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Two additional arrests have been made in connection with the assault which occurred on Maryland Avenue in Cumberland on Thursday evening, 10/09/2014. As a result of continued investigation into the incident, Investigators with the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) obtained arrest warrants for 22 year old Charles Ace Casey, of Cumberland, and 25 year old Garrett Michael Ketterman, also of Cumberland, who were arrested on 10/17/20014, and charged for their part in the incident. The Cumberland Police, with the assistance of allied agencies, including the Maryland State Police and the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, responded to calls of a large fight on Maryland Avenue involving persons using knives, bats, and metal pipes. When Officers arrived they discovered one victim, who had to be transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for emergency treatment, suffering from stab wounds. At that time 19 year old Jonthan Edward Harriss, of Cumberland, was arrested and charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, and related charges. Investigators reviewed surveillance video and spoke with numerous witnesses, and were able to identify Casey and Ketterman as participants in the incident. Casey was charged with 1st Degree Assault, 2nd Degree Assault, Carrying a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Injure, and several other related charges. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance and is currently being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $20,000.00 bond.Ketterman was charged with 2nd Degree Assault, Carrying a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Injure, Illegal Possession of Ammunition by a Prohibited Person, and several other related charges. He was also taken before a District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance and is currently being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $15,000.00 bond.

 

Keyser Police have arrested a 15 year old in connection with a burglary on North Water Street. The 15 year old male is being held at the Chick Buckbee Juvenile Detention Center in Augusta. Police conducted a search of a West Piedmont Street home and recovered a handgun that had been stolen during the North Water Street burglary. The teen was taken into custody without incident. Keyser Police continue to review evidence in the case and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with details is asked to call the Keyser Police Department at 304-788-1311.

 

A Baltimore man faces drug charges after suspected marijuana is found in his buttocks. While on patrol an officer observed a vehicle being operated without any lights illuminated.  The vehicle was stopped and the operator 34 year old Bruce Satterfield Jr. was contacted.  During the time that the officer was talking with Satterfield he could detect the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle.  Police K-9 Barney then performed a scan on the vehicle with a positive alert for illegal narcotics in the vehicle.  Satterfield was then searched and a small baggie of marijuana of marijuana was located in his front pocket.  Satterfield advised the officer that he had another bag hidden in his buttocks area.  The officer had Satterfield retrieve the baggie of marijuana.  A large amount of money was also located on Satterfield.  He was placed under arrest and transported to PH where he was charged and processed. He is charged with Possession with intent to distribute marijuana, Possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Satterfield is being held without Bond at the ACDC.

Over the past several weeks officials with the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center have been keeping a close eye on the Ebola situation in the US. VP of Patient Care Services Jamie Karsetter says they have trained more than five hundred workers and he believes the likelihood of the disease being found in Western Maryland is unlikely the doctors, nurses and staff at WMHS are prepared. He says they have developed a response plan for a possible case of Ebola. The plan is based on guidelines established by the CDC and they will continue to work with state and federal officials.

 According to a statement released by WMHS officials “WMHS, like all hospitals and health systems across the country, is following the evolving situation surrounding the emergence of Ebola in the U.S.  As part of our continuous emergency preparedness planning, our team had already developed a response plan for a possible case of Ebola coming to our health system.  That plan was based on the guidelines established by the CDC at that time, and the team was getting everything in place for an appropriate response.  Since the first Ebola patient was identified in Texas, our team has accelerated its efforts to have us ready.  Our team is constantly monitoring the CDC’s advisories and is in close contact with state and other federal health agencies.  It is meeting regularly to update our plan as new information becomes available, making sure our plan is consistent with the latest guidelines.  Our staff is accustomed to following strict infection control and prevention procedures and we have the necessary personal protection equipment (PPE) available.  The readiness team quickly developed additional refresher training for physicians and staff to practice the proper way to put on their PPE and safely remove it.  We also are using the “buddy system” where a co-worker monitors the process to ensure the right procedures are followed.  Over 100 employees have already gone through the training over the past several days.  WMHS is committed to maintaining the highest standards and most current protocols to minimize the risk of anyone contracting an infectious disease like Ebola.  WMHS is fortunate to have an emergency readiness that team that works very hard to get us prepared for this and similar situations.  It is an exemplary group of professionals who are dedicated ensuring the health and safety of our patients and our caregivers. “

 

The Allegany County Public School System has recently responded to specific instances of bed bugs and head lice in schools. As always, ACPS staff is trained to follow the procedures outlined in the Integrated Pest Management policy for control pests in school buildings and on school grounds. In recent years bed bugs have become more prevalent since certain pesticides have been banned due to their negative environmental impact. For more detailed information on the Integrated Pest Management procedures, visit the school system’s website, www.acpsmd.org, and visit the Operations Department subpage.
Neither bed bugs nor lice carry diseases, however, the best method of preventing an infestation is regular inspection. Parents can visit the following websites for more information on how to spot the signs of bed bug bites and the presence of head lice and what to do to treat and eliminate them:http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/bedbugs/;http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/gen_info/faqs.html.
All custodial personnel within the school system are aware of specific instances of bed bugs and head lice and are working diligently to clean any contaminated areas to ensure that all staff and students are provided a safe and supportive learning environment. In the event that a school building would need to be chemically treated, professionals that specialize in pest control would apply those treatments. Parents and guardians of elementary schools will automatically be notified prior to pesticide applications, and parents and guardians of secondary schools may request a Pesticide Notification List to receive prior notice of pesticide applications by contacting the school principal. Additionally, all parents, system wide, will receive a letter from the school system with information on detecting, treating and reporting on specific instances of bed bugs or head lice, as well as the school system’s practices and procedures for treating schools and buildings after an occurrence of pests. All school principals have received prevention information, and school nurses are working closely with school staff on these instances. Allegany County Public Schools routinely work in collaboration with the Allegany County Health Department to determine when specific local responses to significant increases in illnesses or infestations are required. Parents and students can help by encouraging proper hygiene. Flu season is also upon us, and proper preventative measures, such as frequent hand washing and disinfecting, should be followed to limit the spread of infections. Information and helpful resources have been posted to the ACPS website under the Parent Resources subpage to educate students and parents on being the first line of defense against illness and infestation.

 

Mineral County School’s new superintendent is hitting the ground running. Shawn Dilly says he wants to make sure the community is more involved in the school system. He says he plans to hold a summit in the spring focused on bringing the school system and community together to focus on the needs of students throughout the system. Dilly says as he visits schools across the county he is encouraged by the level of excellence and the hard work of the students, staff and teachers.  

Allegany County Transit Yellow Line Morning and Evening Service is canceled for Friday October 17, 2014

Law enforcement officials in Mineral County are investigating a home invasion. At 11:39 yesterday morning Keyser Police officials were called to a home in the 200 block of North Water Street for a reported burglary. A resident in the home went to investigate a noise in the downstairs of the home and was confronted by three armed black males and was held at gunpoint for approximately 20 minutes. The suspects removed several guns and electronic items from the home. One shot was fired inside the home however no one was injured or required medical treatment. The Keyser Police Department, with the assistance of the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department, Potomac State College Campus Police and the Mineral County Preventative Resource Officer have developed persons of interest and are reviewing photographic and surveillance evidence in the case. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Keyser Police Department at 304-788-1311.

Five Cumberland residents face drug charges following several searches last night. On October 15, 2014, Cumberland Police Department along with the Maryland State Police, Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, Garrett County Sheriff’s Office and the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigations units; investigations and narcotics divisions, executed three separate search and seizure warrants in the 500 block of Maryland Avenue in Cumberland, Maryland. The search and seizure warrants were a direct result of numerous citizen complaints, tips (various local law enforcement Crime Tip Lines), and police calls for service for those residences. The search warrants were the product of a three month investigation into the sales/distribution of various narcotics to include heroin and crack cocaine being sold out of those residences. Entry was made into all three residences by utilizing the Cumberland Police Emergency Response Team (CERT), Garrett County Special Response Team (SRT), and the Maryland State Police “STATE” (SRT team). The 500 block of Maryland Avenue was shut down for a brief period of time as this operation was being conducted. The Allegany County Department of Social Services (Child Protective Services) also assisted on scene with the placement of three children all under the age of 6. This investigation is considered ongoing with additional arrests anticipated in the near future.

The following individuals were arrested and charged with the various related criminal offenses: 

Thomas Shannon Stevens 41YOA
Maryland Avenue
Cumberland, MD 21502
Charges: Possession W/Intent to Distribute Heroin/ Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin/ Possession of Heroin/ Possession of NON-Marijuana 
Is being held on 75 thousand dollars bond 

Amanda Lynn Lewis 28YOA
Maryland Avenue
Cumberland, MD 21502
Charges: Possession W/Intent to Distribute Heroin/ Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin/ Possession of Heroin/ Possession of NON-Marijuana (3 counts)
Held on $50,000 bond.

Jon Pierre Lopez 49YOA
Maryland Avenue, 
Cumberland, MD 21502
Charge: Possession of Controlled paraphernalia
Released on personal recognizance

Shannon Nicol Grapes 30YOA
Maryland Avenue
Cumberland, MD 21502
Charge: Possession of Controlled paraphernalia
Released on personal recognizance

Robert Wayne Burkett 59 YOA
Maryland Avenue
Cumberland, MD 21502
Charge: Possession of Controlled paraphernalia
Has been released

 

The Mineral County Commission is suspending participation in the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority. According to a letter by Board President Janice LaRue to Potomac Highlands Airport Authority Chairman Gregg Wolff the reason for the suspension is due to “the Board’s failure to adopt the WV Attorney General’s direction to follow the WV Open Meetings Act. With this action, the members previously appointed by the Commission may no longer participate on the Board and the Commission will not be able to participate financially.” According to the letter from LaRue “the future status of the Commission’s participation in the Authority will be determined based upon discussions with the Allegany County Commission, WV Department of Transportation and the WV Aeronautics Commission.” LaRue goes on to state, “We would discourage the Authority from using public funds to pursue a court action to resolve this matter. We believe this issue has an administrative remedy that could be achieved by the public partners of the agreement.”

 

Oct 17- The Family Crisis Center is hosting a Benefit Dance at the Keyser Moose Lodge, 570 S Mineral St. Keyser, from 9pm to 12 am with a performance from Taylor Stickley. At the door there will be a 5 dollar donation to go towards the Crisis Center. For any questions call 304-788-6061. Come out and support a good cause and have a good time!

 

Oct 18- Knippenburg Insurance is sponsoring the 4th annual Pumpkin Palooza on the downtown mall from 10 am to 12pm. Bring one canned good to donate and receive one free pumpkin per child. There will be Halloween Costume contests being with the children at 11:45 am and then the pets at 12pm. There will be pumpkin painting, giveaways and raffles, games and crafts for kids, storytime on haybales, face painting, pet tag engraving, and also complete ID program for children ages 8 mos. to 18 years old including digital fingerprinting. Come on down and enjoy the fun!

