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Man Arrested in Solicitation Case

Hyndman resident William Bowles III has been arrested and charged with two counts of solicitation of a minor and two counts of second degree assault. Bowles is accused of meeting two girls, ages 13 and 14 years of age, on Brice Hollow Road in Oldtown. He allegedly met them on Facebook for the purpose of sexual solicitation. Bowles is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $25,000 bond, pending his next court appearance.

 

Fire Destroys Home in Potomac Park 

A fire destroyed a home on Iris Avenue in Potomac Park yesterday afternoon, and caused damage to a second residence. The fire began just after 1 p.m. No injuries were reported. Also on the scene was the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office and several fire companies. There was no report on the amount of damage the fire caused.

 

Somerset Man Pleads Guilty to Corruption of Minors

Fifty-seven year old Brian Eppley-a former church deacon, school board member and middle school teacher-has pleaded guilty to several counts, including four of corruption of minors. Eppley had maintained his innocence, and requested five days be scheduled for his trial. However, he entered the guilty plea last week. He could face up to 27 years in prison and $55,000 in fines. The discussion during a plea hearing indicated he may be placed on probation.

 

Meth Lab Suspect to Face Charges at Trial

Twenty-one year old Justin Dale Carr of Somerset will face charges at trial in connection to a "one-pot" meth lab operation, found in town last January. Carr waived his right to a preliminary hearing last week, and will have another hearing on May 7th. More than one thousand grams of meth were taken from an apartment along South Vincent Avenue during a police raid. Carr remains in the Somerset County Jail on $50,000 bond.

 

Cumberland Man Charged with Unauthorized Use

Eighteen year old Corey Daniel Smith of Cumberland is being held on $1500 bail, following his arrest on Sunday. He is accused of using a vehicle-with the owner's permission-but then failing to return it. He was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving a vehicle without the consent of the owner and taking a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner.

 

Man Accused of Deception

A Somerset County man with no known address is being sought for deceiving residents into giving donations to an organization that is run by members of the Pennsylvania State Police in Somerset County. Forty-six year old David Wayne Brant fraudulently solicited several Somerset County businesses to donate to Camp Cadet of Somerset County. He does not represent the camp, and fundraising is done annually through a mail campaign. Any businesses which were solicited by Brant is asked to contact the Somerset Barracks at (814)-445-4104.

 

National Day of Prayer on Thursday

The National Day of Prayer is scheduled for Thursday, with the annual prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Downtown Cumberland Holiday Inn. The National Day of Prayer observance takes place at noon on the Mall. Tickets for the Prayer Breakfast are $15.00 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be obtained by calling (301)-697-6777 or (301)-722-7828.

 

Visioning Session for Allegany Project Set

The Allegany County Public School System will host a Visioning Session for the new Allegany High School Project on Thursday, May 16th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the school's auditorium. The school community and community at large are encourage to attend and participate. The purpose is to allow architects Grimm and Parker to lead a discussion to gain input from the local community and project stakeholders. Participants are asked to RSVP to Mia Cross, Public Information Officer for the school system at mia.cross@acps.k12.md.us by Monday, May 13th.

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Frostburg Woman Dies of Injuries

 

Frostburg resident Patsy Porter died over the weekend of injuries sustained in a mobile home fire last Wednesday night on Green Street. She passed away at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center. Both 62-year old Glenn Porter and 52-year old Maria Porter suffered non-life threatening injuries in the fire. The cause of the fatal fire remains under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. The home did have working smoke detectors.

 

 

Cumberland Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Crash

 

Twenty-nine year old Cumberland resident Ronald Lee Streets has pleaded guilty to homicide by motor vehicle, in connection to a fatal crash on Route 160 in Pennsylvania last June 9th. Twenty-six year old Anthony Michael Winter of Michigan died of blunt force trauma to the head. Neither man was wearing a seatbelt and were ejected from the car, after it skidded and went over an embankment. Streets did not call "911" until a half-hour after the crash. At the time his blood alcohol level was below the legal limit of .08 per cent. Streets faces nine years in jail and a fine of over $20,000.

 

 

Hampshire Man Found Guilty in Brothers' Death

 

Romney resident David Corey was convicted of first degree murder, with the jury taking less than an hour to do so. He now faces life in prison for the murder of his brother, Danny. Danny Corey was pronounced dead on the evening of January 8, 2012. The case against David Corey was admittedly circumstantial, and his attorneys' defense relied on the lack of physical evidence or witnesses. However, he was found guilty, and the jury voted against a recommendation of mercy, which would have made him eligible for parole after 15 years.

 

 

Somerset County Police Officer Dies of Injuries

 

A longtime Paint township officer died late last week of injuries received in an ATV accident on April 13th in Bedford County. Forty-three year old William Gephart was not wearing a helmet when riding near his family's New Paris cottage. He was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown following the accident. His son, who was riding with him, was thrown from the ATV and was treated and released from the same facility.

 

 

Rocky Gap Could Open May 22nd

 

The Rocky Gap casino could begin gaming operations on May 22nd, pending the results of a controlled demonstration on May 20th. The casino is planning for 558 slot machines and ten table games. About 250 employees are being hired for the gaming operation, and will operate 24 hours a day. Rocky Gap will become the state's fourth casino and its smallest.

 

 

Woman Arrested for Robbery

 

Twenty-one year old Mikki Kondilas is being held on $100,000 bond, following her attempt to rob a Maryland Avenue business late Saturday afternoon. She allegedly jumped over the counter and grabbed the cash register, demanding money, but tripped, giving the clerk time to close the drawer. Ms. Kondilas fled the business, but was apprehended near Kingsley Place. The clerk positively identified her. It was also learned that she also had an additional arrest warrant in Harford County for failure to appear. She was remanded to the Detention Center, following a District Court hearing.

 

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Traffic Pattern, Parking Change on West Elder Street

 

The city of Cumberland is changing the traffic pattern and parking on West Elder Street, from Virginia Avenue to the Canal Parkway. Parking will be permitted only on the North side of West Elder Street, restricting parking on the South Side. Parking will also be restricted on West Elder Street, from Lexington Avenue to Canal Parkway. Lane markings will be adjusted from Lexington Avenue to Virginia Avenue, to allow for the parking lane on the North side of the street. The City feels the change is necessary for the safe travel of motorists in the area, as West Elder Street was not initially designed for parking.

 

 

Westernport Water Interruption

 

There will be a water interruption in specified areas of Westernport on Wednesday, beginning at about 4 p.m. and lasting for four hours. Those areas affected will be Main Street, from Route 135 to the First Baptist Church; Church Street, including all businesses; Maryland Avenue, including the UPRC; 306 to 308 Front Street; Philos Avenue, from Main Street to Howard Street; the Port West Plaza; and, Washington Street.

 

 

Three Hurt in Canaan Valley Plane Crash

 

Three Virginia men were injured in a single engine plane crash Friday afternoon at the Windwood Fly-In Resort in Canaan Valley. They were identified as Wasseem Haider, Shujjat Rathore and Muhammad Paracha. The other two men got out of the plane, while Haider had to be extricated. The three were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. The Federal Aviation Administration began an investigation Friday night.

 

 

PennDOT Awaiting Final Route 219 Permit

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is awaiting a final permit, before beginning to advertise for bids on Route 219, between Meyersdale and Somerset. Bids are expected to be advertised this summer; at that point, PennDOT will give contractors eight weeks to submit bids, because it is such a large project. Earthwork is to be done this year; following that, the bridges and other structures are to be built next year, and the paving done in 2015. The 11-mile project includes two interchanges and six bridges.

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PSC Approves Fourmile Project

The Maryland Public Service Commission has given approval to build a wind power project near Frostburg. The project is to be built on Fourmile Ridge and  the western slope of Big Savage Mountain, and Fourmile Wind Energy, LLC hopes the project will be completed by the end of the year.

 

Garrett County Fire Destroys Business

The cause of a Garrett County fire on Wednesday night is being investigated by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. Losses, as a result of the fire, which heavily damaged ten vehicles at the Classie Car Company, have been estimated at $300,000. The business was located in a 40-by-80 foot metal structure on Hutton Road in Oakland.

 

Robbery Conviction Challenged

The West Virginia Supreme Court has heard arguments, challenging the conviction of Charles Edward Bruffey, who was accused of robbing the M & T Bank in Fort Ashby. Bruffey was sentenced to 10 to 20 years. The conviction is being challenged because his lawyer, Nicholas James, argued that a judge improperly accepted evidence in the case that indicated his client was responsible for the robbery of the bank several months after the incident in December of 2009.

 

Malone Receives Commissioners' Support

The Mineral County Commissioners have voted to write a letter of support for Terry Malone, who resigned in February from the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority. Malone had alleged the airport had been selling possibly contaminated fuel. The meeting between Malone and the commissioners was held in executive session, citing a "legal matter" as the reason. As for the "letter of support," Commissioner Richard Lechliter noted there had been a lot of "bad publicity" surrounding Malone's resignation, and the Commissioners simply wanted to show their support for him.

 

TGCC To Host Regional Broadband Update

The Greater Cumberland Committee will hold its next membership meeting on Thursday, May 2nd at the Community Aquatic Recreation Center at Garrett College, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The agenda for the meeting will include individual presentations by county leaders on behalf of Allegany, Garrett, and Mineral Counties to provide specific details associated with the successes, challenges, and future goals of regional broadband efforts.

 

Event to Close Portion of Franklin Street

Franklin Street, from Sylvan Avenue to Holland Street in the area in front of Braddock Middle School, will be closed tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the duration of the Wills Mountain picnic. Traffic will be able to access Holland Street and areas east of Franklin Street via Columbia, Shriver, Shawnee or Sylvan Avenues. Questions and concerns can be directed to the City of Cumberland Engineering Division at (301)-759-6604.

