 

The Garrett County Sheriff's Department made two drug arrests over the weekend. In the first incident, Cody James Broadwater was stopped for an alleged traffic violation. A scan of the vehicle by a drug-detecting dog led to the discovery of suspected heroin and paraphernalia. He was held in the Garrett County Detention Center. In the second, 31-year old Alan Lee Pingley was also found with suspected heroin, paraphernalia, and a loaded .45-calibre handgun. He was arrested, and released from the Detention Center yesterday, after posting bond.

 

 

North-South Highway Coalition to Hear Updates

 

The North-South Appalachian Highway Coalition will be holding its third annual meeting in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania on Thursday, November 1st at 12 noon at the Morguen Toole Company, located at 130 North Center Street. The coalition is a three-state group of individuals, businesses, county and municipal governments and non-profit organizations, focused on the development of U.S. Route 219 from Somerset to the Maryland Sate line, and U.S. Route 220 from Cumberland to Appalachian Corridor “H” in West Virginia. The group expects to have multiple letters of support from elected officials across all three states to provide to those in attendance.

 

 

Police Investigate Alcohol-Related Crash Involving Friedens Man

 

Friedens resident Daniel Paugh is being investigated for allegedly causing a crash, which injured himself and at least two others. Paul was allegedly driving drunk on West Main Street in Somerset Borough when he hit another car head-on this past weekend. The victim in the other car was trapped for nearly an hour. Both she and Paugh were taken to Conemaugh Memorial Hospital.

 

 

West Virginia Monitoring Maryland Table Games Vote

 

Businesses and community leaders in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia are keeping a close eye on “Question 7,” which would allow expanded gambling in the state of Maryland. If the voters pass the expanded gambling issue, it will mean more competition for West Virginia, especially the casino at Charles Town in Jefferson County. Leaders there have been preparing for the day Maryland would expand its gambling options for four years.

 

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Cumberland Man Sentenced for Destruction of Property

Twenty-five year old Cumberland resident Kevin Paul Bailey has been sentenced in two incidents this past June. Bailey pleaded guilty to assault and malicious destruction of property, in connection to breaking into two residences and demolishing property on June 10th. He had injected himself with “bath salts” and was restrained by the homeowner after diving through a glass door into the homeowners’ kitchen. He also became combative, causing injuries to two officers. He was sentenced to a net term of two years in prison, with three years’ supervised probation following his release. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the victims, among other probation conditions.


Man Arrested for Assault on Trooper

Cresaptown resident John Albert Kennard III was arrested yesterday, after assaulting a Maryland State Police Trooper. Police responded for a reported motor vehicle theft, but it was discovered the vehicle was not stolen; rather, Kennard’s girlfriend had driven it home. Kennard, who police say was intoxicated, starting arguing with his girlfriend, and grabbed Trooper Shrout of the Maryland State Police by the arm, knocking the officer off-balance and lodging his leg between two steps. Kennard was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. He received a bond review in District Court.


Illinois Man Held on Bond Following DOP

Twenty-four year old Illinois resident Jacob Matthew Hagy was held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $1,000 bond, following a weekend incident at Little Caesar’s Pizza on Springdale Street. Hagy was accused of writing on the door of the business, because the store wouldn’t give him a free pizza. Police also found two marijuana smoking devices in his pockets. He was charged with both destruction or property and possession of CDS paraphernalia.


Identity of Fatal Crash Victim Released

West Virginia State Police have released the name of a man who was killed earlier this month in Hampshire County. Sixty-two year old Charles Crim died in a two-vehicle accident. His body was released by the Morgantown Medical Examiner last week, and the accident remains under investigation.


Board Wants Plan of Action on Keyser Fundraising

While the Keyser High School principal believes the school should be able to reach a goal of $105,000 next summer to put toward the annual $279,000 payment for the athletic complex, at least one member of the board wants to see a firm plan of action. Approximately $5,000 is expected to come from the assistance of one of the state’s legislators, principal Charles Wimer says they have about $13,500 that has either been donated or raised so far. The campaign has also reapplied for another grant from the U.S. Wind Force Foundation, and there are also other fundraising activities underway.


Several Pennsylvania Post Offices Possibly Closing

As was the case last week with the Spring Gap, Maryland Post Office, customers in nearby Pennsylvania are being given options on some of their facilities. Among the post office locations on the list in Somerset County include the Berlin, Garrett, Shanksville and Central City facilities. The customer surveys give residents the option of keeping the office open, but with realigned weekday window service hours; provide roadside mailbox delivery through a rural carrier, or find a suitable alternative location operated by a contractor, usually at a local business. There was no option for leaving the service as is.


Preston County Arson Case Investigated

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fire earlier this month as an arson case. The fire occurred at a house along Route 7, Veteran’s Highway in the Corinth area of Preston County. The house was vacant at the time, and sustained approximately $20,000 damage. A firefighter was injured after falling through the porch of the house. The Fire Marshal’s Office says they have a “person of interest” at this time.


Almanack Receives Award

The Hagers-Town town and Country Almanack is one of three winners of the Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts Award. The Almanack is being honored for its contribution to the state’s cultural heritage. The publication was founded by John Gruber in 1797, and began as a German-language publication. The “ALTA” awards were created in 2007 to honor the work of Alta Schrock, who taught biology at Frostburg State University.

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Glenwood Street Fire Under Investigation

A fire, early yesterday morning, at 944 Glenwood Street, is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office. The home was vacant at the time of the fire, which caused about $2,000 damage. It originated in an enclosed porch. The structure is owned by Leena Bridges, and anyone with information regarding the fire, please contact the State Fire Marshal's Office at (301)-766-3888.

 

Bridge Opening Wednesday

The Memorial Bridge in Keyser will be opening to traffic Wednesday afternoon. A ceremony will be held. The bridge is not completely finished, as work will continue on the West Virginia off-ramp and Maryland State Route 135 approach to the bridge will continue and be completed in the spring of next year.

 

Student Returning to School

A Fort Hill High School student, who was initially charged with making a threat at the school last month, will be returning to school, and no disciplinary action will be taken. The 11th grader was initially arrested after the September 20th incident; based upon additional information, criminal charges against the student were dropped. The matter has been resolved with the student and the family, and the student is returning to school immediately.

 

Bridge Closure Set for Next Week

The Maryland State Highway Administration will be conducting routine inspections of the I-68 bridge over Maryland Route 55, the Vale Summit Road near Frostburg. The inspections will mean single-lane closures on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, westbound Interstate 68 will be closed between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Eastbound I-68 will be closed on Tuesday during the same hours. Crews will alternate between single right lane and single left lane closures.

