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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.

 

All Allegany County Public Schools are on a TWO-HOUR DELAY today, Tuesday, January 27, 2015. All morning pre-k classes are cancelled.

Bedford Area School District is on a two hour delay.

Bishop Walsh School is on a TWO-HOUR DELAY today

All schools in Berkeley County will be CLOSED. All evening activities are cancelled. Elem. math field day rescheduled for Feb. 3rd

Calvary Christian Academy is on a 2 hour delay, Tuesday, January 27th. Day Care and Before Care will open at 8 AM. There will be no morning Pre-K Class.

Garrett County schools are on a two (2) hour delay

All schools in Grant County will be on a 2-hour delay on Tue. Jan. 27, 2015.

All schools in Hampshire County will be closed on Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 due to snow covered primary and secondary roads.

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

All schools in Mineral County will be on a 2-hour delay on Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 due to inclement weather.

All schools in Morgan County will be closed on Tue. Jan. 27, 2015, Code A.

All schools in Preston County will be on a 2-hour delay on Tue. Jan. 27, 2015 due to winter weather conditions. Custodians, mechanics, and maintenance employees report on a regular schedule. Bus drivers are to inspect buses on a regular schedule and report any concerns to the transportation supervisor; and all other faculty and staff report on a 2-hour delay.

The Somerset Area School District will be operating on a two-hour delay Tuesday January 27, 2015.  Secondary Students may be dropped off starting at 9:18 am and Elementary Students may be dropped off starting at 9:28.   Again, the Somerset Area School District is operating on a two-hour delay

West Virginia School For the Deaf and Blind is closed today

All Allegany County Head Starts are open with no morning transportation

Allegany College of Maryland of Campuses opening at 9:30

Small World Day Care will be opening at 630

Winchester Public Schools are CLOSED

Winchester Academy is CLOSED

Allegany, Bishop Walsh, Berkeley, Calvary Christian Academy, Garrett Grant,  Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Morgan, Winchester Public, Winchester Academy and West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind are all closed.

Bedford Area School District closed

Hope for Hyndman Charter School  closed

The Somerset Area School District will be operating on a two-hour delay Monday January 26, 2015.  Secondary Students may be dropped off starting at 9:18 am and Elementary Students may be dropped off starting at 9:28.   Again, the Somerset Area School District is operating on a two-hour delay Monday January 26, 2015

All Campuses of Allegany College of Maryland CLOSED

FSU CLOSED .

Potomac State College early morning classes cancelled classes will begin at 10:40

Allegany county transit is closed today, January 26.

The Friends Aware Day Program is closed Monday, January 26. Staff are to report or use leave.

Dr Dey's office on Seton Drive will open at 10am

Liberal leave policy is in place for Maryland State employees beginning at 6am until the end of day shift. All essential personal to report to work.

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

All Allegany County Head Starts open no transportation

George’s Creek and Willow Creek Adult Care Centers closed

Covenant House Adult Care Center is closed

Humpty Dumpty Learning center will closed

The Keyser, and Fort Ashby libraries will be closed today

The "Total Joint Surgery Class" at WMHS cancelled

All Hampshire County Government Offices are now CLOSED today.

Students at Frostburg State University and three other University of Maryland schools will see a tuition increase this semester. Due to a more than 40 million dollar cut in state funding FSU, UMD’s College Park campus, Towson and Salisbury University have agreed to increases. Along with the 2 percent increase at FSU officials at Frostburg State have agreed to other cost saving measures including  deferring maintenance and renovation plans, minimizing travel, freezing hiring for all but critical positions and reducing marketing and enrollment enhancement budgets. The increase will mean an extra $58 for  a full-time, in-state student’s total spring bill. All students, undergraduate and graduate, full- and part-time, are affected by the tuition increase. Here are the increases across the different categories of students:

  • Full-time, in-state undergrad: $58
  • Full-time, out-of-state undergrad: $171
  • Full-time, out-of-state (contiguous counties) undergrad: $128
  • Part-time, in-state undergrad: $5 per credit hour
  • Part-time, out-of-state undergrad: $10 per credit hour
  • Part-time, out-of-state (contiguous counties) undergrad: $7 per credit hour
  • Graduate, in-state: $7 per credit hour
  • Graduate, out-of-state: $9 per credit hour
  • Doctoral, in-state: $10 per credit hour
  • Doctoral, out-of-state: $12 per credit hour

The Office of Financial Aid and the FSU Foundation have a plan to assist those with the greatest need.

The Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta, Hampshire County, is temporarily transferring its inmates to other West Virginia regional jails to allow for repairs to its heating system. West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority Communications Director Lawrence Messina says the repair work includes purging system lines of liquid propane. The safety of staff and inmates during that process prompted the decision to relocate the facility’s population, said authority Executive Director Joe DeLong. Completing the repairs should take an estimated two to three days. Around 200 inmates are housed at PHRJ, the smallest population in the 10-facility regional jail system. The Division of Corrections is assisting with the temporary transfers. The authority and the division are both part of the W.Va. Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

Cumberland city officials are urging local residents to contact state lawmakers to support funding of the redevelopment of the Footer Dye Works building. 1.5 million dollars in state funding is needed to invest in rehabilitating the building for development. A private developer is willing to put in several million dollars toward the redevelopment for retail, residential and office space. City and Canal Place officials also announced plans to open a microbrewery/brewpub in the first floor of the building. Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim says it would cost about 1.5 million dollars to tear down the building but an investment of 1.5 million from the state would have a critical impact on economic development in Cumberland. He says those who support the redevelopment of the Footer Dye Works should contact members of the Western Maryland delegation to support the 1.5 million in funding through the state budget which is expected to be released this week. Barley and Hops Owner Gary Brooks who proposed the brewery says he is excited about the prospects of opening a microbrewery in Cumberland similar his Frederick location. He says Cumberland has an amazing brewing tradition and there is a large group of home brewers so he believes there is a strong market for a microbrewery. Brooks who lives in Frederick says he has seen how Maryland is building up toward the west and helping create development similar the revitalization in downtown Frederick is something he wants to be a part of in Cumberland. He says it just takes a few people willing to make the investment into the community. Residents can sign a petition in support of the project online at https://www.change.org/p/city-county-and-state-officials-fund-the-footer-dye-works-project?after_sign_exp=member_sponsored_upsells#share

Charles Town Police officials have identified the victims and suspect involved in Tuesday night's shooting. On January 20th, 2015 at 7:31 p.m. officers from the Charles Town City Police Department were dispatched to a shooting on Candlewood Drive, located within Charles Town city limits. Upon arrival, officers discovered two subjects who suffered gunshot wounds. One victim identified as37 year old Billy Harrison II of Berkeley County was declared deceased on arrival. The second subject, identified as 36 year old Brian Adams of Charles Town was transported to a medical facility in Fairfax with life threatening injuries and is currently in critical condition. Throughout the course of the investigation, a suspect, identified as 44 year old Patrick Bogden of Charles Town was developed regarding this incident. Bogden’s vehicle was located and a traffic stop was attempted. Bogden failed to stop and led officers on a pursuit into Berkeley County where he subsequently took his own life. At this time, there is no motive. However, the investigation into this incident is ongoing. The Charles Town Police Department encourages anyone with any additional information to contact the police department. Charles Town City Police were assisted by the Ranson Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the West Virginia State Police, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, the Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, & Citizens Fire Company.

Gas prices keep falling. Christine Delise with AAA says they expect the record setting trend to continue. “ We are seeing average that have not been this low since 2009. As long as crude oil remains relatively cheap consumers could save between 50 and 75 billion dollars on gasoline this year if prices remain low.”  Right now the average price of a gallon of regular grade gasoline nationally is $2.04, in Maryland it is $2.16, in West Virginia it is $2.17 and in Pennsylvania it is $2.28.

