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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan applauds the State passage of the fiscal year 2016 budget. In a statement released by the Hogan Administration the Governor says “I want to thank President Miller, Chairman Kasemeyer and every member of the Maryland Senate for their hard work on this budget and for the unanimous vote. Putting Maryland on sound financial footing is a shared responsibility and today’s vote shows leadership as we work together in a bi-partisan fashion toward a common goal.”  Meanwhile at a swearing-in ceremony for Colonel William M. Pallozzi as superintendent of the Maryland State Police, Governor Hogan announced the administration’s plan to introduce a second supplemental budget, which, in part, will add funding for 100 new Maryland State Police troopers and reopen the barrack in Annapolis. 

A Cumberland woman faces burglary and destruction of property charges. According to Cumberland Police 52 year old Lynda Kasecamp was arrested following an incident early Thursday morning on Springdale Street. The Cumberland Police Department had responded to a residence on Springdale Street in reference to a burglary complaint.  Investigation determined forced entry had been made into the residence  and Kasecamp was identified as the suspect.  Kasecamp was served with the criminal summons and released pending trial in District Court.

A  litter of five bear cubs was found for the first time in Maryland. The average is three cubs per sow. The cubs were found in Western Maryland during an annual den survey by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Sportsmen & Women's Marketing Initiative (SMI) has launched www.fishandhuntmaryland.com to provide consumers with an in-depth resource for discovering Maryland's outdoor recreational product for fishing, hunting and shooting sports.

Maryland State Police investigators continue seeking help from citizens who may have information about the shooting of a Frederick man found injured in his car.  Gerald Campbell, 42, of Frederick, Md., was found shot at about 9:30 p.m. on January 22, 2015. Campbell was found in a silver Hyundai Tiburon, parked behind a retail store in the 8000-block of Woodsboro Pike in Walkersville, minutes after troopers had been dispatched there in response to a report of shots fired. A $2,000 cash reward is being offered by the family of Mr. Campbell for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for this shooting. Callers may remain anonymous. Anyone with information is urged to contact Master Trooper Ronald Mullen at the Maryland State Police Frederick Barrack at 301-600-4172.  Maryland State Police investigators have received some leads and information from the public, but are hoping others with information come forward to help police bring the person or persons responsible for this shooting to justice. Investigators believe there are citizens in the Walkersville area who have important information that would be of great assistance to their investigation.

Lawmakers are working to reauthorize the Appalachian Regional Commission. Roger Wicker, (R-Miss.), Shelley Moore Capito, (R-W.Va.), and Kristen Gillibrand, (D-N.Y.)  introduced a bill that would  authorize $100 million annually over the next five years, including $10 million a year to improve rural broadband services.

The Maryland State Highway (SHA) is cleaning and painting nine bridges in Allegany and Garrett counties, a project that will continue through the end of 2015. SHA  awarded a $1.4 million areawide bridge cleaning and painting contract to Titan Industrial Service of Baltimore. This work is part of SHA’s bridge system preservation program and will help extend the service life of the bridges.Bridges included in the project are:

Allegany County:

  • MD 935 (Lower Georges Creek Road) over Georges Creek near Barton
  • Orleans Rd over I-68 in eastern Allegany County
  • I-68 over MD 658 (Vocke Road) in LaVale

Garrett County:

  • MD 546 (Beall School Road) over US 40 Alternate (National Pike)
  • Eastbound I-68 over Lower New Germany Road
  • Westbound I-68 over Lower New Germany Rd
  • Green Lantern Road over I-68
  • Old Morgantown Road over I-68 near Friendsville
  • MD 42 (Friendsville Road) over the Youghiogheny River in Friendsville

Motorists traveling in these areas  may encounter temporary lane closures during off-peak hours while crews install work platforms, but the majority of the work will not impact traffic. The project  includes blasting old paint and repainting the bridge beams.  SHA expects the work to be completed by late fall. While SHA and its partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don't follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For everyone!

Deputy State Fire Marshals have charged three juveniles with arson of a park pavilion. The investigation revealed that the juveniles set fire to a trash container under the pavilion. They then kicked the container over spreading the fire to the structure after which they fled the area on foot. The three juveniles were identified as two thirteen and a fourteen year old males from the Williamsport area. The Tuesday evening incident was reported just after 4 P.M. by a passerby who observed the fire at W.D. Byron Memorial Park. The structure is described as a 100’ x 40’ pavilion owned by the Town of Williamsport. Twenty firefighters from Williamsport, Halfway, and Clear Spring responded to the fire and controlled it in thirty five minutes. The pavilion is considered a total loss and damage is estimated to exceed $25,000. The juveniles have been charged with arson second degree, first degree malicious burning, burning of a trash container, and malicious destruction of property. The juveniles were released back to their parents pending further action by the Department of Juvenile Services. A motive for the fire was not established.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined representatives from the West Virginia Division of Highways and the Federal Highway Administration's West Virginia Division Office to award over $5.6 million in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants to 42 projects across West Virginia.  In Hampshire County  the city of Romney Sidewalk & Streetscape 2014 received  $214,720

 

The Allegany County Commissioners, William R. Valentine, Creade V. Brodie, Jr., and Jacob C. Shade, will publicly recognize Bobby Robertson, a native son who played professional baseball for 11 years. The Commissioners will proclaim the opening day of the 2015 baseball season, Monday, April 6, as Bobby Robertson Day in Allegany County. What was it like to play in the World Series - - - and win? Come and listen to Bobby Robertson’s personal memories and ask this baseball great your own questions! Robertson scored three home runs in the 1971 World Series. As a Pittsburgh Pirate, he played with three Hall of Famers: Roberto Clemente, and Willie Stargell, and Bill Mazeroski. The general public is invited to attend the recognition of Bobby Robertson at the public business meeting on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the Allegany County Government Office Building, 701 Kelly Road – Room 100, Cumberland. Last year the Allegany County Commissioners began a new tradition in our community and recognized the late Lefty Grove, a Lonaconing native and National Baseball Hall of Fame member. Individuals with ties to Allegany County who have contributed to this national pastime are honored now on the opening day of the baseball season.

On Saturday, March 28, 2015, at approximately 1:45 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Park Street will be closed to vehicular traffic. This closure is needed so the accident reconstructionist, from the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, can complete the investigation into the March 20, 2015 accident which resulted in the death of a pedestrian. Park Street and all access streets will be closed to prevent any motorist from traveling through the area while the deputy and officers from the Cumberland Police Department complete the investigation. The following streets will be affected during this time: Cecelia Street at Maryland Avenue, Williams Street at Maryland Avenue, Park Street at Williams along with a right turn only when exiting the plaza at Williams Street, Baltimore Street at Park and Altamont Terrace at Baltimore Street.

The March of Dimes announced that Kevin Turley, Vice President of Operations at Western Maryland Health System, is serving as the 2015 March for Babies Chair in Western Maryland. He is playing an integral role in raising awareness and funds to advance the lifesaving research, education and programs at the core of the March of Dimes effort to find causes and preventions for preterm birth, birth defects and infant mortality.The March of Dimes is working hard to help women have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. March for Babies is their largest annual fundraising event. It gives hope to nearly half a million babies born too soon each year in the United States. Last year, more than 400 people attended March for Babies in Western Maryland and raised over $74,000. Turley has committed to raising approximately $22,000 in new revenue as part of this year’s March for Babies goal of $78,000. He will also focus on recruiting new companies to participate and lead the community in making a difference for the health of moms and babies.March for Babies will be held on Saturday, May 2, at Canal Place in Cumberland. Visit www.marchforbabies.org to start a team with co-workers, family and friends or to make a donation.

The Frederick Police Department is pleased to announce the arrest of two subjects in the February 4, 2015, shooting at Frederick High School. Detectives Jorge Garcia and Gene Alston were assigned as co-lead investigators. These detectives, assisted by every member of the Frederick Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, have worked extremely hard over this past month and a half to establish probable cause on two individuals. Detectives interviewed well over 300 persons during the course of this investigation, and executed over a dozen search and seizure warrants. On Friday March 20, 2015, the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office presented information before a Frederick County Grand Jury where 2 indictments were delivered, ordering the arrest of Brandon Earl Tyler, (age 21) and Chandler Tristian Davenport, (age 19), both of Frederick County. Both individuals have been charged with the following crimes related to the events that occurred outside the Frederick High School basketball gym at 8:11 pm on February 4, 2015.

4 Counts 1st Degree Assault
1 Count Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Assault
4 Counts Use of a Handgun in a Felony / Violent Crime
4 Counts of Reckless Endangerment

The shooting occurred outside the gymnasium, during a school basketball game, between local high schools. Two juvenile victims were struck by the gunfire, and two school employees were forced to run and seek cover from the gunman, to avoid being struck One juvenile male sustained a gunshot wound to his leg; a second juvenile male sustained a gunshot wound to his back. Both victims were flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD for treatment of non-life threatening wounds, and both have since been released. This case remains an open and active investigation as there is still additional work to be completed, and additional follow-up interviews to be conducted. If anyone has any additional information they would like to provide to detectives, we are asking them to contact us via the Frederick Police Department’s smart phone app or on our tip line at 301-600-TIPS.

April 6th, 2015: In the battle to fight hunger Western Maryland food Bank presents the 10th Annual Chefs of Steel. Located at the Culinaire Café 112 Baltimore Street Cumberland Maryland. Cost: $50 per person, $35 for students with a valid ACM ID. Doors open at 5:30pm, buffet starts at 6:00pm, live cooking competition at 7:00pm

 

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has signed on as an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was reintroduced today by Senator Barbara Mikulski (MD) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3). The Paycheck Fairness Act is designed to address the wage gap between men and women and strengthen the Equal Pay Act so that women receive equal pay for equal work. The Paycheck Fairness Act strengthens the Equal Pay Act signed into law in 1963 by President Kennedy. The bill would require employers to show pay disparity is truly related to job performance, not gender, and prohibits employer retaliation against workers who share salary information with coworkers. The Paycheck Fairness Act also strengthens remedies for pay discrimination by increasing the compensation women can seek, allowing them to seek both back pay and punitive damages for pay discrimination. The legislation also requires the Department of Labor to enhance outreach and training efforts to eliminate pay disparities.

After a 40 day increase prices are the pump have leveled off and are starting to fall according to AAA officials. Ragina Cooper Averella, Public and Government Affairs Manager at AAA Mid-Atlantic explains whether or not the trend will continue “We are expecting that possibly will as you know national average prices tend to move a little higher this time of year because of refinery maintenance however we do expect that gas prices will continue to fall just a little bit some of the refinery issues are not resolved however are abundant supplies and we are seeing a stronger US dollar which is actually pulling the price of crude oil lower and contributing to falling gas prices  so we are actually expecting in the short term motorists particularly here in Maryland may see some continued relief.” Right now the average price of a gallon of regular grade gasoline nationally is $2.42, in Maryland it is $2.39 and in West Virginia it is $2.41.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will speak at the Cove Point Liquefaction Project groundbreaking ceremony this morning in Lusby. Last year several protesters were arrested outside the Allegany County Courthouse following a rally protesting the proposed facility.

The Frederick Police Department will hold a press conference this morning to provide an update on the investigation into the shooting that occurred at Frederick High School, where two juveniles were struck by gunfire.

Maryland lawmakers have given the green light to two bills focused on hydraulic fracturing . In a 93-45 vote the House of Delegates passed House Bill 449 entitled Environment - Hydraulic Fracturing - Protect Our Health and Communities. The bill prohibits the Department of the Environment from issuing a permit, or accepting and reviewing an application for a permit, to authorize the hydraulic fracturing of a well for the exploration or production of oil or natural gas in the State until April 30, 2018 and until a specified panel is appointed, convenes, and reports to the Governor and General Assembly on January 1, 2018; requiring the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Delegates to appoint a specified number of members to the panel; etc. Meanwhile the Senate passed Senate Bill 458 in a vote of 29-17. The bill is entitled Civil Actions - Hydraulic Fracturing Liability Act which would void as against public policy a provision of a specified contract or agreement that attempts or purports to waive specified rights or reduce specified liability for injury, death, or loss to person or property caused by the hydraulic fracturing activities of a specified permitee; providing for the treatment of specified information relating to a chemical constituent used in hydraulic fracturing for the purposes of a specified action; authorizing a specified plaintiff to recover specified economic and noneconomic damages; etc. Both bills are veto proof and move on to their opposite chambers.

Transportation Secretary, Pete K. Rahn, Acting State Police Superintendent, William M. Pallozzi and Motor Vehicle Administrator and Governor’s Highway Safety Representative Milt Chaffee today joined elected officials, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Managing Director, Mahlon “Lon” Anderson and highway safety advocates to announce the number of traffic fatalities on Maryland roads in 2014 was 442 – the lowest number since 1948.  The highest number of traffic fatalities was 872in 1968.

Garrett County officials have announced the launch of a new Garrett Heritage tour app which is currently available for download at garrettheritage.com. The app is made possible through funding provided by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and the Appalachian Regional Commission.Visitors and residents can download the new app for heritage-related tours that take them on a step-by-step journey through Garrett County. Tours include fall foliage, barn quilt and other heritage area themes. Directions guide visitors to each stop and are available offline, perfect if your phone drops service. Be on the lookout for tours to be added in the future including trail routes and so much more! Download today to start exploring.To download this free app for Android and Apple devices, log onto garrettheritage.com or search Garrett Heritage Area in the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store.

 

Congratulations to this year’s Edward Kelley Award Nominees David Reid Boden, Hunter Kasmier and Ryan Streets. These young men are Keyser High School Seniors who have demonstrated outstanding sportmanship and superior academic performance. Listen to the Award Ceremony April 1 beginning at 9am on WKLP 1390 ESPN AM.

Despite all efforts the Cumberland Police Department has been unable to identify and make contact with the next of kin for the victim of the Park St. fatal pedestrian M/V Crash that occurred on 3-19-15. The victim is identified as Warren Howard Prunier, 61 YOA, from Mason School Rd., Oakland MD. Investigation into the crash is still on-going at this time with the assistance of the ACSO crash reconstructionist. If anyone has any information regarding this crash or information about Mr. Prunier please call CPD at 301-777-1600.

Charges are pending following a crash in Garrett County.  Sunday evening at about 5:30PM  36 year old Ronald Johnston of Latrobe PA was driving eastbound along National Pike east of Meyersdale Road when he lost control and his car overturned. Both Johnston and passenger, Kristin Roberts were transported to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for their injuries. The driver is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.  The investigation into the crash is continuing and charges are pending against the driver for DUI. National Pike was closed for approximately 45 minutes.

 

An Oldtown man is arrested on breaking and entering and drug charges. On March 22, 2015 Cumberland City Police served a Grand Jury Indictment warrant on Kody Bronson Smith, age 22 of Oldtown, Maryland.  The warrant charges Smith with several breaking and entering charges, theft charges and CDS related charges.  Smith was processed, served and taken to the Allegany County Detention Center where he was held without bail.