 

Commissioners Set Meeting for Comprehensive Plan

The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting to discuss the development of the Allegany County Comprehensive plan. Community members and interested individuals are encouraged to attend the meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Allegany County Office Building, Room 100. A comprehensive plan is a long-range plan used to guide the growth, development and revitalization of a community or region, and public participation is an integral part of the process.

 

Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

A Cumberland man was arrested for disorderly conduct on Wednesday. Thirty-five year old Jason Scroggins was on the rooftop of a residence, yelling at his neighbors. He continued to act in a disorderly manner after being warned by police. He was eventually arrested and charged with disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, and failure to obey a lawful order. He was held on $3,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Computers Stolen from Somerset WalMart

The Pennsylvania State Police are looking for two men, both in their 20's, who stole several computers from the electronics department at the Somerset, Pennsylvania WalMart early Wednesday. The two cut security cables, left the store with the computers, and fled in a gold Mercedes-Benz sedan. Both were wearing baseball caps and hooded sweatshirts. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police.

 

Warrant for Man's Arrest Issued

A bench warrant for the arrest of Corey James Yarnish, of Somerset, was issued on Wednesday. The jury, judge and court officials waited for an hour-and-a-half for Yarnish to appear at trial. He is charged with two counts of retail theft, both third-degree felonies, because of previous convictions on multiple retail theft offenses. He was most recently accused of stealing a bore sight, range finder and digital camera in July of 2010 from WalMart along North Center Avenue.

 

Flu Clinic Scheduled at Fairgrounds

The Allegany County Health Department has scheduled a flu clinic for next Thursday at the Allegany County Fairgounds in the Multipurpose Building. The Health Department is encouraging all area residents over 6 months of age to get vaccinated. The clinic will run from noon to 6 p.m. The cost this year is $30 for the regular flu vaccine, $46 for high-dose for those 65 and older and $72 for pneumococcal vaccine. Payment is required at the time of service, but no one will be denied service for inability to pay.

 

Comptroller Urges Voters to Reject Congressional Districts

Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot is urging voters to reject the state's congressional map, which will be on the ballot next month. He says the redistricting process has embarrassed the state and has further eroded public confidence in the state's political process. Democrats who support the map say it reflects demographic changes, while opponents have gathered enough signatures to petition the map to the ballot.

 

West Virginia Unemployment Rate Rises

The unemployment rate in West Virginia has risen one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.6 per cent in September. The number of Mountain State residents without jobs rose to 60,800, including 500 jobs in mining and logging. This is the sixth consecutive month of rising unemployment rates in the state. The national unemployment rate declined three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.8 per cent.

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Frostburg Man Sentenced in Theft

 

Thirty-four year old Frostburg resident Andrew Scott Brehm has pleaded guilty to the theft of under $1,000 from the Frostburg Moose Lodge. Brehm, who was the acting administrator of the lodge, was accused of stealing money from the organization. As the result of a guilty plea, he was sentenced to one year of supervised probation, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, and to have no contact with the Moose Lodge or any of the state’s witnesses. When he completes the community service, his probation will be unsupervised.

 

 

Westbound Interstate 68 Reduced to One Lane

 

Westbound Interstate 68 will be reduced to one lane of traffic today from 9 a.m. To 4 p.m., due to emergency repairs to the I-68 bridge over Kelly Road and Patterson Avenue. The two left lanes of the roadway will be closed from 9 a.m. To 4 p.m. The bridges remain safe for traffic, but the lane closures are necessary to address immediate needs related to concrete repairs on the driving surfaces of the bridges. More extensive work on the two bridges is scheduled to take place next year.

 

 

Charges Against Student Dismissed

 

Charges against an 11th grade student regarding a threatening not discovered in the bathroom of Fort Hill High School have been dismissed. The incident occurred on September 20th, and the information has been confirmed by the school board. The school board says disciplinary action in the matter has not yet been completed.

 

 

Two Slanesville Residents Arrested

 

Slanesville resident Jessica Lee Lynch is being held without bond, after being arrested for failure to appear in court on grand larceny charges. She is accused of stealing copper from Frontier Communications in the summer of 2011. Forty-year old William Ford was arrested after officers found 50 heroin capsules, 84 capsules of oxycodone, and two loaded 40-caliber pistols. His bond was set at $20,000. The arrests were made by the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office and the West Virginia State Police.

 

 

Man Released After Domestic Incident

 

Thirty-three year old Lamont Dickens was charged with one count of second-degree assault, following an incident in the 400-block of Woodside Avenue late Tuesday morning. A verbal argument between Dickens and a female victim turned physical, and he was accused of shoving the woman, causing her to strike a door frame in the home. He was taken into custody and released on personal recognizance, following an appearance in District Court.

 

 

Water Line Work Begins Monday

 

The city will be doing water line work on South Centre Street, between Queen City Drive and Harrison Street, beginning Monday evening. The work will begin at 6 p.m., until the work is finished. Motorists are advised that there will be delays; flagmen will be in the area. Any questions should be directed to the City of Cumberland Engineering Department at (301)-759-6600.

 

 

PACE Reception Set

 

The 37th annual PACE Reception and breakfast will be held on Thursday and Friday, January 24th and 25th, 2013 at the Loew’s Annapolis Hotel. The theme for this year’s reception is “Energizing Maryland.” The cooperative effort between Allegany and Garrett Conties is an excellent way to advance our communities, as PACE strives to educate state legislators and state officials about the two counties and to present the local perspective about issues. Those who would like more information, or if you have questions, contact Kim Shirer at the Allegany County Department of Tourism. The number is (301)-777-5134.

 

 

Small Business Workshop Set

 

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center has scheduled a workshop on “Business Fundamentals” on Tuesday, October 30th in Parsons. The workshop will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., and is designed to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the city of Parsons Administration Building. Registration is required by next Thursday. To register, call (304)-530-4964.

 

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Woman Dies from Injuries

A Garrett County woman was struck by a pickup truck on Saturday in Oakland, and later died at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Seventy-one year old Patricia Franklin was hit while crossing Oak Street around 11:35 a.m. The truck was driven by 22-year old Olivia Storey, and the accident remains under investigation.

 

No Charges in Fatal Accident

The Garrett County Sheriff's Office has concluded its investigation of a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred on December 8th of last year along Route 495 near New Germany Road. Forty-seven year old Terry Nichols of Petersburg, West Virginia was operating a plow truck, when he struck 52-year old Kenneth Wayne Friend, who was walking along the road. The evidence concluded that Nichols was not negligent in the operation of the plow truck at that darkness was a contributing factor in the accident. No charges will be filed against Nichols.

 

Post Office Not Closing

The Spring Gap Post Office will not be closing, but rather have revised retail hours. At a meeting yesterday at the LaVale Post Office, it was learned the proposed hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. A majority of the residents in that area favored a realignment of hours. There was, however, some disagreement on the hours they preferred, either from 10 to noon, or from 2 to 4 p.m.