Two Cumberland men are arrested in connection with a stabbing and assault. On Saturday, January 17, 2015 at approximately 12:20 a.m., the Cumberland Police Department responded to a residence located in the 100 block of E. First Street in reference to an assault. Dispatch advised that one victim was stabbed with a knife. Upon officers arrival contact was made with the stabbing victim who stated that he heard arguing outside on the street and when he walked outside he saw a group of subjects approaching his two adult sons. The stabbing victim stated that the subjects charged after them and attacked him and his two sons. He stated that he was stabbed with a knife, officers observed a stab wound to the victims upper right arm. This victim was transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center by the Cumberland Fire Department Ambulance for treatment of a non life-threatening injury. The two other victims both stated that they were outside their residence and walking to their car when the group approached them and began assaulting them. One of these victims was also transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of non life-threatening injuries resulting from the assault. Officers searched the area for the suspects after obtaining a description. Two suspects were located a short distance away and were able to be positively identified by a victim of the assault. Wyatt Samuel Ashby and Marcah Shy Cheeves were both placed under arrest and transported to Police Headquarters. Wyatt Samuel Ashby – 19 – Cumberland, MD. Ashby was held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $10,000.00. Marcah Shy Cheeves – 18 – Cumberland, MD. Cheeves was held at the Allegany County Detention Center on a temporary commitment until his attorney can be present for his initial appearance.
1. First degree assault. 2. Three counts of second degree assault. 3. Reckless endangerment.

An employee at the Verso Luke mill was transported to the Western Maryland Health System Regional Medical Center following an incident at 1:36 a.m. this morning.  The employee was treated and released.  A full investigation of the incident is underway.

No word yet what sparked a blaze in Garrett County yesterday morning. Emergency crews were called to the scene on Underwood drive just before 8am. No one was injured.

The Allegany County NAACP and the Allegany College of Maryland Democracy Commitment will co-host a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday on Monday January 19, 2015 from 7:00 - 9:00pm in the Zimmer Theatre in the Allegany College of Maryland College Center. This event is free and open to the public. Featured guest speaker Pastor Darin Mency will be performing a dynamic and powerful dramatization of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream" speech. Pastor Mency is the Senior Pastor of the Greater Campher Temple King’s Apostle Church in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Allegany County is leading the state in tourism. According to the latest report on tourism impact across the state Allegany County saw an 11 percent increase in visitors in 2013 and an overall 16 percent increase in total economic impact. Allegany County Tourism Director Barb Buehl says they are holding their heads high and they are proud of these tourism impact numbers. She says the main reasons for the increase is knowing how to market the area thanks to social media feedback, the Great Alleghany Passage draws many visitors from around the world and the annual Memorial Day bluegrass festival Delfest draws visitors from around the country. Buehl says community members and business leaders welcoming the visitors to the area also has a huge impact.

Emergency crews are on the scene of a fire on Cannon Run Road off of Bedford Road. 14 fire crews from around the region are on the scene. No injuries have been reported.

A West Virginia man is behind bars on theft and drug charges. Yesterday Deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff's Office were called out to Super Shoes in Corriganville for a report of a suspicious subject removing security devices from merchandise.  The subject left prior to the arrival of the Deputies.  Employees described the vehicle and Deputies located the vehicle in the parking lot at Dunham's in the LaVale Plaza.  The subject was located inside the store and identified as 25 year old Jason Mathew Kaufman of Eglon. Subsequent investigation revealed that Kaufman was the subject removing the security devices from the merchandise at Super Shoes and also, following a consent search of Kaufman's vehicle, it was discovered that he stole merchandise from Ollie's.  CDS and paraphernalia were also located during the search of the vehicle. He was arrested and charged with theft less than $1,000, theft less than $100, drug possession other than marihuana and possession of paraphernalia. He is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $3500 bond. His vehicle was also impounded and the investigation is on going. 

Eastbound I-68 Exit 43 C to Downtown will be closed this Saturday, January 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the closure, detour signs will direct drivers to instead use Exit 44 (Willowbrook Road) to return to I-68 headed west and use the westbound I-68 Exit 43 C to Downtown. The ramp closure will allow crews to complete bridge repairs in the area of the ramp.

Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins filed Notice indicating that he will seek the Death Penalty for Jonta Bishop who was arrested in September, 2014, and charged with the murder of James Deneen. In his Notice of Aggravating Circumstances, District Attorney Higgins listed the aggravating circumstance that the Commonwealth would present to a jury if the defendant would be convicted of First Degree Murder: At the time of the killing, the defendant was in perpetration of a felony , specifically Robbery. The defendant was expected to be formally arraigned at 9:00 a.m. today in Courtroom No. 1 of the Bedford County Courthouse, however, since the District Attorney filed his Notice of Intention to Seek the Death Penalty, the formal arraignment was continued until January 22, 2015, so the Court could appoint Death Penalty qualified legal counsel. The defendant was previously represented by the Public Defender’s Office, however, there attorneys in that office are not presently certified to handle Death Penalty cases. “After discussing this case with the family and loved ones of James Deneen, the Commonwealth has concluded that, in the event a jury returns a verdict of Guilty to First Degree Murder, they should be given all legally permissible options – including a death sentence. In the meantime, the Commonwealth will ensure the Jonta Bishop is afforded his full panoply of Constitutional Rights and Due Process before a jury is ever given the opportunity to consider a death sentence – which is certainly something Jonta Bishop never afforded to James Deneen before callously taking his life in cold blood,” stated District Attorney Bill Higgins. The District Attorney cautions that charges against the defendant are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Comptroller Peter Franchot, joined by Governor-elect Larry Hogan, Ocean City Mayor Richard W. Meehan, state Senator James N. Mathias Jr., and other elected officials, as well as small business owners, educators and tourism officials, today enthusiastically thanked Marylanders for their overwhelming support of his petition drive to start public schools after Labor Day. More than 13,240 Marylanders from every corner of the state signed the “Let Summer Be Summer,” petition, far exceeding the 10,000 signature goal.  The campaign kicked-off last August on the Ocean City Boardwalk and Deep Creek Lake, and today the list of supporters will be presented to members of the Maryland General Assembly.

Two Meyersdale residents are behind bars on robbery charges. 25 year old Renee Hollada and 34 year old Joseph Bockes were arrested in connection with a home invasion robbery on Wednesday. The couple allegedly entered a home on Pleasanthill School Road and pepper sprayed the victim then took money, prescriptions and a firearm. Both are being held at the Somerset County Jail.

James Eugene Reed, 33, Deer Park, plead guilty in the Circuit Court to possession with intent to distribute marijuana.  Related charges were dismissed upon his plea.  Judge Ray Strubin ordered a pre-sentence investigation be completed prior to sentencing, which will be scheduled upon receipt of the report.  Pending sentencing, Reed’s bond was increased to $25,000, with 10% due to the Court and he was incarcerated until he makes that bond.Reed was the driver and sole occupant of a vehicle which was stopped along Gorman Road in June, for traveling 58 MPH in a 50 MPH zone.  The vehicle was searched after a drug detection canine gave a positive alert. Over two pounds of marijuana was found in a bag on the front passenger-side floorboard.

The Martinsburg VA Medical Center (VAMC) won top Veterans Affairs (VA) patient safety award for patient safety initiatives and practices for 2014.The VA National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) annually presents bronze, silver and gold awards to VA medical facilities who demonstrate levels of excellence through their patient safety programs. Receiving the Gold award means the Martinsburg VAMC met all requirements of the recognition program.

Law enforcement officials are investigating an alleged assault.  On 1/13/15, Deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff's Office assisted by the Maryland State Police responded to the Corriganville area for a reported assault. According to the victim, he was a passenger in a vehicle along with two (2) black males travelling from Cumberland towards Corriganville when the operator pulled to theshoulder and both black male subjects produced handguns and demanded money. The victim reported that he began texting a family member who alerted the Cumberland Police.

After initial investigation was completed by the Cumberland Police aided members of the crisis negotiation team, it was determined that the assault occurred outside the City limits and that the victim had escaped and was hiding in the woods, Deputies and Troopers responded, located him and transported him to the Sheriff's Office. While there, aided by a Detective from the C3I Unit, the victim was interviewed and ultimately decided to not cooperate with the investigation. There are no further leads at this time.

