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More Details Released on Hampshire Murder

 

Hampshire County authorities have released more details on the murder of Michael O'Hara late last week. They say 36-year old Mandy O'Hara-his estranged wife-and 21-year old John Shoemaker broke into Michael O'Hara's house and killed him in his bedroom. They then wrapped the body in a tarp, tied to the back of their car and drove on Hickory Corner Road. They eventually dragged the body to the Cacapon River, where it was hidden under a tree. An eyewitness along the way made conversation with the suspects, who fled at a high rate of speed. The eyewitness chased the car to get a better description, but lost sight of it. Ms.O'Hara and Shoemaker, along with Gabriella Cutter-who is charged with conspiracy to commit murder-remain jailed without bail.

 

 

Diamond's Closed for Fire Code Violations

 

All occupants of the Diamond Apartments in Frostburg must be out by today. The lounge and apartments are being closed by the State Fire Marshal's Office due to violations of the State Fire Prevention Code. The seating capacity at the Acropolis Restaurant has also been limited. The violations include an antiquated fire alarm system, padlocked doors, and blocked exits in the nightclub. Nineteen residents, living in 16 units,  have been affected. Representatives of the Department of Social Services will be available today at the Frostburg Community Center to help relocate the displaced occupants.

 

 

Threat of Arson Charges Filed

 

A Creek Road man is facing up to five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine on an arson threat charge. Twenty-six year old David Duvall accused of threatening to set fire to his former residence in the 400-block of Chestnut Street. During an investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office, it was discovered that utilities had been turned off to the residence and Duvall had begun to remove personal property. The Deputy State Fire Marshal was assisted by the Cumberland Fire Department's Fire Marshal's Office during the investigation.

 

 

Addison Man Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident

 

Addison resident Charles Lancaster was killed and Jeffrey Nicholson of Confluence hospitalized, following a single-vehicle accident Friday night. Lancaster was traveling on Route 281 in Confluence, when he lost control, hitting a set of guardrails, going over an embankment and overturning on its roof. Nicholson was flown to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center by the Lifeflight helicopter; he received what were termed "major injuries" in the crash.

 

 

Lane Closures on Interstate 68 This Week

 

There will be left-lane closures in both directions of Interstate 68 this week, at the bridge over Patterson Avenue. Lane closures will run today through Friday, and motorists should be prepared for possible delays. Crews are pouring a new concrete deck for the portion of I-68 over Patterson Avenue. The work is part of a $10 million project to rehabilitate the I-68 bridges over Kelly Boulevard and Patterson Avenue. Weather permitting, the project will be completed next fall.

 

 

Local Funding for Developmentally Disabled Announced

 

Friends Aware has received a $185,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission for the expansion of facilities and capabilities. The award was announced by Maryland United States Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin. Friends Aware provides vocational training, employment services and day habitation to individuals with developmental disabilities in Allegany County. The grant will expand and upgrade the 22,000 square foot facility on Holland Street in Cumberland. Friends Aware provides day habitation to 140 individuals. The grant will also enable Friends Aware to Create 15 new direct care staffing jobs by 2015.

 

 

Cumberland Man Arrested at Park Street Business

 

Cumberland resident Ryan O'Toole is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $5,000 bond. O'Toole had an outstanding arrest warrant for assault and other charges, and was found at a Park Street business Saturday night. When police arrived, O'Toole yelled and ran from the officer. The warrant stemmed from an alleged incident on September 24th, where he was accused of assaulting a woman and her 3-year old son. She had stated O'Toole had choked her and held her against her will.

 

 

Police Recover Stolen Items

 

Cumberland City Police have recovered two suspected stolen vehicles in South Cumberland. A Suzuki Quad-Runner four-wheeler, as well as a motor scooter were recovered. Both were believed to have been stolen during the past month. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600.

 

 

New Uses Suggested for Former KHS Building

 

Keyser Mayor Randy Amtower is suggesting the former Keyser High School Building be used for a community and wellness center. Current tenants of the building have been told they must vacate the building by December 31st. The building was originally purchased by Morgantown businessman Kris Warner, and was re-purchased by First United Bank and Trust during a bankruptcy sale. Mayor Amtower, who says First United wants to get out of the real estate business, further suggested the building be used for a number of other projects, including the relocation of the Keyser Police Department, Mineral County Community Corrections and the Mineral County Development Authority.

 

 

Route 219 Earthwork Underway

 

Work on Route 219, between Meyersdale to Somerset is underway. It began about a week after the groundbreaking on August 27th. There are numerous subcontractors working on this phase of the project. Earthwork is the first of three phases, which also include bridges and pavement; the entire project is expected to be open to traffic in 2018.

 

 

Careers and Construction Trades Month Observed

 

The Allegany County school year is in full swing, with parent/teacher conferences and Tri-State College Night scheduled for October. Mia Perlozzo-Cross of the board adds that October is being observed as Careers and Construction Trades Month. Ms. Perlozzo-Cross also says free and reduced meal applications are due a week from tomorrow. She says not filling out the forms could have a negative effect on the school system.

 

 

FSU President Delivers Convocation

 

Frostburg State University President Dr. Jonathan Gibralter unveiled a new marketing identity, "Rolling Out The Future" during the Fall Convocation Friday afternoon. In addition to launching the new marketing identity-which includes signs, posters and letterhead-Dr. Gibralter addressed a number of questions regarding FSU's directions for the future, including how to make the institution become more relevant, how to build on what makes it unique, and how it fits into an ever-changing higher education landscape.

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Three Arrested in Connection with Murder

Three Capon Bridge residents, including the wife of the victim, have been arrested in connection with a body, found along Hickory Corner Road  yesterday morning. They have been charged in connection with the murder of Michael O'Hara. An eyewitness saw a car in the area, and an investigation led to the recovery of O'Hara's body from the Cacapon River. He was stabbed to death at his home, and his body was dumped in the river by at least two of the three. Those charged include John Shoemaker and Mandy O'Hara; Gabrielle Clutter was charged with conspiracy to commit murder. All are being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.

 

Cumberland Man Sentenced in Federal Case

A former area resident has been sentenced to ten years in prison in a federal child pornography case. Fifty-three year old Harold Nicol had previously been convicted in Allegany County Circuit Court on a sex offense in 1997. In this case, Nicol was convicted of possessing child pornography. He will be required to register as a sex offender, when he is released from prison. Authorities found more than 400 images of child pornography on his computer during an undercover operation in November of 2011.

 

Woman Accused of Stealing From Deceased Man

Forty-seven year old Karen Logue of Meyersdale has been charged with multiple thefts from a deceased man that began just hours after his death. She has been charged with stealing from a bank debit card, a 1998 Dodge truck, and a television from Charles Harvey, also of Meyersdale. The two had a relationship several years ago, but Harvey's family said she was not given permission to take any of the items. A preliminary hearing has been set for next week.

 

Man Arrested on Narcotics Charges

Aurora, West Virginia resident Jeremy Clinton Watson has been arrested in connection with a narcotics investigation in Preston County. Watson was taken into custody, after finding evidence of a meth lab at his house. He is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, with bail set at $150,000. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for October 4th at 1 p.m.

 

Accident That Caused Outage Investigated

Wednesday morning's power outage in South Cumberland has been attributed to an accident on Thomas Street, which resulted in charges against the driver. Twenty-nine year old Shaun Sears lost control of his vehicle, traveling off the roadway, striking a fire hydrant and guide wire to a power pole. Sears was determined to be operating the vehicle under the influence. He was released pending trial in District Court.

 

Final Friday After Five Set

The final Friday After Five of the season tonight will feature the Allegany High School Class of 1963, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. "Night Traveler" will kick off the music at 5 p.m. at the Liberty Street stage. The sponsor for tonight is GMS-Global Marketing Systems.

 

TGCC Changes Broadband Location

Today's regional broadband summit, hosted by The Greater Cumberland Committee, will be held at the Frostburg State University Hall of Fame Room I, of the Cordts PE Center. Joanne Hovis of CTC Technology and Energy will serve as the keynot speaker. The summit gets underway at 10 a.m.

 

DNR Faces Opposition to Trails

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has proposed building 32 miles of off-road vehicle trails on Sideling Hill. That plan, however, has met with opposition from residents in the area. About 150 people attended a DNR meeting this week, and expressed concern about disruption of peace, the impacts of wildlife, crime and other issues. The DNR proposed building 16 miles of trails on both the North and South sides of Sideling. One resident questioned the state's ability to control activity on the trails when they "can't even keep the Sideling Hill rest area open."

 

Fatal Accident in Washington County

A 33-year old Keedysville woman was killed in a single vehicle accident late Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 70 Eastbound at Exit 22. The Maryland State Police say Jessica Leigh Nave traveled off the roadway, onto an embankment, and striking several trees, before the car overturned and ejected her. She was taken to Meritus Hospital, where she later died. Witnesses to the accident say she was operating a 2001 BMW Z-3 convertible in a reckless manner, and allegedly using a cell phone at the time of the crash.

 

AARP Conducts Senior Educational Forums

AARP/Maryland is conducting a series of educational forums in Maryland, to make sure retirees-who are increasingly moving to the Eastern Shore-are a part of the budget debate in Washington. Tammy Bresnahan, of AARP/Maryland, says the forums in Cambridge, Ocean City and Salisbury will let seniors know what's on the line in Congress this fall. She says Maryland's senior citizens are increasingly burdened by higher energy bills, and utilities are preparing to add new surcharges.

 

Maryland, West Virginia Among Top "Party Schools"

Both West Virginia University and the University of Maryland are listed in Playboy magazine's "Top 10 Party Schools," in its October issue. Maryland is ranked number ten, while WVU tops the list, the first time the Mountaineers have received this dubious honor. Data for the list was used from the National Center for Education Statistics, the NCAA, the U.S. Economic Census, and feedback from social media users.

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Pending Applicants Won't Need Qualification License

Marylanders who have submitted handgun purchase applications on or before September 30th will not be required to obtain a handgun qualification license, as required by the new law that is set to take effect on Tuesday. The new law states that a handgun may not be sold, rented, or transferred unless the purchaser, lessee, or transferee has a valid handgun qualification license.

 

Inmate Sentenced in Death of Cellmate

A North Branch Correctional Institution inmate has been sentenced for the death of his cellmate last September. Wesley Curtis was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Charles Richardson, a fellow inmate at the correctional facility. Curtis was sentenced to 25 years, to be run consecutively with the 50 year sentenced previously imposed. Curtis had strangled Richardson to death, and he was found dead in his cell the next day.

 

Mayor Grim Frustrated with Canal Place Leadership

Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim is frustrated about what he perceives as a continuing pattern of Canal Place leadership blaming the city and county for financial problems. A Cumberland Times-News article states that the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority expects to lose $27,000 this fiscal year, with deeper losses of around $100,000 in Fiscal Year 2015. For their part, Canal Place officials are unhappy that the city and county have decided to phase out all funding to the facility through the hotel/motel tax.

 

One Person Hospitalized Following Accident

One person was flown to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, following a two-vehicle accident early Tuesday evening on Interstate 68 Westbound, near the Route 219/Chestnut Ridge ramp. Oakland resident Irma Sanders crossed into the lane, in front of a Ford F250 truck, driven by Herbert Richter of Normalville, Pennsylvania. The truck hit the rear of Ms. Sanders' car, causing it spin across the highway and into an embankment, at which point it overturned. The investigation, by the Maryland State Police, is continuing.

 

Cumberland Man Held on $5,000 Bond

Cumberland resident Ron Stephen Claggett, Sr. is being held on $5,000 bond, following a domestic incident  in the 200-block of Pennsylvania Avenue. His wife accused him of slapping her in the face. The officer observed redness to the victim's nose and face, and Claggett was then arrested. He was charged with second-degree assault.

 

CDS/Bench Warrant Arrest Made

Cumberland resident Timothy Hart Winkler was arrested following a disturbance complaint in the  300-block of Waverly Terrace on Tuesday. Winkler, who had also been wanted on three arrest warrants for failure to appear, was searched, and a pipe used to smoke controlled dangerous substances was found on him. He was held on a total of $7500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Keyser Mayor, Council Approve New Fire Chief

The Keyser Mayor and City Council approved the appointment of Taylor Stewart as the newly appointed fire chief of the town's Volunteer Fire Department. Outgoing Chief Chris Paitsel says Stewart is one of the few members of the department who has completed the extensive training to qualify for the chief's position.

