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 Police Find Woman Dead in Bathtub

The Cumberland City Police say a 54-year old woman was found unresponsive in the bathtub of a residence on Maryland Avenue around 5:15 yesterday morning. Paramedics began emergency treatment while transporting her to the hospital. However, she was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. The initial investigation revealed no signs of trauma to the body or obvious cause of death. The body is being sent to the Maryland State Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The investigation is continuing by the Cumberland City Police and the C3I unit. 

 

Oldtown Road Business Robbed

An unknown amount of money was taken from the Circle "K" convenience store on Oldtown Road last night. Cumberland City Police say a white male, wearing a ski mask and gloves entered the business, and brandished a weapon, demanding money from the cash drawer. After receiving the money, he left the store and fled the area on foot. Officers, including the Trooper Five helicopter and two K-9 units were unable to locate the suspect. Interviews of the employees, along with several witnesses were conducted. No one was injured. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600.

 

Two Arrested in Burglary

Two people have been arrested in connection with the Sunday morning burglary of the Pit-N-Go Convenience store on Route 36. Twenty-year old Shawn Spiker of Gilmore and 33-year old Nicholas Griffith of Frostburg are being held in connection with the incident. Approximately $3,000 in cash and cigarettes were taken from the store. Further charges are pending in connection with the incident.

 

Man Arrested in Disorderly Conduct Incident

Forty-six year old Cumberland resident Michael Eugene Nailor was charged with three counts, following two incidents in the 200-block of Glenn Street Wednesday. In the first, a woman told police Nailor arrived at her residence intoxicated and began to create a disturbance; he initially refused to leave the residence, but later did. He returned and created a second disturbance. He was then arrested and charged with disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order. He was taken to District Court and released on personal recognizance.

 

Assault Charges Lodged Against Cumberland Man

A woman who told police she had been assaulted by her boyfriend resulted in the arrest of 57-year old Robert Wayne Burkett. The woman suffered minor injuries, which did not require medical treatment. She told officers that she was hit in the mouth and eye . Burkett was taken to District Court for an initial appearance, and released on personal recognizance by a District Court Commissioner. He was charged with second degree assault.

 

Chamber Sets Annual Meeting

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, December 6th at 12 noon. The meeting will take place at the Cumberland Country Club. The election of new board members and officers for the 2013 Board of Directors will be held during the luncheon.

 

Salary Study Commission Will Hold Public Meeting

The Allegany County Salary Study Commission will hold a public meeting next Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the County Office Building on Kelly Road, Room 408. The commission will meet with the Allegany County Commissioners. The purpose of the meeting will be to acquaint the Salary Study Commission with the duties and responsibilities of the Board of License Commissioners, obtain any additional information the Salary Study Commission believes would be helpful to complete its work and provide an opportunity for the current members of the Board of License Commissioners to express their opinions about appropriate compensation for incumbents.

 

Man Sentenced for Drug Distribution

Martinsburg resident Leslie Musgrove will spend the next 30 years in prison, for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams of cocaine. He was convicted in February on the cocaine distribution charge, and for conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in 2010 and 2011. Testimony in the trial indicated he brought in cocaine from a source in the Washington, D.C. area.Pol

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Two Assaults in Two Days At Prisons

There have been two assaults in two days at each of the Cumberland area prisons. In the most recent incident, a 52-year old inmate serving a life sentence for first-degree sexual assault was wounded Tuesday at North Branch Correctional Institution. Another inmate, serving a life sentence, has been identified as the suspect. The victim was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. On Monday, an inmate was found unresponsive in his cell at the Western Correctional Institution, with serious head and facial injuries. He was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Another inmate is being questioned in that case.

 

Driver Charged Following Tuesday Accident

A fifty-seven year old Cumberland man was charged, following a two-vehicle crash near the entrance to Braddock Square. John Munday allegedly failed to stop for a red light and hit another car, driven by 19-year old Sutton Apsey of Cresaptown. Munday failed to stop at the scene of the collision, but was quickly apprehended. Both he and Apsey were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Munday was charged with DUI, fleeing the scene of a personal injury collision, and related traffic charges. He was also found to be in possession of a small amount of suspected marijuana. He was issued a criminal citation for that and was released on his signature, after being charged.

 

Mayor Under Investigation

Although he says there is none, the Mineral County Sheriff says there is, in fact, an investigation underway, of Ridgeley Mayor Jim Twigg. Sheriff Craig Fraley says that if there are charges, they will come during the January term of the Mineral County grand jury. The mayor is accused of misuse of a government credit card, known as a "P-card," and the investigation is centered around trips the mayor has taken. for his part, Twigg has paid back $407 to the town for "questionable" charges.

 

Fort Hill Incident Reported

Law enforcement officials are continuing to investigate an incident at Fort Hill yesterday, in which a threatening message was discovered at the school. It was evacuated and searched for any signs of danger. Law enforcement officials and bomb-detecting K-9 units determined the threat was unfounded, and staff and students were allowed to return to the building. School and system administrators are working to determine who was responsible for the threat.

 

Man Held on  $45,000 Bond

Thirty-year old Westernport resident Joseph Melvin Kyle III was held on $45,000 bond, after allegedly breaking into a Barton residence. Kyle allegedly was in the kitchen area, eating food belonging to the home owner. He was later found lying on the bedroom floor. The victim left her home, and called the Sheriff's Department. He faces various burglary charges and theft of under $100.00.

 

Woman Arrested in November 15th Incident

Thirty-year old Brenda Lene Ogden has been arrested in connection with an incident on November 15th on Union Street. She allegedly attacked a female victim, while in a vehicle and stole $40 from her. Cumberland " City Police were able to identify her, and apply for charges against her. Following a hearing in District Court, she was held on $20,000 bond in the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Somerset County Receives State Grants

Somerset County, Pennsylvania will benefit from over $122,000 in grants from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The first grant of over $118,000 will be used by the Somerset County Conservancy Charitable Trust to acquire property and infrastructure to provide public access to the Kimberly Run Natural Area. Maple Summit Snowmobilers, Inc., will receive a $4,000 grant to purchase a trailer to transport equipment used to maintain the 65-mile Laurel Highlands Snowmobile Trail System in Somerset County.

 

West Virginia Escapes Worst of Foreclosure Crisis

West Virginians can boast the nation's highest rate of home ownership, a title it has held for more than two decades. Additionally, the state has largely escaped the worst of the foreclosure crisis experienced in other parts of the country. Counties in the Eastern Panhandle were the only ones to experience any substantial loss of home value as mortgages plunged. There was also a lack of sub-prime lending in West Virginia.

 

 

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Two Hunters Die In Pennsylvania Monday

 

Two hunters died on the first day of hunting season in Somerset County on Monday. IN the first incident, 71-year old Windber resident Allen Webb was pronounced dead at the scene from health-related issues in Ogle Township. In the second 66-year old Robert Georg of Port St. Lucie, Florida died from an apparent heart-related incident. He had traveled to Somerset County to hunt. The incidents occurred just 20 minutes apart.

 

 

Suspect Arrested in Pharmacy Break In

 

A 22-year old man was quickly apprehended in the Friday evening break in at Deep Creek Pharmacy on Garrett Highway in McHenry. Michael George Reed is facing burglary, theft and CDS paraphernalia counts in connection with the incident. Following a call, the Maryland State Police saw a man on the North side of Garrett Highway, but he fled into the woods. A K-9 search and interviews with several witnesses, Reed was taken into custody. He was taken to Garrett Memorial Hospital for medical treatment; while at the hospital, he damaged some medical equipment there. He is being held on $10,000 bond.

 

 

Man Charged in Domestic Assault

 

A Cumberland man was charged in connection with a domestic incident on Monday. Twenty-year old Delanta Lamar Lewis was reportedly outside of a residence in the 300-block of Race Street. The victim found two males outside. Her dog came out, and Lewis began to strike the dog, and also struck her in the face and fled in a vehicle. She was treated for facial injuries at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Following his arrest, Lewis was taken to District Court for an initial appearance, and released on personal recognizance.

 

 

Man Arrested, Released on Indecent Exposure Complaint

 

Fifty-three year old Cumberland resident Bruce Richardson was released, following a hearing in Allegany County District Court, on an indecent exposure complaint. A female victim said she had seen a man urinating on a wall on Dexter Place. When she yelled at him, he reportedly exposed himself further to her. Richardson was taken into custody, following a description, which was given by the woman. He was initially taken to the Cumberland Police Department for processing, then to District Court.

 

 

Legislators to Meet With the Public

 

The Western Maryland Delegation to the General Assembly has set the time and date for its annual meeting with constituents. The meeting is usually held in December for the purpose of gaining input, as the legislators head into the upcoming General Assembly session. This year’s meeting will be held on December 10th at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Allegany College of Maryland. The delegation will also meet with the Allegany County Commissioners on December 6th at 3 p.m., and with the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce on December 14th.   One other meeting is scheduled with Attorney General Doug Gansler on North Branch Pollution issues. That will take place on December 11th at 9 a.m.

