Man Injured in Fall From Failinger's
Fifty-three year old Timothy B. Fiske of Chenango, New York was injured in a fall from the third floor of Failinger's Hotel Gunter Monday. Witnesses say Fiske climbed over the railing on the third floor balcony, and was walking along the outside wall. He lost his balance and fell about 40 feet from the third floor onto the overhead awning and then to the sidewalk. Alcohol may have contributed to the accident. He was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Health Center for treatment.
Development Authority To Elect Officers
The Mineral County Development Authority is electing a new president and secretary. The President of the group, Rick Linthicum, resigned last month after being questioned about a contribution to the Greater Cumberland Committee. The current secretary, John Cole, has indicated his intention to resign at the end of his current term. Three other board members, whose terms are expiring, have indicated a willingness to be reappointed. They include Anne Palmer, John Lusk, and Robert Cole.
Mayor Files for Second Term
Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim has filed for a second term, and will be on the ballot in the primary election in June of next year. Mayor Grim was first elected in 2010. Before that, he ran an unsuccessful campaign to become a delegate in the General Assembly in District One. That seat is currently held by LeRoy Myers, who recently announced he will not be seeking another term in the House of Delegates.
Branding, Marketing Plan for Canal Place
The Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority has announced a $100,000 branding and marketing plan, which will allow the area to develop a uniform name, a logo, signs, products, and marketing programs. According to the Cumberland Times-News, the first phase of the plan would involve a study of potential customers. The Canal Place Heritage Area is under consideration for the expansion of the territory there.
Domestic Assault Results in Arrest
A 60-year old Cumberland man has been charged with second-degree assault, as the result of a domestic incident in the area of Pennsylvania Avenue at Fourth Street. Joseph Bates and his wife were in a car, when they got into a verbal argument that turned physical. After the incident, Bates left the vehicle and fled the area on foot. He was released on personal recognizance, pending trial in Allegany County District Court. His wife did not require medical attention.
Man Charged with Burglary, Destruction of Property
Carpendale, West Virginia resident Scott Milliron was charged with fourth-degree burglary and destruction of property, following an early morning incident yesterday in the 100-block of Park Street. Officers noticed the front door of the residence had been kicked in, and located him inside the home, and arrested him. He was taken for a bond review, but released on his own recognizance, pending trial.
Man Taken To Ruby Memorial for Injuries
A Friendsville man was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Asher Glade Road, near Route 42 late Monday afternoon. Sixty-six year old William Harold Fairfax of Sand Spring Road, was traveling on his motorcycle, when he lost control on debris in the roadway. He then went into a ditch. The Northern Garrett Rescue Squad responded to the accident.
Man Held on $75,000 Bond
A Cumberland man is being held on a total $75,000 bond, following an incident on Furnace Street early Sunday morning. Police received a report of gunshots in the area of Furnace and Valley Streets. Gerald Allen Moore was questioned and police found ammunition on him. Moore was also wanted in connection with a domestic violence incident in May, where he allegedly threatened a woman with a handgun and assaulted her during a fight. He was taken to the Allegany County Detention Center. Three others were also arrested for disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order. They included Desirae Nicole Washington, Latoya Nicole Taylor and Anthony Eugene Palmisano.
Motorcyclist Hurt in Crash
Forty-six year old John Axon, of Milligan's Cove Road in Manns Choice, Pennsylvania, was injured in a motorcycle accident this past weekend. Axon received head and other injuries in the crash. He ran off the side of the road, the back on to it. He was taken to UPMC/Bedford for treatment and was cited in the accident.
Copper Wire Stolen from Somerset Site
About $10,000 worth of copper wire was stolen from two disassembled wind turbines in Somerset County recently. The 150 feet of wire was cut from the turbines, which are owned by AES Wind Generation of Dallas, Texas. The thefts occurred between May 29th and June 11th in the parking lot where the turbines were being stored. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
Mineral County Trial for Cumberland Man Continued
The trial of Cumberland resident Leo Rodenhauser has been continued in Mineral County Circuit Court. His attorney asked for a delay, so that he could go over information received from prosecuting attorney Jay Courrier with his client. Rodenhauser is accused of being involved in an October motorcycle chase in Keyser that injured two police officers. He was indicted by a Mineral County grand jury in January.
Police Search for Vandal
The Pennsylvania State Police are looking for the person who threw a large rock through an original stained-glass window at a 19th century church in Somerset County. They believe the window was broken on Saturday at the 168-year old Christ Casebeer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincoln Township. The glass itself is insured for more than a million dollars, but there are doubts as to whether it can be replaced or restored to its original condition.
