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New Developer Possible for Cumberland Chase

A transfer of ownership is possible for the Cumberland Chase Housing project, and there may be a new developer in the offing. Cumberland Chase, a planned community on Dan’s Mountain, has remained in limbo since one of the partners died in a plane crash. Rob Markwood, another partner, died in May of 2010. The Allegany County Commissioners have now authorized county staff to prepare a public works agreement to outline existing and future infrastructure necessary to support the development. A potential new developer is negotiating to buy the property.

 

Happy Hills Auction Slated for Tomorrow

Numerous items from the Happy Hills Farm, owned by the Hafer family, will be auctioned off, beginning tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. There will be two auctioneers on site, selling many items obtained by the family over the years. John Hafer is the director of a family mortuary business in Frostburg and LaVale. He served as a Maryland State Senator for 16 years, before stepping down four years ago.

 

Woman Arrested In Detention Center Fight

A Rawlings woman was arrested outside the Allegany County Detention Center, following a fight with three members of a family, who were visiting an inmate there. Twenty-three year old Nicole Renae White was charged with four counts of assault and one count of disorderly conduct. Ms. White is accused of biting one man and tearing the shirt off of another. She was placed in the Detention Center on $2500.

 

Breaking and Entering Reported

Another breaking and entering has occurred in Cumberland, this time on Pearre Avenue. The victim had returned home for lunch, when she noticed her home had been entered. Entry was made through the basement door and a total of $2500 in household items was taken. C3I investigators arrived on the scene to assist and continue with their investigation. No one has been arrested in connection with the crime, but police remind residents to remain vigilant in their neighborhoods, and to report any suspicious activity to the Police Department.

 

Man Arrested in Domestic Incident

A Lonaconing man was being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $10,000 bond, following an incident Wednesday evening. Twenty-four year old Randall Ernest Mellotte was at his residence with a family member, landlord and several co-workers when he began to act uncontrollably; he assaulted a family member when she tried to walk outside. Co-workers tried to intervene and he assaulted them as well. The victims sustained minor injuries.

 

Hearing Delayed for Schellsburg Man

A hearing for Schellsburg resident Stephen Weaver was continued until late next month. Weaver is charged with having weapons of mass destruction. State police found an unknown amount of explosive devices that were contained in an attached garage to his home. The state police Hazardous Device and Explosives Section destroyed the devices in an adjacent field.

 

Hampshire County Man Arrested in Break-In

Twenty-two year old Jeremy Spaid was arrested in connection to the breaking and entering of a Capon Bridge home. Spaid is accused of stealing numerous firearms, and then trying to pawn them at a local shop. His father, Tom Spaid, was also a suspect in the breaking and entering, but he was found dead July 23rd in Winchester. Foul play is not suspected. For his part, Jeremy Spaid was released on $5,000 bond.

 

Adult Education Holds Graduation Recognition Ceremony

The Allegany County Public Schools Adult Education Program held its 28th Annual Graduation Recognition Ceremony in late June at Mountain Ridge High School. Students from both the GED and External Diploma Programs were honored for earning their Maryland High School Diploma during the 2010-2011 school year.

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Man Charged With Rape, Assault

A twenty-eight year old Cumberland man, Robert Lee Hess, is being held on a quarter-million dollars bond, after being charged with rape and assault. The 18-year old victim reported the crime Monday morning. She was awakened by the suspect lying on top of her; she fought with him, and he fled. Hess was located a short time later and taken into custody. Evidence was collected at the scene, and was forwarded to the Maryland State Police Crime lab for analysis. Hess was charged with second-degree rape and second-degree assault. He remains in jail.

 

Inmate Sentenced to Third Life Term

An inmate, formerly housed at the Western Correctional Institution, was sentenced to a third life term on Tuesday. Darren Edward Witmer was convicted in May for the death of his cellmate, Jeffrey Kay on November 25, 2009.  His death was ruled a homicide by strangulation. Witmer had been serving life sentences for two murders in Frederick County, Maryland, dating back to the early 1990’s. The Allegany County State’s Attorney’s Office prosecuted the local case, while Witmer was defended by the Public Defender’s Office.

 

More Details on LeFevre Road Fire

Tuesday evening’s fire at 106 LeFevre Road did approximately a quarter million dollars damage. The home was owned by Mike Perrino and Georgia Nasios; five occupants were displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross and family members. Smoke detectors were present and activated. The cause has been ruled accidental in nature, caused by unattended cooking. A total of 50 firefighters took about 90 minutes to control the blaze.

 

Mineral Board Discusses Athletic Complex

How to continue to meet an annual $279,000 payment on the Keyser High School Athletic  Complex was discussed during the most recent Mineral County Board of Education meeting. The board has “covered” the shortfall in annual payments, since they began three years ago. One representative noted that a realistic goal for the school would be to raise at least half the payment-or approximately $139,000-each year.

 

Schadler Loses Reinstatement Bid

Former Delegate Robert Schadler has been unsuccessful in his bid for reinstatement to the Mineral County Republican Executive Committee. Schadler had been ousted for publicly supporting a Democratic candidate in last year’s election. His lawsuit contended that the 12-member Executive Committee essentially overturned the results of the 2010 election in removing him from its membership. He further claimed that state law does not provide a procedure to remove duly elected representatives from such committees.

 

Cresaptown Man Arrested for Trespassing

A Cresaptown man was arrested for trespassing on Tuesday afternoon. Robert Toey was found lying in an alley off of Dexter Place. He had been trespassing on posted private property. He was taken to Police Headquarters and issued a criminal citation. He was released pending trial.

 

Other Post Offices May Close

Several post offices in the region have been listed for possible closure in the future, and now there’s word on some facilities in nearby Pennsylvania that may also close. As many as 3700 post offices nationwide may close in a cost-cutting measure. In Bedford County, both the Artemas and Riddlesburg facilities are on the list. And, in Somerset County, Acosta, Fairhope and New Baltimore have been targeted. Instead of maintaining these offices, the U.S. Postal Service will team with local retail stores, to offer basic services, like stamps, packaging and post office boxes.

 

Hagerstown Delivery Driver Robbed, Car Stolen

A Washington County man, attempting to make a food delivery in Hagerstown was assaulted and robbed, and his vehicle was stolen. Two black males, possibly teenagers, are being sought in the incident, involving 55-year old Kwokkuen Leung, who sustained minor injuries. Police are looking for his car, a silver 2001 Mitsubishi Galant, with Maryland tag, “9ERY39.” Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hagerstown City Police, or email information to crimetip@hagerstownpd.org.