Oct 18- Downtown also is featuring the 3rd annual Barktoberfest Shelter Adoption Event from 10am to 3pm. There will be tons of family fun and also features a shelter adopt a thon, vaccine and chip clinic, pet costume contest, the Pumpkin Palooza, and pet photos as well. The DJ for the event is Mark Stevens. Come down for a good time!

This is a reminder that Allegany County Public Schools will operate on a two-hour delay on Thursday, October 16, 2014, and there will be no morning pre-kindergarten classes. This time will be used for staff professional development.

Allegany County Transit's Purple Line, to Westernport and Lonaconing are canceled for Friday October 17, 2014.

A recent study done by a home security company lists Cumberland and several other small cities in Maryland as some of the “Most Dangerous Places to Live” but according to Cumberland Police Chief Charles Hinnant the statistics and numbers reported by the Cumberland Police Department don’t reflect that kind of statement. Hinnant says “In 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and so far the first 6 months of 2014, crime is down in Cumberland we are talking about part 1 crime that we report to the Uniformed Crime Reports . Maryland State Police oversee that program and ultimately forward that information annually to the FBI and that is where your national statistics come from .”Hinnant says part 1 crimes include includes murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, theft and motor vehicle theft. “Typically each year about 1,000 of the reported part 1 crimes in Cumberland are thefts. Thefts are anything from shoplifting to felony theft.” So how likely are you to be the victim of a crime? According to Hinnant “Typically 65-75 percent of the part 1 crimes are thefts, and the other large percentage is breaking and entering. A breaking and entering can be an occupied home, an unoccupied building, or even sheds. If someone enters a home or building without permission, that has been unoccupied for years, that is considered a part 1 breaking and entering. The thefts and breaking and entering consistently count for about 88-90 percent of the Priority 1 crimes. Crimes involving property are the largest percentage of part 1 crimes. Crimes against people, such as: murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assaults generally make up 10-11 percent of part 1 crime. The aggravated assault makes up the largest part of that, those include domestic assaults. That’s where you have two people in a relationship that assaulted one another, and they report it as a domestic assault. So you as a citizen of Cumberland, unless you are involved in that type of behavior, your chances of becoming a victim are not very high. “ Hinnant says very few of the crimes committed in Cumberland are random acts of violence, many times the victims know the suspects. “ Hinnant says drug use in the area is on the rise. “Drug usage has a huge impact on all crime in Maryland and in every other state. People steal frequently to support bad habits. Typically people steal from their families first and then they will steal from friends and other areas in the community.”As for whether or not the prisons have any impact on crime in Cumberland Hinnant says “If there is a stabbing in the prison or a murder in the prison, it is reported through uniformed crime reports, and that has an effect on the number of crimes in our county, but I don’t believe it has an effect on the quality of life of the people who live in our community.” Hinnant says many of the people who are arrested for part 1 crimes are natives of Cumberland or the region. When it comes to overall safety in the city Hinnant says “I don’t feel that Cumberland is any more unsafe than any other major city our size, and I think collectively the men and women of Cumberland police department that have worked with our supportive community in the last several years, collectively we’ve seen a decrease in crime in Cumberland.I believe Cumberland is still a safe place to live and raise a family or to work.” Hinnant says he and the men and women of the Cumberland Police Department strongly encourage the public to report crimes so they know what’s going on in the community.“We collectively are one of the higher law enforcement agencies in solving crime, our percentage in closing cases is generally much higher than most of the other police departments year after year. “Hinnant says, “Call us anytime, 301-777-1600.” Overall Hinnant says “Crimes are being measured close to 90 percent property crimes as opposed to crimes against people.” And Hinnant says crime has been reduced due to the dedication of the men and women in law enforcement in Allegany County and all of the work that they put in.

The Cumberland Police Department is requesting the help of the citizens in locating a Missing Juvenile. The juvenile, Bruce Bickling, is a 16 year old white male with short blonde hair, light facial hair, blue eyes, a thin build and 5 foot 10 inches in height. He was last seen on September 11, 2014 at Fort Hill High School. Bickling was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, faded denim shorts and white Nike Air Max tennis shoes. If this juvenile is seen or anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of this juvenile, please contact the Cumberland Police Department at 301-777-1600.

State and local officials took part in a ceremony held at the Aviation Command Cumberland Section at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport. The event was held to officially mark the commencement of full-service mission operation of the new AgustaWestland AW 139 helicopter in Western Maryland. The pilots and flight paramedics who staff “Trooper 5” at the Cumberland Section have now been fully trained on the new aircraft. They have begun flying the new helicopter around the clock on all Aviation Command missions.The new helicopters contain the latest in avionics and safety equipment, including terrainawareness warning systems, night vision compatibility, cockpit voice and video recorders, radar altimeters, and advanced instrument flight rating capabilities, all recommended by the Federal Aviation Administration. The new helicopters provide more space in the patient and cargo areas, enabling flight paramedics to have better access to patients and to carry rescue equipment on board all the time. The new aircraft also have satellite tracking and downlink video capabilities, as well as interoperable communication. Commander of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command Major Frank Lioi says it is an excited day for Western Maryland.  

A powerful storm system is moving through the area this morning.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Carl Barnes says we could see about two inches of rain. “This is a wide line of showers and thunderstorms ahead of a cold front. With these showers and thunderstorms we are seeing pretty heavy downpours with the potential for damaging wind gusts. It is slow moving so it will be a few hours before the storms move out.” Barnes says there is the potential with the heavy rainfall for flash flooding. He says it is important for folks to stay tuned to the latest weather information and use caution on the roadways this morning. 

A Maryland state trooper located a car this morning in order to provide life saving aid to a non-breathing infant along Interstate 68, in Cumberland, Maryland. Trooper First Class Matthew Schoenadel was standing by the eastbound ramp from I-68 to Winchester Road about 7:40 a.m. this morning, after the Maryland State Police Cumberland Barrack received a panic call from a woman stating her grandson was not breathing. Tfc. Schoenadel located and stopped the vehicle, immediately advising the occupants he was there to help.  When Tfc. Schoenadel saw the infant, the baby was not breathing. He appeared pale and his eyes were rolled back in his head. Without hesitation, he turned baby boy on his stomach to clear the baby’s airway. The infant responded and began to breathe. He soon regained color in his face and was transported to Western Maryland Health System by ambulance. Tfc. Schoenadel is a nine year veteran of the Maryland State Police. He is currently assigned to Cumberland Barrack.

Two people face drug charges. On October 13, 2014 members of the C3I Narcotics Unit along with officers from the Frostburg Police Department executed a Search and Seizure Warrant at 226 Main Street, Frostburg, Allegany County, MD 21532.  The search warrant stemmed from a year long investigation into the sales/distribution of both Crack Cocaine and Heroin being distributed throughout the Frostburg area.  Upon making entry into the residence, the target of the investigation, Corey James Douglas, (36 YOA) Winston Street Baltimore, Maryland was attempting to flee the residence by jumping out a second story window.  Both Mr. Douglas and his girlfriend, Tiffany Dawn Resh (26 YOA, resident of 226 Main Street in Frostburg) were taken into custody.  A large cache of CDS was seized to include the following: 31.9 grams of cocaine, 44.7 grams of crack cocaine, and 15.2 grams of heroin.  The estimated street value of the above listed CDS was over $21,000.00.  Both Douglas and Resh were charged with numerous drug related offenses to include Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, and Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin.  Mr. Douglas and Ms. Resh were taken before the court for their initial appearance at which time Douglas was committed to the Allegany County Detention Center on $300,000.00 bond and Resh was held on $25,000.00 and also committed to the Detention Center. Deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff's Office as well officers from the Cumberland Police Department assisted with this investigation.

A fire in Cumberland is ruled arson. The blaze broke out at about midnight on East Clement Street. The fire was discovered by a neighbor. The Cumberland Fire Department responded and was able to extinguish the fire within a short period of time. The fire was determined to have originated within a wooden storage unit on site and spread to 10 other wooden storage units located nearby. The cause of the fire was determined to be arson. The blaze caused about $2500. Anyone observing unusual activity in the neighborhood is asked to contact the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office at 301-729-5021.

A Morgan County man is in custody after being charged with setting a fire that injured a firefighter. The blaze happened Wednesday in a structure on Fox Hollow Road in Morgan County. Investigators with the state Fire Marshal’s Office and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department charged 42 year old Ark Fox with arson causing injuries. He is being held at the Eastern Regional Jail on $20, 000 bail.

On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski will convene a Western Maryland College Affordability Summit at Allegany College of Maryland. The Summit will focus on the many challenges Maryland students and families face in paying for higher education as well as the impact on jobs and communities. Senator Mikulski will be joined by Maryland students as well as Allegany College of Maryland President Cynthia S. Bambara, Frostburg State University President Jonathan Gibralter, Garrett College Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Julie Yoder, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce President Nicole Christian and Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stuart Czapski.

If you have been to the gas station lately to fill up you probably noticed the dramatic decrease in prices over the weekend. Christine Delise with AAA says prices are falling across the country.  Right now the average price of a gallon of regular grade gasoline nationally is $3.18 in MD it is $3.17  In WV it is $3.38 In PA it is $3. 31

On October 15th at 5:30 p.m. a public presentation will be provided by RKG and  Associates at the Allegany County Museum on Pershing Street. This will consist of a  presentation of the Draft Economic Development Strategic Plan. An opportunity for public discussion will be provided following the presentation and the public is  encouraged to attend and participate.  For additional information, please contact Shawn Hershberger, Economic  Development Coordinator, at 301-722-4156 or shershberger@allconet.org.

Open Enrollment for Medicare Part-D (Prescription Drug Program) begins on October 15 and runs through December 7. Your Medicare plans are subject to change every year. Premium and drug tiers may change which affects your monthly costs. The WV Aging and Disability Resource Centers have trained SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) counselors available to assist people with their Medicare enrollment choices of 2015. We provide free, objective, and confidential help to Medicare beneficiaries and their families. Call WV ARDC at 1-800-296-5341 or 304-257-2847.

Today Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim and Allegany County Teachers’ Association President John Reuschlein will hold a press conference to discuss the harm that Republican Larry Hogan’s school deconstruction plan would have on Allegany County Public Schools.Recently, Hogan’s only policy proposal, his so-called “savings plan,” was thoroughly debunked by the Baltimore Sun which determined “Hogan’s numbers do not add up” because “roughly half” of it is based on bad math and a more than $100 million decimal error. The article also flagged that Hogan identified $450 million in necessary school construction funding as something he would cut.This $450 million cut to school construction could postpone the school construction projects across the state, including the expected 2017 opening of Allegany High School. Hogan’s cuts could also postpone the replacement of roofs at Braddock Middle, Mount Savage School, Bel Air School, and Northeast Elementary.

