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Local News

Maryland Motorcyclist Killed on Route 50

Piney Point, Maryland resident Earl Tiderman was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Route 50 yesterday afternoon. Tiderman was operating a 2008 Kawasaki, when he tried to pass a tractor-trailer, when he struck the right front fender of the truck. The bike exited the north roadway edge of the highway and struck a guardrail. Tiderman was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the rig, Jeffrey Wisecarver of Winchester, was uninjured. The accident remains under investigation by the West Virginia State Police at Romney.


Shanks Man Killed in Crash

A Shanks, West Virginia man was killed in a single vehicle motorcycle accident on Route 50, near the Romney city limits. Dennis Hovatter was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center by Trooper 5, and later to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. The accident occurred on Wednesday and Hovatter died yesterday.


Man Arrested Twice

A Cumberland man was arrested twice in a five-hour period. Last night at 10 p.m., Cumberland City Police responded to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for a man, who was causing a disturbance in the emergency department. Forty-two year old Corriganville resident Kevin Jarrett Kelly was later located walking in the Willowbrook Road area and was arrested. At 3 a.m., Kelly was seen sitting between the rails of the track at the Franklin Street crossing. He was interfering with the passage of a train. Kelly was arrested a second time, and was awaiting a bond hearing early this morning.


Man Arrested on Sex Offense, Assault Charge

Fifty-two year old Cumberland resident David Ambrose was held on $8500 bond, following an incident that occurred Tuesday on the downtown Cumberland mall. Ambrose is accused of unlawfully groping and assaulting a female victim. She was not injured and did not require medical attention, while Ambrose was charged with a fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault.


Somerset County Man Charged with Corruption

A Somerset County resident has been charged with corruption and unlawful restraint of a minor. Fifty-six year old Brian Scott Eppley, who is a church official and a Conemaugh Township school board member, is accused of meeting a male juvenile in a room of several buildings, including the Maple Spring Church of the Brethern, and not allowing the boy to leave. Eppley also exhibited abnormal and inappropriate behavior with the boy.  The acts occurred about 75 times between 2007 through 2012. Eppley also recently retired from the Meyersdale school district. He will receive a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Additional charges, involving other children may be filed against Eppley.


SHA Resurfacing Portion of Route 135

The Maryland State Highway Administration will begin to mill and resurface a portion of Route 135, from Shady Acre Lane to just west of Sand Flat Road, east of Oakland, on Wednesday. The $1.2 million project should be finished by the end of September, weather permitting. During the project, crews will reduce traffic to one lane, using a flagging operation weekdays, during daylight hours, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Motorists should prepare for possible delays during peak hours and use caution in the area.


Residents Oppose New Hagerstown Stadium

Hagerstown city officials have received a petition, against a new stadium in the Hub City. Those in opposition are more in favor of saving the 80-year old Municipal Stadium. Speakers at a recent council meeting expressed concerns about the cost of a new stadium, how it misses an opportunity to capitalize on the city’s historic nature and how people have had no input. Hagerstown has introduced an ordinance, which will allow the city to issue and sell general revenue bonds toward the construction of the new ballpark. City officials emphasize that just because the ordinance was introduced, that doesn’t necessarily mean the money will be spent.


Crime at Historic Lows

Total crime in Maryland dropped 4.8 per cent in 2011, with homicides decreasing to 398, the lowest total since 1985. In fact, crime has fallen to its lowest level since the federal government began compiling such statistics in 1975. Governor Martin O’Malley says that under his administration, violent crime has decreased 24.4 per cent, outpacing his initial goal of a 20 per cent reduction.

Local News

Police Still Seeking Suspect


Law enforcement agencies are still looking for Sheldon Emelio Lyon, who is wanted in connection with last weekend’s stabbing on Davidson Street in Cumberland. Lyon is described as a black male, 24-year of age. He is six feet, three inches in height, weighing 200 pounds. He is originally from Jamaica and speaks with an accent. Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts should call Cumberland City Police, the C3I unit or their nearest law Fourth Rabies Case Reported in Garrett County


Rabies Case Reported in Garrett County


The fourth laboratory-confirmed case of rabies has been reported in Garrett County, as two dogs and a skunk came in contact with one another. The dogs had no contact with it, but the skunk was euthanized, and sent to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; rabies were confirmed the next day. A series of clinics has been set for the week of September 17th through the 22nd, and will be conducted in Grantsville, Swanton, Crellin, Friendsville, Kitzmiller and Oakland. For more information, visit the Garrett County Health Department’s website at



Maryland Man Arrested for Trying to Disable Officer


Frederick County resident Terry Webber remains jailed without bond, for trying to break into a marked police cruiser in downtown Cumberland, and for attempting to take the handgun of a Maryland State trooper who intervened in the incident. The trooper suffered a minor injury, and was released after an examination at the hospital. Webber allegedly resisted arrest and tried to take the officers’ weapon, before being subdued.



Former Teacher Sentenced


A former Meyersdale area music teacher was sentenced Tuesday for having a sexual relationship with one of his students. Joshua Covert was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in jail, and must register with Megan’s Law for at least ten years. He will serve the sentence at the Somerset County Jail, and will be on supervised probation for at least three years. He also was prohibited from contacting the victim and her family. Covert will also not be allowed to volunteer for anything that involves children. A decision on whether to allow Covert to perform within the community as a musician will be made at a later date.



Jefferson Man To Go To Trial


A Somerset County man will be standing trial for setting fire to his own home in late June. Charges against 48-year old Jay Shaulis were held to court. He is currently in jail in lieu of $15,000 bond. His bond and conditions were unchanged during a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Somerset County Court. Bond conditions now require Shaulis to complete all treatment, as a result of his recent mental health hospitalization.



Mock Disaster Exercise Set for Mineral County


The Mineral County Office of Emergency Management has scheduled a full-scale mock exercise on Saturday, September 8th. Entitled the “Easter Panhandle Region III High Water Exercise,” the drill will allow emergency service groups the chance to implement response plans and procedures that may be needed during a major storm incident. The Exercise Planning Team will also will focus on the process of evacuating major portions of Piedmont and Keyser to higher ground, need be.



Regulations on Poultry Litter Brings Protest


Several groups are balking at proposed emergency regulations, being proposed by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture that would ship poultry litter from Hardy and Hampshire counties to Greenbrier and Monroe counties. The regulations, according to the Moorefield Examiner, would limit application of poultry litter inside a three-mile radius around 22 primary breeding houses in the two counties. Among those protesting the proposed regulation were cattle and dairy farmers, as well as poultry growers.



Two West Virginia Residents Arrested for Manufacturing Meth


Two West Virginia residents have been arrested, after a mobile meth lab was found in Randolph County. Thirty-nine year old Gary Loy of Belington, and 29-year old Elkins resident Tonya Warner were taken into custody, after a mobile methamphetamine lab was found in a vehicle operated by the two. It was also determined that two minor children were exposed to the manufacturing of the drug. Both are being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, and the investigation is continuing.



Gas Prices Remain Higher


As the Labor Day holiday weekend approaches, gas prices continue to rise, and are now above last year’s prices. The national average for regular-grade gas was $3.75 per gallon, up from $3.60 at this time last year. The average price-per-gallon in Cumberland is $3.70, about five cents less than the national average.



Nearly Half of West Virginians Lack High-Speed Internet


A new federal report is ranking West Virginia number-one for people without high speed Internet. About 845,000 residents, or 46 per cent, don’t have access to broadband Internet service. Even those with broadband, Internet speeds are slower than in most states. The Federal Communications Commission says that 60 per cent of West Virginia’s rural communities can’t get high-speed Internet, as compared to 31 per cent of West Virginians in non-rural areas.

Local News

Narrows Accident Snarls Morning Traffic

A two-vehicle accident in the Narrows, near the Fruit Bowl, caused Route 40 to be closed for about an hour yesterday morning. Sixty-eight year old Richard McDonald of Lonaconing was traveling East on Route 40 near Locust Grove Road. He allegedly failed to drive right of center and stuck another car, driven by Spring Gap resident Sharon Nines. Both were taken to the Western Maryland Health System with non-life threatening injuries. Richard McDonald was cited with failure to drive right of center and negligent driving.


Somerset-Area Man Indicted by Federal Court

Former Somerset County resident Brian Dinning was indicted in June by a federal grand jury in Norfolk, Virginia and arrested last week in Toronto, Canada. Dinning is accused of collecting money from investors for projects in Africa; after collecting nearly $3 million, he is accused of spending the money on himself. Dinning’s brother, Stephen-who still lives in Somerset County-is mentioned in the indictment. Although he is not charged in the indictment, he was compensated nearly $500,000 from the investor funds.


Two Arrested Following Stop

Two people were arrested following a traffic stop, with a search of the vehicle turning up heroin and a hypodermic needles. Twenty-seven year old Robert Eugene Hadra of Frostburg and Accident, Maryland resident Claire Elizabeth Vallano were taken into custody. Vallano was additionally charged on two outstanding warrants, for failing to follow conditions of her probation. She was held on a total of $8,000 in the Allegany County Detention Center, while Hadra was released on personal recognizance.


City Doesn’t Want to Own Bridge

Cumberland city leaders don’t want to take ownership of the Washington Street Bridge, which has recently fallen into disrepair. Owning the bridge would bring federal dollars to the table to help with the repairs; rather, the city wants CSX to fix the bridge. City Administrator Jeff Rhodes has informed city council members that CSX wanted to transfer ownership of the bridge in the hopes of securing federal funds. The bridge was closed to vehicular traffic earlier this month, after an inspection determined it wasn’t structurally sound.