 

Cardin To Address Democratic Summit

Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin will address Democratic activists on Saturday, during the 9th annual Western Maryland Democratic Summit. Cardin, at 9:15 a.m., will speak on the prospects for enacting legislation in the 113th Congress that will keep an economic recovery on track. He will discuss why it is important for Congress to put aside partisan differences and come together to enact policies that will encourage economic growth, expand economic development and boost job opportunities. The event will be held at Hager Hall Conference and Events Center on the Dual Highway in Hagerstown.

 

Health Care Coverage Rates Could Rise by 25 Per Cent

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield says proposed premiums for new policies for individuals will rise by 25 per cent on average next year. The estimate was made while previewing prices for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The insurer had been looking at a proposed 50 per cent increase, but revised its estimate citing affordability concerns for consumers.

 

Specialized Probation Officers to Be Sworn In

Eight probation officers, who deal exclusively with sex offenders are being sworn in this week in West Virginia. The officers, who will be available on holidays, nights and weekends, will provide more stringent oversight to those convicted of sex offenses, and will work out of their vehicles rather than an office. The officers will replace those who have resigned or are needed to meet an increase in the number of sex offenders being released from prison. They will be assigned to various locations around the state.PSC

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Three Injured in Mobile Home Fire

One person was taken to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center, and two others, to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, following a fire in a mobile home on Green Street in Frostburg Tuesday night. Sixty-three year old Patsy Porter is listed in critical condition at the Baltimore facility, while 62-year old Glenn Porter and 52-year old Maria Porter were taken to the local hospital with non-life threatening, smoke inhalation injuries. Two adjacent mobile homes received exterior radiant heat damage. There were no other injuries, and working smoke alarms alerted the occupants of the blaze. The origin and cause for the fire remain under investigation.

 

Striplin To Announce Candidacy

All three incumbent Allegany County Commissioners have filed for re-election in 2014, and now former Board of Education member Tom Striplin is announcing his candidacy for the county board. Striplin's Kick-Off event is scheduled for tonight at 6:30 p.m., at Maplehurst Country Club in Frostburg, and the event is open to the public. He is currently the Director of Clinical Education for the Respiratory Care Program at Allegany College of Maryland, a position he has held for the past 25 years.

 

School System Experiences Phone Issues

The Allegany County School System was notified Tuesday there were issues with intermittent phone service in Allegany County. Verizon and Lumos have confirmed there are issues in the area, and are working to resolve them. Several schools have observed difficulties with incoming calls as well. There are currently more than 150 customers with phone service issues in the county with no estimated time of resolution from Verizon and Lumos. The public schools wanted to make parents aware if they are attempting to contact their child's school, and the calls are going unanswered, it is likely due to the county-wide phone service issue.

 

Somerset Prison Guard Charged with Smuggling Contraband

An SCI-Somerset correctional officer has been charged and arraigned on charges he was involved in a contraband smuggling operation with inmates at the prison. Thirty-five year old Donald Lynch was charged by special agent Michael Kondas of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. The contraband brought in included marijuana and other drugs, pornographic magazines and Muslim oil, according to the probable cause affidavit. Lynch is free on $20,000 unsecured bond, and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 7th.

 

Man Sentenced for Burning Own Home

A 48-year old Somerset County man has been sentenced to one to five years in prison for setting fire to his home last June. Jay Shaulis of Somerset had been in the Somerset County Jail since last July; he was not credited for any time served. Shaulis, who provided several accounts of how the fire started, allegedly had previously threatened to burn it down, according to a court document from his wife. He has also been ordered to pay $1,000 in fines and make restitution of nearly $47,000 to State Farm Insurance.

 

Shoplifting Complaint Leads to Drug Arrest

A Cumberland woman, who had allegedly been shoplifting at a Virginia Avenue business, was later charged with possession of CDS. Thirty-two year old Allysan McDaniel was spotted placing various items in her handbag. A search by police yielded a quantity of Clonazepam pills, which are a Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance. She was charged with theft and drug possession and held on $3500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Maryland Avenue Disturbance Leads to Arrest

Cumberland City Police were called to a disturbance in the 700-block of Virginia Avenue early Tuesday evening; when they were called back, the person allegedly creating the disturbance was arrested. Thirty-five year old Kelly Goetz had been told by police to stop causing the disturbance. Less than 20 minutes later, she was continuing to cause the disturbance, throwing household items out of the residence onto the roadway. She was charged and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.

 

WV School Building Authority Funds Projects

The state of West Virginia School building Authority has funded 11 projects, including several regional ones. Among those, Pendleton County received nearly $10 million for the construction of a new Franklin Elementary School. The Martinsburg North Middle School will be renovated with nearly $6 million in funding. And, Preston County received $4 million for a new West Preston Middle School. A total of more than $49 million was allocated to a dozen school systems.

 

Officers Accused of Being Members of Prison Gang

Dozens of correctional officers and gang members were apprehended as part of a grand jury indictment involving the Black Guerilla Family gang in Baltimore. Those accused are alleged to have helped run the prison gang in the Baltimore City Detention Center and at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center. Fifteen women and ten men are accused of not only being gang members, but also of smuggling drugs and cell phones into the facilities. According to the indictment, one of the alleged leaders got four female correctional officers pregnant at least once over the last several years.

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Three Injured in Mobile Home Fire

One person was taken to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center, and two others, to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, following a fire in a mobile home on Green Street in Frostburg Tuesday night. Sixty-three year old Patsy Porter is listed in critical condition at the Baltimore facility, while 62-year old Glenn Porter and 52-year old Maria Porter were taken to the local hospital with non-life threatening, smoke inhalation injuries. Two adjacent mobile homes received exterior radiant heat damage. There were no other injuries, and working smoke alarms alerted the occupants of the blaze. The origin and cause for the fire remain under investigation.

 

Striplin To Announce Candidacy

All three incumbent Allegany County Commissioners have filed for re-election in 2014, and now former Board of Education member Tom Striplin is announcing his candidacy for the county board. Striplin's Kick-Off event is scheduled for tonight at 6:30 p.m., at Maplehurst Country Club in Frostburg, and the event is open to the public. He is currently the Director of Clinical Education for the Respiratory Care Program at Allegany College of Maryland, a position he has held for the past 25 years.

 

School System Experiences Phone Issues

The Allegany County School System was notified Tuesday there were issues with intermittent phone service in Allegany County. Verizon and Lumos have confirmed there are issues in the area, and are working to resolve them. Several schools have observed difficulties with incoming calls as well. There are currently more than 150 customers with phone service issues in the county with no estimated time of resolution from Verizon and Lumos. The public schools wanted to make parents aware if they are attempting to contact their child's school, and the calls are going unanswered, it is likely due to the county-wide phone service issue.

 

Somerset Prison Guard Charged with Smuggling Contraband

An SCI-Somerset correctional officer has been charged and arraigned on charges he was involved in a contraband smuggling operation with inmates at the prison. Thirty-five year old Donald Lynch was charged by special agent Michael Kondas of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. The contraband brought in included marijuana and other drugs, pornographic magazines and Muslim oil, according to the probable cause affidavit. Lynch is free on $20,000 unsecured bond, and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 7th.

 

Man Sentenced for Burning Own Home

A 48-year old Somerset County man has been sentenced to one to five years in prison for setting fire to his home last June. Jay Shaulis of Somerset had been in the Somerset County Jail since last July; he was not credited for any time served. Shaulis, who provided several accounts of how the fire started, allegedly had previously threatened to burn it down, according to a court document from his wife. He has also been ordered to pay $1,000 in fines and make restitution of nearly $47,000 to State Farm Insurance.

 

Shoplifting Complaint Leads to Drug Arrest

A Cumberland woman, who had allegedly been shoplifting at a Virginia Avenue business, was later charged with possession of CDS. Thirty-two year old Allysan McDaniel was spotted placing various items in her handbag. A search by police yielded a quantity of Clonazepam pills, which are a Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance. She was charged with theft and drug possession and held on $3500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Maryland Avenue Disturbance Leads to Arrest

Cumberland City Police were called to a disturbance in the 700-block of Virginia Avenue early Tuesday evening; when they were called back, the person allegedly creating the disturbance was arrested. Thirty-five year old Kelly Goetz had been told by police to stop causing the disturbance. Less than 20 minutes later, she was continuing to cause the disturbance, throwing household items out of the residence onto the roadway. She was charged and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.

 

WV School Building Authority Funds Projects

The state of West Virginia School building Authority has funded 11 projects, including several regional ones. Among those, Pendleton County received nearly $10 million for the construction of a new Franklin Elementary School. The Martinsburg North Middle School will be renovated with nearly $6 million in funding. And, Preston County received $4 million for a new West Preston Middle School. A total of more than $49 million was allocated to a dozen school systems.

 

Officers Accused of Being Members of Prison Gang

Dozens of correctional officers and gang members were apprehended as part of a grand jury indictment involving the Black Guerilla Family gang in Baltimore. Those accused are alleged to have helped run the prison gang in the Baltimore City Detention Center and at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center. Fifteen women and ten men are accused of not only being gang members, but also of smuggling drugs and cell phones into the facilities. According to the indictment, one of the alleged leaders got four female correctional officers pregnant at least once over the last several years.

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Operation Takedown VI Nets 29 Arrests

Last week's new warrant initiative, conducted by the Cumberland Police Department's Safe Streets Program, netted 29 arrests; 36 arrest warrants were also served. The operation ran from last Monday through Friday. Charges ranged from drug offenses, to sex crimes, to assault, theft and failure to appear.

