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A Virginia man and his dog are recovering after being attacked by a bear in Hardy County, WV. Yesterday at about 1pm emergency officials in Frederick County, Virginia were called out to a business parking lot. 59 year old Steven Krichbaum was walking his dog in the George Washington National Forest in Hardy County along the West Virginia side of Route 55 when he encountered a black bear and two cubs. The black bear attacked Krichbaum and his dog. The dog attempted to fend off the attack and both were injured. Krichbaum and his dog walked back to his parked car and drove to Richards Fruit Market where he called for help. Krichbaum was transported via rescue squad to the Winchester Medical Center for treatment and Krichbaums dog was transported by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control unit to a local emergency animal hospital. The current condition of both Krichbaum and his dog are unknown at this time.

 

The Frederick County Virginia Sheriff’s Office will not file any charges against a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputy  who accidentally shot his daughter. On August 12th at about 3:43 in the morning Frederick County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Winchester Police Department stating that a Winchester Police officer was out with a single vehicle accident at East Lane and Cork Street where one of the occupants had a gunshot wound and was being transported to the Winchester Medical Center. Deputies responded to the 400 block of Lilly’s Way where the 911 call originated and secured the scene. During further investigation, it was determined that just before the original 911 call, the homeowner Easton McDonald who is a sergeant with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office was preparing to get ready for work and heard his interior alarm sound indicating the garage door had been opened. As the homeowner was approaching the interior garage, he heard a bang and sounds coming from inside the garage. The homeowner grabbed a firearm and approached the interior garage door. As he opened the door, he observed a person coming towards him, raised his gun and discharged his firearm striking the subject. The homeowner determined that he had just shot his 16 year old daughter who was attempting the sneak back into the residence after sneaking out earlier that morning without the parent’s knowledge. Following a comprehensive investigation conducted by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney for Frederick County, Virginia has determined that there is no evidence upon which to base any criminal charge(s) against Mr. Easton McDonald, related to the accidental shooting . The victim was in stable condition at Winchester Medical Center following the gunshot to the torso.

 

U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $762,000 in federal grants and $3,954,000 in loans through the USDA Rural Development Water and Wastewater Disposal Program to upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure in Allegany County. Additionally, $30,000 in federal grants through the USDA Rural Development Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households (SEARCH) will be used to conduct preliminary tests to upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure in Garrett County.  The Allegany County Board of Commissioners will receive a $3,000,000 loan and a $732,000 grant through the Water and Waste Disposal program to replace the Wrights Crossing pump station. Currently, the station is in danger of failing and  presents a public health risk to the community.  The Town of LaVale in Allegany County will receive a $954,000 loan through the Water and Waste Disposal program to install a new 275,000 gallon ground water tank. This tank will replace the town of LaVale’s 60-year-old, deteriorating tank. The funds will also be used to replace the galvanized lines surrounding the tank. In LaVale, 2,440 homes and businesses will benefit from this project.The Town of Oakland in Garrett County will receive a $30,000 grant through the SEARCH program to help fund the cost of a Preliminary Engineering Report and Environmental Report to make improvements to the town’s water facilities.

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and several other elected officials attended the grand opening of the Comptroller’s new office in downtown Cumberland at the Allegany Museum. Franchot says he enjoys coming to Western Maryland . He says he wanted to put the new office in downtown Cumberland in a location with plenty of parking and that would be easily accessible. Franchot also visited Canal Place and Wayne’s Gulf. He also made a stop in Garrett County to encourage residents to sign a petition to push back the start of school until after Labor Day. Franchot is encouraging residents to sign a petition to push back the start of school until the day after Labor Day. He says pushing back the start date would add 75 to 80 million dollars to the state's economy and he says it gives families more time with each other. The legislature authorized a commission to approve a measure that would create a statewide start date for schools and they voted to bring the issue to the full legislature in January. Franchot says there would be an exemption for Garrett County to allow for cancellations due to severe weather. So far there are about 4,000 signatures of the 10,000 needed. To sign the petition log on to https://interactive.marylandtaxes.com/extranet/utilities/Petition/sign.aspx?Tag=LSBS&Title=Let+Summer+Be+Summer-+Support+Starting+School+after+Labor+Day