Dayton Alexander Bolyard, II, Oakland, pled guilty in the Circuit Court to first degree arson. Related charges were dismissed upon his plea. Judge Ray Strubin ordered a pre-sentence investigation be conducted prior to sentencing. Bolyard’s bond was revoked and he was returned to the Garrett County Detention Center where he has been located since his arrest, unable to post the bond previously set.Bolyard was arrested and charged by the State Fire Marshal Jamie Rodeheaver who investigated the April 20 fire at the residence of the Bolyard family in Nest Lick Acres, Oakland. Rodeheaver concluded the fire was incendiary in nature, with flammable liquid poured throughout the main floor of the residence and then set ablaze. The house was entirely destroyed despite the immediate notification and response of numerous fire companies.
Earlier that night, Bolyard and his spouse Julie Bolyard, had an argument in Terra Alta, West Virginia, which resulted in Bolyard breaking a window in her vehicle and removing her cell phone. Mrs. Bolyard travelled to the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office, requesting a Court Commissioner be called for her to apply for a protective order. While she waited for the Commissioner, she and a companion received calls from Bolyard and a message with a photo attached, showing the residence on fire.  Neighbors reported Bolyard was located behind the residence, sitting in his vehicle, drinking a beer and watching the house burn. It was at this location where deputies found him. After initially refusing to show his hands and get out of the car, Bolyard eventually got out and was taken into custody. Deputies noted the strong smell of gasoline coming from Bolyard and his clothing. Additional investigation revealed full gas cans missing from the shed at the Bolyard residence and from Mrs. Bolyard’s nearby business. The Fire Marshal also obtained video of Bolyard purchasing gas and diesel fuel at Arrowhead Market less than a half hour prior to the fire being reported. None of the fuel containers were found and were presumed to have fully burned in the fire. Sentencing will be scheduled once the pre-sentence investigation report is completed

Bishop Walsh School Principal Ann Workmeister announced today the appointment of Dr. Raymond Kiddy as the new athletic director for the Cumberland Catholic School, effective immediately.  Kiddy is currently the assistant principal at Allegany High School. His appointment at BW will be in a part-time status until his retirement from the Allegany County Public School System at the end of this school year.

City of Cumberland is currently soliciting for Community Development Block Grant Project Requests for the 2015-2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan and the 2015-16 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2015. The City will be receiving approximately $700,000 in CDBG funds this coming year. Project requests must be developed to meet one of the following national objectives: 1) primarily benefit low-income persons, 2) be of an urgent and otherwise non-fundable need, or 3) address slum/blight. In addition, the City's Consolidated Plan has prioritized identified needs for the area's low-income and special needs population and projects must also address at least one of those priority goals/objectives described in the 5-year plan. Eligible types of activities include acquisition, blight removal, housing, neighborhood improvements, recreation, beautification, job creation activities, public facilities, public services, and infrastructure improvements.If you have any questions you can contact Ms. Lee Borror or Mr. Jay Oliver within the Department of Community Development at 301-759-6437, 301-759-6433 or TDD # 1-800-735-2258. You can also e-mail a project request or question to Lee Borror at lee.borror@cumberlandmd.gov.

The American Cancer Society RELAY KICKOFF RALLY  will be held tonight at 6:00 pm Windsor Castle-Cumberland, MD Allegany County residents are invited to kick off the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Allegany County 2015. This community celebration is open to anyone who wants to learn more about Relay For Life and how to get involved. Anyone is welcome! To RSVP call 301-722-2145 option #3  Relay For Life is a community event that honors cancer survivors, current cancer patients and caregivers. Relay also pays tribute to those who have lost their battle with cancer. It is a community celebration where individuals and teams take turns walking around a track relay-style to raise funds to fight cancer. At nightfall, participants will light hundreds of luminaria around the track in a moving ceremony to honor cancer survivors, as well as friends and family members lost to the disease.  The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Allegany County is June 5th at Canal Place Festival Grounds.

The Office of the State’s Attorney for Allegany County, the Honorable Michael O. Twigg, State’s Attorney has announced that Jessyca Layne Kimble, of Midland, entered a plea of guilty to one count of Voluntary Manslaughter in Allegany County Circuit Court, stemming from the death of her husband, Edward Kimble, on August 19, 2014 at the home the couple shared. Kimble’s bond was revoked and she was returned to the Allegany County Detention Center pending a sentencing hearing, which will be heard after a presentence investigation is completed by the Maryland Department of Community Supervision. The investigation revealed that the couple was involved in a domestic dispute in the evening hours of August 19, 2014. The dispute turned physical in the couple’s kitchen at which time Jessyca Kimble retrieved a knife from a kitchen drawer. The couple continued to fight and Edward Kimble was stabbed one time in his chest, resulting in his death. The couple has an extensive history of domestic violence within the home. While Kimble maintained she was acting in self-defense, her husband possessed no weapon, and therefore the case falls under that of an imperfect self-defense, negating the charge of murder to one of voluntary manslaughter. The case was investigated by the C3I Unit and the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office.

 

The Office of the State’s Attorney for Allegany County, the Honorable Michael O. Twigg, State’s Attorney, announced Christopher Alan Hochard of Cumberland, pleaded guilty to two counts of selling home improvement contracts without a license. Allegany County Circuit Court Judge W. Timothy Finan sentenced Hochard to six months home detention in addition to a 12 month suspended sentence and he was ordered to make full restitution to the victims as part of his supervised probation.The State of Maryland Home Improvement Commission began investigating Hochard last year after receiving several complaints. Hochard received payment from the victims after entering into a written home improvement contract, for which he did not have a license as required by Maryland law. The Home Improvement Commission received complaints regarding the quality of Hochard’s work, and in one case, where he had left the job site having not completed the work for which he had been contracted. The case was prosecuted by Allegany County Assistant State’s Attorney Erich Bean. Mr. Hochard was represented by G.V. McKinley

 

Three Cumberland woman are charged in connection with a breaking and entering. On Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at approximately 9:30 p.m., the Cumberland Police Department responded to a residence located on Paw Paw Way, Cumberland, MD in reference to a breaking and entering complaint.  A witness contacted police advising that three females entered the residence, removed items and placed them in a vehicle. Upon the officers arrival to the area the vehicle was located in the middle of Paw Paw Way.  The vehicle was occupied by three females.  Contact was made with all three subjects; Catherine Ferguson, Michelle Porter, and Tracy Phillips.  Officers investigated the complaint and found that the three entered the residence and stole household items.  Numerous stolen items were located inside the vehicle.  This residence is vacant however the home is still full of household and personal items. Contact was made with the victim who was advised of the situation and it was determined that all three subjects did not have permission to enter this residence.  Ferguson, Porter, and Phillips were all placed under arrest and transported to Police Headquarters for processing. 31 year old Michelle Lynn Porter of Cumberland, MD and is being held on $5000.00 at the Allegany County Detention Center. 49 year old Tracy Lnn Phillips of Cumberland, MD was released on her personal recognizance by a District Court Commissioner. 52 year old  Catherine Mary Ferguson of Cumberland, MD will be held on $3000.00 at the Allegany County Detention Center. All three are charged with Third degree burglary, Fourth degree burglary, Fourth degree burglary to commit theft,  Theft under $1,000.00

Braddock Middle School U.S. History teacher, Erin McElyea, was recently named the 2014-2015 State of Maryland VFW Middle School Teacher of the Year. The VFW Teacher of the Year award contest recognizes exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Braddock principal, Danny Carter, originally nominated Mrs. McElyea for the Oldtown VFW Post 9451 Teacher of the Year award. After her selection as the Post 9451 Teacher of the Year, McElyea advanced to the District 3 VFW for consideration as the Allegany, Garrett and Washington Counties’ winner, and then advanced to compete as the Maryland Middle School Teacher of the Year. Mrs. McElyea will now have the opportunity to represent the state at the VFW National Convention for the title of National VFW Middle School Teacher of the Year.Erin was nominated not only for promoting civic responsibility and patriotism, but also for planning field trips to assist students in developing a better understanding of democratic values and beliefs. Last year, McElyea took students on a service-learning fieldtrip to the V.A. Hospital in Martinsburg, WV, followed by a stop at the Gettysburg National Historic Cemetery. While at the Cemetery, the group of students recited the Gettysburg Address in front of the Soldiers’ Monument at the approximate spot where the stage would have been when Lincoln originally gave the address. The video has been submitted to learntheaddress.org, the Ken Burns PBS 150th anniversary project, and has been entered into the Library of Congress. Erin graduated from Towson University in 2005 with a degree in social sciences and secondary education and earned a Master’s of Education degree from Frostburg State University in special education. She began her teaching career with the Allegany County Public School System at Braddock Middle School in 2008 and currently teaches two math courses as an inclusion teacher and one U.S. History course as a general education teacher. Other VFW Post 9451 Teacher of the Year award winners from ACPS include Sara Cook, Flintstone Elementary School; and Tammy Twigg, Allegany High School.
 