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New Allegany High School Recommended

Grimm and Parker Architects have recommended a new Allegany High School, on a yet to be determined site, along with the modernization and additions to both Braddock and Washington Middle Schools. The Allegany County Board of Education heard the results, during a special session yesterday. Board members voted to follow the suggestions outlined in the report, and make the replacement of Allegany High School their top priority on the Capital Improvement Projects plan. The total cost for a new school would be just over $24 million, with an approximate local cost of between $9 and $15 million.

 

West Side Fire Yesterday

Crews remained on the scene late last night at a fire on Lefrvre Road on the west side of Cumberland. The fire, in a two-story apartment building, was reported just after 6 p.m., may have originated in the kitchen. The building was home to three families, two of whom were home at the time. Everyone escaped without injury, but there were reports of some firefighters showing signs of heat exhaustion.

 

Regional Postal Branches on List for Closure

Several regional postal facilities are on a review list for closure, as the United States Postal Services weighs the fate of more than 10 per cent of its retail branches. On the list for review are post offices in Bittinger, Bloomington, Cresaptown, LaVale, Little Orleans and Virginia Avenue. In Hampshire County, branches at Green Spring, Capon Springs, and Points, West Virginia are also on the list. A Postal Service representative stresses that nothing will be decided until a public meeting is held, and there is a period of time for further public comment.

 

Woman Arrested for Giving False Statement

A Cumberland woman has been arrested for making a false statement to law enforcement. Forty-two year old Ronaele Michele Layman reported her vehicle stolen last Saturday. The incident was investigated by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, and it was discovered she had provided a false statement. She was served a criminal summons and released pending trial.

 

Student Found Asleep on School Bus

Two people have been suspended after an incident on Monday. A third-grade male student, attending a summer school program at Beall Elementary School, fell asleep while riding the bus. He was later discovered by transportation employees, and the students’ father was also contacted. The student was taken to the school and examined by the health nurse; he finished the remainder of the school day. Both the bus driver and aide have been suspended, pending an investigation of the incident.

 

City To Conduct Tree Removal

The City of Cumberland Engineering Department will be conducting tree removal work Thursday at the corner of Fayette Street and Gephart Drive. Parking will be restricted in the area needed for the removal. A flagman will direct traffic and parking will not be permitted, while the work is taking place.

 

School Bus Safety Improvements Funded

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention has announced that more than a half-million dollars have been committed to law enforcement agencies across the state to improve school bus safety. Forty-six agencies will receive the money, which will be used to pay overtime for police to enforce safety laws, as well as for driver education activities. The Maryland State Police will receive $160,000 of the funding.

 

Tax Free Week Slated

Maryland’s Tax Free Week is coming up the week of August 14th through the 20th, just in time for back-to-school. Qualifying apparel and footwear, $100 or less, are exempt from Maryland’s 6 per cent sales tax.

 

Governor Hopes To Sign Same Sex Marriage Bill

Governor Martin O’Malley is hoping to sign a same sex marriage law by next year. It was a close vote last time, and O’Malley says that more political weight is being put behind the movement; he added in a recent interview that sometimes, it takes a Governor to push a bill over the goal line.

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Redistricting Hearings Underway in Maryland

The first in a series of redistricting hearings began this past weekend in Hancock. Senator George Edwards urged that the boundary of District One remain the same. Some see the process as a chance to carve the 6th District, so that it’s less favorable to 10-term incumbent Roscoe Bartlett. The redistricting committee is expected to have one more hearing this month, seven in August and two in September, before recommending a state legislative plan, which the general assembly will review, beginning in January.

 

Parklet Still Viable for Downtown

The idea of a welcome center at the Heritage Parklet, off  Canal Street, is still being discussed, and officials are still working on the details. Downtown Manager Ed Mullaney first discussed the idea at a June Mayor and Council meeting. The Downtown Cumberland Business Association still must address several legal issues, before a lease agreement can be executed, including liability insurance.

 

Bedford County Man Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident

Twenty-five year old Bedford County resident Donald Blakeslee Slout was killed early Sunday morning, in a single-vehicle accident on Point Road. He was eastbound, when he lost control of his 1998 Jeep Cherokee. It traveled off the shoulder of the road, then slid across both lanes and traveled down an embankment, overturning. The Jeep also struck a tree on the south side of the road with its roof.

 

Mineral County Man Walks Out of Detention Center; Father Returns Him

Mineral County inmate Jason Imes escaped from the custody of officers last week by walking out the front door of the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, but was later returned to custody by his father. Imes was initially placed into custody, after testing positively for drugs in his system. After walking out, officers alerted his parents to the situation, and told them it would benefit him if he returned immediately. His father returned him to the holding facility around 7 p.m. He is now charged with escape and probation violations.

 

Police Investigate Burglaries

The Maryland State Police are investigating at least three burglaries that have taken place in the Bel Air area. In one incident, a victim told police he walked into his kitchen and struggled with a suspect, who broke free and ran across his yard. Police believe a vehicle was waiting for the suspect on a side street. The two other victims did not realize their homes had been entered until they discovered property missing. Thieves are targeting both women’s purses and men’s wallets.

 

Woman Injured in Crash on Sunday

A 26-year old Somerset County woman was flown to Memorial Medical Center, following a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning. Brittany Brady lost control of her car along the Garrett Shortcut Road in Brothersvalley Township. The car went off the road and hit a tree. She reportedly suffered severe injuries.

 

Former Fire Station Burns Over Weekend

The former Maysville Volunteer Fire Company building in Grant County was destroyed by fire over the weekend. About 60 firefighters took an hour to contain the blaze. The building had been designated as an emergency evacuation center, which housed their air cascade system, kitchen, restrooms, refrigeration services, dining hall and other equipment. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

 

Man Charged with Assault

Cumberland resident Johnny Lee Shirner was charged with misdemeanor assault, following a fight in the area of Canal Place last week. Several people were reportedly fishing in the area of the Potomac River, when they got into an argument and began fighting. Shriner, along with two, 14-year old boys were charged with misdemeanor assault.

 

Plans Announced for “911” Ride

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States, and it will also mark the tenth anniversary of the ride traveling through Cumberland. More than 1700 motorcycles are expected to travel through the area at approximately 8 a.m. on Friday, August 19th. This year’s route will be slightly different, but they will still enter the city via Route 36. The riders will be on their way to Washington, D.C., then on to New York. Residents should expect several streets to be closed to vehicular traffic for a brief period of time on that day.

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Man Allegedly Threatens Fort Cumberland Residents

Eighteen year old Patrick Thompson is being charged with several counts, including felony assault, following an incident Sunday at the Fort Cumberland Homes. Thompson allegedly threatened residents with what appeared to be a gun. He went into an apartment threatening people with a weapon; police described it as a “realistic-looking BB-gun.” He was being held on $70,000 bail at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Westernport Sets Public Hearing

The town of Westernport will conduct a public hearing at the Town Hall on Monday, August 1st, beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held to receive citizen input on a Community Development Block Grant Program to repair slope failure directly above 268-280 Main Street. The continued failure of the slope has the potential to impact the town drainage system, the town sewer line, and is, in turn, a threat to all properties in the vicinity.