 

Hamilton Relay Awarded State Contract

The state of Maryland Department of Information Technology has awarded Hamilton Relay of Frostburg the contract to provide Telecommunications Relay and Captioned Telephone Services. Hamilton first opened a relay service call center in Frostburg, after receiving the initial award in 2007, and the workforce was expanded in 2012

 

Frostburg Trailer Fire Reported

Two people were reportedly injured in a trailer fire last night on Green Street in Frostburg. The alarm went out around 9:45 p.m., with five fire companies responding. The State Fire Marshal's Office and Potomac Edison responded as well. There were no further details on the cause of the fire, nor the condition of the victims.

 

Somerset County Man May Face Trial Next Month

Fifty-seven year old Brian Scott Eppley, a former Somerset County area church deacon, school board member and middle school teacher May face trial as soon as next month. He is charged with two counts each of unlawful restraint which is a felony, along with corruption of minors. Eppley had requested a non-jury trial before a judge, but that was denied. A jury is to be chosen May 6th, but because of time issues and possible continuances, the trial could be delayed. Meanwhile, Eppley is free on non-monetary bond.

 

Potomac Edison Enhancing Electric System and Reliability

Potomac Edison, a subsidiary of First Energy Corporation, is spending about $55 million this year to further enhance the electrical system and reliability in Western Maryland, and in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Among the improvements is the purchase of several spare, high -voltage transformers at a cost of more than $1 million to help reduce outage duration. The company also plans to replace aging equipment and install new monitoring technology. More than $17 million will be spend for ongoing vegetation management and to maintain proper clearances to help reduce tree-related storm damage. That work is planned for all three Western Maryland counties, along with Frederick County, Maryland and Berkeley County, West Virginia.

 

Two Arrested After Mall Disturbance

Two men were arrested, following a disturbance on the downtown Cumberland Mall on Monday. Twenty-seven year old Charro McMillan and 49-year old Donald Crawford were arguing, and both were placed under arrest, and criminally cited for disorderly conduct. McMillan was also charged with possession of paraphernalia when officers found a suspected marijuana smoking device on him. They were released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.

 

Grantsville Woman Charged with Assault

Grantsville resident Marcy Lynn Durst was charged with assault, following a domestic disturbance on Posey Row Road. Maryland State Police troopers found a male victim with scratches in the face, neck and stomach areas. As a result, Ms. Durst was arrested and charged with the assault count.

 

Traffic Change for Sunday in Downtown Cumberland

The City of Cumberland, on behalf the Allegany County Child Abuse Task Force, is advising motorists that Salem Street, from Queen City Drive to South Center Street will be closed on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All traffic should use Queen City Drive to Harrison Street to access the downtown area during that time, to allow for a car show, as part of the event. All through traffic will need to use I-68 westbound or Queen City Drive to detour around the event.

 

 Maryland Man Dies After West Virginia Event

An Ellicott City man died, while competing in an endurance course in the Eastern Panhandle. The body of 28-year old Avishek Sengupta was found at a water obstacle at the "Tough Mudder" event in Glengary, and died on Sunday at a Northern Virginia hospital. An investigation is continuing, but the initial finding was that the death was accidental.

 

Indictment for Murder Suspect

An indictment has been issued for the man charged in the death of the Mingo County Sheriff.  A three-count indictment was handed up against 37-year old Tennis Maynard of Ragland. He allegedly walked up to a parked cruiser and shot Sheriff Eugene Crum on April 3rd. Sheriff Crum died a short time later.  He is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and felony  fleeing a police officer.

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Power Outage in Downtown Cumberland

 

The Allegany County Office of Emergency Services is reporting an "on again/off again" power situation in the downtown Cumberland area today. Service went out around 12:45 a.m. today, and was back on at 3:30 a.m. A spokesman says the power then went off again. There is no word on when power will be restored, nor how many customers are being affected by the situation.

 

 

Man Held on $100,000 Bond in Stabbing Incident

 

A Cumberland man is being held on $100,000 bond, in connection with a stabbing incident Friday evening in the 100-block of West Second Street. Forty-seven year old Phat Hue Chung is accused of stabbing another man in the chest and left hand. The two were roommates, and Chung was persuaded by a witness to drop the knife. He received an initial appearance in Allegany County District Court. He was charged with attempted second-degree murder, first and second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment.

 

 

Cumberland Fugitive Nabbed in Romney

 

A man who was wanted for being a fugitive from justice in Cumberland, was recently captured in Romney, with the use of a K9 unit. John Patrick Thomas Wright fled while being served with two felony warrants, but was quickly captured on Endler Avenue, when a K9 officer found Wright and bit him. Wright is being charged in West Virginia with two grand larceny warrants, and with being a fugitive from justice in Cumberland. Wright was treated for the dog bite, and held on $3,000 bond at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.

 

 

Six Charged in Trespassing Incident

 

Six people were issued citations late last week, for breaking into the old Cumberland Concrete Building in the 400-block of North Center Street. One person was caught, fleeing from the building and was arrested. The suspect told police that several of his friends were still inside the building. Charged in the incident were 21-year old Tyler Benjamin Cooper, 24-year old Ashleee Pleasant Lopez, Marty Patrick Mullenax, Just in Michael Wagoner, Jared Nicolas Woods,and 18-year old April Lynn Cheek, all from Cumberland. They were issued citations for trespassing, and additional charges are pending.

 

 

Two Arrested for Possession of Oxycodone

 

Two men were released on their own recognizance, following a traffic stop on Interstate 68 Westbound, near the Maryland Avenue exit on Saturday. Twenty-one year old Jonathan Douglas George and 22-year old Robert Allen Grady, both of Barton, were stopped for a traffic violation. A consent search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of suspected oxycodone. Both were taken to Cumberland Police headquarters for processing, then to Allegany County District Court, where they were released.

 

 

Water Line Replacement Work Being Done

 

Beginning today, and lasting for about three weeks, water line replacement work is being done in the vicinity of South Centre Street, between Harrison and Baltimore Streets. The work will be done between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. daily, Monday through Thursday, weather permitting. Motorists should expect delays and flagmen in the area.

 

 

Westernport Construction Closes Part of Main Street

 

Due to the construction on Main Street in Westernport, Oakview Drive and Philos Avenue will be closed this week, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Residents are advised to use the Route 36 Access Road across the Waverly Street Bridge to reach Riordan Road and Lincoln Drive.

 

 

Maryland Employers Add Jobs, But Rate Remains Unchanged

 

Maryland employers added 4700 jobs last month, but the state unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.6 per cent. Increases in the private sector were in the construction, financial activities and in the manufacturing fields. Government agencies cut 400 jobs, but thanks to strong earlier gains, the state outpaced all but three others for its rate of growth so far this year.

 

 

Man Arrested for Five Crimes in West Virginia and Pennsylvania

 

The West Virginia State Police say that criminal charges have been filed against Larry A. Barnett, in connection to five breaking and entering incidents in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. They were able to tie Barnett to the incidents through blood matches, and he is currently in the Allegheny County Jail in Pennsylvania, awaiting extradition to West Virginia.

 

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Rezek Seeks New Trial in Murder of Deputy

Roberto Oskar Rezek, who was convicted in 1980, in the shooting death of Deputy David Livengood in Oakland, wants a new trial. The request was made, based on a higher court decision in the case of a man, convicted of murdering a Hagerstown Police Officer in 1975.

 

Hazmat Spill Closes Interstate 68 Eastbound

Eastbound Interstate 68 was closed for several hours yesterday morning by a truck fire and hazardous materials spill. There were no injuries in the 6:45 a.m. accident. The truck, operated by Estes Trucking, was hauling a corrosive liquid. Hazmat and other first responders were on the scene for about ten hours yesterday. The incident took place about six miles from the West Virginia border.

 

Three Garrett County Youths Charged

Three Garrett County teenagers were charged with manufacturing, possessing and distributing a destructive device, after they built a destructive device, which was located near Southern Middle School on Sunday. The three-two 16-year olds and a 15-year old-learned how to construct the device from the Internet. They tried to detonate it without success. After being referred to the Department of Juvenile Services, they were released to the custody of their parents.

 

Child Taken To WMRMC Following Accident

A 13-year old child was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, after being struck by a car, while on his bicycle. The accident occurred early Tuesday evening at the intersection of East Second and South Streets in Cumberland. The driver, Ron Claggett, Jr., was driving on South Street, when the child rode out into the street, and he was unable to stop. The child was treated for a leg injury.

 

Keyser Water, Sewer Rates to Rise Substantially

It's not a question of "if" water and sewer rates will rise for Keyser residents, but by how much. The city is proposing a 50 per cent increase in water rates, and a hike of 100 per cent or more for sewer rates. A public hearing on the issue was recently held at Keyser City Hall, and a decision is pending from an administrative law judge, commissioned by the West Virginia Public Service Commission.

 

Pennsylvania Brothers Plead Guilty in Federal Case

Two brothers, who owned and managed a multi-million dollar defense contracting firm in Somerset County, have pleaded guilty to charges of major fraud against the government and conspiracy. William and Ronald Kuchera entered the plea in federal court. They face a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in prison, and a $1.25 million fine and restitution. Kuchera Defense Systems submitted cost certifications to the Defense Department, containing unallowable expenses that inflated costs for overhead and general and administrative expenses.