 

Vandalism Reported in North End

Cumberland City Police are investigating the "egging" of several cars in the 500-block of Pearre Avenue early yesterday morning. Officers were unable to locate any suspects, but are asking for anyone with information to contact them at (301)-777-1600.

 

Toys For Happiness Kicks Off Campaign

The Toys for Happiness organization kicked off its 31st campaign earlier in the week with a dinner at the Bedford Road Volunteer Fire Department. Chairman Chuck Koelker noted that Toys for Happiness serves an average of 2100 to 2200 children each year, and this year is no different. There will be a gift wrapping area once again at the Country Club Mall this year, and groups have already begun to organize a number of fundraisers, including the annual Harvest Skate at the Starlite roller rink in LaVale. That will take place the day before Thanksgiving.

 

Meth Lab Discovered in Hotel

The Bedford barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the discovery of a meth lab at the Breezewood Motel. A fire broke out at the business on Saturday, which led to the discovery. The operation was dismantled, and an investigation is ongoing to determine who was operating it. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at (814)-623-1141.

 

Keyser City Accountant Retires

Keyser City accountant Mike Ryan has announced his retirement, after thirty years of service. The retirement became effective yesterday. According to his resignation letter, Ryan noted that the demands of the part-time position have increased in recent months, and he felt it was the right time to step down. Ryan has a full-time job outside of the city, and did not attend this week's council meeting.

 

Man Killed by Train

Alcohol may have been a factor in Ranson, West Virginia Sunday night. Michael William Johnson was sitting on the tracks near 16th Avenue, when he was hit. The train dragged him nearly 400 feet. And, when they arrived, members of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office say his body was partially under the train.

 

Martinsburg Man Sentenced in Thefts from Maryland ATM's

Martinsburg resident John Nathaniel Watts has been sentenced to four months in prison for stealing nearly $113,000 from ATMs in Maryland. He was also sentenced to eight months of home confinement and ordered to make restitution. Watts, an ATM technician, is accused of, in one incident, removed more than $66,000 from a machine at a SunTrust branch in Bowie, under the guise of working on the machine. He placed the money in his tool bag and left. He also was charged with similar thefts in LaPlata and Waldorf.

 

Unemployment Insurance Tax to Drop Next Year

Some Maryland employers will see the amount they pay for unemployment insurance drop by more than half next year. The tax cut reflects the improving employment situation in the state and should give businesses a boost as they use that money for other purposes. For the roughly half of Maryland employers that haven't cut employees in the last few years, state unemployment insurance taxes will fall from $187 for the entire year to $85 for every worker paid at least$8500 in 2013. That is an approximate 55 per cent reduction.

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Woman Dies from Injuries

A Garrett County woman was struck by a pickup truck on Saturday in Oakland, and later died at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Seventy-one year old Patricia Franklin was hit while crossing Oak Street around 11:35 a.m. The truck was driven by 22-year old Olivia Storey, and the accident remains under investigation.

 

No Charges in Fatal Accident

The Garrett County Sheriff's Office has concluded its investigation of a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred on December 8th of last year along Route 495 near New Germany Road. Forty-seven year old Terry Nichols of Petersburg, West Virginia was operating a plow truck, when he struck 52-year old Kenneth Wayne Friend, who was walking along the road. The evidence concluded that Nichols was not negligent in the operation of the plow truck at that darkness was a contributing factor in the accident. No charges will be filed against Nichols.

 

Post Office Not Closing

The Spring Gap Post Office will not be closing, but rather have revised retail hours. At a meeting yesterday at the LaVale Post Office, it was learned the proposed hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. A majority of the residents in that area favored a realignment of hours. There was, however, some disagreement on the hours they preferred, either from 10 to noon, or from 2 to 4 p.m.

 

Vandalism Reported in North End

Cumberland City Police are investigating the "egging" of several cars in the 500-block of Pearre Avenue early yesterday morning. Officers were unable to locate any suspects, but are asking for anyone with information to contact them at (301)-777-1600.

 

Toys For Happiness Kicks Off Campaign

The Toys for Happiness organization kicked off its 31st campaign earlier in the week with a dinner at the Bedford Road Volunteer Fire Department. Chairman Chuck Koelker noted that Toys for Happiness serves an average of 2100 to 2200 children each year, and this year is no different. There will be a gift wrapping area once again at the Country Club Mall this year, and groups have already begun to organize a number of fundraisers, including the annual Harvest Skate at the Starlite roller rink in LaVale. That will take place the day before Thanksgiving.

 

Meth Lab Discovered in Hotel

The Bedford barrack of the Maryland State Police are investigating the discovery of a meth lab at the Breezewood Motel. A fire broke out at the business on Saturday, which led to the discovery. The operation was dismantled, and an investigation is ongoing to determine who was operating it. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at (814)-623-1141.

 

Keyser City Accountant Retires

Keyser City accountant Mike Ryan has announced his retirement, after thirty years of service. The retirement became effective yesterday. According to his resignation letter, Ryan noted that the demands of the part-time position have increased in recent months, and he felt it was the right time to step down. Ryan has a full-time job outside of the city, and did not attend this week's council meeting.

 

Man Killed by Train

Alcohol may have been a factor in Ranson, West Virginia Sunday night. Michael William Johnson was sitting on the tracks near 16th Avenue, when he was hit. The train dragged him nearly 400 feet. And, when they arrived, members of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office say his body was partially under the train.

 

Martinsburg Man Sentenced in Thefts from Maryland ATM's

Martinsburg resident John Nathaniel Watts has been sentenced to four months in prison for stealing nearly $113,000 from ATMs in Maryland. He was also sentenced to eight months of home confinement and ordered to make restitution. Watts, an ATM technician, is accused of, in one incident, removed more than $66,000 from a machine at a SunTrust branch in Bowie, under the guise of working on the machine. He placed the money in his tool bag and left. He also was charged with similar thefts in LaPlata and Waldorf.

 

Unemployment Insurance Tax to Drop Next Year

Some Maryland employers will see the amount they pay for unemployment insurance drop by more than half next year. The tax cut reflects the improving employment situation in the state and should give businesses a boost as they use that money for other purposes. For the roughly half of Maryland employers that haven't cut employees in the last few years, state unemployment insurance taxes will fall from $187 for the entire year to $85 for every worker paid at least$8500 in 2013. That is an approximate 55 per cent reduction.