The Decades of the Fifties/Sixties will be celebrated over the weekend of August 22, 23 in downtown Cumberland. All former students/graduates of area high schools from 1950 through 1969 are invited to attend the festivities over the weekend. Free registration, with identification tags issued, will begin at Mezzo's, 114 South Centre Street, at 4:30PM on Friday, August 22. A community dance, merging the classes of the 1950s with those from the 1960s, will be held Saturday night, August 23, beginning at 8PM, at the Ramada Inn on South George Street. Entertainment will be provided by Johnny Moore and Tom Skidmore, favorites of those who have attended previous Decades reunions. More information may be obtained from Allen Haines at (301) 724-3868.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will be holding a free REAP tire clean up for Mineral County today and tomorrow. The clean up will be held today at the WV Divison of Highways Garage in New Creek from 8am to 5pm and at the Fort Ashby Fairgrounds Saturday from 8am to 5pm. The clean up is for West Virginia residents only, no businesses and is limited to 10 tires per WV driver’s license. There is no size limit and the tires will be taken with or without wheels. 

A Keyser woman has filed a lawsuit against a local doctor and MedExpress. The lawsuit was filed in the Allegany County Circuit Court against Dr. William Dando and his former employer MedExpress.  Dando was suspended following criminal charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a patient. In 1987 Dando was charged with raping a Flordia woman and served time behind bars.

A Maryland woman is suing the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Ridgeley. In the suit filed in Mineral County Circuit Court she claims unsafe flooring at the VFW caused her to fall and suffer injuries.

Pennsylvania State Police are looking for information after several marijuana plants are found on a vacant property. The plants were found Monday along Oberman Street in Saxton Boro in Bedford County.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police Bedford Barrack.

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will be making stops in Western Maryland. Franchot will stop at the Lakeside Creamery to discuss his campaign to push back the start of school until the day after Labor Day as part of his “Let Summer Be Summer” petition drive. Comptroller Franchot will take part in an afternoon grand opening celebration at the new Cumberland branch office, now located at the Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing St. The new office opened July 1 and offers easy and convenient parking as well as providing a broad range of services for the area’s taxpayers so they do not have to travel hours away to the agency’s primary offices in Annapolis and Baltimore. Afterward, the Comptroller will join in a stroll of Canal Place with local elected and business leaders. As Maryland’s first Certified Heritage Area centered on the western end of the C&O Canal, visitors can now ride a steam train, hike or bike the towpath, tour a full-scale canal boat replica, and learn about canal history at the C&O Canal National Historical Park’s Cumberland Visitor Center . Winding up his afternoon, the Comptroller will present a proclamation to Waynes Gulf Gas Station, a full-service station with a convenience store. The business, owned by Christopher Howell, has served the community for more than 45 years. It prides itself with clean facilities and friendly service.

 

CSX is partnering with the Conservation Fund to bring fresh healthy food to locations known as food deserts. CSX and The Conservation Fund announced a program of grants aimed at improving the transportation and distribution of fresh, healthy food to communities in need. More than 23 million Americans across the country have limited or no access to fresh produce, dairy, meats and seafood. One of the contributors to these so-called "food deserts" is the lack of infrastructure to distribute fresh food to markets.Tori Kaplan, AVP corporate sustainability at CSX and Kris Hoellen, VP of sustainable programs at TCF say this is a partnership focused on bringing healthy food options to those who need it.  To support local distribution and help address this need, CSX and The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit dedicated to finding conservation solutions that balance environmental and economic needs, teamed up to create a program that will help farmers and distributors enhance their delivery capabilities.
Grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 will be made available to entities that distribute fresh produce/perishable food in the 23 states where CSX operates. The grants can support a range of activities related to transportation such as:
- acquiring refrigerated vehicles for direct delivery to markets;
- financing "veggie vans" to bring fresh food to isolated communities;
- providing better access to food hubs or other sites where produce, dairy, seafood and meats can be stored safely for distribution; or
- purchasing produce boxes and cold storage bins to keep unsold food fresh for the next day's farmers market or wholesale purchase.

Grant applications are due by October 1, 2014. To download a grant application and see more information about the program, please visit http://www.conservationfund.org/partner-with-us/corporate-partners/profiles/csx/ or contact Margarita Carey at mcarey@conservationfund.org.

CSX is also working with The Conservation Fund on a program that is improving access to healthy food in five underserved counties in West Virginia - Calhoun, McDowell, Mingo, Roane and Wirt.
 