 

Maryland Spent Over $5,000 for O'Malley Security

The Maryland State Police spent more than $5600 on security for Governor Martin O'Malley's trip to the Super Bowl in February. According to spokesman Greg Shipley says that the money was used for airfare, meals, vehicles, hotels and overtime. The city of Baltimore spent over $5,000 on Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's security during the event. O'Malley's office says no taxpayer funds were used for the trip, and that the Governor and his wife used two Super Bowl tickets, paid for with personal funds. Three other pairs of tickets were purchased at face-value by the Governor's public affairs director, the state budget director and a state delegate.

 

ATF Lays off 98 Employees at Martinsburg

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has been forced to cut $82 million from its budget because of the federal sequester. Part of that fallout is 98 contracted employees, who have been laid off from the Martinsburg facility. The layoffs came about on April 1st, and primarily affected those who worked in data entry under the National Firearms Act. Those with the Bureau says the layoffs, for all intents and purposes, terminations.

 

Unemployment Rate Falls in West Virginia

West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inches downward, three-tenths of a percentage point to 7 per cent in March. The total number of residents without a job fell to 56,200.The highest employment increases were in trade, transportation and utilities. Mining and logging added 400 jobs. The national unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.6 per cent.

 

Cross Lanes Woman Sentenced in Tax Fraud Case

Cross Lanes, West Virginia resident Deborah Starks could be in prison for up to 21 months for federal income tax fraud. Starks is the former director of MultiFest, the annual cultural festival in Charleston. She is accused of failing to report more than $300,000 she had stolen from MultiFest on her taxes over a five-year period. At the time, she was serving as the festival's treasurer and handling the organization's bank accounts. She has also been ordered to pay restitution for the full amount to MultiFest, and to the Internal Revenue Service.

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Suspect Arrested in Shooting Incident

A twenty-five year old Cumberland man has been arrested in connection with a shooting incident on Independence Street early Monday evening. Antonio "AJ" Fagan, Jr. is accused of firing a gun three times at Rodricus Wilkes; a medical examination determined Wilkes had been struck in the back of the head with a blunt object and was not hit by the gunfire.

 

Council Member Denied Appeal

Everett Borough Council member Charles Karns has been denied an appeal on a conviction for DUI-General Impairment. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision means that Councilman Karns will receive jail time, when sentenced by Judge Thomas Ling within the next several weeks.

 

Single Vehicle Accident Kills Bedford County Man

Bedford County resident Travis Brown was killed in a single vehicle accident early Sunday morning in Huntingdon County. Brown lost control of his vehicle along Eagle Foundry Road in Carbon township. The vehicle hit several trees after veering off the road. There were no other passengers in the vehicle.

 

Hagerstown Man Resentenced

A Hagerstown man has had his prison sentence lowered to 120 months, following an appeal, based on the fact that prior convictions did not qualify him as an armed career criminal. Robert John Summerville III had been convicted of a number of crimes, including a second-degree assault charge in Allegany County in February of 2005. He was initially sentenced to 262 months imprisonment in July of last year, but the sentence was appealed.

 

Domestic Disturbance Leads to Drug Citation

A domestic disturbance led to a citation for marijuana possession for a Rose Hill Avenue resident Monday morning. Police were called to the 500-block of Rose Hill Avenue, and interviewed one of those involved, 19-year old James Elmer Milton. While being questioned, he removed a small baggie of suspected marijuana from his pocket.

 

Upward Bound Program Accepting Applications

The Upward Bound Program at Frostburg State University is accepting applications. This pre-college program is designed to assist 89 qualified Allegany County students in developing the skills and motivation necessary for success in both high school and college.

 

Former Sheriff To Be Sentenced in May

Former Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley will be sentenced May 23rd for his role in the beating of bank robbery suspect Mark Daniel Haines. Federal prosecutors are asking the victim to be in court for the sentencing. Shirley, who resigned his position, pleaded guilty in January to violating Haines' civil rights after a 2010 car chase.

 

Thurmont Man Dies From Fall

A 34-year old Thurmont, Maryland resident died in a 100-foot fall from High Rock in Washington County on Monday. Michael Paul Liller jumped to a rock, lost his balance and fell, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Authorities believe it was an accident. There has been a series of falls or intentional jumps from High Rock over the years. Caution is urged, as graffiti and effects of weather have made the surfaces of the rocks slippery.

 

Hagerstown Man Shot; Suspect Arrested

The Hagerstown Police Department has arrested a suspect in Monday's shooting of another person in the 100-block of Bethel Street. Shots were fired just before 7 p.m., and officers discovered a male victim,  who was suffering from a gunshot wound to his right leg. He was taken to Meritus Medical Center for treatment. Bethel Street resident John Anthony Leonard, along with three other men were identified and arrested for weapons violations originating from the incident. The case remains under investigation.

 

Bridge Work Set in West Virginia

Repairs could begin as early as Monday on a bridge over Dillon's Run in the town of Capon Bridge, West Virginia. The bridge is on Cacapon River Road, and is located at the intersection with U.S. Route 50. Traffic on Route 50 won't be affected, but there will be narrow, one-lane conditions on the bridge throughout the course of the two-month project.

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Man Shot; Police Seek Suspect

The Cumberland City Police are investigating a shooting incident in the 200-block of Columbia Street early yesterday evening. Twenty-four year old Rodricus Wilkes was running down the street, and was found near Bond Street. He was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. Police say he was involved in an altercation at 11 Independence Street, which led to the shooting.

 

Two Arrested in Frostburg Altercation

Two Frostburg residents were arrested early Sunday morning, following a fight in the parking lot of the 7-11. Twenty-eight year old Markos Limenih and 25-year old Nicholas Barrett Payne were arrested by Frostburg Police for disorderly conduct. Twenty-five year old Richard Keller was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

 

Operation "Takedown VI" Announced for this Week

"Operation Takedown VI" is underway, and will conclude Friday. Law enforcement authorities are seeking the public's help in locating seventeen individuals, who have open arrest warrants. Charges range from theft, to drug charges to failure to appear. The Cumberland Police Department's Safe Streets Program is requesting citizens, and those in the surrounding communities, to assist in the apprehension of numerous individuals wanted for criminal activities.

 

Cumberland Man Taken To WMRMC Following Arrest

Twenty-six year old William Nathaniel Cox was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, following his arrest on Sunday. He initially assaulted a woman in the 100-block of Grand Avenue, and was arrested with the assistance of several police units. He struck an officer at that location and as he was being processed at police headquarters. Cox also tried to harm himself with an ink pen, and was taken to the hospital for evaluation. He faces several assault counts, along with resisting arrest, destruction of property and failure to obey a lawful order. He was held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Man Held on $7500 Bond Following Arrest

Forty-one year old Brooks Broze Warner of Cumberland was charged with second degree assault and possession of a dangerous weapon, following an incident in the 300-block of Baltimore Avenue Sunday. Warner assaulted a woman there, and was also served with an arrest warrant, which charged him with being in possession of a dangerous weapon. He was held on $7500 bond.

 

Second Cancellation for Piedmont Town Meeting

For the second time, three Piedmont town council members were absent, and the latest meeting was cancelled. There were only two other council members and the Mayor present for the meeting. There was also talk of petitioning a Circuit Court Judge to remove the three members from office, if they are absent from the next meeting. The next council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24th at 6 p.m. There is a meeting for council members, set for today.

 

Attorney General Announces Social Media Campaign

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler has announced plans for a social media campaign to educate teens, parents, and others about how to protect their privacy while using social media. The campaign is being launched in cooperation with Facebook, and will be launched at a summit being held with other attorneys general at the National Harbor convention center in Prince George's county. Gansler is president of the National Association of Attorneys General.

 

Pennsylvania May Become "Right to Work" State

Pennsylvania legislators have drafted a bill for the Keystone State to become a "right to work" state. If passed, every employee can choose whether or not to become a union member. Critics call it a "union busting" tactic; those in favor see it as an economic generator. House Bill 50 has the support of 32 legislators, and it is hoped the bill will be introduced to the House Speaker very soon.

 

Fairmont Woman Sentenced in Federal Court

A Fairmont woman was sentenced to a year in jail, followed by four years of supervised release, in recent action is U.S. District Court in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Rita Watkins entered a guilty plea to distributing hydrocodone within 1,00 feet of an elementary school in December of 2011. She was placed in the custody of federal marshals until she is assigned to a federal correctional institution.

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O'Malley Makes Offer to Pennsylvania on Route 219 Project

 

Governor Martin O'Malley has written to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, proposing that the Maryland Department of Transportation "move forward and complete" the project planning studies for the full length of U.S. Route 219, between Interstate 68 and Meyersdale. Maryland will use its Appalachian Development Highway System funds

 

 

Somerset Woman Sentenced for Stealing From Vet's Group

 

Friedens resident Lorrie Sue Fisher has been sentenced to one to 23 months in jail, after pleading guilty in February to stealing more than $5,000 from the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 587 in Somerset County. She was accused of writing nine checks from the group's account to herself without authorization and stealing cash as well. She has not paid any restitution to the group, since her guilty plea on February 11th of this year.

 

 

Over 2,000 Homes Lose Power Sunday

 

Approximately 2100 homes, and 230 residents were without power yesterday afternoon, as a homeowner on Pine Avenue cut a tree that fell across power lines. Service was interrupted around 3 p.m.,  and service was restored by 6. The area from Shade's Lane to Naves Crossroads was without power. In addition, Williams Street and the Constitution Park area was affected.