Board Seeks Ethics Panel Membership
The Allegany County Board of Education is seeking applicants for membership on its Ethics Panel. The panel is a five-member body, whose primary responsibility is to provide advisory opinions, to conduct hearings on ethics complaints, and to make recommendations to the Board of Education on matters relating to conflict of interest, financial disclosure, and lobbying disclosure. Members are appointed by the Board for a five-year term. Applications are available at the Board Office on Washington Street, or online at "www.boe.allconet.org" under the Community tab and Ethics information.
Commissioners To Meet in Flintstone
The Allegany County Commissioners will hold their weekly meeting this week on Thursday in Flintstone. The meeting will take place at the Flintstone Volunteer Fire Company, beginning at 5 p.m. Community members and all interested individuals are invited to attend.
"Deputy State Fire Marshal of the Year" Announced
Deputy State Fire Marshal William Potts, assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad, has been named the recipient of the "2012 Deputy State Fire Marshal of the Year" award. State Fire Marshal William Barnard made the presentation during a ceremony at the Firemen's Association annual convention in Ocean City yesterday. Deputy Potts began his career with the Office of the State Fire Marshal as a Bomb Squad Technician in October of 2007, after a distinguished career as a bomb technician with the Metro Transit Police in Washington, D.C.
Bongino To Announce Congressional Bid
Former U.S. Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino is expected to announce his plans to run for the Republican nomination for Maryland's 6th District Congressional race today. He ran for U.S. Senate last year, but was defeated by incumbent Ben Cardin. The 6th Congressional District had been held by Republican Roscoe Bartlett for 20 years. The Democrat-controlled General Assembly made significant changes during the redistricting process in 2011, and Democratic Representative John Delaney defeated Bartlett last year.
Most Wanted Arrested by Law Enforcement
A Falling Waters, West Virginia man was arrested by state and federal authorities for an incident that occurred in October of last year. Peter Stankiewicz had been charged with soliciting a minor for sex by the West Virginia State Police. Stakiewicz had been in the Maryland area, then returned to West Virginia. He was arrested late last week by members of the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force, which includes local Sheriff's Offices and the U.S. Marshal's Service.
Man Arrested in Assault Case
A Maryland Avenue man was arrested by Cumberland City Police, related to a domestic assault in the 700-block of Maryland Avenue. A man claims he was assaulted by Michael Kerren Swick during an argument over money. During the investigation, Samantha Elizabeth Swick began to yell and scream at another woman at the scene. She was ordered to lower her voice, but refused, and was also taken into custody.
Woman Fails to Show at Hearing
A Meyersdale woman has a warrant for her arrest, after she failed to show at a hearing last week. Nineteen-year old Faith Ann Robertson is accused of soliciting money for a headstone for murder victim Justine Jackson, formerly of the Cumberland area. At least five people called police, reporting that Ms. Robertson had approached them about raising money to purchase a headstone for Ms. Jackson. Twenty-four year old Jonathan William Beal has been charged with the murder. Justine Jackson's body was found along the Great Allegheny Passage in November.
No Football for BW in 2013
Bishop Walsh will not field a football team this fall, due to a lack of interest. Bishop Walsh Athletic Director Jim Zamagias noted that there 19 players lat year, and since then five have transferred to other schools and five others have decided not to play this fall. Bishop Walsh has had a football team, since the school opened in 1966; prior to that LaSalle had a football program, dating back to the 1920's.
Three Injured in Weekend Crash
Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 68 Westbound near the 72 mile marker. A car, driven by 22 year old Great Cacapon, West Virginia resident Michele Haslacker, experienced mechanical problems and hit a guardrail along the edge of the center median and came back onto the roadway, coming to rest in the right lane. A truck, driven by Laurel resident John McKenzie, was unable to avoid the car and hit the rear of Ms. Hasalacker's vehicle. McKenzie, Ms. Haslacker and her infant daughter were taken to Meritus Medical Center by Hancock Rescue Squad ambulance. All three injuries were minimized because of the proper use of seatbelts by the adults and a child safety seat for Ms. Haslacker's infant daughter.
Hagerstown Police Investigate Murder, Suspect Arrested
Hagerstown Police have arrested a suspect in the murder of another man in a wooded area, behind West Antietam Street on Saturday. David Allen Miller is accused of severely beating another man at the rear of 339 West Antietam Street, while the two were consuming alcoholic beverages togther. Injuries caused by Miller are believed to have contributed to the unnamed victim's death. The victim was taken to the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore for an autopsy. Miller has been charged with first degree murder, along with first and second-degree assault.