 

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Former Area Residents Found in Glacier National Park

A former Cumberland resident, Jason Hiser, and another man, Neal Peckens, formerly of Boonsbor, have been found safe in Glacier National Park in Montana. Rescue teams located the two late yesterday afternoon, after a nearly three day search by air, on foot, horseback and a dog team. Both Hiser and Peckens are veterinarians in Virginia, with Hiser an associate veterinarian with the Broad Street Veterinary Hospital in Richmond. Peckens is originally from Boonsboro and has a practice in Herndon, Virginia.

 

Frostburg Pharmacare Entered, Medications Taken

The Frostburg City Police, along with the Allegany County Sheriff's Office, are investigating the breaking and entering of Pharmacare in Frostburg. A suspect or suspects gained entry into the building by breaking a storefront window and stealing an undisclosed amount of medication. Anybody with information is asked to contact the Frostburg Police Department at (301)-689-3000.

 

Owners Want to Increase Bridge Rates

The owners of the Oldtown Toll Bridge want to increase the toll to $2.00, to help pay for long overdue repairs and to provide more reasonable compensation for staff. The owners, Historic Oldtown Bridge Preservation, LLC, have filed a rate increase request with the Maryland Public Service Commission. While the PSC agrees with the need for a rate increase, it is recommending smaller increases than those requested. The current rates are 50-cents for cars and pickup trucks, 25-cents for motorcycles and $2.00 for tractor trailers and buses. The PSC is recommending rates of $1.50 for cars and trucks, 50-cents for motorcycles, and $2.50 for buses and tractor trailers.

 

Bedford Couple Faces Forgery Charges

Hyndman residents Donald Orr, and his wife, are facing forgery and theft charges, with Mr. Orr charged with illegally using money from his parents' bank account. Orr has power attorney for his parents. Each was released, after posting an unsecured bond of $100,000. A complaing was filed by Danielle Klavuhn, aging care manager for the Huntingdon, Bedford and Fulton County Area Agency on Aging. Some of the money was used to pay for Donald Orr's personal bills, and he is said to have signed blank checks from the account, and that his wife filled in the monetary amounts for payment of her bills. Nine checks, totaling over $10,000 were written from November through August. Orr is the former warden of the Bedford County Jail.

 

Absentee Ballot Requests Due October 30, 2012

The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the 2012 Presidential General Election is Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Any registered voter in the state of Maryland may request and vote by absentee ballot. A voter who wishes to vote by absentee ballot must submit a written and signed request for an absentee ballot. Applications can be printed from the State Board of Elections website, or by calling the Allegany County Board of Elections at (301)-777-5931. The request for an absentee ballot can be returned by mail, fax, or email (as an attachment). The local Board of Elections must receive a completed and signed absentee ballot application if mailed by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30th, or if faxed or emailed by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.

 

Teen Arrested for Aggravated Assault

A Somerset County teenager is facing aggravated assault charges, after he sent another teen to the hospital. Nineteen-year old Jason Clevenger and a 15-year old boy, chased Tyler Zelenske with a car. The caught up to the victim on Route 281 in Turkeyfoot Township, and beat him so badly, he had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. Both were arrested in connection with the incident.

 

Mineral County  Looks to Recover Funds from Water Emergency

Mineral County  is looking to be reimbursed for the costs incurred during a recent water crisis. The county was given the go-ahead to take a drastic and costly measure of pumping water from the mouth of New Creek, and sending a little over a mile upstream. Initial estimates of the costs were $50,000, but the final amount was just over $61,000.00. Officials hope the remainder of the funds will come in a second and perhaps a third payment. Any money recovered would go back in to the Mineral County coffers.

 

Fifteen Cases Of Meningitis Reported

There have been 15 cases of meningitis in Maryland, liked to steroid injections for back pain. The revised numbers for the state and 11 others were posted on the Centers for Disease Control website. One person has died in Maryland. Nationally, the numbers show 198 illnesses and 15 deaths in 12 states from the medication, which is made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.

 

Former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter Dies

Former Pennsylvania United States Senator Arlen Specter passed away over the weekend. He was 82 years of age, and had been battling non-Hodgkins lyhmphoma. Over the years, he had two previous bouts with Hodgkin's disease, a brain tumor and survived cardiac arrest after bypass surgery. Specter was considered a centrist, who switched parties form Republican to Democrat. During his 30-year career, he played a pivotal role in several Supreme Court nominations.

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Man Accused of Pointing Pellet Rifle at Children

 

A Bedford Street man has been accused of pointing a pellet gun at a group of children Saturday. Forty-five year old Dion Johnson pointed what appeared to be a military-type assault rifle at a juvenile female for no apparent reason. The victim and other children were walking down the street, looking for a lost dog. The child was visibly upset, but not injured and was released to a family member. Johnson was held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

 

Berlin Man Held on $100,000 Bond

 

Berlin resident Matthew Shaffer, who is wanted on parole violations in Garrett County, Maryland is currently in jail on $100,000 bail in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Shaffer was charged in connection with a number of Somerset-area thefts. Shaffer was arrested, when they identified him as a passenger during a traffic stop.

 

 

Man Arrested In Connection with Fight

 

Twenty-three year old Thomas Keith O’Neill was arrested over the weekend, after being involved in an assault incident. O’Neill allegedly assaulted a female victim until bystanders attempted to stop him. He then allegedly began assaulting others who were trying to intervene in the assault. He faces numerous counts in connection with the incident, early Friday morning.

 

 

Street Department To Collect Leaves

 

The Cumberland Street Department will begin leaf collection for the city of Cumberland at the end of the month. Residents may also bag leaves and place them at the curb on regular trash days. The schedule is post on the city of Cumberland web page. Collection will begin October 29th and run through November 2nd in the Seton Drive area. In the subsequent weeks, collections will take place in the Upper and Lower West Side areas, North End, East Side, Mapleside, and South End.

 

 

 

Water, Sewer Projects to be Discussed

 

The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting to discuss a water and sewer rehabilitation project. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday evening at the Mount Savage Fire Hall. It begins at 7 p.m. The project pertains to water customers in the Mount Savage area, and sewer customers, not only in Mount Savage, but also in the Corriganville, Barrelville, Ellerslie, and Locust Grove areas, along with those along Jennings Run and Route 36. Allegany County Department of Public Works personnel will be on hand to discuss the project details and water and sewer rates, and to also answer questions.

 

 

Cumberland Has Highest Gas Prices in the State

 

Cumberland has the unenviable distinction of having the highest average gas prices in the state of Maryland. The national average is $3.81 per gallon of regular unleaded gas, with Cumberland checking in at $3.89. The national average is actually up form last week’s price of $3.78, despite the end of summer and  lower global crude-oil prices. Prices are expected to decrease toward the end of  the year, as it gets closer to winter.