Verso Corporation (has named Allen Sandersas manager of the Luke Mill in Luke, Md. With nearly 30 years in the pulp and paper industry, Sanders started his career with Boise Cascade Company in DeRidder, La., before moving to Bowater Inc in 1987. During his 25 years with Bowater, Sanders worked in various locations and roles, rising to vice president, U.S. Operations. He also worked for RockTenn prior to becoming a consultant to Verso in November 2014, his most recent assignment. “I am pleased to be a part of the Luke Mill and look forward to getting to know the employees and the community,” said Sanders. “The Luke Mill has made great progress in improving its competitive position over the past couple of years, and it is obvious that there is a lot of employee pride at this mill,” Sanders commented. “Now we must build on that momentum to help the Luke Mill become a

sustainable operation and an even more valuable asset to the Verso organization.”

 

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is celebrating the completion of its highly-anticipated, 15-month long, $30 million renovation. The property-wide transformation is the largest project of its kind in the resort’s 28-year history and features dramatic floor-to-ceiling upgrades spread across three phases, including four of the resort’s six lodging options, the 32,000 square foot Executive Conference Center and public spaces. The 2,000 acre luxury resort located southeast of Pittsburgh also opened a Holistic Healing Center, Holistic Garden and a 3,000’ long dueling zip line at the resort’s Adventure Center.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the discovery of a meth lab. The lab was discovered on March 10th on Cooper Saw Mill Road. Anyone with information about the lab is asked to contact the Bedford Detachment of the Pennsylvania State Police.

Another suspected meth lab was found on March 12th. According to Pennsylvania State Police the lab was found along Cave Road. Troopers found drug paraphernalia associated with the production of meth.

The Allegany County Commissioners, William R. Valentine, Creade V. Brodie, Jr., and Jacob C. Shade, will publicly recognize the Allegany County Health Department’s national accreditation achievement by the Public Health Accreditation Board.This recognition will be on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Allegany County Government Office Building, 701 Kelly Road – Room 100, Cumberland after the conclusion of the budget hearings. The expected starting time is 2:30 p.m. The general public is invited to attend.  The building is handicapped accessible and there is ample, free parking at the door.

All Allegany County Public Schools are now CLOSED

Bedford Area School District will be closed

Beginnings Montessori School is closed

All schools in Berkeley County will be closed. All evening activities cancelled.

Calvary Christian Academy is closed. Day Care is also closed.

Garrett County Schools are now closed today. Fri. Mar. 20, 2015

Hope for Hyndman Charter School will be closed

All schools in Morgan County will be closed, Code A

Friends Aware Day Program is closed. Staff are to report.

Bishop Walsh is on a three hour delay

All schools in Hampshire County will be on a 2-hour delay.

All schools in Hardy County will be on a 2-hour delay.

All schools in Mineral County will be on a 2-hour delay

All Allegany County Head Starts are open no transportation

All HRDC Senior Centers are open with limited transportation

Law enforcement officials are investigating a fatal crash. According to Cumberland Police yesterday  at 2:07 pm, Cumberland City Police Officers responded to Park at Harrison Street for a pedestrian who was struck by a motor vehicle. Preliminary investigation into this matter revealed that the pedestrian was struck by a vehicle travelling northbound on Park Street. The pedestrian was transported to the Western Maryland Regional Center where he was pronounced deceased. Members of the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Highway Administration assisted with the investigation that is continuing at this time. The identity of the deceased will be released once the family is notified.

Koppers Inc will be closing the Green Spring facility by the end of July. Christina Evans Koppers Inc Communications Manager says the Green Spring wood treatment facility will be closing no later than July 31st. Evans says the reason behind the closure is customer shifting requirements and the impracticality in cost to modernize the facility. Evans says currently there are 53 employees at the facility which has been in operation since 1989.  She says this was not an easy decision for Koppers officials. She says they realized the impact this decision will have on employees.

A juvenile suspect is charged in connection with a threat made at Allegany High School. According to Cumberland Police on Wednesday March 18, 2015, at 12:13 pm, members of the Allegany High School administration contacted the Cumberland City Police Department in reference to a possible threat of violence against the school. School Resource and patrol officers immediately responded and began an investigation into this matter where it was revealed that a note was found indicating a threat towards the school, students and staff. The students were safely evacuated in prompt manner and dismissed from school for the remainder of the day. A Maryland State Police K9 bomb dog was utilized and conducted a scan of the building. Officers interviewed potential witnesses and reviewed the surveillance cameras of the area where the note was found. A suspect was identified and was arrested. A thorough check of the school was conducted and found to be free of any items of suspicious nature.
The fifteen year old juvenile was transported to the Cumberland City Police Department where he was charged as follows:
-Arson/Bomb Threat
-Disturbing School Operation
-Disorderly Conduct
- False Statement/Destructive Device.
After processing, the juvenile was released to the custody of his parents pending adjudication with the Department of Juvenile Services as well as the Allegany States Attorney’s Office.

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a bank robbery that happened around 11 a.m at BB&T located at 2082 South Pleasant Valley Road. A white male entered the bank, displayed a gun, and demanded money. The suspect is described as a white male, in his late 40s to early 50s, wearing a black v-neck shirt, blue jeans, a green jacket, a black ski mask, and an orange glove on his left hand. He has a beard. The male left the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS

An Oakland man is arrested on child neglect and contributing to the condition of a child charges. Garrett County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 50 year old Paul James Junior yesterday. The arrest stems from an investigation conducted by detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division assisted by social workers were the Department of Social Services. The investigation is continuing and more arrests are pending.

Two Methamphetamine cooks being sought by the Bedford County Drug Task Force were taken into custody by authorities in Iredell County, North Carolina, last evening. Albert Lee Donelson, 29, of Six Mile Run, PA; and Natasha Kay Fox, of Saxton, PA, were apprehended by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office last night, and found to be operating a mobile methamphetamine laboratory. The fugitives were being sought by Bedford County authorities as following the execution of a search warrant at their residence on February 20, 2015. The search warrant was issued after their eight-year old son disclosed information to school authorities about activities in the home that were consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine. Upon serving the search warrant, police officers located numerous items commonly associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine including zippo lighter fluid, cold packs, coffee filters, Sudafed cold medicine, battery casings, syringes, glass smoking devices, and white powder residue. These items were sent to the State Police Crime lab for further analysis. Two criminal complaints were then filed at the Office of Magisterial District Judge Brian Baker, charging each defendant with the following offenses: Operating a Methamphetamine Laboratory (Felony); Manufacturing Methamphetamine with a person under 18 present (Felony); Causing or Risking a Catastrophe (Felony); Endangering the Welfare of Children (Felony); Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Felony); Possession of Liquefied Ammonia Gas, Precursors and Chemicals (Felony); Illegal Dumping Methamphetamine Chemicals (Felony); Corruption of Minors (Misdemeanor); and Recklessly Endangering Another Person (Misdemeanor); Possession of a Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor). Following their apprehension, both defendants were taken before a Judge in North Carolina where bail was set at $325,000.00 each. Neither defendant posted bail. District Attorney Bill Higgins approved extradition back to Pennsylvania; however, the defendants must first deal with their charges in North Carolina. A preliminary hearing will be scheduled once the defendants are returned to Bedford County. “I don’t know if these two thought they could escape prosecution in Bedford County by running south, but if they did, they were seriously mistaken. Exposing an 8 year old child to this type of lifestyle is deplorable, despicable and disgusting, and will not be overlooked. If Donelson and Fox want to destroy their lives, that is their business; but putting a vulnerable young child in danger merely to satisfy their own desire to fry their brain cells, is beyond comprehension, and they will be held accountable,” stated District Attorney Bill Higgins. “The effects of methamphetamine are absolutely devastating. If there is anyone in doubt, just take look at a picture of 25-year old Natasha Fox taken less than one year ago in May, 2014, and take a look at her now. Look what Methamphetamine has done to the appearance of this once beautiful young woman. It is absolutely heartbreaking,” concluded Higgins. The District Attorney cautions that charges against these individuals are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty

Following a half-day of testimony, Jeremiah Moser was found Guilty of both Burglary and Escape. The Burglary charge stems from an incident that occurred on July 30, 2014, where the defendant unlawfully entered the Bright Spot Pizza shop in Everett in the middle of the night through a window. Despite the window being protected by security bars leaving just an 11 inch opening, Moser was able to basically fold his body in half to make entry. After entering the Pizza shop, Moser removed a donation jar containing approximately $4.00 in loose change. The Escape charge stemmed from the defendant’s highly publicized escape from the Bedford County Jail on September 30, 2014. The defendant was able to smuggle two T-shirts and a drawstring from his laundry bag into the recreation area which was surrounded by 20 foot high walls and a chain link fence. Using the T-shirts and a laundry drawstring, he assembled a rope and was able to scale the wall by hooking the rope around a basketball hoop and backboard. From there, he was able to grab hold of the ceiling fence and eventually kick his way through that fencing to gain access to the roof. From the roof, he jumped 20 feet to the ground and made his way into the woods behind the facility. He was located the following morning by the State Police at the Bedford WalMart Plaza. “It was actually amazing what this defendant was able to do. Quite frankly, I don’t believe that any other inmate could have pulled this off. Clearly the defendant is some sort of contortionist, as evidenced by both the July Burglary, and the September Escape. It’s unfortunate that he hasn’t chosen to put his talents to a more productive use,” stated District Attorney Bill Higgins.
At trial, the defendant who represented himself, provided very little in terms of a defense, aside from repeatedly arguing that the court “did not have jurisdiction over his person.” “While the defendant may not like the fact that he is subject to the authority of the court and the laws of Pennsylvania, he is required to comply with the laws just like everyone else. I commend Troopers Joshua Gardner and Matthew Wadsworth for their thorough investigations and swiftly bringing Moser to justice,” added Higgins. Following the verdict, Judge Travis Livengood directed the Bedford County Probation Office to prepare a Presentence Investigation, and scheduled sentencing for May 8, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. “The defendant will ultimately pay a hefty price for his $4.00 theft of loose change. And aside from the punishment he will receive, Jeremiah Moser left quite a wake in his path. As a result of his escape, Bedford County lost the services of a warden and a deputy warden, and two county commissioners put their own political careers in serious jeopardy by engaging in a cover-up. I am hopeful that this conviction will bring some closure to this matter so that we can continue to move forward. The defendant will have many years to reflect on this matter from the inside of a State Correctional Institution." concluded Higgins

In response to the threatening message and subsequent early dismissal at Allegany High School yesterday and as an added precaution, the school will have additional law enforcement officers on site and controlled entry into the school building for the next two days. All of Allegany's after school and evening activities will also be cancelled for the next two days – Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th. The school will be scanned this evening by K-9 units from the Maryland State Police Department. School administrators will continue to work cooperatively with law enforcement on this investigation

A miner is being hospitalized following an injury. Just before 5am this morning emergency crews were called out to the ARJ Mines on Westernport Road after the miner suffered a hand injury.

A Swanton man faces destruction of property charges. Tuesday at about 10am Troopers from the Maryland State Police McHenry Barracks were in the area of East Alder St and Second St when they were advised of an Assault that had just occurred. State Police investigation revealed the following: Joshua Robert Brown (28) of Swanton, MD threw sledge hammer at the windshield of a vehicle being driven by Eric Franklin Lapp (38) of Swanton, MD. Brown was arrested for First and Second Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment and Malicious Destruction of Property. Brown was transported to the Garrett County Detention Center to await his hearing with the Commissioner.

All overnight shelters and campgrounds on the Maryland portion of the Appalachian Trail are closed following the death of a hiker over the weekend. Maryland Park Service crews will be conducting maintenance on trees near the sites. 36 year old Jason Parish of Philadelphia was killed by a falling tree on March 15th near the Ed Garvey Shelter six miles north of Harpers Ferry along the Appalachian Trail. Maryland Park Service officials released a statement yesterday saying they are very saddened by the tragic loss on Sunday. The shelters and campsites will be reopened as tree work is completed with the exception of the Dahlgren Campground, located on the trail about a mile south of the Old South Mountain Inn in Boonsboro.

A Moorefield man is sentenced to spend more than three years behind bars. According to the office of United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II  34 year old Jeremiah Dustin Deanof Moorefield, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for oxycodone trafficking in Grant County, West Virginia. He pled guilty in November 2014 to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone” following an investigation by the West Virginia State Police and the Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

From Canal Place Officials: By mutual agreement the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority and Footer Building Development LLC today agreed to extend the Exclusive Negotiating Privilege Agreement “ENP” to March 30, 2016. Concurrently, Footer Building Development LLC, with the full support of Canal Place has withdrawn its tax credit application with the Maryland Historic Trust. Footer Building Development LLC fully expects to reapply for these tax credits in Augustof this year. Dee Dee Ritchie, Executive Director of Canal Place stated, “All parties to the project, especially our legislative delegation, have worked tirelessly to bring the redevelopment of the Footer building to fruition. Due to the timing issues with fees due to (MHT) and the conclusion of the State budgeting process it makes sense to adjust the projected start date of the project to later in the year.” Michael Joy of Footer Building Development concurred saying “Our commitment to the redevelopment of the Footer building is unchanged. We believe this project will benefit the community and the extension approved by Canal Place demonstrates their continued support for our efforts. I appreciate the time and effort spent by the western Maryland delegation to secure funding for needed repairs. I look forward to seeing the Footer building fully restored and returned to productive use.”

A Maryland man accused of raping a woman nearly two years ago in Martinsburg faces one felony count of second-degree sexual assault. 22-year-old Jacob McFadden of Cumberland remained free on $10,000 bail as of yesterday.

A Springfield man faces a variety of charges after leading law enforcement on a high speed chase. According to West Virginia State Police Sunday night a trooper attempted to stop a Chevrolet Malibu Maxx for a traffic violation on State Route 28 in Wiley Ford, WV.  The vehicle failed to stop and fled southbound on State Route 28, then turned northbound on to Alternate State Route 28 and continued to flee into Ridgeley, WV.  While on Alt. State Route 28 the suspect vehicle reached speeds in excess of 100 MPH.  The suspect continued to flee at high rates of speed on city streets once entering the city limits of Ridgeley.  The suspect vehicle attempted to cross the train tracks on Bridge Street at a high rate of speed, which caused it to become airborne.  It eventually landed on the train tracks, then exited the train tracks back towards Bridge Street where it crashed into a parked vehicle.  The driver and two passengers exited the vehicle and fled on foot. All three were apprehended at the Blue Bridge prior to crossing into Cumberland, MD. The driver 27 year old Eric Russell Mellott of Springfield, WV was charged with felony reckless fleeing.  He will be indicted on multiple misdemeanor offenses at a later date.  Both passengers were released from the scene that night with charges pending.  No injuries were reported as a result of this incident.

All schools in Hampshire County will be on a 2-hour delay on Tue. Mar. 17, 2015 due to Faculty Senate

All schools in Preston County will be closing 2 hours early on Tue. Mar. 17, 2015 due to Faculty Senate Meetings.

Cumberland Police have identified the driver killed in a motorcycle accident over the weekend. 24 year old William Edward Kerr from Stewart Ave., Cumberland, MD  crashed his motorcycle into a guardrail on Canal Parkway Sunday at 2:02 AM. Investigation into the crash is still on-going at this time with the assistance of the ACSO crash reconstructionist.