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences Set for Next Week

It's parent/teacher conference time for Allegany County Schools, and Mia Perlozzo-Cross notes that next Thursday is the date. Ms. Cross says it gives parents the opportunity to meet their children's' teachers. Secondary conferences will be held from 10 to 1 and from 2 to 5:30 p.m.

 

Update On Board's Capital Improvements Program

The Allegany County Board of Education received an update on the FY '15 Capital Improvements Program at this month's meeting. Mia Perlozzo-Cross from the Board, says the request for the second year of funding was approved, and that the design committee met recently to discuss layouts and adjacencies of the academic classrooms at the site.

 

Morgan County Returns Money to WVSBA

The Morgan County School System is returning about $3 million to the West Virginia School Building Authority, because it can't provide its share of the cost for improvements at Berkeley Springs High School. Voters rejected a school levy in May, but it will be resubmitted during the May, 2014 primary election. The money will be given to other school projects in the state. The authority would likely fund the project again, if the levy is passed, but its future may be jeopardized if voters reject the levy again.

 

Brinkley Appointed Minority Leader

Frederick County Senator David Brinkley has been unanimously elected Senate Minority leader, replacing former Senator E.J. Pipkin, who has since moved to Texas. Brinkely is now the top Republican in the Maryland Senate, with almost 20 years of experience in the General Assembly. He was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1994. Brinkley hopes his position will benefit this part of the state,  and his top priorities are job creation and job retention.

 

West Virginia DMV Employee Charged

A former employee of the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has been indicted on 19 counts of fraud, in connection with identification documents. Sixty-year old Kermit Miller is accused of fraudulently producing and distributing West Virginia driver's licenses, without requiring the recipients complete the required applications or testing. He received cash, in exchange for the identifications he provided. He faces up to 15 years in prison on a conspiracy count, and up to five years in prison for each of the fraud charges.

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New Driving Laws to Take Effect

Beginning Tuesday, talking on a cell phone while driving will become a primary offense in the state of Maryland, with first-time violators being fined from $40 to $70. A second violation will cost you $125, and a third and subsequent offenses will be $175. Another law will also require all people inside of a vehicle to wear seat belts. if there are more people in a vehicle than belts, that will also be a violation, and the new fine for that will be $50, an increase from the previous amount of $25.00.

 

Demolition Firm Chosen for Memorial

A Utica, New York company has been chosen to demolish the former Memorial Hospital and the medical buildings there. Ritter and Paratore submitted a bid of $1.5 million. The highest bid came from Carl Belt, Incorporated, which was the only local firm to submit a bid. The hospital demolition is expected to take about a year to complete.

 

Columbia Rate Increase Granted

An increase in rates for Columbia Gas has been reaffirmed by the Maryland Public Service Commission. The decision grants a revenue increase of over $3.5 million and an overall rate increase of 7.25 per cent. The average monthly gas rate will increase from $67.93 to $79.18 per month.

 

DNR Relocating to Rocky Gap

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Office on Pershing Street in downtown Cumberland is moving to offices at Rocky Gap State Park. The office will be closed Friday to make the move. The new location will be at the former park headquarters, immediately off Interstate 68 at Exit 50.

 

Memorial Manufacturers Charged with Fraud

The owners of Cook and Lintz Memorials, Fred Lichty of Glade City Road in Somerset, and Roger Paul Lichty of Keystone Street in Meyersdale have been charged with fraud, for allegedly taking customers' money and failing to deliver a finished product. The complaint filed against the two outlines seven different incidents. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for noon on October 31st in Confluence.

 

Charges Against Prison Employee Dropped

Charges have been withdrawn charges against a Boswell man, who is an employee of the State Correctional Institution at Laurel Highlands. Forty-four year old Harold Maust along with another worker, Stephen Toth of Johnstown, had been accused of falsifying documents to purchase equipment, at the expense of the Department of Corrections, and using inmate labor for personal projects. The case was withdrawn, because it had lacked "prosecutorial merit." Both men have not been recalled to their jobs, as both were suspended pending the outcome of the case.

 

Cumberland Man Served Outstanding Warrants

Cumberland resident Christopher Lee Cosenza has been served with two warrants, one each from Washington County, Maryland and the other from Mineral County, West Virginia. Both were for failure to appear in court. Cosenza was held on $3500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. The warrant through Mineral County is being used as a detainer until he is extradited back to West Virginia.

 

Man Charged with Trespassing

Cumberland resident Michael Thomas Shipley was taken into custody for trespassing on a property located in the 200-block of Paca Street; he had previously been warned against trespassing on the property. He was issued a criminal citation and released, pending further action in District Court.

 

FSU Welcomes Largest Transfer Class

Frostburg State University experienced its largest transfer class ever, a 9.5 per cent increase over the previous year in the size of the freshman class and the largest percentage of freshmen returning for their sophomore years in at least seven years. The fall 2013 transfer class number 507, and the freshman class of 897 is 9.5 per cent higher than the previous year's class of 819. And, the retention rate of freshmen who return for their sophomore year is 77 per cent.

 

Commissioners Schedule Tire Drop-Off Day

The Allegany County Commissioners are encouraging all Allegany County residents to take advantage of an upcoming opportunity to recycle unwanted tires. The event happens on Saturday, October 12th at the Allegany County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The scrap tire drop off is free of charge to Allegany County residents. Proof of residency, for example-a valid driver's license or a current utility bill-will be required.

 

Steele Decides Against Gubernatorial Run

Former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele has decided not to run for Governor. Steele, who had served a term as the Republican National Committee Chair and is now an analyst for MSNBC, considered a run over the summer, but has now decided against it. He will however, vigorously help elect the Republican Party nominee for Governor.

 

SNAP Cuts Will Increase Hunger in the State

Anti-hunger groups say if legislation that passed the House last week becomes law, nearly four million people will be "booted off" food assistance next year, including thousands of children in Maryland. Molley McCloskey, the director of Share Out Strength's Maryland "No Kid Hungry Campaign" says the impact of 40-billion dollars in cuts to the program over the next decade would be devastating. McCloskey says critics of the program are wrong when they say it does more harm than good to help people in need, purchase food. She says most households that receive SNAP benefits include those who are elderly or disabled, or even a child.

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September Safe Streets Warrant Initiative

The Safe Streets Program is conducting a new warrant initiative, which will conclude on Friday. The Safe Streets Operation is seeking the public's help in locating 16 individuals on open arrest warrants. Charges against them range from drug charges, violation of probation, failure to appear and theft. The warrant initiative began yesterday.

 

Canal Place Officials Appeal to City, County

Facing a loss of $100,000 in hotel/motel tax funding in Fiscal Year 2015, the Canal Place Preservation and Development authority is now appealing to both the city of Cumberland and Allegany County for funding. The situation there is dire, according to authority chair Andy Vick, who has written a letter to both Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim and Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay. And while it is hoped for, executive director of the facility, Dee Dee Ritchie doesn't think Canal Place can become self-sufficient anytime soon.

 

Kingwood Woman Arrested on Drunk Driving Charges

Kingwood, West Virginia resident Donna Lynn Murray was arrested in Garrett County Sunday for driving under the influence of, and driving while impaired by alcohol. Ms. Murray's vehicle was found in a ditch along Underwood Road, with the engine running and lights on; she was found in the driver's seat. She received a District Court hearing, and was released on personal recognizance.

 

Three Injured in Accident

Three people were hurt in a two-vehicle accident late yesterday morning at the entrance to the Country Club Mall parking lot. The accident was reported around 10:23 a.m. Responding were members of the Allegany County Sheriff's Office. There is no word on the identities, nor the extent of injuries of those involved.

 

Two Charged With Setting Fire

Two juveniles have been charged with intentionally setting a fire that damaged a vacant Mountain Lake Park residence. The two, 12-year olds used an ignitable liquid to set the fire. They were charged and released to the custody of their parents, pending further action by the Department of Juvenile Services. The fire happened at 2:30 Sunday afternoon at the 1001 Oakland Avenue home. The owner is Scott Bittinger. The Garrett County Sheriff's Office assisted in the investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

 

Schools "Locked Down" in Everett Friday

An Everett man was arrested, following an incident on Friday, that caused two area schools to be "locked down." Albert "A.J." Kuklo had threatened some people who wanted custody of his three-year old daughter. The incident occurred at his house in Everett. Kuklo was arrested and jailed on $75,000 straight cash bail.

 

Summons Served on Cumberland Man

A criminal summons was served on 26-year old Cumberland resident Shawn Eric Shewey on Sunday. The summons was the result of a private citizen filing for charges through District Court. Shewey is accused of removing property from a residence in the 600-block of Maryland Avenue. He was charged with one count of theft under $1,000. He was served the summons and released, pending trial in District Court.

 

Structure Fire in Mountain Lake Park

Six fire departments and the Southern Rescue Squad responded to a house fire at 1001 Oakland Avenue in Mountain Lake Park Sunday afternoon. Fire crews were on the scene of the working basement fire for about two hours. Also on the scene were the Garrett County Sheriff's Office, Allegheny Power and the State Fire Marshal's Office, which is conducting an investigation.

 

Truck Damages Recreational Area

The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating property damage in the Wilhelm Recreational Area on the Avilton-Lonaconing Road. A white diesel pickup truck entered the area and deliberately spun the truck in a circular motion in the grassy area. The vehicle caused some damage, and anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry barrack at (301)-387-1101.

 

Partial Closure of Baltimore Avenue

The City of Cumberland's Engineering Department is notifying the public that beginning tomorrow, through October 1st, weather permitting, Baltimore Avenue will be closed from Goethe Street to Marion Street. This closure will take place during working hours and will reopen to traffic nightly, and on the weekend, and will allow for necessary utility pole relocation. The one-way traffic pattern will be delayed due to this closure. Drivers are asked to obey all traffic control devices that will be in place.

 

Tri-State College Night Set

The 46th annual Tri-State College Night will take place on Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Allegany College of Maryland gymnasium. Tri-State College Night is sponsored by the Allegany County Guidance Counselor's Association, with a goal of helping high school students make educated decisions about post-secondary plans. More than 70 schools and military organizations will be represented. Four high school students will be awarded, by random drawing, scholarships ranging from $200 to $500, to help them further their education.

 

Edwards Comments on Marcellus Drilling

While West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio are moving ahead with Marcellus Shale drilling, Maryland is still studying the issue. Maryland State Senator George Edwards says there is a group of people who do not want "fracking" in the state. Senator Edwards says that more studies are emerging which shows atmospheric and water contaminations are within the realm of safety. Senator Edwards says the so-called "fracking committee" hope to have a "best practices" report available in August of next year. He adds only one to two percent of the total natural gas "pocket" is in Maryland. He says that natural gas prices have been on the decline in recent years.

 

Deep Creek Listed on Travel Channel

The Deep Creek Lake area has been selected by the Travel Channel as one of the top 10 2013 Best Fall Foliage Road Trips. Two driving tours and the annual Autumn Glory Festival were included in the listing. The 46th Annual Autumn Glory Festival is scheduled from October 9th through the 13th. Included in that are two parades, concerts, antique and craft shows, and other activities.

 

Chessie To Hold Community Shred/Recycle Day

Chessie Federal Credit Union has scheduled a Community Shred/Recycle Day this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at is main headquarters on Commerce Drive. Items accepted for shredding include important documents and  cardboard. Recycled items include flat screen monitors, computer towers, TV's, and CRT monitors. Donations will also be accepted for the Western Maryland Food Bank. For more information, call (301)-777-1781 or visit "www.chessiefcu.org."

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Decision Expected on Revamped Route 220

 

A decision is expected next year on a preferred corridor for a revamped U.S. Route 220, linking the road to Corridor H in West Virginia. The selected route would run from Interstate 68 near Cumberland, south, nearly parallel to the existing Route 220 to Corridor H in Grant County, West Virginia. The road would also run north into Pennsylvania from Route 219 to the turnpike. The selection still requires federal approval.

 

 

Federal Suit Filed Against Pinnacle

 

A total of 23 federal lawsuits have been filed on behalf of 38 Keyser residents, alleging mental and physical health problems as a result of the Pinnacle Wind Farm at NewPage on Green Mountain. In the suit, residents are asking for a permanent injunction to keep the wind farm from operating. The residents allege that the turbines and blades emit both low and high-pitched noises, causing physical and mental problems. including loss of sleep, headaches, stomach issues and other alleged problems.