 

 

Senator Clarence Mitchell Passes Away

 

Former Maryland lawmaker Clarence Mitchell III passed away last week at a Baltimore hospital, where he was being treated for lung cancer. Mitchell was also a civil rights leader and member of one of the state’s most prominent political families. He served in both the House of Delegates and State Senate. He was convicted of influence peddling in 1987 and spent 16 months in federal prison. His son, Clarence Mithcell IV was also a state delegate and hosts a radio talk show in Baltimore.

 

 

 

West Virginians to Pay Less for Natural Gas

 

The West Virginia Public Service Commission has ordered all natural gas utilities to lower the purchased gas portions of their new rates, before they take effect on the first of next month. The new, lower gas rates that will take effect next month are interim rates, and final rates will be set early next year.

 

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No Salary Increases at Hospital; Two Executive Positions Eliminated

The Western Maryland Health System is not planning any salary increases, and will be eliminating two executive positions, including that of chief operating officer and vice-president of human resources. Those two positions alone will save the facility over a half-million dollars. Those responsibilities will be assumed by other members of the senior management team. Last month the health system announced that 44 employees were being displaced from their current positions, with about half of those employees being offered other opportunities in the system.

 

Washington Street Bridge Partially Reopened

Temporary repairs have been finished on the Washington Street Bridge by CSX Corporation, and it was reopened to one-lane traffic, with a four-ton weight restriction on Wednesday. the west bound lane was opened, with east bound traffic yielding to oncoming traffic before crossing the bridge. Drivers are asked to use caution while crossing over the bridge in both directions. The city is working with CSX for permanent repairs to be made.

 

Rural Coalition Grows to Nine Counties

The Maryland Rural Counties Coalition has now expanded to nine counties, and Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay was elected chairman of the organization earlier this week.  On Tuesday, Caroline County's commissioners voted to join the coalition. The coalition now consists of Allegany, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Somerset, Washington and Wicomico counties, representing nearly 920,000 rural Maryland counties. The coalition was formed in December of last year, with the purpose of strengthening the counties' policy-related standing in the halls of Annapolis. Since then, five additional counties have become members of the coalition.

 

Board Receives Academic Performance Update

The Allegany County Board of Education received an annual academic performance update at the October work session. SAT scores fell to 1478 on a 2400 point scale. Allegany County students scored a 497 in critical reading, which is down six points. A 495 score, down five points, was registered in math; and, writing was at 486, which is down 8 points. As compared to state scores, Allegany County students scored the same as students across the state in reading, and slightly lower in math and writing.

 

Four Injured in Crash

Four people were injured in a head on crash Wednesday,  on route 956, near the ATK facility; all were taken to the hospital for treatment. None was determined to have life-threatening injuries. West Virginia State Police investigated the 8 p.m. crash. Other regional fire and rescue units responded to the scene.

 

Frankfort Again Gains Exemplary Status

Frankfort High School has again met the criteria for Exemplary Accreditation status during a recent audit from the West Virginia Board of Education. Frankfort High School was only one of seven high schools that received Exemplary status. This is the sixth time the school has achieved this honor, by meeting several criteria, including attendance, graduation, and the percentage of graduates who declare their intent to enroll in college and other post-secondary education.

 

Keyser Hit by Burglaries

The Keyser City Police are investigating the burglaries of two residences earlier this week. In one, a person or persons entered a residence on "C" Street, and stole a laptop computer and prescription narcotics, a total of $800. In the second a break-in was reported in the first block of south Water Street, where a flat screen television and accessories, with a total value of $600 were stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact Keyser City Police at (301)-788-1311.

 

Man Held on $150,000 Bond

Twenty-five year old Hagerstown resident David Michael Malekar is being held on $150,000 bond, after being accused of fracturing the skull of his girlfriend's 13-month old  child. He is being charged with first and second-degree child abuse, first and second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment. The child was initially taken to Meritus Medical Center, then to Children's National Medical Center. The child has since been released from the hospital, but doctor's don't know what kind of affect the injuries may have on the child.

 

O'Malley Receives "D" for Growth

The Cato Institute has named the best and worst governors for economic growth, and Governor Martin O'Malley has received a "D" grade; five Governor's have received an "F" from the group. O'Malley was cited for presiding over what was called "a bevy of tax increases." Four Governors received an "A" grade, including Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. On the positive side, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently ranked Maryland number-one for entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Board Commits To Internet Upgrade

The Allegany County Board of Education has agreed to commit $100,000 toward a larger grant to upgrade the county's aging, but reliable, internet service. A letter of support, from the board, will be submitted for an Appalachian Regional Commission grant of $600,000 . The board could be partially reimbursed for its match, depending on which funding sources it uses, according to the Cumberland Times-News.

 

Fatal Accident in Hampshire County

Few details are available, but the West Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal accident that happened Monday night on Route 50 in the Cooper Mountain area of Capon Bridge. Several area fire and ambulance companies responded to the crash around 8:36 p.m. More details will become available, as they are released.

 

Police Investigate Breaking, Entering and Robbery

The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating a breaking, entering and robbery of a residence, at 90 Hampshire Avenue in Bloomington. Sometime between October 4th and the 7th, a person or persons entered the residence, and stole several electronic items, along with a double-barreled shotgun and a large sum of cash. Anyone with information on the burglary or the items is asked to call the McHenry Barrack at (301)-387-1101.

 

Former Pennsylvania Lawmaker Dies in Bedford County Crash

A former western Pennsylvania lawmaker has been identified as the victim of a fatal crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bedford County. Seventy-seven year old Bill Shane, of Indiana, Pennsylvania died after his car ran off the toll road and over an embankment, between Breezewood and Fort Littleton. He died at the scene, and his wife was treated for a broken wrist and other minor injuries at UPMC Bedford. Shane served as a Congressional Representative from 1971 to 1976.

 

Teacher of the Year Honored

The Allegany County Teacher of the Year, Lee Ann Zlomek, was honored with 23 other Teacher of the Year Representatives last week at Martin's West in Woodlawn, Maryland. Hosted by the State Department of Education, the annual event showcases all 24 local representatives. The 2012-2013 Maryland Teacher of the Year is Rhonda Holmes-Blankenship, an English teacher at Rising Sun High School in Cecil County.

 

New Lions Club Forming

The North Branch Lions Club, encompassing residents of the Piedmont, Westernport and Luke areas, if forming. Meetings are already being held on alternate Mondays. The tri-towns area club will officially be chartered on Monday, October 22nd.The District Governor will present the members of the new club with their official charter. Lions Clubs, according to the Mineral News-Tribune, are groups of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs.

 

Rockefeller Representative To Visit This Week

Representatives from Senator Jay Rockefeller's staff will be visiting the Hampshire County courthouse tomorrow. The hours will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Residents are encouraged to use the private and confidential visits to discuss concerns with Senator Rockefeller's staff. No appointments are necessary for the mobile office visits, according to the Hampshire Review.