 A tractor trailer driver faces charges following a crash in Washington County. At about 1pm yesterday  Troopers from the Hagerstown Barrack responded to a three (3) vehicle collision on I-70 East in the area of MD Rt 66 (Mapleville Road).  The investigation into the collision revealed that a 2005 Volvo truck tractor pulling a semi-trailer was traveling East on I-70 in Lane #2 (slow lane).  The truck tractor was being operated by Kent Nixon, 59, of Linthicum, MD.  Also traveling in Lane #2 in front of the truck tractor was a 2003 Mercury Sable station wagon being operated by Caterina Earle, 55, of Bethesda, MD.   Both vehicles came upon heavy traffic and the truck tractor struck the rear of the Mercury Sable causing it to lose control.  The Mercury Sable then careened onto the right shoulder and overturned coming to final rest on the from MD Rt 66 to I-70 East.  After striking the Mercury Sable, the truck tractor veered into Lane #1 (fast lane) where it struck a 2007 Chrysler Town and Country minivan being operated by Dale Ehrhart, 76, of Laurel , MD.  The truck tractor then traveled into the grassy center median where it came to rest atop the embankment. Nixon and Ehrhart were transported to Meritus Medical Center along with Ehrhart’s wife, Karen Ehrhart, 78.  I-70 in the area of MD Rt 66 was closed intermittently until 1500hrs for the removal of the vehicles.  Maryland State Highway personnel assisted with traffic control.  The driver of the truck tractor was subsequently charged with Negligent Driving for causing the vehicle collision. 

Rocky Gap Casino Resort is inviting everyone to come out Saturday at 4pm and take the ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE by jumping in their pool which will be filled with ice. Rocky Gap Casino Resort will donate $10 for every person who takes the plunge to ALS. They will also have a donation box available for anyone who wants to donate. Must be 21. 

One man is dead and his wife is behind bars following a stabbing in Midland. Just before 6pm last night Allegany County Sheriff’s deputies were called out to Broad Street. 29 year old Edward Kimble was allegedly stabbed in the upper chest with a steak knife during an argument with his wife 28 year old Jessyca Kimble. Edward Kimble ran to a nearby neighbor’s home and knocked on the door and by the time the neighbors answered he collapsed on the porch. He was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for the residence. The knife used during the incident was recovered.Investigators also obtained a search warrant to obtain a DNA sample and other physical evidence from Jessyca Kimble.The scene was processed by members of the Maryland State Police Forensic Science Division.Kimble’s body will be transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore for an autopsy.Jessyca Kimble was charged with 2nd Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, 2nd Degree Assault, and Reckless Endangerment. She is currently awaiting an initial appearance before the District Court Commissioner.The investigation is continuing by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and C3I.

 

Medical, dental, vision and veterinary services being offered at the Allegany County Fairgrounds now through the Appalachian Appalachian Mountain IRT 2014. Almost 100 active and reserve military service members are providing the free services regardless of age, income or residency. The IRT is going on now at the Allegany County Fairgrounds until Thursday. The service members are from around the country and are doctors, veterinarians and medical providers in their civilian lives as well. Nutrition information along with nonnarcotic pain management and follow up care referrals are also being offered. Eye glasses are being made within 24 hours on site. All the services are completely free. The IRT is a partnership with the Allegany County Health Department, the Department of Defense, HRDC and ARC. Volunteers from the region are assisting with bringing patients through the service areas.This is the first time the IRT has been in Western Maryland.

 

 

Potomac Edison has scheduled an electric service interruption for the Keyser area of Mineral County, West Virginia on Wednesday, August 20.  Potomac Edison regrets the inconvenience, but the work to upgrade our facilities is necessary to ensure service reliability in the area. The outage will occur between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and will affect approximately 575 customers in the following areas:

 

·         Downtown Keyser, including Mozelle Street, part of Maple Avenue, Allegheny Street, East Street, North Water Street, Welch Street, Keys Street and Armstrong Street Extension

·         Route 46 from Water Street to Knobley Mountain

·         Keyser Industrial Park, Waxler Road, Limestone Road, Cemetery Road, Hollywood Road, Grestell Hollow and Pickel Hollow   

 

During the outage, Potomac Edison crews will work at three different locations to replace damaged cross arms on utility poles. The simultaneous work will reduce the number of customers affected by the outage, as well as its duration. Potomac Edison will attempt to contact affected customers by phone prior to the outage. The outage will be rescheduled for the same time on Thursday, August 21, 2014 in case of inclement weather.