The Mineral County Grand Jury has handed down 53 indictments. Indictments were handed down for Gregory Rotruck II who is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on attempted murder charges; Christopher Slack of Keyser for malicious wounding and attempted murder, Michael Myers of Keyser for the murder of his wife; Scott Kittrell Junior who is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on attempted murder, malicious assault, attempted sexual assault and sexual abuse. Several other indictments were handed down on charges of burglary, grand larceny, manufacturing drugs, breaking and entering, embezzlement, shoplifting and forgery.

All schools in Hampshire County will be on a 2-hour delay on Tue. Jan. 13, 2015 due to Faculty Senate.

Morgan County Schools will be on a 2-hour delay on Tuesday, January 13th instead of a 2-hour early dismissal. Staff are to report on time.

Winchester Academy will be on a 2 hour delay. No morning clubhouse. Bus pickup at 10 am. Tuesday, January 13th.

 

Two local teens have been charged as adults in the Murder of 21 year-old Stephanie Waters. According to Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins Deauntay Dontaz Moye, 16, of Woodbury, PA, and Ryan James Hardwick, 15, of Martinsburg, PA, were taken into custody early Sunday morning, arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Brian Baker, and were remanded to the Bedford County Jail without bail. Moye faces the following charges: Criminal Homicide, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Carrying Firearms without a License, Criminal Use of a Communication Facility, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Abuse of a Corpse, UnauthorizedUse of an Automobile, Cruelty to Animals, and Possession of a Firearm by a Minor. On January 9, 2015, the Roaring Spring Police Department received information that Stephanie Waters, 21 years old of Roaring Spring, went missing on January 8, 2015. Information was disseminated to local law enforcement agencies, and a missing person alert was posted on the Altoona Police Department Facebook page. On January 10, 2015, the Pennsylvania State Police received information that an automobile fitting the description of Water’s vehicle was parked near an abandoned house near Salemville Road in New Enterprise, PA. Trooper Derek Schrader and Corporal Brad Codd responded to that area and discovered the vehicle. Stephanie Waters was found dead in the rear of the vehicle, as well as her dog. Both Stephanie and her dog died as a result of gunshot wounds. Stephanie was pronounced dead by Coroner Sam Gordon at 4:54 p.m. on January 10, 2015. The Police investigation eventually led to Moye and Hardwick, who were both taken into custody on Sunday evening. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Hardwick and Moye had discussed robbing someone for marijuana for several weeks. Moye had also been talking about shooting someone for several weeks. They originally set up a deal to purchase marijuana from Stephanie’s boyfriend, however, Stephanie arrived at the agreed location. Moye and Hardwick entered the vehicle, with Stephanie driving, Moye in the passenger seat, and Hardwick in the back seat with Stephanie’s dog. They drove a very short distance and then parked the car. Stephanie then showed Moye the marijuana. Both Moye and Hardwick smelled the marijuana. Moye then pulled out the gun and shot her in the neck. A few seconds later, he shot her a second time – in the head. One of the teens then shot the dog – however, it has not yet been determined who actually fired the shots into the dog. Theythen tossed Stephanie’s body into the backseat of the vehicle and Moye drove her car to the Altoona area where they drove around smoking weed. They eventually returned to Moye’s Woodbury residence where they parked the car and spent the night. The next day, Hardwick dumped the car off at the location where it was ultimately recovered and hid the gun and car keys in a closet at his residence, where they were also recovered by police. “To think that a 21-year old girl – with a full life ahead of her – was senselessly murdered over some weed is just heartbreaking. The next time someone tells you that marijuana is a harmless drug – think about the family of James Deneen who was murdered in September of last year --- and think of the family of this young lady – 21 year-old Stephanie Waters. We lost two young lives in the last three months over marijuana – and now even more young lives will be wasted away behind prison bars. Marijuana is a harmless drug? Not to these families,” commented District Attorney Bill Higgins, Jr. Moye and Hardwick are both scheduled for preliminary hearings on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. “I know I say this often, but I cannot overstate the level of cooperation and competence we have in the law enforcement community. In this particular case, that cooperation crossed county lines. We had the cooperation and support of the Altoona and Roaring Spring Police Departments. We worked closely with Blair County District Attorney Rich Consiglio and First Assistant Jackie Bernard in the preparation of search warrants. Judge Travis Livengood made himself available throughout the night and early morning to issue search warrants. Troy Nelson, acting warden at the Bedford County Jail was diligent in making arrangements for confining these teens – as committing juveniles to the jail presents unique issues. And the Pennsylvania State Police – particularly Trooper Derek Schrader, worked around the clock to solve this crime. From the time he came upon the body of Stephanie Waters, his shift did not end until Hardwick and Moye were behind bars. Not to sound cliché, but this operation ran like a well oiled machine. Bedford and Blair County taxpayers certainly got their moneys worth this weekend. And now, we must seek justice for the family of Stephanie Waters." The District Attorney cautions that charges against these individuals are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Hagerstown Police are investigating a shooting. At about 12:30 this morning officers were called out to W. Bethel Street for a report of shots fired. A male victim was located on Church Street.The victim was conscious and able to tell officers that he was shot in the neck while walking on W. Bethel Street. The victim was transported to Meritus Medical Center where he was treated and subsequently released. Anyone with information is requested to contact the Hagerstown Police Department at 301-790-3700.

 

Eight individuals were sentenced in federal court today for distributing heroin and other drugs, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.  An investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, and Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, revealed a drug distribution network in which heroin transported from Baltimore, Maryland and oxycodone were sold within the Northern District of West Virginia. Six individuals were sentenced for their role in the drug trafficking operation, including:

- Stephanie Lee Butts, 38, of Petersburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to 115 months in prison after she was discovered in possession of heroin in January 2014. She pled guilty in September 2014 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin.”

- Christian Nicole Pierce, 22, was sentenced to 46 months in prison for her role in selling heroin as part of the larger distribution network. She pled guilty in September 2014 to one count of “Drug Conspiracy – Heroin.”

- Brenda Michelle Sams, 35, of Brandywine, Maryland was sentenced to 21 months in prison for her role in selling heroin as part of the larger distribution network. She pled guilty in October 2014 to one count of “Drug Conspiracy – Heroin.”

- Brandy Netz, 30, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for selling heroin in April 2014. She pled guilty in October 2014 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Heroin.”

- Crystalin Nicole Holliday, 24, of Martinsburg, West Virginia was sentenced to three years of probation months in prison for selling heroin in April 2014. She pled guilty in September 2014 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Heroin.”

- Thomas Richard Greenfield, Jr., 58, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to three years of probation for selling oxycodone in April 2014. He pled guilty in September 2014 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Oxycodone.”

 

In another matter, Derwin Lee Harris, 48, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine in July 2013. He pled guilty in October 2014 to one count of “Drug Conspiracy” following an investigation by the Martinsburg Police Department. Additionally, Darrell Sherwood Logan, 57, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to time served since September 2014 for selling crack cocaine. He pled guilty in September 2014 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Cocaine Base” following an investigation by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

 

A fire at a home on Arch Street is ruled accidental. According to Cumberland Fire Marshal Shannon Adams the blaze broke out at about 9:30 Sunday night at 421 Arch Street. The fire has been determined to be caused by improper discarding of smoking material. Damages are estimated to be about $1500 to the building and contents.  The fire was discovered by the family when the smoke alarms activated.  First arriving units found smoke coming from the basement of the house.   Smoke was found throughout the rest of the house.  The fire was extinguished by the occupants prior to the arrival of the fire department.  The fire was contained to a mattress and insulation found in the basement.  Firefighters overhauled and ventilated the house during the incident.  No one was injured in the blaze.