A Ridgeley man is charged with DUI following a crash Sunday night. At 8:14 PM, Deputies of the Allegany County Sheriff's Office responded to Shooter’s Bar and Grill on McMullen Highway for a reported vehicle accident. Deputies arrived on scene and learned that Donald Talley, 38 years old of Ridgeley, WV. was operating a 1986 GMC truck N/B on Rt. 220 when he left the roadway and traveled into the parking lot of the establishment. The truck caused damage to a concrete curb and mailbox. The truck then glanced off of a high voltage utility pole and then struck two parked vehicles causing one of the parked vehicles to strike another high voltage utility pole before the truck came to rest.The truck and one of the parked vehicles had to be towed from the scene. Talley was transported to WMRMC for non-life threatening injuries and was subsequently charged with failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision, DUI and DWI. Talley was released pending trial. Bowling Green Fire Department and Cresaptown Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Robert Hernandez, Jr. will spend the rest of his life behind bars with no chance of parole. Monongalia County Circuit Court Judge Susan Tucker sentenced the Maryland man Monday afternoon. In January, Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2014 stabbing death of West Virginia University freshman Devante’ Waites. It took the 12-member panel two hours of deliberation to find Hernandez guilty. It took even less time for them to agree Hernandez should not receive mercy at his sentencing. Waites, 19, of Fairmont, was in a crowded Morgantown bar last August when a fight broke out. He was stabbed and later died, and surveillance video led police to Hernandez of Cumberland, Md. Hernandez had been convicted on drug charges several years prior to the Morgantown murder investigation. In July 2005, Hernandez pleaded guilty to distribution of crack cocaine charges. He was on supervised release at the time of the Morgantown murder and was not supposed to leave the state of Maryland.

On March 14, 2015 the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sobriety checkpoint on MD Route 61 (Canal Parkway) at River Avenue in Cumberland, Maryland. The checkpoint began at approximately 2200 hours on March 14, 2015 and remained in operation until approximately 0200 hours on March 15, 2015. A total of 558 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and all motorists were screened for signs of impairment and provided a safety brochure pertaining to the laws against drinking and driving. Several motorists were further evaluated for signs of impairment, and as a result of the checkpoint, one (1) person was arrested for DWI/DUI. In addition to the checkpoint, a saturation patrol was conducted at the same time resulting in numerous citations to include driver using handheld device while operating a motor vehicle, failure to obey a traffic control device, and several warnings for other traffic violations. One (1) subject was also arrested and charged with DWI/DUI as a direct result of the saturation patrol. The checkpoint was operated by members of the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office along with assistance from allied agencies including the Maryland State Police and Maryland Natural Resources Police. Food donations were made by Sheetz of Cresaptown, Pizza Hut of Cumberland, Burger King of Cumberland, McDonald’s of Industrial Boulevard, Little Caesar’s of Industrial Boulevard, and M&M Bakery of Cumberland.

 

 

 

Paul Christian Tippen, Jr., 27, Mt. Lake Park, pled guilty in the Circuit Court to a third degree sex offense and to soliciting a minor to engage in child pornography.  Additional related charges were dismissed upon his plea.  For each crime, Tippen was sentenced to eight years in the Division of Correction, to run consecutively.  Of that 16 years, six years were suspended and Tippen will be on probation upon his release.  Conditions of probation include having no contact with the underage victim in the case, no contact with persons under the age of 16 and no access to electronic media.  He will also be on the sex offender registry. Tippen was arrested and charged by investigators with the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office in October.  After responding to a disturbance complaint in September, investigators initiated various criminal investigations concerning the actions of Tippen with an underage person.  This led to investigators obtaining a search and seizure warrant for Tippen’s cellular telephone.  A forensic analysis of the phone confirmed the inappropriate sexual relationship as well as Tippen’s contacts with the juvenile in which he solicited the juvenile to provide to him photographs or videos that qualified as child pornography.  Witnesses located in the community and the result of DNA analysis sent to the crime laboratory corroborated the victim’s statement.  State’s Attorney Lisa Thayer Welch noted, “Mr. Tippen has a history of similar relationships.  The disparity in the ages of the parties and his attempts to control this victim caused great concern to the family, law enforcement and me.  When this victim’s family obtained a court order to restrain him from further contact, he violated that order a number of times prior to his arrest.  I would like to commend Sgt. Robbie Zimmerman for realizing something was amiss during that first contact and following through on those instincts with a very thorough investigation.” 

The Westernport Street Department will be working on a water leak on Horserock on Tuesday, March 17th. The following areas may be affected: Baughman Street, Likens Street, Ross Street, Kelly Avenue, Marsh Avenue, Arnold’s Lane, Stoney Run Road and the Horserock Loop area.

The Frostburg Community Coalition, a local organization dedicated to raising drug and alcohol awareness, now has a website through the Frostburg State University server. The website, http://www.frostburg.edu/coalition/, went live during a Coalition meeting earlier this year.   The website features resources for parents, teens, and community members. Parents can find tips on speaking with their children about alcohol and information on laws surrounding providing alcohol to minors. Teens can learn how alcohol and drugs can affect their development and how to make good choices when confronted with peer pressure.   Research regarding underage drinking, binge drinking, and drug use for Allegany County and Frostburg is available on the Coalition website. Coalition strategies to decrease youth use rates can also be found on the website, as can successes achieved to date. Readers can also find multiple projects and campaigns implemented by the Frostburg Community Coalition, ranging from agreements with local alcohol establishments and an anonymous tip line, to poster campaigns and links to the Coalition’s social media pages.  The Frostburg Community Coalition was created in 2011 to combat the incidence of harms associated with youth access to alcohol. Evidence-informed environmental preventative strategies implemented by the Coalition include the support of law enforcement patrols, social norming marketing campaigns, and parental education.  Since its inception, the Coalition has documented a reduction in binge drinking rates at Frostburg State University (5 percent) and Mountain Ridge High School (13 percent) in two years’ time.  There has been a 20 percent reduction in noise citations and a 50 percent increase in alcohol citations adjacent to the FSU campus. Police patrols have increased during this period.

One man is dead and another is behind bars following a shooting in Hampshire County. On March 14, 2015 members of the Hampshire County Sheriff's Office, WV Natural Resource Police and WV State Police responded to a reported shooting on Whippoorwill Song Lane near Slanesville.  Upon arrival Christopher A. Voit, age 43, was found dead laying in the roadway from an apparent gun shot wound to the upper torso area. Raymond M. Atkins, age 64, was quickly identified as the suspect by eyewitnesses. He was later arrested at his residence without incident. Atkins lived near where the shooting took place.The shooting occurred during a confrontation between Atkins and Voit. Atkins shot Voit with a high powered rifle. Atkins reported there has been an ongoing dispute since November, 2014. Atkins and Voit were neighbors.  Raymond Atkins was arrested and charged with first degree murder.The Hampshire County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate.  Several Hampshire County Fire and EMS Companies, Hampshire County Office of Emergency Management, GIS and 911 also responded to assist.

Law enforcement officials are searching for witnesses to a fatal motorcycle crash. This morning at approximately 2:02 AM the Cumberland Police Department received a call for a Motor Vehicle Accident on the Canal Parkway near the Wineow Street intersection. Cumberland Police, Allegany County Sheriff’s and the Cumberland Fire Department responded. Upon the Officers arrival they determined the Motor Vehicle accident involved a single motorcycle. After a preliminary investigation it was determined the Motorcycle struck a guardrail causing the operator to be ejected from the motorcycle. The operator succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The name of the operator has been withheld due to the notification of the family. The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation as well as the accident reconstruction in connection with the Cumberland Police Department. The Maryland State Police also assisted at the accident as well as the Allegany County Fire Police. The investigation is ongoing. If there are any witnesses to this accident please contact the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office at 301-777-5959 or the Cumberland Police Department at 301-777-1600.

Cumberland Police were called out to several disorderly conduct calls and assaults. Last night at approximately 7:34 PM Officers on patrol downtown during the Hooley Pub Crawl observed two males actively involved in an argument.  Both subjects were causing a disturbance and attracting attention from many others in the area.  Both subjects stated they had been assaulted by the other.  The argument continued causing a further disturbance.  Both subjects were then placed under arrest and transported to the Cumberland Police Department.  Both subjects were issued Criminal Citations and were later released from the Police Department to await trial in the Allegany County District Court. 41 year old Christopher Duckworth of Keyser, WV and 22 year old Trent Miller of Stevens, PA were both charged with disorderly conduct.  At about 12:17 this morning  the Cumberland Police Officers on patrol at the Hooley Pub Crawl in the downtown area for a reported disturbance.  While handling the disturbance a male subject 21 year old  Ronald Adams of Cumberland was causing a disturbance.  He was advised to leave the area.  He returned to the area several times continuing to cause a disturbance.  Both subjects were then placed under arrest and transported to the Cumberland Police Department.  Adams was issued Criminal Citations and was later released from the Police Department to await trial in the Allegany County District Court.Adams was charged with disorderly conduct.

 

On Friday, March 13, 2015, at approximately 0857 Hours, the Frostburg Police Department responded to a residence on the 100 block of Bowery Street for a report of damaged property. The complainant and witnesses directed the officers to an exterior porch/awning structure which was attached to the residence, and which had been substantially damaged sometime overnight. Upon examining the scene, officers found evidence that the damage had been caused by a vehicle crashing into the home. Officers further discovered a license plate that was left behind in the area of the damage.  With the information from the license plate, officers determined the local residence of the suspect and proceeded there. Upon arrival, police observed a vehicle bearing the matching license plate, and they also observed damage to the vehicle, consistent with the damage at the scene. Officers located and spoke with the suspect driver. He was identified as Cameron Scott Briscoe, 21, of Owings Mills, Maryland. Through the observations at the scene, interviews conducted, and the observation of damage to Brisocoe’s vehicle, police determined that Briscoe had been driving the vehicle, crashed into the residence, and left the scene without notifying the occupants or the police. The crash is believed to have occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. on March 13, 2015.  Police charged Briscoe with negligent driving and five additional traffic charges relating to hit & run. Briscoe was issued citations by police, and is free pending an appearance in District Court.  The investigation was conducted by lead investigator Corporal D. Seekford and Sergeant N. Costello. The residence that was struck in this case was attended to by the property owner, and the building itself is reported to be stable and safe.

A team of investigators with the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Allegany County C3I and the Maryland State Police are investigating the death of an elderly male victim during a trash fire that became a field fire at 11600 Murleys Branch Road in Flintstone. The incident occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Investigators determined the victim, believed to be the property owner, was burning trash when it started to get out of control. The victim then retrieved a portable fire extinguisher and while attempting to fight the fire before he became overwhelmed and collapsed among the burning vegetation. Nearly 30 firefighters from Flintstone, Baltimore Pike, Orleans, District 16, and Oldtown Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the incident which claimed approximately 25 acres and 30 large round hay bales. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control within 20 minutes and continued extinguishment operations among the 30 hay bales for two additional hours. During the extinguishment of the fire, the body of the victim was discovered badly burned near the remains of a trash pile. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is working to confirm the identity and cause of death of the victim.

A structure fire in Garrett County is believed to be related to an electrical malfunction. According to emergency officials the blaze broke out at about 11:30 on Saturday morning  at 175 Paul Friend Rd Kinsinger Central Tractor. When emergency crews first arrived on the scene they reported light smoke coming from the building and located the fire in the attic. The fire was under control in about half an hour. One firefighter was treated for a minor injured and was released on the scene. The fire was reported to be electrical in nature.

A K9 with the Berkeley Springs Police Department has died. K9 Officer Lance Marshall and K9 Fritzie were in pursuit of a suspect on River Road. Marshall lost control of his cruiser and following a crash the vehicle was submerged in water. K9 Officer Marshall was rescued but Fritzie perished in the crash. Members of the Morgan County community are sharing their condolences throughout social media.

Frostburg Police are seeking information on a burglary. Today  Frostburg Police responded to a Standish Street residence for a report of a burglary that had occurred earlier. In taking the report, police learned that sometime between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 11:26 a.m. on March 15, someone burglarized the residence, which was unoccupied at the time. The suspect(s) broke a pane glass window in a door and gained access to the residence. Once inside, the suspect(s) stole United States currency.  This incident is under investigation by the Frostburg Police Department, and the scene was processed by a Maryland State Police Crime Scene Technician. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the investigating officer, Patrolman N. Curry, at 301-689-3000.   Police encourage anyone observing suspicious activity to report it to the Frostburg Police Department at 301-689-3000

The March 2015 term of the grand jury handed down the following indictments. Gregory Paul Harring, 28, Millersville, is charged with attempted armed robbery, attempted robbery and theft for events allegedly occurring February 19 at Miners & Merchants Bank, Oakland. After appearing before Judge Ray Strubin for an arraignment hearing earlier today, Harring’s bond has been set at $150,000 full cash. Timothy Alan Moats, 18, Oakland, is charged with soliciting a subject to engage in the production of child pornography, production of child pornography, possession of child pornography and second degree assault for events alleged to have occurred in December, 2014 and January, 2015. Moats was arraigned before Judge Ray Strubin and his bond was set at $5,000.
William Obadiah Cowgill, 41, and Jamie Nicole Braithwaite, 22, Deer Park, are each charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and possession of CDS paraphernalia for events alleged to have occurred at their residence in January. After arraignment in the Circuit Court, Judge Strubin set bond for Cowgill at $15,000 and set bond for Braithwaite at $5,000.

A Winchester woman was arrested this morning after a stabbing in the 100 block of Holliday Drive. Winchester Police responded to the call around 10:48 a.m. When officers arrived on scene they discovered a 27-year-old male from Winchester with a puncture wound to his right upper arm. The male was taken to Winchester Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. An investigation determined the stabbing happened after an altercation. Kathryn Teel, 30, of Winchester was arrested and charged with malicious wounding. She was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center where she is being held without bond.

Two men are behind bars following a car jacking in Cumberland. At about 2am yesterday morning Cumberland Police officers were called out to Virginia Avenue for a report of an assault. The suspects fled the area in a vehicle driving toward Industrial Blvd. While officers were enroute  they observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle along with another vehicle on Industrial Blvd. Both cars were stopped and the operators were contacted. One of the drivers was identified as 26 year old Thomas Wright of Piedmont, WV. While officers were talking with him they detected a strong odor of alcohol. He refused a sobriety test and was arrested. Wright was wanted in West Virginia on larceny charges and his driver’s license was revokes. While officers were talking with Wright the driver of the second vehicle contacted officers and claimed the passenger in her car was 24 year old Hawke Coffman forced her to drive him in her car. She told officers she was on Virginia Avenue when she was attacked by Coffman and Wright and a passenger in the car was pulled from the vehicle and attacked.  This victim was able to get away and run to a house where he called the police.  Coffman then jumped into the passenger seat, and continued to assault her striking her in the face and choking her.  Coffman made her drive him to West Virginia telling her that he would kill her.  During this time Coffman destroyed the vehicle’s dash area.  Once in West Virginia he told her to drive back to Maryland and that is when they got stopped.  The victim had injuries consistent with being assaulted but did not require any medical attention.  Coffman was placed under arrest and transported to PH also.Hawke Anthony Coffman is charged with. 2nd Degree Assault, Carjacking, DOP over $1000 Coffman was taken for a Bond Hearing and held in the ACDC on a $100000 Bond. Thomas Edward Wright is charged with DUI, Driving Revoked, Fugitive Warrant. Wright was held without Bail at the ACDC awaiting extradition to West Virginia.