 

Pennsylvania Man to Court on Multiple Drug Charges

A Garrett, Pennsylvania man, who is accused of selling heroin to a confidential informant on several occasions will soon be in Somerset County court. Thirty-four year old Richard Keller is accused of selling a total of 31 packets of heroin to a confidential informant on at least five separate times, is being held on $85,000 bond. The packets were sold for a total of $595.00.

 

Meyersdale Nurse Charged

Twenty-eight year old Nicole Kerschensteiner has been charged with having sex with an inmate between late August and December of last year, while employed at the State Correctional Institution at Laurel Highlands. She has acknowledged having sex with inmate Terrance Dantzler of the Philadelphia area. Ms. Kerschensteiner was hired as a registered nurse in 2009, and was terminated on March 11th of this year. She will receive a preliminary hearing on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Somerset County Court.

 

Cumberland Man Arrested for Burglary

Twenty-three year old Vincent Charles Murray has been charged in connection with a burglary incident in the 400-block of Franklin Street. The charges were the result of a private citizen, applying for charges against him. He allegedly entered the home, and removed property from it.

 

Avoid Health-Related Issues in the Heat

The Allegany County Health Department has issued some tips to help beat the oppressive heat. It is important to take precautions against heat-related illness and to be mindful of family members, friends, neighbors and pets that may need assistance in beating the heat. The Health Department is advising to drink plenty of fluids; wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing; avoid direct sunlight; and when possible, stay in air-conditioned areas. Also, never leave pets or young children in a car, even with the windows cracked.

 

Power Interruption Scheduled for West Virginia Today

Allegheny Power has announced a service interruption for  today, from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The outage will occur along Owl Hollow Road in Slanesville, from the intersection of Pin Oak Road to Avalon, including part of Braddock School Road and Spring Gap Mountain Road and the surrounding areas. A rain date and time has yet to be announced.

 

Maryland Moves to Ban Dangerous “Bath Salts”

The state of Maryland is looking to ban “bath salts,” a so-called dangerous drug, after almost two dozen people have been poisoned by abusing them. The drug could cause serious cardiac and circulatory problems, as well as paranoia and psychosis. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has called for the ban. Pennsylvania has already banned them; Maryland could have a law in place, as early as September 1st.

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Man Allegedly Threatens Fort Cumberland Residents

Eighteen year old Patrick Thompson is being charged with several counts, including felony assault, following an incident Sunday at the Fort Cumberland Homes. Thompson allegedly threatened residents with what appeared to be a gun. He went into an apartment threatening people with a weapon; police described it as a “realistic-looking BB-gun.” He was being held on $70,000 bail at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Westernport Sets Public Hearing

The town of Westernport will conduct a public hearing at the Town Hall on Monday, August 1st, beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held to receive citizen input on a Community Development Block Grant Program to repair slope failure directly above 268-280 Main Street. The continued failure of the slope has the potential to impact the town drainage system, the town sewer line, and is, in turn, a threat to all properties in the vicinity.

 

Pennsylvania Man to Court on Multiple Drug Charges

A Garrett, Pennsylvania man, who is accused of selling heroin to a confidential informant on several occasions will soon be in Somerset County court. Thirty-four year old Richard Keller is accused of selling a total of 31 packets of heroin to a confidential informant on at least five separate times, is being held on $85,000 bond. The packets were sold for a total of $595.00.

 

Meyersdale Nurse Charged

Twenty-eight year old Nicole Kerschensteiner has been charged with having sex with an inmate between late August and December of last year, while employed at the State Correctional Institution at Laurel Highlands. She has acknowledged having sex with inmate Terrance Dantzler of the Philadelphia area. Ms. Kerschensteiner was hired as a registered nurse in 2009, and was terminated on March 11th of this year. She will receive a preliminary hearing on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Somerset County Court.

 

Cumberland Man Arrested for Burglary

Twenty-three year old Vincent Charles Murray has been charged in connection with a burglary incident in the 400-block of Franklin Street. The charges were the result of a private citizen, applying for charges against him. He allegedly entered the home, and removed property from it.

 

Avoid Health-Related Issues in the Heat

The Allegany County Health Department has issued some tips to help beat the oppressive heat. It is important to take precautions against heat-related illness and to be mindful of family members, friends, neighbors and pets that may need assistance in beating the heat. The Health Department is advising to drink plenty of fluids; wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing; avoid direct sunlight; and when possible, stay in air-conditioned areas. Also, never leave pets or young children in a car, even with the windows cracked.

 

Power Interruption Scheduled for West Virginia on Monday

Allegheny Power has announced a service interruption for today, from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The outage will occur along Owl Hollow Road in Slanesville, from the intersection of Pin Oak Road to Avalon, including part of Braddock School Road and Spring Gap Mountain Road and the surrounding areas. A rain date and time has yet to be announced.

 

Maryland Moves to Ban Dangerous “Bath Salts”

The state of Maryland is looking to ban “bath salts,” a so-called dangerous drug, after almost two dozen people have been poisoned by abusing them. The drug could cause serious cardiac and circulatory problems, as well as paranoia and psychosis. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has called for the ban. Pennsylvania has already banned them; Maryland could have a law in place, as early as September 1st.

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City Revamps Ethics Code

The Cumberland Mayor and City Council met this week, to revise the city’s ethics code to meet state ethics requirements. City Solicitor Michael Scott Cohen presented several hypothetical scenarios which could present a conflict of interest. Council member Butch Hendershot asked that it be made public knowledge as to which council members abstain from certain votes, and Mayor Brian Grim noted it is already public knowledge.

 

Frostburg Man Served with Warrant

A man who fled from the Allegany County Circuit Court building earlier in the week was served with an arrest warrant on Wednesday. Twenty-seven year old Frostburg resident Dewayne Anthony Jones was arrested for failure to appear on charges of possession of contraband in a place of confinement, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He was held without bond in the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Belt Awarded Contract

Carl Belt, Incorporated of Cumberland has been awarded an over $346,000 contract to build a turbine and generator for the hydroelectric plant to be built on Big Savage Mountain; Belt was the low bidder for the contract. Belt is also working on another phase of the project-replacing a portion of the raw water transmission main from Piney Dam.

 

Citizens Asked to Remain Vigilant

Hotter weather may be giving thieves more of an opportunity, according to the Cumberland City Police. There has been a rise in residential burglaries, with suspects entering residences in the late night or early morning hours, often through unlocked windows and doors, while residents are sleeping. Noise generated by air conditioning and fan units are being used to the burglars’ advantage, to cover the noise made by intruders. Citizens are being asked to remain vigilant.