 

 

Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division McHenry Barrack is investigating an Armed Robberythat occurred on 1/4/2015 at approximately 1906 hours at BFS “Liberty” Gas Station located at 264 Maple Street, Friendsville, Garrett County, Maryland.An unknown white male wearing a black ski mask, green hooded sweat shirt, and jeans entered the store demanding money. The suspect displayed a weapon and stole an undisclosed amount of money.  The suspect fled the area on foot. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sgt. Sigmund at the Maryland State Police at 301-387-1101 or the Garrett County Crime Solvers at www.garrettcountycrimesolvers.org.

All Allegany County Public Schools are now CLOSED today, Monday, January 12, 2015.

Bishop Walsh School is now CLOSED, Monday, January 12, 2014

Bedford Area School District is closed

Calvary Christian Academy is now closed today, Monday, January 12th. Day Care is also closed for today

Garrett County Schools are now closed.

All schools in Grant County will now be closed on Mon. Jan. 12, 2015.

All schools in Hampshire County will now be closed on Mon. Jan. 12, 2015 due to extremely icy secondary roads.

All schools in Hardy County will now be closed on Mon. Jan. 12, 2015.

Hope for Hyndman Charter School will be closed

All Mineral County Schools will be closed

All Morgan County Schools are closed employees code A

West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind will be closed

All schools in Berkeley County will be on a 2-hour delay
All schools in Preston County will be on a 2-hour delay.
Somerset Area School District will be on a 2 hour delay.
WASHINGTON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS: 2-HOUR DELAY
Winchester Public Schools are operating on a two hour delay with elementary dismissing at 2:35 pm. Administrative office will be on a one hour delay
Winchester Academy will be on a 2 hour delay. No morning clubhouse. Bus pickup at 10 am.

Allegany College of Maryland will open at noon student services will be open until 6pm

FSU will open at 10 a.m. Monday, 1/12. Classes and events cancelled until that time.

Potomac State College early morning classes cancelled classes will begin at 10:40 am.

All Allegany County Head Starts are open with no morning transportation

Friends Aware Day Program is closed Monday, January 12. Staff are to report or use leave.

Humpty Dumpty Learning Center will delay opening until 9 am due to current weather conditions.

Small World Day Care opening at 6:30

Express Medical Transporters will be closing until 10am and then reevaluate road conditions.

The Cumberland Y will open at 9 am.

Liberal leave is in place for Maryland State Employees beginning at 6am until the end of day shift. All essential employees to report.

Cumberland Covenant House is closed

George’s Creek and Willow Creek Adult Care Centers closed

There are snow emergency declarations in the following counties:
Allegany
Garrett
Washington

 

Maryland State Police Cumberland and C3I Unit are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at NAPA Auto Parts in LaVale MD at approximately 5:00 PM.A suspect entered the business through a side door and forced 2 employee's to the ground at gun point. The suspect stole both employes cell phones as well as cash from their person and the business. The only description provided was a male approximately 5-10, wearing a black toboggan, a mask over his face, and a heavy brown jacket and baggy ski type pants.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact Maryland State Police at 301-729-2101.

 

Morgan County Sheriff's deputies are investing a robbery at the Bank of Romney in Paw Paw. The suspect damaged an ATM. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Morgan County Sheriff's Office at 304-258-1067

 

West Virginia State Police are investigating an incident that is believed to be a simple mistake. Sgt. J.M. Droppleman Keyser Detachment Commander says they received a report in Short Gap Monday where an individual had walked into a home. The individual told the homeowner he was looking for a specific individual by a specific name the homeowner told the individual no one by that name lived there and the homeowner asked the individual to leave. And the individual left. The homeowner contacted West Virginia State Police and gave them a description of the vehicle the individual was driving along with a description of the individual. A “be on the look out” or BOLO was issued to local law enforcement in Allegany, Mineral and Hampshire Counties. Troopers began an investigation. A family friend identified what was believed to be the individual’s vehicle and took a photograph of the car and provided State Police the license plate number. Sgt. Droppleman says thanks to that information troopers were able to get identification on the individual. He says they will be interviewing the individual and another acquaintance to corroborate that the incident was an honest mistake and the person the individual was looking for actually lived nearby and he simply walked into the wrong house. Droppleman says the investigation has been non-stop since it was reported. He says any time a member of the public has information they believe may be connected to a case it is vital for them to provide it to law enforcement officials. “We did have help in this situation we did have help from a citizen who was attentive to the situation and when he saw the vehicle he got the tag number and took a photo of it.” The photo was posted on social media causing misinformation to be posted as well as the photo. Droppleman says “It can be harmful to the case, if it hinders or obstructs our case these individuals could be charged with hindering an investigation.” Droppleman says there is another issue “If this is an honest mistake this individual could have been harassed or attacked and the information being put on social media was not exactly true.” He says people added information that was incorrect. “Investigations rest on the edge of a knife, any information that is bogus or misleading could sidetrack or derail an investigation and make it very difficult to solve it.” Droppleman says he has an excellent group of officers who care deeply about their community who work around the clock and off the clock to protect the community. Droppleman says “We do work quietly and do our job we are police officers and our responsibility is to catch criminals and help folks out.”

 

Two juveniles face charges in connection with a murder in Bedford County, PA. According to Pennsylvania State Police on January 8th 21 year old Stephanie Waters of Roaring Spring was reported missing. Posts were made on social media describing the Waters and her vehicle. A resident living on Salemville Road saw a vehicle matching the description of Waters’ car parked in the driveway of an abandoned home. Pennsylvania State Police were notified and responded to the scene and found Waters dead in the back of her car. Two juvenile males were identified as suspects and were arrested without incident. One was charged with homicide the other charged with conspiracy to commit homicide.  Pennsylvania State Police are still investigating.

All Allegany County Public Schools are on a TWO-HOUR DELAY today, Friday, January 9, 2015. All morning pre-k classes are cancelled

Bishop Walsh is on a two hour delay.

Calvary Christian Academy is on a two hour delay today, Friday, January 9th. Day Care and Before Care will open at 8 AM. There will be no morning Pre K Class. We will still have a dress down day for John Wilson. Wear purple or camouflage

Garrett County Schools are CLOSED

The Somerset Area School District will be operating on a two-hour delay Friday January 9,, 2015.  Secondary Students may be dropped off starting at 9:18 am and Elementary Students may be dropped off starting at 9:28.   Again, the Somerset Area School District is operating on a two-hour delay Friday January 9, 2015.

Near Bloomery in Hampshire County: Bus 69 will not be running Sandy Hollow, parents can meet the bus at the end of Sandy Hollow Road or at Omps' Grocery

Winchester Public Schools will be operating on a two hour delay Friday, January 9

Winchester Academy will be on a 2 hour delay for Friday, January 9th. There will be NO morning clubhouse, bus pickup will be at 10am.

All schools in Preston County will be closed on Fri. Jan. 9, 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.

All Allegany County Head Starts are open with no MORNING transportation

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

All Allegany County Public Schools are on a TWO-HOUR DELAY today, Thursday, January 8, 2015, and all schools in the MOUNTAIN RIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT are CLOSED.  All morning pre-k classes are cancelled. 

Bedford Area School District, Bishop Walsh, Berkeley, Mineral, Morgan, Washington County schools are all on a two hour delay,

Calvary Christian Academy is on a 2 hour delay, Thursday, January 8th. Day Care and Before Care will open at 8 AM. There will be no morning Pre K Class.

Garrett, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Elk Garden School District, Preston,  Somerset Area School District, Winchester Public schools and Winchester Academy are closed.

Cumberland Covenant House will be closed

Friends Aware Day Program is on a two-hour delay. No transportation is occurring in the Mountain Ridge school district only.