More Jobs Coming to Jefferson County, West Virginia
The U.S. Coast Guard Operations Systems Center in Jefferson County, West Virginia is planning at $15 million expansion, and that will mean the addition of as many as 150 jobs. The Jefferson County Development Authority will lease 40,000 square feet in a business park there for the Coast Guard. The space will be used to consolidate a number of IT systems and will help relieve overcrowding at the current facility. The additional jobs will be added over the next several years, as consolidation operations are completed.
Health Department Investigates Possible Rabies Exposure
The Allegany County Health Department is working closely with the Board of Education to identify and notify individuals who may have been exposed to a rabid kitten which was taken to Allegany High School on May 20th of this year. The kitten was in the school from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., during an AP Government class. The kitten was confirmed to be rabid on Tuesday of this week, following a period of sickness. Anyone who may have come into direct physical contact with the animal is asked to contact the Allegany County Health Department at (301)-759-5125.
Paw Paw Man Arrested for Theft
Thirty-two year old Paw Paw resident David James Small was arrested Wednesday for the theft of copper pipe and metal conduit from the parking garage at the former Memorial Hospital in Cumberland. Officers noticed the items in a suspicious vehicle inside the garage, and found Small in a stairwell of the garage. A hypodermic syringe was located under the driver's seat of the car. He was charged with theft, destruction of property and CDS possession of drug paraphernalia. Small was held on $4,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Cardin Introduces CAPP Act
Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin has introduced legislation that would create jobs across the nation by encouraging the restoration of historic buildings into useful economic properties. The "Creating American Prosperity Through Preservation Act" would create Historic Tax Credits, and would help revitalize communities, encourage private investment, and create safer, more secure neighborhoods. One of the projects included in the bill is the Klotz Throwing Company Mill in Lonaconing, better known as just the "silk mill." The building is being redeveloped as affordable housing with the help of $1.5 million in historic trust funding. The total cost of the project is $7.5 million.
Garrett County Aquatics Team Earns Medals, Ribbons at Special Olympics
The Maryland Special Olympics took place last weekend in Towson, and the Garrett County Aquatics Team competed against athletes from every county in the state. All three swimmers placed first or second in at least two of their events. Robert Broadwater, a first-time swimmer received a gold medal in two of his three events; Zachary Harpole received a gold medal in each of his two freestyle events, and Robin Fife, a veteran swimmer, received two gold and a silver in her back stroke events.
Checks in Mortgage Settlement To Be Mailed
Checks, totaling more than $15 million, are being sent this week to more than 10,000 Maryland mortgage borrowers. The individual checks, totaling about $1480 each are being sent to borrowers who submitted a valid claim through the National Mortgage Settlement. The settlement was the result of accusations that the five largest mortgage servicers in the country engage in abusive servicing and foreclosure practices, including robo-signing-creating foreclosure documents in an assembly-line fashion, without verifying their accuracy.
Bridge Work To Begin Monday in Bedford County
The second of three bridge projects will begin Monday in Everett, Pennsylvania. Cottle's Asphalt of Everett will be repairing the abutments and pier, replacing bridge bearings, as well as deteriorated members of the steel truss. The project will run through October 31st. The bridge is known as the Route 1029 bridge, over the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River in Everett. There will be detours in place, and motorists are asked to be alert and use caution in the area.
Gansler Asks for Freeze on Health Insurance Rates
Attorney General Doug Gansler is urging Maryland insurance regulators to cap any health insurance rate increases above five per cent. The attorney general is also asking for public reviews of any such requests after six months. Rate increases, according to Gansler, should be based on actual data after federal health care reform is implemented, and not on projections that serve the needs of insurance company executives.
Helicopter Makes "Hard Landing" in Morgantown
There were no injuries, but there will be an investigation into why a helicopter made a "hard landing" in Morgantown Wednesday afternoon. The chopper touched down near Lower Hildebrand Road after noon. Subcontracting work was being done for First Energy, and it was en route from Morgantown to Fairmont. Two people were on board. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the incident.
Bedford County Murder Trial To Begin Next Week
The trial of a Bedford man, accused of allegedly killing a close friend, will begin next week. Fifty-two year old Randy Foor is accused of pushing his friend, Dennis Sprigg of Manns Choice, during a party last summer. Sprigg hit his head on a sidewalk and fell unconscious. He died nearly seven weeks later at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown. Jury selection was held on Tuesday, and the trial is scheduled for next Wednesday and Thursday.
Fire Company Under Investigation
The Mc Coole Fire Department is under investigation for alleged mismanagement of the company's assets that led to its demise. The building failed to sell at auction yesterday, and State's Attorney Michael Twigg revealed that an investigation has been underway into its management practices. The company, as of last month, had only one fire truck, was nearly a million dollars in debt, and the station was in foreclosure. No one bid on the station, which is now owned by the Marquette Bank of Cook County, Illinois. The opening bid was $350,000.