Allegany County Transit Alerts

Allegany County Transit is now offering alerts regarding unexpected, temporary changes to the bus schedules. Individuals may subscribe to receive service-related updates such as weather related bus time changes and road construction bus route detours. The alerts will be available by text messaging-enabled cell phone and by email. To subscribe to the service, text “TRANSIT” to 888-777 or visit the Allegany County Transit homepage. This is a free service provided by Allegany County Transit.


Resource Officer Named at Keyser

Former Keyser City Police officer Forrest “Buddy” Ellifritz is the new school resource officer at Keyser High School. Ellifritz worked with the Keyser Police Department for 20 years. He began his new duties on August 20th, and will be at the school, full-time. The vacancy was created when Deputy Paul Karalewitz resigned. The resource officer will be salaried, without health insurance or paid vacation.


Silk Mill on National Geographic Channel

The Lonaconing Silk Mill will be featured on the National Geographic Channel’s “Abandoned” program tonight at 9:30 p.m. During the show, a team of collectors go through abandoned buildings, in search of valuable items. CNN had previously filmed the Silk Mill, documenting what amazes those who enter the building for the first time. Mill owner Herb Crawford has been trying to sell the building for 34 years.


Fourth Rabies Case Reported in Garrett County

The fourth laboratory-confirmed case of rabies has been reported in Garrett County, as two dogs and a skunk came in contact with one another. The dogs had no contact with it, but the skunk was euthanized, and sent to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; rabies were confirmed the next day. A series of clinics has been set for the week of September 17th through the 22nd, and will be conducted in Grantsville, Swanton, Crellin, Friendsville, Kitzmiller and Oakland. For more information, visit the Garrett County Health Department’s website at


Shooter Cooperating in Investigating

A 15-year old boy from Kingsville, Maryland will be tried as an adult, in connection with a shooting Monday at Perry Hall High School. Robert Wayne Gladden, Jr., was a student at the school, and he will be charged with attempted first-degree murder and attempted first-degree assault. The victim was identified as Daniel Bowory, a 17-year old special education student; he remains hospitalized at Shock Trauma in Baltimore. Gladden allegedly shot Bowory on the first day of school for Maryland students. Guidance Counselor Jesse Wasmer tackled the shooter as he fired a second shot. He was held down until police took him into custody.

Local News

Man Arrested on Sex Offenses

Thirty-five year old Christopher Sean Kennell of Cumberland turned himself in to Cumberland City Police yesterday, after being advised that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Kennell is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a 15-year old juvenile male. As part of the investigation, a search warrant was conducted at his residence and several items of evidence were recovered. He was jailed on $50,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, pending his next court appearance.


Arrests Made in Davidson Street Stabbing

One man has been arrested and police are looking for another, in connection with a weekend stabbing on Davidson Street. Thirty-three year old Paul William Thomas Goetz was taken into custody, and 24-year old Sheldon Lyon of Cumberland is being sought in connection with the incident. Both  have both been charged with attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy and related charges. While police are still looking for Lyon, Goetz was held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, pending his next court appearance. The victim was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for further treatment and surgery.


Keyser man Taken into Custody By Tactical Team

Fifty year old Keyser resident Michael Miller was arrested on warrants on file in Mineral County and the City of Keyser. The arrest was made with the assistance of the West Virginia State Police Special Response Team. Bond was set at $26,000 for Miller, and he was jailed at the Potomac Highlands Regional facility in Augusta. Charges against him include assault, and two counts of intimidating a state witness. The incidents allegedly involved a firearm he had at the time of the crimes. Miller was prohibited from owning a firearm, as a result of a previous domestic battery charge.


Mayor Refuses to Reappoint Police Chief

The town of Piedmont is without police coverage, as Mayor Skip Clifford has refused to reappoint its police chief, Ralph Rice. The decision won’t be legal until the entire council votes on it. They did reappoint the town clerk, recording secretary, and town foreman. According to Chief Rice, the mayor has accused him of being involved in the complaint filed by Councilman Ray Hall this year, which led to a federal investigation in to the alleged illegality of the purchase of several FEMA trailers in 2009. Councilman Hall recently reported to the Potomac Highlands jail, leaving Piedmont with only four council members.


Keyser Water, Sewer Hearing Delayed Until 2013

A hearing on significant water and sewer increases has been postponed until February of next year. An administrative law judge with the West Virginia Public Service Commission was to have held a hearing this afternoon at the Mineral County health Department, to gather input on the rate increases. With Keyser opting to delay the more significant rate hikes in favor of smaller “emergency” rate hikes, that hearing has been postponed until February 19, 2013. There will, however, be a special session this afternoon to discuss the hiring of a new clerk in the tax and utility office and to review bids for paving work in the city.


Area Man Arrested on Burglary Charges

Twenty-six year old Timothy Dale Ryan, with no fixed address, was arrested and charged with several burglary counts, following an incident at his parents’ Cecilia Street home. Ryan is accused of grabbing a screen from the storm door and throwing it into one of the victims’ trucks. He then came back onto the porch, yelling for the residents to let him in; those inside told him to leave. Ryan also allegedly threw a propane tank regulator through the storm door window. A victim was hit in the arm. He tried to enter the residence, but left before police arrived. He was arrested and held on $50,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Water Quality Release at Jennings Randolph Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Jennings Randolph Lake is scheduled to conduct a water quality release, beginning on Sunday, and ending Monday. On Sunday, the outflow, currently at 150 cubic feet per second, will begin increasing to about 1000 cubic feet per second by 10 a.m. Flows will be cut back to about 150 cubic feet per second by 5 p.m. Monday. The public is advised to be alert to rapidly changing river levels and to exercise caution whenever near the water.


Small Business Workshop Set for Veterans

A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” for veterans and active duty personnel is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12th in Moorefield. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center training and business coaching program “Three Step Jump Start” to help veteran small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Small Business Development Center on Main Street in Moorefield. To register, call (304)-530-4964.


Millions To Take to the Road for Labor Day Holiday

More than 33 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this coming Labor Day holiday weekend, according to Triple “A.” That represents an increase from the 32.1 million who traveled at this time last year, and is also a post-recession high. It is the third time holiday travel this year has increased. Sixty-six per cent of those responding to a survey said that their current financial situation would not negatively impact their Labor Day weekend plans; 21 per cent will make cuts in other areas, and 9 per cent say they will make a shorter trip. The balance say they will travel another way.

Local News

Police Seek Suspects in Stabbing


Cumberland City Police are looking for two people in connection with a stabbing that occurred early yesterday morning in the 300-block of Davidson Street. A 45-year old man called 911 around 3:40 a.m., to report he had been stabbed by the two, who had visited his residence. An argument ensued and moved out into the street, where the stabbing happened. Police are looking for two suspects, on white male and one black male, who were both reportedly wearing baseball caps. The C3I unit, along with the Cumberland City Police and the Maryland State Police Crime Lab investigated the incident.




State Police Looking for Oldtown Resident


The Maryland State Police are requesting your assistance with locating Michael Malaska of Oldtown.  Mr. Malaska is in violation of pre-trial release conditions, and is currently wanted for witness intimidation and harassment.  Mr. Malaska was last seen on Friday morning, leaving Packhorse Road in Oldtown Maryland with an unknown associate.  If anyone has information about Michael Malaska’s current whereabouts, please contact the MD State Police Cumberland Barrack at 301-729-2101.




Two Arrested for Truck theft


Two Cumberland women were arrested in Frostburg, both accused of stealing a pickup truck from a Frostburg resident. Twenty-three year old Jessica Maureen Geisler and 28-year old Jessica Lynn Miller of Cumberland are accused of taking the truck. Both tried to flee when they were spotted by law enforcement officers. They are facing numerous charges, including theft of a motor vehicle and fleeing uniformed police officers. Additional suspects were identified and will be charged in the near future.




Route 219 Bids Sought Next Year


Contracts, permits, and other documentation will be finalized late this year or early next year, for the completion of Route 219 from Meyersdale to Somerset. The four-lane road is expected to cost over $300 million, with the earthwork portion costing $160 million alone. The cost will be paid in full by the federal government, because of the recently signed transportation bill. State Senator George Edwards says Maryland has $98 million in reserve for the segment, from the Pennsylvania border to Interstate 68. If the Governor does not commit to building it in the next two years, that money could be lost to another project.



First Day of School For Allegany County Students


Today is the first day of school for Allegany County students. Motorists are encouraged to be on the lookout for students, and are reminded to stop for school buses, displaying flashing lights. Several Allegany County Schools have conducted their “Back to School” nights, and some have been scheduled after the school year begins.




Commissioners Attend MACO Conference


The Allegany County Commissioners recently participated in the Maryland Association of Counties Annual Summer Conference. It was held at the Roland Powell Convention Center, with the theme of “Breaking Through, Working Together for Maryland’s Counties.” The conference focused on the importance of collaboration in increasing governmental efficiency and developing partnerships.




Cumberland Man Arrested for Burglary


Cumberland resident Dajon Lopez is charged with fourth degree burglary and two counts of second degree assault, in connection with an incident on Winmer Street on August 17th. Eighteen year old Lopez is accused of entering a residence, and getting into an altercation with the victim. He jumped out of a bathroom window, onto the roof and fled the area.




Somerset Man Found Guilty in Drug Case


Somerset resident Alon Whitehead was recently found guilty in Somerset County of dealing crack cocaine out of his car and two locations, including the Giant Eagle parking lot along North Center Avenue in Somerset. Whitehead was found not guilty of two counts of conspiracy. The incident involved two controlled buys. Whitehead is scheduled to be sentenced on October 3rd.




