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GO 106 News Archives for 2014-05

LOCAL NEWS


FSU POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED

Frostburg State University police officer Jarrett Devon Warnick has been arrested by the Allegany County C3I unit. Warnick is accused of engaging in a sexual act with a then-18 year old female freshman student in a police vehicle, while armed and on duty. The incident allegedly happened in the fall semester of 2009, and the alleged victim has come forward with the information; she has since graduated from FSU.  Warnick has been charged, and was released on an unsecured $50,000 bond. He has also been suspended without pay by FSU, as per the University's personnel policies and procedures. The investigation is continuing, and there is the possibility of additional charges.


SUSPECTS CHARGED WITH FELONY BURGLARY

Lucien Paxton and Nicole Linaburg, who were arrested earlier in the month for the robbery of the CVS store, have been charged with the felony burglary of the Grand Central Business building. They broke in the night before the CVS robbery, and went back after the robbery. While Paxton remains jailed on a total $20,000 bond, Ms. Linaburg remained free on bond. Additional charges may still be filed against the pair.


CUMBERLAND MAN CHARGED FOLLOWING INCIDENT

Forty-two year old David Cassady of Cumberland was arrested and charged with assault, disturbing the peace and other counts, following an incident at the Union Rescue Mission Wednesday afternoon. He got into an argument with a staff member, then allegedly threw food around the dining room area, and spat on a staff member. He also allegedly kicked a police officer during his arrest. He was being held on $8500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


DUAL-CREDIT QUESTIONS ADDRESSED IN MINERAL COUNTY

The Mineral County Board of Education is moving to clarify a number of questions on dual credit for high school students. A new policy will specify which classes will be covered by an agreement between Mineral County Schools and Potomac State College, including two English classes, two social studies classes, and two math classes.


MINERAL COUNTY HAS UPCOMING VACANCIES

Several committees, under the jurisdiction of the Mineral County Commissioners, have some vacancies, which will open at the end of the current fiscal year. The commissioners are accepting letters of interest to serve on such committees as the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority, the Mineral County Development Authority, the Parks and Recreation Committee and the Mineral County Planning Commission. Anyone who is interested in serving can submit a letter of interest to the Mineral County Commission, 150 Armstrong Street, Keyser, West Virginia, 26726.


CUMBERLAND MAN SERVED SUMMONS

Twenty-six year old Jose Gomes was served a criminal summons, in connection to three separate disturbance calls in which he was involved. Gomes was yelling and threatening neighbors and disturbing the peace. He was eventually released pending trial in District Court.


FBPA THANKS SENATOR EDWARDS

The Frostburg Business and Professional Association presented a plaque to State Senator George Edwards this week, during its meeting this week. Senator Edwards sponsored legislation that would offer up to a 50 per cent tax credit to help with the rehabilitation of commercial structures across the state. Senator Edwards commented that the bill signed by the Governor was actually better than the original bill. Senator Edwards also said he hopes it will act as an economic stimulant to cities and towns across the state. Senator Edwards adds the bill was passed, through non-partisan cooperation.



STATE POLICE STOP 300 VEHICLES AT CHECKPOINT

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police stopped about 300 vehicles during its "Cruising Into Summer" sobriety checkpoint Wednesday evening. Of that number, one vehicle was directed to the roadside for further testing, resulting in an arrest for DUI. The checkpoint lasted for an hour and 22 minutes, and took place along southbound U.S. Route 219 in the area of Timber Ridge Drive.


WEST VIRGINIA PSC ISSUES METER READING ORDER

The West Virginia Public Service Commission has issued a final order, regarding the general investigation of meter reading, billing and customer service practices of FirstEnergy subsidiaries Monongahela Power Company and the Potomac Edison Company. The companies are being directed to implement monthly meter readings and billing as quickly as possible, but no later than July 1, 2015. They also have to maintain adequate staff to perform monthly readings and continue to submit statistical metrics to the Commission through December of 2015.


WVU PROFESSORS TO STUDY SHALE GAS

Six West Virginia University professors have each won a $10,000 research grant from WVU's National Research Center for Coal and Energy to explore issues related to shale gas. They will study the potential impacts on heart health, water resources and policy development around the world. Research projects will also include improving the safety and efficiency of shale gas exploration and production.

LOCAL NEWS


DOCTOR CHARGED WITH SEX OFFENSES

Fifty-nine year old Dr. William Thomas Dando has been charged with fourth-degree sex offense and unnatural or perverted practice, following a complaint from a patient in April. Dando, a physician at the LaVale MedExpress is accused of sexually assaulting a patient. Following an investigation, the case was presented to the Allegany County Grand Jury. Dando is free on his own recognizance, pending his next court appearance.

 

NEW TRASH COLLECTION CONTRACTOR, RECYCLING BEGIN JULY 1ST

Trash collection service and recycling with Burgmeier's Hauling of Altoona will begin in Cumberland on July 1st. There will be no changes in service days. A 32-gallon, burgundy-colored trash container, for recycling, along with instructions, will be distributed to each residential unit between now and then. The recycling service is at no additional charge to customers.

 

MINERAL COUNTY SUFFERS SRIRACHA SETBACK

Even though Mineral County has suffered a setback in its goal of attracting Huy Fong Foods to the area, the group is not completely discouraged. There is a concern that the company that manufactures Sriracha hot sauce would not experience a long enough growing season in Mineral County. Three sites have been chosen to test pepper seedlings for the sauce, including a location run by Potomac State College of West Virginia University.

 

COMMISSIONERS DEBATE PASSPORT ISSUE

The Mineral County Commissioners want to continue to issue passports in Mineral County, but the circuit court clerk continues to oppose it. Clerk Krista Dixon says her office is already working overtime to keep up with everyday tasks, and is currently short staffed. However, about $4,000 are generated from the issuance of passports, and the commissioners want to resume and continue that service.

 

POLICE INVESTIGATE HIT AND RUN

Cumberland City Police are investigating a hit and run accident that happened Tuesday afternoon. The victim told police her vehicle was parked in a lot between McDonald's and M & T Bank; the car was hit sometime during the day. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600.

 

WOMAN NOT CHARGED IN ACCIDENT

Caroline Clark was taken to the hospital, but not charged, following a single-vehicle accident in the 200-block of Centre Street Tuesday afternoon. She had  driven off an elevated parking lot onto a courtyard about 15 feet below. She then tried to move forward and the car drifted out of control, and went into a building, through a fence, and over the wall, where it came to rest. She was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

 

MINERAL CONTRACT WITH DILLY APPROVED

The Mineral County Board of Education has unanimously approved Shawn Dilly as its new superintendent; the appointment will be for a two-year term, with an annual salary of $100,000. The effective date is July 1st, and will be signed by board president Kevin Watson, on behalf of the board, and Dilly, before May 31st.

 

POTOMAC EDISON TRIMMING TREES TO PREVENT OUTAGES

Potomac Edison will be conducting its tree-trimming program over the next several months in Garrett and Allegany counties, and several West Virginia counties. Todd Meyers, a spokesperson for Potomac Edison, says they conduct the program in a five year cycle in their service area. The company is spending $18 million this year, and to date, has trimmed about 700 miles of trees along the roads. They expect to finish a total of 1900 miles by years' end. If a tree that may endanger service is located on private property, the company will ask permission of the property owner, to cut the tree back, or remove it. Meyers adds that Potomac Edison does its best, but outages can never completely be prevented.

 

O'MALLEY CREATES PRE-TRIAL COMMISSION

Governor Martin O'Malley has ordered that a panel study pre-trial reform. The state is facing a court-ordered deadline to begin providing defendants in criminal cases with a lawyer at every bail hearing. The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled that having an attorney at the initial bail hearing is a constitutional right; recommendations for reform will be issued to O'Malley by December 1st.

 

BROWN, HOGAN LEAD MONEY RACE

Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown has about $4.2 million in cash on hand, in advance of the June 24th gubernatorial primary. On the Republican side, Larry Hogan has about $389,200 in cash on hand, in part due to public campaign financing. The latest fundraising reporting period was from January 9th through May 20th.

 

DEFIBRILLATORS NOW REQUIRED AT POOLS

A new law that took effect this year requires AED's or automated external defibrillators, at swimming pools in the state. All lifeguards now must be trained to use the devices. Costs of AED's range from $1500 to $2,000. The law came about after five year old Connor Freed drowned at a Crofton pool in 2006.

 

F.D.A. LOOKS TO REGULATE ADDITIONAL TOBACCO PRODUCTS

The Food and Drug Administration is looking to expand its authority to regulate additional tobacco products such as electronic cigarettes water pipe or hookah tobacco and dissolvables. Public comment on the proposed regulatory expansion will be open until July 9th. A spokesperson for the FDA Center for Tobacco Policies says that in West Virginia, for example, smoking rates are way above the normal average, and remains a major health problem.

LOCAL NEWS


MAN HELD WITHOUT BOND ON CHILD ABUSE CHARGES

Thirty-four year old Chad Custer has been charged with first and second-degree child abuse, along with first and second degree assault, and is being held without bond. Custer is accused of abusing an 11-month old child, which led to severe internal injuries to the head and brain. The child is now at Ruby Memorial Hospital's pediatric center in Morgantown. An investigation led to the conclusion the child's injuries were consistent with "shaken baby syndrome," the result of an intentional act. The case was presented to the Allegany County Grand Jury, and an indictment was returned.

 

MAN JAILED ON FIREARMS CHARGE

Thirty-one year old Nathaniel Hynson was jailed on $100,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after allegedly pointing a handgun at a woman during an argument at a West Second Street residence late Sunday evening. Hynson left the residence after the argument, but later turned himself in to Cumberland City Police.

 

FIRE DESTROYS OUTBUILDING

A Sunday evening fire destroyed a single-story outbuilding on Romsburg Lane in Flintstone. The building, owned by Roy Romsburg, sustained $40,000 in damage to the structure and its contents. A rekindling of the building early Monday morning completely destroyed it. The cause has been determined to be an electrical failure in the wiring.