 

Man Arrested for Violating Protective Order

 

Cumberland resident Abraham Ortiz has been arrested for assault and violation of a protective order, following an incident in the 300-block of Independence Street on Saturday. Ortiz allegedly argued with a female victim, and he slapped her in the face, and threw a kitchen utensil at her. The protective order instructed him not to abuse the victim. He was held without bail at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

 

Teen Assaulted with Pellet Rifle

 

Cumberland resident Miguel Quinton Vanmeter is being held on $45,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after allegedly assaulting a 17-year old juvenile with a pellet rifle. The victim would not tell police who shot him with the air gun; he was later transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. However, witnesses identified Vanmeter. He was charged with both first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment and shooting an air gun with the city limits. The incident took place in the vicinity of West Oldtown Road, near Gay Street.

 

 

Juvenile Charged As Adult in Assault Incident \

 

A 16-year old juvenile is being charged as an adult, following a domestic assault in the 100-block of Humbird Street on Friday. A female victim told police she was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, who still lives with her. He allegedly struck her in the face with a closed fist, following an argument. Due to the extent of her injuries, he was charged as an adult, and later released on his own recognizance, following an appearance in District Court.

 

 

Park, Water Slide Projects Move Forward in Keyser

 

The city of Keyser is getting a jump on the summer recreational season by announcing that the West End Park playground project will be built on Saturday, April 27th and that a fundraiser is being planned to purchase a slide for the city pool. Residents and contractors will be donating their time talent and equipment to build the playground, and a basket bingo event for the pool slide will be held on Sunday, May 5th at Keyser High School.

 

 

U.S. Wind Force Announces Grant Recipients

 

The U.S. Wind Force Foundation has announced the second round of grants from the Community Benefit Fund, Associated with the Pinnacle Wind Farm at New Page. A total of $25,000 in grants were allocated to local projects, including $3,000 for the city of Keyser, which will be matched for a playground structure. Other beneficiaries of the grants include the Elk Garden PTO, which will receive $2500 to assist with the construction of a quarter-mile walking track, and the Mineral County Family Resource Network, which will receive $2,000 for its three Energy Express sites.

 

 

Autism Walk Raises $60,000

 

Saturday's 11th annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks event at Allegany College of Maryland raised approximately $60,000, topping the 2012 totals for both money raised and the number of people participating. Over the years, the annual event has raised over a half-million dollars. Walkers came Saturday from as far away as Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Frederick, according to the Cumberland Times-News.

 

 

Local Teacher Named Character Educator of the Year

 

A teacher at the Mineral County Alternative School has been named West Virginia's Character Educator of the Year. Diana Sutherland was honored during the West Virginia Board of Education's April meeting. Character education emphasizes trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, citizenship and fairness. The Mineral County Alternative School serves students with severe disabilities and those who have been expelled from school.

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O'Malley Considers White House Bid

Now that the General Assembly session has concluded, Governor Martin O'Malley says he will use the second half of 2013 to decide whether to run for President. The Governor says he needs to give the time, thought and brain power necessary to give serious consideration" to running for the Presidency. One Republican legislator, quoted in the Baltimore Sun says O'Malley's run for the White House is the "worst kept secret in Annapolis," adding that his spent "his legislative session paving the way for his liberal platform."

 

Commissioners Comment on Budget

Revenues have increased slightly in the past year, but the Allegany County Commissioners say they are going to be fiscally conservative. According to the Cumberland Times-News, most of the 1.5 per cent increase in revenues came from property and income tax revenues. A large percentage of the property tax revenues are being attributed to a $295,000 payment in lieu of taxes agreement between the county and Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort. Income tax revenues have increased by $714,600.

 

Two Rescued from the Water in Mineral County

Two swimmers were rescued from the Barnum Whitewater area in Mineral County earlier in the week. Five students from Potomac State College had gone swimming; three had been able to make it back to shore, but the other two were rescued by members of three fire departments and two EMS squads, through the use of a flat-bottomed boat, borrowed from an area resident.

 

Woman Issued Citation for Failure to Obey

A twenty-seven year old Cumberland resident was issued a criminal citation for failure to obey a lawful order, following an assault incident Wednesday afternoon. As police were investigating, Delores Lynn Swanger began to yell and scream, interfering with the officers' investigation. She was asked several times to leave the area and to stop creating a disturbance, but did not comply. She was taken to Police Headquarters and issued the citation; she was then released, pending trial in Allegany County District Court.

 

Two Destruction of Property Incidents Investigated

Cumberland City Police are investigating two separate destruction of property incidents. The first was reported Wednesday on New Hampshire Avenue, where a garage window had been broken out with a rock. The second was in the 100-block of Virginia Avenue. A person or persons had "keyed" the driver side of a vehicle, which was parked in a lot. There have been no suspects developed in the case.

 

ACM Hosts Open House

Allegany College of Maryland will host an open house tomorrow, with the chance to win valuable tuition assistance. This is the 16th annual event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and showcases the school's numerous credit programs in career and transfer areas. ACM offers more than 60 career programs designed for prompt application in the workplace. There will also be random drawings for 6, $500 scholarships during the day. The winning names will be drawn at 2:45 p.m.

 

Maryland Shores Up Distracted Driving Law

You may have missed this one...during its final day on Monday, the Maryland General Assembly passed a measure, making talking on a handheld cell phone while driving a primary offense. A police officer could pull over a driver for talking on the phone while the vehicle is in motion. The first offense is punishable by up to a $75 fine, while a second offense could cost up to $125. A third violation means a $175 fine.

 

NRA Plans to Challenge Maryland Gun Law

 National Rifle Association President David Keene says his group intends to challenge the constitutionality of Maryland's newly passed gun law. Keene, who is a Maryland resident, says they are already in court in New York, and will be in court, "aiding those in Maryland." Meanwhile, another group wants to see a proposal to put the gun law on the ballot, for the voters to decide.

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Footer Building Receives State Approval; Now Needs Federal OK


The Footer Dye Works Building has been given approval by the state, and now needs a federal approval to be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. It will now go to final approval with the National Park Service. During a meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission yesterday at City Hall, the announcement was made by Kathy McKenney, historic preservation and planning coordinator for the city of Cumberland.  A listing on the National Register means that the building would be eligible for a 20 per cent federal tax credit, which could act as an incentive for potential developers.

 

Police Seek Driver in Hit and Run

Cumberland City Police are looking for a tractor-trailer driver, involved in a hit and run yesterday morning on the Crosstown Bridge, near the Beall Street exit. The driver moved into a lane and struck a van, operated by Bedford resident Jared Anderson. The van overturned, and the tractor trailer then traveled about 100 more yards, stopped, and then continued westbound, leaving the scene. It was described as being white in color, with a "caution" type symbol on the rear. Anderson was uninjured. Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at (301)-777-1600.

 

One Arrested in Meth Lab Bust

The Pennsylvania State Police, along with the Bedford County Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant Tuesday morning along Barefoot Road in Alum Bank, and arrested one person. Twenty-five year old Brooke Nicole Malia was the only person at the residence, and was taken into custody. She will be charged with violations of the Controlled Dangerous Substance Act. Additional arrests are expected, once the investigation is complete.

 

Owners Request Independent Analysis of Products

The owners of The Earth Zone in Keyser and Short Gap, John and Tonya Cozatt, are asking for an independent analysis of one of the products they sell; investigators say the products contain illegal substances. The Cozatts were indicted in January on felony charges of selling synthetic marijuana in their stores. The motion to do an independent analysis of the substances was granted, and another preliminary hearing is being set for May 22nd at 11 a.m.

 

USDA Approves Allegany County Grant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has announced a grant of $566,000 to Allegany County, for the extension of the county's water mains to connect to Rawlings' community water system and to replace the existing aged distribution system. In addition to the grant, the project will be funded by a loan of $190,000 from USDA-RD to the county. The announcement was made yesterday by Maryland United States Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.

 

Two Arrested on Outstanding Warrants

Two Cumberland residents were arrested on outstanding warrants, although one of the two was less than cooperative. Cumberland Police arrested 35 year old Misty Dawn Jenkins near the
Western Maryland Railroad, near the Potomac River. However, when they tried to arrest 34-year old Joseph William Wood, he jumped into the river, and swam away from officers. He got out of the water and was apprehended a short distance away. Ms. Jenkins was held on $1,000 bond and Wood was held on $8,000. The original charges stemmed from an altercation between the two that happened last weekend, in the area of Baltimore Avenue and Decatur Street.

 

Two Arrested in Maryland Avenue Assault

Both Norman Bernard Cromwell and Christopher Joe Clanagan were charged with first and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, following an incident in the 700-block of Maryland Avenue on Tuesday. The victim reported that he had been attacked by two men, and witnesses at the scene identified both Cromwell and Clanagan. The victim was treated for a laceration to his head, while Cromwell was arrested and held on $5,000 bond; Clanagan's bail was set at $10,000.

 

Woman Assaulted by Her Boyfriend

Fifty-one year old Amos Victor Tichnell was held on $3,000 bond, after he was charged with second degree assault. A female victim told Cumberland City Police she had been assaulted by her boyfriend. She sustained an injury to her lip, but did not require medical treatment. The incident took place in the 200-block of South Central Avenue on Tuesday.

 

Commissioners Cancel Meeting

The Allegany County Commissioners will not have a meeting today, due to a limited number of agenda items. The next public business meeting will be held next Thursday. However, the first budget workshop is being held today at the Allegany County Office Building.

 

Keyser Woman Arrested on Failure to Appear Warrant

Forty-five year old Karen Harms was arrested at her North Main Street apartment, after repeated requests to turn down her music. She was charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing a police officer, and public intoxication.  It was later discovered she was wanted for failure to appear for a previous court date. She was held on $1500 bond.