 

 

Controlled Poker Demonstration at Rocky Gap

 

There may soon be live poker at Rocky Gap Casino and Resort, with a controlled demonstration for the poker tables planned for October 3rd; poker could become part of table gaming at Rocky Gap by the following Monday, October 7th. The casino now has about 550 slot machines and table games. Rocky Gap generated just over $4 million from both slot machines and table games last month. Gross gaming revenue was just over $200 per slot machine and $1.6 million for banking table games.

 

 

Truck Fire Temporarily Closes I-68 Eastbound

 

A truck fire caused the closure of eastbound Interstate 68 early yesterday morning. The fire to which the Shaft Volunteer Fire Department responded, began in the cab of the truck, which was hauling cleaning supplies. The truck driver pulled off to the side of the road, after seeing smoke and told state police investigators the brakes locked up; the driver, who fell while running from the burning truck, was taken to the hospital for treatment of a hip injury.

 

 

Sentencing for Garrett County Woman Set for December

 

An Oakland woman faces up to 25 years in prison, after pleading guilty to first-degree assault in Garrett County Circuit Court. Twenty-year old Maranda White was accused of hitting her boyfriend with a car, crashing into the building that currently houses the Cornish Cafe. The victim suffered leg injuries that required surgery, while she was released from the hospital that same day in March of 2012. She remains free on bond, pending a sentencing hearing, with conditions including home confinement and electronic monitoring.

 

 

Man Charged Following Accident

 

An Oakland man was charged with negligent driving and driving under the influence of alcohol, following a single vehicle accident Friday evening on Lake Shore Drive in Garrett County. Twenty-eight year old Cody Lee Latta had been involved in the accident. Responding were both the Maryland State Police and the Deep Creek Fire Department.

 

 

Commissioners Schedule Luke Meeting

 

The Allegany County Commissioners will hold thei weekly public business meeting in Luke on Thursday, October 17th, beginning at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Luke City Building on Grant Street. Parking will be available in the front, as well as in the back of the building. Community members and interested individuals are invited to attend.

Greater Cumberland Committee Schedules Summit

 

The Greater Cumberland Committee will hold a regional broadband summit at Frostburg State University this Friday, beginning at 10 a.m. the meeting will be held in the Atkinson Room of the Lane Center. The agenda includes a snapshot of existing broadband issues in Allegany, Garrett, and Mineral Counties, a scaled-down version of what was presented to TGCC members, partners, and guests in May. A panel will address several broadband issues, including whether 100 per cent availability and adoption is a worthwhile and realistic goal for our region.

 

 

Traffic Stop Results in Heroin Arrest

 

A Cumberland man was arrested for possession of heroin, following a traffic stop Friday evening near the Park-N-Ride on U.S. Route 220. Thirty-five year old Michael Harmon was stopped for speeding, but appeared nervous and shaking. A K-9 unit indicated narcotics in the vehicle, as a quantity of suspected heroin was found. Harmon was charged with possession  with intent to distribute heroin, and other drug-related charges. He was released on personal recognizance, pending his next court appearance.

 

 

Woman Charged with Credit Card Abuse

 

Thirty-six year old Cumberland resident Hannalore Norris has been charged with credit card misuse, and other counts, after a private citizen filed a complaint against her. Ms. Norris is accused of gaining access to the victim's banking information and withdrawing over $1,000 from an account, and spending it throughout the Cumberland area. The incident allegedly occurred from April through July of this year. She was also charged with false credit card charges, and theft scheme of between $1000 and $10,000.

 

 

Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday

 

A Happy 100th Birthday today, to Devlin Manor resident Hazel Shank!  Heather Railey, activities director at Devlin Manor, says Ms. Shank grew up on Pennsylvania Avenue in Cumberland. She and her husband, after having traveled the world, returned to Cumberland, and set up residence on Weber Street.Ms. Railey says Mrs. Shank has been a resident at Devlin Manor for five years, and had previously lived at the Willow Valley apartments on Furnace Street.

 

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Man Detained in Bank Robbery Case

A man turned himself in to the Frostburg Police Department on Wednesday, and he is being detained in connection with the robbery of First People's Credit Union in West Virginia last Friday. Thirty-four year old Jeremiah Seib was arrested by Maryland authorities. Frostburg Police say Seib briefly escaped during the ride to Allegany County District Court. Seib resided at 32 Linden Street; a large sum of money was found at his home. Mineral County Sheriff Jeremy Taylor has interviewed Seib, and the state of Maryland continues to hold him as a fugitive from justice. The C3I unit is in charge of the Maryland portion of the investigation, according to the Cumberland Times-News.

 

Bedford Loan To Develop Business Park

A low-interest loan has been approved for the development of a planned business park in Bedford. The $2.7 million, low-interest loan is part of over $29 million in new loans statewide, and Bedford's share will go toward the excavation at the 143-acre Bedford Township site. The park, near the Bedford County airport needs the funding to be "pad-ready" or open for construction. Acquisition, excavating and grading, engineering and the like could create up to 200 jobs.

 

Accident Sends Three to Ruby Memorial

A single-vehicle accident sent three people to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown early yesterday morning. The 1997 Geo Tracker, driven by 61-year old Ida Mae Thomas of West Union, Pennsylvania,  drifted into the median, striking a ditch, filled with "softball-sized" rocks. It overturned several times, coming to rest, facing north in the median. One passenger was ejected from the vehicle. There were two other people in the car, including 20-year old Hollie Mae Childers, and a third unidentified passenger. The investigation is continuing, and there are no further details at this time.

 

Hampstead to Buy Old Towne Manor

The Hampstead Companies of San Diego, California which owns both the Cumberland Arms and Mountain View Apartments, is now hoping to buy and renovate the  Old Towne Manor apartments. The building has 138 apartments with a traditional occupancy rate of 95 per cent. Plans include remodeling of  the kitchens,  baths, and other improvements, at a rate of $35,000 per unit. If closing happens in March of next year, work could begin within 30 days, and be finished by the end of next year.

 

Berlin Home Searched

The home of a Berlin man, who told police he was a drug addict and a dealer, was searched by Berlin Borough police. Twenty-five year old Matthew Davis also told police he intentionally overdosed in a suicide attempt. Davis was taken to the hospital after overdosing on heroin, Ativan, and Suboxone earlier in the month. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for mid-November.

 

Cumberland Arrested for Breaking and Entering

Cumberland resident Jason Crabtree was cited earlier in the week, and charged with the breaking and entering of an East Elder Street residence. He had been seen by the property owner taking various items out of the house and loading them into a vehicle. Forcible entry was made to the residence, as police found damage to the door. He was charged with first-degree burglary, Theft and other counts. He was served with a criminal summons and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.

 

Equipment Housed at Keyser High School

Machinist equipment, donated to Mineral County by the Robert C. Byrd Institute at Rocket Center is being housed at Keyser High School. Mineral Fabrication was credited with helping to move the equipment to Keyser earlier in the week. The machinist program has been discontinued at  RCBI, and over 20 pieces of equipment has been donated to Mineral County.

 

Committee Addressing Prison Issues

Maryland State Senator George Edwards serves on a committee, addressing several problems in the prisons and jails across the state of Maryland. One of the issues is the safety of correctional officers. Senator Edwards says the committee's work is in the very preliminary stages, but one issue that has been targeted is how to implement cellphone blocking technology.Senator Edwards says recent problems at WCI and NBCI are being addressed, as well as issues at jails and prisons across the board in Maryland.

 

PennDOT to Lower Weight Limit on Three Bedford County Bridges

PennDOT is lowering the weight limit on three bridges in Bedford County, beginning today. The move is being made to slow down their deterioration and preserve safety, while funding for their repairs remains uncertain. The bridges are located on Imlertown Road, a bridge scanning Sweet Root Creek in Monroe Township, and a third is on the Cumberland Road. The current District bridge posting information is available on the PennDOT District 9 website.

 

Community Action Committee Slates Food Distribution

The Garrett County Action Committee will be holding a Commodity Food Distribution on October 3rd, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and on October 4th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. No commodity cards will be sent in the mail; eligible families can receive their commodity foods by picking them up at the Food Resources Warehouse on Liberty Street in Oakland. Recipients are required to bring proof of identification. If there are any further questions, call (301)-334-9431, extension 137.

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Drug Dealer Sentenced to Prison

A Baltimore man was sentenced to two consecutive, mandatory sentences of ten years for drug dealing. Twenty-five year old Michael Terell Harper was found guilty in April of possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone and cocaine. Harper will serve a sentence without the possibility of probation or parole. He was represented by the Public Defender's Office; prosecuting the case was Assistant State's Attorney Sam Lane.

 

Garrett Board Member Resigning

Garrett County Board of Education member Donald Forrester has submitted his resignation, effective September 30th. He has been a member of the board for six years and nine months. Forrester's replacement will be named by the Garrett County Commissioners. His term would have ended in December of next year. Upon retirement, he plans on traveling with his wife.

 

Man Cited for Motor Vehicle Violations

A Cumberland man has been cited for, first, for driving on a suspended license, and secondly, for operating an off road vehicle on government property. Police had seen 32-year old James Hupfer operating a dirt bike on a city sidewalk in the area of Industrial Boulevard. He was also issued three more citations for driving on a revoked license, operating an unregistered and uninsured vehicle. He was later released from custody.

 

Oakland Woman Faces Assault Charges

Forty-one year old Oakland resident Tammy Sanders is being charged with allegedly assaulting her 16-year old daughter, causing minor injuries. A domestic incident was reported around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at a home on Fingerboard Road. Ms. Sanders was released yesterday morning, following a bond hearing.

 

Coalition Makes Progress During Session

The Maryland Rural Counties Coaltion was formed in December of 2011 for the purpose of strengthening their policy-related standing in the state capital. Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay says the group now consists of ten counties. During the 2013 General Assembly session, Commissioner McKay says the coalition took positions on nine bills, and were 44 per cent successful. He considers that a win. McKay says former Speaker of the House Cas Taylor championed the concept of "One Maryland," and adds that he was one-hundred-per cent correct in his concept.

 

Boil Water Advisory for Part of Hampshire County

 Central Hampshire Public Service District customers are under a "boil water" advisory until further notice. A water main broke earlier in the week, causing the cancellation of classes at Hampshire High, Romney Middle and Augusta Elementary Schools. Because of the broken water main, levels at the Augusta tank has dropped by half, to 13 feet.

 

FSU Employee Honored

Lonaconing resident, Lois Bennett, who is an administrative assistant for the Programs Advancing Student Success Office, the Disability Support Services office and the Registrar's Office at Frostburg State Univeristy, has received the 2013 University System of Maryland Board Regents Staff Award. This is the highest honor bestowed on USM staff employees. She will be honored at the September 20th Board of Regents meeting.

 

Prosecutor Pleads Guilty to Drug Distribution

James Casimiro, a former Jefferson County, West Virginia prosecuting attorney, has pleaded guilty to one count of drug distribution. Casimiro, of Charles Town, West Virginia made the plea late last week, to one count of distribution of Oxycodone.  Casimiro was fired from his position in early August, as he was being arraigned on a two-count  indictment. He was released on bond until he is sentenced; that date has not been set.

 

Property Owners Trying to Secede from School District

With all of the talk recently about secession, a group of Jefferson Township, Pennsylvania property owners have asked to secede from the Somerset Area School District. That case may be going to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court soon. The two dozen property owners want to join the nearby Rockwood Area School District, which they say has a higher academic standing and lower tax rate than Somerset. Distance is also a consideration, as the distance between the properties and Somerset schools is from 18 to 21 miles; the distance to Rockwood is 12 miles.

 

Baltimore Retailers Arrested for Food Stamp Trafficking

Nine retail store owners in both Baltimore City and Baltimore County have been indicted for what is known as "food stamp trafficking." The retailers redeemed the food stamps for cash and split the money with food stamp recipients. They did not provide any food. If convicted, those who were indicted face a maximum of 20 years in prison.