 

ACCIDENT SENDS FOUR TO HOSPITAL

A two-vehicle accident on Route 220 yesterday afternoon, sent four people to the hospital. The Allegany County Sheriff's Department investigated the crash, at 4:43 p.m., in front of Shooter's on Route 220. Responding to the accident were Bowling Greene, Cresaptown, the State Highway Administration, and the Cumberland Fire Department.

 

CHURCH CLOSING ON JUNE 15TH

The Holy Cross-St. Philip's Episcopal Church is closing on June 15th. The church, at the corner of Brookfield and Greenway Avenues, was consecrated in 1961, and will hold its last service at 9:30 a.m., on that date, followed by a potluck meal. In recent years, attendance has been declining, and a final decision to close the church was made in April.

 

MAN ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING

Grand Avenue resident Shane York was arrested at Jane Frazier Village Monday evening. York was located in an apartment there, and it was discovered he was served with a letter for no trespassing on Cumberland Housing Authority property. He was taken to police headquarters and ultimately released.

 

"CRUISING INTO SUMMER" DUI CHECKPOINT

The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police are conducting a DUI checkpoint tonight, with the primary purpose of educating the motoring public about the dangers of impaired driving. Troopers will be attempting to detect and apprehend violators of the Maryland impaired driving laws. A briefing, ahead of the checkpoint, will be held at the McHenry barrack at 7:00 p.m.

 

RECEPTION HELD FOR RETIREES, STUDENTS VISIT V.A. HOSPITAL

About 40 retirees were recognized,  just prior to the May board meeting of the Allegany County Board of Education. Mia Perlozzo Cross, of the Board, says Superintendent Dr. David Cox spoke at the reception. And, about 60 students from Braddock Middle School visited the V.A. Hospital in Martinsburg; Ms. Cross says the students also visited Gettysburg Cemetery.

 

RACING ACCIDENT IN PRESTON COUNTY

Holiday weekend racing continued over the weekend in Preston County, despite an accident near the finish line at Marvin's Mountaintop Saturday evening. A "UTV," larger than an ATV ran into a crowd of people during a trail race at the Masontown site. Five people were injured, and the Preston County Sheriff's Department is investigating.

 

BARN FIRE REPORTED IN BEDFORD  COUNTY

A large barn fire kept crews on the scene for several hours this past weekend in Bedford County. The fire was reported in the 200-block of Ickes Height Road in Imler, and nearly 10 fire companies responded. Fire crews ran into difficulty, due to propane tanks that were stored in the barn.

 

UPWARD BOUND ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The Upward Bound Program of Frostburg State University is now accepting applications, and is designed to assist 84 qualified Allegany County students in developing the skills and motivation necessary for success in high school and college. The program serves rising ninth graders through high school seniors, and is funded entirely by the U.S. Department of Education and is free to participants. For more information or an application, call the Upward Bound office at (301)-687-4994.

 

SESSION RESTORES SOCIAL SERVICES FUNDING

A special session of the West Virginia legislature restored more than a million dollars for social services programs. The money would be used for child abuse prevention, domestic violence services and early childhood assistance that were cut by the Governor's vetoes. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin restored about $260,000 earlier this month, and the special session last week restored the balance of the cuts.

LOCAL NEWS


POLICE SEEKING ROBBER

Area law enforcement officials are looking for a man who robbed the Sunoco Gas Station in the Narrows just before noon yesterday. The robber approached an employee as he was exiting the bathroom, and struck him in the face. The robber took an undetermined amount of cash and fled. The suspect is described as a black male, about 6 feet, one inches in height and of medium build. He was wearing a black sweat jacket and black jogging pants. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Despite efforts from local law enforcement and the Trooper Five helicopter, the suspect was not located.


DAWG HOUSE DESTROYED BY FIRE

The Dawg House, formerly Duncan's Bar and Grill on East Main Street in Frostburg, was destroyed by fire yesterday morning, and the cause has been traced to overloaded wiring on the kitchen appliances. Occupants of the second floor apartments escaped, and there were no injuries. Losses have been placed at $200,000. Fire departments from Allegany, Garrett, and Mineral Counties responded to the 9:00 a.m. call.

PLANT TO CLOSE IN LATE JUNE

Clayburn, Incorporated, about four miles south of Grantsville, will close early next month, idling about 75 employees. Clayburn has been among the largest employers in Garrett County. The company manufactures products used in the steel foundry and architectural brick industries. Garrett County will look to the Western Maryland Consortium to help the employees who will be losing their jobs.


GANSLER COMMENTS ON TAXES, FRACKING

Attorney General Doug Gansler denies he wrote a letter to Govenor Martin O'Malley, criticizing his current budget, and claiming that it contained an unconstitutional provision. For his part, Gansler-who is a candidate for Governor-says he didn't write the letter. On the subject of taxes, Gansler acknowledges that the Maryland tax structure is not competitive for attracting or maintaining businesses in the state. He says the O'Malley administration has had 40 to 50 consecutive tax raises for corporations. Maryland's corporate tax rate is 8.25 per cent, as opposed to Virginia's rate of 6 per cent. This leads to businesses either leaving, who want to leave, or are going to leave Maryland for a more competitive tax rate.

LOCAL NEWS


CLEARVILLE WOMAN DIES IN CRASH

Clearville, Pennsylvania resident Mary Clark was killed in a single-vehicle accident Monday on Clear Ridge Road in West Providence Township in Bedford County. Ms. Clark's car became airborne and rolled over. EMS personnel tried to resuscitate her at the scene and later at UPMC hospital in Bedford. She was pronounced dead just after 9 a.m.

 

MINERAL COUNTY TO NAME SUPERINTENDENT

The Mineral County Board of Education is expected to name its superintendent today, following a series of interviews on Monday. The final four candidates for the position are Susan Ray, David Tupper, Michael Lewis, and Shawn Dilly. A citizen committee interviewed the candidates on Monday, following by questions from the Board in executive session.

 

RESIDENTS REQUEST WATER ADJUSTMENTS

Several Piedmont residents have requested adjustments to their water bills; one citizen had asked that a total amount of $6900 be removed from their bill; other requests were for several hundreds of dollars. The adjustment requests are a regular agenda items at council meetings. As for the $6900 water refund, Water Supervisor Tim Jackson said that amount would equal over 130,000 gallons of water usage, and denied the request.

 

FROSTBURG TO CONTRACT FOR INSPECTIONS

The city of Frostburg is expect to contract with an independent housing inspection firm to ensure the city's more than 1900 rental units are inspected at least every three years. Frostburg is expected to have at least four or five independent inspection firms for the work; currently there is only one inspector to handle the entire workload.

 

GARRETT BOARD RELEASES CALENDARS

The Garrett County Board of Education is accepting comment through tomorrow on its proposed calendars for the coming school year and the next. One parent expressed concern, because the calendar proposes to start and end the school day an hour later in the winter. In addition, the calendar does away with Thanksgiving Monday, and the Friday of the Autumn Glory Festival. A meeting to take action on the calendars is scheduled for tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. at the Board Offices.

 

MARTINSBURG MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION

Martinsburg, West Virginia resident James Bayer was arrested by the Maryland State Police on I-68, near Friendsville for marijuana possession. He was processed, charged, and released on a criminal citation.

 

MAN HELD ON $2500 BOND

Maryland Avenue resident Garrett Ketterman was held on $2500 bond, following an assault incident Tuesday morning. Ketterman is acused of throwing a victim to the ground, choking her, and trying to kick in the door of the residence, once the victim was able to escape. The victim did not require medical attention, but Ketterman was charged with second-degree assault and destruction of property.

 

MAYOR DISCUSSES BLIGHT, BALTIMORE AVENUE PROJECT

Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim has made the removal of blighted properties a priority in his administration, and says more are being demolished every day. He says the city is working to improve the faces of neighborhoods and streetscapes. He cited several specific properties on Independence Street, Davidson Street, and some along the Baltimore Avenue corridor. The properties are being raised because they've gone through a tax sale, and nobody has bought them. A tax sale occurs when taxes on the property have not been paid in three years. As for the Baltimore Avenue project, it should be opened to 2-way traffic by late summer or early fall.

 

GCMH SCHEDULES GROUNDBREAKING FOR SERVICES

Garrett County Memorial Hospital will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony for a new, four-story addition, followed by the grand opening of the hospital's new Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center. The ceremonies will take place on Monday, June 2nd. The hospital's construction/renovation project includes an over 19,000-square foot expansion, along with renovations to one-third of the current hospital space. Most of the patient care services will be impacted and improved as a result of this $22 million expansion project.

 

WESTERNPORT TO HOLD MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

The town of Westernport will be holding its regular municipal election on Tuesday, May 27th, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The elections will be held to vote for the office of Mayor, which will be for a period of two years, and two commissioners, who will serve four-year terms.

 

TASK FORCE RECOMMENDS POST-LABOR DAY SCHOOL START

A state task force has recommended a longer summer break for students, a move which was praised by Comptroller Peter Franchot, who said it would be good for families and Maryland tourism businesses on the Eastern Shore and here in Western Maryland. Extending the summer vacation would have a net effect of an additional $74.3 million in direct economic activity, according to the Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates.

 

MARTINSBURG MAN TO STAND TRIAL FOR MURDER

Martinsburg, West Virginia resident Rickie L. Greenfield will go on trial June 10th for the murder of his wife, Jill. She was found dead in her bed,  in August of last year, with severe trauma to her face and head; a blood-stained hammer was recovered from the scene.

LOCAL NEWS


CVS ROBBERS IDENTIFIED

The man and woman who robbed the CVS Pharmacy in Keyser early Monday afternoon have been identified as 31-year old Lucien Paxton of Keyser and 29-year old Nicole Linaburg of New Creek. Video surveillance of the two led to their arrests. Paxton is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $10,000 bond, while Ms. Linaburg is being held on $6500 bond.

