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Student Arrested in Stabbings

A 16-year old sophomore at the Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania is being charged as an adult in connection with a series of stabbings yesterday at the school. The juvenile stabbed up to 20 people at the school, with two in critical condition. His name has not been released.

 

Museum To See Improvements

The Allegany Museum will benefit from being included in the state budget. The museum will receive $250,000 for several improvements, including a new roof and other renovations. Museum officials approached Governor O'Malley last fall with its requests, without the benefit of meeting with local legislators, but later acknowledged that mistake. Officials want the facility to become a fully certified museum as an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution of Washington.

 

City to Have Curbside Recycling

As a feature of its new contract with Burgmeier Hauling of Altoona, the city of Cumberland will be providing weekly recycling pickups. Mayor Brian Grim says citizens have requested the service. Burgmeier will be paid around $145,000 each year of the three year contract for recycling service.

 

Company Furloughs 40 Employees

Bedford Reinforced Plastics has announced the temporary layoff of 40 of its employees, but the company hopes to have them return to work in the near future. That number represents about one-sixth of its work force, who were furloughed last Friday; the slowdown is being attributed to poor economic conditions, with first quarter sales much slower than expected. There was no word on when the employees would be called back to work.

 

Somerset Man Arrested by Garrett County Deputies

Somerset, Pennsylvania resident Matthew James Shaner was arrested Tuesday night by Garrett County Sheriff's deputies. A call was received for law enforcement authorities to be on the lookout for a vehicle involved in a theft from Wal Mart. The car was stopped on Route 219, and a search of the vehicle resulted in stolen property, drugs and drug paraphernalia being found. He was charged with drug possession, making false statements to a police officer, and possession of a hypodermic needle. Additional charges against Shaner are pending.

 

Man Arrested for Discharging Gun

Keyser resident Donald Citarelli has been charged with shooting a deer rifle within 500 feet of a building. Police say alcohol was involved, and that the shot was fired during a domestic disturbance at Citarelli's home on West Piedmont Street. No one was injured, and Citarelli was taken to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, where he has since posted bail.

 

Man Arrested Following Domestic Incident

Cumberland resident Charles Robert Ballard, Jr., has been charged in connection with a domestic incident on Winton Place Tuesday. Ballard is accused of assaulting a woman by throwing her down on the bed; she was able to free herself, but Ballard also allegedly threw her to the floor and bit her finger. She was taken to the hospital for treatment; Ballard was arrested, and later released on personal recognizance, on a charge of second-degree assault.

 

Man Issued B & E Summons

Cumberland resident Michael Adrian Munday was issued a summons on a charge of fourth-degree burglary. He is accused of breaking into, and entering a home in the 900-block of Bedford Street on March 31st of this year. As he opened the window, a person in the home screamed, and he fled the scene. Charges were applied for in District Court, which resulted in the summons being issued.

 

Annual Tax Sale Set for End of April

The annual Allegany County tax sale will take place on Wednesday, April 30th at the county office building. The sale begins at 10 a.m. The tax lien sale of properties will be advertised four times in the Cumberland Times-News. To be removed from the advertisement, all taxes must be paid by 4:30 p.m. on April 29th.

 

Guard Sentenced for Assault

A former prison guard at the Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown has been sentenced to 30 months in a federal prison. Tyson Hinckle was sentenced for conspiring with officers to assault inmate Kenneth Davis in March of 2008. At one time, Davis had been incarcerated in Cumberland. Hinckle is the seventh former officer from RCI who has been sentenced in connection with the series of assaults on Davis. Sixteen former and current officers have been convicted.

 

Attorney General Calls for Probe

Attorney General Doug Gansler is calling for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the state health exchange's failed web launch. Gansler-who, himself, is a Democratic gubernatorial candidate-says the state's citizens would like to have some answers for when re-enrollment begins in November. Gansler called the failed website a "debacle," and said there was a lack of transparency and competition in awarding the original contract. Gansler responded to charges that his call for a special counsel was no more than a "campaign tactic." The Attorney General acknowledged that the issue is relevant to the campaign.

 

Auto Loan Companies Settle

The state of West Virginia has settled complaints with two Virginia auto loan companies over their debt collection practices. The settlement, reached in Jefferson County Circuit Court, involved Fast Auto Loans, Inc., and Virginia Auto Loans, Inc. Car title loans are banned in the Mountain State. The companies were accused of threatening prosecution in order to collect debts, charged excessive interest rates and failed to follow the law in seizing consumers' vehicles. The companies, as part of the settlement, have agreed to pay $450,000 to the state.

 

W. Va. Electric Bills Among Lowest in the U.S.

The West Virginia Public Service Commission has announced that the state is among those with the lowest electricity rates in the nation. West Virginia rates were the sixth lowest in the entire country. The only states with cheaper rates are Arkansas, Idaho, North Dakota, Washington and Louisiana. Rates are as low as they are, because of the abundant amount of natural resources in West Virginia, as well as oversight by the Public Service Commission.

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