Hardy County Sheriff’s Department  is investigating a fatal crash. The accident happened at about 2pm yesterday afternoon on Route 259 near the Mennonite Church.

An Oldtown man is sentenced to spend six years behind bars. The Office of the State’s Attorney for Allegany County, the Honorable Michael O. Twigg, State’s Attorney, announced on Thursday, March 12, 2015, that Chandler Tyler Thornton, 19 of Oldtown, was convicted of two counts of felony burglary.The first burglary occurred on September 12, 2014, in the area of Williams Road in Cumberland.  Thornton and another man entered a vacant home and stole copper tubing and fuel oil.  The cut lines then leaked causing damage of $6,000 to the residence.  The second burglary occurred on Moore’s Hollow Road in Cumberland on October 3, 2014.  During that burglary, Mr. Thornton and another man entered the home of an elderly woman who had recently been admitted to a local nursing home.  Again, copper tubing was removed from the residence.The Honorable W. Timothy Finan, Allegany County Circuit Court Judge, sentenced Thorton to eight years in the Maryland Division of Corrections, suspending two years of that sentence, and ordered Thornton to make restitution to the victim of $6,000.According to Assistant State’s Attorney Erich Bean, who prosecuted the case, “Judge Finan noted during sentencing that Mr. Thornton is a menace to our community and sentenced him appropriately.  Thornton has six years to decide whether he wants to be a productive member of society or continue down the path he has chosen so far in his early adulthood.”The cases were investigated by the Maryland State Police and Allegany County Sheriff’s Office.  Mr. Thornton was represented by Sean Gallagher, Esq.

Nadine Louise-Nicole RAGER, 24, of Hagerstown, has been indicted for the fatal hit and run accident which occurred on January 29, 2015 (W. Washington Street at Insurance Way, Hagerstown). Rager was operating a 2010 Mazda 3, traveling westbound, on W. Washington Street when she struck William Bushman Sr. while he was riding his bicycle. It is believed Rager was texting on her cell phone at the time of the accident. Rager is charged with Manslaughter by Vehicle, Criminally Negligent Manslaughter by Vehicle, Hit and Run, Failure to Stop and Give Information, Text Messaging Prohibited.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a home invasion. On March 10, 2015 at approximately 11:30 PM, Deputies responded to the 12100 block of Cedar Ridge Road, Williamsport. The victim advised that 3 unknown suspects forced entry into the residence. One of the suspects displaced a gun. The suspects proceeded to steal personal item from the resident. The suspects fled the scene in a silver vehicle. The first suspect is described as a white female, in her mid to late 20’s, 5’7”-6’, 125-135 lbs, with shoulder length dark hair. The female was wearing blue jeans and a sweatshirt. The second suspect is described as a white female, approximately 5’, 150-160 lbs with short black hair. She was wearing blue jeans and a blue jacket. The third suspect is described as a white male, 5’9”, 165-175 lbs, with a goatee and short dark hair. The male was wearing a yellow sweatshirt and blue jeans. The victim suffered from a minor laceration, which did not require medical treatment. Anyone with information in reference to this incident is asked to contact Det. Nogle at 240-313-2885.

The "Nervous" Promo tour being presented by 2 Deep Entertainment LLC will be coming to Mineral County tonight. The mission of 2 Deep Entertainment LLC is to encourage positivity and prosperity through live entertainment. This tour includes artist “Radio” and “H-ROC” featuring their new single "Nervous", along with Cumberland Maryland’s own “Lyricool”. This tour started on the west coast and has swept its way down south and now up into the east coast. This part of the tour was coordinated by former Keyser resident David Smith aka “Loonatic”. During their visit here the artists will be doing a free meet and greet at Potomac State College Davis Conference Center on March 13 at 5:00pm and later that night performing at Vuggati's with music from Keyser’s very own Myron Allen aka” DJ Nella”. For more information contact David Smith at (724)-757-0398.

 

All schools in Preston County will be on a 2-hour delay on Wed. Mar. 11, 2015 due to high water issues. Custodians, mechanics, and maintenance employees report on a regular schedule; central office staff reports on a 1 hour delay, and all other faculty and staff report on a 2-hour delay.

Near Bruceton in Preston County: Bus #100 (Shelly Jones) will not be running on the Tallen Tire Road and will pick up students living on this road at the alternate stop.

The Pennsylvania State Policeand Bedford County Drug Task Force took arrested a couple in an ongoing investigation into methamphetamine manufacturing operations throughout Bedford County. Matthew Darrell Zelanko, 31, and Kelcy Marie Hoover, 18, both of Saxton, PA, were taken into custody on Friday evening. Each charged with the following offenses: Operating a Methamphetamine Laboratory (Felony); Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Felony); Possession of Liquefied Ammonia Gas, Precursors and Chemicals (Felony); Illegal Dumping of Methamphetamine Chemicals (Felony); Risking a Catastrophe (Felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor). The arrests stem from information gathered early Friday morning when Drug Task Force Officers received a tip that there was an active Methamphetamine operation at the Breezewood Motel. The State Police were called to assist and the officers traveled to the motel room in question. Using investigative technique, the officers were able to gain access to the room and consent to search. The search uncovered numerous items of drug paraphernalia, rubber tubing, Zippo brand lighter fluid, ammonium nitrate, lithium batteries, plastic baggies containing white power residue, a black plastic container containing white powder residue, scales, a metal container used to weight methamphetamine, a box of cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine, empty packets of cold medicine and drain cleaner. All of these items are commonly associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine, and it was determined that this was an active methamphetamine laboratory. Both defendants were taken into custody and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Kathy Calhoun, where bail was set for each at $125,000.00. Neither of the defendants posted bail, and they were remanded to the Bedford County Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.“You would think that after our Drug Task Force just arrested 5 meth cooks earlier in the week that these people would be a little more cautious; but, once you get involved in this garbage, clear thinking becomes a thing of the past,” stated District Attorney Bill Higgins. “In less than a week, we have taken down 7 people involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine. In addition to these people destroying their own lives, they are risking the life and well-being of anyone nearby. It is disheartening to see young lives being ruined by this poison, and we will continue to do everything in our power to stop people from making these deadly life choices,” concluded Higgins.The District Attorney cautions that charges against these individuals are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

A Cumberland man is arrested in connection with a January burglary. Yesterday Cumberland Police served an Arrest Warrant on  34 year old Perry Hamilton Jr.  The warrant stemmed from an incident that occurred in January of 2015 at a residence on Virginia Avenue in Cumberland.  Subjects were seen entering a Virginia Avenue residence and removing items that did not belong to them.  After investigating the matter Officers were able to identify Perry Hamilton Jr. as one of the subjects that entered the residence without permission and removed the items.  The items were then stolen from the residence and later sold by Hamilton Jr.  Hamilton Jr. was placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Cumberland Police Department.  He was then processed and taken to the Allegany County District Court Commissioners Office.  He was then transported to the Allegany County Detention Center and held without bond.

Everybody may be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day* but nobody should drive drunk after celebrating Ireland’s patron saint.  “St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated saint’s days in the world, but all too often it shares that great distinction with a far lesser one—too many people are driving drunk and killing or maiming themselves and others on the road as a result,” said Sheriff Craig Robertson.  Even if you think you’ve had only a few drinks and are just feeling ‘buzzed,’ don’t kid yourself, because Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37 percent of the motor vehicle traffic fatalitiesduring St. Patrick’s Day 2009 involved at least one driver or motorcyclist with blood alcohol content of .08 grams or above the legal level of intoxication established in every state.  “Whether you are meeting a few friends at the local pub after work or attending the Cumberland Hooley Pub Crawl, Frostburg City Shamrock Shuffle, and alcohol is part of the festivities, make sure you designate a sober driver to get you home safely, or contact your local cab company for a safe trip,” Sheriff Craig Robertson recommended. The Sheriffrecommends the following easy steps, for a safe St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin and designate a sober driver.
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement.
  • And remember, if you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

*St. Patrick’s Day is defined as the period from 6 p.m. on March 13 to 5:59 a.m. on March 18

The Allegany County Department of Public Works will hold a public meeting Wednesday March 11th at 6:30pm at the Mt Savage Fire Hall to discuss the water situation in the Barrelville and Sunnyside areas. County officials will discuss the results of the recent voting and major change in the Federal funding requirements that allow the Barrelville Water Company to continue to operate while allowing County departments to serve areas that have insufficient water. The procedure to move forward with a potential water project will be explained at the meeting and residents will be allowed to sign a petition for or against a future project. All area residents are encouraged to attend the meeting.

A Donkey Basketball game will be held at Hampshire High School Wednesday March 11th7PM to benefit the Cross Country Team. The game will be featuring teams from FFA, HHS athletes, Hampshire Co EMS, and the Hampshire Volunteer Fire Department.

A truck driver faces charges following a crash that tied up traffic on I-68 for several hours last night. At about 9:20pm Maryland State Police troopers were called out to I-68 westbound near mile marker 59 for a crash involving two tractor trailers. One of the tractor trailers had broken down on westbound I-68 in lane 3 and signal markers were displayed. The second tractor trailer driven by Eric Justice of West Virginia hit the broken down tractor trailer. According to State Police no one was seriously injured. The vehicles were hauling dog food and light bulbs which littered the interstate with debris. Maryland State Highway Administration crews were called in to clean up the scene.

A Cumberland man wanted on a bench warrant is arrested after he is found hiding in a garage. Cumberland Police received information that 22 year old Brady Twigg was hiding in the South Cumberland area. As a part of the Safe Streets initiative several officers were called out to the Arch Street area. He was wanted on a bench warrant for failure to obey on an original burglary charge. After checking several locations Twigg was found hiding in a garage.  Twigg arrested without incident and he is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $20,000 bond.

A Cumberland man wanted on an outstanding bench warrant is arrested. 57 year old Louis Brown was wanted for failing to follow conditions of probation on an original second degree assault charge. He was arrested without incident and he is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center without bond.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh releases a report on same sex marriage. In the report Frosh provides an argument as to why the US Supreme Court should recognize marriage equality. The report looks at the origins of state laws prohibiting same sex marriage and finds those laws have been driven by fear, prejudice and hate. In a press release from his office, Attorney General Frosh said. “Maryland has been a leader in advancing marriage equality. We must continue to play a role in making sure that everyone in the nation can enjoy the benefits of marriage regardless of sexual orientation,” Attorney General Frosh said. “It is a matter of fundamental fairness.

Hampshire High Band will be having a McTeacher night at the Romney McDonalds on March 10, 2015 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. 20% of each order gets donated by McDonalds to help them get closer to getting their desperately needed uniforms. Brian Bowers (Band Director) will be there as well as some of the band members so come out say hi and show them some support.

A temperatures begin to rise so do gas prices. According to Christine Delise with AAA paying $2 for gas will seem like a distant memory for most drivers in the coming weeks.  Gas prices across the country have seen significant jumps in the past few weeks, primarily due to refinery outages and issues.  The national average has moved higher for 39 consecutive days, the longest streak of increases since February 2013.Delise says AAA believes gas prices will likely rise higher in March as refineries continue to conduct seasonal maintenance.  The good news is that most U.S. drivers should still pay less than $3 per gallon to fill up their cars this year. AAA officials believe the national average price of gas could rise by 20 cents per gallon or more in March.  Right now the average price for a gallon of regular grade gasoline nationally is $2.44. In Maryland and West Virginia it is $2.46.

A juvenile driver faces drug charges. Yesterday at about 4:15 in the morning  deputies with the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for failure to reduce high beams and vehicle equipment violation on RT 220 near WCI.  During initial contact with the driver, the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle.  As a result of a probable cause search, 30.0 grams of suspected marijuana was discovered on the driver’s person and various other CDS related items were removed from within the vehicle.  The male juvenile driver was arrested and transported to the Sheriff’s Office where he was later released to his legal guardian

A Cumberland man faces charges in connection with a fight in January. 21 year old Devin Smith was charged with affray and disorderly conduct.  The charges stem from a January 30, 2015 investigation where Cumberland Police Officers responded to the area of Pennsylvania Avenue for a report of a fight in the street.  As a result of the investigation several people have been charged with various crimes associated with this incident along with Devin Smith.

A Baltimore couple is charged with assault. Friday at about 3am Cumberland Police were called out to a local hotel for a report of a disturbance.  Upon arrival officers discovered a nude man in the hotel elevator.  The man was escorted to his room where they discovered evidence of an altercation involving a female.  As a result of the investigation, Daniel Shane Dickerson, age 24, and Erica Denise Shearn, age 23, both of Baltimore were both arrested and charged with assault.  Disposition was not available. 

A Piedmont man faces burglary charges in Garrett County. 30 year old Ryan Redman was arrested on Wednesday after he was found inside a vacant home. He was charged with fourth degree burglary.

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location this week to promote awareness and reduce the number of alcohol-impaired drivers on the roadways. The checkpoint is part of the agency’s traffic safety initiative to keep county roads safe for residents and travelers.The checkpoint will be clearly marked with signs, lights, and uniformed officers. Officers will utilize both marked and unmarked vehicles and will be checking for violations including driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to use seat belts, failure to use child safety seats, and distracted drivers using handheld devices. The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office conducts several sobriety checkpoints throughout the year, in addition to utilizing special enforcement details specifically targeting drunken, drugged, and distracted drivers. Last year the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office investigated 205 vehicle crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities.  Checkpoints conducted by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office are part of the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign and are funded in part by a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office. Traffic crashes continue to be a leading cause of death on Maryland highways. Police urge drivers to always drive sober, obey the speed limit, wear a seat belt, and eliminate distractions.If you see a drunk or distracted driver on the road, please call 911. You might just save a life!

 

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued the following statement in response to the House Environment and Transportation Committee voting against House Bill 481, legislation submitted by the Hogan administration to repeal the Rain Tax mandate:"No issue resonates as strongly and no tax is as universally detested as the rain tax. Passing a law that forces only a handful of counties to raise taxes on their citizens – against their will – is wrong, unfair, and it needs to end. Marylanders have spoken loudly and clearly on this issue. The overwhelming majority of voters across the state are strongly opposed to it, and some counties have already taken steps to repeal this burdensome tax. Considering the surge of opposition to the current law, I am confident that the General Assembly will still move forward with a repeal of the Rain Tax."