 

Gas Prices Over $3 A Gallon for 1,000 Days

Tuesday marked an unwelcome milestone, as gas prices have now been at over $3.00 per gallon for 1,000 days. The "streak" began on December 23, 2010. A Triple-A survey shows that when gas is above $3 per gallon, 46 per cent of people think it's too high. At $3.50 per gallon, even more-62 per cent-is too high. Experts say gas is unlikely to drop below $3.00 per gallon.

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Deputies Prevent Suicide Attempt

Allegany County Sheriff's Deputies kept a 23-year old man from running in front of an oncoming train, before originally threatening to kill himself with a butcher knife. The incident happened on Monday about 3 p.m. The man was tasered when running toward the train, but did stab himself in the chest. Deputies tasered him again, and officers were able to subdue him and get the knife. He was transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment and mental evaluation.

 

Phase Out of Tax Money Bad News for Canal Place

Canal Place faces a loss of more than $100,000 for Fiscal Year 2015, as its revenue from the hotel/motel tax is being phased out by Allegany County and the city of Cumberland. Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority members are projecting a loss of $27,000 for the current fiscal year. The $100,000 loss coincides with the phase out of the tax; the Fairfield Inn now receives that tax money.

 

WVSDB To Remain in Hampshire County

The cost of keeping the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Romney is preferable to moving it to another West Virginia location, and for that reason, Superintendent Dr. Lynn Boyer is recommending that it stay in Romney. State officials were reportedly looking for a new location, and a final decision on the move was tabled until January of 2014. Community support for the school was overwhelming, according to Dr. Boyer, and several businesses there have indicated they would be willing to partner with the school to provide opportunities for the students. Dr. Boyer's findings will be presented to the West Virginia Board of Education at its January board meeting.

 

Seized Money Will Benefit Sheriff, Attorney's Office

More than $150,000 seized in a drug raid from a person, called the biggest drug dealer in Hampshire County, will benefit both the Hampshire County Sheriff and Prosecuting Attorney's offices. The money was seized from Keith Edward Phelps, who has been sentenced to 40 years in prison on felony drug and stolen property charges. Seven vehicles and several motorcycles were also seized. For his part, Hampshire County Prosecuting Attorney Dan James says his office's portion of the money will be used to purchase a computer filing system.

 

Executive Session Sparks Controversy in Piedmont

A vote that was taken during an executive session of the Piedmont City Council sparked some controversy last week. According to the West Virginia Open Meetings Act, no action can be taken during and executive session; officials must go back into open session to take any votes. The issues concerned a defense for the against the cost of storage for the FEMA trailers, and whether or not to approve a request for a leave of absence for Town Foreman John Shingler, who is about to begin serving a jail sentence for embezzlement of federal property.

 

Western Maryland Initiative Seeks Secession

The Western Maryland Initiative is seeking to secede from the rest of the state. The story has made national news, including Fox News, citing activist Scott Strzelczyk starting a social media movement toward that end. Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay says that while he understands the frustrations with government, felt in Western Maryland, the reality is that it's simply not going to happen. Commissioner McKay feels this movement will eventually die down and the area should get back to the business of renewing relationships. For his part, Maryland State Senator George Edwards also feels secession is not realistic, even though not all of Maryland is considered liberal, which is how it is portrayed.

 

Health Department Schedules Volunteer Orientation

The Allegany County Health Department and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Office of Preparedness and Response will host an informational session at the Willowbrook Office Complex, to provide an overview of the Maryland Responds Volunteer database. The meeting will take place on the ground floor of the building in Conference Room #2, at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow evening. The session is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Individuals are asked to call the ACHD Office of Preparedness at (301)-759-5015 if they plan to attend.

 

Suspect Sought in Business Burglaries

A suspect is being sought by Somerset County authorities, in a series of business burglaries. The Pennsylvania State Police can't say for sure he committed all 19 burglaries, but they do believe he committed some of them. All of the burglaries occurred during the last two months. Some of the businesses, which were victims, include the Coalfield Mini Market in Berlin, Mostoller's Country Corral and Restaurant in Friedens, and the Oakhurst Tea Room in Somerset. While police have released a photograph, anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-445-4104.

 

Councilman Charged with Discrimination

A Berkeley County, West Virginia Councilman has been charged with discriminating against a tenant of a mobile home community he manages by allegedly refusing to allow the resident to keep his emotional-support dog. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development charged the owners of Whitacre's Mobile Home Community in Inwood with Fair Housing Act violations, and cited Jim Whitacre in an 8-page complaint filed in late August.

 

FedEx Plans Massive Expansion

FedEx ground is getting ready for a massive expansion in Washington County, increasing its Hagerstown facility by 180,000 square feet. And, that means the company is looking to add 400 to 500 employees to its payroll. Both full and part-time positions will be available. For more information to be considered for a job, send an email to Rebecca Jackson of FedEx Ground at "rebecca.beall@fedex.com."

 

VA Director Leaving Martinsburg Facility

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that Ann R. Brown has been selected for the position of Medical Center Director of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Ann Brown has served as the Martinsburg VA Medical Center Director since January of 2008. Her expected departure date is September 27th. An acting medical center director will be named prior to her departure.

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Man Indicted for Bank Robberies

A man, who had previously been convicted of robbing banks in the Friendsville, LaVale, and Grantsville areas, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Williamsport, Pennsylvania for robbing banks in Loganton, Tyrone, and Salix, Pennsylvania. Corbin Will had been sentenced on the local robberies, but was released in 2011. He pleaded guilty to the previous string of robberies in April of this year, and is in custody, pending sentencing.

 

Cumberland Man Enters Guilty Plea in Mineral County

Cumberland resident Leo Rodenhauser has entered a guilty plea to leading West Virginia authorities on a high-speed chase through Keyser, leading to the injury of two officers. Rodenhauser entered the plea, in what was to have been a two day trial later this month. Specifically, Rodenhauser pleaded guilty to one felony offense of reckless fleeing in a vehicle, two misdemeanor counts of fleeing from an officer, causing bodily injury, and two misdemeanors of fleeing, causing property damage. He remains free, pending a pre-sentence investigation.

 

Sheriff's Department Investigating Stabbing

The Allegany County Sheriff's Department is investigating a stabbing that happened in McCoole yesterday afternoon. The stabbing was apparently self-inflicted. Sheriff Craig Robertston says the incident occurred between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m. yesterday. There are few details available, but more will be released, once the investigation is concluded.

 

Man Jailed for Violating Ex-Parte Order

Cumberland resident Chad Ball was held on $3,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after he was arrested for allegedly violating an ex-parte order. Ball had returned to the property he was ordered to stay away from, to retrieve some personal belongings. That was a violation of the order. He was arrested by Cumberland City Police at a private residence on Bedford Street.

 

Man Held on Assault, Trespassing Charges

Forty-two year old Cumberland resident Mark Stewart has been jailed on $3,000 bond, following an incident late Sunday evening at a business in the 100-block of North Centre Street. Stewart allegedly assaulted another person at the businesses, and was repeatedly  asked to leave by staff members. He refused and started to argue with other patrons. He got into a physical confrontation, which led to the alleged assault. He was processed at Cumberland City Police headquarters.

 

Smoking Ban To Take Effect Next Year

The effective date of the smoking ban in Mineral County has been delayed until January 2nd of next year; the previous effective date was to have been October 1st. The Mineral County Board of Health made the decision during a special meeting held yesterday. Mineral County Jerry Whisner asked for the delay, to allow private clubs time to adapt to the ban.

 

Fire Marshal Investigating Bedford County Blaze

The Pennsylvania State Fire Marshal is investigating a house fire on Stevens Chapel Road in Bedford County. Nobody was hurt in the fire, but it is believed the house was a total loss. The cause of the fire is still unknown, and the investigation is continuing.

 

Allegany County Schedules Parent Conferences

Allegany County Public Schools will hold the first parent conferences of the new school year on Thursday, October 3rd. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to meet with their child's teachers and review with them his or her academic and behavioral progress. Elementary conference will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. and from 12 to 3:30 p.m. Secondary conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Appointments are not necessary, and walk ins are welcome.

 

Preston County Man Arrested on Drug Charges

A major marijuana operation in Terra Alta, West Virginia was busted, when the Preston County Sheriff's Department arrested 25-year old Justin Wilhelm this past weekend. A search and arrest warrant was executed at his home on Terra Alta Lake Road. Deputies discovered an active marijuana growing operation, along with guns, cash and other drug paraphernalia. The street value of the drug was estimated at $150,000. Wilhelm was jailed, with bail set at $25,000.

 

Debate Over Minimum Wage Continues

Sixth District Congressman John Delaney is pledging some of his personal funds to make the argument for a higher minimum wage in Maryland. The minimum wage in the state is $7.25 per hour, which is the same as the federal minimum wage. A bill proposed during this past General Assembly session would have raised it to $10 per hour by July 1st of 2015. The bill died in a Senate Committee. For its part, the business community largely feels that if the minimum wage were increased, they would have to raise the prices of their goods and services.

 

Cell Phone Ban Effective October 1st

Using a hand-held cell phone while driving will become a primary offense, beginning October 1st, and motorists could be stopped for that reason. Licensed drivers won't be able to use their hands to operate a cell phone while the vehicle is in motion, according to the law, which also authorizes law enforcement authorities to enforce those violations as a primary offense. Fines range from $75 for the first offense, $125 for s econd one, and up to $175 for a third or subsequent offense.

 

Fast Internet Lanes for Some Proposed

A federal appeals court has heard arguments from Verizon, which would benefit if it, and other Internet service providers could start charging fees to content providers to reach some customers through faster speeds. The idea of an Internet "fast lane" would create an uneven playing field  in the eyes of the FCC, which says established, deep pockets companies such as Facebook and Google would have an edge over small start ups. Jen Yeh of the advocacy group Free Press was in the courtroom, and says the three-judge panel could do away with what's called the Open Internet Order. If this case results in the FCC losing some of its regulatory authority over the Internet, Amalia Deloney with the Center for Media Justice says it could lead to voices of dissent and the disenfranchised being blocked from the Web. Yeh says it isn't hard to imagine what would happen if Internet service providers were freed from the FCC's current oversight.

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Inmate Death Ruled Homicide

 

The death of an inmate at the Western Correctional Institution on Friday has been ruled a homicide by the medical examiner's office. Jason Wallace died from blunt force trauma to the head. Investigators from several agencies, including the Allegany County C3I unit continue their investigation. A suspect, who is also an inmate at the facility, has been identified, but no charges have been filed as of yet. Once charges are filed, the identity of the suspect will be released.

 

 

Cumberland, Garrett Airports Receive Federal Grants

 

The Greater Cumberland Regional Airport has been awarded a $2.3 million Federal Aviation Administration grant for runway rehabilitation. Garrett County will receive over $112,000 to update its Master Plan and to address key issues that will lead to improved operations there. Cumberland's portion of the grant will relocate runway thresholds, aid in the acquisition of 6 new land parcels, and will remove dangerous runway obstructions at the facility. Despite its location in West Virginia, the Cumberland operation is considered a Maryland airport.

 

 

Cumberland Arms Apartments Sold

 

The same company that owns the former Booth Tower in South Cumberland, has purchased the Cumberland Arms apartments in downtown Cumberland. The Hampstead Companies of San Diego, California recently purchased the Cumberland Arms for $4.1 million. The selling price for Booth Tower, now known as the Mountain View apartments, was $11.5 million. The Cumberland Arms is home to about 75 residents. Rents will not change, and the Hampstead may add new residential programs for its occupants.

 

 

Waverly Terrace Work to Begin

 

Beginning today, parking is being restricted on Waverly Terrace, from Baltimore Street to Ridgeway Terrace. Flaggers will be present in the area, and caution should be used, while traveling in the construction area. Traffic is also being restricted in the Baltimore Avenue area, as the first phase of that improvement project gets underway today as well.

 

 

Man Held on $10,000 Bond

 

A Cumberland man is being charged with possession of heroin and possession of controlled paraphernalia, following his arrest over the weekend on Virginia Avenue. Antonio Smith was wanted for allegedly pushing a Cumberland City Police officer and fleeing the scene. Suspected heroin and a hypodermic needle were found on Smith during his arrest. He is being held on $10,000 bond, including warrant charges of second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment.

 

 

Cumberland Man Released After Assault Incident

 

Thirty-six year old Cumberland resident David Wamsley was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond pending trial, following an assault incident early yesterday morning on Virginia Avenue. He and the victim got into an argument, which resulted in Wamsley allegedly striking her in the head, and pushing her to the ground. The victim did not require medical attention, but Wamsley was charged with second-degree assault.