Great Allegheny Passage Listed in National Geographic


The Great Allegheny Passage has been chosen by editors of National Geographic magazine as one of the 10 best places to get away this fall. The hiking and biking trail is in the company of such international destinations as Milford Sound in New Zealand and Devil’s Pool, a natural rock formation on the edge of Victoria Falls in Zambia, Africa. According to the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, about 800,000 people visit the trail each year, and that number is growing.


Local News

Man Dies in Fall From Cliff

Woodbine, Maryland resident William Raines was killed early Sunday, when he fell from a cliff along Camp Cliffside Road near Springfield in Hampshire County. The incident occurred around 4 a.m. Raines was found on a cliff about 80 feet from the top of the cliff; while emergency personnel were able to communicate with him, he died around 6:45 a.m. No foul play is suspected in the incident.


Bedford Man Pleads to First Degree Murder Charges

John Lewis Gerholt, of Bedford County, has entered a no contest plea to a first-degree murder charge. He waived his right to a pre-sentence investigation and was immediately sentenced to life imprisonment, without the possibility of parole. He was charged with the shooting death of his estranged wife, Karen, in November of 2008. His trial had been underway, with the jury selection process in its second day, when Gerholt agreed to the plea deal.


Woman Arrested After Domestic Assault

Cumberland resident Shameka Toney faces numerous charges, following an incident Monday afternoon in the area of Valley Street at Henderson Boulevard. She had been in a fight with her boyfriend. An Allegany County Sheriff’s deputy separated the two, and asked about her children. She responded that they were home alone. The children are aged three months, and one year. Child Protective Services allowed the children to stay with another family member. Ms. Toney was charged with second degree assault, and two counts of contributing to the condition of a child. She received a bond hearing and released on personal recognizance.


South Street Closed on Thursday

The Cumberland Engineering Department is notifying the public that South Street will be closed at its intersection with Oldtown Road tomorrow. Thru-traffic should follow the marked Oldtown Road detour, along First Street. Local residents of South Street between First Street and Oldtown Road will be able to access the street from First Street. Some parking restrictions may be needed near the construction site. If possible, South Street will be reopened to traffic before the end of the work day on Friday. Motorists are asked to obey all temporary traffic control and parking signs. The closure is necessary to make needed improvements at the intersection.


Man Arrested on Drug Charges in Garrett County

Twenty-one year old Santa Barbara, California resident Robert Tarell Jackson was arrested during a traffic stop yesterday in Garrett County. Jackson was initially stopped for speeding on Interstate 68 in Grantsville. He was jailed after officers found marijuana in his vehicle. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains jailed in Garrett County.


Somerset County Man Killed in Crash

Twenty-two year old Kody Gene Dwire was killed in a single vehicle accident on Chickentown Road at Skyline Lane in Somerset Township. The crash occurred around 6:23 a.m., as Dwire was a passenger in a sport utility vehicle, driven by an unidentified man. The driver lost control, striking several mailboxes and overturning. Both occupants are believed to have been ejected. Dwire was a senior at California University of Pennsylvania, where he was majoring in geology.


Pyles Elected State County Commission President

Mineral County Commission President Cindy Pyles has been elected, for a second consecutive year, as the head of the State County Commission Association. During its annual conference, the State Commission Association recognized her dedicated service and leadership. She was unanimously re-elected her as president.


Man Sentenced to 24 Months on Burglary and Theft Charges

Twenty-one year old Shane Boyer of Central City received two years in the state prison system intermediate punishment program, followed by two years of supervision on burglary and theft charges. Boyer had pleaded guilty to several cases, which included breaking and entering and the theft of drugs from several pharmacies in the Somerset County area.


Attorney General Warns Against Scam

Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler is warning against a scam that seeks to steal personal information over the phone by using the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as a ploy. Attorney General Gansler says you may be asked to verify or provide personal information such as Social Security number or a bank account number in order to receive a new Medicare card. No such verification program exists. Consumers who have caller I.D. and receive these unsolicited calls should write down the caller’s number and contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at (410)-528-8662.


WVU Named Top Party School

The Princeton Review has named West Virginia University the top party school in the nation. The review ranked the school as number one in the “party school” and “lots of beer” rankings. Then rankings come only two weeks after Newsweek magazine named WVU the rowdiest school in the nation. WVU officials have issued a statement, criticizing the rankings, noting that WVU has loyal fans and top-notch facilities. The rankings indicate WVU was ranked third in “athletic facilities” and eighth in “students pack the stadiums.”


Local News

Miner Injured at Gorman


A miner, who was trapped between the side of a mine and a piece of equipment, was brought to the surface yesterday morning. The mine, which located on the King Wildersen Road, is at the site of the Steyer Fuel Mining Company. The unidentified man was taken to the hospital for treatment.



Woman Sentenced in Arson Case


The co-owner of the former Polish Pines Restaurant was sentenced to eight years in prison for second degree arson. Kelly Bradley entered an Alford plea in the case, which involved  intentionally setting fire to the restaurant in June of 2010. The fire also destroyed two other businesses in the strip mall, along Route 220, two miles south of Keyser. She could have received up to ten years for arson.



Train Derailment Closes Crossing


Three cars of a train derailed in the downtown area last night, and heavy damage was done to the tracks. All crossings from Franklin Street to Baltimore Street were blocked until approximately midnight. CSX was able to open all the crossings, except for Baltimore Street, and it’s unclear how long that crossing will be closed. A crane was expected to arrive overnight to assist with the clean up and removal of the cars. There are barricades on both sides of the Baltimore Street crossing, closing the intersection.


Co-Director of Union Rescue Mission Passes


Terrelynn Taylor, wife of the Reverend Dan Taylor of the Union Rescue Mission, passed away Saturday, while vacationing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She recently replaced Reverend Taylor’s mother, Janie, as co-director of the Union Rescue Mission of Cumberland. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, a brother grandchildren, her nieces, a nephew, and an aunt. Friends will be received at the Adams Funeral Home tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., with a funeral service slated for Thursday at 1 p.m. Internment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.



Councilman’s Appeal Denied


Piedmont City Councilman Ray Hall’s appeal of his April conviction on attempted extortion charges was denied, and he was to have reported to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail yesterday morning. Along with his appeal for a new trial, Hall’s petition for probation and alternative sentencing was denied. He was charged when the owners of a local restaurant said he had attempted to obtain money from them by claiming that two of their waiters had sexually harassed and cyber stalked a female friend of his two years ago.



Woman Arrested on Assault, Disturbing the Peace Charges


Cumberland resident Amy Jean Crawford was arrested early Sunday morning, when she became unruly at a Columbia Avenue business. She was initially asked to leave the business, but began to yell and cause a disturbance outside. She was then told by police to leave the area, which she refused to do. She also tried to strike an officer in the face. She was arrested and held on $2500 bond. Among the charges lodged against her were assault, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and failure to obey a lawful order.



Garrett Authorities Investigating Theft


The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is looking for anyone having information regarding a theft that occurred between June 27th and July 27th at 215 Spring Lane in Oakland. A person or persons entered an unoccupied vehicle and stole several items. Anyone with information should contact the Maryland State Police at (301)-387-1101.



Man Feared Drowned at Raystown Lake


The men drowned at Raystown Lake on July 29th, and now divers are looking for a Huntingdon County man who is also feared drowned. Volunteers have, to this point, been unable to find the body of the man, who went under the water near the Susquehannock Campground in the Seven Points area of the lake. More than 110 volunteers have joined in the search, including at least 30 divers. In some areas of the lake, the water can be 120 feet deep.



State Adds Jobs, but Unemployment Rate Rises to Seven Per Cent


The state of Maryland added 800 jobs in June, but the unemployment rate still rose to 7 per cent. Data from the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics indicates that 2400 private sector jobs were created in July. This is the first time the rate has been seven per cent or higher since September, when 7.1 per cent of Marylanders were unemployed. The national rate is 8.3 per cent.



Court Denies Redistricting Appeal


The Maryland Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal by Maryland Democrats to stop a referendum on the state’s congressional redistricting map; this means the issue will be on the November ballot for voters to decide. Opponents of the map say it has been gerrymandered to favor Democrats at the expense of fair representation. Washington County Delegate Neil Parrott, who heads the online petition website, “” cheered the Court of Appeals decision.



Maryland Students Call for Closure of Chick Fil A Location


Some University of Maryland students are calling for the Stamp Student Union Building’s location of Chick Fil A to close. They have started a petition to shut down the restaurant in response to comments about same-sex marriage by company President Dan Cathy.


Local News

Accident Results in One Death

A two-vehicle accident on the Keyser Memorial bridge has left one person dead. A 56-year old out-of-state man died following the crash, just before 1 p.m. yesterday. It involved an SUV driven by the victim and another car, and was said to be a rear-end collision. The other driver was not injured. The accident remains under investigation, and an autopsy is being conducted by the West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death for the unidentified man.


Maryland Woman Killed in Hampshire County

Sixty-nine year old Maryland resident Janet Britton was killed Tuesday, when she became trapped underneath a brush hog in Hampshire County. She was working in a field on her farm, and for an unknown reason, she fell off of the tractor and became trapped underneath. She was identified by her husband. Mrs. Britton’s body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.