 

Former DNR Officer Sentenced

Former Maryland Department of Natural Resources Officer Phillip Bell of LaVale has been sentenced to ten years in a state correctional institution on several counts of indecent assault, aggravated assault and a count of corruption of minors. Bell was convicted in Bedford County, following a jury trial in April. Bell is accused of going to the home of a 13-year old Bedford County girl in July of  last year, with a cooler of beer and a bottle of rum, while the girls’ parents were at work. He was further accused of engaging in numerous sexual acts with her. He had, for several months, been communicating with the girl through MySpace on the internet.

 

YMCA Announces New Group Home Management

The Cumberland YMCA has announced that San Mar is the new parent organization for the Allegany County Girls’ Group Home. The transition became effective on July 1st and the program remains under the day-to-day guidance of Jennifer Younker, certified clinical social worker and certified residential child care program administrator, who has served as the program director since 2008. San Mar provides care to adolescent and pre-adolescent girls who have experienced the traumas of abuse.

 

Fishertown Resident Killed in Motorcycle Accident

Thirty-nine year old Scott Stuart of Fishertown was killed in a motorcycle accident this week. His 1996 Honda was traveling at a high rate of speed, when he was unable to negotiate a left-hand curve. It left the roadway and struck a sign on Quaker Valley Road in Pleasantville borough. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Power Interruption Postponed

A power interruption, originally scheduled by FirstEnergy in Hyndman for Saturday, has been postponed, due to the excessive heat. Crews were to have performed routine substation maintenance. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

 

Mountain Ridge Hosts Back To School Night

Mountain Ridge High School will host a Back to School night on Thursday, August 18th from 6-8 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. Students and parents are encouraged to attend; they will have the opportunity to follow a brief seven-period schedule in order to meet staff and become familiar with the layout of the school. Mountain Ridge will also host a Meet the Squad Night on Tuesday, August 30th, beginning at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the stadium, weather permitting.

 

Carpendale Advisory Cancelled

The water advisory in Carpendale, issued earlier this week, has been cancelled. The Mineral County Office of Emergency Management/Homeland Security says pump system repairs have been finished, and residents there no longer have to boil their water.

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Inmates Charged in Cellmate Deaths

Two inmates at the Western Correctional Institution have been indicted in connection with the deaths of their cellmates. The two cases are unrelated, and the murders occurred in February. In the first, Kim Lee Hargett is charged with the first degree murder of Blas Ramon Aguilar. Michael Rodell Boyer is charged in the homicide death of 37-year old Timothy Davis. Both deaths were determined to be homicides by the Maryland State Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore.

 

Administrator Position Not Yet Advertised

The open position of Cumberland City Administrator has yet to be advertised; Jeff Rhodes will remain in that capacity in an interim basis, at least until the end of the calendar year. A selection committee will review the recruitment profile, before the job is advertised. October 1st has been the date set to close applications, and it is hoped a new person would be named to begin on January 1st.

 

Two in Court in “Ducky” Case

The two who are charged with animal cruelty were in Allegany County Circuit Court this week, in connection with the “Ducky” case from earlier this year. Twenty-four year old Ricky Allen Adams is seeking to have his case moved to another jurisdiction; the matter has been taken under advisement by Judge Gary Leasure. Meanwhile, 27-year old Mount Savage resident Frederick Newton Lease is scheduled for a jury trial on September 28th in circuit court, on animal cruelty charges.

 

Man Arrested After Hospital Incident

A Midland man was held on $10,000 bail, following an incident Tuesday morning at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Thirty-one year old Jason Seib became disorderly in the hospital, allegedly assaulted hospital staff and fled the emergency room naked, prior to the arrival of police. He was charged with misdemeanor assault, destruction of property, disorderly conduct and indecent exposure. He received a hearing before a District Court Commissioner, where bail was set.

 

Waldenbooks Closing at Mall

The local Waldenbooks Store in Country Club Mall will be closing, perhaps by the end of October. Its parent company, Borders, has announced it is closing all stores because of bankruptcy proceedings. Jan Beem, marketing director, says the mall’s leasing department is looking to find new leases for the mall. The closure of the AMC 6 theatres was announced last week; in that case, a new operator has been found for the theatres. WPA Theatres will open in the fall.

 

Two Charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Two Golden Lane residents were arrested and released pending trial, following an incident Tuesday. Jason Scott Delzell and Virginia Lynn Reid, both 31 years old, were creating a disturbance. During the investigation, one of the two pointed out several items of drug paraphernalia in the home. They were both charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Keyser Man Arrested for DUI, Other Counts

Sixty-one year old Robert Michael Haywood of Keyser was arrested earlier in the week, after Natural Resources Police officers stopped him on Route 135. Haywood was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol while transporting a minor, and failing to transport a child under 16 in a seatbelt. Officers stopped Haywood when the noticed a 9-year old child hanging out the window of the rear passenger side of the vehicle.

 

Bedford Board Approves Lease

The Bedford Area School Board has approved a lease with the HOPE for Hyndman Charter School, but did not make a pre-payment to the school, based on projected enrollment. The cost to lease the school is one dollar per year for five years, with an automatic five-year renewal. With a projected enrollment of 150 students, the group sent a letter to the board, invoicing the Bedford District for $115,000. The letter is the amount due in school subsidies for the charter school for July through September. The board, at this point, is reluctant to set a precedent of pre-paying.

 

Zoo Rescues Three African Elephants

The Pittsburgh Zoo’s Fairhope, Pennsylvania location is the new home for three rescued African elephants. A family in Botswana rescued them from being victims of a government-sanctioned killing in South Africa. Each of the three, 6000-pound elephants were delivered on July 15th.  The animals are being quarantined for 90 days, and, after determining they are disease-free, they can mingle with other elephants.

 

Two Plead Not Guilty in Robocalls Case

Two campaign aides to former Governor Robert Ehrlich have pleaded not guilty to charges they violated election laws last fall. It was the first appearance in Baltimore Circuit Court by Paul Schurrick and Julius Henson. Their attorneys entered not guilty pleas on their behalf. A criminal trial has tentatively been set for September 22nd. If convicted, both could be sentenced to five years in prison for each election law and voter influence count and one year for the authority line violations.

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Attorney Files Open Meetings Response

Allegany County Attorney Bill Rudd, in filing a response to an Open Meetings Act complaint, from the Cumberland Times-News, offered little explanation on how the decision came about to expend county funds on behalf of Little Orleans students. The request asked for more information on whether the Allegany County Commissioners violated the Open Meetings Act when the decision was made to send Little Orleans students to Hancock schools.

 

Backbone Mountain Project Opened

The first commercial wind farm in Maryland began operation yesterday, amid protests at its ribbon cutting ceremony  on Backbone Mountain. Constructed by Constellation Energy, the wind farm consists of 28 wind turbines, and is expected to produce enough renewable energy to meet the electricity needs of 23,000 homes in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.

