Fire in North End
Firefighters were on the scene of a fire early yesterday morning, at 466 Columbia Street. The blaze was reported at 5:24 a.m. Living in the home were Trista Poole and her children. There were no injuries, but the blaze also damaged adjacent dwellings at 464 and 468 Columbia Street. The building is owned by Richard Hernandez. Firefighters remained on the scene for several hours. Damages were placed at $70,000 to the structure and $25,000 to the contents. The Maryland State Fire Marshal is on the scene, investigating the cause.
Fire Victim Identified
The man killed in last weekend's fire on Horseshoe Lane has been identified as 37-year old Roger Reckart of Oakland. His body was located in the burned remains of the 16-foot camper-trailer at 10 Horseshoe Lane. The cause of death has been listed as thermal burn injuries received during the fire. He was the sole occupant of the trailer. There were no working smoke alarms in the trailer. Damages were placed at $1500.
Governor Rescinds Appointment
Governor Martin O'Malley says he is removing Brad Frantz as the emergency management director in Garrett County. Frantz had held the position for 35 years, retired in July, but came back on the job as a contractual employee when Superstorm Sandy moved through the area in late October. For his part, Frantz says he has heard no specifics about the Governor's dissatisfaction with his post-storm response.
Three Arrested by Task Force
Two people in the Bedford area are accused of being drug dealers, following their arrest this past week. Several more arrests are expected in the coming weeks. Coatesville, Pennsylvania resident Frank James Pugh and Marsha Mills were taken into custody, following a controlled drug buy at the Dollar General Store in Bedford. There was a third individual whose name is being withheld, as no charges have been filed against her at this time. Another person, 30-year old Bedford resident Shawn Bowser was arrested over the weekend, and he was found to be in possession of 35 packets of heroin and a small quantity of marijuana.
Police Investigating Converter Thefts
The Cumberland City Police Department is investigating a series of thefts from vehicles that have occurred on the West Side of town. Suspects are removing catalytic converters from the exhaust systems of vehicles parked in the area. They may be using portable saws to remove them from the vehicles. Citizens are urged to contact the police if they have any information regarding the thefts, or if they observe suspicious activity. They can also contact the Allegany/Mineral County CrimeSolvers group at (301)-722-4300.
Domestic Incident Reported
Deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff's Office arrested a Mexico Farms man, in connection with a domestic incident Sunday evening. Thirty-nine year old William Joseph Spraggs was charged with one count each of first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. He was taken to District Court and held on $30,000 bond.
Missing Somerset County Man Found Dead
A Friedens, Pennsylvania man who went missing last week, was found dead inside of his pickup truck. Frankie Sass was first reported missing last Wednesday. Police are continuing to investigate his death and are not releasing any more information at this time.
Preston County Man Arrested on Drug Charges
Preston County resident Daniel Shawn Dewitt was taken into custody, following his arrest on drug charges last week. Dewitt was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. Bottles of Subutex pills were found in his residents, and law enforcement authorities say they believe Dewitt was selling the pills. The also found substances and containers of seeds consistent with that of marijuana, according to a press release from the Preston County Sheriff's Department.
Gas Prices Could Be Lower This Year
Some analysts say the price of gas could ease up later this year. Triple "A" says the prices could drop to the low-to-mid three-dollar range during the first half of the summer. In Maryland, gas is, on average, costing $3.34. That's slightly above the national average of $3.38.