Downtown Meeting Held

Another meeting to discuss the downtown Cumberland area was held last night, following up a meeting held July 18th. Last night’s meeting addressed longer-term solutions to bring more people downtown. The idea of a volunteer program, where residents would be stationed on the mall to answer questions and direct visitors to restaurants and businesses, based on the visitors’ needs. The Cumberland City Police Department was applauded for its increased presence on the mall.


Washington Street Bridge Remains Closed

The Washington Street Bridge, owned by CSX Corporation, will be closed to vehicular traffic for an undetermined period of time. This will give CSX the opportunity to repair or replace the structure. It will remain open to pedestrians, and motorists are encouraged to use Allegany, Greene or Lee Streets as a detour around the bridge.


Teen Struck By Lightning in His Home

Somerset County teenager Cody Sines was struck by lightning Tuesday at his home in Shanksville. He suffered burns on his arm, and doctors still want to rule out a concussion. Lightning hit a tree in his back yard, traveled through the ground and into his home. Cody is expected to make a full recovery, but doctors are monitoring him to make sure he doesn’t suffer any future complications.


Woman Charged in Elm Street Incident

A Cumberland woman was arrested following an incident on Elm Street Wednesday evening. Cumberland City Police were investigating a report of extremely loud music coming from 616 Elm; twenty-nine year old Stephanie Lynn Holtman began cursing and screaming at officers. She was ordered to lower her voice, but did not.She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.


Firefighter Injured in Blaze

A firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion Monday night in Piedmont. Firefighters responded to a call on Harrison Street. He was taken to the hospital by Tri-Towns EMS. Several other fire companies responded to the scene, and there’s no further word on the firefighters’ condition, nor are there details on the fire.


Keyser Has New Administrator

The city of Keyser has a new city administrator in Shannon Marsh. She began work last week, but has spent much of the last week attending meetings of the West Virginia Municipal League in Charleston. Ms. Marsh is a 1987 graduate of Keyser High School, and spent some time in California, before returning to Mineral County. She was also co-director of the Catamount Childrens’ Center in Keyser, before taking the city administrators’ position.


Wellersburg Bridge Out Until 2014

The Wellersburg Bridge will be out, at least until the end of 2014. The bridge collapsed over a year ago, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says it will be over two years before it can be replaced. Some residents from six homes have been forced to cross Jennings Run by foot to get to their vehicles and Route 160. The total cost of bridge replacement is $1.4 million, and Wellersburg borough would need to contribute about $70,000 to the project.


Interim Superintendent Named For Hampshire County

Marianna Leone will become the interim superintendent for Hampshire County Schools on August 31st. Her appointment was unanimously approved, as the Board of Education there accepted the resignation of Robin Lewis . Ms. Lewis was recently selected as the executive director of RESA I in Beckley, West Virginia. Board members are set to meet this weekend, to discuss options for a superintendent search.


AccuWeather Predicts Heavy Snowfall

AccuWeather is predicting that cities along the Interstate 95 corridor will get slammed with snow this winter. Big storms are predicted for both January and February, and forecasters are blaming a weak to moderate El Nino weather system. One forecaster isn’t saying how much snow there will be, but conditions are indicating a “snow dump” from New England to the southern states.


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Gambling Bill Passed

The Maryland General Assembly has given final approval to Governor Martin O’Malley’s gambling bill, and it will go before the voters in November. The Governor signed the bill yesterday.  The legislation would allow table games and a sixth casino in the state, while also giving new tax breaks to casino owners. The bill significantly reduces tax rates on slot machine profits for all the currently licensed casinos, except Rocky Gap, where rates are already lower. The bill includes two separate provisions that would require the new owners of Rocky Gap to build out conference space before they could run table games, and would allow veterans organizations here and statewide to offer five pull tab slot machines, according to the Cumberland Times-News.


Health System May Reduce Staff

In cost-cutting measures, the Western Maryland Health System has to reduce spending by $6 to $8 million in Fiscal Year 2013. What that means is staff reductions through attrition and some involuntary separations. To avoid rate increases, the hospital has to reduce its spending by 10 to 15 per cent over the next five years, according to CEO Barry Ronan. While it is trying to keep the direct impact to employees to a minimum, spokesperson Kathy Rogers acknowledges some jobs will be lost.


Body Found in Mineral County

A body has been found in an area off Waxler Road, in the Gerstel Hollow area. It is believed to be that of an Oakland man, whose vehicle was found in the area, after he was reported missing Tuesday afternoon. A member of the Allegany County Special Operations high angle rescue tem found the man, and it was determined he was dead. Although authorities aren’t certain of the identity, circumstances indicate it was 37-year old Shane Davis of Oakland, who was reported missing earlier this week.


America’s 911 Ride Travels Through Area Tomorrow

At about 9 a.m. tomorrow, America’s 911 Ride will arrive in Cumberland. This is the 11th year the ride will travel through Cumberland. Bikers will enter the city via the Narrows, travel south on Mechanic Street, turning left onto Frederick Street. They will then travel to Nave’s Crossroads, and proceed towards I-68 East to Rocky Gap. Traffic will be stopped temporarily on the main route from about 8:45 to 9 a.m.


Council Member Calls Interference on Mayor

Piedmont City Council member Robert Patenaude is accusing Mayor Skip Clifford of trying to block progress on bringing the city into compliance with state housing inspection laws. The Mayor is opposed to adopting the regulations, as Patenaude is tryi8ng to obtain his two-year provisional housing inspection license, and to also get the city to adopt the minimal county and state regulations for housing. The Mayor is opposed to the measure, because he says Piedmont would be liable for Patenaude’s training to acquire a regular license, once the provisional has expired.


Route 50 Bridge Work Finished

A bridge on Route 50 in Hampshire County, crossing the Little Cacapon River, has been finished. Route 50 is back in service, following the replacement of the bridge. Upgrading the detour loop and replacement of the bridge should cost about $200,000.  


Boat Launch Closing on August 27th

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Jennings Randolph Lake will close the Howell Run Boat Launch ramp, beginning August 27th to boats requiring a trailer to launch, due to low water levels. The launch will remain open to all other boats. Because of the low lake levels, the Corps encourages all boaters to use caution when launching from the Howell Run boat ramp. The lake is also accessible to shoreline fishing. The boat ramp may be usable again is lake levels increase.


Maryland Listed As One of Worst Power Plant Polluters

The state of Maryland is in the top 20, when it comes to power plant polluters, but the state has made significant cuts, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Maryland ranked 19th, which is an improvement from the fifth place finish the year before. The improvement was credited by the Maryland Department of the Environment, to a power plant emission law it says is the toughest on the East Coast.



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Xerox Adding Jobs in Frostburg

Xerox is adding approximately 375 new permanent and project-based jobs in the Frostburg area by the end of the year. Positions will be for customer care agents for two existing healthcare programs and a new healthcare customer. The Frostburg Center currently employs around 300 agents, who have been supporting the existing customers for more than 8 years. Interested applicants may apply either online, by phone, or in person. About 135 of the new positions will become permanent, year-round jobs, while the remainder will be project-based and wind down  by the end of the year. Xerox employs 1300 Maryland residents.


Building to be Transferred to School Board

The Allegany County Board of Education has authorized its attorney to proceed to closing for the transfer of the Western Maryland Health System’s Braddock campus. The 26-acre site will be used by the school system as the site for the construction of the new Allegany High School. Other renovations at Braddock and Washington Middle Schools could be delayed. During last night’s meeting, it was pointed out that both roofs at the schools are in bad shape, and are at least five years beyond their warranty life. It has been suggested that the board separate the roof projects from the “modernization and addition” projects that have been recommended for both middle schools.


Crew Finds Bones at Demolition Location

A demolition crew, working in the area of 7 North Waverly Terrace, found a set of bones at the location. The crew was in the process of tearing down the residence there. Several agencies responded, including a crime lab technician with the Maryland State Police and the Medical Examiner. The Medical Examiner, with an anthropologist with the Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore that the bones belonged to an animal.


Man Arrested Sunday Morning

A LaVale man was arrested Sunday morning, following a single-vehicle accident on Baltimore Avenue. Robert Chou’s 2008 Infinity SUV was sitting in the wrong lane of traffic, and was missing its left front tire. It appeared Chou had driven the vehicle without the tire, due to the amount of damage done to it. Chou failed several field sobriety tests, and was placed under arrest. He was charged with driving on a suspended license, driving while impaired by alcohol, and driving under the influence of alcohol. He was released pending trial in District Court.


Kenny’s Market Slated to Close

Kenny’s Market in Westernport is closing. Owner Bill Kenny says he has been considering retirement since about 2007. Kenny’s Market has been a part of Westernport for nearly 90 years. Kenny has served in various community posts, including one term as an Allegany County Commissioner. Kenny, who will stay in Westernport, and has plans to sell the store, but hasn’t decided exactly when the store will close, according to the Mineral News Tribune.


Keyser Mayor, Council Member Meet with PSC

Keyser Mayor Randy Amtower and City Council member Terry Liller were in the state capitol last week to state their case for significant hikes in the city’s water and sewer rates. The Mayor and Council voted to increase residential water rates, first by 19 per cent, and then by30 per cent in the second phase. Sewer service was scheduled to be increased in three steps: by 31 per cent in phase one, 20 per cent in phase two, and by 90 per cent in the final phase. However, because of a citizen petition drive and PSC review, the phased increases will not be allowed. The city officials visited Charleston to learn how to win approval for the proposed increases.


Somerset County Commissioner Switches Parties

Somerset County Commissioner Joe Betta switched his party affiliation from Republican to Independent this week, meaning that Somerset County Republicans are no longer represented on the Board of Commissioners. Betta was previously an Independent, but changed it back to Republican for the 2011 Commissioners’ race.