 

 The Public Service Commission of West Virginia has adjusted the purchased gas rates for residential customers of gas utility companies across the state.  After eight consecutive years of decreasing gas rates, many of the gas utilities will see slight increases in their rates for purchased gas for the coming year. Typical residential customers of Mountaineer Gas and Peoples Gas who use an average of 7 Mcf per month will see their monthly bills increase by $6.97 and $4.06, respectively.  Residential customers of Hope Gas using the same amount of gas will see their monthly bills decrease by $3.40.  The purchased gas rate for Mountaineer Gas is going from $5.30 to $6.29 per Mcf.  The purchased gas rate for Hope Gas is going from $5.15 to $4.66 per Mcf.  The purchased gas rate for Peoples Gas is going from $5.09 to $5.67per Mcf. 

 Most increases are due to under-recoveries from the previous year and an increase in gas costs nationally.  The Commission does not have the authority to regulate or establish the market price of natural gas, it is determined in unregulated commodity markets.  The rates will go into effect November 1, 2014. By law, the Commission must allow gas utilities to recover what it costs them to purchase natural gas. The gas rates of customers are adjusted annually to account for the cost of gas in a process called a Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA) proceeding before the PSC. The PGA is an estimate of expected prices utilities will have to pay for gas from their suppliers for the period of November 1 through October 31 of the following year, as well as a “true up” of actual costs for the previous year. The PGA does not include any profit for the utility. More information may be obtained by visiting the Commission website atwww.psc.state.wv.us

The deadline to register to vote is fast approaching. Secretary of State Natalie Tennant says don’t wait “If you think about it we have three weeks left until November 4th but we have deadlines that need to be met beforehand. If you want to register to vote if you need to change your address or if you want to change parties you have to register by October 14th if you want to be eligible to vote in this election” Tennant reminds voters early voting will also be available beginning on October 22nd including two Saturdays October 25th and November 1st. West Virginians will also be able to vote in honor of a veteran. Voters can enter their name, the name of a veteran they want to honor and upload a picture with a story to a website through the Secretary of State’s Office. On Tuesday, November 4, West Virginia voters will also  be asked to vote on a proposed amendment to the Constitution of West Virginia concerning creating exemptions from property taxes for certain non-profit youth organizations. On the ballot, voters will see the title of the amendment: Nonprofit Youth Organization Tax Exemption Support Amendment And as the election quickly approached county clerks across the state are now also handling an influx of marriage licenses for same sex couples.”Obviously it does impact the county clerk’s office and we work closely with the county clerk’s for elections and they have to make a lot of changes because of the forms that need to be filled out.” For more details on the upcoming election you can log on to the Secretary of State’s website www. sos.wv.gov

Cumberland City Police officers charged a Capon Bridge WV man with theft related charges which were the result of a private citizen complaint filed at District Court.  According to court documents suspect Calvin Wesley Shirley Jr., 38, allegedly took tools valued at over $1000.00 from an Oldtown Maryland address without the victim’s permission.  The complaint alleges that the theft occurred between October 4th and October 5th, 2014. The victim in this case filed for charges and as a result Shirley was charged with the following:Shirley was processed for the charge and released pending trial at the Allegany County District Court.

 A 2004 Fort Hill High School graduate and Cumberland, Md., native is serving aboard USS Essex (LHD 2), the largest of all amphibious warfare ships and resembles a small aircraft carrier.Petty Officer 2nd Class Ronnie I. Waters is an air traffic controller aboard the San Diego-based WASP-class amphibious assault ship that is nearly as long as 3 football fields at 844 feet. He says he enjoys his position with the Navy and he has been able to see the world. He says this is really a springboard for life.
Today is also the birthday of the US Navy. On the 13th of October 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned a fleet ships to serve the missions of the Navy. 

A Cumberland man is arrested and charged with attempted murder following a stabbing on Maryland Avenue. According to Cumberland City Police officials last night at 9:15 P.M., members of the Cumberland City Police Department were dispatched to the 500 Block of Maryland Avenue, Cumberland, Maryland for a report of a large fight in the street.  Members of the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department and Maryland State Police also responded to the scene. When Officers arrived, they encountered a large crowd on the street.  Officers learned that there had been an altercation and that a 22 year old male victim had been stabbed in the chest.  The victim was located at private residence located on the 400 Block of Ascension Street, Cumberland, Maryland.  After the victim was stabbed on Maryland Avenue, he went to the Ascension Street residence until Officers arrived on the scene.  Members of the Cumberland Fire Department responded to the scene and treated the victim prior to transporting him to the Western Maryland Health Systems for further treatment of his injuries.Investigators with the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) responded to assist in the investigation. Officers and Investigators interviewed a number of witnesses at the scene.   Video surveillance footage of the altercation was also obtained.  The altercation had initially begun in a parking lot of a business located on the 500 block of Maryland Avenue.  Four individuals were initially involved in the physical altercation.  The individuals continued to fight as they were traveling on foot on the 500 block of Maryland Avenue.  During the altercation, the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the 22 year old victim in the chest. As a result of statements from the victim and witnesses, 19 year old Jonathan Edward Harriss of Cumberland, Maryland was arrested at the scene. Review of the video footage also revealed that Jonathan Harriss stabbed the 22 year old victim with a knife.  During altercation, Jonathan Harriss also punched a 24 year old male victim in the face.. Harriss has been criminally charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, two (2) counts of 2nd Degree Assault, Affray and Reckless Endangerment.  Upon complete of processing, Harriss will be taken before a District Court Commissioner for a bond hearing. The scene was processed by members of the Maryland State Police Crime Lab.   Investigation is continuing.

 

A month long investigation into sexual offense violations results in the arrest of one man by the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division. Paul Christian Tippen Junior was arrested yesterday by deputies in Mt Lake Park. He is charged with 3rd degree sex offense, sodomy, prostitution under age 16, child pornography, perverted practice, human trafficking, sexual solicitation of a minor and possession of child pornography. He is being held at the Garrett County Jail.

 

 

 

Four Northern West Virginia residents were  sentenced for cocaine related offenses, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II,

announced today.  Kenneth An'bon Wang, 28, of Martinsburg, West Virginia was sentenced to 41 months in  prison for distributing crack cocaine. Wang pled guilty in March 2014 after an investigation led

by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force.

Troy Aaron Wilt, 31, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for distributing cocaine. Paul  Harland Ellis, 35, was sentenced to five years of probation for money laundering transactions  involving roughly $1,500.00 in proceeds from cocaine sales. Wilt and Ellis, both of Keyser,  West Virginia, pled guilty after an investigation led by the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent  Crime Task Force.  Colleen Eugene Lowe, 49, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to five years of probation for  possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Lowe pled guilty in July 2014 after an  investigation led by the Martinsburg Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod Douglas prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government.

 

 

A complete street plan is in the works for historic Greene Street, a main artery in Cumberland’s west side. Alta Planning + Design, Baltimore, Maryland is contracted to develop this plan.

 

The plan will be concerned with the overall historical character of the street and surrounding environment. The plan will assess land use, transportation efficiency, ADA access, safety, and environmental sensitivity. These factors combine to create a complete street with appropriate accommodations for parking, private vehicle transportation, public transit services, bicycles, pedestrian walkways, and streetscape elements such as lighting and landscape features. If you are interested in any aspect of Greene Street, the planners want to hear from you! Public input is important. To be informed of all upcoming project meetings, all appropriate stakeholders (residents, property owners, businesses, community groups, general members of the public, etc.) need to provide contact information (name of resident/property owner/business/community group, mailing address, email, and phone number) to Siera N. Wigfield, Allegany CountyGovernment, cumberlandmpo@allconet.org, T 301-722-6360, F 301-722-0326. Sign up now! The plan is being developed at the request of the Cumberland Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the City of Cumberland. The first project meeting is expected to be early next year.

 

 

Oct. 10 -  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Family Crisis Center sponsors a Day of Remembrance Ceremony for victims and survivors of domestic violence. The ceremony will be held on Friday at 11Am at Grace United Methodist Church, 30 South Mineral Street in Keyser. This event is free to the public. MaLissa Blosser is the guest speaker.

Oct. 10 - The City Of Frostburg will officially unveil "Climb" and "Glide" the recently completed sculptures by sculptor Scott Cawood at the Switchbacks Sculpture Garden in Frostburg, MD on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 1:15pm. The public is invited. The Switchbacks Sculpture Garden connects the Great Allegheny Passage Bicycle Trail to the City of Frostburg MD. The pieces were made possible by Maryland State Arts Council through the Allegany Arts Council, with matching dollars from the City of Frostburg, Maryland Mountain Trails, Frostburg First, the Frostburg Business and Professional Association, and the Foundation for Frostburg. 

Oct. 11 - Come check out the local talent in your community.  The streets will be filled with local artists and vendors. The Arts Walk is a self-guided walking tour that features downtown art galleries, museum displays, literary and dance performances, live music and theatre. There will be shopping at a variety of retail stores, and dining at some of the area's finest restaurant.The event will take place from 5PM-8PM. FrostburgFirst at 301-689-6900 or by email atFrostburgFirst@gmail.com.

Oct. 11 – A Century of Keyser Football Dinner and Silent Auction (Proceeds Benefit the Athletic Complex at Keyser High School)  6:00 Social Hour/ Silent Auction 7:00 Dinner 9:00 Dance/ Band @ Keyser Fire Hall Ticket Price: $30 Single $50 Couple Table Sponsorship $250 (8 Tickets).

Oct. 11 – The CASA Italian Festival will be Saturday, October 11th from 12PM-6PM on the downtown Cumberland Mall.  Free admission to this family friendly event.  Food, entertainment, crafts, vendors, and more!  For more information or to request a vendor application please call 301-777-1262 or e-mail info@casaofalleganycounty.org

Oct. 11- Vicki Linn Walk for Ovarian Cancer Awareness takes place at Mountain Ridge High School Stadium in Frostburg. Registration and walking takes place between 4:00PM and 5:30PM. The program, entertainment culminating with a luminary ceremony will begin at 5:30. Team packages, and event information for the Frostburg Soroptimist’s Vicki Linn Walk for Ovarian Cancer Awareness is available by calling 301-689-9748. 

Oct. 11 - Come out to the 2nd Annual Shrimp Boil Fundraiser Event sponsored by the Hardy County Historical Society. The fundraiser will be held at The Mullin Hotel on Saturday, from 4:30PM-7PM. Live entertainment will be provided by Next Exit, an acoustic classic rock trio. Tickets are available at the Hardy County Public Library, CVB/Chamber Office, and Highland Trace Realty. Cost is $20 per person.

