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WMHS Addresses Meningitis Outbreak


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



Man Arrested on Outstanding Warrant


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



Three Arrested in Keyser for Drug Possession


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



Fall Vaccination Clinic Set by Health Department


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



Comprehensive Plan Meeting Set by Commissioners


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



Burglary Investigated at Cumberland Valley Township Home


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



MML Lists Restoration of Revenues as Top Priority


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



Suspect Sentenced to Death


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


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