 

Bottle Bombs Found in Church Parking Lot

About 13 "soda bottle bombs" were found in the parking lot of Hagerstown's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints this past weekend; 10 of those devices had been detonated. They were collected for evaluation. It doesn't appear as if there was any malicious intent involved. A spokesman for the State Fire Marshal's Office says that children can discover how to make the bombs via the Internet, not realizing they are both illegal and dangerous.

 

West Virginia May Experience Negative Revenue Growth

The state of West Virginia may experience negative revenue growth this budget year, as coal production continues to decrease. Most all of the categories of revenue estimates are at, or below, projections, with the exception of coal, which is part of the state's severance tax. Approximately $21.2 million in severance tax was collected last month, nearly $11 million below estimates for the month, and 50 per cent less than last year at this time. The trend for coal is expected to continue downward, which will greatly impact the entire revenue picture this budget year.


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WMHS Addresses Meningitis Outbreak

 

One person has died in Maryland and there have been three more cases of meningitis in the state. The Western Maryland Health System has issued a statement, noting that it does not purchase any products from the New England Compounding Center, which is the specialty pharmacy connected to the most recent outbreak. Six Maryland facilities have received the implicated products and have removed the steroid product from use. The facilities have also notified their patients who received the injection between July 30th and September 28th.

 

 

Man Arrested on Outstanding Warrant

 

Twenty-one year old Cumberland resident Kenya Cardarole-Donnell Williams was arrested on an outstanding warrant, during a routine traffic stop on Saturday. The warrant stems from an incident in August of this year, when police were called to his apartment, due to a disturbance caused by Williams and his guests. They were called back to the area, and Williams allegedly refused to answer the door the second time. He was charged with failure to obey a lawful order, disorderly conduct and two counts of contributing to certain conditions of a child. He was released on personal recognizance, following a bond hearing in District Court.

 

 

Three Arrested in Keyser for Drug Possession

 

Three Keyser residents were arrested Friday for misdemeanor possession of prescription drugs and paraphernalia. Keyser Police went to a home on Argyle Street, in search of a suspect wanted in connection with a separate incident. When they arrived, the found the drugs. Taken into custody were thirty-eight year old Leslie Randall VanMeter, Amber Dawn Hemmerly and Gerald Anthony Baker. VanMeter had been wanted for allegedly stealing a part from a parked car, and then attempting to sell a vehicle. VanMeter and Ms. Hemmerly posted bond, while Baker was transported to the Potomac Highlands Jail in lieu of $2500 bond.

 

 

Fall Vaccination Clinic Set by Health Department

 

The Allegany County Health Department will be sponsoring the annual Fall Vaccination Clinics on Sunday, October 21, 2012. Vaccinations are required for all dogs, cats and ferrets over 4 months of age. The cost is $5.00 per animal, and the clinics will be conducted at the Allegany County Health Department on Willowbrook Road and at the George’s Creek Elementary School on Lower George’s Creek Road, from 1 to 3 p.m. All animals must be contained in a carrier or on a leash.

 

 

Comprehensive Plan Meeting Set by Commissioners

 

The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting to discuss the development of the county’s Comprehensive Plan. Community members and interested individuals are invited and encouraged to attend this meeting on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7 p.m. at the County Office Building, Room 100. A comprehensive plan is a long-range plan, used to guide the growth, development and revitalization of a community or region. Public participation in integral in the process.

 

 

Burglary Investigated at Cumberland Valley Township Home

 

Pennsylvania State Police at Bedford are investigating a burglary at a Cumberland Valley Township home. A person or persons entered the home, on Bedford Valley Road, sometime during the last month. The suspect stole $800, jewelry, the deed to the house and the victim’s will, along with medication. If you have any information, contact the Bedford barrack at (814)-623-6133.

 

 

MML Lists Restoration of Revenues as Top Priority

 

The Maryland Municipal League voted on Friday to support the restoration of highway-user revenues to municipalities across the state as the top legislative priority in 2013. Total highway-user revenues were cut by the state legislature in 2008 from about $46 million to $1.6 million. Some cuts to police aid have also been considered, as lawmakers have had to make extensive budget cuts in recent years. The loss of highway-user revenue, in particular, has had a devastating effect on municipal budgets.

 

 

Suspect Sentenced to Death

 

Christopher Johnson has been sentenced to death for killing a state game warden during a poaching investigation in Pennsylvania. After several hours of deliberation, the jury returned the verdict, in connection with the killing of wildlife conservation Officer David Grove. Johnson had been convicted earlier last week for the fatal shooting in 2010. Grove was a graduate of Grace Academy in Hagerstown.

 

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Student Arrested in Bomb Threat

An 11th grade student at Fort Hill High School has been arrested and charged with a felony, in connection with making a false bomb threat and other charges. A threatening message was found in a second-floor restroom of the school on September 20th; the students were evacuated, while the school was searched. The student will be disciplined in accordance with the Board of Education's policy on student disciplined. Additionally, the Allegany County State's Attorney's Office and Cumberland City Police will be seeking restitution for the losses incurred by the Board as a result of the incident. Superintendent Dr. David Cox vowed to take an "aggressive and deliberate approach" to put a stop to what he called "this nonsense."

 

Keyser Man Charged With Drug Counts

Keyser resident Robert Lee Jessie has been arrested on a warrant, and for drug distribution charges, following a traffic stop earlier in the week. Jessie was taken into custody after police received an anonymous tip that he was driving in the area without a license. The court-contempt order was for possession with intent to distribute heroin and marijuana. He is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on a total bond of $26,000.

 

Complaint Filed Against County Commissioners

A federal labor complaint has been filed against the Bedford County Commissioners, alleging that the county's inability or refusal to pay probation officers' overtime violates labor law. The complaint was filed by Bedford County Chief Judge Thomas Ling, and follows a related union grievance against the county. The county's eight probation officers went with either insufficient or non-existent overtime pay. Commissioner Kirt Morris blames Ling, who has allegedly refused to turn over more than $250,000 in government funds, according to published reports in the Altoona Mirror newspaper.

 

Police Find Decomposed Body in East Freedom Home

Police have identified the man whose body was discovered in an East Freedom township home last weekend. The remains of 24-year old Dustin Brown were severely decomposed, and police were not initially sure if they were of a man or a woman. The official cause of death remains undetermined, pending the results of toxicology tests. Investigators did not find any evidence of foul play, and the investigation is continuing.

 

Man Sentenced in DUI Manslaughter Case

A Somerset area man will serve nine months in jail for causing the death of a motorcyclist in September of 2010. Robert Hauser had pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and DUI this past July; he had been accused of hitting and killing motorcyclist Edward Helsel, Jr. along Somerset Pike in Conemaugh Township.