 

 

TGCC Schedules December Meeting

 

The Greater Cumberland Committee will hold its December meeting on Friday, December 7th at the Cumberland Country Club. The meeting gets underway at 4:00 p.m., and will feature Anirban Basu, the CEO of Sage Policy Group, as guest speaker. Sage is an economic and policy consulting firm in Baltimore, and Basu is one of the mid-Atlantic region’s most recognizable economists. He is a graduate of both Georgetown University and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, as well as earning his Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

 

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Body Found Near Oldtown

The investigation has begun into the death of a man, whose body was found in a wooded area near Oldtown two days ago. The body has tentatively been identified as 37-year old Lewis Joy of Flintstone. Hunters discovered the body near old town on Saturday. Investigators found a hooded sweatshirt, tied between two trees about 28 feet off the ground, near where the body was found. He was last seen on October 13th, and it was also discovered he had two outstanding warrants for his arrest in Allegany County. A vehicle being used by Joy was found abandoned in the woods at a gun club on Cresap Mill Road at Oldtown Road. The body was found by hunters, not far from where the truck was located.


Three Hurt, One Hospitalized in Carriage Accident

One person was flown to Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown, and two others were injured, when two horses, attached to a sleigh at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort on Sunday. Ernie Alwine was taken to the hospital, and his daughter was injured in the mishap. The horses were startled at the beginning of the Grand Illumination Ceremony at the facility. Two adults jumped from the moving sleigh. Alwine was listed in stable condition Sunday night.


Cumberland Man Arrested in Burglary Incident

Nineteen year old Cumberland resident Ernest Mack was charged with several counts of burglary, assault, disorderly conduct and malicious destruction of property, following an incident on Virginia Avenue Sunday. Mack allegedly entered an apartment and took a video game. When confronted by the resident, Mack allegedly showed a handgun and pointed it at the victim. He broke back into the apartment, and was later discovered at another home. He was held on $25,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Woman Arrested for Assault, Resisting Arrest

Twenty-one year old Cumberland resident Detonia Degross faces assault and resisting arrest charges, following an incident Sunday at the Banneker Garden Apartments. She was in an argument with another person when police arrived. She also allegedly damaged that person’s car, and tried to push an officer out of the way, to get to the person. She was charged, following a hearing at the District Court Commissioners’ Office, and released on personal recognizance.


Garrett County Home Burglarized

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is seeking information on a burglary that took place on the Zeddock Miller Road last Saturday. A person or persons force open a basement door, and stole tools from the home. Anyone with information is asked to contact TFC Nelson at the McHenry Barrack. That number is (301)-387-1101. A reward may be offered in the case.

Hampshire County Water Leak Found

Hampshire County authorities found the mystery leak they have been searching for, since November 9th. The leak was found on Sand Hill Road, and was leaking into the woods nearby. Service was returned to residents of the old and new Sunrise area of Romney. A boil water advisory is in effect for water taken from a 500-gallon tanker, which was parked on Summit Drive for residents’ use.


State Police Pilot to Retire

Following careers in both the Maryland State Police and United States Coast Guard Pilot David Cooper will be retiring on Friday. Cooper, who was born in Cumberland, was a pilot for the Trooper Five Medevac helicopter. His family lived in Keyser, and his father was in the Marine Corps at the time, so the family moved around. He graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Ahsland Virginia. Cooper became a Coast Guard pilot in 1971, and began his career of rescuing people and saving lives.


Republicans Call on Mooney to Step Down\

Some Maryland Republicans are calling on state party chairman Alex Mooney to resign. The state GOP saw many of its candidates defeated in the November general election, and many of the ballot questions that most Republicans opposed, were approved. The question is whether Mooney can be forced out in the middle of his four-year term. The state Republican convention will take place this Friday and Saturday in Howard County.

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Body Found Near Oldtown

The investigation has begun into the death of a man, whose body was found in a wooded area near Oldtown two days ago. The body has tentatively been identified as 37-year old Lewis Joy of Flintstone. Hunters discovered the body near Oldtown on Saturday. Investigators found a hooded sweatshirt, tied between two trees about 28 feet off the ground, near where the body was found. He was last seen on October 13th, and it was also discovered he had two outstanding warrants for his arrest in Allegany County. A vehicle being used by Joy was found abandoned in the woods at a gun club on Cresap Mill Road at Oldtown Road. The body was found by hunters, not far from where the truck was located.


Three Hurt, One Hospitalized in Carriage Accident

One person was flown to Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown, and two others were injured, when two horses, attached to a sleigh became startled and ran with the sleigh at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort on Sunday. Ernie Alwine was taken to the hospital, and his daughter was injured in the mishap. The incident happened at the beginning of the Grand Illumination Ceremony at the facility. Two adults jumped from the moving sleigh. Alwine was listed in stable condition Sunday night.


Cumberland Man Arrested in Burglary Incident

Nineteen year old Cumberland resident Ernest Mack was charged with several counts of burglary, assault, disorderly conduct and malicious destruction of property, following an incident on Virginia Avenue Sunday. Mack allegedly entered an apartment and took a video game. When confronted by the resident, Mack allegedly showed a handgun and pointed it at the victim. He broke back into the apartment, and was later discovered at another home. He was held on $25,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Woman Arrested for Assault, Resisting Arrest

Twenty-one year old Cumberland resident Detonia Degross faces assault and resisting arrest charges, following an incident Sunday at the Banneker Garden Apartments. She was in an argument with another person when police arrived. She also allegedly damaged that person’s car, and tried to push an officer out of the way, to get to the person. She was charged, following a hearing at the District Court Commissioners’ Office, and released on personal recognizance.


Garrett County Home Burglarized

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is seeking information on a burglary that took place on the Zeddock Miller Road last Saturday. A person or persons force open a basement door, and stole tools from the home. Anyone with information is asked to contact TFC Nelson at the McHenry Barrack. That number is (301)-387-1101. A reward may be offered in the case.

Hampshire County Water Leak Found

Hampshire County authorities found the mystery leak they have been searching for, since November 9th. The leak was found on Sand Hill Road, and was leaking into the woods nearby. Service was returned to residents of the old and new Sunrise area of Romney. A boil water advisory is in effect for water taken from a 500-gallon tanker, which was parked on Summit Drive for residents’ use.


State Police Pilot to Retire

Following careers in both the Maryland State Police and United States Coast Guard Pilot David Cooper will be retiring on Friday. Cooper, who was born in Cumberland, was a pilot for the Trooper Five Medevac helicopter. His family lived in Keyser, and his father was in the Marine Corps at the time, so the family moved around. He graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Ahsland Virginia. Cooper became a Coast Guard pilot in 1971, and began his career of rescuing people and saving lives.


Republicans Call on Mooney to Step Down\

Some Maryland Republicans are calling on state party chairman Alex Mooney to resign. The state GOP saw many of its candidates defeated in the November general election, and many of the ballot questions that most Republicans opposed, were approved. The question is whether Mooney can be forced out in the middle of his four-year term. The state Republican convention will take place this Friday and Saturday in Howard County.

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Man Arrested on Assault Charge
A Cumberland man is being charged with second degree assault, following a weekend incident. Twenty-five year old Brandon Spruell allegedly attacked another person over a stolen computer. The victim was treated at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for facial injuries. Spruell, following a hearing at the District Court Commissioners' office, was held on $2500 bond.

Man Accused of Destroying Christmas Decorations
Twenty-one year old Polk Street resident Michael Wayne Harper was charged with destruction of property and possession of CDS paraphernalia, following a Friday incident on the downtown Cumberland Mall. Michael Wayne Harris allegedly pulled down a large Christmas wreath in the area of Baltimore and Mechanic Streets. He was also found to have a CDS smoking device, along with marijuana residue. He was charged and processed, following his arrest.

State Police Conduct DUI Saturation Patrol
A DUI saturation patrol, conducted by the Maryland State Police over the weekend, netted 12 citations and 37 warnings. The patrol was conducted in the area of Route 36 and 40 in an around the LaVale and Frostburg areas. There was also one DUI arrest, one violation of a protective order and one seized firearm. Motorists are encouraged to report possibly intoxicated drivers by calling (301)-729-2101 or #77.

Fire Ruled Accidental
A fire on Valley Road, at a home owned by Daniel Tanasescu has been ruled accidental. The one-story, wood-framed home sustained about $2500 to the structure and contents. Damage was limited to the basement of the home. A flue, extended out of the basement cleanout, spread to combustible storage. The occupant of the home has been temporarily displaced due to the fire.

Keyser Cuts Budget
Financial figures in Keyser do not match up with revenue estimates, so Mayor Randy Amtower has decided to make cuts now, rather than waiting until the end of the calendar year. General fund revenue estimates have been cut by $80,000, with the city compensating by tapping into the sewer fund. The Mayor noted that there is less fiscal flexibility at the end of the year.

State of Emergency Cancelled in Some West Virginia Counties
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has extended the state of emergency to 22 West Virginia counties affected by Hurricane Sandy. Several nearby West Virginia counties, including Grant, Pendleton, Preston, and Tucker counties have had the declaration extended until December 21st. The counties will continue to receive state and federal funding for debris removal and other needs. Thirty-three counties have had state of emergency status removed, and they include Berkeley, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, and Morgan counties.  

Man Sentenced in Berlin Robbery
Berlin, Pennsylvania resident Joshua Dean Foy has been sentenced to three to six years in prison for trying to steal a bank deposit from a woman who was taking it to First National Bank in Berlin last July. Foy pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, a felony, in September. The victim, Lorrie Shaw, was injured in the robbery and had broken her hip. Foy will be also required to make restitution of over $20,000; he was also ordered to prison as soon as possible.