 

SAFE STREETS INITIATIVE CONDUCTED

The latest "Safe Streets Initiative" was conducted last week, resulting in 28 individuals being served 32 arrest warrants. Safe Streets reduces backlogged arrest warrants on charges, ranging from failure to comply, probation violations, burglary, traffic offenses, and one man who was arrested on a sex offense warrant. The Cumberland City Police Department has expressed its thanks to allied law enforcement agencies, along with the general public, in apprehending the wanted individuals.

 

GARRETT ANNOUNCES FIRST RABIES CASE OF THE YEAR

The Garrett County Health Department has announced its first case of laboratory-confirmed rabies cases of the year. A raccoon came in contact with a pet owner and two pets in the Harvey's Peninsula area. Garrett County will be having a series of rabies clinics, schedule from June 9th through the 12th. The number for Environmental Health Services is (301)-334-7760.

 

FIREFIGHTERS ADDRESS MAYOR AND COUNCIL

Numerous city firefighters attended the Cumberland Mayor and Council meeting last night, to talk about the ongoing stalemate between the city and Local 1715. Grant funding for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response ends on June 30th, and the city has not budgeted any funding for the "SAFER" program for the coming fiscal year. For its part, the city has claimed it has tried to keep firefighters hired through the program employed, but that the union has refused the offers from the city of Cumberland.

 

VOTING REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHING

The deadline for registering to vote, changing party affiliation or updating addresses for the upcoming primary election is 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. This will be the last chance for registered voters to update addresses with their local board of election or to change party affiliation. Voter registration applications are available at several locations, including the MVA, marriage license bureaus, public libraries and post offices.

 

FOUR FINALISTS FOR SUPERINTENDENT SPOT

Four finalists have been selected for the soon to open Mineral County School Superintendent spot. They will be taking questions from a Citizen's Advisory Committee and the five members of the Board of Education on Monday. They include Susan Ray of Keyser, who is already affiliated with the school system; Shawn Dilly, the current administrative director of the South Branch Career and Technical Center in Petersburg; David Tupper, middle/high school principal at Bruceton School in Preston County; and, Michael Lewis, former principal at a residential school for youths in Cumberland. Interviews begin at 4 p.m. Monday.

 

MAN ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO PAY FOR FOOD

Cumberland resident Paul Harman was arrested by Cumberland City Police for failing to pay for food at a Baltimore Street business. He was quickly located and taken in to custody. Harman was charged with theft of less than $100, and released pending trial in District Court.

 

BUSINESS NOMINATIONS DUE JUNE 13TH

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominees for its 2014 Outstanding Business Recognition Awards, to be held on Thursday, October 2nd at Frostburg State University's Lane Center. Nominees are being accepted for Business of the Year, the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and Community Service Award. Nomination packages are available at the Chamber, and are due on Friday, June 13th.

 

BOMBER CRASH OBSERVANCE SET

This past January 13th marked the 50th anniversary of the B-52 crash near Grantsville. On July 12th, there will be a memorial service and gathering, to observe the anniversary. Jerry Beachy, the acting chair of the "Buzz One Four" Committee and secretary of the Grantsville Museum, says the grandson of one of the crew members is producing a video of the event, including interviews with people who were part of the search and rescue party. Beachy says there had been problems with the B-52 aircraft, where the vertical stabilizer could become dislodged from the planes. This happened several times with that aircraft.He adds the military was hesitant to ground the B-52 fleet, because of the "Cold War" with Russia.

The website, recounting the incident and previewing the 50th anniversary observance is "www.buzzonefour.org."

 

JURY DUTY SCAM REPORTED

The latest "for profit" scam involves jury duty. A caller, claiming to work for the circuit court, tells the potential victim they are being charged with contempt for missing jury duty, and asks for payment over the phone, using a pre-paid card. Maryland courts do not call people to get payment for a fine. You can check your status or report suspicious activity going to the Maryland Courts website.

 

SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE GRADES

West Virginia schools will be receiving report cards, as well as issuing them in 2015. The West Virginia Board of Education has approved a policy where the schools will be graded on an "A" to "F" scale, which will increase the focus on student and school performance.

LOCAL NEWS


WOMAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER

A Cumberland woman has been charged with attempted murder, following an incident Sunday morning. Fifty-two year old Jeri Elaine Gough is accused of stabbing a man during an argument in the 300-block of Avirett Avenue. The victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, but is now listed in stable condition. Ms. Gough turned herself into police yesterday morning, and was charged with attempted first-degree murder, among other charges. She is being held without bond.

 

TWO ARRESTED IN  PHARMACY ROBBERY

Two people, who have yet to be identified, have been arrested in connection with the robbery of the CVS Pharmacy on South Mineral Street in Keyser. Police had been looking for a man and a woman, dressed in black winter coats. A search for the pair included the area behind the former Keyser High School, and a location on Lincoln Street. No other information was available.

 

LANE CLOSURES IN EFFECT FOR I-68

The Maryland State Highway Administration is letting motorists know that I-68 is being reduced to a single lane in each direction today at the bridges over Kelly Boulevard and Patterson Avenue. Crews are shifting traffic to a new configuration as part of an ongoing project to rehabilitate the two I-68 bridges as the project enters its third and final phase.

 

GETTY HONORED FOR SERVICE

Judge James S. Getty has been honored by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals for his 46 years of service, which may be the longest in Maryland history. Judge Getty was honored shortly after his 90th birthday, as being the only Maryland judge to have served beyond the age of 90. Judge Getty formally retired in 1985, but continued to sit with the court until 2011 as a senior judge.

 

FORMER AREA PRIEST SUSPENDED

Reverend Michael Lewandowski, who formerly served in Somerset County, has been suspended from the ministry because of sexual allegations that happened in the 1980's. Father Lewandowski, a member of the Order of Friars Minor,  was suspended, according to the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, to protect minors; parishioners were informed about the incident during Masses this past weekend. The allegations came from Our Lady of the Angels Province in Ellicott City, Maryland.

 

STEPFATHER ACCUSED OF STABBING SON

Somerset resident James Coyle is accused of stabbing his stepson, Bruce Clites, following an incident Saturday evening. Clites was stabbed late Saturday evening in the 300-block of West Patriot Street. Clites had a wound to his lower back and face. Coyle is being held in the Somerset County jail on $10,000 bond.

 

PIEDMONT SEEKING STATE HELP TO DEMOLISH BUILDINGS

The town of Piedmont is looking to have buildings destroyed by January's fire, demolished, and is requesting help from the state. Newly-reappointed council member Susie Clark has requested state help. Other avenues for razing the buildings-a mix of commercial and residential buildings-are being explored, including calling on the Army Corps of Engineers and private companies.

 

TOYS FOR HAPPINESS CO-FOUNDER DIES AT 87

A memorial Mass is scheduled this Saturday for Grace Fleming, the former director of the local Red Cross, and a co-founder of Toys for Happiness. The memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m., at St.Patrick's Catholic Church in Cumberland. The family requests that contributions be made to the American Red Cross or to the Toys for Happiness charity, 12604 Bedford road in Cumberland.

 

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN MEETING SET FOR WEDNESDAY

The Allegany County Planning and Zoning Commission will continue a public hearing on the 2014 Comprehensive Plan on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at the County Office Building on Kelly Road. Public comment is currently being accepted.

 

FRAUDULENT CHARITIES BILL SIGNED

Governor Martin O'Malley signed numerous bills last week, one of which will protect Maryland residents from bogus charities. Baltimore County Delegate Dan Morhaim says state residents give over $1.5. billion to charities annually, and the bill will help provide adequate and enforcement and regulation over fraudulent charities. The bill will help connect the Secretary of State with the state Attorney General's office. He says the so-called "scam" charities have nice sounding names and great looking websites, and many seem legitimate.

 

GAS PRICES FALL SLIGHTLY

Gas prices have dropped three cents from a week ago. The average price of a gallon of regular gas in Maryland was $3.63, down from $3.66 from a week ago. Prices are currently two cents below the national average of $3.65. However, drivers are paying 16-cents per gallon more than at this time last year, when gas was $3.47 a gallon.

 

CHURCH OUTING IN RIPLEY TURNS TRAGIC

 A 13-year old Charleston, West Virginia boy drowned Sunday afternoon, during a church outing in Ripley. The boy got into a kayak, which eventually overturned; authorities recovered his body Sunday evening. Although he was not identified, it is known he was a student at Stonewall Jackson Middle School in Charleston, where grief counselors were expected to be on hand.

LOCAL NEWS


O'MALLEY SIGNS TAX CREDIT BILL

 

Governor Martin O'Malley has signed a bill that will offer up to a 50 per cent tax credit to help with the redevelopment of commercial structures across the state. The bill will aid in  infrastructure and rebuilding, and will bring the buildings up to requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The credit would be granted over a ten-year period in equal amounts, and will also help in marketing upper stories of commercial buildings, such as those in downtown Cumberland.

 

 

WOMAN CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE

 

Cumberland resident Amanda Jane Holtman is being charged with child abuse, in connection with an incident late last week in the area of Mechanic Street and Market Street. She is accused of assaulting a nine year old victim, by putting her knee on the back of the child's neck, and scratching her face. She was charged and held on $20,000 bond.

 

 

S.H.A. RESURFACING SEVERAL COUNTY ROADS

 

The Maryland State Highway Administration is beginning a nearly $5 million project to resurface several county roads, and the projects should be completed by the end of summer. More than two miles of Route 40, between New George's Creek Road and Vale Summit Road will be resurfaced. Also about a mile of Route 144, from the Old Williams Road to Route 40 will be redone. The State's contractor is Carl Belt Paving.

 

 

APARTMENT BREAK-IN REPORTED

 

A can of black and a can of white spray paint were stolen from a college rental apartment in Frostburg Saturday, but that paint was later used to vandalize five cars in the area of Beall Street. In addition, a racial slur was written on a Maple Street House; the paint was also used to vandalize a fence at a Bowery Street business. Anyone with information is asked to contact Frostburg City Police.

