Most Power to be Restored by Thursday
Some small pockets of Potomac Edison customers may not have power restored until tomorrow. In Mineral and Hampshire Counties, power should be restored by tomorrow night. Residents are encouraged to transport tree debris to the Allegany County compost site on PPG Road in Mexico Farms. Residents who have been without power are reminded that food has surpassed the safe use period for consumption, if it has not been adequately refrigerated or frozen since the storm. Residents are also asked to check on their elderly neighbors during this time.
One Firefighter Transported to Hospital
One firefighter was taken to the hospital, while fighting a fire in the 200-block of Charles Street yesterday afternoon. The Allegany County Office of Emergency Services says the initial call was received at 3:50 p.m. The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police assisted with calls in the city. At least seven fire companies from the surrounding area were on the scene. There were initial reports that there were people trapped in the building, but that was not the case. Firefighters remained on the scene for several hours yesterday afternoon.
Washington, D.C. Man Sentenced in Drug Case
Thirty-seven year old Antonio Hall of Washington, D.C. has been sentenced to 14 years in prison, with five suspended. He had pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine. When released, Hall will be on four years of supervised probation, including evaluation and treatment, and the forfeiture of $5,000. Hall was sentenced by Judge W. Timothy Finan in Allegany County Circuit Court.
Man Arrested on Outstanding Arrest Warrant
Cumberland City Police arrested 26-year old Christopher Adam Johnston, who had been wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant. Johnston was walking on North Centre Street, when an officer told him to stop; he ran and was apprehended a short time later. A search revealed both CDS and paraphernalia. He was held on a $30,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. The original warrant charged him with the theft of a GPS device from a vehicle in the area of Camden Avenue.
Fourth of July Activities Scheduled
The City Of Cumberland will hold its annual Fourth of July celebration, weather permitting. The Potomac Concert Band will begin at 7:30 p.m., at the Park amphitheatre. The fireworks will begin shortly after the concert, at dusk.
Man Charged with Burning Down His Home
A Somerset County man is accused of burning down his own house. Forty-seven year old Jay Shaulis has been charged with two counts of arson and criminal mischief. His wife, Cheryl, had moved out of the residence a week ago, and he had told her he would burn the house down.
Seven Deaths Now Blamed on Storm
Seven deaths across Maryland have been attributed to last Friday’s storm and the extreme heat of the past several days. Four died as a result of the heat, and three, from the storm. During last Friday’s “super derecho” storm, two people died from falling tree limbs and one man was killed after his boat capsized in the Chesapeake Bay during Friday’s severe weather.