Man Arrested for Murder of Wife
After ten years, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania resident Thomas Tait has been charged with his wife, Karen. The two met in the Republic of the Philippines, her native land and married in 1998. She came to the United States, and lived with Tait until 2002, when she went missing. Her body was found in 2002 in the Greenbrier State Forest in West Virginia, but had remained unidentified until October of this year, when a DNA match was made. Thomas Tait is currently in jail in Staunton, Virginia on 20 counts of possession of child pornography, and is awaiting sentencing on those charges.

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Unemployment Falls in Maryland
After five months of losses, the state of Maryland added 14,000 jobs in October. This is the third consecutive month of job growth in the state and the rate improved to 6.7 per cent, down from 6.9 per cent in September and 7.1 per cent in August. The biggest gain in October-3900 jobs-came in the professional and business services sector. The federal government, however, cut 2700 jobs and the long-shrinking manufacturing industry cut 2400 jobs.

Turbine Worker Injured Near Wellersburg
A large piece of steel fell on a wind turbine contractor at the Twin Ridges Wind Farm in Wellersburg this week, injuring him. He was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland; his identity has not been made public. He apparently suffered trauma to his face and chest. There were some steel pieces, about 8 feet by 8 feet that were stacked on the ground. A stack of the steel fell over and hit the contractor.

Four Meth Labs in Five Weeks in Bedford County
Four methamphetamine labs have been discovered in Bedford County over the past five weeks, including the one found outside of the Imler Fire Company. The Bedford County Drug Task Force, along with District Attorney Bill Higgins, are cracking down on the problem. Three other labs have been found, including one along Mowry's Mills Road, on e at the Breezewood Motel and one at an apartment building in Bedford Borough.

Man Held on Indecent Exposure Charge
A man who had been wanted on an arrest warrant for second-degree assault, was discovered in the 100-block of Greene Street. Thirty-six year old Jason Ben Cristofori allegedly exposed himself to a  woman sitting in her vehicle. He was arrested, taken to police headquarters and to District Court, where he was held on a total of $23,500 bail at the Allegany County Detention Center.

Rawlings Man Charged with Marijuana Possession
Twenty-two year old Rawlings resident Nicholas Andrew Nies was charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, after Cumberland City Police responded to the area of Constitution Park for reports of a suspicious vehicle. A K-9 drug scan resulted in a positive alert. Nies acknowledged having marijuana in his vehicle. Nies was also served with an outstanding bench warrant, which charged him with failing to appear for a previous trial date. He was released on personal recognizance, following a hearing in District Court.

Commission Sets Bicycle Feasibility Study Meeting
The Allegany County Commissioners have rescheduled a public meeting, pertaining to the lower LaVale bicycle feasibility study, along Route 40 alternate. The meeting will be held on Monday, December 10th at the LaVale Fire Hall, Station #1. The original meeting was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. Representatives from the Maryland State Highway Administration and Allegany County Department of Public Works engineers will also be present.

Tree Lighting Set Friday
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and the arrival of Santa on the Downtown Cumberland Mall takes place Friday evening. Cumberland City Police are advising citizens there will be no parking allowed on neither Centre nor Liberty Streets from Frederick to Dexter Place. Both Centre and Liberty Streets will be closed to thru traffic at 6:00 p.m. with Centre Street being closed at Dexter Place and Liberty Street being closed at the entrance to the municipal parking lot, so it can be utilized by the public. In a change from last year, the Santa parade will take place on Centre Street with the participants lining up on Centre Street and winding around, onto Frederick Street to Butler Alley, if needed.

Man Dies in Pennsylvania Crash
A thirty-five year old Hopewell man was killed in a two-vehicle accident in Brothersvalley Township. John Edward Sleasman was killed when his vehicle cross the center line and hit a 2006 truck tractor, driven by Richard Craig of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. The vehicles collided head-on, and police continue to investigate the mishap. The accident occurred around 6:40 a.m. and crews left the scene around 10 a.m.

Pennsylvania Game Commission Seeking Poacher
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is searching for a poacher, who illegally shot a trophy buck with a small-calibre gun during archery season. The 225-pound deer had a 10-point rack with a 21-1/2 inch spread. The animal was shot on November 2nd, and its carcass was left behind in Black Township. Since the deer was considered a trophy-class animal, there will be substantial penalties for the person or persons charged with killing it. The game commission is offering an unspecified monetary reward for information on the poaching.

Hancock Receives Portion of Grant
The town of Hancock will receive over $26,000 for improvements to the Western Maryland Rail Trail Corridor, as part of more than $1 million in grants from the Maryland State Highway Administration's Recreational Trails Program, announced last week. The work will include a shelter, benches and tables in the part of the corridor within town limits, and the work could begin as soon as this spring.

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City Moves to Demolish Former Hospital

The city of Cumberland is moving forward in securing $5 million to finance the demolition of the former Memorial Hospital building. Estimates indicate the demolition of the structure will be about $3.5 million with any money left over to be used for other municipal projects, such as paving or utilities improvements. The city is looking to borrow the money from other sources such as the Community Development Administration, or through a private sale.

 

Roof Work Completed on Footer Building

Roof work has been completed on the Footer Dye Works Building, and the next priority is weatherizing the building's windows, so that it can be "mothballed" until further improvements can be made. Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority Chair Andy Vick says the group wants to make it attractive for a potential developer.

 

Judge Dismisses Transfer Request

A petition to establish an independent school district in Jefferson Township has been dismissed by a Somerset County judge. The case began in June, when 23 petitioners, who represent 39 contiguous properties near Seven Springs resort, sought to establish an independent school district. It would have been a mechanism for transferring the properties form the Somerset Area School district to the Rockwood Area School District. Property owners there had cited both education and financial reasons for their request, including lower property tax rates and higher standardized test scores in the Rockwood School district.

 

Two Arrests Made During Stop

Delaware resident Jack Gordon is being held on $25,000 bond, after being charged with handgun and drug violations during a traffic stop on Interstate 68, near Rocky Gap State Park. Gordon was originally stopped for exceeding the speed limit. A search of the vehicle revealed a 9-mm handgun and more than 25 grams of suspected marijuana. A passenger in the car, 22-year old Christopher Athey, also of Delaware, was charged with possession of CDS. Both were taken to the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Residents Arrested for Cooking Meth in Imler Area

Two people have been arrested for cooking methamphetamine in a "backpack lab" outside the King Township building and fire hall. Both 29-year old Imler residednt Crystal Lynn Burket and Edward Duane Mack of Crystal Springs allegedly left behind quipment used for the portable "one-pot" method of meth preparation. That involves mixing flammable chemicals and drug compounds in a plastic bottle. Both are charged with conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver, possession of red phosphorus with intent to make a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Foreclosure Workshop Slated

The Allegany County HRDC is sponsoring a Foreclosure Solutions workshop for Allegany and Garrett County residents on Friday, November 29th from 2 to 5 p.m. The workshop will be held at the HRDC Building on Virginia Avenue. Call (301)-722-3390 to pre-register for the workshop. Pre-registration guarantees a free legal consultation with a pro-bono attorney. The workshop is sponsored by Senator George Edwards, Allegany Law Foundation and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

 

Creamery Wins National Award

The Queen City Creamery received two blue ribbons for their submission of Chocolate and Vanilla frozen custard at the 79th annual National Ice Cream Retailers Association. The convention was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina. The vanilla custard scored 33 of a possible 35 points and the chocolate custard received a perfect 35 of 35 points. A select dairy judging team scored for its attributes in flavor, body, texture, color, melt quality, bacterial count and other factors, while being compared to established ice cream standards.

 

Toughman Competition Set for Early January

The 14th annual Potomac Valley Toughman Contest will be held January 4th and 5th at the Frankfort High School Gymnasium. Fighter registrations are now being accepted for the event, which is open to men and women,  ages 18 to 35, with no pro fights and limited amateur experience. Up to $12,000 in cash prize monies will be awarded. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, December 8th at a variety of locations.

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Suspect Returned to Somerset; Awaiting Preliminary Hearing

 

Twenty-three year old Meyersdale resident Jonathan William Beal has been returned to Somerset County, to face murder charges in the death of Justine Marie Jackson. Biel was arraigned over the weekend on charges of homicide, abuse of a corpse, and aggravated assault charges. He is being held without bond, which is not set in homicide cases. A preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. on Monday, November 26th in Meyersdale.

 

 

Dairy Strike Over

 

Members of Teamsters Local 453 have ratified a new contract with Potomac Farms Dairy and the strike, which began on September 12th, has ended. The union represents 55 workers at the Cumberland location, and others in Oakland, Moorefield, West Virginia, along with Culpepper and Broadway, Virginia. A previous contract had expired in February of 2011, but both sides verbally agreed to continue negotiations. In May, the company made its final offer.

 

 

Couple Loses Home In Fire

 

A fire destroyed the home of Dale and Amanda Clayton Sunday, while the two were at work. The blaze began in the carport of their residence on Cecil Avenue in Cresaptown. There were no injuries, but the Claytons lost their two dogs and a pet guinea pig in the 2:42 p.m. incident. Losses were set at $150,000 to the  structure and $50,000 to its contents.