 

Residents of the town of Westernport please be advised on Wednesday, August 20th at 10:00 a.m. the water will be off for approximately four hours.  The water will be shut off on the 300 & 400 Block of Hammond Street, Hammond Heights and the 200 Block of Rock Street.

 

Frontier Communications has advised the Mineral County 911 Center that repairs will be taking place on the phone communication lines on Thursday evening, Aug. 21, 2014 starting at 10 PM for approximately 8 hours into Friday morning, Aug. 22.  Residents in the Keyser, New Creek and Fountain communities that are on the 788 phone exchange will be impacted by this work.  For these customers there will be NO dial tone during this period and are being advised to use a cell phone to call 911 for emergencies.   For any questions, for please call the Mineral County Office of Emergency Management at 304-788-1821. 

Maryland State Fire Marshals are investigating the cause of a blaze that destroyed a Garrett County home. The fire broke out at about 4:20 yesterday afternoon in a home on Church Street in Deer Park. The fire was discovered by a neighbor after hearing a loud noise. About 30 firefighters were called to the scene and had the blaze under control in a half an hour. No one was inside at the time of the fire but the homeowner and a child were displaced and are being helped by the American Red Cross. The fire caused about 185 thousand dollars in damage.

Free health clinics from the Appalachian Mountain Innovative Readiness Training program are open to the public through Thursday, Aug. 21. Appointment openings are available for vision care, eye glasses, medical assessment, dental cleanings and rabies vaccinations for pets. All services are offered free of charge and are provided by trained medical, dental and veterinary professionals. Come to the Allegany County Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Building from 9 am to 5 pm to receive services or call 301-783-1775 for more information

Be a part of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad team. They are now hiring for
Reservations, Ticket Office, Welder/mechanic, Train crew. For more details log on to https://www.movingfullsteamahead.com/content/employment

Two thousand people are needed to help save the Frostburg Theater 123.Movie Heroes a company that specializes in saving small town theaters has offered to help the Frostburg Theater. Movie Heroes offers a monthly subscription which includes unlimited movie watching. 2 thousand people have to sign up for the subscription by Sept 14 in order to save the theater. According to theater manager Annie Rummel they would be offering new and older movies with the subscription. She says they have plans for individuals and families and they are working on getting a student rate.https://www.movieheroes.com/frostburg

A Pennsylvania man and teen are charged with stealing jewelry and trying to pawn it. According to Pennsylvania State Police 24 year old Tyler Weide and a juvenile stole close to three thousand dollars in jewelry from a home in Bedford County. According to police officials the pair tried to pawn the jewelry in Ridgeley, WV.

 

U.S. Cellular is donating $1 million to fund teacher classroom projects through its Calling All Teachers program. Last year, the company contributed $500,000 towards educational materials for improved classroom experiences. U.S. Cellular is working with DonorsChoose.org for a fourth time and encourages teachers to post their projects on the site for potential funding. DonorsChoose.org is a charity website that helps teachers identify funds from corporate and individual donations for classroom projects.Through U.S. Cellular's ongoing commitment to the community and education, the company has contributed more than $7 million through this and other philanthropic programming. Starting now K-12 public school teachers can register online at DonorsChoose.org and affiliate as a U.S. Cellular teacher. Then they can post their classroom projects for funding consideration. Through DonorsChoose.org U.S. Cellular has funded more than 4,500 classroom projects to date, which included technology tools, art equipment and science experiments. All projects must be submitted by September 21 to be eligible for this year’s funding.  Selected projects will be in announced in October. For more information, visit uscellular.com.