 

New Jersey Man To Face Bedford County Charges

A New Jersey man will face charges after several inappropriate photos of a Bedford County teen were found on his cell phone. Investigators from as far away as Colorado had been tracking Edward Gutierrez since earlier this year. He is also accused of sending explicit text messages. He was taken into custody late last week in New Jersey and will be returned to Bedford County to face the charges.

 

Somerset County To Receive Marcellus Shale Money

Somerset County will receive nearly $290,000, as its share of the Marcellus Shale impact fee generated last year. The fund was established in 2011, and imposes an annual impact fee on each natural gas well in Pennsylvania; it puts limits on how counties and municipalities can spend the cash. The fee generated $204 million in its first year. County officials must notify the Public Utility Commission of their plans for the money by April 15th. The commissioners will place most of the money in a capital reserve fund.

 

Heroin Bust Could Be Largest in Somerset County History

Last week's heroin seizure on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Somerset could be one of the largest in county history. Taken into custody was Warren Green IV, who remains in the Somerset County Jail on $750,000 bond. Green was initially arrested for driving 14 miles-per-hour over the speed limit, but a drug scan by a K-9 unit indicated the presence of drugs. In all, 1500 grams, or 1,000 bricks of heroin were seized.

 

Sobriety Checkpoint for Hardy County

The West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint this weekend along U.S. Route 220 in Moorefield. The State Police will conduct events and patrols concentrating on the arrest of intoxicated drivers. Officers are conducting the event in conjunction with the Governor's Highway Safety Program.

 

Arrests Made in Serial Arson Cases

Four Maryland residents have been arrested in connection with what are being called "serial arsons" in Washington and Frederick counties. The suspects are identified as 20-year old Williamsport resident Tyler Murray; Sara Mathews, 19, of Adamstown; Frederick resident Olivia Hannah and 20-year old Morgan Nield of Hagerstown. All face various counts of arson, attempted arson or malicious burning. The fires date to March 17th, when two trash containers were set on fire in Williamsport. Since then, nearly 40 additional fires have occurred. They include mulch piles, mailboxes, hay bales, vehicles, barns and a garage. Damages have been estimated at $200,000. There may be both additional charges and suspects in these cases.

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Westernport Business Robbed; Suspect Sought

The Fair Price Market on Church Street in Westernport was robbed Monday evening, and law enforcement authorities are looking for a suspect. The suspect brought two items to the counter, and asked for another item; when the cashier turned to retrieve it, he reached over the counter and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. He left the store, got into a small, dark-colored car, and fled. The Allegany County Sheriff's Office responded, and a crime scene technician with the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division processed the scene for evidence. A follow-up investigation is being conducted by the C3I unit.

 

Man Sentenced on Cocaine Distribution Charge

Twenty-six year old Cumberland resident Derrick Todd Bray was sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison, with six suspended, following his conviction on a charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He will be on supervised probation for a period of five years, following his release from prison. A search and seizure warrant was conducted in Cumberland last July, during which both crack cocaine and other related materials were discovered. Judge W. Timothy Finan presided over the case, which was heard in Allegany County Circuit Court.

 

Accident Closes Maryland Highway

A single vehicle accident yesterday morning closed Route 135, west of Sand Flat Road. Traffic was diverted around the accident, according to the Garrett County Office of Public Safety. A car backed onto the Maryland Highway just before 4 a.m., and was struck by a tractor-trailer that overturned on impact. Sixty-six year old Grantsville resident Harold Greene and 20-year old Stephen Storch of Oakland were taken to Garrett Memorial Hospital for treatment. Greene was driving the 2013 International truck, and struck an SUV, driven by Storch. Charges are pending. Maryland Highway was closed for several hours following the accident, with traffic being diverted around the scene.

 

First Degree Assault Arrest in Accident

Robert Daniel Smith, Jr., of Accident was charged with both first and second degree assault, after becoming involved in a verbal confrontation, which later turned physical. He got into an argument with Rebecca Lee Smith, and he is alleged to have hit her in the head and throwing her to the ground. He also allegedly choked her until she lost consciousness. The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police responded to Monday evening's incident.

 

Two Arrested in Theft Case

Sixty-one year old Keyser resident Joseph Edward Haines, and 39-year old  Justin Edward Haines were arrested by Cumberland City Police, in connection with a theft investigation which took place in the area of Westernport between April 14th and 21st of last year. Both were charged with theft and conspiracy to commit theft. Additionally, Joseph Haines was charged with failure to have a scrap metal processor license.

 

Chamber To Present Business Awards

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and the Rotary Club of Cumberland will present the annual Outstanding Business Student Awards at a noon luncheon on Tuesday at the Cumberland Country Club. This is the 25th year outstanding area business students will be recognized for their achievement in business courses in the county's public and private high schools, Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg State University. The luncheon will be attended by members of the Rotary Club of Cumberland and the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. Each honoree will receive an inscribed plaque, signifying their dedication to business education and outstanding work in that area.

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General Assembly Session Termed "Productive"

Maryland Senate President Mike Miller has described the 2013 General Assembly session as "productive." During the past three months, lawmakers have repealed the death penalty in Maryland, passed major gun control legislation, and approved a major gas tax proposal. Lawmakers gave final approval to a $37 billion budget, which does not raise taxes, on Friday. However, the gas tax will increase for the first time in 20 years. Several bills are awaiting Governor Martin O'Malley's signature.

 

Turnpike Arrest Results in $1 Million Worth of Heroin

A man was arrested on the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Somerset Friday, and was found to have heroin, with a street value of nearly a million dollars. Warren Greene IV was stopped for speeding; in the car, the Pennsylvania State Police found 1,000 bricks of heroin, or $50,000 of individual stamped bags inside. He was charged with possession with intent to deliver, and is being held in the Somerset County Jail on $750,000 bond.

 

Man Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Darlington, Maryland resident John Louis Sikalis was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute, following a traffic stop for speeding on Interstate 68. Following a positive alert for drugs from a K-9 unit, Sikalis admitted that he had marijuana in the trunk. The approximately street value of the drug was placed at $2240. He was taken for a bond hearing, and released on personal recognizance.

 

Garrett County Destruction of Property Reported

The bed of a white Chevrolet pickup truck was damaged while parked at a business on Chestnut Ridge Road, near Route 40. The incident was reported early Sunday morning. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police at McHenry. The number is (301)-387-1101.

 

Single Vehicle Accident Injures Driver

No charges were filed, but a 75-year old driver was taken to Garrett Memorial Hospital, following a single-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon. Glavis Sisler of Friendsville fell asleep while driving southbound on Herrington Manor Road, near Cranesville Road.  His vehicle left the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned. The Oakland Fire Department and Southern Garrett Ambulance responded to the scene.

 

Mineral County Extends School Year

Mineral County students will be going to school a day longer this year, as the result of a total of six days missed this year, due to the weather. While June 5th will be designated as an instructional day, June 6th has been designated as an "Instructional Support Day." It will count as an instructional makeup day for the students, but attendance is optional. June 10th is the final day for teachers.

 

Public Defenders Begin Furloughs

Federal public defenders are being required to take 15 furlough days this fiscal year, as a result of the government sequester. There are concerns that reduced schedules will strain an already overburdened court system and compromise rights to adequate counsel and a speedy trial. The nation's court system must absorb $350 million in spending cuts. The cuts also affect5 spending for probation officers, court clerks, court security and information technology programs. In Maryland, the federal public defender's office faces a five per cent spending cut, or a reduction of about $500,000.

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Pennsylvania State Police Investigate Burglaries

 

The Bedford barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police is investigating two burglaries in which thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and electronic items were taken. Both occurred in Napier Township. Televisions, a laptop computer, an iPod and several pieces of jewelry were stolen from the two homes. Police believe the burglars escaped in a black Oldsmobile Alero with a rear spoiler and one working headlight. They don't know if the two are related, but anyone with information is asked to contact the Bedford barrack at (814)-623-6133.

 

 

Marijuana, Paraphernalia Seized from Vehicle

 

A Chesapeake, Virginia man was arrested, following a traffic stop Friday evening in Interstate 68 in Garrett County. A car was stopped for a speed violation, and a search of the vehicle revealed a prescription pill bottle, containing suspected marijuana, a metal grinder, and an electric vaporizer, used to prepare marijuana. Nineteen year old Sean Michael Frazier, the passenger in the car, was taken into custody. He was taken to the McHenry barrack for processing, and later taken to District Court.

 

 

Destruction of Property Incidents Investigated

 

The Cumberland City Police Department is investigating several malicious destruction of property complaints that happened early Saturday morning. The incidents occurred throughout the city, and resulted in several thousands of dollars worth of damage. The suspect or suspects threw or used some type of blunt object to break windows out of vehicles, and to break the side view mirrors from them. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600.

 

 

Woman Arrested on Active Warrant

 

Laurel Ridge Road resident Tiffany Marie Price was arrested on Henderson Avenue Saturday evening. An officer saw that her car was being driven without two functional headlights. She was stopped and told the officer she didn't have a driver's license and was possible wanted. It was later confirmed that her privilege to drive in Maryland was suspended, and that there was an active warrant for her arrest. She was charged and posted a pre-set bond of $150. She was released pending trial in District Court.

 

 

Garrett County Van Theft Investigated

 

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating the theft of a van from the Black Bear Tavern. The theft happened early yesterday morning. The white Ford F-250 Econoline van was eventually located, parked and unattended at the Liberty Station in Accident. Little information on the suspect has been developed, but anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper First Class Falcone at the McHenry barrack. The phone numbers are (301)-895-1101 or (301)-387-1101.