Oct. 11 - To pay homage to an important piece of Frostburg’s history, the state of Maryland and the city of Frostburg proclaimed Saturday, October 11, as a day to honor Brownsville, the African-American community that existed where Frostburg State University now stands. FSU will host a dedication ceremony in recognition of Brownsville on October 11 at 1PM on the Upper Quad of the FSU campus. The event is free and open to the public.  FSU student tour guides will provide guided tours of the area. Bowman’s books on Brownsville will be available for purchase and all funds raised will be donated to the Bernard Wynder Legacy Fund, which provides funding for the FSU Diversity Center’s initiatives. For more information, contact Dr. Amy Branam Armiento at 301-687-4293 or abranam@frostburg. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

The cause of a blaze inside a home in Corrignaville is ruled accidental. According to the Maryland State Fire Marshals Office the fire broke out at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon on Seeview Lane inside a wood frame mobile home. The occupant of the residence located a fire burning in the bathroom,  after investigating the odor of smoke in the house. The occupants were able to safely evacuate the  residence and call 911. One of the occupants was later taken to WMHS for smoke inhalation. The  cause of the fire was determined to be the result of an unattended candle. The family will be staying  with friends/family until repairs are made to the residence. 20 firefighters were called to the scene. The fire caused about 3,000 dollars in damage.

Four Martinsburg area residents pled guilty to  heroin trafficking in Federal court Monday, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II,  announced today. Kimberly Michelle Bailey, 32, of Petersburg, West Virginia, and Brandy Renee Netz, 29, of Martinsburg, West Virginia pled guilty to distributing heroin. Brenda Michelle Sams, 34, of  Petersburg, West Virginia, pled guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to  distribute heroin. Derwin Lee Harris, 48, of Martinsburg, pled guilty to conspiring to possess  with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin. Investigations led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Eastern Panhandle Drug &  Violent Crime Task Force, and the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force since  February 2011 culminated in the convictions of Bailey, Nets, and Sams. An investigation led by  the Martinsburg Police Department since July 2013 led to Harris’ conviction. Each defendant faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $100 special assessment fee, and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod Douglas  is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

 

Rebecca Lee Smith, 30, Swanton, pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute morphine.  Related charges were dismissed upon her plea.  Judge J. Frederick Sharer ordered a pre-sentence investigation be completed prior to sentencing, which will be scheduled upon completion of that report.  Smith’s bond was revoked and she was returned to the Garrett County Jail where she has been located since her arrest in this case.Last November, Garrett County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the death of a local woman in her home.  After the Medical Examiner’s Office reported morphine was a substance found in her toxicology screen and the woman was not prescribed that substance, investigators spoke with Smith who was with the victim during the evening prior to her death.  Smith admitted to taking morphine pills to the residence and offering them to the woman and to ingesting additional pills herself. 

City Star Awards were presented to Jim Combs and Dr. Julianne Ferris by the Cumberland Mayor and City Council during their October 7, 2014 public meeting.  Combs and Ferris were recognized for their work with the Fort Hill Scholarship Fund Board of Directors for which Combs serves as the current President and Ferris as the Immediate Past President.   The Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 with the mission of “investing in the lives, dreams and futures of Fort Hill students by providing funds to complete their educations.”  “As a result of the commitment, vision and leadership provided by Combs and Ferris, a total of 71 scholarships amounting to $70,500 have been awarded to students who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to attend college,” stated Mayor Grim during his presentation of the awards.  According to Grim, Mr. Combs and Dr. Ferris have volunteered hundreds of hours of their own time to personally reach out to each and every student to make sure they fully understand the many options available to them and to let them know that someone believes in them. Combs and Ferris were nominated by Brenda Smith, Executive Director of the Greater Cumberland Committee.The City Star Award program was designed to recognize the unsung heroes in the community who have made a positive impact, but whose efforts may have gone unnoticed or unrecognized.  Nominations for the City Star Award may be submitted in writing to the Cumberland Mayor’s Office, 57 N. Liberty Street, Cumberland, MD 21502 or by email tomargie.woodring@cumberlandmd.gov or on-line at www.ci.cumberlandmd.us 

 The 5th annual Catholic Charities WV Book Drive will be held October 9th-11th, book sale benefits the “Help Your Neighbor Fund”  all proceeds will be used for emergency assistance for local families in need.  Please drop off your books at CCWVA’S office on 260 School Street in Romney or call 304-822-5414 to arrange for pick-up your donations help us to help the community.

Enjoy the beauty of the fall season in the mountains as Maryland celebrates the 47th anniversary of Autumn Glory with two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique and craft shows and much more from October 8 - 12.  Take in the breathtaking views of our spectacular Fall Foliage by driving or biking one, or both, of the county’s 2014 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours. The first tour is a scenic route which includes Friendsville, Friend Family Museum, Youghiogheny Lake, the Cove, Schoolhouse Earth and Meshack Browning’s grave.  The Extended Fall Foliage Heritage Tour includes Bloomington Viaduct, Savage River, Monroe Run Scenic Overlook, Barn Quilts and Historical Markers, Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway. Head to visitdeepcreek.com or the Visitors Center in McHenry to pick up the full map and directions.The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Autumn Glory Kickoff Dinner featuring live musical entertainment and recognition of the annual Autumn Glory Golden Ambassador will kick off the festival on Wednesday, October 8 at Chanteclaire Farm in Friendsville. Thursday features the Oktoberfest dinner and concert by the Oom-Pah band and a fireman’s parade. The week continues with historic area tours, antique and craft shows, fine arts exhibits, farmers’ market, 5-K walk, musical concerts, dogsled events, a quilt show, corn maze, art glass exhibits, outdoor adventures, quilt shows, food and drink specials, live entertainment, comedy basketball game, pumpkin chucking contest, horseback trail rides, shopping specials and a wide variety of other activities. The town of Oakland the Greater Oakland Business Association/Main Street hosts the second year of “Taking It To The Streets”.  The Official Maryland State Banjo Championship, Friday at 7PM, features Banjo contestants of all ages competing for top honors. Saturday, October 11, offers musical entertainment at the Front Page Stage, on Second Street near the Post Office and on the Box Car at the train station. The Grand Feature Parade begins at 1 p.m. Clowns, floats, bands, and plenty of sidewalk vendors increase the festival atmosphere. That day also will feature the Western Maryland Tournament of Bands at 6 p.m. with high school field show competition, as well as the State Fiddle Championship and Mandolin Contest at 7 p.m. Antique and Craft shows continue Sunday, joined by the Autumn Glory Festival Car Show, the Great Pumpkin Festival on the rapids at Adventure Sports Center International and a no-hands Sundae eating contest at Lakeside Creamery. For more details about Autumn Glory, please visit www.visitdeepcreek.com or contact the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at 888.387.5237.

 

 

Maryland State Police are searching for the suspect involved in a hit and run. On Tuesday, October 07, 2014, at approximately 9:15 P.M., troopers from the Cumberland Barrack responded to the area of westbound Interstate 68, east of Cumberland for a hit and run collision. A dark colored four door passenger vehicle which was driving W/B in an erratic manner collided into the rear of a minivan, causing the minivan to collide with the concrete barrier.  The dark colored vehicle appeared to have been traveling with a Ford Super Duty pickup truck, with a bed full of items. The driver of the minivan sustained minor injuries.  According to a witness, after the suspect stopped to check their vehicle, they drove away from the scene, continuing westbound on Interstate 68, followed by the pickup truck.The suspect vehicle should have extensive damage as it collided with the minivan as well as the concrete barrier wall.  The driver is described as a white male.  The driver of the pickup truck which was following the suspect vehicle was described as a thin white female.  Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Trooper First Class Zachary Brinkman of the Maryland State Police at 301-729-2101.

According to West Virginia State Police Sadie Kendall, the missing juvenile from Burlington, WV, was found safe this afternoon in Martinsburg, WV.

 

Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Inc. will be hosting the groundbreaking of a new school on campus.  The event commences October 8, 2014 at 2:00 on the site of the new school.   The public is invited to attend.  The school is currently located in the former Collins Cottage with the new school to be located beside the gymnasium.  Although invitations are being sent, the general public is encouraged to attend.  After the ceremony, light refreshments will be served.

 

With the opening of the new Communications & Information Technology building at Frostburg State University, President Jonathan Gibralter says it is just the beginning. “It means everything to us with the opening up of the Performing Arts Center back in 1993 and the opening of the Compton Science Center in 2003 and now this new building in 2014, a new University Police Headquarters will begin construction next year and we are in the Governor’s budget now for construction of a brand new college health sciences and education building. Frostburg State is well on its way to being one of the true gems in the state of Maryland. Frostburg State University has enrolled the largest number of students in the institution’s 116-year history, including its largest-ever transfer class, and a freshman class of 961 that is 7.1 percent higher than the previous year.With 5,645 total students, FSU’s overall enrollment is up 3.1 percent from the previous year. Transfer enrollment has increased by 12.4 percent to 570, also the highest ever for the second year in a row.

 

Two Martinsburg residents are arrested on murder and robbery charges. On October 7, 2014, a U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Jacobe Johnson 34 of Martinsburg, West Virginia and Tulsa Johnson 35,  of Martinsburg, West Virginia both wanted on First Degree Murder and Robbery  warrants obtained by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department requested the assistance of the Marshals Service’s  Mountain State Fugitive Task Force (MSFTF) to locate and arrest Jacobe Johnson and Tulsa Johnson. Members of the MSFTF began looking for Jacobe and Tulsa Johnson today and were able to develop information both were staying at the Super 8 Motel on Edwin Miller Blvd in Martinsburg, West Virginia. MSFTF officers from the United States Marshals Service, West Virginia State Police, Berkeley County  Sheriff’s Office, and Martinsburg Police Department located and arrested Jacobe and Tulsa Johnson in  room 217 at the Super 8 motel. Both were turned over to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office to be booked on their warrants.

A Cumberland man faces charges after allegedly stealing cash from another man’s pocket. On October 3, 2014, officers from the Cumberland City Police Department responded to the area of Baltimore Street near M&T bank in reference to a male subject yelling for help.  Once the officers arrived they made contact with a male victim.  Officers were advised by the victim that he was seated on the step by the Brunswick with a second male subject.  The victim indicated that he reached into his pocket for a cigarette and a ten dollar bill fell to the ground.  The male subject who was seated by the victim picked the ten dollar bill up and acted as if he was going to keep it.  A short time later the victim advised officers that the male subject who was seated beside him reached into his pocket and removed a large sum of currency.  According to the victim he had over $500 taken from his pocket.  The victim informed the officers that the suspect took off with the currency and was last seen in the area of Roses Plaza heading toward Frederick Street.  Officers were able to locate a possible suspect who was stopped in front of the Family Dollar.  The victim was brought to the location where he positively identified the subject as the person who stole his money.  The suspect was identified as, Tyrone David Lavender.  Lavender was placed under arrest and searched.  A search of Lavender’s person was conducted by the officers and they were able to locate $588.00 inside his pocket and wallet.  Lavender was transported to the Cumberland City Police Department for processing.  Lavender was taken before the District Court Commissioner and later held in the Allegany County Detention Center on a temporary commitment.  