 

 

 

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is urging students to be vigilant about protecting their personal information when signing up for credit and debit cards as they return to school. Every year, hundreds of consumers apply for and receive new debit or credit cards. Paying with a credit or debit card is convenient and has become second nature to many consumers. However, the resulting credit card debt can become a problem, and that type of debt is growing fastest among young adult consumers.Students should research the bank or company offering the card to ensure it is reputable. Before enrolling, consumers also should make sure they understand the rates and fees associated with the card, including whether fees are imposed if no purchases are made. Additionally, students should keep their credit card information secure to protect themselves from scammers.
 Morrisey is also warning students to be careful when responding to unsolicited text messages from unknown telephone numbers. The scam, which is similar to the “one-ring” scam our Office alerted consumers to earlier this year, targets young adults by misleading them to respond to text messages from an unknown phone number. The text messages may include a link that prompts the consumer to open a web site that asks for personal and financial information, or the message may simply prompt the consumer to call the number listed. By calling the unknown phone number, consumers may receive a hidden fee for placing the call, or they may end up connecting with a person who uses high-pressure  tactics to gather their banking information. Scammers appear to be targeting numbers at random, and are typically able to reach millions of customers with computer programs that send bulk messages using a few simple keystrokes.
 
Here are a few things to keep in mind if you receive an unsolicited text message:

  •  Delete it immediately, especially if the message asks you to reply with a code or with personal information. A legitimate company will never send you a text message or an e-mail to ask you for your credit card numbers, bank account information, or Social Security number.
  • Don’t be tempted to click on any links in the text message. These links can take you to spoof sites that can look authentic, but are designed to steal your personal information.
  • Review your cell phone bill for any suspicious, unauthorized charges and immediately report them to your carrier.

Morrisey also  urged West Virginia high school and college students to be cautious when using services like iTunes and Netflix to download music and movies because of a scam that targets these users.The specific scam preys on students who spend a lot of time on their computer and phone. The scammers send a letter notifying the student they have been accused of illegally downloading movies or music on the Internet. The letter will appear to be from an Internet service provider or downloading service, and it typically offers to settle the dispute and not pursue the crime if you send a check for a certain amount.Consumers who receive these types of letters should always check the validity of the claim. Research the name of the company that is making the accusations, and if the scammers are using a well-known company or provider, always call that company directly to verify.If you believe you have been the victim of a scam please call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808 or go online to www.ago.wv.gov

Maryland State Police troopers are investigating a fatal accident. Saturday at about 6:30 pm Troopers from Cumberland Barrack were called out to an incident involving a pickup truck on private property near Oldtown, MD. Troopers discovered that a 2004 Toyota pickup truck had been traveling in an open field when three outboard passengers fell from the tailgate. One passenger died at the scene. A second passenger was transported by Trooper 3 to a local hospital. Names are being held until the family can be notified.

A Mineral County man faces charges after a one year old is impaled with scissors. According to Mineral County Sheriff Jeremy Taylor deputies issued a felony arrest warrant for 35 year old Andrew Christopher Conner. He was arrested and charged with Felony Child Abuse resulting in injury. Conner was taken to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $5,000 bond. The victim’s mother was visiting Conner and his girlfriend at an apartment in Short Gap. Conner was allegedly cutting pizza with scissors at an apartment in Short Gap when an argument began between Conner and his girlfriend and he threw the scissors which became lodged in the one year old’s head. The baby was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital where he is recovering.

Nine dogs are found dead and three dogs are rescued from a home on McGill Drive. In a statement from Dave Williams with the Allegany County Animal Foundation says, “Everyone associated with the Allegany County Animal Shelter is heartbroken over the outcome of Thursday’s dog abandonment case on McGill Drive. At the same time, the Animal Shelter Management Foundation and the staff of Shelter accept responsibility for any role the speed of our team’s response played in the severity of the tragedy. Complaints were received about this property from a number of neighboring citizens beginning in July. Shelter personnel visited the property two times before forcing entry Thursday afternoon with the assistance of Sheriff’s office personnel. The Shelter will issue a report on our response in this case as soon all the needed information is gathered from our logs and through interviews with our personnel. The time between the first receipt of complaints and our intervention on McGill drive is a matter of utmost concern – for us and for the community. Allegany County can be proud of our community’s unique commitment to saving the lives of pets. We take our part in the process very seriously and will report our findings and any procedural remedies candidly.”

Free health clinics from the Appalachian Mountain Innovative Readiness Training program are open to the public through Thursday, Aug. 21.  Appointment openings are available for vision care, eye glasses, medical assessment, dental cleanings and rabies vaccinations for pets.  All services are offered free of charge and are provided by trained medical, dental and veterinary professionals.Come to the Allegany County Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Building from 9 am to 5 pm to receive services or call 301-783-1775 for more information.