 

 

Police Investigating Theft

 

Cumberland City Police are investigating the theft of a briefcase, containing several electronic devices from a car parked at a business on South George Street. There are no suspects in the case, but Cumberland City Police are asking anyone who may have information in the matter, to contact them at (301)-777-1600.

 

 

Hampshire County Looking for Water Leak

 

Central Hampshire County is losing about 100,000 gallons of water a day, and they can’t find the leak. The general manager of the Central Hampshire Public Service District, James Hoffman, is asking residents to report any running water or standing water in the area. At the present rate, they are losing 50 t0 70 gallons of water per minute. Anyone who comes across running or standing water that is normally not in a specific area, should call (304)-496-8882.
 

 

O’Malley, Ehrlich Joining Together to Reduce Debt

 

Former Governor Robert Ehrlich and Governor Martin O’Malley are joining forces to try to reduce the federal debt. Two other staff members will comprise the Maryland Campaign to Fix the Debt. Others on the steering committee will be former Representative Wayne Gilchrest and former Representative Tom McMillen, who ran against each other in 1992. Chip Depaula, a former Ehrlich Chief of Staff notes that now that the elections are over, it’s time for Washington to work together to create solutions.

 

 

Nobel Winners Say Pvt. Manning Deserves Gratitude

 

Three Nobel Prize winners say U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning deserves gratitude, and not a court-martial for revealing covert crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. A letter, signed by Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire and Adolfo Perez Esquivel appears in an upcoming issues of The Nation magazine. The letter comes a week after Manning’s lawyers revealed his offer to plead guilty to reduced charges.

 

Business Leaders Discuss “Fiscal Cliff”

 

The head of the Maryland Retailers Association told a panel of state officials recently that the “fiscal cliff” in Washington could have significant impact on consumer behavior over the holidays in a state like Maryland, which relies on the federal government for so many jobs. Pat Donoho says the fiscal cliff will directly impact consumer spending. It is hoped Congress will act to lessen the impact of sequestration and that some of the tax cuts that are set to expire, will be extended.

 

 

PSC Alerting Customers to Potential Changes

 

The West Virginia Public Service Commission is warning utility customers that they may receive estimated, rather than actual amounts of electric, water and gas used. Employees from various utility companies were taken off their regular duties, such as reading meters, to assist restoration crews in the field, affected by Hurricane Sandy. The action was taken in order to get power restored as quickly as possible throughout the area.

 

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Murder Suspect Remains in Louisiana

Twenty-three year old Jonathan Beal remains in Louisiana, but is expected to be returned to Somerset County by next week, to face murder charges in the death of 19-year old Justine Jackson. Police took a computer from Beal's step-mother's house, that revealed he had been looking up plane tickets to Louisiana, but it's not certain how he got there, or how long he had been in Jefferson Parish. Beal was found hiding in a bathroom at a home in Merrero, a suburb of New Orleans.

 

ATK Layoffs Announced

Allegany Ballistics Laboratory at Rocket Center has announced a new round of about 50 layoffs. The reduction in force  is because of the completion of production on several programs, but will not impact ongoing production programs. The total number of employees is approximately 1270; that number is down from 1350 employees before layoffs were announced last spring.

 

Sex Offender Spotted Near School

A man, who is a registered sex offender in the state of Maryland, was reportedly in the vicinity of Northeast Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon. He appeared to be taking pictures of students on the playground. A parent of one of the students notified school personnel, and was able to give them a physical description of the man, his vehicle and the license plate number. Law enforcement officials determined the car belonged to a registered sex offender and responded to the scene. The suspect had left the area by the time law enforcement personnel arrived.

 

Woman Arrested on Outstanding Warrant

Eighteen-year old Cumberland resident Amanda Tallman was arrested on an outstanding warrant, charging her in connection with an incident in October at a Queen City  Drive business. A private citizen had filed the complaint against her. As officers attempted to place her in custody, she resisted arrest. She was taken to the Cumberland City Police Department for processing, the to the District Court Commissioners' office for a bond review. As a result, she was held on a total $6,000 bond on second degree assault and resisting arrest charges.

 

Assault Incident Near Post Office

Suspects have been developed in a strong-armed robbery incident yesterday near the main post office on Park Street in Cumberland. A female victim reported that her cell phone and money were taken from her. The suspects have been identified as two females in a white van. A spokesperson for the Cumberland City Police says that this was not a random act of violence.

 

Projections Show Increased Enrollment for County

The Allegany County School Board has received a 13-year enrollment data update, which shows that student population in the local public schools should be increasing in the coming years. Current enrollment has increased for the district by sixteen students, which has also caused future enrollment projections to improve. The school system receives funding, based on K-12 enrollment, excluding Pre-K. The study, conducted by Eperitus, and educational consulting firm, shows enrollment has declined 15 per cent since 2000; in two of the last three years, however, enrollment has declined by fewer than 100 students.

 

Second Annual Food Drive Set

The Frostburg Center for Creative Writing, in partnership with Main Street Books and A STAR! Americorps, will hold its second annual Thanksgiving Open Mic Reading and non-perishable food drive on Monday at Main Street Books in Frostburg, starting at 7:30 p.m. Participants and spectators are asked to bring non-perishable food items, preferably related to Thanksgiving. For more information, contact Jessica Palumbo at the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at (301)-687-4340.

 

Salary Study Commission Meeting

The Allegany County Salary Study Commission will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, November 28th at 3:30 p.m. This will be at the Allegany County Office Building on Kelly Road, Room 408. The commission will meet with the Allegany County Sheriff at 3:30 p.m.  at the Allegany County Board of Elections at 4 p.m.

 

Bartlett Blames Redistricting for Loss

Sixth District Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, defeated last week by Democrat John Delaney, says he lost the election due to Democratic gerrymandering and sparse support from fellow Republicans. Bartlett says he still could have won re-election, had the National Republican Congressional Committee put some money into his race. Bartlett raised $1.1 million, but Delaney outspent him 3-to-1.

 

Group Proposes Further Hiking Cigarette Tax

A group, called the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative, is proposing another dollar-per-pack cigarette tax increase. The tax is now $2.00, and has been raised three times in the last 15 years. During that time, there has been a 32 per cent drop in cigarette smoking, which is double the national average. The $2.00 per pack tax rate ranks as the 11th highest cigarette tax in the country. It's too soon to tell if the proposal to add another dollar will get serious consideration when the next legislative session begins in January.

 

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Pennsylvania Murder Suspect Captured in Louisiana

A man, who was wanted in connection with the murder of a Meyersdale girl, has been captured in Louisiana. Jonathan Beal is charged with criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse and aggravated assault, in the death of 19-year old Justine Jackson. She had been missing since September 14th; her remains were found on Sunday, along the Great Allegheny Passage. She was strangled and buried in a shallow grave near the trail. A search of his home was conducted on October 29th, and Beal left the area shortly after that. A warrant was issued for his arrest on Tuesday. He told police he ended his relationship with Jackson, and acknowledged being with her in the area the day she died.

 

Ridgeley Mayor Not Stepping Down

Ridgeley Mayor Jim Twigg is not stepping down, in spite of a petition being circulated, asking him to do so. There is an ongoing investigation of his alleged misuse of a government-issued credit card, and the petition asks that he leave office, at least until the state audit is completed. Twigg says he won't resign, unless the audit proved that he did something wrong.

 

Plans Moving Forward for Demolition of Braddock Campus of Hospital

The Board of Education, County Commissioners and City Council members visited the former Braddock Campus of the Western Maryland Health System to meet with contractors to drain the water-based systems in preparation for winter weather. This is the next step in the process of the Allegany High School capital project. This move will also substantially decrease the cost of utilities during the winter months.

 

Man Held on $50,000 Bond in Assault Incident

Memorial Avenue resident Ernest Lee Baker is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $50,000 bond, after being accused of the assault of two people early yesterday morning. Baker is accused of assaulting his estranged wife, and a man who was attempting to drop off Baker's estranged wife in the 100-block of Washington Street. He allegedly hit the man with a baseball bat, and three times in the face; he is also accused of slapping his wife in the face. Baker tried to leave the city limits, but was apprehended by a deputy from the Allegany County Sheriff's Office.

 

Fire Destroys Former Magistrate's Office

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal is investigating a fire at the former Hampshire County Magistrate's Office on Birch Lane. The fire broke out late Monday, with flames shooting through the roof. Numerous fire companies were called out to the fire; there were no injuries. Companies were called out shortly before 5 a.m. yesterday to deal with a rekindling, just before 5 a.m. Firefighters remained on the scene through yesterday morning.

 

Burlington Post Office Reducing Hours

The Burlington Post office will remain open, but with revamped hours. One of the options presented to residents was to close the facility, but a compromise has been reached, where the office will be open from 8:15 a.m. until 4:15 p.m., closing for two hours in the middle of the day for lunch. The manager of postal operations, Patty Jessee, there were 1,073 surveys mailed to residents, and about one-third were returned. The post office has to open by 8:15 a.m. when the mail is sorted and readied for delivery. It also has to remain open until 4:15 p.m., when mail is collected from the box.