 

 

INDIANA MAN ARRESTED IN CUMBERLAND

 

Twenty-two year old Ryan Quinton Knowlton of Bloomington, Indiana was arrested early yesterday morning in the are of Baltimore Street for erratic driving. Knowlton refused field sobriety test, became belligerent and refused to get out of his car. Police also noticed hypodermic syringes inside the car. He received a bond hearing with in District Court.

 

 

COUNTY CONSIDERING SEWER RATE HIKE

 

County Commissioner Creade Brodie, Jr., says it's a cost that cannot be controlled, so the county is considering what amounts to a $1 per month increase in sewer rate fees. Equipment repairs are needed at the county's five wastewater treatment plants; that, along with rising treatment costs, gasoline costs and liability costs are forcing the county to consider the increase. A final adoption of the increases is scheduled for June 5th.

 

 

TIME CAPSULE CONTENTS TO BE DISPLAYED

 

A time capsule, dating to May 30, 1928, was found last week , during the demolition of the former Memorial Hospital. Mayor Brian Grim says the items will be on display during tomorrow evening's Mayor and Council meeting, then will be on permanent display at the Allegany County Museum. One of the items found in the time capsule was a check. Also found was a large book, containing a history of the hospital, along with a $10 bill from the time.

 

 

 

MSP INVESTIGATING DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY

 

The Maryland State Police are investigating a destruction of property incident that happened sometime between Wednesday and Thursday of last week. Two vehicles that had been parked under the Interstate 68 bridge on the Lower New Germany Road had tires slashed. Anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry barrack.

 

 

ROCKY GAP SETS MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM

 

Rocky Gap Veteran's Cemetery will hold the annual Memorial Day Program next Monday at 2:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be former U.S. Marine and current Commander of the Cumberland barrack of the Maryland State Police, Lt. H.B. Martz. The public is invited to attend, and you're are asked to bring lawn chairs for your seating comfort.

 

 

JOBLESS RATE INCHES DOWN

 

The unemployment rate in Maryland dropped one-tenth of a percentage point in April, with the state adding 9300 jobs. Job growth was largely in the private sector, including government agencies, professional services, construction and education and health services.

 

 

FORMER RCI OFFICER SENTENCED

 

Former Roxbury Correctional Institution Officer Reginald Martin has been sentenced to 12 months and one day, for his involvement in the assault of inmate Kenneth Davis. Martin had pleaded guilty in January to charges lodged against him. Sixteen current or former officers have been convicted in connection with a series of assaults on Davis.

 

 

FORMER CLERK DISBARRED

 

The former chief deputy clerk of the Court of Special Appeals, Robert John Greenleaf, has been disbarred for soliciting sex on the Internet from a police officer, posing as a 14-year old girl. Many of the Yahoo Messenger conversations took place on his computer at the Robert C. Murphy Court of Appeal Building in Annapolis. He was arrested in January of 2011, and had served as chief deputy clerk since 2004.

 

 

W.Va. BOARD BLOCKS EXPANDED SUMMER PRACTICE

 

The West Virginia Board of Education has declined to include a proposal for expanded summer practice sessions for high school athletes. Teams across the state must continue to contain practices within a three-week window that starts in June. The proposed summer practice proposal would have taken effect before the 2015-2016 academic year.

 

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CAPON VALLEY BANK ROBBED

The investigation into the robbery of the Capon Valley Bank is continuing. The robbery happened just after 11 a.m. Wednesday, when two suspects entered the bank, brandished a firearm and then fled with an undisclosed amount of money. Their getaway vehicle was found, on fire,  a short time later, not far from the bank. One of the suspects was wearing a clown mask with orange hair and a large cloth suit. It is believed the second suspect was possibly a female.

 

BOARD MEETING POSTPONED

A special meeting of the Allegany County Board of Education, to consider awarding a contract for the demolition of the former Braddock campus of the Western Maryland Health System, has been postponed. The meeting was to have been held this morning at the Board office on Washington Street. Staff is still going over the demolition bids.

 

EDUCATORS, STUDENTS SPEAK AGAINST FUNDING CUTS

Several members of the Allegany County Teachers' Association, along with several students addressed the County Commissioners yesterday on cuts to education funding for the coming fiscal year. Funding is being reduced by $352,000; if the current budget is passed, this will be the third year of minimum funding.

 

CUMBERLAND WOMAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT

Twenty-two year old Cumberland resident Ellarose Alice Cheek was served with a criminal summons, stemming from an assault investigation, which took place in the 300-block of Race Street earlier in the month. She allegedly pulled a knife on a male victim, threatening to stab him. Charges were applied for in District Court.

 

DISTURBANCE COMPLAINT LODGED AGAINST MAN

Forty-year old Cumberland resident Johnny Lee Fields was charged with disorderly conduct  and disturbing the peace. He is accused of going to a residence in the 200-block of Baltimore Avenue and chased, yelled at, and threatened another person. The victim applied for charges in District Court, and Fields was later issued the summons.

 

GARRETT COUNTY MAN JAILED IN GEORGIA

McHenry resident Taurus Centaur has been arrested in Georgia, on charges he purchased a diamond ring at a downtown Pittsburg store with a forged cashier's check. Centaur had faked blindness, and had gained the jewelry store employee's trust by asking specific, educated questions about his purchase. Centaur is also suspected of crimes in other states.

 

VIRGINIA MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

Delaplane, Virginia resident Derek Mackenzie Clark was charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, following a traffic stop on Interstate 68, west of the 12-mile marker. A search of his car yielded the CDS. He was released on a criminal citation.

 

ROMNEY RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN GARRETT COUNTY

Romney residents Marie Raines and Edward Dickenson were arrested in Garrett County and charged with possession of marijuana and other CDS paraphernalia. They were charged and processed at the McHenry barrack, before being released.

 

VIDEO BEING REVIEWED IN THEFT CASE

The Pennsylvania State Police at Somerset are currently reviewing surveillance video at the "Moo Echo" store on Glades Pike in Somerset. They say a person broke into the business, looking for money. After finding none, the burglar reportedly took several food items instead. The investigation is continuing.

 

RESIDENTS ASKED TO BOIL WATER

Residents and businesses in certain areas are being told to boil water before using it, after a contractor broke a water line along Christian Church Road. Results showing the water is safe are due within 48 hours. They are also being told they can use bottled water without risk.

 

SILICA LEAK REPAIRED IN MORGAN COUNTY

Repairs have been made to the U.S. Silica Plant in Morgan County, West Virginia. A mix of sulfuric acid, sodium hydroxide, and petroleum sulfonate leaked from the plant on Tuesday. Route 522 was shut down briefly Tuesday, but hazmat crews determined it was safe to open the road, and the spill was quickly repaired.

 

O'Malley Signs Transgender Bill Into Law

Despite opposition, Governor Martin O'Malley signed a bill, designed to stop discrimination against transgender people. Delegate Neil Parrott, of "MD Petitions.com" wants to see the bill go to referendum. He says the majority of the group believes the bill should be decided by the voters. Delegate Kathy Szleiga says it's a poorly crafted law, which allows transgendered people access to women's rest rooms. Delegate Parrott says that although supporter say 18 states now have such a bill, the reality is that only three have the law. He had recently spoken to a woman, who experienced the transgender law first-hand.

 

WOMAN HIT BY TRAIN IDENTIFIED

A Jefferson County, West Virginia woman who was struck and killed by a train this week has been identified as Lisa Webb. She had been walking down the tracks with her back to the train when she was struck. Roads around Crane's Lane were shut down for about two hours. Friends and family members say she suffered from seizures and short-term memory loss, which may have contributed to slow reaction time, but that hasn't been confirmed yet.

 

 

 

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WOMAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN DEATH OF HUSBAND

 

Mandy O'Hara, of Capon Bridge, West Virginia, has pleaded not guilty to all counts, in connection with the death of her husband last September. She and John Steven Shoemaker III face a total of four felonies each in the death of her estranged husband, Michael O'Hara. No bond has been set for her; Shoemaker's pre-trial hearing is set for May 27th at 9 a.m.

 

 

MAN FACES COUNTS, 20 TRAFFIC OFFENSES

 

A police pursuit, involving the Cumberland City Police and the Sheriff's Department ended with the arrest of a McMullen Highway man. Eighteen year old Michael Ray Reckart has been charged with driving a stolen vehicle, operating a vehicle on a revoked driver's license, drug counts, and fleeing and eluding police. The police pursuit ended with Reckert striking an sheriff's vehicle, where his vehicle came to rest in a ditch on Beartrack Farm Road in the Mount Savage area.

 

 

MAN HELD ON $20,000 BOND IN DOMESTIC INCIDENT

 

Upper George's Creek Road resident Adam Michael Lowery is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $20,000 bond, following a domestic incident at his home on Tuesday afternoon. He is accused of threatening his wife with a knife; she was able to get away and lock herself and an infant child in a separate room. The Maryland State Police and the Allegany County Sheriff's Department responded to the 2 p.m. incident.

 

 

TIME CAPSULE FROM 1928 OPENED

 

A time capsule, dating to 1928 was opened yesterday at City Hall, and it contained several historic documents and hand written ones as well. The time capsule was found during the demolition of the former Memorial Hospital facility. A dedication ceremony was held on May 30, 1928. The items will go on display at a later date.

 

 

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS GROUNDBREAKING HELD

 

A groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday for the construction phase of the new Holiday Inn Express, beside D'Atri's restaurant in LaVale. The $8.5 million facility is scheduled to open next spring, and will include 60 rooms and 27 suites, for a total of 87 rooms. The owner of the Holiday Inn Express is Umesh Patel, who also owns several other hotels and motels in the area, including the Super 8 Motel on National Highway and the Days Inn and Suites in Frostburg.