 

 

Mineral Superintendent Contract Up for Renewal

 

When the Mineral County Board of Education meets on April 16th, they will be considering the renewal of Superintendent Rick Woy's contract. The contract is up for renewal on June 30th, and Woy is currently in his second year as superintendent. No action was taken last week, as board members met in executive session to discuss his performance and contract.

 

 

All County Band Festival Set for this Week

 

The annual Allegany County All Band Festival will be held Wednesday and Thursday evenings in the auditorium at Fort Hill High School. The event gets underway at 7 p.m. each evening. All concerts are free and open to the public. The fifth and sixth grade All County Bands will be performing on Wednesday, while the junior and senior high school students will be featured on Thursday.

 

 

Allocations Announced for Lock, Lockhouse Renovations

 

The state has set aside $100,000 for renovations and repairs to Lock 44, Lockhouse 44 and the Western Maryland Railroad Lift Bridge in Washington County. An original request of $175,000 was made by State Senator George Edwards. The National Park Service is expected to match the amount. This is the second time Senator Edwards had requested funding for the C & O Canal in Williamsport; last year, he introduced a bond bill, asking for $320,000 in renovations, but only $175,000 was allocated.

 

 

PennDOT Begins Work in Bedford County

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin work today on the Milligan's Cove Road Sulphur Springs bridge replacement that crosses a tributary to Sulphur Springs Creek and the replacement of the Route 4009 structure that crosses a tributary to Shober's Run. Overall work will consist of the replacement of the two structures with pre-cast, reinforced concrete box culverts, a new guiderail and minor approach work to both structures. Detour will be in place while the work is being done.

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Maryland Passes Gun Control Legislation

On a vote of 28-19, the Senate has passed Maryland's gun control law, as proposed by Governor Martin O'Malley, following last December's tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut. The legislation is among the strictest in the nation, and was passed after several changes were proposed in the House of Delegates, which approved the measure on Wednesday. Among the provisions of the bill is a requirement that those who buy a handgun will have to submit fingerprints to the Maryland State Police. The measure also bans about 45 different types of assault weapons.

 

Grantsville Ag Service Victim of Robbery

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating a robbery at the Grantsville Ag Service, around 6 p.m. last night. An employee on duty said a person, wearing a ski mask, drove up to the enclosure, displayed a knife and demanded money from the victim. After handing over the cash, the victim was told to kneel in the enclosure. The suspect is described as a black male, driving a small black car. There were no injuries. Members of the Criminal Enforcement Division responded to the scene and will assume responsibility of the investigation.

 

Sex Offender Fails to Notify Law Enforcement

Forty-six year old Cumberland resident Anthony Reese Liller has been arrested by the C3I unit, for failure to provide a change of address notice to law enforcement authorities. Liller, a convicted sex offender, had not been living at the address provided. A follow-up investigation revealed that he was, in fact, in violation of the law. He was arrested Wednesday, and is being held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Friedens Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Wife, Others

Listie Road resident Matthew Scott Martin was being held in the Somerset County Jail, in lieu of $10,000 bond, following an incident early Wednesday morning. The Friedens resident had called his wife at a local tavern, and threatened to kill her and everyone else there. He had been holding a firearm and making threats. at one point, he fired a round into the kitchen floor. He was eventually arrested in Somerset Township; his blood alcohol level was.14 per cent at the time. A preliminary hearing for Martin is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

 

Cumberland Resident Arrested on Assault Charges

Cumberland resident Danny Nair has been charged with first and second-degree assault charges, reckless endangerment and related charges, following a Wednesday afternoon incident. Nair allegedly assaulted another man with a pocket knife. The victim cut his hand, in an attempt to disarm Nair, who fled the scene. He was taken into custody by the Cumberland City Police Department; he was held on $15,000 bond.

 

Man Arrested for Assaulting Officer, Others

Sean McElwee of Cumberland faces numerous charges, including assault counts, along with reckless endangerment, and resisting arrest, following an incident early yesterday morning. McElwee initially assaulted a man and a woman at a residence he was visiting. When he was arrested he struck an officer in the face and gouged his eye. The officer broke free and deployed his electronic control device to subdue McElwee. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries, and McElwee was taken back to the Cumberland City Police Department for a bond hearing.

 

Garrett County Man Issued Citations

Garrett County resident Seth Adam McCombie was issued two citations by the Maryland State Police for both disorderly conduct and failure to obey the lawful order of a police officer, following an incident at the Sugar Shack in Friendsville Wednesday evening. McCombie was allegedly highly intoxicated and belligerent to other bar patrons and on the street outside. He was told to leave the area and not return to the bar. He re-entered it, and created another disturbance. He was later released to a friend, after being processed and signing the citations.

 

Mineral May Drug Test Middle Schoolers

The Mineral County Board of Education is moving toward reaching out to younger students to be drug tested if they  participate in extra-curricular or co-curricular activities The current policy now requires high school students be subjected to random drug testing if they participate in those activities, or drive a private vehicle to school. The board would like to see middle school students who participates in high school pre-conditioning activities to submit to random testing.

 

Former Sheetz Employee Accused of Embezzlement

A former Sheetz employee, from Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania,  is accused of embezzling over $45,000, using corporate software to transfer funds to bank accounts she controlled. Catherine Josefik allegedly credited her personal checking account as well as those held by her husband and three people with disabilities, including two members of her family, with bogus refunds, using debit card information. She used a co-workers' ID and password to make 199 of a total of 434 illegal transfers she is alleged to have made between September of last year and March of this year. She remains free on an unsecured $35,000 bond, and a preliminary hearing is set for next Wednesday in Altoona.

 

One in Three Have No Savings for Emergencies

More than one in three Maryland residents do not have the money to help themselves out of a financial emergency. They have almost no savings to fall back on, in the event of a job loss, health crisis, or other type of an emergency, according to an annual report released by the Corporation for Enterprise Development. Also, about 55 per cent of all Marylanders are using sub-prime credit and have an average credit card debt of about $13,000.

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Two Arrested in Home Burglaries

Two men have been arrested in connection with a series of residential burglaries in the Louisiana Avenue area, which happened in November of last year. Peter Joseph Koenigsberg and 35-year old Jerome Joseph Phillips have been arrested. Phillips was apprehended in West Virginia and has been returned to Allegany County. Both took turns entering the home, while the other remained outside, acting as a lookout. The case was presented to the Allegany County Grand Jury, and an indictment, charging both, was handed down. Both are being held at the Detention Center, pending their next court appearances.

 

"Operation Takedown V" Termed Success

Last week's new Warrant Initiative was conducted by the Cumberland Police Department's Safe Streets Program. As a result of "Operation Takedown V," twenty-seven arrests were made, with 32 warrants served. Drug charges, theft, probation violations and failure to appear were among the charges listed among the arrests and warrants served. The operation was, again, termed a success, thanks to citizen assistance and the hard work by all officers who participated in the sweep.

 

Corriganville Man Sentenced in Sexual Abuse Case

An unidentified Corriganville man was sentenced to ten years in prison for the sexual abuse of a ten year old girl from Garrett County; three years of the sentence was suspended, with the man on probation, following his release from prison. The name of the defendant is being withheld, in an attempt to protect the identity of the victim. The defendant had entered a plea in the case earlier this year.

 

Text Message Issue To Be Decided

Whether to allow text messages between a suspect and a co-defendants in a murder trial will be decided by a Somerset County, Pennsylvania judge. Erin Nicole Everett is accused of shooting Tory Elizabeth Minnick twice in the head, then bludgeoning her with a hammer in March of 2011. A co-defendant, William Stanley Nair of Friedens, allegedly texted advice to Everett on how to load a gun and what ammunition to buy for the gun, used to kill Minnick. Everett has been jailed in Somerset County, as homicide is a non-bondable offense.

 

Fatality to Crash Ratio Highest in Bedford County

A car crash in Bedford County is more likely to end in a fatality than in any turnpike-hosting county from Harrisburg to the Ohio border. In fact there is a 2.54 per cent chance that a wreck in Bedford County will end in a fatality. That rate has gradually climbed over the past three years. Emergency officials and PennDOT representatives have offered a number of possible reasons for the increase. Several major arteries converge at Bedford, including Interstates70, 30, 99 and 220. Many of the crashes take place on high-speed roads frequented by tired cross-country travelers.

 

Paw Paw Tunnel Rockslide Update

C & O National Historical Park crews have begun clearing stone debris off of the canal towpath just downstream of the Paw Paw Tunnel. The work follows a significant rockslide near towpath mile 155 this past January. There are concerns related to the potential threat for additional rockslides, so park work crews and visitors have been prohibited from entering the slide area. Visitors have been detoured over the mountain, along Tunnel Hill trail. The plan is to remove the rock slide within two to three weeks, provided the area is stable enough to do so.

 

Delaney's Office to Hold Office Hours

Congressman John Delaney's office has announced that regular, monthly office hours will be held in Cumberland and McHenry. In Allegany County, office hours will be held on the first, second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Allegany County Library on Washington Street. Office hours in Garrett County will be on the third Friday of every month from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 930 of the CARC Aquatics Building on Mosser Road. Constituents can make an appointment by calling (301)-733-2900.

 

Mingo County Sheriff Shot and Killed; Suspect Apprehended

Mingo County, West Virginia Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot at point blank range and killed yesterday, as he ate lunch in his vehicle. A suspect, 37-year old Tennis Melvin Maynard, was treated for gunshot wounds that were inflicted by a deputy who chased him. Crum had taken office in January, but had already helped indict dozen of suspected drug dealers in that area. It is unclear whether the shooting was related to that, or another matter.