 

 

Meeting Set on Rawlings Water Projects

 

The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting on proposed water projects for the Rawlings/Route 220 area. That meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7 p.m. at the Rawlings United Methodist Church. Public Works staff will be on hand to answer questions. To be discussed will be the schedule for the water service projects, as well as the termination of water service by the Rawlings Water Company system, and the shutdown of this private water system.
 

 

FSU Hosts Upward Bound Ceremony

 

Frostburg State University recently held an awards ceremony for the Upward Bound Summer Residential Program, and five students received the Distinguished Student Award. They are Marcus Bowers, Katie Lick, Austin Whetzel, Cierra Zarger and Susan Zoller. The award is given to students who not only excel in the classroom, but also demonstrate their Upward Bound spirit in all other areas of the program. The summer residential staff members and summer classroom teachers nominate and evaluate the students.

 

 

School Board Updated on Teacher/Principal Evaluations

 

The Allegany County School Board was updated on Teacher/Principal evaluation models, during the September meeting, held last week. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, of the Board of Education, says the models are being fully implemented this year. Evaluations are being based on measures of professional practices, as well as student growth. The Allegany County teacher model is being developed locally, while principal evaluation criteria is being developed at the state level.

 

 

Special Olympics Athlete Goes on Patrol

 

A Garrett County Special Olympics athlete, George Mattingly,  had the opportunity to go on patrol with Maryland Senior Trooper Steve LeMay last week. The tour of the barrack and "ride along" is part of a new effort to reach out to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. George's mother, Donna Holt, is the coordinator for the Special Olympics programs in Garrett County. She has been working to increase interaction between the number of people with intellectual disabilities and law enforcement officers.

 

 

Law Enforcement Agencies Added to Gun Permit Reviews

 

The Maryland State Police is looking to other law enforcement agencies to help conduct criminal background checks on some 38,000 applicants for firearms permits. A request from Western Maryland Delegate Kevin Kelly to the Attorney General may have prompted the move to have as many as 20 officers from the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, the Maryland Natural Resources Police, the Maryland Transit Administration Police and the Maryland Capital Police help conduct the background checks. Delegate Kelly questioned whether letting other agencies enter the data was legal. Additional officers will be used until the backlog is eliminated. Maryland's new gun control law takes effect October 1st.

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Bank Robbery in Short Gap

The First People's Credit Union branch bank in Short Gap was robbed this morning. Both West Virginia and Maryland law enforcement authorities converged on the scene, to look for a man wearing camouflage pants, a long-sleeved green shirt with white lettering, a gray hoodie and sunglasses. The Maryland State Police Medevac unit, along with a K-9 unit from the Mineral County Sheriff's Department were also looking for the suspect, who fled into a wooded area. The incident prompted the lockdown of Frankfort Middle and High Schools in West Virginia, and the Bel Air and Cresaptown Elementary Schools in Maryland.

 

Man Pleads Guilty in Meyersdale Murder Case

Twenty-four year old Meyersdale resident Jonathan William Beal has pleaded guilty to charges in the death of 19-year old Justine Marie Jackson of Ellerslie. Ms. Jackson had been living with an aunt in Meyersdale at the time of her death. Her body was found near a viaduct along the Great Allegheny Passage in Larimer Township last September 14th. He had been charged with voluntary manslaughter, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence.

 

Former Mayor's Hearing Rescheduled

A status hearing for former Ridgeley Mayor Jim Twigg, which was to have been held yesterday, has been rescheduled. Twigg is accused of fraudulently using a government issued purchase card. A motion to dismiss was denied in July. Mineral County Circuit Court recently ruled that a recent indictment of Twigg on theft charges was proper, and the county had jurisdiction and venue to proceed in the case.

 

McHenry Burglary/Theft Investigated

The Maryland State Police at McHenry are investigating a burglary and theft that happened in the 800-block of Bear Creek Road in Friendsville. Several pieces of jewelry were taken sometime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, a person or persons entered the home through a rear window and stole numerous pieces of jewelry. The Garrett County CrimeSolvers unit is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for the recovery of the jewelry and/or the arrest of those responsible.

 

Board Approves Capital Improvements Program

The Allegany County Board of Education has approved its 2015 Capital Improvements Program, including a request for the second year of funding for the Allegany High School project. Other funding requests are for roof replacements at Braddock and Washington Middle Schools, and at Mount Savage. The design committee for the Allegany High project recently met to discuss the layout and adjacencies of the academic classrooms; additional meetings with the Allegany High School staff have been scheduled for October 9th.

 

Cumberland Woman Charged With Assault

Cumberland resident Talia Lynne McCrory was served with a criminal summons, charging her with second-degree assault. Charges were the result of an assault complaint that was handled by the Cumberland City Police Department on August 15th of this year. McCrory allegedly grabbed and slapped a female victim in the area of 105 West Oldtown Road. She was released following a hearing in District Court.

 

Board Receives Food and Nutrition Services Update

Among the updates from the Food and Nutrition Services Department of the Allegany County Board of Education,  was an announcement that there will be a slight increase of six cents per meal this school year. Food served outside school meal program will also have to meet several criteria, effective July 1st of next year. This includes food offered in vending machines. It will not apply to food students bring from home in a packed lunch.

 

Water Conservation Requested

Crews are currently dredging the Keyser/New Creek/McCoole reservoir. They are asking for voluntary water conservation for the next 48 hours, while this is being done.

 

Winchester Sex Offender Being Sought

A convicted sex offender, who failed to re-register, is being sought by police in the Virginia area. Law enforcement authorities are on the lookout for 45-year old Jerry Paul Jenkins. He is wanted on several charges, including that felony probation violation to re-register as a sex offender, and being in contempt of court. Jenkins has a history of violence and crimes against children. He shouldn't be approached, and residents are asked to immediately contact law enforcement officials. He may be in the Winchester, Virginia area.

 

One Injured in Lightning Strike At BWI

Lightning struck the air traffic control tower at Baltimore-Washington International Airport last night, with one worker injured. The tower was temporarily closed after the hit, and all flights were cancelled for a period of time.  The worker had touched a panel to turn on a generator; the panel wasn't apparently grounded correctly. The employee was taken to the hospital, but was released around 7 p.m. The storms rolled through the area around 2:20 p.m., and the tower was reopened around 5 p.m. Other airports that were hard hit due to the storm were LaGuardia in New York, Dulles, Boston and Reagan National Airport.

 

Governor Perry Launches Ads Against O'Malley

Texas Governor Rick Perry is launching ads, to air in Maryland, urging businesses here to move to his state. Similar ads have aired in California, Illinois, Missouri, New York and Connecticut. For his part, Governor O'Malley dismissed the ads as a "tired old PR gimmick." He cited strong reports on Maryland schools, and a top rating from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, naming Maryland the best state in the nation for innovation and entrepreneurship for two years in a row. O'Malley says Perry should come to Maryland to see, firsthand, the choices that led to those results.

 

"Smart Meters" May Create New Vulnerabilities

Over the past few years, hundreds of thousands of Maryland residents have received new wireless, digital devices from their power companies, known as "smart meters." They transmit information about energy use to the utility, and they're delivered with the promise of improving efficiency and reliability. They could also bring an increased risk of cyber-attacks and surveillance. Producer Josh del Sol debuts a film online this week that asks serious questions about smart grid technology, called "Take Back Your Power." Del Sol says some people who've had smart meters installed have also experienced health problems and fires.

 

West Virginia Student Performance Low

Less than one-third of West Virginia public schools are meeting goals for both student learning and improvement, and fewer than half are meeting one of those goals. Data was released this week under the state Department of Education's new accountability system. In the "support" category of the report, it was shown that 89 schools, or 14 per cent are not going in the right direction and need help in every area; there were 31 historically low-performing schools, or about 5 per cent, in the priority category. Seventy-three per cent of the students who didn't meet proficiency marks in math and 68 per cent of those in reading showed no academic improvement.

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Man Pleads Guilty in Meyersdale Murder Case

Twenty-four year old Meyersdale resident Jonathan William Beal has pleaded guilty to charges in the death of 19-year old Justine Marie Jackson of Ellerslie. Ms. Jackson had been living with an aunt in Meyersdale at the time of her death. Her body was found near a viaduct along the Great Allegheny Passage in Larimer Township last September 14th. He had been charged with voluntary manslaughter, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence.

 

Former Mayor's Hearing Rescheduled

A status hearing for former Ridgeley Mayor Jim Twigg, which was to have been held yesterday, has been rescheduled. Twigg is accused of fraudulently using a government issued purchase card. A motion to dismiss was denied in July. Mineral County Circuit Court recently ruled that a recent indictment of Twigg on theft charges was proper, and the county had jurisdiction and venue to proceed in the case.

 

McHenry Burglary/Theft Investigated

The Maryland State Police at McHenry are investigating a burglary and theft that happened in the 800-block of Bear Creek Road in Friendsville. Several pieces of jewelry were taken sometime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, a person or persons entered the home through a rear window and stole numerous pieces of jewelry. The Garrett County CrimeSolvers unit is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for the recovery of the jewelry and/or the arrest of those responsible.

 

Board Approves Capital Improvements Program

The Allegany County Board of Education has approved its 2015 Capital Improvements Program, including a request for the second year of funding for the Allegany High School project. Other funding requests are for roof replacements at Braddock and Washington Middle Schools, and at Mount Savage. The design committee for the Allegany High project recently met to discuss the layout and adjacencies of the academic classrooms; additional meetings with the Allegany High School staff have been scheduled for October 9th.

 

Cumberland Woman Charged With Assault

Cumberland resident Talia Lynne McCrory was served with a criminal summons, charging her with second-degree assault. Charges were the result of an assault complaint that was handled by the Cumberland City Police Department on August 15th of this year. McCrory allegedly grabbed and slapped a female victim in the area of 105 West Oldtown Road. She was released following a hearing in District Court.

 

Board Receives Food and Nutrition Services Update

Among the updates from the Food and Nutrition Services Department of the Allegany County Board of Education,  was an announcement that there will be a slight increase of six cents per meal this school year. Food served outside school meal program will also have to meet several criteria, effective July 1st of next year. This includes food offered in vending machines. It will not apply to food students bring from home in a packed lunch.

 

Water Conservation Requested

Crews are currently dredging the Keyser/New Creek/McCoole reservoir. They are asking for voluntary water conservation for the next 48 hours, while this is being done.

 

Winchester Sex Offender Being Sought

A convicted sex offender, who failed to re-register, is being sought by police in the Virginia area. Law enforcement authorities are on the lookout for 45-year old Jerry Paul Jenkins. He is wanted on several charges, including that felony probation violation to re-register as a sex offender, and being in contempt of court. Jenkins has a history of violence and crimes against children. He shouldn't be approached, and residents are asked to immediately contact law enforcement officials. He may be in the Winchester, Virginia area.

 

Governor Perry Launches Ads Against O'Malley

Texas Governor Rick Perry is launching ads, to air in Maryland, urging businesses here to move to his state. Similar ads have aired in California, Illinois, Missouri, New York and Connecticut. For his part, Governor O'Malley dismissed the ads as a "tired old PR gimmick." He cited strong reports on Maryland schools, and a top rating from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, naming Maryland the best state in the nation for innovation and entrepreneurship for two years in a row. O'Malley says Perry should come to Maryland to see, firsthand, the choices that led to those results.

 

"Smart Meters" May Create New Vulnerabilities

Over the past few years, hundreds of thousands of Maryland residents have received new wireless, digital devices from their power companies, known as "smart meters." They transmit information about energy use to the utility, and they're delivered with the promise of improving efficiency and reliability. They could also bring an increased risk of cyber-attacks and surveillance. Producer Josh del Sol debuts a film online this week that asks serious questions about smart grid technology, called "Take Back Your Power." Del Sol says some people who've had smart meters installed have also experienced health problems and fires.

 

West Virginia Student Performance Low

Less than one-third of West Virginia public schools are meeting goals for both student learning and improvement, and fewer than half are meeting one of those goals. Data was released this week under the state Department of Education's new accountability system. In the "support" category of the report, it was shown that 89 schools, or 14 per cent are not going in the right direction and need help in every area; there were 31 historically low-performing schools, or about 5 per cent, in the priority category. Seventy-three per cent of the students who didn't meet proficiency marks in math and 68 per cent of those in reading showed no academic improvement.