 

Petersburg Social Security Office Reducing Hours

The Petersburg Social Security Office is reducing its hours, beginning next Monday. The office will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., effectively reducing the work day by 30 minutes. Also, beginning January 2 of next year, the office will close to the public at noon every Wednesday. All Social Security offices will be closed the day after Thanksgiving, although some employees will be working that day.

 

Red Cross Strike Looming

Teamsters Local 311 has sent a letter to the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region, warning of a work stoppage on Friday, if a new contract is not reached. The union represents about 50 employees involved in blood drive operations; for its part, the Red Cross is calling the warning of a work stoppage "irresponsible," and a potential disruption to blood collection operations to areas affected by Superstorm Sandy," which hit on October 29th.

 

Bishops "Stay the Course" on Gay Marriage, Birth Control

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has acknowledged that voters rejected the stand they took against same-sex marriage and birth control, but say they are "staying the course." Roman Catholic bishops strongly advocated traditional marriage, but a same same-sex ballot measure was approved in four states, including Maryland. They have also criticized the aspect of President Obama's health care mandate that provides coverage of contraceptives.

 

Record Enrollment at WVU

West Virginia University is reporting a record enrollment of 29,076 students, an increase of 90 over 2011. The freshman class of just over 5,100 students also tied the record, originally set in 2008. Among WVU, WVU Tech and Potomac State College of West Virginia University, the university system has 32,593 students.

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Human Remains Identified

Human remains, found along the Great Allegheny Passage biking and hiking trail, have, in fact, been positively identified as those of nineteen year old Justine Marie Jackson. State Police are considering the case a homicide, and want to find Jonathan Beal, the boyfriend of Ms. Jackson; his whereabouts are unknown. She was last seen walking on Glade City Road September 14th. Someone had spotted the remains on the trail Sunday afternoon; it was not clear how long they had been there. The trail stretches about 140 miles from Homestead, near Pittsburgh and Allegany County, where it connects to the C & O Canal towpath to Washington, D.C.

 

Ridgeley Mayor Not Stepping Down

Ridgeley Mayor Jim Twigg is not stepping down, in spite of a petition being circulated, asking him to do so. There is an ongoing investigation of his alleged misuse of a government-issued credit card, and the petition asks that he leave office, at least until the state audit is completed. Twigg says he won't resign, unless the audit proved that he did something wrong.

 

Plans Moving Forward for Demolition of Braddock Campus of Hospital

The Board of Education, County Commissioners and City Council members visited the former Braddock Campus of the Western Maryland Health System to meet with contractors to drain the water-based systems in preparation for winter weather. This is the next step in the process of the Allegany High School capital project. This move will also substantially decrease the cost of utilities during the winter months.

 

Man Held on $50,000 Bond in Assault Incident

Memorial Avenue resident Ernest Lee Baker is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $50,000 bond, after being accused of the assault of two people early yesterday morning. Baker is accused of assaulting his estranged wife, and a man who was attempting to drop off Baker's estranged wife in the 100-block of Washington Street. He allegedly hit the man with a baseball bat, and three times in the face; he is also accused of slapping his wife in the face. Baker tried to leave the city limits, but was apprehended by a deputy from the Allegany County Sheriff's Office.

 

Fire Destroys Former Magistrate's Office

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal is investigating a fire at the former Hampshire County Magistrate's Office on Birch Lane. The fire broke out late Monday, with flames shooting through the roof. Numerous fire companies were called out to the fire; there were no injuries. Companies were called out shortly before 5 a.m. yesterday to deal with a rekindling, just before 5 a.m. Firefighters remained on the scene through yesterday morning.

 

Burlington Post Office Reducing Hours

The Burlington Post office will remain open, but with revamped hours. One of the options presented to residents was to close the facility, but a compromise has been reached, where the office will be open from 8:15 a.m. until 4:15 p.m., closing for two hours in the middle of the day for lunch. The manager of postal operations, Patty Jessee, there were 1,073 surveys mailed to residents, and about one-third were returned. The post office has to open by 8:15 a.m. when the mail is sorted and readied for delivery. It also has to remain open until 4:15 p.m., when mail is collected from the box.

 

Petersburg Social Security Office Reducing Hours

The Petersburg Social Security Office is reducing its hours, beginning next Monday. The office will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., effectively reducing the work day by 30 minutes. Also, beginning January 2 of next year, the office will close to the public at noon every Wednesday. All Social Security offices will be closed the day after Thanksgiving, although some employees will be working that day.

 

Red Cross Strike Looming

Teamsters Local 311 has sent a letter to the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region, warning of a work stoppage on Friday, if a new contract is not reached. The union represents about 50 employees involved in blood drive operations; for its part, the Red Cross is calling the warning of a work stoppage "irresponsible," and a potential disruption to blood collection operations to areas affected by Superstorm Sandy," which hit on October 29th.

 

Bishops "Stay the Course" on Gay Marriage, Birth Control

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has acknowledged that voters rejected the stand they took against same-sex marriage and birth control, but say they are "staying the course." Roman Catholic bishops strongly advocated traditional marriage, but a same same-sex ballot measure was approved in four states, including Maryland. They have also criticized the aspect of President Obama's health care mandate that provides coverage of contraceptives.

 

Record Enrollment at WVU

West Virginia University is reporting a record enrollment of 29,076 students, an increase of 90 over 2011. The freshman class of just over 5,100 students also tied the record, originally set in 2008. Among WVU, WVU Tech and Potomac State College of West Virginia University, the university system has 32,593 students.

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Boards Discuss Priorities with Delegation

The Allegany and Garrett County Boards of Education met with the Western Maryland Delegation to the General Assembly yesterday, to discuss legislative priorities. Among the priorities are to support efforts to increase school construction funding; to oppose unfunded mandates; and to support efforts to direct additional gaming revenues towards public education. In Allegany County, members asked for specific legislation to try, as an adult, anyone over the age of 13, who makes a bomb threat, and to sponsor legislation that would allow a local school board to issue citations to parents for outstanding lunch debts that are more than 30 days in arrears.

 

Man Held on $75,000 Bond for Child Abuse

A Maryland Avenue man is being held on $75,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center,  after an incident on Sunday. Thirty-two year old Mark Smith is accused of hitting his child in the stomach and arms, and on the top of the head. He also is accused of sitting the child in a chair, grabbing him around the neck area, and cutting the child's hair, military-style, with a razor blade. The child had numerous cuts on the head. Allegany County Child Protective Services took custody of the child; he did not require medical attention.

 

Wisp Finds Buyer

The owners of the Wisp have asked a bankruptcy court judge to approve the sale of the property to a unit of Entertainment Properties Trust, a Kansas City-based real estate investment trust. The amount of the sale was $20.5 million. An approval hearing has been scheduled for December 4th in Greenbelt, Maryland; the resort plans to open for the season the day after Thanksgiving. A job fair was held Saturday, to fill about 350 seasonal openings. The owners of the Wisp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October of 2011, after defaulting on nearly $30 million in loans that had received from BB&T Corporation of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

 

Focus on the Future Being Held

The Allegany County Public School system is hosting the 7th annual Focus on the Future Showcase today and tomorrow at the Allegany County Fairgrounds' Multi-Purpose building. The showcase targets all seventh-grade students and strives to raise public awareness regarding the importance of career preparedness. The event promotes economic growth in the county, by keeping graduates locally employed with the necessary expertise to enter the job market.

 

Human Remains Found near Meyersdale

Human remains have been found along the Great Allegheny Passage hiking and biking trail in Larimer Township, near Meyersdale. Investigators were on the scene for several hours on Sunday, after someone on the trail reported finding the remains. The Meyersdale area is where a missing 19-year old girl was last seen in mid-September; State Police, however, stressed that there were no new developments in the case of Justine Marie Jackson.  There are few details available, and it is not known whether the remains are those of a man or woman.

 

Woman Suffers Injuries in Single Vehicle Crash

A Somerset County woman received moderate injuries in a single-vehicle crash this past weekend.  Chelsea Rugg lost control of her vehicle on Listonburg Road in Addison Township; she crashed into a pipe before stopping. Ms. Rugg was airlifted to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center following the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

 

Largest State Solar Farm in Hagerstown

Hagerstown can boast of being the home of the largest solar farm in the state of Maryland. The facility is located near the Maryland Correctional Institution, off of Roxbury Road. It is expected to power 4,000 to 5,000 single family homes; the solar farm is spread over 160 acres. The state of Maryland has set a goal of generating 20 per cent of its energy from renewable resources by 2022.

 

Baltimore City Workers Accused of Theft

More than 12 Baltimore City transportation workers could lose their jobs, for misconduct and theft, after stealing thousands of dollars worth of scrap metal. The employees are accused of selling about $58,000 worth of stolen metals over a five-month period. Three supervisors have been suspended without pay, and a full investigation of the case is underway.