 

Elkins Man Held on $80,000 Bond

An Elkins resident is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $80,000 bond on drug charges. Matthew David Ray is being accused of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine meth lab out of his home. He also faces several other drug related charges. The Randolph County Sheriff's Department made the arrest.

 

West Virginia Woman Pleads Guilty to Defrauding State Program

A Belington, West Virginia woman faces up to ten years in prison for defrauding a program that cares for West Virginia seniors and disabled residents. Forty-four year old Janel Phillips has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining more than $90,000 from the program from January, 2007 through May of 2010. She was one of nine regional managers for the federally funded Long Term Care Ombudsman Fund. She pleaded guilty to the federal program fraud, by submitting false mileage claims and time sheets.

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"Failed Auction" for Land Near I-68

It was called a "failed auction." Land off of Interstate 68, near the Ali Ghan Shrine Club, failed to sell at a Maryland Department of Transportation auction yesterday. Three bids were placed on the land, but none met a state minimum for the sale of the land. Meanwhile, plans by Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores, continue to move forward. Love's wants to build a fuel station and convenience store, has purchased more than two acres of the Turano property for just over $1.6 million last year. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for later this year.

 

Keyser Approves Bonds

The city of Keyser has approved loans totaling $15 million to pay for design and construction of pending water and sewer system upgrades. According the Mineral News-Tribune, the finance package does not cover the cost of building the new sewage treatment plant, which is expected to cost at least $25 million, with the state of West Virginia paying for about half of that. Keyser residents ultimately will pay for various upgrades through increases in their water and sewer bills over the life of the loans, which should be for about another 30 years.

 

Crown Jewelers in Bedford Robbed

While the Pennsylvania State Police continue to investigate this week's robbery of Denny's Restaurant in Bedford, they are also searching for a man who robbed Crown Jewelers on Lincoln Highway yesterday afternoon. The suspect, displayed a handgun, and demanded all the money from the cash drawer. He fled the store on foot, and the investigating officer says there was video surveillance of the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bedford barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-623-6133.

 

Piedmont Council Member Returns

Piedmont City Council member Ray Hall returned to last week's regularly scheduled meeting, after having served a sentence in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail for attempted extortion. However, the meeting was cancelled, due to lack of a quorum. Hall served six months on the charge, which was unrelated to his position on the council. A special meeting will be held this evening, to approve a payment request for the first phase of a water project, and a memorandum of understanding for the second phase.

 

Make Up Days Announced for Allegany County

The Allegany County Board of Education has approved a student make-up day schedule for instructional days missed during the 2012-2013 academic school year. Students have missed a total of eight instructional days; however, the State Board of Education approved a request to waive the three days of school missed in October, as the result of Superstorm Sandy. The last day of school for students will be Monday, June 10th; the last day for teachers will be Tuesday, June 18th. Students will now go to school the last two days of Spring Break, tomorrow and Friday of this week.

 

Two Vehicle Crash Reported on Vale Summit Road

Two people, involved in an accident on Vale Summit Road, were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Nineteen year old Peter Howard of Wexford, Pennsylvania attempted to make a left turn onto Vale Summit Road, and crossed into the path of another vehicle, driven by 19-year old Richele Fazenbaker of Westernport. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Route 36 was partially closed for about 30 minutes on Sunday.

 

Somerset County Projects Are Underway

Several road and bridge improvement projects are underway this week in Somerset County. Crews began work on moving a water line, to make way for the repaving of Route 160 to the Cambria County line.

 

Somerset County Man Charged in Brutal Beating

Twenty-four year old Jeremy James Murphey has been accused of severely beating another man, and leaving him in a snow-covered ditch. According to reports, Murphey and several others left a Windber bar in March. He got into a fight, in the car, with another man. The driver told them to get out, and Murphey continued to assault him outside of the vehicle. Murphey got back in the car, and left the victim alongside the road. Police say the victim could have died, had it not been for a patrol officer who found him about three minutes after the assault. Murphey is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

 

Washington County Men Arrested for Assault, Drug Possession

The Maryland State Police arrested two Hagerstown men early yesterday morning, in connection with an incident that happened on northbound Interstate 81, south of Route 40. A tractor trailer driver reported that a small red passenger car was driving recklessly and aggressively near his vehicle. The car pulled up beside the rig and the passenger in the front, displayed a shotgun, pointing directly at the passenger window of the truck. Two people, 21-year old Alan Vincint Saunders and 20-year old Brandon Scott Castle later admitted their involvement. Also found on Castle were two hypodermic needles, and a cellophane wrapper, containing suspected marijuana. While Saunders were released, Castle was arrested.

 

Hagerstown Airport May Reopen Tower

The Hagerstown Regional Airport may reopen their tower, after it is closed on May 5th, due to federal budget cuts. A best-case scenario would be for the FAA to  continue to keep the tower open and keep funding in place, but Washington County says it will do whatever is necessary to keep the tower in operation. U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski says that both Hagerstown and Frederick support the airspace around Camp David, and serve as backdrops for any kinds of issues, from storms to other catastrophes.

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Last Full Week of General Assembly Session

 

This is the last full week of the Maryland General Assembly, and lawmakers will spend much of the week determining the fate of gun control legislation and hundreds of other bills. The gun control bill includes a requirement for future handgun buyers to submit fingerprints to the State Police, a ban on assault-type weapons and limiting magazine rounds to ten bullets. Floor debate on the bill should begin today, with a final vote taking place tomorrow or Thursday, sending it back to the Senate.

 

 

 

ACM Increasing Tuition

 

Allegany College of Maryland is planning to increase tuition rates in Fiscal Year 2014, and has asked the county commissioners for a flat funding plan. The college itself is anticipating a flat enrollment, a two per cent salary increase for its employees and a 13 per cent health insurance increase. Tuition will increase from $105 per credit hour to $108 per credit hour. ACM requested just over $7.4 million in funding from the county for the coming fiscal year.

 

 

 

Bedford Restaurant Robbed

 

Two men, armed with knives and wearing ski masks, robbed the Bedford Denny's Restaurant early yesterday morning. The two forced employees to the back of the restaurant, then kicked in an office door, and left with an undetermined amount of money. Police have a description of the getaway car, and note that video surveillance was in operation at the time of the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bedford Barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-623-6133.

 

 

 

Rig Accident Closes Garrett County Road

 

A tractor-trailer accident closed Trap Run Road in Garrett County yesterday afternoon. The Garrett County Sheriff's Office says a tractor-trailer overturned in a stream. Two patients were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Units were on the scene, removing about 200 gallons of fuel from the rig. Trap Run Road was closed for over six hours yesterday afternoon, into the evening.

 

 

 

Dealership Victim of Weekend Theft

 

The Garrett County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of tires from two new vehicles at Diehl's Ford Sales in Grantsville over the weekend. Sometime between Friday and Saturday, a person or persons removed two entire sets of tires from two 2013 Ford Edge vehicles that were parked outside. Other, nearby vehicles were also damaged. Anyone with information, or anyone seeing anything suspicious, is asked to contact the Garrett County Sheriff's Office at (301)-334-1911.

 

 

 

Summons Served on Woman For Theft

 

A criminal summons was served on 48-year old Lisa Brooke on Sunday. A person claimed that, during the week of March 4th through March 8th, Ms. Brooke came to the victim's residence to visit, and during each visit, stole various pieces of jewelry and money from different locations within the victim's home. She was charged with theft scheme, from $10,000 to under $100,000, and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.

 

 

 

Cumberland Woman Charged with Theft

 

A criminal summons was served on 18-year old Tyisha Thorton on Sunday. She is charged with allegedly stealing an electronic device belonging to another student, while at Allegany College of Maryland. She was observed by security cameras committing the theft. She was served,and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.

 

 

 

Man Charged in Domestic Incident

 

Fifty-year old Charles Woods was charged with two counts of second degree assault and two of reckless endangerment, following an incident Sunday at a home on Elm Street. Woods and a woman were involved in a verbal argument, which led to Woods grabbing and shaking the woman. A second female victim intervened, and Woods allegedly grabbed her and threw her to the ground, punching her in the head several times. He received a bond review at Allegany County District Court, and was released on personal recognizance. Neither victim required medical attention.

 

 

 

State Help Sought in Folck's Mill Preservation

 

An effort by the Maryland Historical Trust is underway to preserve a Civil War battle site near Cumberland. The crumbling stone foundation of Folck's Mill marks the spot where Brigadier General Benjamin Kelly and his troops prevented the Confederate Army from attacking Cumberland. Preservation funds may be available for the site, near Nave's Crossroads, if the Canal Place Heritage Area in downtown Cumberland is expanded to include Folck's Mill. During the battle, in August of 1864, there were 38 casualties.

Baseball Coach Killed in Fishing Mishap

 

Former Berkeley Springs High School baseball coach Ronald "Ronnie" Clatterbuck died in a fishing accident Saturday afternoon on the Cacapon River. He, along with his son and grandson, were fishing in the river, when their boat capsized; the three were swept downstream. Clatterbuck's son was able to bring him to shore, but he could not be revived. A Maryland State Police helicopter was used to lower a basket to rescue the grandson, who was trapped on a different shoreline. Clatterbuck helped lead the Berkeley Springs High School team to its only state championship in 1983.

 

 

 

Clear Spring Man Killed in Accident

 

Clear Spring resident Ernest Robertson was killed in a single vehicle accident Easter Sunday afternoon on the National Pike, east of St. Paul Road. his 2007 Saturn went over an embankment and into a creek bed. He was taken to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, where he died of his injuries. The National Pike was closed for about an hour. The investigation is continuing, and the Maryland State Police believe alcohol may have contributed to the accident.

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