 The Maryland State Senate voted to confirm the appointment of Ben Grumbles as Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment. Secretary Grumbles brings experience in environmental issues from multiple levels of government and from the non-profit sector. He had been nominated by Governor Larry Hogan in January to lead MDE.From 2010 until his nomination earlier this year, Secretary Grumbles was President of the U.S. Water Alliance, a Washington-based environmental non-profit organization that educates the public on the value of water and the need for integrated and innovative solutions. He previously served as Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He is a member of the National Academy of Science’s Water Science and Technology Board. Secretary Grumbles also has experience in energy, climate, air, waste and agricultural policy and regulations. He was Director of Arizona’s Department of Environmental Quality, and he served as Environmental Counsel and Senior Staff Member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Science Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a frequent lecturer and analyst on environmental law and policy. Secretary Grumbles will lead an agency of more than 900 employees.  His priorities include an emphasis on effective customer service. MDE’s customers include: Maryland citizens who expect protection and restoration of the environment; businesses, governments, and individuals who are applying for permits and receiving technical assistance; and technical personnel such as well drillers, sanitarians, waste water operators, and asbestos contractors who require certification. Other key stakeholders include environmental and public health advocacy groups, citizen groups, educators, scientists and natural resource users.Secretary Grumbles, 54, has a master’s degree in environmental law from George Washington University, a J.D. from Emory University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University. He has lived in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, with his wife and two children, over the last 30 years and now lives in Baltimore

The Westernport Street Department will be working on a water leak on Maryland Avenue on Monday, March 9th at 8:00 a.m.  The water will be off for approximately three hours and the following blocks will be affected:  300, 400 & 500

All Allegany County Public Schools are CLOSED today

Bishop Walsh School will be CLOSED today

Calvary Christian Academy is closed  Day Care is also closed. High School play students need to report to the gym at 9:00 am. Don't miss the play beginning at 7:00 pm

All schools in Berkeley County will be closed  due to weather. All evening activities for March 6th canceled also.

Garrett County Public Schools are closed for today.

All schools in Grant County will be closed .

All schools in Hampshire County will be closed.

All schools in Hardy County will be closed .

All schools in Mineral County will be closed .

All schools in Morgan County will be closed  Code A.

All schools in Preston County will be closed on Fri. Mar. 6, 2015 due to winter weather conditions. All 240-day employees & central office staff report on a 2-hour delay; for Aurora, CPMS, Rowlesburg, & TAEP schools, the school custodian with the longest contract term reports on a 2-hour delay; & all other faculty and staff do not report

Winchester Academy is closed

Winchester Public Schools are  closed

Allegany College of Maryland Cumberland will open at 11

George's Creek and Willow Creek Adult Care Centers will be open with limited transportation 

All Allegany County Head Starts are open with no transportation 

Liberal Leave in place for Maryland State Employees for Friday March 6th……..essential staff are to report. 

Friends Aware Day Program is closed Friday, March 6. Staff are to report. 

All HRDC Senior Centers are closed with no home delivered meals

A Cumberland man is behind bars after allegedly assaulting a vulnerable adult. Yesterday Cumberland Police investigated an assault at a home on Columbia Street. The victim, a vulnerable adult, was an elderly female who had been deemed not capable of fully taking care of herself.  Investigation revealed that Frederick Gentry, age 48, assaulted the victim when he allegedly struck her in the eye with a closed fist as a result of an argument between the two.  Further investigation revealed that Gentry was not providing the proper care for the victim as she indicated to officers that she hadn’t been properly nourished or fed for the past few days.  Visible injury to the victim’s eye was observed.  Gentry was placed in custody and transported to the Cumberland City Police Department where he was processed and served.  Gentry later taken to the Allegany County District Court Commissioner’s Office for a bond hearing and was held on a $7,500.00 dollar bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.  Adult Protective Services assisted officers with the investigation.  The victim was transported to the Western Maryland Regional Center for a general medical evaluation.

Emergency crews are on the scene of a vehicle crash on I-68 eastbound near mile marker 42. The roadway is down to one lane.

All Allegany County Public Schools are CLOSED today

Beginnings Montessori School is closed

Bedford Area School District is CLOSED

All schools in Berkeley County will be closed. Evening activities canceled.

Calvary Christian Academy is closed today, Thursday, March 5th. Day Care will open at 8 am. High School Play Practice begins at 8:30 am. Thank You.

Garrett County Public Schools are closed

All schools in Grant County will be closed

All schools in Hampshire County will be closed

All schools in Hardy County will be closed

Hope for Hyndman Charter School is closed .

All schools in Mineral County will be closed

All schools in Morgan County will be closed

All Preston County Schools are closed

The Somerset Area School District is closed Thursday March 5, 2015. Please check the District website for updated information. All After School Activities are also Canceled.

West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind will be closed Thursday, March 5th and Friday, March 6th due to inclement weather.

WASHINGTON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED TODAY,

Winchester Public Schools and administrative offices are closed today

Winchester Academy is closed

All Allegany Head Starts are open no transportation…..for Thursday March 5th

All HRDC Senior Centers will be closed with no home delivered meals

Allegany College of Maryland Campuses closed

Frostburg State University be closed

Garrett College is closed

Potomac State College is closed today, March 5th. All morning, afternoon, and evening classes are cancelled.

Willow Creek and George’s Creek Adult Care are closed

The Friends Aware Day Program is closed Staff are to report.

Humpty Dumpty Learning Center will be closed

Maryland State Offices are closed until the end of day shift essential personnel to report

District Court in Allegany and Garrett County will be closed today due to weather.

Allegany County Transit Bus & Alltrans services will be delayed on Thursday March 5. Service will begin at 10:30 am.

Allegany County Health Department will be closed today

All Garrett County Government Offices including Garrett County Circuit Court and the Garrett County Health Department will be closed today and administrative leave will be in effect for all non-emergency personnel.

Interstate 68 has been reopened, and traffic is moving into WV from Maryland following an incident at about 2am this morning The roadway condition is still extremely hazardous in this area. Use caution if required to travel through the area.

All Allegany County Libraries are closed

The Keyser, Burlington and Fort Ashby libraries will be closed today.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning in effect from 7pm today until 7pm tomorrow night. Meteorologist Bryan Jackson says we could see quite a bit of precipitation over the next 36 hours. “West from the Allegheny Front that is where the highest rain will be with an inch to an inch and a half perhaps an inch more than what has already fallen. There has already been a fair amount that has already fallen. And then for snow totals we are looking at six to 12 inches with the 12 being roughly about three thousand feet along the Allegany mountains.” The heaviest snowfall is expected tonight into tomorrow morning which could impact local schools and the morning commute.

Flooding has been an issue around the region as well. Garrett County School Buses will not be serving Blue Ribbon Road and Jasper Riley Road this morning due to high water. Several roadways were shut down in Somerset County, PA last night due to high water. 

A former teacher at Mountain Ridge High School pleads guilty to sex offense charges. According to officials with the Allegany County State’s Attorney’s Office Bart Mazer, of Frostburg pled guilty to two counts of Fourth Degree Sex Offense involving sexual intercourse with two students at Mountain Ridge High School while he was full time math teacher. Members of the State’s Attorney’s Office consulted with the victims and family members on numerous occasions regarding the nature of the plea agreement. The court ordered a Pre-Sentence Investigation and deferred sentencing awaiting the completion of that report. Witnesses for the State and Defense are expected to address the court during that hearing.

Garrett County Sheriff’s Deputies are searching for information following a series of burglaries in the Oakland area. Sometime between February 2nd and February 8th the suspects broke into two separate homes, one on North Third Street and the other on East Orchid Street. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office at 301-334-1911 or leave a tip online at www.garrettcountycrimesolvers.org

US Senator Barbara Mikulski the longest serving woman in congressional history will not seek re-election. Mikulski made the announcement earlier this week and explains why she made the decision. “I am up for re-election which meant I had to begin to rear up and rev up and the more I asked myself who am I campaigning for I wanted to campaign for the people. I am at the stage where I want to make sure I can continue to put 120 percent into focusing on the needs of my constituents and not to think about how to fight for my job but to fight for jobs like in our mountain counties not to spend my time raising money to but raising hell so I can help my constituents.” Mikulski’s term will end in January 2017.

 

US Senator Ben Cardin (MD) and Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) are asking the federal government to restore Allegany County’s rural designation. As a result of the 2010 Census the rural designation was dropped for Allegany County which elimintated the county’s eligibility for for federal rural health care funding.  Cardin and Delaney sent a letter to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In their letter, Rep. Delaney and Senator Cardin informed Sec. Burwell that Allegany County is a largely rural community and that access to vital health programs and services should be restored.

The Maryland State Fire Marshals Office is investigating this morning's blaze on Opessa Street in Oldtown. No one was injured.

Due to updated forecasts for freezing Rain, students in the Somerset Area School District will be dismissed early today, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Elementary students will be dismissed at 12:00 PM and secondary students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm. Also, all evening events are cancelled for tonight.

Cumberland Police are asking for information following a firearms complaint. Last night at about 10:14 pm officers were called to the 400 block of  Woodlawn Terrace, Cumberland, Maryland  reference to a firearms complaint. Upon arrival officers canvassed the area and were able to locate evidence that indicated that a firearm had been discharged.  Maryland State Police Crime Scene Unit and C3I responded to assist. Evidence was collected at the scene and is currently being processed.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cumberland Police Department at 301-777-1600. 

The Office of the State’s Attorney, Michael O. Twigg, State’s Attorney, announced the indictment of Ralph Richard Faith, Jr., 26, of Cumberland for the death of Christopher Wigington on January 29th, 2015.  Faith was indicted of 2nd Degree Murder among other charges stemming from the incident.  Mr. Faith’s is scheduled to appear in the Circuit Court on March 3rd, 2015 at 8:45 for his initial appearance.   

Charges are pending against a driver involved in a crash on I-68. According to Maryland State Police just after 6pm last night Troopers responded to W/B I-68 at the 29mm, Garrett County, Maryland, in reference to a single vehicle motor vehicle accident. The vehicle was a 2003 Ford Focus and the driver was identified as Gary Bennett by his VA drivers license. Investigation revealed the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it traveled onto the right shoulder causing the driver to lose control. The vehicle then crossed back over both W/B lanes striking the guardrail. The odor of alcohol was present coming from the driver. Frostburg Ambulance transported the driver to WMRMC for treatment. Alcohol is believed to be a factor. Charges pending

Two people face charges after allegedly proving false information to law enforcement officials. According to a press release from C3I early Saturday morning, 02/28/2015, at approximately 3:30 AM, the Cumberland Police responded to a private residence on N. Centre Street for a reported stabbing. The male victim initially told police that he was outside the residence when he was assaulted by two men in masks, one, or both, of which stabbed him, before both of the suspects fledon foot. The victim, who had four puncture wounds to the abdomen, was transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Investigators with the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. Evidence at the crime scene did not support the victim’s initial story, and witnesses gave several conflicting statements about what had occurred. After continued questioning, the witnesses and the victim all advised that the wounds had been self-inflicted by the victim, who was apparently despondent over an argument he had with a girlfriend. As a result, the Cumberland Police obtained an arrest warrant and charged 37 year old Jeffery Wayne Wahl, Cumberland, with False Statement to Police and Obstruction of Justice.The Cumberland Police also obtained an arrest warrant for one of the witnesses, 33 year old Shandi Renee Porter, of Cumberland, and charged her with False Statement to Police and Obstruction of Justice.Both Wahl and Porter were taken before a District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance. Both were released on personal recognizance and are free pending their next court appearance.

The Pennsylvania State Police and Bedford County Drug Task Force apprehended five suspects in an ongoing investigation into methamphetamine manufacturing operations throughout Bedford County according to a press release from Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins.  Seth Wayne Price, 35 of New Enterprise; Ashley Ciera Price, 28; of Bellwood; Steven Frank King, 32, of Westminster, Maryland; Jessie Sue Hasting, 33, of Everett, PA; and Jerica Lynn Hughes, 27, of Bedford; were taken into custody earlier today as police executed a search warrant at a residence along West Pitt Street in Bedford Borough. Each of them were charged with One Count of Manufacturing a Controlled Substance (Felony), One Count of Possession of Liquefied Ammonia Gas, Precursors and Chemicals (Felony), One Count of Operating a Methamphetamine Laboratory, One Count of Risking a Catastrophe (Felony 3), Twenty-two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person (Misdemeanor), and One Count of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor), and One Count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor). Seth Price faces an additional Count of Resisting Arrest for running from police following the discovery of the lab. The arrests stem from information gathered early this morning where it was discovered that Seth Price and another man, who was later identified as King, were at the Bedford Square WalMart gathering supplies commonly associated with the manufacture of Methamphetamine, including plastic tubing. They then traveled to CVS Pharmacy in Bedford where they attempted to purchase pseudoephedrine, however due to having already purchased their

monthly maximum, they were denied. The pair then traveled to the Pitt Street residence, where police began surveillance. Shortly thereafter, two females left the building and traveled to another local pharmacy. Armed with this information, the officers involved contacted the District Attorney to discuss a search warrant for the Pitt Street residence. After receiving the approval of District Attorney Higgins, a search warrant was obtained from Magisterial District Judge H. Cyril Bingham. The warrant was immediately executed at the residence. The search revealed numerous items commonly associated with “the One-Pot” method of manufacturing methamphetamine, including generic

Claritin D, Coleman Fuel, and a dissolving coffee filter. All five suspects were located within the residence; however, Seth Price quickly exited the apartment through a second story window, jumped from the roof and fled on foot – without socks, shoes, or a shirt – wearing only his underwear. After a brief chase, he was apprehended and taken into custody. Methamphetamine “cooks,” using the “One-Pot” method, combine anhydrous ammonia, pseudoephedrine tablets, water, and a reactive metal into one container at the beginning of the process. After the chemical reaction, what is left is a crystalline powder that users smoke, snort or inject. They often discardthe bottle, which now contains a poisonous brown and white sludge. The concentration of products builds up the ether pressure within the sealed container to levels beyond which the containers were built to withstand. The building pressure can create a rupture or bursting of the container exposing the ingredients into the air. Beyond the damage from the bursting container, exposure of items such as lithium to the air then creates further explosive danger.

This forms the basis for the risking catastrophe charges. The five defendants were ultimately arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Bingham, and bail was set at $150,000.00 for Seth Price; $125,000.00 for Ashley Price, and $125,000.00 for Jerica Hughes. (Note: Hasting and King were in the process of being arraigned at the time of this release; watch for an update). None of the defendants posted bail and they were remanded to the Bedford County Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March  11, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. “The process involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine is incredibly dangerous. Not only for the amateur chemists involved, but anyone living in proximity to the laboratory. These five people could have caused death or serious bodily injury to innocent citizens, and that fact will not be overlooked

as we vigorously prosecute each of them,” stated Bill Higgins. “We have been relentless in taking down drug operations and methamphetamine laboratories over the past 12 years. We will not stop. We have a great team of law enforcement professionals working around the clock in Bedford County to bring these societal plagues to justice. If these addicts want to ruin their own lives by injecting this poison into their system, that’s one thing; but, endangering the lives of innocent Bedford County citizens will never be tolerated, and playing the ‘addict’ card in circumstances like this will always fall on deaf ears in my office. If there is any doubt about the effects this stuff can have on your mind – just think about this doped up clown running through the streets of Bedford in his barefeet and underwear foolishly attempting to outrun the police,” concluded Higgins. The District Attorney cautions that charges against these individuals are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) announced she has decided not to run for re-election. Senator Mikulski, who will complete her 5th term in office in January, 2017, says she wants to focus for the next two years on working for her constituents and for the nation.