 

WMHS To Open Two Centers

The Western Maryland Health System is set to open two primary care centers later this year in Cumberland. One will be known as Vista Towers on Glenn Street and the South Cumberland Marketplace on Industrial Boulevard, at the site of the former Ames building. The health system has agreed to lease 2,950 square feet in Vista Towers and 2,100 square feet in South End. Fourteen new jobs have been created by the primary care centers. .

 

Ohio Man Sentenced for CSX Property Theft

Gloucester, Ohio resident Robert Cook has been sentenced to eight years in prison for stealing steel plates from a CSX railroad storage location. Cook had entered an Alford plea in July of last year and a pre-sentence investigation was ordered. Cook had failed to appear last August, and he was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

 

Two Teens Arrested on Drug Charges

Two teenagers were charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, following a traffic stop on Bedford Street Monday evening. Officers detected a possible drug violation after making contact with the occupants of the car-a 16-year old from Westernport and a 17-year old from Barton. Both teens were charged in the incident.

 

Burglaries Investigated

Two burglaries in the North End area were investigated by the Cumberland City Police Department. In the first, A Pearre Street resident was awakened by the sound of breaking glass; a purse was discovered missing from the residence. In the second, a window was broken and a purse was stolen from a Valentine Avenue home. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600 or Crimesolvers at (301)-722-4300.

 

Romney Experiencing Water Problems

There has been a water main break on Wirgman Avenue in Romney, and service in the area is temporarily being interrupted. There is no timetable to restoring service. Water will be provided at the water plant, located at Indian Heights. Residents are asked to bring containers. If there are any questions, call the city office at (304)-822-5118.

 

Fire Damages Breezewood Motel

Three rooms in the former Penn Aire Motel in Breezewood were damaged by fire early Monday morning. Firefighters were on the scene for about 2-1/2 hours. The fire went through the ceilings of three of the rooms. The Pennsylvania State Police Fire marshal is expected to investigate the cause of the fire. The Everett and Bedford fire companies assisted at the scene.

 

Future of Bedford Speedway Up In the Air

Promoters of the Bedford Speedway say this may be their last season. The two promoters-JR Keifer and Jim Maybury- say they are losing a third member of their promotion team and unless a major investor steps forward, there will be no racing at Bedford next year. There will, however be racing during the Bedford County Fair and on Labor Day weekend.

 

Special Olympics Golf at Rocky Gap

The Allegany County Special Olympics will begin its second golf season Thursday at 6:00 p.m. The Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort will play host to the local athletes. Rocky Gap offers a full practice facility, complete with a putting green and short game practice areas, as well as their driving range. Anyone wishing to contribute golf equipment to the Special Olympics golf program, or any local golfers interested in being a unified partner is asked to contact Dottie Turner at (301)-689-5590.

 

Braddock to Hold Registration

Braddock middle School will host an open registration on Tuesday, August 9th at 9 a.m. In addition, the school will hold its 6th grade orientation on August 15th and 16th from 9-11:30 a.m. each day. Students whose last names begin with “A” through “L” should attend oriuentation on the 15th; those whose last names begin with “M” through “Z” should attend orientation on the 16th. For more information, contact the school at (301)-777-7990.

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Former Frostburg Resident Fatally Stabbed

 

A former Frostburg resident was stabbed to death in Durham, North Carolina and her husband is now charged with her murder. Twenty-three year old Amanda Mangum was pronounced dead, following an argument with her husband Sunday in North Carolina. She was the mother of three small children. Charged with her death is 29-year old Kenya Domon Mangum. He was taken into custody about seven hours after the incident. She is the daughter of the late Robert and Carol Magruder, who had lived in Lonaconing.

 

Electrical Shock at Fair Confirmed

A 17-year old girl from Mount Savage, who sustained an electrical shock at the Allegany County Fair and Ag Expo is recovering from her injuries. It has been confirmed that the daughter of Dave Turner dropped her cell phone on the “Tornado” ride; when she reached down to pick it up, she accidentally came in contact with an electrical cable. Fair officials contacted the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, which oversees ride safety. The next day, the ride was inspected and it was deemed safe.

 

Smith Headed for December Trial

The sexual abuse trial against Brian Smith of Keyser will take place in December. Smith is charged with first degree sexual abuse, and abuse by a guardian, custodian, or person in a position of trust, in connection with an incident that allegedly happened in June of 2009. Smith was indicted by a Mineral County Grand Jury in May. A brief, pre-trial hearing has been set for November 17th, with two days-December 14th and 15th-reserved for the trial. Seventy-five prospective jurors will be screened, in order to seat 12 for the trial.

 

Services Set for Judy Brown

Services have been set for Judy Brown, who died in a weekend rafting accident in West Virginia. She had been on the trip with members of her church. She was the owner/operator of “A Cut Above,” and had been involved in the Toys for Happiness program for many years. She is survived by her sister and a niece. Friends will be received at the Adams Family Funeral Home tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., with services set for Thursday at 11 a.m., at the Calvary Bible Church in Ellerslie. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

 

Cumberland Man Jailed in Assault

Twenty-one year old Simon Bret Mines was released on personal recognizance, following an altercation on Beall Street Sunday afternoon. Mines is accused of assaulting another man with a knife. He later turned himself in to Cumberland Police Department Officers. Charged with first and second degree assault, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment, Mines received a hearing in Allegany County District Court, before being released.

 

Mother Assaults Daughter

Forty-six year old Phyliss Bennett of Cumberland was released, after she was charged with assaulting her daughter at Shooter’s Bar and Grill early Sunday morning. She was charged with one count of second-degree assault, and appeared before a District Court Commissioner.

 

Commissioners Schedule Public Forum

The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public forum on Wednesday, the purpose of which is to discuss working collaboratively to help address challenges and solve problems. Hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Allegany College of Maryland Continuing Education Building, Rooms 12, 13, and 14. All municipalities have been asked to take advantage of this opportunity, and to have one or more representatives at the public forum.

 

Changes In Med Trans System

The Allegany County Health Department has announced that, beginning August 1st, clients who have Medical Assistance should call the Allegany County Health Department at (301)-759-5123 to schedule transportation requests for medical appointments. Med Trans service will operate from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Requests for transportation must be received before noon, and at least one business day in advance of the appointment.

 

Power Interruption for West Virginia

Allegheny Power has announced a service interruption for portions of nearby West Virginia next Monday. The outage will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The location is Owl Hollow Road in Slanesville, from the intersection of Pin Oak Road to Avalon, including part of Braddock School Road and Spring Gap Mountain Road and the surrounding areas. A rain date for the interruption has yet to be determined.