Residents Moved Out of Nursing Home

Residents of Soma Manor Nursing Home have been moved to another facility, while the state investigates a case of alleged neglect. A woman at the Boonsboro facility was injured after she fell through a hold in floor. The owner, Dickson Tabi, acknowledged the incident, but also confessed to trying to cover it up. The victim, Eilene Rindone, is in serious condition at Shock Trauma. According to reports, it happened in the morning, but an ambulance wasn’t called until several hours later.


PSC Hears Complaints About Storm Response

Members of the Maryland Public Service Commission heard from angry BGE customers during a hearing Monday night in Annapolis. The subject was the response from the June derecho storm. Many customers were offline for a week or more, with the average outage lasting almost 40 hours. More than 720,000 BGE customers were without power, and statewide, that number was well over 1 million. Many customers were not reconnected until more than a week after the storm struck on June 29th.



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Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in Frostburg

Eighty-year old Lois MacDonald was killed in a two-vehicle crash early yesterday afternoon on Route 36 at Vale Summit Road in Frostburg. The crash occurred when a car, driven by her husband, 87-year old Ramsey McDonald collided with a Peterbilt tractor-trailer, driven by 57-year old Keyser resident Richard Haggerty. Mrs. MacDonald was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Both Mr. MacDonald and Mr. Haggerty were taken to the hospital for treatment. Route 36 was closed for about 3-1/2 hours, while the investigation was being conducted.


Identities Released in Fatal Motorcycle Collision

The identities of two people killed Saturday in a motorcycle/car collision near the High Octane Citgo station have been released. Great Cacapon residents Charles Hewitt and Carole Lee Hewitt were killed, when their motorcycle collided with a car, driven by Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania resident Rebecca Geraldine Hess. A passenger in the car was Artemas, Pennsylvania resident Doris Jean Scott. Charges have not been filed in the accident, but the investigation is continuing.


Keyser May Install Video Cameras

The city of Keyser may move to install video surveillance cameras at playgrounds, ballfields and other public sites in an effort to thwart further vandalism. Mayor Randy Amtower has met with equipment vendors and is impressed with what they have to offer. Officials say that vandalism arrests will send a strong message to those who are considering the defacing of public facilities.


Fire Determined to be Arson

A fire on Sunday afternoon at the Sang Run Christian Center in McHenry has been determined to be arson. Firefighters from the Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Company were called to the church on Sang Run Road. Upon arrival, the firefighters discovered the blaze was extinguished by a neighbor who saw smoke coming from the church. An estimated $4,000 in damage was done to the structure, and the fire was contained to the interior of the church. Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area, or have information is asked to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal in McHenry at (301)-387-0437, or the Maryland Arson Hotline at (800)-492-7529.


Keyser Officials Nix Meeting Interruptions

The Keyser City Council will not allow questions or interjections during their regularly scheduled meetings. Instead public comment is allowed at the beginning of the meeting. Resident Karol Ashenfelter had made the request, because citizen input at the end of the meeting didn’t allow for citizen comment before a vote was taken. Mayor Randy Amtower says that residents will now have the opportunity to comment on an agenda item before a vote is taken.


Two Vehicle Accident Results in Serious Injuries

A 22-year old Hancock woman suffered serious injuries early yesterday morning, when her car struck the rear end of a tractor/trailer on Interstate 70 Eastbound at the 4-mile marker. Elizabeth Hinckle was flown by Trooper 5 to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The accident occurred just after 3:30 a.m., and the road had been closed for nearly four hours, because of debris and safety concerns for the victims, emergency personnel, and other drivers. Traffic was detoured onto Route 615 for about a mile. The Maryland State Highway Administration was on the scene to control the detour and handle the roadway closure.  The accident remains under investigation.


Man Charged With Reckless Endangerment

The owner of Soma Manor Assisted Living on Old National Pike, has been charged with reckless endangerment, after an 84-year old resident fell through a floor, suffering a head injury and several broken bones. Dickson Tabi was also charged with two counts of abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult. The victim, Eileen Rindone, is listed in critical condition. Tabi also later admitted to attempting to cover up the incident.


Chick Fil A Restaurant Vandalized

A Chick Fil A restaurant in Frederick was vandalized over the weekend. Stickers, promoting marriage equality and a gay pride flag were attached to the windows of the restaurant. Several homemade signs were also left at the restaurant. Gay marriage supporters have been protesting comments by President Dan Cathy, who told a religious publication that the company backed “the biblical definition of a family.”


State Tourism Numbers on the Rise

Over 34 million people visited Maryland last year, an increase of 6.8 per cent over 2010. A survey, detailing the numbers, was released last week. Maryland tourism has gone up 26.4 per cent since 2007, outpacing the national increase of 8.1 per cent. Maryland has released a revised Maryland scenic byways guide and introduced a Civil War Trails mobile application.


Maryland Has Highest Rate of New Foreclosures

The rate of new foreclosure filings in Maryland far exceeded any other state’s this spring. Almost 20 in every 1,000 home loans in Maryland were part of the foreclosure process during April, May and June, according to a survey released last week by Washington-based Mortgage Bankers Association. Maryland has now exceeded Florida in foreclosure starts. Nationally, the figure is roughly 10 per 1,000, which were part of the foreclosure process.

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Two Killed in Motorcycle/Jeep Collision


A motorcyclist and passenger were killed late Saturday afternoon on Route 144 at the High Octane Citgo fuel station entrance near High Germany Road in Little Orleans. The driver of a Jeep Cherokee attempted to turn left onto Westbound Route 144; the vehicle was struck by a Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide motorcycle and both the operator and passenger were ejected from the bike. Route 144 remained closed for about three hours during the investigation. Charges are pending in the investigation, and the names of all parties are being withheld.




Cumberland Man Dies in Single Vehicle Crash


Forty-two year old Cumberland resident Shawn Bowman was killed Friday morning in a single vehicle accident on Ford Hill Road, near Rio, West Virginia. His son was taken to the Winchester Medical Center following the crash. Bowman’s truck crossed the roadway and exited the east side of the roadway, and, after striking several trees, the truck stopped near the bank of the North River. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The West Virginia State Police are investigating the accident.



Williams Street Incident Leads to Arrest


Thirty-one year old Jordan Lee Hamilton was arrested early Saturday morning, as the result of a domestic assault in the 200-block of Williams Street. He was charged with second-degree assault following investigation of the 3 a.m. complaint. Following a bond hearing, Hamilton was released on personal recognizance, pending trial in District Court.




No Solid Evidence Fugitive Is In Area


There is no solid evidence that a man wanted for the murder of a woman in North Carolina is in the Hampshire, Hardy, or Grant County areas. Nate Summerfield is wanted in connection to the strangulation and stabbing of Lynn Jackenheimer. Her body was discovered on July 14th. The case was profiled on the “America’s Most Wanted” television program Friday night. Based on a tip, however, an alert was issued for Tucker, Randolph and Grant counties. A ”Find Nate Summerfield” page has been established on Facebook.




Meyersdale Man Facing Felony Charges\


Nineteen year old Meyersdale resident Jacob Robertson is facing felony trespassing charges, for allegedly entering a residence three times to see a girl, after being told not to do so. Robertson dates the 16-year old girl, but is not permitted at the High Street residence. He was found several times, by the girls’ mother, in her daughter’s bedroom. He is in jail on $5,000 bond, with a preliminary hearing in the case set for this Thursday.




Trial Set for Jefferson County Sheriff


The civil trial for Jefferson County Sheriff Bob Shirley has been set for November of next year. Shirley is accused of violating the rights of Mark Haines during an arrest, then falsifying a use-of-force report. Haines-who had, at one time been jailed at the Allegany County Detention Center-says Shirley and his deputies beat him. Shirley’s criminal trial is also set for next year; he has pleaded not guilty to those charges, as well.




Hagerstown Convention Center Set to Close


The Hagerstown Hotel and Convention Center on the Dual Highway is scheduled to close on August 18th. The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is trying to find new conference and lodging accommodations for dozens of groups that were booked at the hotel within the next few years. The property is currently owned by VFC Partners 8, LLC; a group, known as DFIN, LLC is buying the property, but hasn’t decided what to do with it.


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Senate Approves Gambling Bill

The Maryland State Senate voted to approve table games like blackjack and a casino site near Washington, D.C. in the first day of the General Assembly special session. The House will vote on the bill today. The new casino could open in Prince George’s County in 2016 with 3,000 slot machines. Those opposed to the site believe it would drain revenue from some of the other surrounding casinos downstate.


ARC Grants $200,000 For Local Project

The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded the city of Cumberland an additional grant for $200,000, to complete construction of an access road to the Central Business District. The money will be used to widen approximately .62 miles of Baltimore Avenue and will include the repaving of the roadway, with new curbs and sidewalks to enhance pedestrian usage. The grant will also be used to install new traffic signs and control devices in an effort to increase efficiency and improve safety. The grant was announced by both U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski.


County Opts Out of Sprinkler Plan

Allegany County will not participate in a statewide mandate to install automatic sprinklers in new one and two-bedroom homes, including mobile and modular homes. The county, however, wants to come up with an incentive plan to encourage residents to install the systems. Sprinklers will be mandatory throughout the state in 2015.


Wisp Wins Extension

The Wisp resort has more time to come up with a bankruptcy reorganization plan. It will now have until September 10th to come up with a new plan; the original deadline was today, but the owners had requested a two-month stay. Officials at the Wisp, Maryland’s only ski resort, say they have been talking with two potential buyers. Wisp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October. Financial problems are to blame, as they say they couldn’t sell enough home sites at a nearby golf course to make their loan payments.