Gas prices continue to drop. Ragina Cooper Averella Public and Government Affairs Manager for AAA Mid-Atlantic says gas prices are at the lowest levels they have been on average since 2010. Right now the average price of a gallon of regular grade gasoline nationally is $3.27 in Maryland it is also $3.27, in West Virginia it is $3.39 in Pennsylvania it is $3.38

The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive from 12PM-5:30PM at Garrett County Health Department located at 1025 Memorial Drive in Oakland, MD. Thank you for your continued support and donation to The American Red Cross Blood Drive.

21st Annual Candlelight Celebration in observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week. Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover. Kristen Myers On Our Own of Cumberland, Inc.  12:00pm registration, 12:30 presentation followed by the candlelight service. The event will be held at the Allegany County Health Department Community Room. If you have questions call 301-759-5070.

 A commercial airline pilot from Pittsburgh who was recently convicted of a Federal sex crime is now a fugitive from justice, according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II. MUSTAFA BAZBAZ, who pled guilty in August to the felony offense of “Travel with Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct”, was out on bond and under electronic monitoring in Western Pennsylvania until last week. On Friday evening he was permitted to leave his home to attend a worship service but never returned and thus a warrant was issued for his arrest. Bazbaz, who is 28 years of age, has been on the run since Friday evening at approximately 6 p.m. He was last seen driving a silver Buick Century automobile with California License Plate Number 6YUTO65. “The hunt for Mr. Bazbaz is unique in that he’s a trained pilot, he comes from a wealthy family with substantial means, he’s a convicted child predator, and he faces a lengthy prison sentence once he’s captured,” said U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld. “We need the public’s help to track him down before he harms anyone else.” At the August plea hearing Bazbaz admitted to communicating with a 15-year old female from Jefferson County, Ohio, in December of 2013 via the website known as MeetMe.com. He misrepresented his age and name to the victim, claiming to be 17 years old and to be named “Mike B.” Bazbaz sent sexually explicit images of himself to the victim before arranging to pick her up in her home in Jefferson County in December of 2013. He then took the victim to a hotel room in Hancock County where they engaged in sexual intercourse. At the time of the incident Bazbaz was employed as a pilot with Republic Airways in Pittsburgh. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Bazbaz should contact Chad Simpson at the United States Marshals Service at 304-218-9286.

Winchester Police Detectives are investigating an armed bank robbery that happened around 2:45 Monday afternoon.  Officers were called to United Bank at 2252 Valley Avenue after a male suspect walked into the bank, displayed a weapon, and demanded money.  The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.  He is described as a white male in his 20s, around 190 lbs., and was last seen wearing a black hat, striped hoodie, black t-shirt, and khaki shorts. During the robbery he was wearing a grey bandana across his face to conceal his identity.  Detectives believe the male left the area in a green pickup truck with rust on the wheel wells and no camper on top. No one was injured during the incident.  Units from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police responded to the scene to assist with the incident.Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS.

The Culpeper Air Fest is funded by the Culpeper Air Fest Foundation - a 501c(3) non-profit charitable organization chartered to promote aviation education, awareness and support in Culpeper. It is our goal to help you celebrate with us a great aviation heritage and experience. The show is locally produced, free to the public, and draws top performers from around the nation. Culpeper Air Fest features the ONLY civilian-owned-and-operated Harrier jump jet which can take off and land like a helicopter, yet flies at near-sonic speeds. We honor the contributions of a wide range of historic military aircraft in securing our nation's freedoms. Culpeper Air Fest is a fun, family-friendly and community-oriented event with something for everyone.

 

The cause of a blaze that destroyed three buildings at the Flight 93 National Memorial headquarters is believed to be accidental. According to National Park Service Public Affairs Specialist Mike Litterst there is no indication of arson or foul play. The fire which broke out at about 3pm on Friday destroyed three buildings at the site in Shanksville, PA. He says high winds fanned the fire. One employee, who is also a member of the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department, suffered minor first degree burns as he attempted to extinguish the blaze with fire extinguishers. Several items were destroyed following the fire. The flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on September 11, 2001 which was presented during the 9/11 ceremony just last month by former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was lost in the fire. According to Litterst the other losses include a handful of personal items of the passengers and crew, both recovered from the crash site and provided by family members to represent their loved ones; lone copies of DVDs of the annual commemoration ceremonies and meetings of the Flight 93 National Memorial Federal Advisory Commission; and approximately 100 tribute items to the passengers and crew that have been left by visitors since 2001. Litterist says among the items saved were the vast majority, if not all, of the 820 oral histories conducted since 2005 that provide first-person insight into the crash, its investigation and the establishment of Flight 93 National Memorial. Additionally, the memorial’s archival photo collection, 480 DVDs containing tens of thousands of images of the crash scene, investigation, temporary memorials and construction of the permanent memorial survived the fire.

A Westernport couple faces drug charges after law enforcement officials find more than 668 grams of the marijuana in their home. On October 01, 2014, C3I Narcotics Unit received a complaint from the Board of Education for Allegany County, Maryland concerning two small children ages 4 and 5 arriving at school smelling of "raw" marijuana. A search warrant was issued for their home on Main Street in Westernport. October 2nd a search was conducted by members of the C3I Narcotics Unit and uniform officers with the Allegany County Sheriff's Office During the search they found a total of 668.6 grams of marijuana and one "live" mature marijuana plant that was close to harvest that would have yielded an additional pound of marijuana was also seized. Numerous hypo-dermic needles were located and seized which contained residue of suspected heroin. Both suspects 41 year old Donald Cosner and 28 year old Amanda Perry admitted to being "recovering" heroin addicts. Both the 4 YOA and 5 YOA child along with another 7 YOA child was present at the time of entry. The parents Donald Cosner and girlfriend Amanda Perry were arrested and charged. Child Protective Services (CPS) was contacted and later responded to the scene. Both subjects were charged with the following: Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana/ Manufacturing Marijuana/ Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana/ Possession of Marijuana/ and Possession of CDS Paraphernalia Both were later transported to District Court awaiting their initial appearance.

A Cumberland native is asking for help finding his children who have been missing for almost a month. Troy Turner says an amber alert was never issues for his children 3 year old Sarah and 2 year old Jacob Hoggle who went missing from Gaithersburg  on Sept 7th and Sept 8th.  The children’s mother 27 year old Catherine Hoggle disappeared shortly after the children were last seen. She was arrested on Sept 12th and refuses to tell police or Turner anything about what may have happened to the children. Turner says he wants people to know what his children look like, what their names are and know all the details to help him find them. Search teams combed sections of Clarksburg, Germantown, Gaithersburg, Darnestown, Rockville, Montgomery Village, and Damascus over the weekend. To find out how you can help log on to http://www.findsarahfindjacob.com/

Two people face breaking and entering charges after allegedly taking $3,600 from the Cumberland Flea Market. On Sunday, October 5th, 2014, Cumberland City Police responded to 1 Bennett Lane, The Cumberland Flea Market, for a breaking and entering complaint.  When officers arrived they found a broken window to the establishment.  After speaking with several of the flea market vendor’s, officers were able to determine that approximately $3,600 worth of merchandise was missing from the close of the previous business day.  Evidence and witness testimony developed at the scene lead to the identification of a 17 year old juvenile and 26 year old adult of Cumberland, as the primary suspects in the breaking and entering.  The two suspects were later located by officers and based on the developments of the investigation, they were both place under arrest and transported to the Cumberland City Police Station for processing.  Officers were also able to recover much of the stolen merchandise from the flea market which was returned to the owners.  The 17 year old juvenile was later released to family on house arrest by the order of the Department of Juvenile Service and 26 year old adult was taken before the District Court Commissioner.  He was remanded to the Allegany County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond pending trial. 

Four people are recovering after a crash in Rawlings. The accident happened Saturday afternoon around 3pm when a vehicle crashed into a utility pole. Power, telephone and internet services were knocked out to the Rawlings area for several hours following the crash.

A Frostburg man is dead after a truck accident in Bedford County. According to Pennsylvania State Police at 3:05 Friday afternoon 58 year old Gregory Arnold was operating a Mack truck heading southbound on I-99 in the right lane. He lost control and traveled off the western side of the roadway and then into a grassy median then into a wooded area hitting several trees. Arnold had to be extricated from the cab of the truck and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce hosted its 27th annual Outstanding Business Recognition Dinner on Thursday evening at Frostburg State University’s Lane Center. Pictured, from left, are James J. Robertson, Chamber of Commerce chairman; Courtney A. Thomas, Western Maryland Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) Outstanding Young Professional; Dr. Matthew J. Allaway and Kelli L. Allaway, Community Service Award; Barbara G. Buehl, Entrepreneurial Spirit Award; Lisa A. McIndoe, manager of organizational development, safety and community relations, Business of the Year, Hunter Douglas Fabrication; Pamela J. Hook, director of operations, Hunter Douglas Fabrication; and Stuart C. Czapski, the Chamber’s executive director.

Sears at the Country Club Mall will host their fourth annual National Safety Day on Saturday, from 10AM-4PM. Attraction include: Smokey Bear 70th Birthday Celebration at 11:30AM, the NEW Trooper 5 Helicopter at 12PM, Cresaptown VFD with the Fire House, FREE Mason Child ID packets, Maryland State Police with McGruff the Crime Dog, Allegany Sheriffs Dept with Safety Pup, and the Classy Chassis Car Show.

Three Allegany County Public School students from Allegany and Mountain Ridge High Schools were recently named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Commended Students placed among the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).  Allegany students,Ethan Greist and Kristin Ratliff, and Makea Luzader of Mountain Ridge, are among the nearly 34,000 students throughout the nation being honored as Commended Students for their exceptional academic promise.   “The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”     

The Let’s Beautify Cumberland! Committee will be having a Bulb Planting Project on Saturday, from 8:30AM-12PM for Queen City Drive . Volunteers and supply donations are needed. Let’s Beautify Cumberland! is a volunteer-driven effort, supported by the City of Cumberland, to engage citizens in cleanup and beautification projects in Cumberland, MD.  In addition to large projects, members adopt parks and parklets, as well as take the initiative to clean up areas throughout the Queen City. Individuals, groups, and businesses interested in learning how to get involved are encouraged to contact LBC! by phoning City Hall at 301-759-6424, emailing BeautifyCumberland@gmail.com or follow on Facebook at “Let’s Beautify Cumberland”.

Don't miss out on the last BBQ of the season!! Come join us on October 3rd and 4th at The Corriganville Volunteer Fire Station. Dinners are only $7.00 each and include your choice of two sides and a roll. NOW serving FRENCH FRIES!!!! Enjoy just a half of chicken for only $5.00. WE DELIVER!!! Call (301)722-7418 for orders or more info!!!! 