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Local Woman Drowns in Rafting Accident

Local resident Judy Brown died in a weekend rafting accident on the New River Gorge National River in West Virginia. She was among those who fell overboard from an Alpine Adventures raft. Her life vest came off at some point, and she had become entrapped at an area known as Detroit Rock, near the center of the river. The National Park Service and the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources are investigating the accident. The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

 

Girl Injured at Fair

A young girl was injured by one of the carnival rides at the Allegany County Fair and Ag Expo Saturday night. She was taken to the Western Maryland Medical Center following the incident. There were reports she had been electrocuted as she was reaching for her cell phone, which had fallen from the ride. An inspector from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation inspected the ride yesterday, and determined it was safe. There was no word on the girl’s condition.

 

Pines Restaurant Arson Case Continued

The case against restaurant co-owner Kelly Bradley has been continued until September, to allow her defense to examine the findings of two separate investigators. She is charged with intentionally setting fire to the Pines Restaurant, which also destroyed the Wee Care Day Care Center and CitiFinancial on June 27, 2010. At issue in the case is whether the investigators worked too closely together, and whether each others’ investigations may have been contaminated. The next court date in the case is Wednesday, September 21st, at which time a trial date could be set.

 

WCI Guard Arrested on Contraband Charges

WCI Correctional Officer Brian Hawk of Cumberland was arrested late last week, accused of smuggling cell phones, tobacco and cash into the prison. Hawk was released on $25,000 bond, pending trial in District Court. He is facing termination in the case. The investigation by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is continuing.

 

Students Owe Board for Lunches

Allegany County students owe over $30,000 in lunch fees, according to a survey from the Allegany County Board of Education. School officials are in the process of drafting a tougher policy to collect the fees. There are several options available to those students who are in arrears, including serving them sandwiches, leftovers from the previous day, a meal without an entrée or some other substitute.

 

Police Called to “Large Fight” in South Cumberland

Cumberland City Police arrested two people Saturday night, as the result of a “large fight” in the 100-block of Arch Street. About 30 people had gathered at the scene, with 24-year old Shane Combs and 21-year old Ridgeley resident Jason Greene involved in a fight. Both were taken to District Court and held on $5,000 bond each at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Two Served with Warrants

Two Cumberland residents were served with warrants, in connection with an alleged assault, which took place on Byrd Avenue. Twenty-six year old Jesse Luke Vanmeter and 21-year old Seirra Michelle McManaway are accused of assaulting a woman at a home there. They were arrested on warrants and charged with second-degree assault.

 

Planned Service Interruption Planned

West Penn Power is planning a service interruption next Saturday, July 23rd for the Hyndman area. The outage will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The work, which is necessary to perform maintenance at the Corriganville substation, will affect 1500 customers in the area. Affected will be the area south of Stringtown to Hyndman, along Route 96; all of Hyndman borough; from Hyndman, along Gooseberry Road to the Somerset County line; and, West Penn customers in Kennell’s mill, including Comps Corner.

 

Moorefield Working to Purchase Mullen Hotel

The town of Moorefield is working to buy the historic Mullen hotel, currently owned by Pilgrim’s Pride. The building operated as a hotel for nearly 100 years, and was sold to Hester Industries in 1967. It served as offices for the company until recently. As part of a package deal, the town will also buy the former High’s Dairy Store, which is also owned by Pilgrim’s Pride.

 

Four Charged After Drug Sweep

The last of four Somerset County residents who were arrested in conjunction with illegal drug activities in Meyersdale last year are going to County Court. Thirty-nine year old Clifford Lee Felker and 22-year old Andrew Lee Sterner, of separate addresses along Jackson Street in Garrett, have waived their right to a preliminary hearing. Both Felker and Sterner face multiple counts of drug possession, possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy.

 

West Virginia Implementing New Licenses

West Virginia is implementing new driver’s licenses, which should be completed by July 28th. The new licenses will have a different look and have several new security features, including built-in micro-printing not visible to the naked eye, with a focus on safety and security for Mountain State residents.

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Death Penalty Sought for Shirey

The Bedford County District Attorney will seek the death penalty against a Cumberland man, accused of the murder of Michael Wayne Simpson in March in Cumberland Valley Township. District Attorney Bill Higgins said that, considering the facts and circumstances in the murder, Bedford County citizens should have the opportunity to put Mark Allen Shirey to death. He was arraigned yesterday. He is accused of shooting Simpson to death on March 27th; Simpson was believed to be dating Shirey's ex-wife at the time of the murder.

 

Ride Will Travel Through Cumberland

The annual "911" motorcycle ride will travel through Cumberland after all. There was some specualtion as to whether Cumberland would be part of the journey from Shanksville to Washington, D.C., and on to New York City. Because this is the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks, a larger group is expected; the riders are expected to arrive in Cumberland about 8:15 a.m. on Friday, August 19th.

 

Edwards, Valentine Named to Marcellus Shale Panel

Maryland State Senator George Edwards and Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine have been named to a Marcellus Shale drilling study panel, formed by Governor Martin O'Malley. A final report is not expected until August of 2014.

 

Keyser Urged to Perform Dam Repairs

The city of Keyser is being urged by the West Virginia Department ogf Environmental Protection to perform modifications to its old dam, to bring it into compliance. The city had applied in 1999 to do modifications to the dam; if it were to fail, there may be a loss of life. A DEP Senior Engineer Delbert Shriver, says that if the city doesn't respond his group will have to do enforcement.

 

Child Endangerment Investigation Underway

A joint child endangerment investigation is being conducted between the Keyser City Police and Child Protective Services. An anonymous tip led police to a South Main Street home, where a 3-year old and a 5-year old child were found unattended, locked in their bedrooms, with no adults in the house. The house itself was strewn with trash and debris. The children are in the temporary custody of their biological father. The mother-who was not identified-faces child endangerment charges.

 

Violations Found at Athletic Complex

A number of violations have been found at the Keyser Athletic Complex, and those infractions need to be addressed before Keyser's first home football game can be played. Violations include a lack of handrails on both sides of the steps; the ouside area of the door must be leveled with gravel or concrete; and, the room that houses the inspector's sprinkler test must have a lock. Mineral County Board members are suggesting that a team of volunteers help complete the facility, so that it can pass inspection from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's office.

 

City Repairs Slated

The city of Cumberland and Columbia Gas are planning to close the northbound lane of Park Street, at the Baltimore Street intersection beginning Sunday. Work will take place between the hours of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for about 15 days. Drivers are urged to be alert for changes in traffic patterns and for possible lane closings.

 

Woman Arrested on CDS Charge

Thirty-year old Leslie Chynae Stubbs was charged with marijuana and drug paraphernalia, following a Wednesday incident on Virginia Avenue. Ms. Stubbs allegedly dropped a clear baggie, containing suspected marijuana. A further search revealed a baggie of suspected marijuana in her shoe. She was taken to District Court and released on personal recognizance.