 

 

TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN DRUG ARREST

 

Cumberland City Police arrested area resident Craig Allen Ritchie Monday, following a traffic stop on Park Street. An officer found six pills on Ritchie that were later identified as Klonopin, a schedule-four narcotic. He received a District Court hearing and was later released on his own recognizance.

 

 

SNYDER'S OF BERLIN TO HAVE NEW OWNER

 

Pinnacle Foods, Incorporated, which owns Snyder's of Berlin in Somerset County, has been purchased by Hillshire Brands Company for $6.6 billion. Hillshire owns Hillshire Farm cold cuts, Jimmy Dean Sausages and Ball Park Franks. It's not known how the deal will affect the Snyder of Berlin plant; the takeover won't happen until September of this year.

 

 

ALLEGANY TO HOLD BACCALAUREATE SERVICE

 

A Baccalaureate service, honoring the Allegany High School Class of 2014 will be held this Sunday at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium. All participating seniors are asked to meet in the auditorium lobby at 6:40 p.m. Friends, family, and the community are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served in the lobby, following the program.

 

 

U.S.M. CHANCELLOR KIRWAN RESIGNS

 

Chancellor William "Brit" Kirwan of the University System of Maryland  is resigning after 12 years in that position. Kirwan, who has worked in higher education for 50 years, took over as chancellor in 2002, after serving as president of The Ohio State University. The state university system has 12 institutions, with an estimated enrollment of 153,000.

 

 

MARYLAND RANKED 41ST FOR BUSINESS

 

The state of Maryland has been ranked 41st in the country for doing business, according to "Chief Executive" magazine's annual Best and Worst States to do business. One CEO points out that Maryland is bad for business because it over-regulates and over-taxes. Maryland has dropped eight slots in the survey since 2010. Among the best states to do business are Texas, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee.

 

 

TRAFFIC FATALITIES AT 52-YEAR LOW

 

Traffic fatalities in the state of Maryland hit a 52-year low last year, but distracted driving citations are skyrocketing. Colonel Marcus Brown of the Maryland State Police says Maryland experienced a high of 651 deaths on the road in 2006.As for the distracted driving citations, Colonel Brown points out that this is now a primary offense. April was designated as Distracted Driving Month. The State Police are still struggling with other issues such as aggressive and drunk driving, along with distracted driving.

 

 

 

FORMER WEST VIRGINIA PROSECUTOR JAILED

 

Former Jefferson County prosecutor James Casimiro, of Ranson was sentenced to six months in prison for the distribution of oxycodone. He admitted to getting the painkillers from a cancer patient, and then selling them for profit. A confidential informant bought the tablets from Casimiro while he was still employed as a prosecutor. The case was investigated by the FBI and the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

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MINERS KILLED IN WEST VIRGINIA
Two miners, who worked at Patriot Coal's Brody No. 1 mine in Boone County, West Virgina were killed Monday night. The victims have been identified as 48-year old Eric Legg of Twilight and 46-year old Champmanville resident Gary Hensley. Preliminary investigations show the accident may have been caused by a "coal outburst," which is a sudden outburst of coal and gas.

OAKLAND MAN ARRESTED FOR SECOND-DEGREE ASSAULT
Oakland resident Charles Wilson Lovell III is facing second-degree assault charges, following an incident on Sines Cemetery Drive. Lovell is accused of assaulting and strangling a woman. The victim did not require medical treatment, and Lovell was jailed to await a bond hearing.

KEYSER ATHLETIC COMPLEX DISCUSSED
It's about time for the annual payment on the Keyser Athletic Complex, and since the first one came due in 2009, Keyser High School has not been able to make a full payment of nearly $280,000. Mineral County Board of Education members have suggested some drastic measures be taken, including selling off the lights and bleachers, and playing only afternoon games there.

GRANT ANNOUNCED FOR HOSPITAL
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett recently announced a $3 million Economic Growth Initiative Grant at Somerset Hospital, supporting both the emergency and women's health facilities there. Renovation plans will create a state of the art environment, and Governor Corbett-who recently visited the facility-says the newly renovated areas will serve as a template for further enhancements.

ACM HOLDS COMMENCEMENT ON SATURDAY
About 375 students will graduate from Allegany College of Maryland on Saturday at the Cumberland Campus. Associate degrees and certificates will be awarded to members of the 2014 class at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Physical Education Building. There will be a reception following the ceremonies in the College Center.

MOUNTAIN RIDGE SETS BACCALAUREATE SERVICE
The Mountain Ridge High School Fellowship of Christian athletes and students are sponsoring a baccalaureate service to honor the school's class of 2014. The service will be this Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Mountain Ridge theatre. All graduating seniors are invited to be part of the service. Members of the senior class will be leading the service by speaking performing and singing, and a senior slide show will also be featured.

FSU ALUMNUS TO RECEIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Joseph Lambert, director of Information Management for the Central Intelligence Agency and a member of the Frostburg State University Class of 1979, will be presented with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. The honor will be presented during the 144th commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 22nd, during the 9:30 a.m. ceremony for the Colleges of Business and Education.

ACPS HOLDS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS BANQUET
The 31st annual Allegany County Public Schools' Achievement awards banquet was held recently at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, of the board of education, says the event honors graduating seniors in the top 12 per cent of  their class. Ms. Cross says the students are recognized for academics, accomplishments in the arts, and for demonstrated leadership ability.

INMATE DID NOT SUFFER LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES
The inmate stabbed at MCI-Hagerstown Sunday night did not suffer any life-threatening injuries. The 46-year old victim was admitted to Meritus Medical Center, following the incident that happened just before 8 p.m., according to Mark Vernarelli of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

DEPUTIES SEEKING MISSING WOMAN
Washington County authorities are looking for a woman, who went missing after learning she was wanted by law enforcement. Megan Marie Sweeney, who also goes by Megan Marie Powers, was last seen by family members in June of 2012. She is described as 5-feet, three inches tall, 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

FRANKLIN COUNTY PLANE CRASH INJURES CHILD
A single-engine plane crashed in Franklin County, Pennsylvania this past weekend, and one child was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The crash happened in front of the Roxbury Holiness Camp. There was no word on the condition of the adult. The crash is under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Federal Aviation Administration.

LAWSUIT FILED IN TOUGH MUDDER DEATH
Maryland resident Mita Sengupta has filed suit on behalf of her son, who drowned along an obstacle course in West Virgina. Twenty-eight year old Ellicott City resident Avishek Sengupta died a day after he was pulled from the water pit of one obstacle. In her suit Ms. Sengupta says Tough Mudder, LLC failed to follow basic safety precautions.

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GAS PIPELINE PROPOSED BY SPECTRA ENERGY

Spectra Energy of Houston, Texas is proposing a natural gas pipeline, that would start in Bedford, and end at Duke Energy in North Carolina. The pipeline would travel along Route 220, then come south into Allegany County, just west of Flintstone. The pipeline is four years from completion, and right now, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin  is gathering information on the details of the proposal.

 

OUTAGE AFFECTS 3,000 CUSTOMERS

About 3,000 Potomac Edison customers had service disrupted yesterday afternoon, due to a problem with a transformer at the Thomas Street substation. The outage extended from downtown Cumberland to just across the Potomac River into Ridgeley and Wiley Ford. All service was restored by 7 p.m. last night.

 

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING OTHERS WITH GUN

Cumberland resident Carolyn Marie Mondshour is being held on $30,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after threatening to shoot and kill others she shared a house with, on Clement Street. She was taken initially to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, then charges were filed against her. She faces numerous charges in the incident.

 

PETITION TO UNSEAT COMMISSIONERS DENIED

A three-judge panel has decided not to impeach two members of the Hardy County Commissioners. At the center of the controversy was a contention that the commissioners purchased a $1.13 million building to house an ambulance service, and the an ordinance was passed to place a $120 yearly fee for ambulance service in Hardy County.

 

GOLD FOUND DURING TURNPIKE STOP

A stop on the Pennsylvania Turnpike yielded about $11,000 in gold, $6,000 in cash and a stolen 9-mm pistol. Jonathan Guzman was stopped in Somerset County, and initially refused a search of his vehicle. A warrant was obtained, and troopers found the items. Guzman is being held on $2500 bail on charges of receiving stolen property, among other counts.

 

TWO ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN GARRETT COUNTY

Two Virginia men were arrested this past weekend in Garrett County. Both Richard Cunningham and Michael Mahgerefteh were found to have a variety of drugs in their vehicle, including LSD, mescaline, percocet, ambien, and diazepam. Cunningham posted $7500 bond, pending trial, while Mahgerefteh was released on personal recognizance.

 

MCHENRY MAN SENTENCED IN BURGLARY CASE

Twenty-two year old McHenry resident Nicholas Ryan Owens has been sentenced to three years in prison, in connection with a burglary case last year. He was accused of going into a Lonaconing home and removing a safe, which included guns, jewelry and other personal items. Later the safe was found at the home of co-defendant Nathan Payne, who had also confessed to being involved in the burglary.

 

MAN CHARGED IN DOMESTIC INCIDENT

Keyser resident Michael Todd Beeman was charged with two counts of domestic battery this past weekend. He was arrested in the 1400-block of Beacon Street. He was granted a pre-trial release, and the two female victims involved did not require medical treatment.

 

BENCH WARRANTS SERVED

A 19-year old Cumberland resident, Cory Daniel Smith, was served two bench warrants by Cumberland City Police, on failure to appear charges in two separate cases. He received a hearing in District Court, where he was released on personal recognizance.

 

MAN RUNS OVER WIFE IN JUNIATA TOWNSHIP

A Juniata woman is dead, after her husband accidentally ran over her with his pickup truck. Jill Skethway crawled underneath a pontoon boat her husband was moving; he was unaware she had done so, and the boat and truck ran over her. She was taken to the hospital, where she later died. No drugs or alcohol were involved, according to police.