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Man Arrested for Assaulting Father

 

A 48-year old Oldtown man, Joseph Dowell, is being accused of assaulting his father, Calvin, with a tire iron early yesterday morning. Joseph Dowell allegedly shattered the driver's side window of a car and repeatedly struck and stabbed his father with the iron. Calvin Dowell then used a pocket knife to defend himself, cutting his son on the hand. Both were treated for injuries, and Joseph Dowell was charged. He was ordered held on $50,000 bond; he was taken to the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

 

 

Everett Man Sentenced in Sex Abuse Case

 

A 51-year old Everett man, Kerry Smith will spend the rest of his life in prison in connection with a sex abuse case involving two young girls, who were 8 and 10 years old at the time. Smith was convicted on 69 counts of sexual misconduct, including five counts of the rape of a child, in July. In all, Smith was sentenced to 80 to 195 years in a State Correctional Institution.

 

 

Medevac Called To Assist Climbers

 

The Maryland State Police Medevac helicopter was called out late yesterday afternoon, to assist three climbers who had rappelled off of Lover's Leap in the Narrows. However, those three were able to make it back to the top of the mountain on their own. Direct phone contact was made with the climbers, who said they were OK, and didn't need any help. They were able to meet with emergency personnel at Piedmont and Columbia Avenues around 6:20 p.m.

 

 

 

Mayor Responds to Allegations

 

Ridgeley Mayor Jim Twigg has issued a statement, noting that he is fully cooperating with an investigation into his alleged misuse of the town’s purchase card. In his statement, Twigg acknowledged using the card, but not with the intent of being dishonest. He has since stopped using the card, and has turned it over, pending the outcome of an audit. He added that he has reimbursed the town for the purchases, and he is cooperating with the investigation. Twigg says he will take appropriate action, pending the outcome of the investigation.

 

 

 

Car Hits Porch on High Bedford Street

 

The investigation into an accident on High Bedford Street Friday, led to subsequent drug-related charges against two people. Cumberland City Police report that a car had hit the porch of a residence on High Bedford Street. The owner of the vehicle, 36-year old Jason Cistofori, was a passenger in the car, driven by 20 year old Breann Haines. Ms Haines was charged with driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol, while Cristofori was charged with possession of CDS. He was held on $5,000 bond, while Ms. Haines was released, pending trial.

 

 

 

Man Held on $30,000 Bond Following Incident

 

Eighteen year old Dajon Lopez faces numerous charges, following a Saturday incident on Maryland Avenue. He is accused of breaking and entering a residence there, grabbing the female victim, and pulling her outside of the residence into an alleyway. The victim had an active peace order against him. He was arrested and taken to the Allegany County Detention Center. The victim was not injured in the incident. Furthermore, Lopez was cited for being in possession of alcohol, while under the age of 21.

 

 

 

State Police Conduct Checkpoint

 

The Maryland State Police conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol on Maryland Routes 36 and 40 in an around the LaVale and Frostburg area late Saturday evening and early yesterday morning. As a result of the special patrol initiative, four troopers stopped 22 vehicles and issued 15 criminal citations and 21 warnings. The patrol also resulted in two DUI arrests.

 

 

 

State Police Slate Explorer Meeting

 

The Cumberland Barrack of the Maryland State Police is starting an Explorer Post for local youth. The program is designed to introduce young men and women to the world of law enforcement. Interested persons between the ages of 14 and 21 years of age are encouraged to attend a meeting tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Cumberland Barrack on National Highway.

 

 

 

Woman in Fatal Crash Identified

 

A woman, who died as the result of a single vehicle crash Friday night, has been identified. Forty-nine year old Teresa Marie Fleck of Windber, was traveling on Route 16, when she struck two trees, after failing to negotiate a curve in the roadway. She was not wearing a seatbelt, and died of blunt force trauma to the head. The crash occurred around 6:33 p.m.

 

 

 

U.S. Marshal’s Service Seeking Assistance

 

The United States Marshal’s Service is asking the public’s assistance in finding fugitives Dallas Cook and Megan Teets. They have both been charged, and have outstanding warrants by the West Virginia State Police for delivery of heroin. They are known to frequent the Baltimore area, where they get the heroin, and bring it back to West Virginia for sale. They both have family in the Berkeley County, West Virginia area. All tips are confidential and can be called into (304)-262-8615.

 

 

IRS Files Tax Lien Against State Office

 

The Internal Revenue Service has filed a tax lien against the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation’s Office of Unemployment Insurance. They say the state department owes the federal government about $850,000 in unpaid taxes. For its part, the DLLR has appealed its tax assessment and claims it does not owe the money the IRS has billed.

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Man Faces Additional Charges

A man was arrested in West Virginia in connection with a Monday incident in the Hilltop Drive area, and he now faces additional charges in several home invasions that also occurred on Monday. Thirty-five year old Jerome Joseph Phillips faces several counts of burglary, assault, theft and the use of a dangerous weapon. Phillips was arrested in Mineral County, and will be extradited from there. He is also being charged with robbery in Mineral County.

 

Man Charged with Paraphernalia Possession

A Cumberland man, who had been wanted in connection with an assault incident in late October was recently taken into custody, not only for that charge, but also for possession of drug paraphernalia. Twenty-six year old Charro McMillan was found to have a device, commonly used to smoke marijuana. He was charged with both counts and released on personal recognizance.

 

Traffic Changes for Playoff Game

The Cumberland City Police have announced a change to traffic patterns for tonight's playoff game at the Greenway Avenue Stadium. There will be no vehicular traffic permitted in front of the stadium from 4 p.m. today, until an hour after the conclusion of the game. Traffic in the area will be detoured. Vehicles will be allowed to access Cecil Street from Greenway avenue to park, on a first come, first served basis. however, Cecil Street will be closed for any vehicles attempting to travel on Cecil Street toward Greenway Avenue from Ridgewood Avenue.

 

Mineral Drafting Bomb Threat Letter

The Mineral County board of Education is drafting a letter to be sent out, regarding a new policy on bomb threats. Superintendent Rick Woy has asked the board to take a look at the letter, and suggest any charges that may need to be made, before sending it to students. There are several bomb threats, made at the Keyser Primary/Middle School, which are still under investigation. Woy believes that every agency, including the Keyser Police Department, School Board and the Sheriff's Department should have some input on the letter before it is sent out.

 

FSU Ranked in Top Ten

"GetEducated.com" has ranked Frostburg State University's online MBA program at Top Ten Best Buy nationally among online business schools that hold accreditation. "GetEducated.com" is the consumer guide to online colleges. FSU moved up one step, to number 8 in the rankings, which come out every two years.

 

Former Secretary Receives Probation in Theft Case

A former Somerset County secretary and treasurer has been sentenced to three years probation for one count of theft by deception-false impression, a felony. Loretta Jean Thomas of Confluence-who was the secretary in Ursina borough-was accused of taking just over $9800  during her time with the municipality. She pleaded guilty on September 17th. She has since made restitution.

 

O'Malley Wants Petition Referendum Change

Governor Martin O'Malley says the current process to may be "too easy" for having referendum questions place on the ballot, and is asking lawmakers consider the requirements to have that done. Opponents of three of Tuesday's ballot questions regarding same-sex marriage, the DREAM Act and congressional redistricting collected thousands of signatures to get all three issues on the ballot. Critics of the process say a group of opponents can use the referendum process to overturn legislation they don't like.

 

Penn National Gaming Looking Into Court Battle

A spokesman for Penn National Gaming, which urged Maryland voters to "Vote No on Question 7," says the group has "serious reservations" about whether the referendum process used by the General Assembly was legal under Maryland's Constitution. The proposal passed, clearing the way for expanded gambling in the state. Penn National operates a casino in Charles Town, West Virginia, that could see a significant loss in business from the lucrative Washington market.

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Suspect Arrested in Louisiana Avenue Incident

Thirty-five year old Cumberland resident Jerome Joseph Phillips has been arrested in connection with an incident Monday in the area of Hilltop Drive and Louisiana Avenue. Phillips is accused of assaulting a 49-year old male victim, after the victim agreed to give him a ride from downtown Cumberland to the Hilltop Drive area. He is accused of stealing a bottle of prescription medication and fleeing the scene. Video surveillance of the business where the victim was approached led to Phillips' arrest. He is currently incarcerated in West Virginia, pending extradition to Maryland.

 

Coalition Hears Updates on Projects

The North-South Appalachian Highway Coalition held it third annual meeting last week, and the group received updates on projects affecting Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Congressman Bill Shuster added language to the Federal Transportation Bill which would allow the use of toll credits as a state match. That will, in part, allow for the use of over $2.1 billion in federal funds for the Appalachian Regional Commission states. Pennsylvania will now move forward with the Route 219 project, from Somerset to Meyersdale. Maryland will also move forward on the "219" project from I-68 to the Maryland/Pennsylvania state line.

 

Breaking and Entering on West First Street

Another breaking and entering occurred early Tuesday evening on West First Street. A resident heard a loud noise at the door of his residence. As he attempted to close the door, two people pushed the door open, knocking him to the ground. The victim was unable to provide a description of the suspects. The residence was processed, and investigators from the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigations Unit responded as well. Anyone with information is asked to contact the C3I unit or Cumberland City Police.

 

Mineral County Has New Sheriff, Commissioner

Republican Jerry Whisner defeated incumbent Mineral County Commissioner Cindy Pyles in Tuesday's election, which was complicated by a voting machine malfunction. In the race for Sheriff, Jeremy Taylor ousted incumbent Sheriff Craig Fraley by a margin of 53 to 47 per cent. In Hampshire County, Dan James defeated incumbent Stephen Moreland by a margin of 53 to 47 per cent.