Oldtown Lions Club will be having chicken and rib Barbecue at the Oldtown Bethel Assembly of God church at the pavillion in Oldtown, MD on October 4th starting at 11AM until sold out.

The Mount Savage Mason-Dixon Lions Club will be hosting Fall Bingo at the Mt. Savage Fire Hall.   Payout is $4500.  Lots of other games, jars and food prizes.  Doors open at 5:00pm and bingo starts at 6:45 pm. Donations are $25. in advance to ensure a seat and get 6 extra paper tickets. Please call 301-264-2130 or 301-264-3207 for tickets.

Maryland State Fire Marshals officials are investigating a car fire. The blaze broke out at about 2 am on October 1st. A passerby noticed the car fire along North Centre Street in Cumberland.  The individual was able to partially extinguish the fire prior to the arrival of the fire department. The Cumberland Fire Department quickly extinguished the remaining. The fire is still being investigated by the Cumberland City Fire Department and the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

 

Tomorrow the annual Gulf War Memorial Cash Bash will be held at the FOP Picnic Grounds. Bobbie Oester with the Gulf War Memorial says each year it is a vital fundraiser. The event will begin at 1pm. Tickets are 20 dollars per person. For more information you can find them on facebook. 

An investigation is underway following a fire on Decatur Street. The blaze broke out just before 10pm. Crews were on the scene for about an hour.

The cause of a fire in Cumberland remains under investigation. The blaze broke out Tuesday morning at about 3:30 on the front porch of a mobile home on Oak Tree Ridge Road. The fire caused 12 thousand dollars in damage and was discovered by the occupant. More than 40 firefighters battled the blaze for an hour. Anyone with any details is asked to contact the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office at 301-766-3880.

A man wanted for escaping from the Bedford County Jail is apprehended. 32 year old Jeremiah Moser was arrested at the Walmart in Everett PA yesterday. He is being charged with felony escape.

Attempted murder charges against a Cumberland man have been dropped. According to law enforcement officials the attempted murder charge against 23 year old Jakeenan Jennings stemming from an incident in September has been dismissed.  

A five week Freedom from Smoking program will be held at the Mineral County Health Department beginning at 5:30 pm today. For more details call 304-788-1321.

A Spirit Night will be hosted by Allegany County Association of Student Council tonight at 5:00pm Chick-fil-A Queen City Centre in Cumberland, Maryland. Proceeds will benefit Haley House.

Tomorrow gubernatorial candidates Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Larry Hogan will take part in a forum at Towson University around issues that are critical to Maryland voters-- early education, child care and family support. Candidates will take question from the audience on these and other topics. This event is free and open to the public.  Audience registration/sign-in 12:30 – 12:50;  Ground rules 12:50 – 1:00;   Lt. Gov. Brown 1:00 – 1:30; Mr. Hogan 1:45 – 2:15

 

Bountiful Blessings, a 501c3 non-profit organization helps need-based working-poor families in the Cumberland, MD area at its newest location inside St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  The church is located at 15 N. Smallwood St. in Cumberland.  Bountiful Blessings offers a variety of non-food items, such as shampoo, bath soap, bath tissue, paper towels, toothpaste and cleaning items that are not covered on Federal Food Stamp (SNAP) programs.  Beginning October 23rd, 2014, the Bountiful Blessings Cumberland site will be open the 2nd & 4th Thursday of every month from 4:00PM to 6:00PM

Pennsylvania State Police are searching for an inmate who escaped from the Bedford County Jail . 32 year old Jeremiah Moser was behind bars on burglary and criminal trespassing charges. He is five feet nine inches tall and 145 pounds with a shaved head or short brown hair with hazel eyes. He escaped from the jail yesterday morning just before 10am. Anyone with any information is asked to call 911 or Pennsylvania State Police at 814-623-6133.  

Legislation passed earlier this year to decriminalize marijuana possession in Maryland goes into effect today.  The new law makes possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a fine of up to $100 for a first offense, up to $250 for a second offense, and up to $500 for subsequent offenses. Third-time offenders and individuals under 21 years of age will be required to undergo a clinical assessment for substance abuse disorder and a drug education program

Maryland’s expanded move-over law takes effect today. According to Christine Delise with AAA “The new law requires motorists to move into an open lane away from tow trucks attending to roadside emergencies, or to slow to a reasonable and prudent speed that is safe, just as they must now do when approaching police and other emergency vehicles stopped on the road side.” The law already applies to police and other emergency vehicles.  Violating the move-over law can result in a fine of $110 and one point.  If the violation contributes to a traffic crash, the fine is $150 and three points.  If the violation contributes to a traffic crash resulting in death or serious injury, the fine is $750 and three points, in addition to the devastating personal tragedies a crash like that will cause. 

Marylanders making purchases on Amazon.com will now have to pay a six percent sales tax. The new law takes effect today.


 Frost Elementary School and Northern Garrett High School named 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

More than 33 thousand pounds of food will be going to Marylanders in need thanks to the Hunger Action Month food drive coordinated by the Maryland Food Bank's three facilities, representatives from the Maryland State Police and the Maryland Department of Transportation.

 

The third Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) will be held October 2-5, 2014 at The Allegany Museum in Cumberland, MD. Submissions open May 1. Kori Feener is the producer of Hard Way Home one of the films being featured at the festival. Her film is about her six month long hike along the Appalachian Trail.  She says during the filming she learned the most important part of her journey was not about where she was going but how she got there. 

A Bedford County man was shot and killed before his body was put in the trunk of his car and set on fire. According to Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins 37 year old James Deneen was shot in the head outside the Forbes residence in Londonderry Township Thursday evening. 18 year old Jonta Bishop of Hagerstown is charged with pulling the trigger and killing Deneen. According to Higgins 19 year old Nickolas Forbes and his mother 45 year old Kimberleee Forbes and a friend 29 year old Domenick Gillespie all of Buffalo Mills, PA then helped Bishop attempt to hide the crime scene. Deneen’s body was placed in the trunk of the Volkswagen he was driving and then was set on fire. The burning car was extinguished by members of the Hyndman Volunteer Fire Department who discovered the body inside the vehicle. Bishop is being held without bail at the Bedford County Jail. Nickolas and Kimberlee Forbes and Gillespie were sent to jail on $300,000 bail. A motive for the crime has not yet been released. Bishop who is from Hagerstown was living with his grandmother in Hyndman. Higgins says all four knew one another. Higgins says he has never had a case where a mother has helped her son clean up a crime.

 

A Lonaconing wanted on charges of failure to register as a sex offender is arrested following an assault with a gun in Frostburg. Saturday night at 9:10 PM Allegany County Sheriff's Office Deputies were called out to responded Miners Ave. in Frostburg (Midland) for an assault that had occurred involving a firearm.  Upon arrival deputies made contact with the victims who stated that they were inside their residence when a white male entered the residence and assaulted one of the residents. When another occupant attempted to intervene the suspect allegedly brandished a handgun causing both occupants to fear for their lives.  The suspect then fled the scene. Upon interviewing the victims numerous pieces of personal and identifiable property that belonged to the suspect were found dropped at/near the scene. Upon searching the area deputies ultimately located and arrested the suspect Daniel Lynn Miller, 32 years old of Lonaconing Maryland.  Miller was transported to the District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance and held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. Miller was charged with the following: 1st Degree Assault x 2, 2nd Degree Assault x2, 1st Degree Burglary, Disorderly Conduct, Disturbing the Peace, Dangerous Weapon Conceal
Use of a Handgun in Commission of a Crime of Violence

Maryland State Police are searching for the suspect who stole the wheels off of a car. On 09/26/2014 Maryland State Police responded to Billy Bender Dodge located on Winchester Rd. At that location it was discovered someone had removed the wheels/tires from a new Jeep Compass that was sitting on the lot of the business. The theft occurred during the night time hours, between the dates and times of 09/25 at 7:30 pm and 09/26 at 7:00 am.Anyone with any information is asked to contact Sr/Tpr J King at the MSP Cumberland Barrack.

Two Kentucky men are charged with stealing $5,000 worth of ginseng. Saturday Maryland State Police Troopers were called out to Friendsville Road for a report of a theft in progress. When they arrived they found 46 year old Terry Blankenship and 32 year old Daniel Warren both of Kentucky digging up ginseng. The ginseng was weighed at over 10 pounds and had an estimated value of over $5,000.  Blankenship and Warren were arrested for felony theft and trespassing.

 

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded grants to three health care facilities in Western Maryland. The Tri-State Community Health Center in Hancock was awarded $231,686; the Walnut Street Community Health Center in Hagerstown was awarded $210,088; and the Western Maryland Health Care Corporation in Oakland was awarded $197,032. All three are Health and Resources Services Administration (HRSA) grants, which are intended to improve and expand health care services for underserved people. 

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has confirmed the presence of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in Maryland. The virus has been associated with respiratory infections in children across the country. It  was identified in a specimen collected from a hospitalized child in suburban Maryland and was sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation.

DHMH is recommending that families:

 

●       Practice preventive steps, as with other ailments, by regularly washing hands with soap and water.

●       Provide special attention to children with asthma.

●       Be alert to wheezing and other respiratory ailments in children.

●       Keep sick children at home.

●       Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

●       Cough and sneeze into sleeve or a tissue.

●       Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups, eating utensils, etc. with people who are sick.

●       Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

●       Stay up-to-date on vaccinations, especially influenza vaccine, to reduce respiratory illness.

 

DHMH has been working with healthcare facilities to prepare for the expected arrival of enterovirus D68. Because there is no EV-D68-specific treatment, identifying EV-D68 doesn’t change the treatment of the patient: If a patient is wheezing, the wheezing symptoms can be treated; if a patient is having difficulty breathing, respiratory support and oxygen can be given.

 

Healthcare providers, as recommended by the CDC should:

 

●       Consider EV-D68 as a possible cause of acute, unexplained severe respiratory illness, even if the patient does not have fever.

●       Consider laboratory testing of respiratory specimens for enteroviruses when the cause of respiratory illness in severely ill patients is unclear.

 

DHMH also will continue to work with school officials and other institutions that monitor student health and activity, for updates on absenteeism and other indicators of respiratory illness activity. The department will continue to conduct surveillance on the spread and impact of this virus.Enterovirus is one of many viruses that can cause respiratory illness, and there are more than 100 types of enteroviruses that affect humans, causing between 10 million and 15 million illnesses per year. Most people with enteroviruses have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious. EV-D68 infections are believed to occur less often than other enterovirus infections. The CDC is providing updates on nationwide D68 infections at http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html. Last week the Centers for Disease Control confirmed four cases of the virus in West Virginia.