 

All Allegany County Public Schools are on a TWO-HOUR DELAY. All morning pre-k classes are cancelled.

Beginnings Montessori School is on a two hour delay

All schools in Berkeley County will be on a 2-hour delay.

Calvary Christian Academy is on a 2 hour. Day Care and Before Care will open at 7:30. There will be no morning Pre-K class.

Garrett County Schools are on a two hour delay

Union Educational Complex in Grant County will be on a 2-hour delay

All schools in Mineral County will be on a 2-hour delay.

All schools in Morgan County will be on a 2-hour delay Code D

The Somerset Area School District will be operating on a two-hour delay. Secondary Students may be dropped off starting at 9:18 am and Elementary Students may be dropped off starting at 9:28.

Washington County Public Schools will be on a two hour delay

Allegany College of Maryland all campuses will open at 10 AM

Frostburg State University will be opening at 10am

Garrett College will open at 10am today, March 2. Classes with a start time before 10am will not meet.

Friends Aware Day Program is on a two-hour delay.

All schools in Preston County will now be closed on Mon. Mar. 2, 2015 due to poor secondary road conditions. All 240-day employees & central office staff report on a 2-hour delay; for Aurora, CPMS, Rowlesburg, & TAEP schools, the school custodian with the longest contract term reports on a 2-hour delay; & all other faculty and staff do not report.

A Cumberland couple is arrested in connection with a burglary in Pennsylvania. According to C3I 44 year old Rick Imes and 44 year old Ammie McKenzie are being held at the Allegany County Detention Center. The couple allegedly broke into a home in Hyndman on February 22nd and stole several firearms, electronics and jewelry. The items were discovered at the couple’s home on Independence Street after officers served a search warrant. The victims reported to the Pennsylvania State Police that during the morning hours Sunday 2/22/15, their residence, unoccupied at the time, was entered and that firearms, electronics, jewelry and an undisclosed sum of U.S. Currency were stolen.Both were arrested and charged with one count of (1) theft over $1,000 under $10,000. Following an initial appearance in front of a District Court Commissioner, McKenzie was ordered held on $5,000 and Imes was ordered held without bail.The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene of the search warrant by uniformed members of the Cumberland City Police as well as Investigators from the C3I and C3I Narcotics Units. The Pennsylvania State Police are continuing their investigation regarding the original burglary and additional charges are pending

An Oakland area man is behind bars on sex offense charges. According to the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday 21 year old Micah Calhoun of Crelin was arrested following an investigation he had sexual contact with a 15 year old girl. He allegedly had communication with the teen electronically before meeting. Calhoun was charged with third degree sex offense, 4th degree sex offense, perverted practice, sexual solicitation of a minor, sodomy, two counts of 2nd degree assault and displaying pornography to a minor. He is being held at the Garrett County Detention Center on five thousand dollar bail.

A Cumberland man wanted in West Virginia is arrested following a traffic stop. On Sunday March 1, 2015, at 2:00 am, a Cumberland City Police Officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 400 block of North Center Street for an observed registration violation.  Contact was made with the driver who was identified as Mark Tallman, age 46 of Cumberland.  A check of his license status showed that his driver’s license was suspended.  It was also learned that Tallman had an active arrest warrant issued by the West Virginia State Police in Mineral County West Virginia.  Tallman was placed in custody and transported to the Cumberland City Police Department where he was cited for driving on a suspended license.  He was taken to the Allegany County District Court Commissioners Office where a fugitive warrant was issued for the out of state warrant.  He was held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center pending extradition to West Virginia.

 

A Hagerstown man is charged with destruction of property at the Days Inn. According to Frostburg Police at approximately 5:19 a.m. this morning the Frostburg Police Department was called to respond to the Days Inn for a disturbance. Lt. K. Grove and Sgt. G. Kroll responded. Upon arrival, police met with the hotel manager, who reported that he had gone to check on loud noise in one of the hotel rooms and discovered that an exit sign and light fixture in the hall had been broken. Both appeared to have been struck by a person and were broken into pieces, and there was loud noise coming from one of the rooms. Police made contact with two occupants of the room. One occupant, Myles Douglas Morse, 26, of Hagerstown, was belligerent and aggressive with police, and had a bleeding cut on his wrist, consistent with the damage to the light and exit sign in the hallway. Morse refused to provide identification and was told that he was under arrest. Morse then aggressively charged toward Lt. Grove, who subdued him by the use of a Taser electronic control device and placed him under arrest. In addition to the information known, a witness reported observing that Morse had cut his arm in the process of breaking the light in the hallway. Morse was treated by Frostburg Area Ambulance Service personnel, and then transported to the Frostburg Police Department. Morse was charged with malicious destruction of property, being intoxicated and creating a disturbance, and disorderly conduct. Morse was taken before a District Court Commissioner and released on personal recognizance, pending trial in District Court.

No word yet what sparked a blaze in Hampshire County over the weekend. According to officials with the Augusta Volunteer Fire Company crews were called to the fire at a home in the North Little Cacapon Road area Saturday night. Crews were on the scene for about five hours.

The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) announces that the bridge on Winchester Street (Morgan County Route 16) will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians beginning as early as March 2. The closure, located approximately 0.3 miles south of the intersection with WV Route 9, will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is necessary for the WVDOH to perform work on the bridge. Motorists are advised to use Cinder Lane (County Route 9/47) and WV Route 9 to detour around the project. Construction is expected to be completed in approximately eight weeks, weather permitting.

Garrett County Public Schools are on a three hour delay

All Allegany County Public Schools are on a TWO-HOUR DELAY today. All morning pre-k classes are cancelled.

Bishop Walsh is on a two hour delay

Bedford Area School District is on a two hour delay

Calvary Christian Academy is on a 2 hour delay. Day Care and Before Care will open at 7:30. There will be no morning Pre-K class.

All schools in Grant County will be on a 2-hour delay.

All schools in Hardy County will be on a 2-hour delay.

Hope for Hyndman Charter School on a 2hr delay,

All schools in Mineral County will be on a 2-hour delay

Somerset Areas School District on a two hour delay

All schools in Preston County will be on a 2-hour delay due to frigid temperatures. Custodians, mechanics, & maintenance employees report on a regular schedule; Bus drivers are to inspect buses on a regular schedule & report any concerns to the transportation supervisor; central office staff reports on a 1 hour delay, & all other faculty and staff report on a 2-hour delay.

All Allegany County Head Starts are open no morning transportation

Friends Aware Day Program is operating on a two-hour delay

Allegany Radio Corporation in conjunction with the American Red Cross and Chik-Fil-A will be holding a blood drive from 8am until 1:30pm at the Chik-Fil-A in the Queen City Center.

The Office of the State’s Attorney for Allegany County, the Honorable Michael O. Twigg, State’s Attorney, announced the Allegany County Grand Jury recently handed down indictments on a Cumberland couple in connection with several recent burglaries in the Oldtown and Cumberland areas. Charles Bret Parker, Jr, 33 of Cumberland, was indicted on fifteen counts stemming from five different burglaries which occurred between August 2014 and January 2015. Hilary Dawn Nixon, 28 of Cumberland, was indicted on eight counts stemming from her participation in two of those burglaries. The couple was arrested Friday, February 20, 2015 at the home they share. Following a bond hearing at Allegany County Circuit Court, Parker was held on a $50,000 bond and Nixon on $25,000.The indictments stem from a joint investigation conducted by the C3I Unit and the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant State’s Attorney Erich Bean will prosecute the cases.

The Rotary Club of Cumberland is pleased to announce it is now accepting allocation requests from local non-profit organizations. Deadline for requests is April 30, 2015 and all applicants will be notified of the club’s funding decision by July 2015.Part of the service organization’s mission is to improve the quality of life in their community. Each year Rotary Club of Cumberland donates funds to local non-profits as part of that mission. Last year, the club donated $18,000 to 28 different groups. As part of the process, requests for financial support is considered on an annual basis and all requests for funding must be made on the club’s official Allocation Request Form. The requests may be made for any legitimate program, project or activity. The maximum allocation that any organization may receive is $1,000.  Applicants receiving funding will be invited to attend a weekly lunch meeting to receive their allocation check and make a few brief remarks to the members on how the funding will be spent. Each grant recipient must submit a final report, consisting of a short summary of how the funds were spent in order to be eligible for funding consideration in subsequent years. Questions concern the allocation process should be directed to Rotarian Todd McKenzie at 301-722-1900 or todd@landisoffice.com.

Union Educational Complex in Grant County will be closed on Mon. Feb. 23, 2015.

West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind will be closed tomorrow

All schools in Preston County will be on a 2-hour delay on Mon. Feb. 23, 2015 due to winter weather conditions. Custodians, mechanics,& maintenance employees report on a regular schedule; Bus drivers are to inspect buses on a regular schedule & report any issues to the transportation supervisor; central office staff reports on a 1-hour delay, & all other faculty and staff report on a 2-hour delay.

District Court in Allegany County will be closed today due to a water main break causing a loss of water. Any cases scheduled will be rescheduled for a later date.

Two people face charges in connection with a breaking and entering. According to Allegany County Sheriff's officials Sunday at about 1230hrs the Allegany County Sheriff's Office responded to a Breaking and Entering to a residence in the Barton area that was in progress. Initial reports indicated that the home owner had both suspects detained and was waiting for law enforcement to arrive. Deputies arrived on scene and secured both suspects and after completing the initial investigation, the Sheriff’s Office determined that the two suspects detained, were the suspects that broke into the residence. Deputies determined that the home owners returned home from church and observed that the rear basement door to their residence had been kicked in. While the owner of the residence entered the basement, a family member went around the house to check the remaining doors. The son of the victim was walking around front of the residence, when two younger male suspects fled from inside the residence and out across the front lawn. The family member gave chase on foot and was able to detain one of the male subjects while the other male initially got away but he did recognize the suspect and knew where he lived. Other family members arrived at the victim’s residence and located the other male suspect a short distance away. The second male suspect was detained by the victims family and they waited for law enforcement to arrive. Both male suspects were arrested, Trent Lee Muir, 20 yr old was charged with 1st Degree Burglary, Theft less than $1000.00, malicious destruction of property, contributing to a delinquency of a minor, and transported to a District Court commissioner where he was held on $25,000.00 bond. The second male suspect, a 15yrs old male was charged through Juvenile Services and released to a legal guardian.

The fire at 233 Henderson Avenue has been ruled accidental. The blaze broke out at 5:30 Sunday evening. According to Cumberland Fire Marshal Shannon Adams no injuries or deaths reported. The single alarm fire brought units from Cumberland Fire Department with a total of 13 firefighters on the scene.Cumberl and Police assisted at the scene. The fire has been ruled accidental. The cause was determined to be sparks from a torch that was being used to thaw out frozen water lines that ignited the wood ceiling in the basement. Damages are estimated to be about $5,000 to the structure and $1,000 to the contents.First arriving units found smoke throughout the first floor and basement. The fire was found in the basement ceiling. The fire was under control in about 15 minutes with extensive overhaul of the basement ceiling. There were no operating smoke alarms at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by the occupants as the house filled up with smoke and they called 911. Fire operations were under the direction of Captain Sam Wilson. Investigation was conducted by Fire Marshal Shannon Adams for the Cumberland Fire Department.

 

A McHenry man is charged with stealing from his employer. According to the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office a month long investigation into employee theft at the Oakland 7-11 resulted in the arrest of 25 year old Christopher Lynch. From October 2014 through January 2015 Lynch allegedly stole food, beverages, gas cards, cash, cigarettes and other items from the store totaling more than $3,300. He was arrested and charged with theft and he is being held at the Garrett County Jail.

An emergency evacuation plan is what the Miller’s claim helped saved their lives after a fire destroyed their home. Last Wednesday the accidental electrical fire began upstairs in the family’s house on West Third Street. Jeanne Miller was working when she says her husband called and said their home was burning down. When Miller arrived she says she was relieved to see her husband and her children safe in the meeting place they had discussed. Miller says she began talking about an emergency evacuation plan with her family following a fatal fire in Cumberland just a few years ago and she wants to remind families to make sure they have a plan. “They need to talk about it because nobody wants it to happen. Had we not talked about it and had the kids panicked run different directions it could have been very different. From the time the fire broke out until they got out of the house it was four minutes and there was already debris falling out of the house and the entire upper floor was engulfed that fast. People just need to talk about it and say what is our plan, what is our meeting place and what would we do if this were to happen.” Emily Miller age 11 was able to escape with one of the family’s three dogs. She has some advice for kids. “Get out of the house don’t be trying to get your favorite toys worry about yourself getting out of the house.” Jeanne Miller says she and her family are extremely grateful to the firefighters and first responders at the scene and everyone from the community who has been extremely generous and supportive. To find out how you can help the Millers log on to  http://www.longingforeden.com/help-the-millers/

All Allegany County Public Schools are closed. All ACPS offices will open at 10am

Beginnings Montessori will be closed

Bishop Walsh School will be CLOSED.

All schools in Berkeley County will be closed. All evening activities are canceled.

Calvary Christian Academy will be closed. Daycare will open at 8am.

Garrett County Schools will be closed

All schools in Grant County will be closed

All schools in Hampshire County will be closed

All schools in Hardy County will be closed

All schools in Mineral County will be closed due to cold temperatures

All schools in Morgan County will be closed, Code A.

All schools in Preston County will be closed due to frigid temperatures. All 240-day employees and central office staff report on a 2-hour delay; for Aurora, CPMS, Rowlesburg, and TAEP schools, the school custodian with the longest contract term reports on a 2-hour delay; and all other faculty and staff do not report

The Somerset Area School District is closed. Please check the District website for updated information. All After School Activities are also canceled.

Bedford Area School District is on a two hour delay

HOPE for Hyndman Charter School will be operating on a two hour delay due to inclement weather.

Washington County Public Schools are on a two hour delay

Winchester Public Schools are on a two hour delay

Winchester Academy is on a 2 hour delay for Friday 2/20. No morning clubhouse. Bus pickup at 10am.

Frostburg State University will open at 10 a.m.

Garrett College will open at 10 am

The District Courts in Allegany and Garrett Counties will be opening at 10:00 am on Friday, February 20, 2015 due to extreme cold temperatures. Any cases scheduled for 9:00 am will be heard at 10

Friday, February 20, 2015 all Garrett County Offices will open at 10:00 AM and Liberal Leave will be in effect for all non-emergency employees.

The Friends Aware Day Program will be closed. Staff are to report or use leave.

All Allegany County Head Starts are open with no transportation

the monthly pancake breakfast at Oldtown United Methodist Church scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled due to the pending weather conditions.

Allegany County HRDC Senior Centers will be open today with home-delivered meals

As temperatures begin to warm up slightly around the region another winter storm is heading our way. According to Weather Service Emergency Response Meteorologist Ken WIdelski we could see anywhere from three to seven inches of snow tomorrow. He says the snow will begin early Saturday morning and continue into the evening turning from snow to freezing rain and sleet. Sunday we could see rain with highs in the 40’s but into Monday the temperatures will  drop again into the teens .