 

Man Arrested in Cresaptown

Eighty-six year old James Harold Lease of Cresaptown was charged, following a stop by the Allegany County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. Following a check, Lease was charged with driving on a suspended license, and driving an uninsured and unregistered motor vehicle. He was released,  pending trial.

 

Body Found in Fire To Be Identified

The identity of a body that was found earlier this week in the burnt remains of a mobile home near Sharpsburg should be known later this week. The state medical examiner's office in Baltimore is in the process of comparing the victim's teeth, with the dental records of the mobile home's known occupant. The fire was reported early Monday on Back Road near Sharpsburg, and the cause remains under investigation.

 

Accused Sheriff Wins Re-Election

A Jefferson County Sheriff, who is accused of using unnecessary force against a bank robbery suspect, won re-election on Tuesday. Democrat Bobby Shirley defeated his Republican challenger Earl Ballenger. Sheriff Shirley faces additional charges of obstructing justice for allegedly falsifying a report on the incident. However, if convicted, Shirley would have to vacate his office.

 

Dixon Accused of Violating Probation

Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon has been accused of violating her probation on theft and perjury charges. She had received probation before judgment and was ordered to contribute $45,000 to charity and perform 500 hours of community service. Records show she had fallen behind on payments she was required to make as part of her plea deal.

 

Shuster Wins Re-Election

Congressman Bill Shuster easily won re-election on Tuesday, defeating his opponent Karen Ramsburg by an almost three-to-one margin. He was initially elected to the House of Representatives, replacing his father Bud Shuster. Shuster had a prominent role in drafting toll credit language for a bill that will help secure $35 million for the completion of Route 219 from Somerset to Meyersdale. Shuster, who lives in Hollidaysburg, says he plans to run again for the chairmanship of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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Wagoner, Caporale Win City Council Seats

In unofficial results from yesterday's election, David Caporale and Nicole Wagoner were elected to the Cumberland City Couuncil. Caporale received more than 5500 votes, while Ms. Wagoner received more than 4400 votes. The third candidate, John Cline, came in a distant third, with approximately 1600 tallies.

 

Bartlett Defeated; Manchin and Tomblin Win

Maryland's Sixth District Congressman Roscoe Bartlett lost to Democrat John Delaney in yesterday's election, and in West Virginia, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Senator Joe Manchin were re-elected to office. Seven of Maryland's eight incumbent House representatives were returned to office.  Mineral County returns were unavailable, as there was an equipment malfunction. However, overall in the Mountain State, voters favored Mitt Romney over incumbent President Barack Obama, who won a second-term in yesterday's voting.

 

Voters Approve Same-Sex Marriage, Expanded Gambling

Maryland voters yesterday approved several ballot questions, including the so-called "Dream Act," same-sex marriage and expanded gambling in the state, despite a multi-million dollar campaign to "Vote No on 7." Allegany County voters, however, voted against same-sex marriage and the question of in-state tuition at community colleges for undocumented residents. Voter turnout was heavier than in recent years, at nearly 67 per cent. In other returns from last night, incumbent Senator Ben Cardin defeated his Republican challenger Dan Bongino and independent candidate Rob Sobhani.

 

Man Charged in Death of Michigan Resident

A Frostburg man, whose blood alcohol level was more than seven times greater than the legal limit, has been charged in connection with the death of a Michigan man in Somerset County on June 9th. Ronald Lee Streets lost control of a vehicle while rounding a curve on State Route 160; the car went over an embankment ejecting both Sheets and his passenger, 26-year old Michigan resident Anthony Michael Winter. While free on a $10,000 unsecured bond, Streets has a preliminary hearing on November 15th in Meyersdale.

 

C3I Investigating Home Invasions

The Allegany County C3I unit and Cumberland City Police are investigating three home invasions that took place yesterday morning in the Louisiana Avenue area. In the first a suspect kicked in the rear door of a home, confronting an elderly female victim. He pulled a knife on the victim and demanded money. The victim punched the suspect in the chest and she was cut by the suspect. He grabbed medication from the residence and fled the scene. Two other home invasions did not result in any thefts or injuries. The suspect is described as being about 5'11" to 6-feet tall, wearing a dark-colored trench coat, a light colored hat with a dark hood over the hat and a dark colored bandana over the lower part of the face. The investigation is continuing by the C3I unit and the Cumberland City Police Department.

 

Man Dies While Shoveling Snow in Garrett County

An identified Garrett County man died last week, while shoveling snow. The storm claimed a total of three lives in Maryland over the past week. Potomac Edison crews are working to restore Garrett County to full power, and that should happen sometime this week.

 

Bedford Man Facing Manslaughter Charge

Fifty-one year old Randy Foor is facing manslaughter charges, months after Manns Choice resident Dennis Sprigg died from a head injury. Foor and Sprigg got into a shoving match during a dispute on August 11th of  this year. Sprigg fell onto a piece of pavement, and spent nearly seven weeks at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. Despite the disagreement, the two were friends, and Foor visited Sprigg in the hospital, and attended his funeral service.

 

Report Cards To Be Delayed

Due to power outages and a lack of Internet access at Westmar Middle School and Westernport Elementary Schools following Hurricane Sandy, report card distribution to those schools will be delayed two days. Report cards for both will now be distributed on Thursday, November 15th.

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Preston County Man Charged With Murder
Preston County resident Justin Michael Fontaine is being charged with first-degree murder following an incident over this past weekend. He is accused of shooting and killing 33-year old Jerame Sines of Friendsville Saturday night. The incident happened at Fontaine's residence in Hazleton. He is currently being held without bail at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

Office of Emergency Services Monitoring Storm
The Allegany Office of Emergency Services is monitoring a potential nor'easter, that will track up the east coast. The impact of the storm should hit later tomorrow or early Thursday. There is the possibility of rain, possibly snow, and winds. It's unclear at this point, which track the storm will take. A meteorologist with the National Weather Service says the storm could "pack a pretty good punch," although nothing of the magnitude of Hurricane Sandy.

Crash Causes Outage
Power was out for a time yesterday, as Potomac Edison crews repaired a utility pole which was struck by a tractor trailer, turning from Henderson Avenue onto Front Street. The accident occurred around 9:54 a.m., and happened as the truck snapped the pole in half. Traffic was diverted for a time. Baltimore Avenue was blocked at Decatur Street; Baltimore Avenue was blocked at Henderson Avenue; and, Glenn Street was blocked at Henderson Avenue.

Police Seek Suspect in Auto Breaking and Entering
The Maryland State Police are seeking a suspect, who was seen breaking into vehicles in the lower LaVale area early Sunday morning. A Maryland State Police trooper saw the suspect inside of a vehicle parked at 309 National Highway. The person fled on foot toward Orchard Field on Lane Avenue, and was last seen in the area of the FedEx building. It is believed the suspect is from the National Highway area, or is very familiar with the area. He is described as a white male, possibly in his early 20's. He is about 6 feet tall, 150 pounds with a thin build. He was wearing a unique brown and green Oriole's baseball hat, a gray hoodie sweatshirt, dark colored jeans and white sneakers.

Man Held on $5,000 Bond Following Domestic Incident
Twenty-nine year old Kevin Christopher Mc Donald was released on $5,000 unsecured bond, following a domestic incident Sunday afternoon at a residence at Fourth and Race Streets. McDonald is accused of arguing with the female victim throughout the day. He had allegedly been drinking alcohol, and at one point, the argument turned physical, as McDonald chased her, pushed her to the ground and began to repeatedly kick her. He was charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

State Highway Administration Launches Facebook Site
The Maryland State Highway Administration recently announced its Facebook page, offering SHA news updates,  a Customer Care Management System, and emergency updates, among other features. The page also offers customers an opportunity to interact with, and learn more about the State Highway Administration.

Maryland Helping With Storm Recovery Efforts
The state of Maryland is helping other states with storm recovery efforts in both New Jersey and New York. About two dozen state troopers are at Fort Dix, New Jersey, having left this past weekend. About 50 health care workers from the Maryland Disaster Medical Assistance Team are in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The state also sent ten advanced life support ambulances were sent to New Jersey last week.

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First Energy Update

 

First Energy crews are continuing to restore power to more than 600,000 customers in a five-state area. Potomac Edison has more than 11,000 customers, still without power. As of late yesterday, nearly 5,100 customers remained without power; in Allegany County, there were over 100. Following a visit to Garrett County late last week, Governor Martin O’Malley noted that the biggest priority was restoring power to the residents. The Garrett County Board of Elections has announced that the polling location for precinct 8-1, Ryan’s Glade, will be temporarily moved for Election Day. Voters in that area should go to Southern High School’s cafeteria during normal voting hours to cast their ballots.

 

 

 

Theft of Pole Saw and Rope

 

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating the theft of a pole saw and rope from an electric company truck, while repairs were being completed to power lines. The theft occurred on Trap Run Road in Friendsville. The suspect is an unknown white male, driving a maroon Subaru. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police at McHenry. The number is (301)-387-1101.

 

 

 

Two Arrested for Theft

 

Two Ridgeley residents have been arrested in connection with several thefts from Allegany Motor and Pump Service. Both 29-year old Rusty Jay Bittinger and 25-year old Shonna Lee Bittinger are accused of removing several pieces of scrap metal, three electric motors, one generator, and an electric motor core on several occasions. Video footage showed the suspect’s vehicle and tag. With the help of the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, several stolen items were returned. Charges were filed in Allegany County District Court against the couple.