 

COUNCILMAN RESPONDS TO POTOMAC RIVER ISSUE

Cumberland City Councilman David Kauffman has written a Letter to the Editor, regarding the suggested "Potomac Riverside Park and Recreational Area," being advanced by local businessman George Merling. Councilman Kauffman noted that this is a discussion, "that needs to be had," regarding the repurposing of the North Branch of the Potomac River. However, there is a difference of opinion, from the implementation standpoint.

 

INDIVIDUAL STABBED AT MCI-HAGERSTOWN

A person was stabbed several times at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown Sunday night. The victim was not identified, but the alleged assailants in the attack were. This is the second attack at the prison in as many weeks. The victim in Sunday's incident was taken to Meritus Medical Center.

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY BROTHERS RETURN HOME

Two young Hagerstown boys, who had been missing since last Thursday evening, returned home Sunday night. Police say although 11-year old Shamere Washington and 13-year old Malik Fall may have run away from home, they weren't in danger, and were seen Saturday night at the Maugansville Little League complex. Their parents reported them missing around 10 a.m. Sunday.

 

WEST VIRGINIA PRIMARY TODAY

Voting officials aren't expecting a huge turnout for Primary Day today in West Virginia. The field will be narrowed for the November general election. During the last mid-term primary saw only a 24 per cent voter turnout, down two points from the 2006 mid-term primary.

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"CHANGES" MAY COME FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT

 

It may take five to ten years, but there could be changes coming for the Cumberland Fire Department. The majority of the $5 million budgeted for the fire department is taken up with salaries and benefits. According to the Cumberland Times-News, Fire Chief Donnie Dunn says Cumberland's department has a higher budget than other cities of comparable size.

 

 

ROUTE 36 TRAFFIC TO BE DETOURED

 

The Maryland State Highway Administration is closing and detouring traffic on Route 36, the Mount Savage Road, starting tomorrow. The SHA is installing new drainage pipes at three locations, and, weather permitting, the work should be finished by Friday.

 

 

CITIZENS TO INTERVIEW SUPERINTENDENT CANDIDATES

 

Each member of the Mineral County Board of Education has chosen members of a citizen's group who will interview applicants for the Superintendent's position. The applicants will be interviewed next Monday, and the board plans to announce its selection early next month. Current Superintendent Rob Woy is retiring in June.

 

 

MAN ENTERS PLEA AGREEMENT IN PIEDMONT CASE

 

Piedmont resident Curtis Smith, who had been charged with assault and disrupting a governmental process has entered into a plea agreement. Charges stem from a May, 2013 incident, where Smith confronted then-council member Ray Hall. In exchange for having the assault charge dropped, Smith entered a plea of no contest to the other charge.

 

 

KEYSER WOMAN CHARGED IN GARRETT COUNTY

 

Fifty-seven year old Keyser resident Paula Jean Elfritz was charged with possession of marijuana, following a traffic stop on Route 40, north of Lower New Germany Road. A search of her car was done, and she was charged with a criminal citation and released.

 

 

NEW JERSEY MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION

 

New Jersey resident Lucas James Natale was charged with possession of marijuana, after he was stopped on westbound Interstate 68, west of the 12 mile-marker. Natale, from Howell, New Jersey, wascharged with possession on a criminal citation and released.

 

 

GAMING SYSTEM STOLEN

 

Cumberland City Police are investigating a breaking and entering complaint in the 1500-block of Oldtown Road. A person or persons broke into an apartment and stole an X-Box gaming system and several games. No evidence of forcible entry was found. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police or CrimeSolvers.

 

 

WOMAN HELD ON WARRANTS

 

Cumberland resident Bianca Murphy was held on $3500 bond on a warrant for an original charge of harassment and the other for traffic violations. She was taken for an initial appearance in District Court, then taken to the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT HOLIDING VACCINATION CLINICS

 

The Allegany County Health Department is holding vaccination clinics tomorrow and Wednesday for kindergartners and those entering 7th grade. There are revised immunization requirements and the clinics are being held 4 to 6 p.m. each day. Vaccines are free of charge and no appointment is necessary.

 

 

SPECIAL OLYMPICS CEO COMMENTS ON GAMES

 

The Maryland State Special Olympics will be held in early June at Towson State University. Jim Schmutz, the president and CEO of the state games, says the local Allegany County community has been supporting athletes for years. Schmutz says one of the biggest challenges faced by Special Olympics is growth. Schmutz also commented on the value of sports and competition for the athletes.

 

 

FSU TO HOLD GRADUATION MAY 22ND

 

Frostburg State University will hold its 144th commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 22nd at the Harold Cordts Physical Education Center's Main Arena. Degrees will be conferred on the Colleges of Business and Education at 9:30 a.m. The 2 p.m. ceremony will feature the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

 

 

IRON FURNACE RUN SET FOR JUNE 28TH

 

The 26th annual Iron Furnace 5K run is set for June 28th, in conjunction with George's Creek Days. The run begins at 8 a.m.  Pre-registration is $20, and information on the run can be found at www.qcstriders.com.

 

FORMER ROXBURY OFFICER SENTENCED

 

Former Roxbury Correctional Officer Josh Hummer has been sentenced on charges of obstructing justice in connection with the beating of an inmate on March 9, 2008. Hummer was found guilty of providing "false and misleading information" to state investigators, who were conducting an inquiry into the beating of inmate Kenneth Davis.

 

 

AUTHORITIES WORK TO IDENTIFY REMAINS

 

Identifying the human remains found in Washington County last week could take months. A body was found last Sunday by mushroom hunters at Marsh Run. The remains did not match those of  missing persons in the Hagerstown area, but it is known the remains are that of a man.

 

 

WOMAN CHARGED IN STABBING

 

A Hagerstown woman, Shauntika Unique Chandler, has been arrested for stabbing her boyfriend Saturday afternoon. The victim, Devonte Terrrell Morel was first taken to Meritus Medical Center, then to Shock Trauma, due to the severity of his wounds. Ms. Chandler faces numerous charges, including first and second degree assault.

 

 

DHCD ANNOUNCES FEDERAL TAX CREDIT

 

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has announced a $2,000 tax credit for new home buyers. The program provides eligible home buyers with a mortgage credit that they can claim on a portion of the mortgage interest rate on their federal tax return. To find out more, visit http://mmp.maryland.gov.

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CUMBERLAND MAN INDICTED BY MINERAL GRAND JURY

Cumberland resident Louis Joseph Harris of Cumberland has been indicted by the Mineral County grand jury on felony charges of attempted murder and malicious wounding. He allegedly attacked another man with a knife last December; The victim was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for serious wounds. Another man, Merrill Roy Shipman IV of Keyser was indicted for making terroristic threats, violation of civile rights and a misdemeanor count of disturbance of religious worship, in connection with an Easter Sunday incident at the Church of the Assumption in Keyser.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT ON BUDGET TO BE TAKEN

Public comment on the Fiscal Year 2015 Allegany County budget will be taken during today's commissioners' meeting. There will be a second opportunity to comment at a hearing on May 15th. The budget is scheduled to be approved by the commissioners on June 5th.

 

GARRETT REQUESTS ARC FUNDING

The Garrett County Commissioners are asking the Appalachian Regional Commission for $900,000 in funding for a wastewater treatment plant at the Keyser's Ridge Business Park and another quarter million dollars for the Last Mile Wireless Network Broadband Phase 3 project. The commissioners decided to make the requests during their regular meeting on Tuesday.

 

WMSR ACQUIRING B&O LOCOMOTIVE

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is getting a 1949 steam locomotive from the B&O railroad museum in Baltimore. The engine will be place in service locally. The locomotive was one of the last steam engines commercially made by the Baldwin Locomotive works of Philadelphia. It is hoped the engine will be placed in service by this summer.

 

CLEARVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED FOR CRACK POSSESSION

Forty-two year old Clearville, Pennsylvania resident Regina Renee Moreland was arrested, but later released on charges of possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia. A disturbance brought police to a residence on Altamont Terrace; Ms. Moreland was carrying a bent metal spoon, which was burnt on the bottom. A razor blade nearby had crack cocaine residue on it. She was arrested and later taken to District Court for an appearance.

 

GARRETT COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR CDS POSSESSION

Nineteen year old Brandon Bennett of Friendsville was arrested for possession of CDS and paraphernalia, following a traffic stop along Route 219. Bennett was taken to the McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police and charged. He was later released from the barrack.

 

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DRIVING WHILE REVOKED

Westernport resident Anne Marie Edwards has been charged with driving on a revoked license and obstructing and hindering, following a traffic stop on Bedford Street Tuesday morning. She originally provided the officer with a false name; a check of her driving status showed that her license was revoked. She was taken to District Court for her initial appearance, and later released on personal recognizance.

 

CUMBERLAND MAN ARRESTED ON QUEEN CITY PAVEMENT

Cumberland resident Michael Wayne Harper was charged with disorderly conduct, failure to obey a lawful order, disturbing the peace and possession of drug paraphernalia. following an incident in the area of Park and Baltimore Streets. Harper is accused of acting in a disorderly manner; he was later searched and a glass smoking device which contained marijuana residue was found in his pocket. He was taken to a District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance, and later released on personal recognizance.

 

WORKMEISTER NAMED BISHOP WALSH PRINCIPAL

Ann Workmeister, who had been serving as acting principal at Bishop Walsh School, was permanently appointed to that position this week. She had been assistant principal at the school since 2011. She had also held previous positions in the Allegany County School system, as well as an adjunct instructor at Frostburg State University and Allegany College of Maryland.

 

ESCAPEE RETURNS TO SOMERSET COUNTY 

A Somerset County inmate, who had escaped from a Greene County hospital, returned there over this past weekend. Twenty-six year old Chad Flick was traced to a residence on Juniata Street in Boswell, but he left in his mother's car. He is not considered dangerous and was expected to be released from jail in June. He was serving time for forgery charges, mostly for writing bad checks.