Frostburg, George’s Creek and Westernport Senior Centers will be closed with no home delivery

Due to the inclement weather, the Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC) meeting for the Allegany County Infants and Toddlers Program is cancelled for this morning, Thursday, January 8, 2015

Crews are working to repair a water main leak near 1115 Frederick Street between Eichner & Valentine in Cumberland. Approximately 100-150 will be without water. Water on the roadway is turning into ice. Motorists are advised to use caution

The Frederick County Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating the death of Eugene Wesley Smith, age 87 of Frederick.On 01/07/15 at approximately 2:24 p.m. Frederick County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Frederick Police Department officers and Frederick County Animal Control officers responded to Stonehouse Rd, Frederick, for a report of a dog attack. Upon entry into the home, deputies and officers observed the dog attacking Smith, and were able to contain the dog immediately. Through investigation it was learned Smith had been on the ground taking down a Christmas tree when the dog, an 84lbs pit bull, attacked Smith. Smith sustained severe injuries and was transported to Frederick Memorial Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.The dog was a pit bull rescue, and lived in the home with Smith, his son and son’s fiancé, since May. At the time of the incident, the only person home with Smith was Smith’s son’s fiancé. The dog was removed from the home by Frederick County Animal Control and euthanized.

A cash reward is being offered for details that lead to an arrest and conviction following a burglary in Garrett County. Anyone with information about the burglary at the Swanton Grocery Store at 3562 Swanton Road between December 2nd and December 12th can contact the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office at 301-334-1911 or leave a tip online at www.garrettcountycrimesolvers.org

A Pennsylvania man is charged with 100 counts of statutory sexual assault. According to Pennsylvania State Police 37 year old Robert Havle III of Imler allegedly had a relationship with a juvenile female from 2009-2010. He is also charged with 100 counts of aggravated indecent assault, 100 counts of corruption of a minor and 100 counts of indecent assault. He is being held at the Bedford County Jail on 250 thousand dollars bond. His preliminary hearing is set for January 14th.

Garrett County Schools are now closed for today 1-7-2015

All schools in Grant County will be closed on Wed. Jan. 7, 2015.

All schools in Hampshire County will now be closed on Wed. Jan. 7, 2015 due to extremely icy secondary roads.

All schools in Morgan County will now be closed on Wed. Jan. 7, 2015, Code A.

Winchester Academy is closed for Wednesday, January 7th.

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

Elk Garden School in Mineral County will be on a 2-hour delay

West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind will be operating on a normal schedule.

 

A house fire on Virginia Avenue is ruled accidental. The blaze broke out last night at 10pm at 1316/1318 Virginia Avenue. The fire started in the back of the house in a utility room.  The cause of the fire is a faulty extension electrical cord that was plugged into a portable space heater. One person was taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. 30 firefighters were called to the scene. According to Cumberland Fire Marshal Shannon Adams damages are estimated to be about $60,000 to the structure and $30,000 to the contents.  The families were being assisted by the American Red Cross and were going to be staying with relatives. First arriving units found smoke throughout the house and heavy fire in the back of the house.  There were no operating smoke alarms present at the time of the fire.  The fire was discovered by the family after hearing popping sounds coming from the back of the house.  They were able to exit the house without issue and had a neighbor call 911 for help.

 

Monday night's fire on Pine Avenue in Cumberland is ruled accidental. The fire broke out at 6:32 pm at 450 Pine Avenue. No one was injured in the blaze. A total of 28 firefighters were on the scene. According to the Cumberland Fire Marshals the fire started in the basement ceiling. The cause of the fire is the electrical wiring in the ceiling of the origin area. Damages are estimated to be about $60,000 to the structure and $30,000 to the contents. There was insurance on the property. The family was being assisted by the American Red Cross and was going to be staying with relatives. The first arriving units found smoke throughout the house and heavy fire in the basement. There were smoke alarms present but it was undetermined if they operated at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by the family after hearing popping sounds coming from the basement. A few minutes later then found smoke coming from the basement. They were able to exit the house without issue and had a neighbor call 911 for help

 

Allegany, Berkeley, Bedford. Garrett, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Morgan, Preston and Washington County Schools are closed

Bishop Walsh School is closed. Mrs. Kiemles memorial service is today at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland at 11 a.m.SMECC will be open regular hours

Calvary Christian Academy will be Closed today. Daycare will open at 8 am

St Michael ECC is closed

West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind will be closed

Winchester Academy is closed today.

Hope for Hyndman Charter School will be closed

Allegany County Head Start open today………no transportation.

Friends Aware Day Program will be closed Tuesday, January 6. Staff are to report or use leave

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

George’s Creek and Willow Creek Adult Care Centers closed

Covenant House Adult Care Center is closed

There are snow emergency declarations in the following counties:
Allegany
Anne Arundel
Frederick
Garrett
Montgomery
Washington

Potomac Valley Transit has cancelled all routes expect for the work routes

Keyser, Burlington and Fort Ashby Libraries will be closed today.

No word yet on what sparked a blaze on Pine Avenue. The fire broke out at about 6:30 last night.

A firefighter is recovering following a blaze in Frostburg last night. Just before 9pm emergency crews were called out to a home on Armstrong Avenue for a blaze. One fire fighter was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. Maryland State Fire Marshals Office is investigating.

There are currently more than 400 Potomac Edison customers without power in Allegany County with the largest outage in the Eckhart area near Frostburg. Potomac Edison crews are onsite making repairs to wire down on the Eckhart outage. Additional PE crews have been dispatched on the remaining outages. Fort Hill High School has reported an outage and Potomac Edison Crews have been dispatched to repair. In Garrett County about 200 customers remain without power mainly in the Swanton area. In Hampshire County about 900 remain without power mainly in the Augusta and Capon Bridge areas.

According to Garrett County Public Schools officials because of a down power line, students riding Bus 18 residing between Loch Lynn Church on Amish Road and Gas Well Road may meet the bus across from Bill Beitzel Road at 7:10

Law enforcement officials have identified the body of a man found dead in an area where the Potomac River meets Wills Creek The body of 63 year old William Twigg of Ridgeley was pulled from the water underneath the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Bridge at about 3:15 Saturday afternoon. Twigg had been walking along the bridge when he fell through it. His death has been ruled accidental. Twigg was a member of the Ridgeley Volunteer Fire Department for more than 20 years. The Cumberland Police would like to remind the public that trespassing on all railroad property is dangerous and illegal. Railroad bridges are not meant to be used for pedestrian traffic and often have many hazards. For your safety, please stay clear of all railroad property.Responding to this incident was the Cumberland Police Department, Cumberland Fire Department, Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit, Natural Resources Police, Allegany County Water Rescue Team, Ridgeley Police Department, and the West Virginia State Police.

A Cumberland woman is dead following a crash early Thursday morning. At about 12:16 in the morning a vehicle driven by Mary Brode of Cumberland traveled off of the roadway of US220/Bedford Road near Colton Drive, NE., Cumberland, Md. Brode was operating a 2010 Nissan Rouge north-bound on US220/Bedford Road when the vehicle traveled off of the roadway, overturned and came to rest on its wheels on the east side of the roadway. Brode did not survive the motor vehicle collision. Several units of the Maryland State Police, Cumberland Barrack, medical personnel and a representative from the Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene. The initial collision investigation was investigated by S/Tpr Wagoner of the Cumberland Barrack while the accident reconstruction investigation was conducted by M/Tpr. LeMay of the McHenry Barrack. The investigation is continuing.

The victim of a fatal accident Friday night in Winchester,VA is identified as 59-year-old Kevin Patrick Doherty of Winchester. Doherty was traveling westbound on Handley Boulevard on his bike when he was hit by an SUV that was turning eastbound on Handley Boulevard from Stewart Street. He was taken to Winchester Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.  The driver of the SUV was charged with reckless driving for failing to yield to the right of way of the bicyclist. The Winchester Police Department sends its condolences to both families involved in this tragic accident.

Motor vehicle crashes and falls due to ice kept emergency responders and law enforcement officials busy Saturday morning. Between 4:50am and 8:40am first responders were called out to about 30 ice related incidents.

Cumberland City Police are investigating a breaking and entering. On January 1, 2014, officers from the Cumberland City Police Department responded to Naylor’s Ace True Value Store for a breaking and entering complaint. When officers arrived they found the front window to the left of the main door broken inwards. It appeared that a suspect entered the store and removed several chainsaws. During a check of the stores video surveillance, officers observed an unknown suspect attempting to break the glass on the front door. Entry was made by the suspect as he was observed making several trips between Naylor’s and Dairy Queen. At this time the case is still under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Cumberland City Police at 301-777-1600.