 

Trial Ordered for Former Teacher, Church Official

A trial has been ordered for Brian Eppley, a former Somerset County teacher, school board member and church official. Eppley is charged with engaging in inappropriate behavior with a young boy. He waived a court hearing earlier this week. The alleged incidents occurred at the Maple Spring Church of the Brethern in Jerome, where Eppley was a deacon. He is also accused of similar crimes involving two other boys, and has decided to stand trial on those charges.

 

Tomblin Visits Morgan County

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was in Morgan County on Wednesday to take part in a bond signing ceremony. The bonds will be used for more than $26 million in improvements to Cacapon Resort State Park. Noting that it was an "absolutely beautiful state park, Tomblin says the improvements will both create jobs and build tourism for that area.

 

O'Malley Speaks Out Against Anti-Gambling Ads

Governor Martin O'Malley has spoke out against television ads against Maryland's proposed gambling expansion. The Governor calls them, quote, "a bunch of West Virginia casino hooey." Governor O'Malley was particularly annoyed that the ad stated additional gambling proceeds won't go to education, as set out in the proposal. The gambling issue will be on the ballot in November. Penn National Gaming, which owns a casino in Maryland and another in West Virginia, has spent more than $18 million on its campaign against a casino in Prince George's County. Supporters of the issue have spent more than $14 million.

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Keyser Man Charged

Fifty-seven year old Earl Cleveland of Keyser was charged, following an accident Tuesday night on Route 46 near the Keyser Industrial Park. Cleveland lost control of his truck, crossing the center of the road, and running off the opposite side, before it spun around. Front Royal, Virginia resident Tiffany Buehler was extricated from the cab of the truck. Two others were ejected from the bed of the truck. Cleveland was charged with driving too fast for road conditions, and faces an additional count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

 

Man Arrested for Disturbances

Thirty-year old Cumberland resident Nathan Tyron Shell was arrested, following an incident where he had allegedly been causing a disturbance on Park Street Tuesday. Officers were initially called to First and Arch Streets, and told him to leave the area. They were once again called to the Park Street area, and at that point, he was arrested. He was charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and failure to obey a lawful order. He was taken to District Court for an initial appearance and released on personal recognizance.

 

Oldtown Road Traffic Altered

Beginning tomorrow, the eastbound lane of Oldtown Road from New Hampshire Avenue to Winifred Road will be closed for about 30 days. Traffic will be one-way, in the westbound direction. Side streets in the affected area will be closed to thru traffic; local traffic will be permitted. Drivers are urged to use caution in the work zone, obey traffic control devices and follow the detour route for west bound travels. You should also expect delays during working hours.

 

Teen Returns Home Safely

A 15-year old Berlin, Pennsylvania girl, who had been missing since Friday, has returned home safely. Dara Kiesnowski called her family, who picked her up Monday night at Greater Johnstown High School. She was last seen leaving Conemaugh Counseling Associates on Friday afternoon. At one point, her family offered a $1,000 reward for her return. Ms. Kiesnowski had also called her family over the weekend, to let them know she would be returning home.

 

Two Charged with Breaking and Entering Church

Two Somerset men have been arrested for burglarizing the Somerset Church of the Brethern, locking themselves inside the church office and leaving a personal credit card-with which they used to pick the lock-behind. Woodrow Engle and Ian Koval, both 27, have been charged in connection with the incident. Both are being held in lieu of $20,000 bond each at the Somerset County Jail.

 

Union Rescue Mission Rebounding After Damage

The Union Rescue Mission is still recovering from damage suffered during the June 29th "derecho" that heavily damaged the roof and building. The Reverend Dan Taylor says about $180,000 worth of repairs are being made, although they are still about $11,000 short of their fundraising goal. He praised the community for its cash contributions, which have helped tremendously. He says they are awaiting payments from the insurance company. If you'd like to make a cash contribution, you can send it to the Union Rescue Mission, Post Office Box 1614, Cumberland, Maryland, 21502.

 

Man Won't Get New Trial

A Hagerstown man, serving 30 years for shaking his girlfriends' 4-month old son to death, will not get a new trial. A judge has denied Floyd Bingaman's request to re-open the case. Bingaman had claimed ineffective assistance by his trial defense attorney. The case led to the passage of a state law this year, that increases the maximum penalty for first-degree child abuse resulting in death to 40 years, from 320. The child, Justice Myers-Cannon, died in 2007.

 

Maryland in Top Ten for Energy Efficiency

The state of Maryland has been ranked one of the top ten most energy efficient states in the country according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. The state was credited for its many incentive energy programs, such as "Be Smart," and the Maryland Energy Assistance Program.

 

O'Malley Proposes Utility Bill Surcharge

Governor Martin O'Malley is proposing an electrical surcharge to upgrade the power grid. He is assuring residents that his plan will mean no more than a dollar or two will be added to customers' monthly bill. The report, from a gubernatorial task force, would also reform the way regulators would determine future rate increases, such as factoring in records of performance during storm recovery. A dollar or two added each month, the Governor says, would save hundreds of dollars in lost food when the power is off for days.

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WMHS To Cut Positions

 

The Western Maryland Health System is making what it calls "process changes" that will result in sustainable reductions to both its labor and non-labor expenses. According to a release from the hospital yesterday, about 95 full-time positions will be eliminated throughout the health system, including 54 full and part-time positions that are already vacant. About 44 employees will be displaced from their current positions, with approximately half being offered other opportunities within WMHS. Severance benefits will be offered to the estimated 20 employees who will be separated from the organization. The cuts will result in savings of nearly $6 million in salaries and benefits for WMHS.

 

 

Man Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash

 

Thirty-two year old Bedford resident Arthur Lee Hogamier was killed in a single-vehicle crash Sunday, after his SUV slid off a Napier Township Road. He lost control of the car while driving along Route 31. He tried to pass another car around 5 a.m., when his vehicle became airborne and repeatedly rolled until it stopped near a wooded area along Charlie Road. Hogamier was pronounced dead at the scene, and Pennsylvania State Police are continuing the investigation.

 

 

Man Pleads Guilty to Felony Theft

 

Lonaconing resident Michael Leslie Staup has pleaded guilty to two charges of felony theft, related to the embezzlement and theft of money from the George's Creek Fireworks Committee and the Oak Hill Cemetery Association over a period of eight years. In the fireworks case, Staup was sentenced to a total of 3-1/2 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of just over $8,000. The same sentence was imposed in the Cemetery Association case, which will run concurrently with the other sentence. He was also ordered to reimburse the association over $27,600.  He was also ordered to perform 150 hours of community service at the cemetery, if the association would allow him on the property.