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Armed Robbery in LaVale

The Maryland State Police are looking for a suspect who robbed the Kwik and EZ Gas Station on National Highway last night. The suspect went inside, showed a knife and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as a white male, about 6 feet tall, and wearing a white, long-sleeved tee shirt, camouflage hat, ripped jeans and carrying a black backpack. State Police dispatched Trooper Five, and utilized a K-9 unit, but were unable to locate the suspect. Anyone with information should contact the Maryland State Police at (301)-729-2101.

 

Woman Missing From South Cumberland

The Cumberland City Police, with assistance from the C3I unit, are investigating the disappearance of 43-year old Lisa Ann Simmons, of Browning Street in Cumberland. She has been missing since last Thursday, when she was last seen at the downtown McDonald's Restaurant. Family members say it is unusual that she would be gone this long without making contact with family or friends. The disappearance is being treated as suspicious. She is described as a white female, 5 to 5'2" tall weighing approximately 100 to 110 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She does not own a vehicle, and had no known form of transportation available to her. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police or the C3I unit.

 

Kelly Questions Background Checks

Delegate Kevin Kelly, who vehemently opposed  Maryland's Firearm Safety Act, says it will do nothing to reduce crime; rather, it will make it difficult for citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights. By law, Kelly says, background checks should take no more than 7 days. However, it is taking upwards of 120 days to be completed, because of the number of applications submitted, ahead of the October 1st effective date of the law.  In an effort to reduce the backlog, Delegate Kelly says the Governor is bringing in about 200 employees from five state agencies, to examine the data on the forms, which includes not only basic information, but also driver license numbers, Social Security numbers and home addresses.

 

Minor Fire Reported at FSU Dining Hall

Aramark employees were able to quickly extinguish a fire at Frostburg State University's Chesapeake Hall early Tuesday evening. The dining hall was evacuated, after a fire was discovered in the area of the grill. The fire alarm was present and activated, but the sprinkler system did not. About $250 damage was done. Responding were several regional fire companies from both Maryland and West Virginia. The cause has been ruled accidental, due to an accumulation of grease within the grill.

 

Baltimore Avenue Project Begins Monday

The Baltimore Avenue project gets underway Monday, and traffic will become one way in the eastbound direction, from downtown to Willowbrook Road for the duration of the project. Flaggers will be present in the area, and drivers are urged to use caution while traveling in the construction area. Any questions should be directed to the City of Cumberland Engineering Department at (301)-759-6600.

 

Pennsylvania Motorcyclist Killed in Crash

A motorcyclist was killed in Tuesday afternoon, after allegedly running a red light along Dunnings Highway. The unidentified motorcyclist collided with a burgundy-colored SUV. Despite witness accounts to the contrary, the man had been wearing a helmet. The SUV was trying to cross Dunnings Highway from Freedom Street, having been waved across the intersection by another driver, who was trying to turn onto the highway's northbound lane.

 

Man Issued Summons in Theft Scheme

A Cumberland man was served a criminal summons in connection with a theft scheme. A complaint was filed by a private citizen against 25-year old John Kitzmiller, who had requested partial payment for repairs on a rental property. It is alleged he bought over $1,000 in materials to do the work, but later returned the items to the store and kept the money, in addition to labor fees he had requested. He was released pending trial in District Court.

 

Man Arrested Following Accident

A Cumberland man was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana possession, following a single-car accident on Washington Street just after midnight yesterday. Thirty-one year old Dustin Freas was initially arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol; he was later found to have a small quantity of marijuana. He was eventually released to a family member.

 

Flu Vaccinations Available at Health Department

The Allegany County Health Department is conducting an immunization clinic every Wednesday from 1 to 4 at its Willowbrook Road location. No appointment is necessary. The cost this year is $30 for the regular flu vaccine, $50 for the high-dose for those 65 and older and $82 for the pneumococcal vaccine. A large scale vaccination clinic is planned for November 7th at the Allegany County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Health Department at (301)-759-5082.

 

One of Panhandle's "Most Wanted" Arrested

One of the Eastern Panhandle's "Most Wanted" has been arrested by U.S. Marshals and the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force. Brian Nickens was charged with violation of  his bond conditions, stemming from an ATF case, where Nickens was charged with being a drug user in possession of a firearm. Nickens was found in a car in the parking lot of Long John Silver's Restaurant in Charles Town, West Virginia. He was remanded to the Eastern Regional Jail, awaiting his federal trial.

 

Nemacolin Casino Lays off Part of Work Force

The Lady Luck Casino at Nemacolin has laid off 15 per cent of its employees. The exact number of employees was not revealed by Jill Alexander, spokesperson for the Isle of Capri Casinos of St. Louis, Missouri, the owner/operator of the facility. Slow revenue growth since its July opening  was blamed for the layoffs. While players are required to spend at least $10 at the resort to enter the Category 3 casinos, customers have been resistant to the access plan, according to the company.

 

Former Hagerstown City Council Member Indicted

Former Hagerstown City Councilwoman and attorney Kelly S. Cromer has been indicted by a Washington County grand jury. She is charged with three counts of felony theft and two counts of perjury. Court records indicated Cromer allegedly took money from the estate of a woman, who died in 2011 and from two of her grandchildren. Over $6300 was stolen from each of the woman's grandchildren; she also allegedly filed false affirmations in an affidavit to an account.

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Hampshire County School for Deaf, Blind May Relocate

A Hampshire County fixture for the last 150 years may be moving. The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind is the largest employer in Hampshire County, and Superintendent Dr. Lynn Boyer was asked to look at other locations to build new schools, after submitting a 10-year school renovation plan. Dr. Lynn Boyer says research is in the preliminary stages, and that thge state is doing what's best for the students and parents of the schools. The fate of the Romney-based school will be decided in January at a meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education.

 

Pennsylvania Man Charged with Growing Marijuana

Artemas, Pennsylvania resident Alan Randolph Large has been charged with growing marijuana inside the Green Ridge State Forest in Allegany County. Large was also charged with intent to distribute, possession of plants and production equipment and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $25,000 bond, and a preliminary hearing is pending.

 

Board's General Fund Being Depleted

The Allegany County Board of Education's General Fund is expected to fall by 50 per cent, due to the level of expenditures over income. The current balance of $12.6 million is expected to fall to $5 million for fiscal year 2014. Among the factors for the decrease is a million dollar expenditure for the demolition of the former Sacred Heart Hospital, the site of the new Allegany High School.

 

Council Discusses Use of Savings from Hospital Demolition

The Cumberland Mayor and City Council fielded questions last night on what to do with potential savings on the demolition costs for the former Memorial Hospital Building. City Administrator Jeff Rhodes cautioned that the savings have yet to be realized since a contract has not been awarded. Change orders on the demolition are always possible, which would change the total cost, and therefore, any savings for the project.

 

Man Jailed on $15,000 Bond in Domestic Assault

A twenty-five year old Cumberland man is jailed on $15,000 bond, following a domestic incident that began on Columbia Avenue. Glen Curtis Spencer is accused of swinging a knife at his wife, and hitting her with a closed fist. She fled to a friend's house on Mechanic Street, but Spencer allegedly found her and tried to drag her down a set of stairs. She did not require medical attention, but Spencer was charged with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

 

Keyser Man Charged With Battery

A Keyser man was jailed on $650 bond, after being charged with domestic battery. Twenty-seven year old Michael Cole was arrested after 4 a.m. Friday, following evidence of a physical assault. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment and Cole was arrested at the scene.

 

Two Moorefield Residents Sentenced in Federal Court

Two Moorefield residents were recently sentenced in federal court on drug charges. Twenty-three year old Michelle Lee Stocking was sentenced to 51 months in jail and two years of supervised release for the possession of materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. And, 39-year old Kayla Lynn Evans, also of Moorefield, was sentenced to 41 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release on the same charge.

 

MCDA Director to be Evaluated

The Mineral County Development Authority has scheduled a meeting for today, to review evaluations of the executive director's performance. Sixteen members were sent a form to fill out, relating to the job performance of executive director Mona Ridder. The meeting is being held in the conference room at the development office on Main Street in Keyser.

 

Bus, SUV collide in Bedford County

A school bus, with 17 children on board, collided with an SUV in Snake Spring Township late last week. Bus driver Cloyd Foor says he didn't see the oncoming vehicle; he tried to stop, but could not, and it struck the back passenger side of the bus. There were no injuries, but Foor is expected to be cited in the incident.

 

County to Hold 911 Observance

The Allegany County Commissioners are holding a 911 Remembrance on the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the U.S. This is also 9-1-1 Communications Day. Everyone is invited to attend the commemoration from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Allegany County Office Building on Kelly Road, Room 100.

 

School System Participating in Walk

Earlier this week, the Allegany County School System participated in "Teal Day," in observance of the fight against ovarian cancer. Donations were also accepted. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, of the school system, adds a fundraiser is being held this Saturday by the Frostburg Soroptomist Club. the Vicki Linn walk for ovarian cancer research will be held then.

 

Flight 93 Fundraising Completed

The completion of the Flight 93 National Memorial Capital Fundraising Campaign has been announced by  the National Park Service. The foundation raised$40 million in private funds for the design and construction of the memorial honoring the 40 lives lost in Somerset County on September 11, 2001. More than 100,000 donors have contributed to the fund. In addition to the $40 million in private contributions, at least $32 million in government financing has been secured.

 

Man Arrested in Fatal Child Abuse Case

A Thurmont man has been arrested in connection with the death of a two year old boy in his care. Thirty-nine year old Raymond Matthew Brittle is being held on three-quarters of a million dollars bond. The child, Robert Dean Watkins, was taken to the hospital, where staff was told he had fallen down about six steps and had an apparent head injury. However, there were additional injuries that were not consistent with falling down the stairs. Watkins later died at Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C. The incident is being treated as a homicide.

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Hampshire County Grand Jury Hands Down Indictments

Among the record number of indictments handed down by the Hampshire County Grand Jury were 15, who were charged in last week's drug raid. Other charges against individuals ranged from sexual assault, possession with intent to deliver heroin, conspiracy and child neglect. A 57-year old Romney resident was indicted for eight sexual offenses, two counts of aiding and abetting the delivery of a controlled substance, conspiracy, child neglect creating risk of injury and other counts. Bond for Aaron Lamont White was set at $120,000.

 

Somerset County Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident

Fifty-eight year old Scott James of Somerset was killed Sunday afternoon, and his passenger was injured, when their motorcycle hit the rear of a car stopped to make a turn in Somerset Township. Both Scott James and passenger Valerie James were ejected from the bike. James hit a car, driven by Friedens resident Connie Stinebiser. Valerie James was then hit by another car driven by a 17-year old Somerset juvenile. No other injuries were reported, and the accident remains under investigation.

 

Man To Stand Trial for Vehicular Homicide

Twenty-three year old Somerset resident Casey Edward Miller will stand trial on vehicular homicide charges, in connection with an accident that killed his friend, Kody Gene Dwire in August of last year. A preliminary hearing was held with the defense acknowledging the prosecutor had enough evidence to hold all the charges over the Somerset County court. Miller remains free on $5,000 unsecured bond.

 

Ribbon Cutting at New Head Start Center

A ribbon cutting and grand opening were held yesterday morning for Cumberland's latest Head Start Center, located in the former Union Laundry Facility at 310 Seymour Street. The executive director of the HRDC, Courtney Thomas, says the center will serve 52 children, as was the result of a cooperative effort among the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the city of Cumberland, and the Allegany County Commissioners. Ms. Thomas says there was a need for a new Head Start Center.

 

Group Wants Secession

A group known as the Western Maryland initiative is calling on five Western Maryland counties to secede from Maryland, and to form their own state. Scott Strzelczyk, leader of the group, says they want an "amicable divorce" from the state, due to the liberal majority. They further would like to see a smaller state with more "personal liberty, less government intrusion, and less federal entanglements." The five counties, including Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, and Carroll, represent 11 per cent of Maryland's population, and the majority of voters are Republicans in a heavily Democratic state.