 

Redistricting Committee to Hold Hancock, Other Hearings

The first of 12 public hearings, conducted by a state and federal legislative redistricting committee, will be held next Saturday, July 23rd, in Hancock. the meeting begins at the Hancock Middle-Senior High School. A second hearing will be held on the same day at Hood College in Frederick. The third hearing will be held on July 25th in Prince George's County. Other hearing dates have not yet been announced. The Maryland General Assembly is expected to consider the committee's redistricting recommendation during a special fall session.

 

Comptroller Warns of Tax Scam

Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot is warning residents of a tax scam that is working its way across the country. A representative from a company known as Human Services Associates, LLC offers free money, asks for personal information, then asks to file residents' tax returns. The scam targets poor and elderly taxpayers and those who receive public assistance or draw from social security. Franchot urges residents not to share personal information, and to be present when tax returns are filed, to see the final document.

 

Man to Appeal Sentence in Decades-Old Murder Case

John Dawson was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife nearly 30 years ago, and his attorney plans to appeal the sentence. A jury found hinm guilty of a charge of first-degree murder, and the mandatory sentence is life. Dawson received credit for 815 days served, but he will most likely spend the rest of his life in prison.  

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Animal Control Board Updated on Shelter

 

The Allegany County Animal shelter is, for all intents and purposes, closed, because of an outbreak of canine parvovirus and a similar feline disease. Many animals, however, are finding homes and there is a low euthanization rate at the facility. At the regular quarterly meeting of the Animal Control Board, it was noted that, for now, no animals are being accepted and none are allowed to leave the shelter.

 

Conference Set for Next Week

State officials are encouraging representatives of companies considering a bid for the gaming license at Rocky Gap State Park to attend a pre-bid conference next week. At that time, the meeting could reveal how many, and which, companies are interested. A deadline for requests for proposals has already passed, but the deadline for filing is September 23rd. A tentative date for awarding the license is December.

 

Board of Education Revises 2011-2012 Calendar

The Allegany County Board of Education has revised next year's calendar, which gives students an extra long Easter vacation, because of a change in Maryland's primary electionn date. Schools will be closed from Monday, April 2nd through Tuesday, April 10th. The new calendar states that schools were to have been in session on April 2nd and Wednesday, April 4th, Offices will be closed on Friday, April 6th and Monday, April 9th.

 

Turbines Arriving in Mineral County

The first shipment of wind turbines to the Pinnacle Wind Farm project will arrive in Mineral County this week. The Mineral News-Tribune reports that deliveries of components of the turbines will continue through the middle of next week. Road work, to prepare for the deliveries, were completed earlier this week. When completed, the operation should become one of Mineral County's largest taxpayers, with property tax projections set at nearly $11 million over the next 25 years.

 

Four Groups Benefitting from Train Pull

Four groups will benefit from this year's Allegany County Train Pull, according to Chairman Dave Goad. For years, the train pull has benefitted the Special Olympics. In addition the 2011 event will benefit Friends Aware, the Allegany County League of Crippled Children, and the Ali Ghan Shriner's Hospital Transportation Fund. The Train Pull is scheduled for Saturday, August 20th, with registration beginning at 8:45 a.m. and the actual competition starting at 9 a.m.

 

Street Improvements to Begin

Street improvements willbegin Monday, to portions of Park Street, Williams Street and Louisiana Avenue according to the Cumberland Engineering Department. Improvements include the installation of curb and sidewalk ramps, sidewalk repairs, and the milling and overlay of the street pavement. Be alert for changes in traffic patterns, and for possible street closures and detours. Detour signs will be in place to assist the public around the street closures.

 

Carpendale Under Boil Water Advisory

Residents of the town of Carpendale are urged to boil their drinking water before using. Mineral County officials say there is a problem with a pump at the water station. The advisory is in effect until further notice, and Carpendale officials are arranging for pump replacement.

 

Friendsville Man to Be Extradited

Friendsville resident Carl Friend is awaiting extradition to Maryland, following his arrest in Fayette County, Pennsylvania Tuesday. Friend is being held on $50,000 bond. He was arrested in the Confluence area. He is wanted in Garrett County on three warrants, relating to alleged violations of probation.

 

Frostburg Man Served with Arrest Warrant

Thirty-four year old Frostburg resident Christopher Lee Shriver was served with an arrest warrant on Tuesday. Shriver was arrested in connection with a theft of a credit card. He was taken to Allegany County District Court for an initial appearance and was held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Somerset County Woman Pleads Not Guilty

Somerset County resident Erin Nicole Everett has pleaded not guilty to charges, in connection with the death of 21-year old Tory Elizabeth Minnicklast March at a home they shared in Jerome. She is charged with criminal homicide, first and third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, criminal conspiracy to commit homicide and aggravated assault. She is being held in the Somerset County Jail without bond.

 

Man Injured in Bedford County

An unidentified worker was injured at a work site in East St. Clair township in Bedford County on Tuesday. The victim was helping to place a modular home on its foundation, when a crane, doing the lifting, came in contact with a power line. The charge shocked the man. He was flown to the Altoona Regional Trauma Center. The Bedford County detachment of the Pennsylvania State Police responded to the scene on Hominy Hill Road.  

on Hominy Hill Road.  

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Barricade Situation Ends Peacefully

 

A barricade situation, which began Monday evening, ended peacefully yesterday morning, and 36-year old Michael Wilhelm was arrested in connection with the incident. Wilhelm, who lives in the 14000-block of Spruce Street, was charged with four counts of first-degree assault and four counts of reckless endangerment. Several attempts were made to communicate with him Monday night, into yesterday morning. Several agencies were involved in the incident, including the Maryland State Police, the C3I unit, and the Allegany County Sheriff's office. A motive for the shooting is not clear at this time, and the investigation is continuing.

 

Unattended Death Investigated in Hampshire County

 

The death of a 28-year old Springfield, West Virginia woman is being investigated by the West Virginia State Police. Twenty-eight year old Tiffany Cunningham was discovered Monday morning at a residence in the Lane Trailer court near Springfield. Two officers from the Romney detachment of the West Virginia State Police responded, along with the Hampshire County Medical Examiner, Penny Trenton. The death is being termed "unattended," and the case remains under investigation.

 

Study Recommends New Allegany High School

 

A study from Grimm and Parker Architects is recommending the construction of a new Allegany High School, and renovations for both Washington and Braddock Middle Schools. The cost for a new school would be anywhere from $9 to $16 million, while additions and renovations to the middle schools would cost from $5 to $10 million. As per a state funding formula, Maryland would pay 93 per cent of the costs,while the county would pay seven per cent.