Town of Westernport be advised on Monday, August 18th at 10:00 a.m. the water will be off for approximately four hours. The water will be shut off on Spruce Street from Johnson Street to the end of Division Street.

A Cumberland man faces assault and disorderly conduct charges. On Saturday August 16, 2014, Cumberland City Police served an arrest warrant on David Lee Kesler, age 22 of Cumberland, Maryland. The charges were filed as a result of an incident that took place on Friday August 15, 2014 in the 200 block of Baltimore Avenue where officers responded to a disturbance complaint. Upon arrival, officers observed Kesler screaming and acting in a disorderly manner. He allegedly approached an officer with a clenched fist and attempted to reach for the officer’s gunbelt. He was placed in custody and placed in a patrol car. Kesler head butted the window of the cruiser window and cracked the glass. It was later learned that Kesler had also punched through a glass door at a nearby apartment building prior to police arrival. Kesler was served and taken to the Allegany County District Court Commissioners Office for a bond review. He was held on a $8,500.00 dollar bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

No word yet what sparked a fire yesterday in Hampshire County. The blaze broke out in a barn and garage on Donaldson School Road. 

The man wanted in connection with the murder of 19-year-old WVU freshman Devante Waites is in custody. 33-year-old Robert Hernandez of Cumberland Maryland was arrested during a traffic stop on Wagner Road at approximately 8:30 Thursday evening. Officers of the Morgantown Police Department, Mon Valley Drug Task Force and U.S. Marshall’s Office Mountain State Fugitive Task Force conducted an investigation following the stabbing of Waites on Chestnut Street early Thursday morning. Hernandez has been charged with first degree murder and is awaiting arraignment. Detectives are still conducting interviews and processing various items of potential evidence.

An Aurora woman was killed in a head-on collision on W.Va,. 7 (Veteran’s Memorial Highway) in Terra Alta on Thursday, Aug. 14. According to West Virginia State Police Trooper J.M. Willis, Saunya Regina Sines, 34, was heading west on W.Va. 7, in a curve east of Delano’s Furniture and west of Hopemont Hospital, at about 2:30 p.m. Her 2008 Pontiac G6 was struck head-on by a left-of-center 2001 Dodge Ram pickup, registered to Samuel Fheo Polce, 43, of Oakland, Md. Sines was pronounced dead at the scene. Jerold Lee Sisler, 26, of Terra Alta, was flown by HealthNet helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital. Sisler was in the truck. Willis said Sisler’s injuries were not life threatening. Willis said the cause of the accident and the identity of the driver remain under investigation

This morning between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m., America’s 911 Ride, sponsored by the America’s 911 Foundation Incorporated, will arrive in Cumberland. This year marks the 13th year anniversary of the ride traveling through Cumberland. The America’s 911 Ride will enter Cumberland via the Narrows, Route 36, and continue south on Mechanic Street turning left onto Frederick Street. The riders will then travel Frederick Street until reaching Naves Crossroads. Once the riders reach this intersection, they will turn right onto Naves Crossroads and proceed towards I-68 east to Rocky Gap. Traffic will be stopped temporarily on the main route and all intersecting routes through the downtown area to prevent other traffic from impeding with the riders. These stoppages will occur between 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. in preparation of the riders’ arrival into Allegany County and Cumberland. Citizens who live and work in Cumberland should expect delays in traveling throughout parts of the city during the event.

The Midland Fire Company is sponsoring a carnival with Sherwood Amusements now through Saturday August 16th at Baker Park in Midland. There are more than 12 rides with including a 75 foot Farris wheel and lots of food. The proceeds from the event benefit the Midland Fire Company. A parade will be held in Midland Friday night at 6:30 pm. To find out more about the carnival or to be part of the parade call the Midland Fire Hall at 301-463-6631.

It is Stuff the Bus Day. Volunteers for County United Way will be collecting your school supplies donations throughout the day today at Wal-Mart in Keyser, LaVale and Oakland. 

RC Theaters the owners of Frostburg Cinemas 123 are planning on closing the theater this weekend. According to the manager Anne Rummel she was notified of the company’s plans yesterday. A petition has been started on line in hopes of saving the movie theater. http://www.change.org/petitions/to-save-frostburg-cinemas-123-save-our-theatre?recruiter=140011145&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition To hear the interview with Anne Rummel click here 

Today is the first day of school for students in Mineral County. Students in Hampshire County head back to school on August 18th. In Grant and Hardy the first day will be August 21st. Students in Allegany and Garrett Counties start on August 25th. Bedford and Somerset Area School Districts start back to school on August 27th.