Maryland State Police are investigating an armed robbery in Friendsville. At about 7pm last night the suspect entered the Liberty gas station in Friendsville, MD and asked the clerk for money.  The suspect is described as aW/M approximately 5'-5" and medium build, wearing a green hooded shirt and ski mask.    When the clerk refused to give the suspect money the suspect brandished a knife and demanded the money.  The suspect was given $81.00 in cash and then left the store on foot in an unknown direction.  Troopers and a criminal investigator from the McHenry barrack as well as Deputies from the Garrett County Sheriff Department responded to the scene. MSP Helicopter Trooper 5 and MSP K9-20 from the Cumberland Barrack assisted in the search for the suspect.  The suspect was not located. There were no injuries reported during the incident. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack at 301-387-1101.

A Cumberland man is arrested in connect ion with a robbery in Frostburg. On Saturday January 3, 2015, at 8:01 pm, Cumberland City Police Officers responded to the 700 block of Elm Street for a reported disturbance.  Officers identified one of the individuals involved as 21 year old Marquise Carpenter of Cumberland.  A check for wanted was conducted and it was revealed that Carpenter had an active arrest warrant.  Officers attempted to place Carpenter in custody but he failed to comply and pulled away from officers.  He was placed under arrest at this time.  Carpenter was transported to the Cumberland City Police Department where he was processed, served and additionally charged with Resisting Arrest.  The issued warrant was as a result of a November 29, 2014 Robbery investigation at an East College Avenue residence handled by the Frostburg City Police Department.  Carpenter was taken to the Allegany County District Court Commissioners Office for a bond hearing and was held on a $50,000.00 dollar bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Governor Elect Larry Hogan met with Allegany County community members this morning at the Allegany Museum. Hogan says he wants people to know he is a regular guy who cares about regular people and he plans to focus on the needs of Western Maryland.

A Pennsylvania man is dead after falling from a tree stand. According to Pennsylvania State Police on Friday at about 11:30 the 67 year old man was removing items from the tree stand on Chaneysville Road in Bedford County when he fell and died as a result of his injuries.  

Maryland State Police in Garrett County are investigating a burglary. On December 22nd at about 1:15 the suspects stole several hunting rifles, a crossbow,  jewelry  and other items from a home on Twin Churches Road. Anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry Barrack at 301-387-1101.

Two Garrett County residents are charged with theft. 26 year old Shane Friend and 23 year old Brittany Rogers were both charged in connection with a fraud scheme.

A man wanted in Maryland is arrested by Pennsylvania State Police. 39 year old John Feathers Junior of Addison was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court in Allegany County.

A Hagerstown man is arrested for an assault in downtown Cumberland.  Monday at 4:37 pm, Cumberland City Police Officers were called out to the 100 block of Decatur Street for an assault that previously took place at the downtown mall.  20 year old  Devin Linaweaver, allegedly approached two individuals, brandished a folding knife and made threatening statements to them.  The victims fled from the scene.  Linaweaver was located at a business on Queen City Drive and was found with the knife in his possession.  He was placed in custody and transported to the Cumberland City Police Department where he was processed, served and taken to the Allegany County District Court Commissioner’s Office for a bond hearing.  He was held on a $10,000.00 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

A Cumberland man is charged in connection with a burglary. On Monday December 29, 2014, at 4:34 pm, Cumberland City Police Officers responded to a private residence at the 300 block of Furnace Street for a Burglary complaint.  34 year old Lance Twigg, of Cumberland allegedly , unlawfully entered the residence through the rear locked door.  The owner of the property indicated that she did not give Twigg permission to be in the residence.  Twigg was placed under arrest and transported to the Cumberland City Police Department where he was processed, served and taken to the Allegany County District Court Commissioner’s Office for a bond hearing.  He was held on a $3,000.00 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 which includes millions for funding that will impact Western Maryland. The legislation was signed into law by President Obama. The legislation includes $70 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) base program, which will help bring vital services that strengthen communication, transportation, and technological infrastructure in Maryland’s Washington, Allegany and Garrett Counties.ARC is a federal-state partnership that promotes economic development in 13 states throughout the Appalachian region. In 2014, Maryland received $4.7 million in ARC funding, including $1.8 million for 18 local projects and $2.9 million for access road construction. Recent ARC awards include:

$500,000 to fund a telehealth program at Meritus Medical Center for doctors to remotely monitor chronically ill patients;

$250,000 for the HART Center Workforce Training Program which created 10 full time jobs and will provide a clinical setting for Garrett Community College’s veterinary assistance training program; 

$170,000 to upgrade internet capabilities at Frost, Northeast, and Bel Air Elementary Schools to provide a 500 Megabit connection for students, teachers, and staff;

$1,000,0000 to construct access roads to the Mt. Aetna Technology Park in Allegany County;

$1,275,000 for improvements to Braddock Road in Frostburg which will provide access to a future 25+ acre site of commercial and industrial development and will connect to the Allegany Business Park and a proposed senior housing development.

WESTERN MARYLAND WATERWAYS – Safer Community, Stronger Economy

The legislation includes $70.3 million for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects in Maryland making public investments in waterways that support private sector jobs. This funding includes $2.16 million to support Maryland’s waterways in Western Maryland.

Specifically, the legislation supports waterway projects in Western Maryland, including:

·  $156,000 for Cumberland to support the operation and maintenance of a project that protects Cumberland, MD and Ridgeley, WV against flooding;

·  $1.87 million for the operation and maintenance of Jennings Randolph Lake in Garrett County, which provides flood control and recreation to Western Maryland and water quality and water supply for Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties;

·  $140,000 for annual levee system inspections on seven levees in Prince George’s County; two in Kitzmiller in Garrett County; and three in Cumberland in Allegany County.

FAA CONTROL TOWERS – Fredrick and Hagerstown

The legislation includes $144.5 million to fund 149 federal contract air traffic control towers across the nation, including five in Maryland which includes two in Western Maryland:

Frederick Municipal Airport

Hagerstown Regional Airport

ENERGY EFFICIENCY JOBS IN WASHINGTON COUNTY- Supertrucks at Volvo

The law supports 1,600 jobs in Washington County through $8 million for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Super Truck Program, a research partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy and commercial truck manufacturers developing the next generation of fuel efficient heavy-duty trucks. Volvo is a part of this program and expected to get $3.1 million of this funding next year.  The Volvo Mack facility in Hagerstown will receive $1.3 million of the $3.1 million for engine and transmission research and development.  Volvo was awarded a Super Truck contract from DOE in June 2011. This is a five year contract totaling $19 million.  Volvo provides a $1 match for every Federal dollar it receives. Tractor-trailer trucks haul 70 percent of all freight tonnage and as much as 80 percent of total goods transported.  Commercial trucks only make up 4 percent of vehicles on the road but they use 25 percent of the fuel.  Super Truck’s objective is to improve freight efficiency by 50 percent: engine research and development at Hagerstown will account for 20 percent of the improvement and vehicle design and materials 30 percent.  Super Truck’s technologies will reduce oil consumption and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. 

EDUCATION – From Child Care to College

The legislation protects children and families by strongly supporting funding for critical national child care and education programs including Head Start, Child Care Development Block Grant, universal Pre-K, IDEA/ special education and Pell Grants. The law includes increased funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). This builds on recent passage of her bipartisan legislation, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 which was signed into law last month. This new law refreshes and reforms the critical CCDBG program to help families access safe, affordable, quality child care that gets kids ready for school. CCDBG serves more than 1.5 million children each month, including 19,000 in Maryland, while their parents work or attend school. Additionally, the legislation takes steps to make college more affordable as tuition rates continue to rise nationwide:

 Pell Grants: The law provides $22.5 billion in funding for Pell Grants.  Combined with mandatory funds, the law will support an estimated maximum award of $5,830. Pell Grants help nearly 8.8 million college students across the country, including more than 112,000 Maryland students access higher education. Pell can be used to pay for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses.

 “Ability to Benefit”: The legislation reinstates the ‘Ability to Benefit’ provision to ensure students who do not have a high school diploma or GED but want to attend college will now be eligible to receive federal student aid.  In order for a student to be eligible, they must be enrolled in a career pathway program at a community college that provides education, training, counseling, and support services concurrently.  Ability to Benefit increases opportunities for low-income adults seeking new skills and job re-training, and helps reduce the skills gap.