 

Indictment Returned Against Accident Man

 

A Garrett County grand jury has returned an indictment against Accident resident Jeffrey Charles Minnick, who is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Timothy Lax and Jessica Baker in June. Minnick is being held in the Garrett County Detention Center without bond. The bodies of Lax and Minnick werre found near a campsite, along the railroad tracks on the western edge of Oakland.

Route 220 Ramp Will Remain Open

The Fletcher Drive/Brown Avenue ramp that merges traffic from Route 220 onto Interstate 68 will not be closed, acccording to the State Highway Administration. Originally the SHA had recommended the ramp be closed, but it has now been decided there is not a significant safety issue, and that a small amount of motorists use the ramp.

 

AMC Theatres Closing Sunday

 

The AMC theatres in the Country Club Mall will close on Sunday, but another operator is taking immediate possession of the facility, according to Jan Beem, marketing director. The AMC lease expires at the end of the month, but manager Mark Nightingale says a new company is already under lease for the theatre space.

 

Cumberland Man Charged in Single-Vehicle Accident

 

Cumberland resident Michael Delawter was charged with failure to drive right of center, following a single-vehicle accident Monday near Winchester and Stone Point Roads. Delawter, for an unknown reason, swerved his car. It left the roadway, struck a guardrail, and came to rest in a creek bed. Delawter was taken to the Western Maryland Health System for treatment of injuries.

 

Man Arrested on Active Warrants

 

A Cumberland man was arrested on three active warrants, after being stopped for a traffic violation on Queen City Drive on Monday. Thirty-year old Adam Lee Crites was also issued a citation for driving on a suspended license. He was held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Sideling Hill Restrooms Closed

 

The restrooms at Sideling Hill have been closed since last Friday, because water pressure is too low to operate the facilities. The low water pressure is a result of high levels of silt getting into the wells serving the facility. Portable toilets have been temporarily placed at the rest area. It may be up to three weeks for the problem to be resolved, as the State Highway Adnministration will have two new wells drilled in the area this week.

 

Pair Charged with Stealing Historical Documents

 

Two people are charged with stealing historical documents, reportedly worth millions of dollars from the Maryland Historical Society. Presidential historian and collector Barry Landau, along with 24-year old Jason Savedoff, are charged with taking artifacts, including documents signed by Abraham Lincoln, presidential inaugural ball invitations and programs, and a commemoration of both the Statue of Liberty and the Washington Monument.

 

Petition Signature County Continues to Grow

 

Although the DREAM Act proposal has attracted enough signatures to be put on the November, 2012 election ballot, the nunmber of signatures continues to grow. As of Monday afternoon, the number of signatures grew to 87,000, and counting continues this week. The ballot would decide whether the state could give in-state higher education rates to undocumented students.  

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Barricade Situation Ends Peacefully

A barricade situation, which began Monday evening, ended peacefully Tuesday morning, and 36-year old Michael Wilhelm was arrested in connection with the incident. Wilhelm, who lives in the 14000-block of Spruce Street, was charged with four counts of first-degree assault and four counts of reckless endangerment. Several attempts were made to communicate with him since Monday night. Several agencies were involved in the incident, including the Maryland State Police, the C3I unit, and the Allegany County Sheriff's office. A motive for the shooting is not clear at this time, and the investigation is continuing.  

 

Unattended Death Investigated in Hampshire County

The death of a 28-year old Springfield, West Virginia woman is being investigated by the West Virginia State Police. Twenty-eight year old Tiffany Cunningham was discovered Monday morning at a residence in the Lane Trailer court ner Springfield. Two officers from the Romney detachment of the West Virginia State Police responded, along with the Hampshire County Medical Examiner, Penny Trenton. The death is being termed "unattended," and the case remains under investigation.

 

Cumberland Man Charged in Single-Vehicle Accident

Cumberland resident Michael Delawter was charged with failure to drive right of center, following a single-vehicle accident Monday near Winchester and Stone Point Roads. Delawter, for an unknown reason, swerved his car. It left the roadway, struck a guardrail, and came to rest in a creek bed. Delawter was taken to the Western Maryland Health System for treatment of injuries.

 

Man Arrested on Active Warrants

A Cumberland man was arrested on three active warrants, after being stopped for a traffic violation on Queen City Drive on Monday. Thirty-year old Adam Lee Crites was also issued a citation for driving on a suspended license. He was held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Sideling Hill Restrooms Closed

The restrooms at Sideling Hill have been closed since last Friday, because water pressure is too low to operate the facilities. The low water pressure is a result of high levels of silt getting into the wells serving the facility. It may be up to three weeks for the problem to be resolved, as the State Highway Adnministration will have two new wells drilled in the area this week.

 

Pair Charged with Stealing Historical Documents

Two people are charged with stealing historical documents, reportedly worth millions of dollars from the Maryland Historical Society. Presidential historian and collector Barry Landau, along with 24-year old Jason Savedoff, are charged with taking artifacts, including documents signed by Abraham Lincoln, presidential inaugural ball invitations and programs, and a commemoration of both the Statue of Liberty and the Washington Monument.

 

Petition Signature County Continues to Grow

Although the DREAM Act proposal has attracted enough signatures to be put on the November, 2012 election ballot, the nunmber of signatures continues to grow. As of Monday afternoon, the number of signatures grew to 87,000, and counting continues this week. The ballot would decide whether the state could give in-state higher education rates to undocumented students.  

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State Police Standoff

Several agencies are on the scene of a barricade situation on Spruce Street in Cresaptown.A "911" call last night, around 11:30 alerted the Maryland State Police to gunshots at the home. When troopers tried to approach the home, additional gunshots were heard coming from inside the residence. State Police are atttempting to make contact with the 36-year old man, who is believed to be there by himself. No further shots were fired since the intial call last night.

 

Flanigan Chosen As Mayor

Former Frostburg Public Safety Commissioner Robert Flanigan has been sworn in as Mayor at a special council meeting yesterday. flanigan will fill the term of former Mayor Arthur Bond, who retired on July 5th, after more than 30 years of public service. Flanigan had served three years as commissioner public safety, and had previously spent 20 years as a police officer in Frostburg.

 

Trimble Dies Suddenly

Former Fort Hill High School and NFL standout Steve Trimble died suddenly yesterday in his office at Bishop Denis O'Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. He was 53 years old. A 1976 graduate of Fort Hill, Trimble is survived by his wife, four sons, his father and three brothers. He is considered to be one of the greatest athletes from the Cumberland area, having played at the University of Maryland and several seasons in the NFL.

 

Search Ongoing for Superintendent

There are no fewer than six school superintendent positions open in the state of Maryland, and one of those is in Garrett County. Wendell Teets announced his retirement at the end of the 2010-2011 school year in April. Garrett County'sexecutive director of instruction, Sue Waggoner, is acting superintendent,and will remain in that capacity for the coming school year.

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