Juvenile Falls From Bridge

A male juvenile reportedly fell from the Romney bridge that crosses the South Branch of the Potomac River. The call came in around 3:26 p.m. Tuesday; Trooper Five from Maryland was called in to transport the juvenile to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland. He was injured when he fell, while apparently trying to climb the abutment that supports the bridge.


Accused Killer May be in Eastern Panhandle Area

Accused killer Nate Summerfield may be in the areas of Randolph, Tucker or Grant County, West Virginia. He is wanted in connection with the strangulation and stabbing of Lynn Jackenheimer, who was reported missing in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in July. Her body was found on July 14th. Officials couldn’t say why U.S. Marshals believe he is in West Virginia.


Two Frostburg Residents Arrested

Two Frostburg residents were arrested in downtown Cumberland Tuesday morning. They were originally stopped for a registration violation, but a scan of the vehicle resulted in a positive alert. Marijuana and a device used to smoke it were located in the car. Taken into custody were both 26-year old Brianne Marie Gonzin and 22-year old Anthony Wayne Miller. Both were charged and released on personal recognizance.


Local Woman Fulfills Wish on “Bucket List”

Ninety-seven year old Dot Yeager has been a Baltimore Oriole fan all her life, and last night, she fulfilled an item on her “bucket list.” Ms. Yeager met some of the Oriole players during batting practice, and was able to throw out the first pitch. The event was made possible through the “bucket list” program at the Kensington Algonquin, where she is a resident. She was able to attend a game in 1972; however that game was called because of rain in the second inning.


Hampshire Superintendent Leaving

The superintendent of the Hampshire County School System, Robin Lewis, has accepted a job as the new executive director for RESA I, headquartered in Beckley. The start date of her new position has yet to be determined. RESA, or regional educational service agency, primarily provide support services and training for county school systems. Hampshire is part of RESA 8.

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Special Session Begins Today

The Maryland State Senate will convene in a special session today, to consider Governor O’Malley’s 56-page bill that would expand gambling in the state. The House of Delegates will meet tomorrow, to consider the legislation, which establishes games like blackjack and consideration of a sixth casino site in Prince George’s County. The bill does not name the National Harbor Resort as the sixth location; rather, the National Harbor would compete for the license with Rosecroft Raceway. Under the bill, the state would continue to own the slot machines at both the Rocky Gap and Ocean Downs facilities.

“Operation Summer Catch” Nets Seven

Seven of 17 suspected drug dealers were arrested Tuesday during a sweep in Bedford County. “Operation Summer Catch” marked the culmination of months of controlled drug purchases by the state and local police. Several confidential informants were “outed” to complete the investigation. The suspects sold everything from prescription pills, to cocaine, to heroin and synthetic marijuana. The sweep was the 10th “sting” in eight years. The most recent was “Operation Scarecrow” which nabbed 20 suspected dealers last fall.

Mount Savage Water Project to Begin

A project that is expected to take several years will begin on Monday, as construction will start on the first phase of the Mount Savage Water Project. The project was funded by a combination of sources, including the United States Department of Agriculture, the Maryland Department of the Environment, and Community Development Block Grant funding. The project includes installation of water lines, a water storage tank, and a water pressure reduction vault.

Woman Arrested on Disorderly Conduct, Drug Charges

Frostburg resident Joyce Shoemaker was arrested Tuesday morning, following two incidents on North Mechanic Street. She was first asked to leave the JFK Apartments property; after several requests, City Police escorted her from the property. Minutes later, she was found sitting in front of the entry door to a business on North Centre Street. Police found CDS paraphernalia. She was also reportedly intoxicated. She was charged with disorderly conduct, CDS possession, and failure to obey a lawful order. Following an appearance in District Court, she was released on personal recognizance.


YMCA Named Finalist


The Cumberland YMCA’s Housing Department has been named a finalist in “Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good” campaign. The “Y” will be competing against four other agencies this Tuesday to win a Toyota van, which will be used to transport residents for medical appointments, food banks, meetings and job interviews. To vote, log onto the Toyota USA or Toyota 100 Cars for Good in the search bar and click on “Vote Today.” Then click on Cumberland YMCA and confirm your vote.

Movement to Rename ARCC in Hagerstown

Allegany College of Maryland has the Bob Kirk Arena, and now four former Washington County commissioners are lobbying to have Hagerstown Community College’s Athletic, Recreation, and Community Center named after former Coach Jim Brown. The commissioners asked the current board to send a resolution to the HCC Board of Trustees. Coach Brown helped create the “ARCC,” a popular Washington County venue for sports, high school graduations and other community activities.

Maryland Offering Online Registration

The State Board of Elections is now offering online voter registration, along with using
The Internet to check the status of their registration. Eligible residents must have a valid state driver’s license or identification card to use the system. The new registration will help prevent voter fraud, because voters’ driver license numbers must match up with their names.


Trooper Returns To Duty


A West Virginia State Police Officer who was shot by a suspect is back on duty. Corporal Andrew Loudin was investigating a complaint of child sexual abuse, when he was shot by 55-year old William Dumire in Elkins. Dumire later died in a gun battle with police.


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State Police Investigate Attempted Theft
The LaVale Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating a theft from Kohl’s Department Store on Winchester Road. A suspect had taken some items from the store, and was approached, outside, by a loss prevention employee. The suspect dropped the merchandise and fled in a burgundy Plymouth Voyager van. Troopers are asking for information or the identity of the subject. You are urged to contact the LaVale barrack at (301)-729-2101. The merchandise was recovered. The investigation is being conducted by TFC. T. Brown.

Drug Bust in Bedford County
There has been a major drug bust in Bedford County. In what is being called “Summer Catch,” the Bedford County Drug Task Force and Pennsylvania State Police are attempting to serve arrest warrants on approximately 17 local drug dealers. The suspects were arraigned throughout the day yesterday by at the Office of Magisterial District Judge Kathy Calhoun. Names and charges will be released, once the defendants are processed. District Attorney Bill Higgins is cautioning that charges against these individuals are merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Hyattaville Man Arrested in Drug Bust
Hyattsville resident Tavares Kiyum Rudolph is in the Allegany County Detention Center on a total of $265,000 bond after being arrested Monday afternoon. Rudolph was initially stopped for a speeding violation; a K-9 scan of his car resulted in a positive alert and the vehicle was search. Officers found suspected marijuana, suspected crack cocaine and suspected PCP. Rudolph also provided a false identity to officers and had several active arrest warrants from Allegany and Washington counties. He was held on $250,000 bond on the drug charges, as well as a total $15,000 bond on the arrest warrants that were served.

Marietta Street Set for Paving
The city of Cumberland Engineering Department is notifying residents that Marietta Street at Frederick Street will be paved today. The hours of the work are from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The contractor is Shaffer Construction, with I.A. Construction acting as subcontractor. Flagging operations will be in effect while the work is being done. Residents of Marietta Street are asked to obey all no parking signs in place.

West Virginia State Police Announce Sobriety Checkpoint
The West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Hardy County on Friday, from 6 p.m. to midnight. The checkpoint will be conducted along U.S. Route 220 in Moorefield. The Governor’s Highway Safety Program, in conjunction with the West Virginia State Police, are conducting events and patrols concentrating on the arrest of intoxicated drivers.

Business Fundamentals Workshop Set
A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22nd in Petersburg. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center training and business coaching program, “Three Step Jump Start” to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the Region 8 Planning and Development Council building in Petersburg. Registration is required by Thursday, August 16th. To register, call (304)-530-4964.

Reminder of Tax-Free Week
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot traveled to Washington County this week to remind Marylanders of the “Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week” August 12th through the 18th. During the week, there will be no sales tax on footwear and apparel costing less than $100. Franchot notes that the tax-free week comes before schools go back into session, and causes a 10 per cent increase in retail sales.

West Virginia Looking to Promote Casinos
The West Virginia Lottery ended the past fiscal year with an $81 million surplus, and Lottery Executive Director John Musgrave says they’re already bracing for a much different story. The Mountain State is facing competition from Pennsylvania; as for Maryland, there are plans for a new, large casino at the Inner Harbor, which could easily attract players from the state’s most profitable site, the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

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No Bill Yet, But Special Session To Be Held

There is no expanded gambling bill yet, but Governor O’Malley is expected to introduce it in the next couple of days. The Senate will convene in Annapolis on Thursday, while House members return on Friday. While it was only expected to take two days, it is now thought the session may extend into Wednesday of next week, when the Maryland Association of Counties convention begins in Ocean City. If the bill is to be on the ballot in November, lawmakers must approve a bill, so that the state elections board can finalize ballot language by August 20th.  In a related story, revenue at a casino in Perryville dropped by 32 per cent in July. The casino has indicated it wants to cut the number of slot machines by about a third, because of increased competition.


Third Victim Identified in Bedford Crash

The third victim of a July 29th crash on Route 4009 in East St. Clair Township, Bedford County, has been identified as Osterburg resident Devin Milburn. The accident also claimed the lives of 84-year old Robert Broad and 54-year old Ronda Reighard, both of Beaverdale. The crash occurred as Milburn’s Jeep crossed over the double-yellow center line and struck the card, driven by Broad.