No one likes this cold weather, including your pets. Since their body temperature averages a few degrees higher than humans, they feel the cold even faster, including the wind chill! Please bring your pets inside if at all possible. If not, make sure their dog houses have plenty of straw inside. Blankets will get wet and freeze. If there is no flap or door on the dog house, it cannot retain their body heat and the temperature inside the dog house will be the same as it is outside. Outside pets also need extra calories in the cold weather and fresh water several times a day as it freezes quickly. Thank you from Preventing Animal Cruelty in West Virginia.

A Martinsburg man who allegedly faked his own death to desert from from the U.S. Coast Guard is now facing federal charges and so is his wife and another Berkeley County man. Larry Shelby, 33, along with Karen Shelby, 33, and Jeffery York, 32, all of Martinsburg, were recently indicted on hoax and conspiracy charges. U.S. Attorney Bill Ihlenfeld, the U.S. Attorney for West Virginia's Northern District, said Larry Shelby, who was a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, plotted with his wife and York to fake his death in 2013. As part of the scheme, Larry Shelby allegedly abandoned his vehicle, wrote suicide notes and then hid in a remote West Virginia cabin.  Both Karen Shelby and York allegedly reported Larry Shelby missing and claimed they did not know his location. The U.S. Coast Guard spent more than $100,000 looking for him.  In addition to the U.S. Coast Guard, Maryland State Police, the National Park Service, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, the Harpers Ferry Police Department, the Martinsburg Police Department, Chesapeake Search & Rescue K-9 and Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S., Inc. were part of the search. In Feb. 2014, according to federal prosecutors, Larry Shelby returned to his Martinsburg home and lived there secretly until June. If convicted, the three could face prison sentences of more than a decade behind bars.

Allegany and Garrett County Public Schools are closed for President’s Day

Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Morgan and Preston County Schools now closed

Bedford Area School District on a two hour delay

Hope for Hyndman Charter School on a two hour delay

Winchester Academy will be on a 2 Hour Delay for Monday, February 16. No morning clubhouse and bus pickup at 10:30 am.

Friends Aware Day Program is on a two-hour delay.

A fire at 535 Yale Street in Cumberland is ruled accidental. The house fire occurred at 4:49 this afternoon. There were operating smoke detectors at the time of the fire. The working alarm fire brought units from Cumberland Fire Department and Ridgeley VFD to the scene. Bowling Green VFD stood by at Cumberland Fire Department headquarters along with off duty Cumberland personnel manning reserve equipment. A total of 24 firefighters were on scene. City Police assisted at the scene. Cumberland Street Department assisted at the scene with ice conditions. Columbia Gas assisted with utilities at the scene. The fire has been ruled accidental. The cause was a flue fire that extended into the structure. Damages are estimated to be about $40,000 to the structure and $10,000 to the contents. There was insurance on the property. According to Cumberland Fire Marshal Shannon Adams first arriving units found heavy smoke and fire in the second floor bedrooms. The fire department extinguished the fire and checked for fire extension into the rest of the house. There was extensive overhaul that had to be done near the flue which was located in the center of the house. The fire crews operating at the scene had to deal with cold temperatures that affected operations at the scene. The fire crews were able to overcome the problems caused by the cold temperatures and do a great job extinguishing the fire.  Fire operations were under the direction of Captain Chris Ratliff. Investigation was conducted by Fire Marshal Shannon Adams of the Cumberland Fire Department.

Due to high demand during this final weekend of open enrollment for 2015, Maryland Health Connection is allowing people to complete their enrollments until Feb. 28, 2015. Marylanders need to have started an enrollment application at MarylandHealthConnection.gov or have contacted the call center at 855-­642-­8572 before midnight Sunday, Feb. 15 to be able to complete the process by Feb. 28. After midnight Sunday, MarylandHealthConnection.gov will include the message: "Open enrollment for 2015 has ended. If you began to enroll by the February 15 deadline but were not successful, please check the box below and you may go ahead and complete your enrollment. You must finish your enrollment no later than February 28.

Two juveniles who escaped from a facility in Garrett County are back in custody according to Maryland State Police. At 6:35 PM, Troopers from the McHenry Barrack responded to the Backbone Mountain Youth Center in Swanton, Maryland for an escape. Information was given that the two escapees were seen walking along MD Route 135 toward Kitzmiller. A short time later, a vehicle was reported as stolen from the Kitzmiller Elementary School. The stolen vehicle was located by Maryland State Police on Hardesty Road. The two occupants of the stolen vehicle were identified as the two escapees and were placed under arrest. They were charged with escape and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and were released to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Services

Frostburg State University President Jonathan Gibralter will be leaving FSU after being named the 19th president of Wells College, a private, liberal arts college in Aurora, N.Y. He will leave FSU effective June 30.USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan will name an interim president who will serve through the search process for a new president. Those details will be announced in the near future.

A Bedford County man is charged with sexually assaulting an eight year old girl. According to Pennsylvania State Police 55 year old Fred Kinsey of Alum Bank was arrested after an investigation into allegations he assaulted the girl at his home in 2007. He is being held at the Bedford County Jail on $25 thousand dollars bond.

A Cumberland couple is behind bars charged with burglary Yesterday Cumberland Police Officers were called to Shades Lane for a reported Breaking and Entering.  While enroute to the scene Officers were advised the suspects were leaving the area in a vehicle.  Officers located the described vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.  They contacted the occupants, 22 year old Brady Twigg and  18 year old Clarissa Robey.  Both admitted to being inside the Shades Lane address.  Officers then responded to the Shades Lane address.  The victims stated at no time did they give Twigg and Robey permission to be inside the residence.  The victim stated he entered his residence and located Twigg and Robey leaving the bedroom.  He told them they were not allowed to be in the home and to leave.  The victim stated Twigg then struck him in the face and then pushed him in to a chair.  The victim then attempted to call the Police when Twigg slapped the phone from his hands.  The victim was then able to retrieve his cell phone and call Police.  Both Twigg and Robey were arrested.  Twigg who is charged with first degree burglary, fourth degree burglary and second degree assault was taken to the Allegany County Detention Center on $20,000 bond.  Robey who is charged with first degree burglary and fourth degree burglary  was also taken to the Allegany County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.

Two Baltimore residents are arrested and charged with attempting to sell drugs following an attempted theft. Yesterday at about 2pm Cumberland Police Officers were called out to a Park Street business for a reported Theft.  Upon their arrival Officers made contact with two suspects inside the store.  It was confirmed one of the suspects, self identified as Travis Coleman, had stolen property in his possession.  Officers began to speak with Coleman, and he was then placed under arrest for the Theft.  While the Officer was speaking with Coleman the second suspect, 22 year old Troy Robinson, walked up to Coleman and attempted to retrieve an item from Coleman’s pocket.  At that point Officers ordered Robinson away from Coleman.  The Officer then conducted a search incident to a lawful arrest on Coleman.  As a result, Officers located one plastic baggie containing 24.6 grams of suspected Crack cocaine and two small baggies of suspected Marijuana weighing 1.3 grams.  Due to the fact Robinson and Coleman were together and Robinson attempted to retrieve the CDS from Coleman’s pocket, Robinson was also placed under arrest. Coleman admitted to providing a false name.  Coleman was then positively identified as 22 year old Karon Lesane.  It was also determined Lesane had an active bench warrant from Baltimore City.  Both Lesane and Robinson were charged, processed and taken before the District Court Commissioner.  Lesane is charged with CDS:Possession with intent to distribute Narcotics, CDS:Possession Conspiracy with intent to distribute Narcotics, CDS Possession not Marijuana, CDS:Possession of Paraphernalia, Theft less than $1,000, False Statement to a Police Officer and Obstructing and Hindering and is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $80,000 bond.  Robinson is charged with CDS:Possession with intent to distribute Narcotics, CDS:Possession Conspiracy with intent to distribute Narcotics, CDS Possession not Marijuana, CDS:Possession of Paraphernalia, Theft less than $1,000 and is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $45,000 bond.

A Cumberland woman faces charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal mischief According to Pennsylvania State Police 28 year old Brittney Twigg allegedly took a vehicle from a victim in Hyndman, PA on December 26th. Twigg allegedly drove the car to Cumberland and was reportedly involved in a hit and run. On January 12th the Cumberland Police Department assisted with returning the vehicle to the victim.

An Oakland man is arrested after allegedly using a sword to break into a home. At about 2:30 yesterday afternoon Garrett County Sheriff’s deputies were called out to Southern Pine Drive in Mountain Lake Park after a man was spotted walking the streets carrying a large sword. Deputies noticed the front glass door of a home  broken in the same area. Deputies observed movement inside the home and glass breaking. Deputies and the Sheriff’s Office Special Reaction Team entered the home and found 51 year old Kevin Rissell. He was arrested and taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. He allegedly used the sword to break the glass door of the home and has been charged with burglary and destruction of properly.

West Virginia State Police are investigating a shooting in Berkeley County. On February 7, 2015, at approximately 10:30pm, Senior Trooper D. W. Satterfield, of the Martinsburg Detachment, responded to the scene of a shooting at 397 Fegan Road, in Berkeley County, West Virginia. Once on the scene, Senior Trooper Satterfield discovered the victim, Mr. Shamel S. Davis, Jr. (19 years of age, from Bunker Hill, West Virginia), suffering from a life threatening gunshot wound to hisneck. Mr. Davis was transported to Winchester Medical Center in Virginia, where he eventually died as a result of his injury. On February 8, 2015, Senior Trooper Satterfield developed probable cause to arrest a 17 year old male from Bunker Hill, West Virginia for first degree murder. Mr. Brian M. Cook, Jr. (19 years of age, from Hedgesville, West Virginia) was also arrested for being an accessory to murder after the fact. He was lodged in the Eastern Regional Jail to await arraignment in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Officials from two local National Forests are seeking public comment regarding the construction of two 42” natural gas pipelines through their lands. Public comments are being accepted until February 13 by the Forest Service on allowing Dominion Resources to survey for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on the Monongahela National Forest, and on the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s surveying on the Jefferson National Forest (www.fs.usda.gov).

The Mayor and City Council of Cumberland have partnered with CivicPlus, a company that specializes in website design for municipalities, to update the City of Cumberland’s website design and upgrade the content management system that employees will use to keep the website current. In order to create a new site that is as efficient and easy to use as possible, the Mayor and Council would like to offer citizens the opportunity to provide input on its design. To gather this information, an electronic survey has been placed on the City’s website that will allow citizens to provide suggestions, photos, and general feedback on features they would like to see on the new site. The Mayor and Council would like to encourage citizens to visit the City’s current webpage at www.ci.cumberland.md.us and offer their comments or suggestions, or access the survey directly at http://www.civicplus.com/CumberlandMD. A deadline of February 27, 2015 has been set for survey submissions.

On 2/8/2015 the Allegany County Sheriff's Office was patroling in the Westernport are when a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on RT 36 near the Wavely St Bridge on a vehicle which displayed improper tags and for the driver not having his safety belt secured. After activating the emergency lights and siren, the male driver accelerated the blue colored Pontiac 4dr at a high speed and turned onto RT 135, after passing several vehicles in a no passing zone. Once on RT135, the driver continued to travel at a very high speed passing multiple vehicles and running several vehicles off the roadway. While traveling through Luke, the driver crossed the center line and struck the guard rail and embankment because of the high speed he was traveling. The driver was able to regain control of his vehicle and continued traveling on RT 135 where he crossed over into Garrett County. Once in Garrett County, the subject turned onto a dead end road and stopped at the end of the road. The driver was identified as 32 year old Jamie Dee Stanton and the female passenger was 25 year old Alicia Renee Willis. Garrett County deputies placed both subjects under arrest for this incident and were transported to the District Court Commissioner's Office. The Allegany County Sheriff's Office filed traffic related charges against the male driver for this incident through District Court. The driver's license was suspended and the vehicle which he was operating was found to be unregistered and uninsured. The Garrett County Sheriff's Office assisted the Allegany County Sheriff's Office with this incident.

On 02/08/15 at 12:44am an Officer with the Cumberland Police Dept observed a vehicle traveling in the area of Henderson Ave near Front St with an equipment violation. The Officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the operator. Upon affecting the traffic stop, the Officer was able to observe an object being thrown from the passenger side of the vehicle onto the roadway. The item was recovered and was determined to be suspected heroin. As a result 18 year old Bryssa Wickard of Cumberland and 25 year old Travis Shears of Baltimore were placed under arrest and transported to the Cumberland Police Department where they were each charged with one count of possession other than marijuana and one count of possession with intent to distribute narcotics. Both subjects were taken for an initial appearance at District Court with Wickard being held on $5,000 and Shears being held on $40,000. Both subjects were transported to the Allegany County Detention Center pending their next court appearance.

Charges are pending following a crash Friday  afternoon on Route 220. At about 3 pm Deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff's Office responded to McMullen Hwy south of Black Oak Rd. in Danville for a reported motor vehicle crash with injuries. Investigation revealed that Janet VanPelt (58 years old, Rawlings), operating a 2014 Dodge, was traveling S/B on McMullen Hwy. when she failed to drive right of center and struck a second vehicle, a 1996 Jeep SUV head on, operated by Kimberly Carnley (30 years old, Cumberland) who was traveling N/B. A third vehicle, operated by Anna Jefts (64 years old, Hagerstown) was also struck by VanPelt's vehicle as she attempted to swerve and avoid a collision.

Ms. VanPelt was transported to the WMHS-RMC by Trooper 5. Ms. Carnley and a passenger, Jamal Jennings (26 years old, Westernport) were transported to the WMHS-RMC by ambulance. Ms. Jefts and a passenger, Thomas Jefts (78 Hagerstown) were treated at the scene and released.

McMullen Hwy. was shut down for approximately one hour. The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Maryland State Police as well as volunteers from Potomac, Rawlings, Keyser and Tri-Towns.

Harry Potter fans of all ages are invited to participate in Frostburg State University’s first “Harry Potter” Book Extravaganza on Monday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. in the Children’s Literature Center, Framptom Hall room 206. The extravaganza is free and open to the public. This exciting new event will celebrate the magic and fun of J.K. Rowling’s famous wizarding world with an evening of games, quizzes, book discussions, movie screenings and much more. Fans of the book series can show off their knowledge and meet other Harry Potter enthusiasts, and newcomers to the magical world will get an introduction like no other. All attendees, magical or Muggle, are encouraged to wear their favorite Harry Potter garb and compete for prizes for best-dressed. For more information, contact the Children’s Literature Center at 301-687-3133 or email clc@frostburg.edu.

 

The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drivefrom 10:30 to 4:00 at Lowe's LaVale located in the Bloodmobile located at 1211 National Highway, LaVale, MD

 

A Vacation Bible School meeting will be held at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, 15N. Smallwood Street, Cumberland, on Monday, February 9th at 5:30PM in Fellowship Hall.  Volunteers are invited to attend as we plan Bible School for the week of June 22 through 26th.