A Pennsylvania man is convicted on 23 counts of sexual offenses including rape of a child and incest. 46 year old Larry Showalter II of Bedford was sentenced to spend 60 to 120 years behind bars.  He was arrested in January, 2013. As a result of the conviction, Showalter was assessed by State Sexual Offenders Assessment Board to determine whether he meets the criteria for a Sexually Violent Predator. Herbert Hays, of the Sexual Offender Assessment Board, testified today that he conducted the assessment and concluded that Showalter met the criteria of a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP). As a Sexually Violent Predator, in the unlikely event that he is ever released from incarceration and for the remainder of his life, Showalter will be required to provide community notification to the following: the neighbors of the sexually violent predator, the director of Children and Youth in the county where the predator lives, the superintendent of the school district where the predator lives, every day care center in the municipality where the predator lives, and the President of each college and university located within 1000 feet of the predator’s residence. He would also be required to verify his residence and employment to the State Police on a quarterly basis. District Attorney Bill Higgins says Showalter has 30 days to file an appeal to the Superior Court, which the Commonwealth fully anticipates. “Larry Showalter continues to refuse to accept responsibility for his reprehensible actions. In his mind, everyone is out to get him. He blames his exwife, his daughter, the State Police, the D.A., the Judge, the Jury, his lawyer --- its everyone’s fault but his own. He is a pathetic human being, and I fully expect him to appeal his conviction and sentence. I don’t, however, expect him to be successful,” concluded Higgins.

The new Center for Communications and Information Technology is now open at Frostburg State University. A grand opening ceremony was held yesterday for the 71 million dollar facility that houses to Computer Science & Information Technologies, Graphic Design, Mass Communication and Mathematics.CCIT also houses WFWM, the NPR affiliate radio station; FSU-TV3, the cable TV station; and the Multimedia Learning Center, featuring a planetarium with a live feed to the rooftopFrostburg State University’s newest academic building, the Center for Communications and Information Technology (CCIT), had its grand opening on Wednesday, Sept. 24, with a virtual version of the traditional ribbon cutting created by FSU faculty and students, in keeping with the building’s technological focus. Using iPads, Gibralter, Md. State Sen. George Edwards, Allegany County Commissioner William Valentine, Frostburg Mayor Robert Flanigan, Cumberland City Councilman David F. Kauffman, Student Government Association President Kathleena M. Morgan and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Joseph Hoffman jointly “cut the ribbon.” As each person activated the web application, “scissors” started moving, then the animation launched, cutting through a red ribbon to an image of CCIT.Additionally, screens throughout the building displayed information about the building and played a film, based on web-cam video, of the former Tawes Hall being demolished and CCIT rising in its place. This video can be viewed at www.frostburg.edu/ccit/time-lapse-video-demolition-construction/.  Built and designed by a team of companies led by Gilbane Building Co. and Ayers Saint Gross Architects + Planners, the 127,000-square-foot structure sits in the middle of campus where Tawes Hall once stood. The building’s technological advantages include industry-standard equipment for disciplines such as Mass Communication and Graphic Design, and the ability to create applications for businesses in Computer Science and Information Technologies.In addition, CCIT is designed to have a big impact on education but a small one on the environment, from a green roof to the rainwater collection and bio-retention rain garden to the daylight-harvesting lighting system that senses ambient light and adjusts accordingly.

A Winchester woman is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and human trafficking following an investigation.  Holly Geib, 50, was arrested just before 3 p.m. on September 24, 2014, after being indicted on the two charges Tuesday.  Geib had knowledge that her 13-year-old daughter was having sexual relations with Jose Hernandez-Hernandez.  Hernandez-Hernandez was also indicted Tuesday on charges of carnal knowledge of a child and indecent liberties with a child.  He is being held without bond at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.   Sub-section three under Code of Virginia 18.2-355 states a person can be charged with human trafficking for “being parent, guardian, legal custodian or one standing in loco parentis of a person, consents to such person being taken or detained by any person for the purpose of prostitution or unlawful sexual intercourse.

Officers from the Hagerstown City Police responded to the area of Jonathan St and Bethel Street for a shooting around 5:00 pm this date.  Witnesses on scene describe the following; 2 vehicles were involved in the shooting, a grey/silver mini- van and dark colored sedan.  Suspects from each vehicle were shooting at each other as they drove from Jonathan St and Bethel onto Broadway.  The grey/silver mini-van attempted to turn left into an alley in the 100 blk. of Wayside Ave and struck a steel safety barrier where it came to rest.  The 3 black male occupants exited the vehicle and fled.  2 of them ran east on Wayside towards Mulberry St. the 3rd ran south in the same alley where they crashed, behind the Highland View Academy on N. Locust St.  The dark colored sedan fled east on Broadway towards Mulberry.  There is no further information on the direction of this vehicle.   Several streets were closed to traffic for about 1 ½ hours due to the shooting taking place between to moving vehicles and the need for officers and investigators to gather evidence.   A K-9 track was performed on Wayside with negative results.  There is no evidence that anyone in either vehicle was injured in this incident at this time.  Investigators are working leads and interviewing witnesses at this time.  The Hagerstown City Police are asking for the public’s assistance in this case. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Hagerstown City Police Criminal Investigations Division at 301-790-3700 ext. 234 or you can make an anonymous tip on our website at www.hagerstownmd.org and click “Report a concern”.  You may also contact us through Facebook and Twitter

On 09/25/14 at 1:26am Officers with the Cumberland Police Department were dispatched to the 100blk of Park St in reference to a destruction of property to a vehicle. Upon arrival officers contacted the victim who stated that while he was traveling on Park St an unknown subject threw a rock striking his windshield causing damage. A short time later a second complaint was dispatched advising of an unknown subject throwing a rock through a window of an apartment on Queen City Pavement. Officers later were dispatched to a disturbance in the first block of Ascension St. Upon arrival Officers observed one of the subjects to match the description as given by witnesses as the subject who threw the rocks causing the damage to the vehicle and building. Officers were also able to view video of the incident and were able to confirm that this subject identified as Patrick Kneisley, 23 years of age of Cumberland was responsible for the damage. Kneisley was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to the Cumberland Police Dept for processing. Kneisley was charged on a Maryland Criminal Citation with two counts of Destruction of Property under $1,000 and released pending trial in District Court.

Gas prices continue to drop Christine Delise with AAA says there are two main reasons for the price drop first the end of the summer driving season and the changeover to winter blend gasoline. She says AAA expects prices to drop by about 20 cents by the end of October. Right now the average price of a gallon of regular grade gasoline nationally is $33.4 in Maryland it is $3.32 and in WV and PA it is $3.42  

A Cumberland man wanted on attempted murder charges is arrested. Yesterday the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested 39 year old Louis Harris Junior while he was leaving his home on South Allegheny Street. A warrant was issued for Harris in connection with a stabbing outside of My Place in Ridgeley on December 14th of last year. Harris and Dominique Weeden were caught on  video surveillance chasing the victim out of the bar. The tape then allegedly shows the victim being stabbed multiple times. Harris is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center.

Today U.S. Marshals Service will celebrate its 225th anniversary. Commemorating this significant occasion, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin will proclaim Sept. 24 U.S. Marshals Day by issuing a proclamation on at 10:00AM in the lower rotunda of the capitol building in Charleston, WV.

 

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot spent some time in Allegany County this week.  Comptroller Franchot was the the featured speaker at the grand opening of the new Allegany County Sheriff’s Office. During the event, Sheriff Craig Robertson will talk about the cost-saving measures taken to construct the new office. The one-story handicapped accessible facility cost $700,000 to build with the county maintenance department doing in-kind work estimated at $300,000. The new 6,600-square-foot office nearly triples the size of the existing office. It now has two evidence rooms, a deputies’ room, supervisor offices, a lunch room and a one-vehicle garage so that work on patrol cars can be done indoors. The Comptroller then traveled to Frostburg State University to see the renovations to the press box at Bobcat Stadium. The Board of Public Works, on which the Comptroller sits, approved $4.8 million in funding for the renovations in 2013. Sporting events held at the stadium include men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse, field hockey, football and men’s and women’s track and field. The press box is used by sports writers for game statistics and announcing, FSU-TV to broadcast games, coaches for game management and videotaping. There’s also a concession area and public restrooms. FSU will host a ribbon cutting at its Homecoming festivities on Oct. 17.

 

Cumberland Police are investigating a reported stabbing. At about 2:20 this morning a 30 year old man and a 27 year old woman were being treated at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for minor stab wounds. The couple claimed they were robbed along Maryland Avenue.The incident remains under investigation.

 

Maryland State Police are investigating a burglary on Mount Savage Road in Frostburg. The suspects entered the home through a window sometime between 9-20-2014 and 9-23-2014.  Televisions and sound equipment were removed from the residence.  If anybody has any information regarding the suspect or suspects involved in this Burglary, please contact TFC Brown of the Maryland State Police at (301) 729-2101.

 

 On 09/24/2014 at 0212hrs, the Maryland State Police Hagerstown Barrack responded to the Sheetz Store located at 12404 Lauger Ave Hagerstown MD for a reported armed robbery.  The investigation revealed that two suspects entered the store and demanded money from the clerk. The first suspect is described as a Black Male approximately 5'07-5-09’ tall weighing 140-155lbs. The suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jean pants and light colored shoes.  The suspect also had a dark blue bandana covering his face and displayed a silver small handgun during the robbery. The second suspect is described as a Black Male approximately 5’-10”-6’-00” tall weighing 165-180lbs. The suspect was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, blue jean pants and dark colored shoes. The suspect also had a red bandana covering his face and displayed a black colored  handgun during the robbery. The suspects exited the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.  If anyone recognizes the clothing or could provide suspect information in this robbery please call  Trooper First Class James Bowers at 301-766-3841.

 

 

The Winchester Police Department is investigating two breaking and enterings that occurred last night. The first incident was reported at approximately 6:40 a.m. at Hopscotch Coffee located in the 200 block of Millwood Avenue.  Employees arrived at the business and discovered a window on the east side of the business had been broken.  It was discovered that entry was made to the business and electronics and an undisclosed amount of money was taken.  This business was also broken into on August 24, 2014 and is still under investigation. The second incident was reported at approximately 9:00 a.m. at Ruby Tuesday located in the 1600 block of South Pleasant Valley Road.  Employees arrived at the business and noticed a window on the south side of the business had been broken.  Officers responded and discovered that entry was made to the business and electronics were stolen from the business.  Police are still investigating if these incidents are related. The police department is reminding the public that if they observe any suspicious activity around a closed business, please contact the police department as soon as possible. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 540-545-4704 or Crime Solvers Hotline at 540-665-TIPS (8477)

A homeless man found in a remote location in Mineral County is helped thanks to the efforts of Mineral County Sheriff Jeremy Taylor and his deputies. Emergency officials had received reports of a man yelling in the New Creek Mountain area. K-9 officers and medevac helicopters searched the area but were unable to locate anyone. A man believed to be the subject was seen walking along Route 220. Sheriff Taylor and other deputies contacted the man who admitted he was homeless and had set up a shelter which was on private property on New Creek Mountain.  Sheriff Taylor and the deputies assisted the man by giving him clothing and supplies. They also reached out to shelters in Allegany County in order to get him temporary housing.