Man Arrested for June Breaking and Entering

A twenty-five year old Cumberland resident is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $30,000 bond, in connection with two breaking and entering incidents in June of this year. Kevin Paul Bailey, who was allegedly under the influence of “bath salts” broke into two houses, one located in the 500-block of Shriver Avenue and the other in the 400-block of Pulaski Street. The owner of the Pulaski Street residence was able to hold Bailey down until officers arrived. Charges were applied for, and Bailey was arrested this past Sunday.


Woman Arrested for Trespassing on Mall

Fifty-six year old Janice Youmans was arrested early yesterday morning for trespassing on the downtown Cumberland Mall. She had been seen in a city-owned parklet around 11:00 p.m., when the parklet closes at 11:00 p.m. She was advised to leave, and not to return before 7 a.m. She was seen a second time around 12:30 a.m., at which time she was arrested, and held on $1,000 bond.


Two Arrested on Drug Charges in Keyser

Eighteen year old Anthony Amoruso, of Westernport,  and 23-year old Piedmont resident Selena Snyder have been arrested on drug charges, following a traffic stop in Keyser. About three grams of cocaine and over 200 Oxycotin and Oxycodone pills were found in the car, when it was stopped just outside of the Keyser city limits. Both have been jailed on $25,000 bond each, and remain in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta.


Third Rabies Case in Garrett County

The third rabies case of the year has been confirmed in Garrett County; the most recent incident happened on July 31st on North Glade Road, in the vicinity of state Route 495. An aggressive raccoon fought with an unvaccinated dog. The property owner shot the raccoon, which tested positively for the disease. There was no human contact with the animal. The unvaccinated dog had to be euthanized.


Part of U.S. 40 Alternate to Close

U.S. 40 Alternate, between Keyser’s Ridge and the western limits of Grantsville near Springs Road, will be closed, beginning next Monday, August 13th. The road will reopen before August 27th, the day Garrett County Schools open. The closure is part of an over $2 million safety and resurfacing project on U.S. 40 Alternate and will allow crews to replace a drainage pipe that crosses the road about 50 feet east of Spring Valley Farm Lane. Detours will be in place, while the work is underway.


Preston County Resident Arrested on Drug Charges

Fifty-year old Preston County resident Mark Calvert has been arrested on three counts of possession with intent to deliver illegal narcotics. A search warrant was executed at Calvert’s Reedsville residence; after being arraigned, he was held on $50,000 bond. Anyone with information relevant to the investigation is asked to contact the Preston County Sheriff’s Department at (304)-329-1611.


Washington County Armed Robbery Reported

The Hagerstown City Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Chipotle Mexican Grill on Garland Groh Boulevard Sunday night. Two armed suspects entered the restaurant through an open back door; they forced one employee to open a safe and remove an undisclosed amount of money. They ordered the other employees to stay on the ground until the suspects were gone. A K-9 track revealed they fled northbound, to the end of the shopping center, where they may have entered a vehicle. No suspects were located or identified. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hagerstown Police Department at (301)-790-3700.

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Lawmakers May Consider Internet Gambling

Lawmakers may consider the possibility of developing internet games in Maryland, when they meet this week in special session in Annapolis. House Speaker Michael Busch says that a key consideration in gambling legislation will be to ensure Maryland has a sustainable gambling program that is competitive with surrounding areas. Delaware’s Governor, Jack Markell, recently signed into law, legislation that would authorize online betting in the state. Any gambling expansion in Maryland would require voter approval in November.


Robbery Suspect Souught

Area law enforcement authorities are seeking the person who robbed the Tri-Towns Pharmacy in Westernport last Thursday afternoon. The suspect came into the business, and demanded narcotics; he was possibly armed. Several law enforcement agencies aided in the search for the suspect, including the Trooper Five Medevac helicopter. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, the C3I unit, or Allegany/Mineral County CrimeSolvers.


Girl Taken to Morgantown Following Accident

Lonaconing resident Jason Morris faces several charges in an accident on Saturday, which sent a 13-year old girl to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Morris was operating a 4-wheeler in the Lonaconing area, with the girl as a passenger; she was possibly struck by a tree branch, and ejected from the vehicle. He was charged with DUI, DWI, and trespassing with an off-road vehicle on government property. He was held on $7500 bond, and additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.


Driver in Fatal Crash Identified

The driver who was killed late last week on West Virginia Route 127 has been identified as 27-year old Jacob Adam Smith of Clearbrook, Virginia. He was driving eastbound when he lost control of the car, causing it to exit the road, striking several trees and catching fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Hampshire County Medical Examiner Penny Hartman.


Truck Fire on I-68 Sunday

A truck fire on Interstate 68 eastbound, between the Moose Curve and the Industrial Boulevard Exit caused the roadway to be shut down for more than three hours yesterday. The rig, loaded with 42,000 pound of cooking oil, caught fire shortly after 12:30 yesterday afternoon. The tractor-trailer originated in Illinois, but police were not sure of its destination. There were no injuries in the accident.


More Than Half of Maryland Experiencing Drought

More than half of the state of Maryland is experiencing some degree of drought, as 63 per cent of the nation is having a moderate drought. Much of the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland entered what the drought monitor considers “severe” drought last week, with 29 per cent of the state desperately needing rainfall. Conditions should improve in the coming months. Conditions across the nation’s midsection, however, are expected to persist or worsen. In a weather-related story, federal aid has been made available to the Maryland to supplement state and local recovery efforts affected by severe storms and straight-line winds during the period of June 29th through July 8th.


Two Arrested After Assault Incident

Two women, who were involved in an altercation with one another on Thursday, have been arrested in connection with the incident. Forty-five year old Teri Shroyer and 25-year old Brittany Barrows were charged with assault, following the incident on Decatur Street Thursday morning. Each was held on $20,000 bond.


Officers Honored for Training Completion

The Cumberland Mayor and Council recently honored two Police Department lieutenants for their completion of law enforcement executive training programs. Lieutenant Robert Reed graduated from the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University and Lieutenant Brian Lepley graduated from the FBI National Academy. There was no cost to the officer, nor the police department for the training.


West Virginia Reports Surplus

The state of West Virginia is reporting a surplus of just over $101 million for the fiscal year that just ended. State officials had predicted a surplus three months ago. While FY 2012 ended with a surplus, revenues for the first month of FY 2013 were $2.5 million below expectations. Overall, Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow believes that the state will find out this month, what effect the storm of June 29th will have on tax collections.


Group Requests Chick-Fil-A Be Removed from WVU

A statewide civil rights group is requesting that West Virginia University remove Chick-Fil-A from the Mountainlair Student Union at the school. Fairness West Virginia says that, because it believes the company donates millions of dollars to anti-gay groups, it violates WVU’s own anti-discrimination policies. The nationwide chain has been in the middle of a controversy, since CEO Dan Cathy expressed his support of the traditional, biblical definition of marriage.



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Special Session Will Be Quick

Next week’s special session of the Maryland General Assembly should be a quick one, with Senate President Mike Miller urging senators to hold down their expenses by driving home in the evening, instead of staying at hotels. Governor Martin O’Malley has called the session to deal with expanded gambling legislation. The accelerated schedule calls for a hearing and a quick vote on a bill, which will allow a casino in Prince George’s County and to permit table games there, and at already-licensed slots parlors in the state. The House of Delegates has yet to release a schedule for the session, which will convene next Thursday.


Rocky Gap Decision Unpopular

Scaling back slots plans at the Rocky Gap Lodge and Resort is not going over well locally. The Cumberland Times-News reports that Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine is expressing his displeasure with the decision, in that the developer will be using what is now conference space, for slots, which will kill the conference room income. Commissioner Valentine says the loss of room rentals for conferences means a loss of revenue for the county. He cited this week’s decision as another example of decisions being made down state, without first consulting local officials.


McCoole Back in Service

The McCoole Fire Department is back in service, after having sold some equipment for revenue, that allowed them to make a necessary insurance payment. The fire company had been out of service since July 23rd, because of financial problems. The ongoing financial problems with be up for discussion in a future meeting of the Emergency Services Board and the company itself. While out of service, arrangements were made to provide for fire service through mutual aid companies, without an interruption in service.


Fatal Accident in West Virginia

A Hampshire County man was pronounced dead by county coroner, Penny Hartman at the scene of a single-vehicle accident on West Virginia Route 127, near Bloomery early yesterday morning. The driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to travel off the road, strike numerous trees and catch fire. The victim has not been identified and the accident is currently under investigation by the Romney Detachment of the West Virginia State Police.


Man Charged on Warrant

Cumberland City Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Leo Durocher of Cumberland. They received a complaint that he allegedly was tampering with a motor vehicle in the200-block of Greene Street late last month. He was found to be going through the contents of another person’s vehicle. He was not located, but officers had applied for charges on the 20-year old man, through district Court of Maryland. He is being charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, and with being a rogue and vagabond.


Board Revises Attendance Policy

The Allegany County Board of Education is revising its student attendance policy to include a reduction in the total number of absences, limitation to the number of parent notes a student may submit, and the intervals at which the attendance notices will be sent home to parents. One of the most significant changes is the possibility of filing criminal charges for non-attendance against both parents and students after a set number of absences, along with the enforcement of guidelines for denying credit in high school courses. The policy can be found on the school system’s website,


West Virginia Counties Included in Disaster Declaration

Several more West Virginia counties have been included in a federal disaster declaration, following the June 29th storm. Among the counties included in the major disaster declaration were Hardy, Pendleton, Preston, and Tucker counties. The funds will provide the much needed financial assistance to state agencies, in the ongoing recovery from the storms. Hazard Mitigation grants are available with the declaration. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has also requested individual assistance from the federal government, once all assessments have been completed.