 

BISHOP WALSH TO HOST SCIENCE SHOWCASE

Bishop Walsh will host its first-ever science showcase next Saturday, May 17th from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the school. The event is open to all area students, ages pre-K through 12th grade, and will feature fun, interactive science experiments. Participants will also be entered to win an I-pad mini. To pre-register, visit BishopWalsh.org, or call (301)-724-5360, extension 107. Registrations are also being accepted the day of the event.

 

"MELANOMA MONTH" BEING OBSERVED

The month of May is "Melanoma Month," and local dermantologist Dr. Sean McCagh is urging residents to check for moles or other suspicious lesions. He says there are three different types of skin cancer. Dr. McCagh notes that while the incidence of skin cancer is skyrocketing, the death rates are declining. An indicator of a possible problem is any change in a mole or other skin lesion. In preventing skin cancer, Dr.McCagh says a common sense approach should be taken.

 

PUBLISHER CUTTING JOBS

The Review and Herald Publishing Company, south of Hagerstown, is cutting 26 jobs in response to nearly $943,000 in losses for 2013 and a weak first quarter this year. Workforce reductions, according to the company's board of directors, will save a million dollars this year and more than $1.5 million in 2015. The company will also lease some of its building space on West Oak Ridge Drive.

 

TOW TRUCKS INCLUDED IN "MOVE OVER" LAW

A new law puts tow trucks in a category, which requires drivers to change lanes or slow down for emergency vehicles. The law was signed by Governor Martin O'Malley on Monday, and takes effect on October 1st. The move-over law for police and emergency vehicles has been in effect since 2010.

 

GANSLER URGES WARNINGS FOR "E-CIGS"

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is sending letters to 10 electronic cigarette manufacturers, urging warning labels for the liquid nicotine refills or "e-juice" refills that smokers of the devices use. He is asking that manufacturers stop selling liquid nicotine in flavors that might be attractive to kids. Maryland currently bans the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under 18, but the electronic devices are considered to be a safer form of nicotine, when compared to tobacco cigarettes.

 

BERKELEY COUNTY BANS INDOOR SMOKING

The Berkeley County Board of Health has voted 4 to 1, to adopt stricter indoor air regulations, but allows for some changes to the original ordinance. Revisions included language changes and definitions that were allowed for retail tobacco stores, and another which dealt with open areas, which allows for the development of self-enforced ordinances specific to those areas. Currently, only 84 of 650 businesses in Berkeley County allow smoking in their establishments. They will now have until July 1st to transition to smoke-free establishments.

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HAMPSHIRE RESIDENTS INDICTED

Mandy Lee O'Hara and John Steven Shoemaker of Hampshire County have been indicted by the grand jury there. They are accused of killing Mandy O'Hara's estranged husband, Michael, around September 26th. They are also accused of conspiracy, burglary and concealment of a body. The two were among 17 indicted when the grand jury met yesterday.

 

EVERETT RESIDENT KILLED IN CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT

Thirty-two year old Jared Ritchey of Everett was killed while working in a construction site in Somerset County Monday afternoon. Ritchey was pinned by a large concrete form that had become dislodged. Co-workers tried to free him, and he was pronounced dead at 3:40 p.m. The investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police is underway, while an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death is being conducted.

 

CRACKER BARREL MAY LOCATE IN LAVALE

Although the Holiday Inn Express has been in the works for some time, there is now word that a Cracker Barrel restaurant will also be locating in the LaVale area. Concept plans have been filed for the restaurant and has identified several locations in LaVale.  Cracker Barrel has eight restaurants in Maryland. Representatives with the chain are working with state officials, before moving ahead with plans.

 

POLICE SEEK MAN CONVICTED IN THEFTS

Former Somerset County resident Chad Adam Flick, who is serving time in Greene County, Pennsylvania escaped while he was being taken to a hospital for treatment. Flick ran from a security officer, and fled into nearby woods, and has yet to be located. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Waynesburg, Pennsylvania barracks of the State Police at (724)-627-6151.

 

MAN ARRESTED FOR DISTURBING THE PEACE

Cumberland resident Robert Jay Toey was arrested by Cumberland City Police, having been accused of creating a disturbance in the 400-block of Maryland Avenue. A store employee stated that he became angry for no apparent reason, and began yelling and screaming. He was processed, taken to a District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance, and released on personal recognizance.

 

COUNTS LODGED AGAINST CUMBERLAND MAN

Nineteen year old Jordan Earl Turner was charged with disturbing the peace, two counts of disorderly conduct and destruction of property, following an incident in the 900-block of Glenwood Street early yesterday morning. Turner is accused of damaging a car there by kicking it. He was located in the downtown McDonald's parking lot, and was positively identified by the victim. He received an initial appearance, and was released on personal recognizance.

 

MOOREFIELD SCHOOL WINS HISTORY TITLE

A group of eighth graders from the Moorefield Middle School has won the West Virginia History Bowl. Two dozen teams from schools in 15 counties competed in Charleston last week, and was sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. The tournament featured questions about state and county history, culture, government, heritage, sports and tourism.

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

Public polling consistently shows education to be a priority with Maryland voters, so educators are taking note, with several running for office this year. Elizabeth Paul, a teacher and candidate for Democratic State Delegate in Washington County's District 2-A, says that while the state does well in funding education, policies could use more expert input. Wilde Lake high school teacher Eric Ebersole is running for a House of Delegates seat in District 12. He acknowledges that almost every candidate says education is their most important issue.

 

CELL PHONE VIOLATIONS TRIPLE

Statistics show that nearly 14,500 drivers have been charged with using a cell phone while driving since a new law took effect last October. From March through September, there were a little over 4,000 violators. Many drivers support the law, which calls for an $83 fine for first-time violators, $140 for the second time, and $160 for a third time. The only exception to the rule is during an emergency, but even then, State Police say to pull to the side of the road first.

 

HANCOCK WOMAN FACING CHARGES

Hancock resident Gladys Darlene McClary is being charged with theft and harassment, after she tried to steal syringes from a McConnellsburg doctor's office. She tried to steal about 50 needles from the office of Dr. William Milroth, and tried to flee the scene, causing minor injuries to a 44-year old woman from Three Springs, Pennsylvania.

 

MVA OFFERING NEW ONLINE SERVICES

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration is expanding online services for customers, making some license renewals, duplicate driver's license requests, and change of address easier. As for license renewal, drivers under 40 can renew online. They can also renew by mail at an MVA kiosk, located at branch offices. The license will be mailed to the address on record at the MVA. The website is www.mva.maryland.gov.

 

MARYLAND 9TH WORST STATE FOR RETIREES

Maryland is considered the ninth worst state in which to retire, because the retirement dollars you've worked so hard to save simply just don't go as far. Many retirees are moving south, also blaming the higher tax burden, which is, by the way, the seventh highest in the country. The number one worst state in which to retire is New York, which also has a reputation for higher taxes.

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COUNTY BUDGET BALANCED

 

Allegany County's budget includes a cost of living increase for county staff, with a slight increase for a few county-affiliated agencies. Education remains the single largest expenditure for Fiscal Year 2015. The budget is balanced, despite dropping income tax revenue and a small reduction in the property tax rate. Nearly half the budget, almost $37 million, has been dedicated to education.

 

 

WOMAN RE-ARRESTED AFTER ESCAPE

 

Cumberland resident Elizabeth Martz was re-arrested Saturday, after having been arrested on Friday for removing equipment from the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. On the transport to the Allegany County Detention Center, she allegedly removed a handcuff from her wrist and opened the door to the police car and ran from the area. She was found in the 300-block of Pulaski Street, where she was taken into custody. She was held without bail, pending her next appearance in District Court.

 

 

CARDIN TOURS WESTERN MARYLAND

 

United State Senator Ben Cardin was in Allegany County on Friday, to visit with  businesses and programs which are creating jobs today, for Marylanders, and training the workforce of tomorrow. Senator Cardin visited Hunter-Douglas Window Fashions, Frostburg State University's state-of-the-art Center for Communications and Information Technology, and the FSU "Grow It Local" greenhouse project.

 

 

GARRETT COUNTY ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION

 

A single-vehicle motorcycle accident on the Savage River Road Saturday afternoon sent a Westernport resident to the hospital with injuries. Twenty-two year old Thomas Seth Marple lost control of his motorcycle near the intersection of Wildland Drive. He was airlifted to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center and the accident remains under investigation.

 

 

'DAY OF CARING AND SHARING" CELEBRATION FRIDAY

 

As a way of thanking volunteers, businesses and their employees, there will be a celebration at Windsor Castle Friday evening capping off the annual Day of Caring and Sharing. This is the 17th year for the event, and Ed Mullaney of the "Let's Beautify Cumberland" Committee says the evening will feature the Mountain Ridge Jazz Orchestra at 5 p.m., followed by music from the Chinese Bandits. Ginny Decker, also of the Let's Beautify Cumberland Committee, says her group is responsible for many of the flowers planted around town, along with the signs, welcoming visitors to each area of Cumberland.

 

TWELVE OVERDOSE IN CAMBRIA, SOMERSET COUNTIES

 

In just three days last week, a dozen people were taken to Pennsylvania hospitals for drug overdoses, and police suspect heroin, laced with fentanyl, is the cause. Of the 12, four overdoses were reported in Somerset County. Law enforcement raided the home of one of the suspected drug dealers in Johnstown, while they are looking for Aaron Wade Walters, who also may have supplied the heroin. Three of the victims say they purchased what was labeled "7 of Hearts" for $15 per bag.

 

 

SOMERSET MAN JAILED FOR STALKING

 

 Seventy-nine year old William McTonic of Somerset County has been jailed on charges he stalked a woman who testified against him in a murder case. McTonic was charged with killing his second wife in 2009, after only three weeks of marriage. The charges were dropped after a Somerset County judge threw out a statement McTonic gave police. He is now charged with driving past her home for at least the fifth time in recent weeks.