Moorefield Pair Enter Guilty Plea in Drug Case
Forty-year old Scott Allen Greenwalt of Moorefield entered a guilty plea of "attempting to manufacture methamphetamine," and a co-defendant, 23-year old Michell Lee Stocking entered a guilty plea to possessing materials used in manufacturing the drug. The pleas were entered recently in United States District Court in Elkins. Greenwalt faces up to 20-years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine, while Ms. Stocking faces up to 10-years in prison and a quarter-million dollar fine. The case was investigated by a number of agencies, including the FBI, the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations, and the Moorefield Police Department.
Fire Does Minor Damage to Home
Heat from construction work is being blamed for a fire yesterday afternoon at 1026 National Highway in LaVale. The two-story, wood-framed single family dwelling is owned by Randy Trumbule, and the fire was discovered by contractors working on the house. About $500 in damage was done. The fire originated in the basement ceiling.
Alleged Burglar Held on $35,000 Bond
A Cumberland man is lodged in the Allegany County Detention Center on $35,000 bond, after he tried to gain entry to a home in the 300-block of Grand Avenue. Kelly Edgar Cole is accused of trying to pry open a door of the home, then fled the scene, when confronted by the victim. He was stopped in the 200-block of Seymour Street, traveling in the wrong direction on East Third Street. Cole was charged, and taken to District Court for an initial appearance.
School Board Selects Construction Manager
Construction Management Services has been selected as the construction manager for the new Allegany High School Project. Grimm and Parker Architects reviewed the information on the project, and Board of Education staff has recomended the issuance of a request-for-proposal for CMS. The School Board must now notify the Interagency for School Construction of the selection; the IAC will then review and approve the solicitation of documents.
Oakland Facility Wins State Award
The Maryland Green Registry presented the 2013 Leadership Award to the Oakland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center during the Annual Membership Awards Event this week. The award recognizes top performing organizations that have shown a strong commitment to the implementation of sustainable practices, the demonstration of measurable results and the continual improvement of environmental performance. The facility has been serving Garrett County residents for over 30 years.
School Lunches to Go Up
The Allegany County Board of Education adopted its FY 2014 budget last night, which includes an increase of ten cents for school lunches. Elementary lunches will now be $2.30, while the cost for middle and high school students will be $2.50. On the school security issue, the board requested $480,000 to administer a school security plan; the county, so far, has not approved that funding.
Fireworks to be Set at Bishop Walsh
Although details have yet to be finalized, Mayor Brian Grim announced the annual Fourth of July fireworks display will be set off at Bishop Walsh School this year. It was announced at a teacher's meeting that the Archdiocese of Baltimore had given its permission to conduct the display from the school's softball field.
Man Arrested for Carrying Firearm
An Accident man was arrested Monday evening at a bar in Friendsville, and charged with openly carrying and wearing a firearm, and possession of a regulated firearm by a prohibited person. Forty-eight year old Raymond Piper, Jr., was allegedly seated at the Sugar Shack bar, wearing a pistol. He was taken to the McHenry barrack, and following a bond review, was released on personal recognizance.
"Operation Takedown VII" Conducted by Police Department
An Arrest Warrant Initiative was conducted by the Cumberland City Police Department's Safe Streets program. A total of 25 individual arrests were made on 29 arrest warrants. Charges ranged from theft, to motor vehicle counts, to assault and drug counts. Cumberland City Police Chief Charles Hinnant credited the partnership between citizens and officers in the apprehension of the individuals that have eluded authorities.
Garrett County Burglary Reported
The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating a burglary that occurred this past weekend. A call was received around noon on Saturday that a burglary took place in the 1100-block of Blue Goose Road in Friendsville. An unknown person or persons entered the home and outbuilding and removed all the copper wiring. If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact the McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police at (301)-387-1101.
Police Called to Memorial Avenue
Cumberland City Police were called to the 100-block of Memorial Avenue Monday afternoon, for the report of a domestic disturbance. A woman had indicated her 16-year old daughter was out of control. The girl had been creating a disturbance by cursing loudly and striking objects. She was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct. She was eventually released back into her mother's custody after processing.
Partial Payment Made on Athletic Complex
The loss of state grants is being blamed. in part, for Keyser High School's inability to once again make its annual payment on the athletic complex. The school presented the Mineral County Board of Education with $72,000 last week-about $207,000 short of the annual payment. The school was able to make the first payment on the facility in 2009, but since then, has been unable to meet the annual goal. The school lost almost $20,000 in state grants this year.
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