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Firefighters Suspected in Other Blazes

The two men who were charged with arson in connection with a January fire on Moores Hollow Road are volunteer firefighters, and are also suspected for their possible involvement in at least three other fires at vacant city homes. Kevin VanMeter and Zachary Plummer have been granted pretrial release after posting bond. Three other fires are being investigated, one each on Ella Avenue, East Roberts Street and at 944 Glenwood Street. VanMeter is a member of the Rawlings Volunteer Fire Department, while Plummer is with District 16.


No Injuries in Henderson Avenue Fire

There were no injuries early yesterday morning, as six people escaped a fire at 217 Henderson Avenue. The fire department responded to the blaze around 4:42 a.m., at the home of John and Theresa Snyder. Property damage was set at $5,000 to the dwelling and $1,000 to the contents. The cause of the fire has been attributed to wiring in the attic, which ignited floor joists and insulation. The home reportedly did not have smoke detectors.


Man Arrested for Attempted Robbery

An eighteen year old Cumberland man is being accused of attempting to rob a taxi driver in the vicinity of Grand Avenue last weekend. Devin Tashan Smith allegedly entered a taxi there, and demanded money. He was also armed with what the cab driver thought was a knife. A struggle ensued and the suspect got out in the area of North Centre Street. Smith told Cumberland City  Police that it was a misunderstanding, and that he never intended to rob anyone. He was taken to District Court for a bond hearing and held on $45,000 bond.


Man Sentenced to Prison for Probation Violation

Mineral County resident Timothy Douglas Imperio was sentenced to six months in jail, after his supervised probation was revoked in U.S. District Court. Imperio's incarceration will be followed by 30 months of supervised release for failure to file reports with his probation officer, failure to maintain employment, and being untruthful to a probation officer, among other counts. Imperio had originally been sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for perjury.


Mineral Make Up Days Discussed

If there are no more snow days in Mineral County this year, students there will only have to make up three days. Now, those make up days will be at the end of March and beginning of April, cutting short the Easter break. Students could still have a four day Easter weekend, but the state  is very stringent about make-up days and compliance.


Discipline Policy Criticized

The Meyersdale School System has a policy the requires student-athletes who have up to five infractions miss up to an entire game. Some parents, teachers and coaches spoke about the procedure, noting that those participating in extracurricular activities are held to a higher standard, and that punishments are inconsistent, and that students who are benched from sports are punished twice. Despite the hearing, no changes were announced.


Theft in Grantsville Investigated

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating the theft of a snow plow pump and lights from a pick-up truck in the 12000 block of National Pike in Grantsville. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the barrack at (301)-387-1101.


Program Awarded First Place

The Allegany County Adult Education Program recently won first place and a literacy grant for its submission of a ten-minute video, showcasing a collaborative effort with the YMCA Family Center. The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and the Adult Education and Literacy System offered family literacy activity grants to all adult education programs inthe state of Maryland in an effort to enhance existing family literacy programs. The grants will be used to provide a professional development opportunity in the form of a trip to the National Conference on Family Literacy in Kentucky in April.


Cell Phone Tracking Bill Considered

The Maryland House Judiciary Committee is considering a bill that would allow law enforcement officials to obtain location records from mobile devices without a search warrant. Supporters of the bill says it will provide a uniform standard across the state for obtaining real time location information of an individual involved in an investigation. The ACLU opposes the bill, in that logging a person's whereabouts can deny the  Fourth Amendment right to privacy.

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