 

 

Accidental Fire in Barton

 

A one-story, single-family home under construction on Keplinger Lane in Barton caught fire this past weekend, causing about $250.00 damage to the structure. A juvenile was playing with fire in the basement of the home, when ordinary combustibles caught fire and started to spread to the insulation. The owner is Shirley Colmer. The fire was out by the time firefighters arrived. There was no damage to the structure itself.

 

 

Important Voter Deadlines Approaching

 

Several important deadlines for the upcoming 2012Presidential General Election are approaching. The deadline to register to vote, update address information, and request a polling place change is Tuesday, October 16th at 9 p.m. Online applications must be submitted by 9 p.m. on the same date; a mailed application must be postmarked by October 16th. Paper voter registration applications can be obtained at several locations, including the local boards of elections, the Motor Vehicle Administration and public institutions of higher education. Voters with disabilities who are assigned to inaccessible polling places may also request to be reassigned to an accessible one; that request must be submitted in writing by October 16th at 9 p.m.

 

 

Missing Teen Contacts Parents

 

A missing Berlin girl called home over the weekend, saying she was all right, but won’t come yet. Daria Kiesnowski ran from Conemaugh Counseling Services on Friday afternoon, and police have no new leads in the case. She says she is staying with a friend, and it is assumed she is still in the area. Daria Kiesnowski was adopted from Poland in 2007, a process which took three years. Thaddeus and Tracey Kiesnowski met Daria and two other children, in 2006. The three were adopted, and the family settled in Berlin, Pennsylvania.

 

 

Outdoor School Conducted

 

Fifth-grade students from all of Allegany County’s public elementary schools once again had the opportunity to participate in environmental studies through their outdoor school experiences, held at the Western Maryland 4-H Center in Garrett County. This year, Superintendent Dr. David Cox, spent a night at camp with the students as well. The Outdoor School program was reinstated just a few years ago, after a more than 25-year hiatus, due to a lack of funding. Two years, ago, the Board voted to rename the program in honor of their late colleague, Dr. C. Fred Sloan.

 

 

Group Says It Has Evidence of Voter Fraud

 

A voter watchdog group, Election Integrity Maryland, says it has turned up evidence of voter fraud in Maryland. There were, they say, at least two instances of voting in a general election by those who had died. In another case, a nursing home resident in Timonium allegedly voted twice in even-year elections since 2002.

 

 

DLLR Overpays Jobless Benefits

 

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Division of Unemployment insurance allegedly overpaid millions in benefits to people who were actually working, according to a report, released last week, by the Office of Legislative Audits. Unemployment benefits were also given to those who were either in prison or dead. Maryland’s interim Labor Secretary Scott Jensen says the department agreed with the auditor’s findings and has made a series of changes to correct the problems. The report covered 2-1/2 years, from June of 2008 through January of 2011.

 

 

New Traffic Law in Effect

 

Several traffic safety laws went into effect yesterday, including one that requires drivers to stop at intersections where there are non-functioning traffic lights. The law applies, for example, when the power is out at those intersections, and is designed to bring order to what can become chaos. After stopping, drivers must yield to any other vehicles or pedestrian in the intersection. Violators face a $90 fine and two points to their licenses.

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Shirey Pleads Guilty to Murder

Cumberland resident Mark Allen Shirey has pleaded guilty to the March, 2011 murder of 49-year old Michael Simpson, and has been sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Charging documents stated that Shirey had broken into Simpson’s home, waited for him to return and shot him a number of times. Shirey’s ex-wife of ten years, Karen Bennett and Simpson had been dating and the two men had been feuding for a long time. Shirey was taken into custody at a campground by state police from both Maryland and Pennsylvania.


Frostburg Man Arrested for Sex Offense

Fifty-four year old Frostburg resident Kevin Wayne Pressman has been arrested, charged with third-degree sex offense and perverted practice. Pressman is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a fifteen-year old victim. Pressman was taken before a District Court Commissioner and held on $50,000 bond, pending his next court appearance.


Juvenile Case Decertified in Bedford County

A “decertification” hearing was recently held for a juvenile charged in the July 19th shooting death of a fifteen-year old Everett High School student. Once charged as an adult, the case has now be remanded to juvenile court for prosecution. The youth will be sent to Adelphi Village at Anchor House in Latrobe, Pennsylvania for diagnostic evaluation. In addition to that, 41-year old Everett resident Susan Bonner will be charged with furnishing a firearm to a minor and recklessly endangering another person.


More Information on Deceased Inmate

There’s more information on an inmate who was found dead in his cell last week at the North Branch Correctional Institution along Route 220. The victim, 28-year old Charles David Richardson IV was known as “Face,” when he was arrested in May of 2007. Richardson has been called one of the most violent criminals in recent Howard County history. He had been serving life sentences for the murders of two people, including 19-year old Trae Devon Allen, who was shot once in the face and three times in the back, in May of 2007.


Cumberland Man Arrested for Crack Possession

Cumberland resident Angelo Carlton was arrested by the Maryland State Police and charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Carlton was initially stopped for a speeding violation, when about $1600 worth of crack cocaine was discovered in his vehicle. Also charged was Tiffany Wagstaff of Baltimore. Carlton was held on $25,000 bond, while Ms. Wagstaff was released on personal recognizance.


Man Flees Police, But Later Apprehended

A29-year old Cumberland man is currently being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $50,000 bond, after officers were called to two different residences on Race Street. Frank MacDonald is accused of destroying property in one home and stealing electronic items from another. He returned to the area, and officers tried to speak with him. He fled the scene, but was later apprehended. In speaking to several witnesses, he also allegedly assaulted a female victim.


Woman Arrested for Assault on Officer

A Cumberland woman has been charged, following a disturbance at a North Centre Street bar. Thirty-eight year old Amy Jean Crawford had been causing a disturbance in the bar, when police were called. She refused to leave, and reached into her pocket and pulled out a foldable knife, attempting to stab the officer. She was disarmed and taken into custody. Ms. Crawford faces a host of charges in connection with the incident and is being held on $25,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Somerset County Child Killed by Tractor

A young child was killed Friday afternoon in Somerset County, after being hit by a tractor. The incident occurred just after 2 p.m. In Elk Lick Township. Law enforcement authorities are still looking into the accident, including a determination on how the child was hit along Shoemaker Hill Road.


Berlin High School Student Reported Missing

Berlin-Brothersvalley high school student Daria Kiesnowski remains missing, after fleeing a Johnstown counseling office Friday. According to police, she ran from Conemaugh Counseling Services in Johnstown Police confirm she is missing. She is described as five feet tall and 120 pounds with brown eyes and hair. Most noticeable is a Polish accent. She was last seen wearing black yoga pants, a blue shirt and multi-colored scarf. Anyone with information is asked to contact Tracey Kiesnowski at (814)-267-7118.
 

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