 

Gun Business Booming in Maryland

The Maryland State Police have received over 85,000 gun-purchase applications through August 31st, as compared to 70,099 applications in all of 2012 and 46,339 in 2011. Gun dealers say they have been overwhelmed ahead of the law's October 1st effective date. State Police have increased their staff from 38 employees to 73 who are now working to process applications. Sixty temporary staffers are also rotating hours.

 

Governor Considering Probe Into Man's Death

Governor Martin O'Malley's Office says he is considering an investigation of the death of a man with Down Syndrome who died at a Frederick theatre in January of this year. He is also exploring all options to ensure that something similar never happens again in Maryland. Ethan Saylor died after police restrained him and placed him in handcuffs. The cause of death was asphyxiation; the manner of death was homicide because Saylor died due to police restraint. A federal investigation is underway by the U.S. Department of Justice.

 

Vaccines To Guard Against Four Strains of Flu

Maryland will be offering a little more protection with this year's flu shots; for the first time, certain vaccines will guard against four strains of flu, rather than the usual three. The so-called quadrivalent vaccines will make up only a fraction of the nation's supply of flu vaccine. Many pharmacies along with the state health centers will carry the quadrivalent vaccine.

 

Teenager Charged as Adult in Murder

A second teenage girl has been charged as an adult int he 2012 murder of Morgantown-area teen Skylar Neese. Seventeen year old Sheila Eddy's case has been elevated to adult status, while Rachel Shoaf has already pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Neese' death. Neese, Shoaf and Eddy were all classmates at University High School in Morgantown. The prosecution will recommend a 20-year sentence for Shoaf, while the defense will request she be sentenced as a juvenile.

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Three Hurt in Bel Air Blaze

 

Three people, including a firefighter, were hurt in a fire at a Bel Air duplex yesterday on Old Lake Drive. All were treated and released from the hospital. More than a dozen firefighters were on the scene of the fire, which was reported about 1 a.m. Another fire at the LaVale Lions club chicken barbeque was reported about 8:30 a.m. yesterday. There were no injuries, but sales had to be cancelled yesterday.

 

 

 

Virginia Man Arrested in Sexual Solicitation Case

 

A Woodbridge, Virginia man has been arrested for the sexual solicitation of a 14-year old Garrett County girl. Rory John Frank, Jr., was taken into custody, after a four-month investigation. He is charged with sexual solicitation of a minor, displaying pornography to a minor, soliciting a person to create child pornography, telephone misuse and indecent exposure. After extradition to Garrett County, Frank was jailed on $10,000 bond.

 

 

 

Funeral Services for Elliott Set

 

Funeral services will be held today for former Cumberland City Council member Floyd "Pete" Elliott. Pete passed away on Thursday at the age of 87. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, founded the Cumberland Neighborhood Housing Service, and played baseball in the Pen-Mar League, and for other teams as a pitcher. He is survived by his wife and three children. Services are being held today at 11 a.m. at the Adams Family Funeral Home on Decatur Street. Internment will be held at the Maryland Veteran's Cemetery at Rocky Gap.

 

 

 

Man Arrested in Cab Robbery

 

Forty-six year old Cumberland resident William Harry Thayer was arrested on robbery and theft charges, following an incident Saturday afternoon in the area of the Family Dollar Store at 60 Queen City Drive. The car driver told police a man had approached the cab and asked her for three dollars. He reached into the cab, grabbed the money and fled the area. The victim not only provided police with a detailed description, but had remembered him being in her cab before. She led them to 321 North Centre Street, where Thayer was arrested. He was held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

 

 

Man Arrested for Assaulting Mother

 

A Cumberland man was arrested over the weekend, for allegedly assaulting his mother. Mickael Allen Thornton allegedly got into an argument with his mother, which turned physical, as Thornton began to choke her. She was taken to the hospital for treatment, and he was located and arrested a short time later. Thornton was released on personal recognizance, following a hearing in Allegany County District Court.

 

 

 

Board to Televise Meetings

 

The Allegany County Board of Education will meet in work session tomorrow at 4:30 p.m., in advance of its monthly business meeting at 7 p.m. A taped broadcast of the work session and business meeting will air on Atlantic Broadband, Channel 97 for two weeks following the meetings. The broadcasts will be on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. An online program guide is available on the ACCTV website at www.ACCTV.allconet.org. School board meeting playbacks can also be accessed online at www.vod.allconeet.org for those without a subscription to Atlantic Broadband.

 

 

 

Wanted Man May Be In Region

 

Law enforcement authorities are looking for a man, who is wanted on charges of theft, distribution of heroin, and other counts. Thirty-seven year old Michael John Burton may be in Hancock, Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania, or Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Burton is wanted in Maryland for theft of under $10,000 and numerous traffic warrants. In Pennsylvania, he is charged with distribution of heroin, and a parole violation in West Virginia. Burton is accused of cutting off his monitoring bracelet and fleeing the state. Anyone with information should contact their local law enforcement agency.

 

 

 

State Representative Dies Following Surgery

 

State Representative Dick Hess of Bedford, died Friday at UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh following leg surgery. Hess served the Bedford County area for more than 26 years, and was the 10th most senior of House's 203 members. He had chaired the powerful Transportation Committee in the House.

 

 

 

Capon Bridge Man Sentenced to Federal Prison

 

A 36-year old Capon Bridge, West Virginia man has been sentenced to seven months in prison, followed by 36 months supervised release for use of a controlled, dangerous substance. Olin Gaskins also was charged with several other counts, including associating with a convicted felon without his probation officer's permission. He was originally sentenced six years ago, to 70 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

 

 

 

Two Arrested in Bruceton Mills Shooting

 

Two Preston County residents are in custody following a Saturday morning shooting. Stephanie Marie Gentry-Russell and 30-year old Michael Bryant Glenn went to the home of Robert Beerbower, and began shooting at a vehicle belonging to Beerbower's wife. When he came outside, he was shot twice in the stomach. He was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital, and is listed in stable condition. Both Gentry-Russell and Glenn were charged with attempted first-degree murder.

 

 

 

Woman Arrested in Death of Daughter

 

The Maryland State Police have arrested a Carroll County woman, in connection with the death of her four year old daughter. Forty-six year old Paula Jane Shipley has been charged with second degree murder, first degree child abuse leading to death, manslaughter, neglect of a minor and reckless endangerment. Four year old Cassandra Jane Shipley died from a lethal dose of various narcotic drugs; over-the-counter medications were also discovered in her system. Paula Shipley had been indicted by the Carroll County Grand Jury late last week.

 

 

 

New Report Shows Hunger's Hold on Maryland

 

The federal government calls it "food security," and every year, the government asks who can afford enough food for an active, healthy life. About 13 per cent of Marylanders are, in fact, "food insecure." Michael J. Wilson, the director of Maryland Hunger Solutions says the number of people in the state struggling to feed their families has increased over the past decade at rate, higher than the national average. He says it's critical that lawmakers at the state and federal level protect food assistance programs, because hunger has a hold on Maryland that doesn't appear to be letting up.

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Mineral Grand Jury Returns Indictments

The Mineral County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a former manager of training and management at ATK. Gretta Lynn Ramsey is being charged with embezzlement. The case is being handled by the Hampshire County Prosecutor, because of a conflict of interest with Jay Courrier, the Mineral County prosecuting attorney. Other indictments handed down deal with fire cases, assaults, and drug counts.

 

Man Sentenced to Prison for Drug Store Burglary

Twenty-three year old Friendsville resident Michael George Reed has been sentenced to ten years in prison, with seven suspended, for the burglary of a McHenry pharmacy in November of last year. Evidence found at the scene, along with the use of K-9 units led investigators to Reed. He will serve three years probation following his release from prison, and was also ordered to make restitution of $4700.

 

Eighteen Drug Arrests Made in Hampshire County

An investigation of 10 months in Hampshire County has led to the arrest of 18 people on felony drug counts. Five search warrants were executed in the Romney, Augusta and Slanesville areas, with narcotics, cash and paraphernalia seized in the raids. All of the defendants were jailed at the Potomac Highlands Regional facility, and are awaiting arraignment. Seventeen of the arrests were the result of indictments returned by the Hampshire County Grand Jury.

 

Schellsburg Man Sentenced

Fifty-four year old Schellsburg resident Stephen Edward Weaver was sentenced to serve 19 to 56 years in prison on 24 counts of sexual offenses involving his teenaged daughters. Weaver was also found to be a sexually violent predator. There are still federal charges awaiting Weaver, for his possession of explosive weapons.

 

Arrest Made in Store Robbery

A 24-year old man has been arrested in connection with last Saturday's daytime robbery of the Main Street Convenience Store in Keyser. Robert Lee Delawder, of Barnum has been charged with felony robbery. Approximately $350 were stolen  after he jumped the counter, pushed the cashier against the wall, and removed all the cash from the register. Keyser City Police say they have recovered evidence at the scene relating to the robbery.

 

Keyser City Police To Carry Assault Rifles

The Keyser City Police Department has joined a U.S. military surplus program, and will receive m-16 assault rifles, free of charge. The weapons cost from $900 to $1200 each on the open market. Other law enforcement agencies in the area already have assault rifles for their officers, including the Mineral County Sheriff's Office and Potomac State College.

 

Man Held on $50,000 in Assault Incident

A Cumberland man is being held on $50,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, following an alleged assault that took place on August 31st. Harley Michael Higson is accused of pulling a knife on a female victim, holding it to her throat and threatening to throw her off the Will's Creek Bridge. The victim was not injured. Officers were unable to locate Higson at the time, but he was later taken into custody.

 

Woman Charged with Disorderly Conduct

A Cumberland woman was charged, following an incident late last week in the 100-block of Virginia Avenue. Deanna Marie Lease is accused of using her vehicle to block another car. The victim told police she had been assaulted by Lease in the past, and was afraid she was going to do it again. She exited her car and ran into a nearby business. Lease left the area, but was later served with a criminal summons, on charges of disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace by hindering passage.

 

Local Teacher in Running for State Teacher of the Year

Carol Garner, an Environmental Sciences teacher at the Career Center is the Allegany County Teacher of the Year. She has now been nominated to be the Maryland Teacher of the Year,  according to Mia Perlozzo-Cross of the Board. there are seven finalists for the award, which will be announced next month in Woodlawn, Maryland.

 

Domestic Dispute Results in Arrest

A Shanksville man is free on a $50,000 non-monetary bond, following a domestic dispute earlier this week. Twenty-six year old Michael Robert Maul tells police he went into his living room to find his girlfriend kissing 30-year old Berlin resident James Edward Marsh. Maul is accused of pointing a rifle at Marsh; in turn, Marsh left and returned a short time later with a handgun. Maul was charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person. Charges will be filed against Marsh at a later date, while Maul has a preliminary hearing on September 11th at 2:30 p.m.

 

Somerset County To Be Represented at Steeler Game

Somerset County will be well represented when the Steelers host the Tennessee Titans in the season opener on Sunday. Local Boy Scouts will be handing out programs at the game, and members of the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department will present the colors before the game at 1 p.m. This is the third time the fire department color guard has presented the colors.

 

Suns Owner, City to Meet Today

The city of Hagerstown is meeting with the majority owner of the Suns, Bruce Quinn this afternoon. The closed door meeting comes after city officials in Fredericksburg, Virginia voted unanimously last week, to move forward in negotiations with the Suns. Hagerstown is, however, looking to build a new stadium in the heart of the Hub City.

 

State Tax Collections Fall Short in West Virginia

State tax collections fell by $14 million last month, mainly because of a decrease in personal income tax collections. Collections are behind estimates in personal income tax by $32 million for the first two months of the new fiscal year. Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow says he sees some revenue growth in the second half of the fiscal year, but it will be small, continuing the trend of recent years.

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State's Attorney To Seek Indictment

Allegany County State's Attorney Michael Twigg is seeking a grand jury indictment against North Branch Correctional Institute inmate Michael Crawford. Crawford is accused of the August 5th assault on Correctional Officer Herbert Hilliard. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges against Crawford are anticipated. The Allegany County Grand Jury is scheduled to convene in mid-September.

 

Dan's Mountain Wind Force Granted Extension

The Maryland Public Service Commission has granted a request from Dan's Mountain Wind Force, LLC to extend the time for building turbines there until December 31st of next year. There are no further concerns about environmental issues. The company had also cited delays, caused by financial difficulties that prevented a construction start of September 12th of this year. More time is also needed to work with zoning rules and any court action that might be needed.