VETERANS- Making Sure Promises Made are Promises Kept

The legislation keeps promises made to veterans with reforms in funding and benefits claims and investing in healthcare, job assistance and housing.

Sentor Mikulski fought to include a change in law to authorize funding a year in advance for veterans pensions, spousal support, compensation for service-related injuries and education benefits. This change in law will ensure that beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2016, veterans and military families have certainty in the benefits they’ve earned and deserve, regardless of shutdowns or gridlock in Congress. Advance funding would provide certainty for veterans benefits including compensation for illnesses and injuries while serving in the military such as combat wounds, hearing loss and PTSD. It also includes advance funding for pensions for those that have been permanently disabled while serving in the military, education benefits including the G.I. Bill ensuring military veterans get assistance with college education, housing, books and board while in school, and spousal support for deceased veterans.

The legislation also builds on the Senator’s 10-Point Checklist for Change included in the fiscal year (FY) 2014 Omnibus to end the benefits claims backlog and ensure veterans and their families have access to the care and benefits they’ve earned and deserve. The reforms would continue a surge effort until the backlog is eliminated, introduce systemic and structural changes to workforce management and claims processing procedures, and increase focuses and resources.

 

U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski andBen Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the city of Frostburg has been awarded a $70,000 federal grant through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) Economic Development Administration (EDA). The federal funding will be used to support the establishment of an economic development planning framework, process and strategy that supports private capital investment and job creation in the region. EDA is funded under the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriation Subcommittee, which Senator Mikulski chairs. This EDA planning investment supports the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the region served by the Tri-County Council for Western Maryland, Inc., which comprises the counties of Allegheny, Garrett and Washington. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy. The Economic Development Administration is the only Federal agency dedicated exclusively to promoting economic development.  EDA supports American innovation and competitiveness by awarding grants for infrastructure and development in distressed communities, and leverages local and private investments to create jobs throughout the United States.  For more information, visit http://www.eda.gov/investmentPriorities.htm.

 

The City of Cumberland 2015 curbside recycling schedule is now available online at http://www.ci.cumberland.md.us/new_site/ . Copies are also available for pick up at City Hall. For more information please call 301-759-6604.NEW IN 2015: Recycling commodity is being accepted for curbside collection on both garbage collection days for all city routes. Please feel free to set recycling bins or bundles out for collection on either of your scheduled collection days each week; following the Burgmeier’s Hauling recycling calendar.Recycling Schedules will also be available for a limited time at the Washington Street and South Cumberland Libraries!

 It has been eighteen weeks since RC Theatres shut down The Frostburg Cinemas 123. The theatre was built in 1979 and RC ran it for 34 years. Community members are working to save the theater. To show support like us on www.facebook.com/FrostburgCinemas123 or sign our petition again at https://www.change.org/p/save-the-123-save-our-theatre .

Two Cumberland men face charges after a standoff in Cumberland Friday night. On 12/26/14 at approximately 7:57 PM the Cumberland Police Department was dispatched to the 400 block of Oldtown Road Cumberland, MD for a follow-up on a burglary reported earlier on the same day. Once on scene, police discovered that a nearby residence had been broken into and the suspects were seen inside of a vacant residence that was identified as 407 Oldtown Road. Further investigation revealed that several high powered rifles and shotguns had been stolen as well as ammunition. While on scene officers observed a white male subject looking out of the vacant residence. Officers ordered the suspect to come out of the house at which time he refused. A perimeter was established around the house and attempts to contact the suspect were made for a period of time. The Cumberland Police Negotiation team responded as well as the Cumberland Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T) and relieved patrol and continued to attempt to make contact with the suspect. After several hours C.E.R.T. was able to make entry and located and arrested two suspects. After entry was made, officers did recover numerous items reported stolen in the prior burglary. Arrested were 38 year old William Lee Wratchford, Sr. and 33 year old Christian James Jones. They were each charged with 1st Degree Burglary, 3rd Degree Burglary, 4th Degree Burglary, and Theft $1000 to $10,000. The investigation is continuing.

Maryland State Police trooper’s quick thinking and overdose training are being credited with saving a man’s life. Late Friday evening, troopers from the Cumberland Barrack responded to the Bowling Street area in reference to a reported missing person. After interviewing the victim’s wife, it was learned her 33 year old husband left the residence and sent her a text message threatening to harm himself. Troopers began an exhaustive six hour search based on information provided by the victim’s wife. The victim continued to send text messages to his wife over this time period. Several cellular tracking pings were utilized and resulted in a narrowing of the search area. This information along with information provided by the victim’s wife allowed troopers to locate him in a parking lot of a Cumberland city business. When troopers arrived on the scene, they found the victim unconscious and unresponsive in the front seat of his vehicle. Due to the troopers training and experience, they were able to recognize the victim was suffering from an opioid overdose. Troopers administered the lifesaving drug Naloxone prior to the arrival of a Cumberland City Fire Department ambulance. A few minutes later the victim regained consciousness and began responding to questions. He was transported to WMRMC by CFD for treatment. Naloxone (Narcan) is a medication which is used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose. Troopers assigned to the Cumberland Barrack were among the first troopers in the state trained to use Naloxone by the Allegany County Health Department last summer. The Cumberland barrack was part of a pilot program which was used as a model for other barracks. The Maryland State Police are training and equipping all troopers statewide with Naloxone who are assigned to field operations.

Two men are charged in connection with a Christmas Eve robbery. On Wednesday morning, 12/24/2014, at approximately 5:55 AM, two Cumberland residents walked into the Cumberland Police Department to report an armed robbery which occurred at the victim’s residence on Massachusetts Avenue in Cumberland. According to the victims, the female resident was home alone when a lone suspect entered her bedroom at approximately 4:30 AM. The suspect produced a handgun, threatened the victim with it, and then struck the victim in the back of the head with the gun. The suspect then took an undisclosed amount of cash and the victim’s cell phone, so she could not call for help, before fleeing the residence on foot. When the victim’s boyfriend arrived home a few minutes later, the victim told him what happened. With no way to call the police, the victims walked to the Police Department to report the incident. The victim described the suspect as a large black male, wearing dark colored clothing and a ski mask to disguise his features. He was armed with a dark colored semi-automatic handgun. Investigators with the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) responded to assist in the investigation. Through interviews, the physical description, and a positive identification, Investigators developed information on a possible suspect and an accomplice. Investigators were able to obtain enough information to obtain a search warrant for a private residence located on Memorial Avenue in Cumberland. When Investigators served the search warrant they recovered a large sum of cash, in the same denominations as reported stolen by the victims. They also recovered a look alike toy BB gun manufactured to look like a semi-automatic handgun. As a result Investigators arrested 28 year old Marcus Logan Vaughn, of Cumberland, and 19 year old Carlos Bernard Mackall, also of Cumberland. Both were charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery, Theft, and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery. Both are currently awaiting an initial appearance before a District Court Commissioner.

The Mineral County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal crash. At about 4:44pm Friday emergency crews were called out to Route 46 Old Mining Road after a vehicle went over an embankment and caught fire. One person was killed in the crash.

Maryland State and Cumberland City Fire Marshals are investigating a blaze this afternoon on Fayette Street. According to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office a 17 year old was playing with fire in the basement. One child was treated for smoke inhalation. One of the family's pets was killed in the fire. The family was displaced and is being assisted by the American Red Cross.

 

Maryland State Police are investigating a burglary in Mt Savage. On 12/24/2014 at approximately 0232 hours, Troopers responded to a residence on Foundry Row Road in Mt Savage for a report of a burglary and assault complaint. Upon arrival, the victim advised that an unknown male subject broke into his residence, and assaulted him. After a brief struggle, the suspect exited the residence, and fled on a bicycle. The victim was transported to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, and released. The suspect is described as a white male, wearing dark clothing, carrying a dark colored backpack and riding a bicycle. Anyone having information concerning this incident, is asked to contact Senior Trooper D. T. Wagoner, at 301-729-2101, ext. 7167.

 

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