 

 

GRANT ELECTED CHAIR OF LEADERSHIP MARYLAND

 

William B. Grant, Chairman and CEO of First United Bank and Trust, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for Leadership Maryland. It is an independent, educational, non-profit organization, designed to inform accomplished top-level executives from he public and private sectors about critical issues, challenges and opportunities facing the state of Maryland and its regions.

 

 

STUDENT BROUGHT KNIVES, LIST TO SCHOOL

 

A 16-year old Boonsboro high school student is being charged with second degree assault, after he was discovered with two knives and a "kill list" at the school in January. The case was sent to juvenile court, where records are not made available to the public. Along with the knives, the list included explanations for why the potential victims were on it.

 

 

MARYLAND FALLS SHORT ON INSURANCE SIGN-UPS

 

The state of Maryland fell far short of projections for enrolling its residents for private insurance through the troubled health exchange website. Through mid-April, nearly 68,000 were able to sign up, which is a little over one-third of the projected 150,000. State officials are blaming contractors for failing to deliver what they had promised with the website, and it is being replaced with technology being used to power Connecticut's health exchange.

 

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STUDENT DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES

Frostburg State University student She-Ra White died of a blood clot that had moved to her lungs; the death is being classified as natural causes. She was a graduate student from Wichita Falls, Texas who had been attending FSU since the fall of 2012. She had fallen down an interior stairwell in the Guild building, and was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, where she died.

 

ORDERING COMING ON FIREFIGHTER DISPUTE

A ruling is expected by the end of the day in the ongoing dispute between the city of Cumberland and the International Association of Firefighters, Local 1715. The firefighters have been working without a contract and negotiations have been ongoing since January. A hearing was held yesterday, and an impasse in negotiations was declared by both sides.

 

FSU INVOLVED IN TITLE IX INVESTIGATION

Frostburg State University is the only Maryland school, among the 55 which are under Title IX investigation for open "sexual violence investigations." Among other schools in the Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia are Catholic University, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Virginia. At FSU, a federal investigation at the university began with the fall semester, and involves a single assault case that occurred off campus in  2013.

 

MAN SENTENCED IN DEATH OF CHILD

Cody Schartiger has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison, in connection with the death of one child, and for the abuse of another that was with him. Schartiger had previously pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the August, 2011 death of 18-month old Baylee Svenungsen. He had previously been accused of trying to smother his then-girlfriend's three-year old son. A sentence of two to 12 months in prison will be served concurrently with the voluntary manslaughter sentence.

 

TWO SITES CONSIDERED FOR HOTELS

Two sites-one in Frostburg, and the other east of Cumberland-are being considered as sites for new hotels by Cobblestone Hotels, specializing in mid-level accommodations. The Allegany County Commissioners approved partnering the cities of Cumberland and Frostburg, to fund a feasibility study that would may bring hotels to the area. Also at yesterday's meeting was an announcement that Standard and Poor's had upgraded the county bond rating, the second such upgrade in two years.

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY MAN ARRESTED IN CUMBERLAND

Washington County resident Nathan Allen Herrell, who had been wanted on an open bench warrant there, was arrested on West Oldtown Road on Wednesday. Herrell was turned over to Washington County authorities and will be taken to its Detention Center. He will be held there, pending his appearance in Circuit Court there.

 

POLICE INVESTIGATE DOG SHOOTING COMPLAINT

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating an animal cruelty complaint involving the shooting death of a large, tan Great Dane/Bull Mastiff mix. The incident possibly occurred between Chestnut Ridge Road and Meyersdale Road in the Grantsville area last Saturday. Police are asking for the public's help in locating a vehicle of interest. It is described as a black, older model SUV, occupied by two white males in the mid-20's to early 30's. Anyone with information is asked to contact Senior Trooper Blocher at the McHenry barrack. That number is (301)-895-1101.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN TO BE PRESENTED

Members of the Downtown Cumberland Business Association and the Downtown Development Commission have been invited to a presentation meeting of the new Cumberland Strategic Plan this coming Tuesday from 11:15 to 12:30 p.m. in the board room of the Chamber of Commerce building. RKG Associates and Shawn Hershberger, Director of Economic Development for the city of Cumberland will be on hand to share the information in the new strategic plan.

 

STATE SUING B.P. FOR SPILL LOSSES

The state of Maryland is suing BP for stock losses incurred as a result of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico over four years ago. Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says the spill was the worst environmental disaster in American history. Gansler says the state's retirement system and its pension fund lost millions of dollars in investor money. The state is seeking $15 million, as a result of legal challenges. So far, it is the only state to have filed suit. Gansler claims the money was lost as a result of misleading statements from the company. He adds the resolution of the suit could take months, to possibly several years.

 

ONE OF "MOST WANTED" ARRESTED BY TASK FORCE

One of the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force's "Most Wanted" has been arrested in Virginia. thirty-five year old Hagerstown resident James Exline was taken into custody this week. He, along with Rodney Canby and Amy Burcker were wanted for operating a clandestine drug lab, resulting in a fire on April 1st in Martinsburg. Canby has also since been arrested, but authorities are still looking for Ms. Burcker.

 

MON POWER, P.E. LOOKING FOR RATE INCREASE

Power companies Mon Power and Potomac Edison are looking for a rate increase that would raise the average customer bill by $14 per month. The case was filed with the West Virginia Public Service Commission for the increase which, if approved, would mean $144 million additional for the companies. A portion of the rate case includes the opportunity for the companies to recover the cost of the 2012 derecho and Superstorm Sandy.

 

CANAAN VALLEY HAS NEW MANAGEMENT COMPANY

Canaan Valley Resort State Park will be run by U.S. Hotel and Management Company, beginning in July. The subsidiary of Ramkota Comppanies, Incorporated will take over operations when the current management contract with Guest Services, Incorpated ends on June 30th. The contract will include the operation of the restaurant and food services at nearby Blackwater Falls State Park.

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ARREST MADE IN FSU THREAT

An arrest has been made in a threat, on the "Yik Yak" messaging ap, threatening the Frostburg State University campus. Twenty-one year old Marvin Chijioke Ogu, a student at the school, was taken into custody, following a daylong investigation by the Allegany County C3I unit. Ogu has been charged with disrupting school functions. Ogu, from Lanham, Maryland said the threat was made "as a joke," and had no intention of acting on it. He received an initial court appearance, and was released, pending further court appearances.

 

ORBITAL SCIENCES, ATK TO MERGE

Orbital Sciences Corporation and Alliant Techsystems have announced a $5 billion merger, creating a new aerospace and defense company called Orbital ATK, Incorporated, employing 4,000 people in Maryland and Northern Virginia. The merger has been in the works for six months, and will be based at Orbital's campus in Dulles, Virginia. When the deal is finalized, ATKJ shareholders will own about 54 per cent of the combined company. Orbital shares rose more than 16 per cent and ATK shares rose nearly 7 per cent at the close of trading on Tuesday. The merger has been approved by the boards of both companies.

 

CREWS REPAIR MAJOR WATER MAIN  

Henderson Avenue was opened to traffic yesterday afternoon, but side streets from Henderson to Decatur Streets remain closed, as crews worked to repair a 30-inch water main, which burst yesterday morning. Streets, such as Fulton, Charles, and Davidson were closed to traffic, while repairs were made.  Crews encountered another problem with sewer lines; when the main burst, the sewer lines were shifted. The underpass at the Baltimore Street crossing was also closed, as some water has made its way there.

 

MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT

Thirty-year old Cumberland resident Glenn Eugene Westfall is being held without bond, after being accused of the rape of his estranged wife, along with burglary, assault and related charges. Westfall is accused of cutting the screen of a window, to gain entry to the victim's house. He reportedly sexually assaulted her over the course of several hours. She was able to convince Westfall she needed to go to the store, and when allowed to leave, she phoned the police. Westfall fled, but was later arrested and charged.

POTOMAC CENTER GIVEN PROVISIONAL LICENSE

A six-month provisional license has been issued for the Potomac Center in Romney to reopen the program the Department of Health and Human Services shut down in January. The Potomac Center has been permitted to open cottages to house 8 children, ages 5 to 21 years old. The DHHR has acknowledged the Potomac Center has implemented a corrective action plan that ensures the necessary program changes to ensure the safety and well-being of the children.

 

CUMBERLAND MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION

Twenty-five year old Eric Miller was issued a criminal citation and released pending trial, following a traffic stop on Baltimore Avenue Tuesday. Miller was found to be in possession of marijuana; he was then taken into custody. He was then taken to police headquarters and issued the citation.

 

CHAMBER ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee and the Rotary Club of Cumberland presented the outstanding Business Student Awards at a noon luncheon on Tuesday. Fifteen students from the area's high schools, Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg State University were honored. Each honoree was presented with an inscribed plaque, signifying dedication to business education and outstanding work in this area.

 

DAY OF CARING AND SHARING SET FOR MAY 9TH

The 17th annual Day of Caring and Sharing will be held next Friday in and around Cumberland. The day is a partnership between the United Way of Allegany County, Let's Beautify Cumberland, the Garden Club, the city of Cumberland, and is sponsored by Columbia Gas of Maryland and CSX Transportation. Mary Beth Pirolozzi, executive director of the CUW, says the event was originally intended to kick off its annual campaign in the fall. It was later decided to have it in the spring, to get the town ready for the summer tourist season.

 

Washington Countian to Lead State Chamber

Brien Poffenberger is leaving his position as the president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce to take the same job for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. He will stay on the job in Hagerstown until May 30th

 

Berkeley County Residents to be Sentenced

Berkeley County residents David Paul Bowers and Richard Rowland Ruffner face up to 115 years in prison, after pleading guilty to stealing from more than 20 caskets at a Martinsburg Cemetery last summer. There were 24 felony counts against them, and they pleaded guilty to all of them. They broke into the mausoleums in July of last year, with a third man stealing jewelry from the bodies; they then took the jewelry to the Martinsburg Mall to sell it for cash. Sentencing has been scheduled for July 14th at 9 a.m.

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