 

City Opens Memorial Demolition Bids

The City of Cumberland received seventeen bid packages for the demolition of the former Memorial Hospital, ranging from $1.5 million to $4 million. Mayor Brian Grim noted there are several bids under $2 million; the city's estimates on razing the structure would be in the neighborhood of $3.5 million. Mayor Grim noted that it would cost less to tear it down, than maintain the building for two years. The city engineering staff will make a recommendation to the Mayor and Council on demolition for the former hospital.

 

Charges Pending in Hit and Run

Westernport resident Rachel Haggerty has been identified as the person who hit a bicyclist on Upper George's Creek Road earlier in the week, then fled the scene. The collision injured 66-year old Onas Hanekamp of Lonaconing. Ms. Haggerty was cited after a tip led Maryland State Police troopers to Ms. Haggerty. She has admitted to the collision and leaving the scene.

 

Former Council Member Questions Storage Fees

Former Piedmont Town Council member Ray Hall is asking city officials about storage fees for six FEMA trailers. Hall wants to know if Piedmont is responsible for the fees for the structures, that were confiscated by the West Virginia State Police. The estimated storage fee is now over $107,000, but the opinion is, that since the city does not own the trailers, storage fees do not apply.

 

Mother/Daughter Domestic Incident Results in Arrest

An argument between a mother and daughter turned physical on Tuesday, and the mother was arrested. Forty-year old Cumberland resident Amellia Gayle Storey had been arguing with her daughter at an apartment on West Oldtown Road. Ms. Storey is accused of jumping on top of the victim and causing her to have a cut above her eye, a swollen right ear, a swollen left elbow and a small cut on her foot. Following her arrest, Ms. Storey was released on personal recognizance.

 

Frostburg Man Jailed on $50,000 Bond

Frostburg resident Bradley Allen Deffenbaugh was jailed on $50,000 bond, after being charged with two counts of violating a protective order and harassment. The arrest warrant was served on Tuesday.

 

Iron Girl/Rocky Gap Triathlon To Be Held Sunday

The second annual Iron Girl/Rocky Gap Triathlon will be held this Sunday with individual athletes competing for a $4,999 prize purse. The three events include a half-mile swim, 16-mile bike ride and 2-1/2 mile run. More than 1200 female endurance athletes, representing 24 states and two countries are expected for the event. The women range in age from 14 to 71 years of age. The event benefits the Cumberland YMCA.

Sale May Have Tax Ramifications

The sale of Hidden Valley Resort may affect the status of a real estate tax refund requested by the facility's present owner, The Buncher Company. Buncher had contested the property's value shortly after it purchased it in 2007, and has been seeking a real estate tax refund of nearly $1.5 million from the Somerset Area School District, Jefferson Township and Somerset County, from taxes paid from 2009 through 2012. A pre-trial conference on the issue is scheduled for this Friday, with a non-jury trial slated for September 30th, and October 1st and 3rd.

 

Hess Being Treated at Pittsburgh Hospital

State Representative Dick Hess of Bedford is undergoing treatment at a Pittsburgh hospital for an undisclosed medical problem. Hess has served in the State House of Representatives since first winning his seat in 1986. He heads the House Transportation Committee, and should be returning to Harrisburg for the fall session in late September.

 

Marylanders Driving Less

Gas prices are on the rise again, following the Labor Day holiday, which may be one reason Marylanders aren't driving as much as they used to. The study from the consumer group PIRG finds Marylanders drove about 10,000 miles per person in 2011-a nearly four per cent decline over a six-year period. Study author Phineas Baxandall says there are a number of reasons why people are driving less.

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State's Attorney To Seek Indictment

Allegany County State's Attorney Michael Twigg is seeking a grand jury indictment against North Branch Correctional Institute inmate Michael Crawford. Crawford is accused of the August 5th assault on Correctional Officer Herbert Hilliard. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges against Crawford are anticipated. The Allegany County Grand Jury is scheduled to convene in mid-September.

 

Dan's Mountain Wind Force Granted Extension

The Maryland Public Service Commission has granted a request from Dan's Mountain Wind Force, LLC to extend the time for building turbines there until December 31st of next year. There are no further concerns about environmental issues. The company had also cited delays, caused by financial difficulties that prevented a construction start of September 12th of this year. More time is also needed to work with zoning rules and any court action that might be needed.

 

City Opens Memorial Demolition Bids

The City of Cumberland received seventeen bid packages for the demolition of the former Memorial Hospital, ranging from $1.5 million to $4 million. Mayor Brian Grim noted there are several bids under $2 million; the city's estimates on razing the structure would be in the neighborhood of $3.5 million. Mayor Grim noted that it would cost less to tear it down, than maintain the building for two years. The city engineering staff will make a recommendation to the Mayor and Council on demolition for the former hospital.

 

Charges Pending in Hit and Run

Westernport resident Rachel Haggerty has been identified as the person who hit a bicyclist on Upper George's Creek Road earlier in the week, then fled the scene. The collision injured 66-year old Onas Hanekamp of Lonaconing. Ms. Haggerty was cited after a tip led Maryland State Police troopers to Ms. Haggerty. She has admitted to the collision and leaving the scene.

 

Former Council Member Questions Storage Fees

Former Piedmont Town Council member Ray Hall is asking city officials about storage fees for six FEMA trailers. Hall wants to know if Piedmont is responsible for the fees for the structures, that were confiscated by the West Virginia State Police. The estimated storage fee is now over $107,000, but the opinion is, that since the city does not own the trailers, storage fees do not apply.

 

Mother/Daughter Domestic Incident Results in Arrest

An argument between a mother and daughter turned physical on Tuesday, and the mother was arrested. Forty-year old Cumberland resident Amellia Gayle Storey had been arguing with her daughter at an apartment on West Oldtown Road. Ms. Storey is accused of jumping on top of the victim and causing her to have a cut above her eye, a swollen right ear, a swollen left elbow and a small cut on her foot. Following her arrest, Ms. Storey was released on personal recognizance.

 

Frostburg Man Jailed on $50,000 Bond

Frostburg resident Bradley Allen Deffenbaugh was jailed on $50,000 bond, after being charged with two counts of violating a protective order and harassment. The arrest warrant was served on Tuesday.

 

Iron Girl/Rocky Gap Triathlon To Be Held Sunday

The second annual Iron Girl/Rocky Gap Triathlon will be held this Sunday with individual athletes competing for a $4,999 prize purse. The three events include a half-mile swim, 16-mile bike ride and 2-1/2 mile run. More than 1200 female endurance athletes, representing 24 states and two countries are expected for the event. The women range in age from 14 to 71 years of age. The event benefits the Cumberland YMCA.

Sale May Have Tax Ramifications

The sale of Hidden Valley Resort may affect the status of a real estate tax refund requested by the facility's present owner, The Buncher Company. Buncher had contested the property's value shortly after it purchased it in 2007, and has been seeking a real estate tax refund of nearly $1.5 million from the Somerset Area School District, Jefferson Township and Somerset County, from taxes paid from 2009 through 2012. A pre-trial conference on the issue is scheduled for this Friday, with a non-jury trial slated for September 30th, and October 1st and 3rd.

 

Hess Being Treated at Pittsburgh Hospital

State Representative Dick Hess of Bedford is undergoing treatment at a Pittsburgh hospital for an undisclosed medical problem. Hess has served in the State House of Representatives since first winning his seat in 1986. He heads the House Transportation Committee, and should be returning to Harrisburg for the fall session in late September.

 

Marylanders Driving Less

Gas prices are on the rise again, following the Labor Day holiday, which may be one reason Marylanders aren't driving as much as they used to. The study from the consumer group PIRG finds Marylanders drove about 10,000 miles per person in 2011-a nearly four per cent decline over a six-year period. Study author Phineas Baxandall says there are a number of reasons why people are driving less.

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Susquehanna Bank Robbed Again; Suspects Apprehended

 

For the second time in six days, the Susquehanna Bank branch on National Highway was robbed, but the suspects are in custody, and there is evidence that ties to last week's robbery at that location. Taken into custody following a brief chase yesterday was 47-year old William Carl Miller, of Shade Gap, Pennsylvania and 27-year old Chelsea Maye Morrison-Mikolajczyk of North East, Maryland. A man walked in to the bank, telling them he had a gun and demanded money. The two fled in a vehicle down National Highway and turned onto Route 36. The two got out of their vehicle near Motor City, but were apprehended after a brief foot chase. In addition, William Miller was charged with the August 28th robbery at the same bank location.

 

 

Leads Developed in Convenience Store Robbery

 

The Keyser Police Department has developed several leads in a daytime robbery Saturday at the Main Street Convenience Store. An employee of the business was injured in the incident, but did not require medical treatment. The suspect got an unspecified amount of cash from the business; no weapon was shown. Evidence related to the robbery was recovered in the area of the business.

 

 

Lonaconing Man Hurt in Hit and Run

 

Lonaconing resident Onas Hanekamp was injured yesterday, when he was struck by a van while riding his bicycle on the Upper George's Creek Road near Shaft. The incident happened just before 2 p.m.  Police are seeking a white van that was northbound toward Frostburg. Hanekamp, 60 years of age, suffered non-life threatening injuries. The vehicle had no rear windows, and a side mirror of the van was broken. Anyone with information should contact the LaVale Barrack of the Maryland State Police.

 

 

Arrest Warrant Served on Cumberland Man

 

The Cumberland City Police served an arrest warrant on 36 year old Chad Edward Ball on charges of second degree assault and threat of arson. The charges were applied for, by a private citizen at District Court. He was served the warrant, received a hearing at District Court and later released on $4,000 unsecured bond.

 

 

Man Held on $5,000 Bond

 

Cumberland City Police arrested 21-year old Zakary Ryan Harding following a traffic stop on Monday. Officers detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, which had been stopped on Centre Street. He and three other passengers were in the car. Marijuana, digital scales, and numerous plastic baggies were found. Also, officers located a smoking pipe and more marijuana on Harding. It was also learned he had been driving on a suspended license, and was served with a criminal summons in an unrelated matter. He was taken for a bond review, and ordered held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detetnion Center.

 

 

Teacher of the Year Selected as State Finalist

 

Carol Garner, an environmental science teacher at the Center for Career and Technical Education, has been selected as one of seven finalists in the Maryland State Teacher of the Year program. Ms. Garner was selected as Allegany County's Teacher of the Year last year, and has been invited to attend the 23rd annual Teacher of the Year gala on October 11th at Martin's West in Woodlawn, Maryland, where the 2014 Maryland State Teacher of the Year will be announced.

 

 

Love's Travel Stops Part of Economic Development Plan

 

The Love's Travel Stops project has been a few years in the making, but construction is underway. Matt Diaz, economic development director for the county, says Love's is a great company, a good operation. It has been talking with Rocky Gap about a possible shuttle bus operation to the casino, to help alleviate the limited parking there now. Diaz also says the idea of a parking garage at Rocky Gap has been discussed.

 

 

Hidden Valley Resort Sold to Seven Springs

 

Months of speculation ended yesterday, when the official announcement was made that Seven Springs purchased Hidden Valley Four Seasons Resort. There was no word on the purchase price, but the Pittsburgh-based Buncher group paid $12.4 million for the resort six years ago, and spend additional money in renovations. Bob Nutting, chairman of Seven Springs, also owns the Pittsburgh Pirates and Ogden Newspaper, Inc.

 

 

Somerset Looking to Hire Consultant

 

Somerset County and several partners are looking to hire a consulting firm, that will conduct a feasibility study on the best was to extend the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail in Rockwood, north to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stonycreek Township. The ultimate goal is to create a loop that links the Passage to the C & O Canal Towpath and the East Coast Greenway. This would then be an 1100 mile trail, triangulating the crash sites in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Somerset County.

 

 

KKK Plans Rally at Antietam

 

The Rosedale, Maryland-based Confederate White Knights, a part of the Ku Klux Klan, is planning a membership rally on Saturday at the Antietam National Battlefield. Imperial Wizard Richard Preston says he expects to bring nine members, some in white robes and hoods to the event. The white separatist group was granted a permit last week to hold the gathering. The park implemented free-speech permits in 2006, the last time a Klan unit demonstrated on the battlefield. Thousands died at Antietam in a battle that set the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation.

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