 

 

 

Man Arrested in Disturbance

 

A 48-year old Cumberland man was arrested early yesterday morning in the parking lot of the Cumberland Outdoor Club. Wesley Scott McIntyre is accused of yelling, cursing and causing a disturbance. He also allegedly assaulted an officer by kicking him in the leg, and also broke the passenger’s side mirror on the cruiser. He also was found to have six yellow pills, that were later identified as Clonazepam, a narcotic. McIntire also assaulted a woman, and was trying to start fights with other patrons. He was charged with assault, destruction of property, disorderly conduct, failure to obey, resisting arrest and possession of CDS.

 

 

Footer Stabilization Work Set

Stabilization work is beginning today on the Footer Dye Works Building. An inspection of the roof was done in September, which resulted in Canal Place addressing repairs to the building that needed to take place in order to stop water leaks and to secure entry into the building. Phase Two of the work will consist of roof repair, removal of the scaffolding and mortar repair. Funding for the project is coming from the state of Maryland’s Community Legacy Program and the Maryland Historical Trust. Contracts have been awarded to Durable Slate Company, a professional contractor that specializes in historic preservation.

 

 

 

Veterans To Be Recognized by Commissioners

 

The Allegany County Commissioners will recognize all veterans before Thursday’s public business meeting. The meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. At the Allegany County Office Building. The recognition ceremony will feature veterans, who are current employees and retirees of Allegany County government, as well as all other veterans who wish to participate. The general public is also invited to attend.

 

 

 

Mineral County OEM Moving to Allegany County

 

The Mineral County Office of Emergency Management is moving its radio communications to a tower recently erected in Westernport by Allegany County. The cost of the move to Mineral County is approximately $13,550, and the money for it will come from Mineral County’s 911 fund. Allegany County recently offered its counterpart space on the tower to move the system.

 

 

 

Old Memorial Bridge Coming Down

 

Work has begun on the removal of the old Keyser Memorial Bridge, just days after the new bridge opened. There are plans to route traffic going from the bridge to Route 135, so the old section needs to be removed quickly, to accommodate truck traffic.

 

 

 

Governor Tomblin, Senator Manchin Tour West Virginia

 

Both West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Senator Joe Manchin have been touring the state to assess the damage left behind by last week’s storm. Governor Tomblin has requested federal disaster assistance from President Barack Obama, with Individual Assistance requested for a number of counties, including Preston and Tucker. Public Assistance has been requested for Grant, Pendleton, Preston and Tucker Counties, among others. These requests are in addition to the President’s emergency declaration for West Virginia on Tuesday, which authorized FEMA to provide emergency protective measures for all counties in West Virginia.

 

 

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FirstEnergy Outage Update

FirstEnergy has restored power to more than 1.2 million customers in a five-state area; however over a million more do not have power. More than 15,000 FirstEnergy employees, along with additional contractors and neighboring utility crews, are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power. Crews are working around the clock, in 16-hour shifts, until all power is restored.

 

Tree and Snow Removal in Garrett County

Governor Martin O'Maley was in Garrett County yesterday to survey the damage from the storm. The Maryland State Highway Administration Keyser's Ridge Shop is assisting Garrett County with local road cleanup. Nearly 50 personnel from Howard, Carroll, Washington and Allegany Counties are helping in the ongoing state and local cleanup operations. Nearly three dozen dump trucks and a large snow blower are helping clear access to critical sites such as Garrett Memorial Hospital, Garrett College and the Oakland Armory, which is an early voting site.

 

Traffic Pattern Changed for Homecoming Game

The traffic pattern around Greenway Avenue Stadium has been changed for tomorrow's game. There will be no vehicular traffic permitted in front of the stadium from 8 a.m. until one hour after the game. Drivers and pedestrians should exercise caution when traveling to and from the game. Band members and those in the Homecoming court should contact one of the officers at the intersections, who will arrange for them to be dropped off near the stadium.

 

Three Arrested for Drug Possession

Three people were arrested Halloween night on Baltimore Street, near George Street. A vehicle was stopped for an equipment violation, and a K-9 unit-later called to the scene-reacted positively to a drug scan. Marijuana was located inside the vehicle, and 18-year old Colleen Elizabeth Crossland of Mount Savage, 19-year old Rufus Thompson and 21-year old Kenya Cardarole-Donnell Williams were taken into custody. All three was charged with possession of marijuana, but released pending trial, following a hearing in Allegany County District Court.

 

Schools Make Progress on Graduation

Allegany County public school students are receiving diplomas at the highest rate in recent history, according to data released on Wednesday. All students in the county met the HSA graduation requirement. Graduation rates surpass the state's graduation rate by over 5 per cent for both 2010 and 2011.

 

Summit Township Looking to Fill Police Roster

Summit Township is trying to find additional police coverage, after its only full-time officer reduced his hours. Supervisor Walt Lenhart  says the town's officer, Nathan Claycomb, reverted to part-time status; he also works full-time for the Blair County Police Department. When no officer was available, the solution has been to contact the Pennsylvania State Police. And, if there are none in the area, officers respond from the Somerset borough police department.

 

Possible Record Turnout for Early Voting

State election officials believe a record turnout for early voting could be set today, after polls were shut down for two days because of this week's storms. Polls are open today until 9 p.m., and Governor Martin O'Malley says that more and more people are exercising the right to vote, and doing it in a way that's most convenient for them and their families.

 

Utility Granted Gas Increase

Mountaineer Gas has been granted a 2.5 per cent rate increase by the West Virginia Public Service Commission. The PSC says because it recently reduced the annual purchase gas rate for Mountaineer, customers will actually see a rate decrease. The average customer bill will be going down about $5.24 per month. Mountaineer had originally sought a 4.9 per cent increase in its base rate.

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First Energy Continues Restoration Efforts

First Energy has restored service to more than 820,000 customers in a five-state area, including Maryland. More than 141,000 linemen, hazard responders, forestry workers, call center representatives, management and support personnel are working around the clock to restore power to affected customers. Approximately 47,000 of 142,000 affected Potomac Edison customers remain without power. Some Maryland customers could have to wait until early Saturday, with the exception of Garrett County, which will require further assessment.

 

Police Enlist Local Help in Finding Missing Teen

The Somerset barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police has enlisted the help of local law enforcement agencies in locating a missing Meyersdale teen. Nineteen-year old Justine Marie Jackson of Meyersdale was last seen leaving a residence on foot on September 14th. She has not been seen since that date. If you have any information, you are asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-445-4104.

 

Hyndman Woman Injured in Crash

Fifty-nine year old Hyndman resident Barbara Baker was injured when her SUV failed to negotiate a curve Tuesday, and the vehicle hit two utility poles, before coming to rest on the drivers' side. She was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. She was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. The crash remains under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police.

 

Woman Held on $25,000 Bond

A Cumberland woman has been jailed on $25,000 bond, for attempting to stab a man outside of a residence on Pennsylvania Avenue in Cumberland. Thirty-three year old Traci Leigh Elizabeth Tilson was charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and using a deadly weapon with intent to injure. The man had a small cut under the left arm, but was uncooperative and refused treatment. However, Ms. Tilson was arrested and made an appearance before a District Court Commissioner.

 

W. Va. Delegates Candidate Killed

A candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates was killed as an indirect result of this week's storm. John Rose was checking the fence on his farm in Tucker County on Tuesday. He was trying to leave a field on his four-wheeler, when a tree branch fell and struck him in the head. He was killed instantly. There was a total of three people who died as the result of what was then Hurricane Sandy.

 

Victim Identified in Fatal Accident

Eighty-one year old Alice Hynes of Williamstown, Massachusetts has been identified as the person killed in a single-vehicle accident in Somerset County Monday night. She was a passenger in a car, driven by her daughter, Abigail O'Connor of Confluence. Their vehicle crossed the double-yellow center line of Route 281 and rolled over into a farm pond. Drowning is suspected as the cause of death.

 

"Change Your Clock-Change Your Battery"

The Maryland State Fire Marshal is urging residents to "Change Your Clock-Change Your Battery," in both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes. Daylight savings time ends this weekend, and that provides an opportunity to change the batteries. Marylanders are also plan at least two different escape routes to exit their homes, should there be an emergency.

 

Outside Contractors Helping with Restoration

About 7500 FirstEnergy personnel, electrical contractors and outside utility resources are assisting First Energy utilities in a five state area, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio. FirstEnergy is the parent company of Potomac Edison locally. There is the possibility of an extended outage from some of those residents. To report an outage, call 1-888-LIGHTSS, or 1-888-544-4877.

 

Price Tag of Storm May Hit $50 Billion

"Superstorm Sandy" may cost upwards of $50 billion, with $20 billion in property damage, and $10 to $30 billion more in lost business. IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm, observed that higher gas prices and a slightly slower economy will likely be matched by reconstruction and repairs that will contribute to growth over time. The forecast says the storm could subtract about six-tenths of a percentage point from U.S. economic growth in the October to December quarter. Retailers, airlines and home construction firms will most likely also lose business.

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