The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drivefrom 1:30 to 7:00 at Romney Community, The Bottling Works located at 426 Main Street, Romney, WV

Time is running out to select your health insurance for 2015 – deadline is February 15. Come to this FREE workshop to learn about health insurance and how to make the right decision for you. Monday, 3PM-5M at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, 12500 Willowbrook Road, Cumberland Auditorium Rooms 1 & 2. Presented by Lisa McCoy, Extension Educator. Space is limited and registration is strongly suggested. Please contact: Allegany County Extension office (301) 724-3320 (http://extension.umd.edu/allegany-county), for more information or to register.

Do you love Italian food: chicken parmesan, lasagna, pasta primavera, and mozzarella sticks? Well come to Italian Dinner Night February 9th 2015 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Hope for Hyndman Charter School located on 1 3 0 School Road Hyndman, PA. Adults and Kids ages 13 and up are $8.00, kids ages 5 to 12 are $6.00, and kids ages 4 and under are FREE. Eat in or take your food to go. The tickets for this delicious event can be purchased at Hyndman Health Center, Penn Knoll, or at the door. For the Growth of Hyndman Area Health Center go to 1 4 4 Fifth Ave. P.O Box 7 0 6 Hyndman, PA where there will also be a 50/50 Raffle and Door Prizes. 

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) rescinded its proposal to expand the collection of recreation fees park-wide. In a press release Congressman John Delaney (MD-6) says "I am pleased that the park has announced that they will not impose new park-wide fees. My constituents were very concerned about this change, which in my view was not the right approach. We have to be extremely sensitive to major changes such as this, because the economic impacts can be meaningful for people and communities. Park officials should be commended for being extremely transparent throughout this process and really listening to public feedback. In addition to being a natural and historical treasure for visitors, the park is an important economic engine for our area and I hope to continue to work with National Park Service and C&O Canal Park officials to make sure that the park has the resources it needs to thrive”  Delaney  wrote to National Park Service officials, opposing the proposed expansion. Park officials at the C&O Canal will continue to gather public input on other proposed changes.

 

 

All schools in the Mountain Ridge School District are closed today, Friday, January 30, 2015.

All schools in Grant County will be on a 2-hour delay on Fri. Jan. 30, 2015

All schools in Preston County will be closed on Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 due to winter weather conditions. All 240-day employees and central office staff report on a 2-hour delay; for Aurora, CPMS, Rowlesburg, and TAEP schools, the school custodian with the longest contract term reports on a 2-hour delay; and all other faculty and staff do not report.

The Somerset Area School District will be closed

Transportation to the Friends Aware Day Program is cancelled in the Mountain Ridge School district only

Westernport, George’s Creek and Frostburg Senior Centers closed with no home delivered meals.

One man is dead, a woman is hospitalized and one man is behind bars charged with murder. Last night at approximately 10:25 PM, the Cumberland Police responded to a private residence in the 100 block of East First Street in Cumberland for a reported stabbing. When Officers arrived they discovered two victims,a 26 year old female and a 33 year old male, who had both been stabbed, along with numerous witnesses.The female victim was transported by the Cumberland Fire Department ambulance to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. The male victim, 33 year old Christopher John Wigington, of Cumberland, was pronounced dead at the scene.Originally some of the subjects present provided the police with information about two suspects responsible for the assault who had fled the scene. They provided descriptions of the suspects and the vehicle they left the scene in.Cumberland Police, with the assistance of the Maryland State Police and the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, secured the scene and contacted the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I). C3I Investigators responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. Through numerous interviews Investigators determined the initial information provided by witnesses was false and had been concocted to protect the identity of the true suspect. Continued interviews eventually led Investigators to the identity of the suspect. Investigators obtained a search warrant for the residence. The knife believed used in the attack, as well as other evidence, was recovered at the scene. The scene was processed by crime scene technicians with the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Unit. As a result Investigators charged 26 year old Ralph Richard Faith, Jr. with 2nd Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, and two counts of Reckless Endangerment. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance and is currently being held at the Allegany County Detention Center pending his next court appearance. The investigation is continuing by the Cumberland Police and C3I

A suspect is in custody and facing charges tonight after two people were stabbed at a Garrett County college. The suspect is identified as Shamaine N. Moore, 19, of Baltimore, Md. She is under arrest and expected to be charged later tonight with attempted second degree murder, first and second degree assault, and reckless endangerment. Additional charges are possible. She was transported by ambulance, accompanied by troopers, to Garrett Memorial Hospital for treatment of what appears to be a laceration. After her release and processing, she will be taken to the Garrett County Detention Center to await an initial appearance before a court commissioner. The two victims are identified as Daniqua N. Harrington, 20, of Washington, D.C., and Chandel J. Alexander, 18, of Baltimore, Md. Both victims were transported to Garrett Memorial Hospital for treatment of stab wounds. Alexander was treated and released. Harrington was later transferred to Ruby Memorial Hospital, where she continues to undergo treatment.  Just before 5:00 p.m. today, Maryland State Police at the McHenry Barrack received a call for a reported stabbing at Garrett College, in the 600-block of Mosser Road, McHenry, Md. Responding troopers found the two victims in the school cafeteria. EMS personnel responded to treat and transport the victims.  Information was developed by troopers about the suspect, who had fled the scene. Troopers responded to the on-campus dormitories and encountered the suspect coming out of a building. She was arrested without incident.  Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division investigators from the McHenry and Hagerstown barracks, as well as C3I Cumberland and the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit responded to conduct the investigation. The preliminary investigation indicates the suspect and both victims are students at the college. The three were in the cafeteria when an argument ensued. The suspect produced a knife and the two victims were stabbed during the altercation.  State Police investigators conducted numerous interviews of persons in the cafeteria where the incident occurred. Troopers recovered a knife in the cafeteria. The knife will be forwarded to the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division laboratory for analysis to determine if it was the weapon used in the stabbings. Garrett County Sheriff’s Office deputies also responded to the scene and assisted. The Garrett County State’s Attorney’s Office was notified and briefed on the investigation. The investigation is continuing.

 

An investigation is underway after Cumberland Police locate possible mobile meth lab. A traffic stop by a Cumberland Police officer on N. Mechanic Street, along with a K-9 alert for a Controlled Dangerous Substance, resulted in the area of N. Mechanic Street being shut down for few hours this afternoon. The officer had stopped a motor vehicle after observing an equipment violation. A K-9 officer was summoned to the area and conducted a scan of the vehicle. A free air sniff from the K-9 resulted in a positive alert and the operator was removed from the vehicle at that time. A small amount of methamphetamine was located inside the vehicle. Further information was developed that a "one pot" used to manufacture methamphetamine was possibly in the trunk area of the vehicle. Due to the volatile nature of the possible substance, the area was closed off for the safety of the public. The Western Maryland Clandestine Lab Team and Cumberland Fire Department responded to the scene. Remnants of a portable meth lab, which was found to be inert, was located inside the trunk area. Evidence was collected and the area was reopened after the scene was made safe.. The case is under investigation and further information will be released, as it becomes available.

Two Mineral County men face charges following a domestic dispute; one of the men arrested was also wanted in Maryland and West Virginia. According to Mineral County Sheriff Jeremy Taylor just before 8am yesterday morning law enforcement officials were called out a report of the dispute in the Greenwood Subdivision and reports of shots being fired. One of the men involved was at the Fort Ashby Fire Department with a laceration on his head. Sheriff’s Deputies and West Virginia State Police Troopers searched the area for the second suspect and found a vehicle which was stolen from the scene of the alteration crashed and over an embankment on Dan’s Run Road about a mile from the low water bridge. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Rocky Leonard Senior. According to Taylor Leonard and his stepfather John Kalthoff were involved in an argument and Leonard picked up a five pound dumbbell and hit Kalthoff in the head. Kalthoff then got a shotgun and fired one shot toward Leonard. Leonard then obtained a rifle and shot toward Kalthoff. Kalthoff then fled to the fire department for assistance. Leonard then took both firearms and Kalthoff’s truck from the scene. Leonard was arrested on charges of possession with the intent to deliver, wanton endangerment, malicious wounding, grand larceny which are all felonies. Leonard was wanted in Allegany County on larceny charges, in Prince George’s County on failure to appear charges and burglary ,in Calvert County on for second degree assault and in Hampshire County for failure to appear on a grand jury indictment. He is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail. Kalthoff was also charged in connection with yesterday’s incident. He was charged with felony wanton endangerment and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was also taken to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.

 

A Garrett County man is arrested on child pornography charges. Garrett County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 18 year old Timothy Moats of Mt Lake Park following a weeklong investigation. Moats’ cell phone was seized and alleged child pornography content and material was found on his phone. He was charged with child pornography, possession of child pornography, child pornography film in sex act, and contributing to the condition of a child assault second degree. Moats was arrested last week and charged with selling suboxone and marijuana to minors.

Hampshire County Bus Announcement Near Bloomery in Hampshire County: Bus 69 will not be running Sandy Hollow Road this morning, parents can meet the bus at the bus at Rt. 127 or at Omps Grocery if they desire

Winchester Academy will be on a 2 hour delay for Wednesday 1/28. No morning clubhouse. Bus pickup at 10am.

Garrett County School Calendar Modification  Due to the inclement weather closing on Monday, January 26, 2015, find below a modification to the school calendar for this week:
Wednesday, January 28—End of semester AND Professional Day (3-hour early release)
Thursday, January 29—Regular student day (No early release)
Friday, January 30--Parent/Teacher Con

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) at Washington Dulles International Airport arrested two fugitives in two days including one man who was living in West Virginia. 38 year old Manuel Antonio Alonso Velasquez, a Nicaraguan citizen living in Petersburg, W.Va., arrived on a flight from Germany on January 24. CBP officers determined Velasquez to be subject to an arrest warrant issued by the Montgomery County, Md. Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear on charges of second degree assault on a Police Officer. The officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. Velasquez was arrested by CBP and turned over to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police for extradition. CBP placed an immigration detainer on Velasquez which ensures that he is returned to CBP upon the adjudication of any charges for further immigration processing. On January 25, Ivekou Brahim Vall, 23, a Mauritanian citizen living in Alexandria, Va., arrived on a flight from France. CBP officers determined Vall to be subject to an arrest warrant issued by the Metropolitan Washington (D.C.) Airport Authority police for vehicle theft. The officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. Vall was arrested by CBP and turned over to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police. CBP placed an immigration detainer on Vall which ensures that he is returned to CBP upon the adjudication of any charges for further immigration processing.

A Keyser man is arrested following a series of thefts in Garrett County. 27 year old Robert Shockey was arrested by Garrett County Sheriff’s Deputies. From April 2014 through this month Shockey was allegedly involved in a series of thefts from local businesses including Tressler Electric, G &S Coal Company, Beitzel Excavating, Deep Creek Ready Mix and Arnold Brothers Equipment. He is being held at the Garrett County Detention Center on $12,500 bond.

A New York man is arrested in Garrett County after he is caught driving a stolen vehicle. 49 year old Kenny Henry of East Patchogue NY was stopped heading eastbound on I-68 near mile marker 28. He was driving 96 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone. The vehicle he was driving had Florida registration plates. Maryland State Police troopers learned his driver’s license was revoked and he had an active arrest warrant from Suffolk County, NY and the vehicle had been stolen from Rockville Center, NY and the registration plates had been switched. Troopers also found a crack pipe in his jacket pocket. He is being held on $10,000 bond.

Two Winchester residents face charges after a mobile meth lab is discovered. On Sunday, January 25th around 7:30 p.m. Winchester Police Officers responded to the 1700 block of Amherst Street in reference to suspicious persons.  Officers discovered numerous chemicals and other evidence inside of their vehicle that were consistent with a mobile meth lab.  Agents with the North West Virginia Regional Drug Task Force responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. 31 year old  Vivian Sophia Howard and 26 year old Ian Kirkwood Finch  both of Winchester were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing methamphetamine.  They were taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.An investigation revealed that Howard and Finch had gone to several locations and attempted to purchase Pseudoephedrine.  After they had been denied the purchases, they were in the process of trying to get other individuals to buy it for them.  Pseudoephedrine is a common cold and allergy medication that is used in the production of methamphetamine. Through the investigation it appeared that some of the chemicals found were used in previous mixtures to produce methamphetamine, however, the mobile meth lab was not active at the time law enforcement were in contact with the two suspects

In recognition of National Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, My Bank!  First United Bank & Trust is urging customers to take an active role in protecting their data.     

To help ensure the safety of personal information, My Bank suggests following these four tips:

Create c0mplic@t3d passwords.Avoid birthdays, pet names and simple passwords like 12345. It is also important to change passwords at least three times a year. Because friendly theft – theft by someone the victim knows – is the most common type of identity theft or fraud, don’t share your passwords with family members and be mindful of who has access to your personal information.

Keep tabs on your accounts.Check account activity and online statements often, instead of waiting for the monthly statement. You are the first line of defense because you know right away if a transaction is fraudulent. If you notice unusual or unauthorized activity, notify your bank right away. When a customer reports an unauthorized transaction in a timely manner, the bank will cover the loss and take measures to protect the account.

Stay alert online.Be sure computers and mobile devices are equipped with up-to-date anti-virus and malware protection.Never give out your personal financial information in response to an unsolicited email, no matter how official it may seem. Your bank will never contact you by email asking for your password, PIN, or account information. Only open links and attachments from trusted sources. When submitting financial information on a website, look for the padlock or key icon at the top or bottom of your browser, and make sure the Internet address begins with “https.” This signals that your information is secure during transmission.

Mobilize your defenses.Use the passcode lock on your smartphone and other devices. This will make it more difficult for thieves to access your information if your device is lost or stolen. Before you donate, sell or trade your mobile device, be sure to wipe it using specialized software or using the manufacturer’s recommended technique. Some software allows you to wipe your device remotely if it is lost or stolen. Use caution when downloading apps, as they may contain malware and avoid opening links and attachments – especially from senders you don’t know.

Tips for Victims:If you are a victim of fraud and suspect your personal information has been compromised, you should take the following steps:

Call your bank and credit card issuers immediately so they can take necessary steps to protect your account.

File a police report and call the fraud unit of the three credit-reporting companies.

Consider placing a victim statement in your credit report and a fraud alert on your account.

Keep a log of all the contacts you make with authorities regarding the matter. Write down names, titles, and phone numbers in case you need to re-contact them or refer to them in future correspondence.

Contact the FTC’s ID Theft Consumer Response Center at 1-877-ID THEFT  (1-877-438-4338) or www.ftc.gov/idtheft.

The city of Piedmont will get $700 thousand dollars in funding for the water treatment plant upgrades. West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin presented more than $12.3 million in Small Cities Block Grant funds for 14 critical infrastructure projects for communities across West Virginia.  In total, more than $27 million in other federal, state and local funding will support public infrastructure projects for more than 7,300 West Virginia households and improve reliability statewide. Small Cities Block Grant funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Community Development Division of the West Virginia Development Office manages the administration of these funds. This $700,000 project will enable the City of Piedmont to upgrade its water treatment plant. The project will address a deteriorated booster pump building and improve plant performance. These improvements are expected to extend the life of the antiquated facility for decades.

 

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