Former Area Resident Wins Bronze in Olympics

Former area resident Natalie Dell was in the bow seat in the women’s quadruple sculls for the U.S. team when it won the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. Ms. Dell was a resident of Clearville, Pennsylvania, and had attended St. John Neumann School. Her parents are in London, and had attended both the preliminaries and the finals this week near Windsor Palace.


Stay Granted in Maryland Gun Case

The state of Maryland can continue to enforce its gun permit law until a federal appeals court decides the matter. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond granted a stay in the case, as requested by Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler. Earlier in the year, a U.S. District Court Judge lifted a stay on his finding that the state’s law was unconstitutional.


Maryland Bans Zero-Tolerance Discipline Policies

Education officials in Maryland have approved changes to the state’s discipline policy, meant to cut back on suspensions and expulsions. The State Board of Education has approved the changes, amid a national debate about whether too many students are suspended or expelled for offenses that could be handled in other ways. A final vote on the policy is set for next month.


University of Charleston Taking Over Mountain State University

The University of Charleston is taking over Mountain State University. Mountain State will lose its accreditation on December 31st. Branch campuses will be opening in both Beckley and Martinsburg, and the sites Mountain State will vacate by the end of the year. Classes at those two locations are being offered this fall. Education officials say they plan to continue to do so in the coming years.

Local News

Man Held on Crack Cocaine Charges

Cumberland City Police arrested 23-year old Bo William Palmisano Tuesday afternoon on a bench warrant, but other charges were added when he was found with crack cocaine. Palmisano walked over to an area with shrubs and bushes, and then walked back toward a Cumberland City Police Officer. A plastic baggie, containing several individual baggies of crack cocaine was found in the bushes.  He was charged with possession, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also served with a bench warrant, charging him with violating his probation. Palmisano was held on $50,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Assault with Knife Incident Ends in Arrest

Forty-six year old Winchester Road resident Troy Carlisle McClauley is being held without bail, following an assault incident in the 14,000-block of Winchester Road yesterday afternoon. He is accused of assaulting another man at the residence, after arguing over the use of a vehicle. The victim was not injured, but McClauley was charged with two counts of assault and one count of reckless endangerment.


Assault, Reckless Endangerment Charges Lodged

A 56-year old Cumberland man faces assault and reckless endangerment charges, following an incident Tuesday evening in the 500-block of Maryland Avenue. James Oliver Long is accused of lunging at one victim with a kitchen-style knife, cutting his finger. A second victim stated he tried to stop Long and that his hand was cut with a knife as well. Both were treated at the scene, while one of the victims required further treatment of a non-life threatening injury. Long was arrested a short time later on Elm Street. He was held on $20,000 bond.


Argument Between Neighbors Results in Arrest

LaVale resident Robert Lee Riggleman was arrested last night, following an incident on Asbury Avenue. He and a neighbor had been arguing, and he was ordered several times to lower his voice. When he refused, he was arrested by members of the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with both disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order. He was released pending trial, following an initial appearance in District Court.


Drowning Victim Recovered

The body of 22-year old Brian Brick of Romney, who drowned in the Tygart Valley River last weekend, has been recovered. Brick was a WVU student, and he was recovered about 7 p.m. Monday. The body was taken to the West Virginia State Medical Examiners’ Office in Charleston.  


Man Sentenced for Indecent Assault

A Conemaugh Township man has been sentenced to one to 23 months in a Somerset County Jail on indecent assault charges. Police say 48-year old James Everett Foor is accused of assaulting a young boy, who was four years old at the time. Foor is maintaining his innocence, and he will not receive credit for time served. His jail time will be followed by two years probation.


Former State Senator John Corderman Passes Away at 70

Former Maryland State Senator and Washington County Circuit judge John “Jack” Corderman has passed away at the age of 70. Corderman escaped death in 1989, when a package of pipe bombs exploded in his Hagerstown apartment. He suffered shrapnel wounds to his right hand and abdomen and partial hearing loss. Nobody was ever charged in connection with that incident.  He sat on the Circuit Court bench in Washington County for 14 years, retiring in 1993.


I-81 Southbound Closed After Fatal Accident

A woman, from Crystal River, Florida, was killed in a two vehicle collision late Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 81 Southbound, just south of State Line Road. The crash occurred when 20-year old Brandon Scott Martz made an unsafe lane change in the road, directly into the path of another car, driven by Stanley Stankiewicz, also of Crystal River. Martz’s truck turned sideways and was struck by the Stankiewicz vehicle. The right front passenger, Clara Magdalen Stankiewicz was seriously injured and later pronounced dead. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor, but charges are pending after consultation with the Washington County State’s Attorney’s office. The southbound lanes of I-81 were closed for about two hours.


“Shop Maryland” Tax Free Week Set

“Shop Maryland Week” is being held from August 12th through the 18th, meaning qualifying apparel and footwear, $100 or less, are exempt from Maryland’s 6-per cent sales tax. Accessory items are not included. Next year, there will be a tax-free weekend, during which sales and use tax will not apply to the sale of certain Energy Star products, or solar water heaters. That weekend has been set for February 16th through the 18th of 2013.

Local News

Rocky Gap Proposal Revised

A state commission has approved a scaled-back proposal for the Rocky Gap casino, because the developer could not get financing needed for the $65 million addition to the lodge, which would house 850 slot machines. Evitts Resort, LLC will now place 500 machines in meeting space inside the current building, and will create additional meeting space within three years. The revised plan will cost between $25 and $30 million, and could open in the second quarter of next year.


Lawsuit Against Prison System Thrown Out

A Western Correctional Institution inmate, who had filed suit against the state prison system, has had that lawsuit denied. Inmate Roger Dale Terry says he was denied due process and subjected to cruel and unusual punishment during a 189-day stint in disciplinary segregation. He was sentenced to 200 days for possession of a “black, tar-like substance, wrapped in Saran Wrap” that initially tested positively as a controlled dangerous substance. He added that officials waited too long to retest the substance, which was determined to be drug-free. Terry had asked to be compensated $75 for each day that he spent in disciplinary segregation and $150,000 in punitive damages, which was denied by a U.S. District Judge.


Washington Street Bridge to be Closed

The eastbound lane of the Washington Street bridge will be closing soon, as a safety precaution. There is a “bump” on the eastern side of the bridge and the blacktop is beginning to deteriorate, according to a news release from the city’s engineering department. The bridge will be inspected and a decision concerning the bridge will be made after that. Although the bridge is owned by CSX Corporation, the city has the responsibility for public safety.


Hagerstown Man Arrested for Drug Possession, Outstanding Warrant

Hagerstown resident Daymein Malik Brown is currently being held on $70,000 bond in the Allegany County Detention Center, following a traffic stop near Lonaconing on Monday. Brown was initially stopped for a minor traffic violation; it was later learned that he had an outstanding arrest warrant in Washington County. Troopers also found marijuana and crack cocaine, packaged in a manner and quantity that indicated the intent to distribute the substances.


Romney Man Drowns in Tygart Valley River

The Barbour County Sheriff’s Office says a Romney man has drowned in the Tygart Valley River. The accident occurred over the weekend and the victim’s name won’t be released until his body is recovered. Four men were swimming in the river, when one was pulled into a whirlpool; the other three escaped. Rescue efforts were stopped by high, swift waters in the river on Saturday and Sunday. The river claimed another victim a week earlier; that person’s body wasn’t recovered for four days.


Two Arrested in Monday Afternoon Incident

Twenty-year old Nicholas Andrew Kneisley of Cumberland and 32-year old Michael Allen Lawson of New Orleans were arrested Monday afternoon near the trestle bridge of the Western Maryland Railroad. The Cumberland Fire Department had been called to the scene, as had the Cumberland City Police Department. Kneisley and Lawson were on the bridge, which was clearly marked with “No Trespassing” signs. When a firefighter tried to speak to Kneisley about the fire call, he was assaulted. When arrested, he began acting out of control, damaging a window of the cruiser. He was held on $4,000 bond, while Lawson was released on personal recognizance.


“Born To Lose” Wins Award

Author Jim Hollock’s book, “Born To Lose: Stanley B. Hoss and the Crime Spree That Gripped a Nation” has won a gold medal in the category of true crime from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. The “IPPY” award recognizes excellence in literature throughout the country and around the world. Two of four of Stanley Hoss’ murder victims were from this area: Linda Stewart Peugot and her two-year old daughter, Lori Mae, who were kidnapped by Hoss from the former King’s parking lot on September 22, 1969. Hollock was in Cumberland in April for a book signing, and plans a return visit in the upcoming months.


Braddock Holds Orientation

Braddock Middle School is holding 6th grade orientation on Wednesday, August 15th and Thursday, August 16th from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Students with last names beginning with “A” through “L” will meet on Wednesday, and those with the last names of “M” to “Z” will meet on Thursday. Students will have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the school building in small groups with selected 8th grade students.


Trial for Sheriff Postponed Until After Election

The trial of Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley has been continued until after the November 6th general election. Shirley is accused of violating the city rights and falsifying records, following the arrest of Mark Daniel Haines in December of 2010. Haines had been an inmate at the Allegany County Detention Center. Shirley is up for re-election in Jefferson County in November.


Pittsburgh Man Charged with Drug Possession

Pittsburgh resident Jaymont Powell has been charged with possessing 140 bags of heroin at a North Center Avenue residence in Somerset Borough. The heroin that was taken from the residence is valued at about $2800 on the street. Powell was incarcerated in the Somerset County Jail, in lieu of $15,000 bond.


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