West Virginia State Police have released the name of the woman killed in a motorcycle crash over the weekend. At about 1:15 Saturday afternoon 56 year old Brenda Wilt of New Creek, WV was heading eastbound along Route 50 near Junction in Hampshire County on a Honda Rebel. Wilt’s motorcycle exited the right edge of the roadway and hit a guardrail. She was thrown from the motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

Officials with the National Road Autosport LLC are asking the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority to have a request including in the next PHAA meeting. The National Road Autosports group wants to present a request for a 2015 schedule of regionally promoted autocross events on Taxiway A and B at the airport.

Three Garrett County residents  face charges of theft in Pennsylvania. 20 year old Henry Moore III of Oakland, a 16 year old juvenile from Mountain Lake Park, and 20 year old Jerry Welch of Oakland allegedly stole several bicycles from the Mountain Ridge ATV Park in Somerset County.

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), invites interested persons to attend an Informational Workshop for the recently reinitiated US 219 Project Planning Study. The project limits extend from I-68 in Maryland to Meyersdale in Pennsylvania.  The goal of the project is to improve the economic development potential along US 219; the roadway linkage between I-68, the four-lane section of US 219, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike; the safety of motorists; and the level of service. The Informational Workshop will acquaint the public with the project and present the Alternatives Retained for Detailed Study.  Representatives will be available to discuss project-related issues and answer questions. No formal presentation will be given. You may arrive at any time during meeting hours and walk through at your own pace.The meeting will be held in an open house format on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Grantsville Elementary School (cafeteria), 120 Grant Street, Grantsville, MD 21536. 

This weekend train enthusiasts young and old are being invited to Cumberland for a first ever event. Western Maryland Scenic Railroad introduces Steel Wheels Festival 2014! September 26-28, 2014. Come for the weekend to beautiful western Maryland where the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is preserving railroad history for future generations. Steel Wheels Festival 2014 will include affordable train rides for all, dinner train, Amtrak Exhibit Train, shop tours, night photo sessions and free rail preservation exhibits including several model train exhibits in the Allegany Museum (2nd floor) 3 Pershing St, across the street from the Western Maryland train station. http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Steel-Wheels-Festival-at-WMSR.html?soid=1118052645084&aid=Td3pWIhDGWA

Two tractor trailer drivers are hospitalized following a crash on I-68. Just before 8pm last night Maryland State Police troopers were called out to the crash near mile marker 57.

The first tractor, driven by by Sarmusokov Gayratdzhon, was heading west bound when he crashed into the center median guardrail and overturned, spilling it’s cargo into the east bound lane.  The second tractor trailer, driven by Paul Schaumburg, was traveling east bound, also at the 57 mile marker.  Schaumburg’s truck struck the cargo lying in the fast lane and jack knifed.  Both drivers were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.Little Orleans and Flinstone Volunteer Fire Department were on scene assisting the State Highway Administration for several hours.

Mixed use shopping, dining and residential are the planned uses for the Footer Dye Works building. A contract has been signed with the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority Michael Joy of Washington DC to develop the property in hopes of having work begin next spring.

 

A Pennsylvania man remains behind bars for life following a failed attempt to have his first degree murder plea withdrawn. In 2012 a jury convicted John Gerholt of shooting and killing his wife Karen in 2008. Gerholt shot her with a sawedoff shotgun in a parking lot of the Wal-Mart Plaza in Snake Spring Township. He pled no contest to 1st degree murder and was sentenced to life behind bars without parole.  He filed a post-conviction relief act petition alleging his plea was entered as the result of ineffective assistance of counsel from his lawyers. The court has denied the petition. Gerholt has 30 days to appeal the decision to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

 

Anyone with information related to a vehicle which was located/parked on Squire Fike Road  is asked to contact the McHenry Barrack at 301-387-1101.  The vehicle was located on Squire Fike Road from Saturday Sept. 13, 2014 at 1030 PM and Sunday Sept. 14, 2014 at 300 PM. The vehicle is a Red 2007 Ford Fusion bearing PA registration.  

 

The Martinsburg VA Medical Center (VAMC) is hosting a Veteran Health Care Enrollment event on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post 78 in Petersburg, West Virginia. The goal of the health care enrollment event is to provide information and enrollment opportunities to Veterans and their families in the Petersburg area. Eligible Veterans will be able to enroll in VA health care at the event.Veterans who plan to attend the event should bring a copy of their DD-214 or military discharge documents. For more information about the enrollment event contact Rodney Bearman at 304-263-0811, ext. 2036. The Martinsburg VA Medical Center mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. Located in West Virginia, the medical center offers a comprehensive range of services, including internal medicine, ambulatory surgery, audiology and speech pathology, dental, nursing home, nutrition, podiatry, prosthetics, women’s health, mental health, and rehabilitation medicine. With a service area of nearly 125,000 Veterans in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the medical center operates seven Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC). Five of the clinics are VA-staffed and are located in Cumberland, Hagerstown and Fort Detrick, Md., Petersburg, W.Va., and Stephens City, Va. Two of the clinics are contracted and are located in Franklin, W.Va., and Harrisonburg, Va. 

A Mountain Ridge High School teacher is arrested on sex offense charges. Friday Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigations Unit officials arrested 42 year old Bart Mazer of Frostburg at the high school. Mazer is charged with engaging in inappropriate sexual contact with a then 17 year old female who was a student. The incidents allegedly occurred between October and November of 2013 at Mazer’s home. None of the sexual contact occurred on school property. The student has since graduated. Mazer is charged with 4th degree sex offense and is currently being held on $20 thousand dollars bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. The investigation is continuing by C3I with the cooperation of the Allegany County Board of Education and the administration at Mountain Ridge High School.  According to Allegany County Public School System officials "These are very serious allegations, and the school system is cooperating fully with C3I. Mr. Mazer has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”

One man is arrested following a meth lab bust in Allegany County. Friday Allegany County Sheriff’s Deputies, members of the C3I Narcotics Unit and the Maryland State Police searched property in Shaft. The parcel did not contain a residence but several people were living inside tents and other makeshift homes. During a two month long investigation officials received several complaints about the manufacturing of methamphetamine on the property. Numerous precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine and other related drug paraphernalia were seized. One man identified as James D. McMillian, 52 YOA, no fixed address, was charged with several drug violations to include possession of methamphetamine manufacturing equipment. McMillan was later transported to District Court for his initial appearance where he was remained to the Allegany County Detention Center on $5,000.00 bond. Additional arrests are anticipated in the near future as this investigation continues. The Sheriff's Office and State Police are encouraging citizens to continue to contact them with drug tips and the information can remain anonymous.

A Pennsylvania man is recovering after allegedly being beaten and robbed. According to Pennsylvania State Police 35 year old Justin Suffecool of Schellsburg was walking along Route 30 and Route 96 on August 22nd just before midnight when a dark colored pick-up truck stopped and four men got out of the vehicle. The victim claims the men then grabbed him and held him to the ground and kicked him in the head and stole about $300 from him then fled. Anyone with any details is asked to call 814-623-6133.

 

The Allegany County Animal Shelter Foundation is working on improvements to response for animal complaints following the discovery of nine dogs dead in a home on McGill Drive. Allegany County Animal Shelter Foundation President Becky McClarran and Allegany County Emergency Services Director Dick DeVore released some of the changes being made based on recommendaitons from a commission created to review the processes underway at the Allegany County Animal Shelter and Animal Control. 

Allegany County Animal Shelter Commissioner’s Report Executive Summary
Following a previously announced plan to submit a detailed report to the Commissioners on October 1st outlining Animal Control response to the McGill Drive animal abuse case and recommended long-term improvements to Animal Control, a study group headed by Foundation President Becky McClarran and Foundation Board members has compiled the following Executive Summary of immediate responses and resource allocation.

IMMEDIATE RESPONSES

1. New phone lines are being installed including a dedicated animal control line at an estimated cost of $4,000 to replace the legacy system conveyed to the shelter from Allegany County.

2. Staffing is being rearranged to dedicate a single administrative staff position to answering Animal Control calls.

3. A beta-test version of the county-developed GIS program, capable of indicating specific location and the status of an animal control call is being moved to operational status. This software will show whether another party has already made a call about a specific address.

4. New uniforms and identification for animal control personnel.

5. Separate Animal Control desktop log records from Shelter call logs – that include more specific fields describing actions taken and current status of the case.

6. Executive Director meets with Shelter Manager and Animal Control on a daily basis to insure all calls were answered and an appropriate response has either been taken or is underway.

7. Development and promotion of a responsible pet owner program that informs the general public, homeowners and rental property managers of the expectations and legal requirements for pet ownership.

8. The ACAS committee is preparing a report to present to the county commissioners by the end of the month.

OPERATING EXPENDITURES

During the first year of a multi-year operating agreement, the ACAS Management Foundation expended $417,400 for operation of the Animal Shelter and Animal Control. Support from the County came in the form of the agreed $324,000 annual fee plus a subsequent allocation of $36,918, which allowed for complete transfer of control and cost of all employees.
The $56,482 shortfall of county funding was covered, as anticipated in the concept of privatizing shelter operations, by other funds generated by the ACAS Management Foundation including private grants, governments grants, income from the Foundation’s Barkin’ Basement Thrift Store, increased animal adoptions, micro chipping, dog licenses and private contributions earmarked for animal care.

FY2014 shelter operations included expenses for two private contractors whose professional services were retained by vote of the ACAS Management Foundation Board of Directors. Huber Michaels provided accounting and control services for the shelter operating account at a cost of $8,400. McClarran and Williams provided graphic design, event development and coordination, web site content management, and brochure and literature production supporting adoption, foster, spay/neuter and public education programs at a cost of $8,100.

SUMMARY OF FY2014 ANIMAL SHELTER AND ANIMAL CONTROL EXPENDITURES

Salaries $147,823 (excluding Foundation Ex. Dir. paid from other funds)
Fringe Benefits $ 32,077 
Office Supplies $ 9,000
Permits and Licenses $ 8,200
Travel/Training/Dues & Subscriptions $ 2,600
Utilities $ 25,000
Cell Phones and Tablets $ 1,600
Professional Services $ 16,500
Printing/Promotions/Advertising $35,000
Veterinary Fees $76,500
Pharmaceuticals $21,000
Animal Dietary $24,000
Auto Expenses $ 7,700
Bank Charges $ 2,700
Misc. $ 2,800 
Vending Machine $ 1,000
Fundraising Expenses $ 3,900
TOTAL $417,400
Difference between county and actual $56,482
This does not include actual donations of products or hours of volunteer service

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