West Virginia State Senator Craig Blair wants an audit of the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority Board which oversees the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport. “I’ve asked Secretary of Revenue Robert Kiss to do an audit. There needs to be a full audit across the board where those books get opened up to make sure that authority is running properly. We don’t want to have problems in the future that can discourage growth and expansion of that airport.”West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey recently issued an opinion stating the PHAA should follow West Virginia laws. The PHAA was created by the federal government and is a partnership between Maryland and West Virginia. The Greater Cumberland Regional Airport is located in Mineral County but the PHAA has been following Maryland open meeting laws.  

To hear part 1 of the interview with Craig Blair click here  

To hear part 2 of the interview with Craig Blair click here 

The farm to table movement is coming to Frostburg in the form of a new restaurant focused on locally grown farm fresh produce. Shift is scheduled to open on October 1st according to co-owner Jes Clay. The new restaurant will also cater to bike riders along the Great Allegheny Passage. She says they will be offering vegan and vegetarian options along with farm fresh meats. The food served will mostly be grown or raised within 50 miles of Frostburg. Shift will be located at 39 Broadway Street in Frostburg.

Meg Ryan movie “Ithaca” comes to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad in Cumberland, MD.On Wednesday, August 13, 2014, The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad welcomed the film crew for the movie “Ithaca” to western Maryland as they captured images of Western Maryland Scenic Railroad steam locomotive No. 734 (Mountain Thunder). Filming locations included multiple points along the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.  The steam locomotive will be featured in the start of the WWII movie “Ithaca”. Fourteen-year-old Homer Macauley is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen.  His older brother has gone to war, leaving Homer to look after his widowed mother, his older sister and his 4-year-old brother, Ulysses.  And so it is that as spring turns to summer, 1942, Homer Macauley delivers messages of love, hope, pain...and death...to the good people of Ithaca.Homer Macauley will grapple with one message that will change him forever. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan’s 1943 novel, The Human Comedy, ITHACA is a coming-of-age story about the exuberance of youth, the abruptness of change, the sweetness of life, the sting of death, and the sheer goodness that lives in each and every one of us. Meg Ryan will be making her directorial debut. Both “Sleepless in Seattle” stars will also be reunited on screen where Meg Ryan will play the widowed mother of fourteen year old Homer Macauley and Tom Hanks will play Homer’s father. The film also stars Sam Sheppard and Meg Ryan’s 22 year-old son Jack Quaid. “Ithaca” is scheduled for release in 2015.  According to the producers, the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad was chosen as a location due to the historical authenticity and variety of train cars made available for filming, combined with a railroad that passes thru beautiful rural landscapes. Jody Shaw, Media Coordinator for the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad said “We are excited to have our authentic, regular operational steam locomotive No. 734 featured in the movie “Ithaca” where history will be played out on the big screen. We would like to thank everyone involved in making the day a huge success. Our railroad is a premier location for regular steam operations and in a few years will operate the largest regularly scheduled articulated steam locomotive in the USA (Chesapeake & Ohio No. 1309)” For more information on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, go to our website www.wmsr.com or call 301-759-4400 or 1-800 TRAIN50.   To Join, Donate or Volunteer at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad and the WMSR Foundation go to www.wmsrf.org . Enjoy the history at Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. 

Gas prices are on the decline. Ragina Cooper-Averella, Public and Government Affairs Manager for AAA Mid-Atlantic says that’s welcome news for motorists. “The last two weeks we have been watching crude oil prices continue to trade below the 100 dollar mark and we suspect that absent any major events as far as a hurricane impacting refinery output that gas prices will continue to go down as we head into the end of the summer driving season.” Right now the average price of a gallon of regular grade gasoline nationally is $3.47. In Maryland it is $3.45, in West Virginia it is $3.52 and in Pennsylvania it is $3.53.

 

Appointments are being taking beginning today at the Appalachian Mountain Innovative Readiness Training. Service members and volunteers are operating medical, dental, vision and veterinary clinics for free at the Allegany County Fairgrounds beginning today through the 21st. You can call the hotline (301-783-1775, Mon. - Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) OR stop by the Allegany County Fairgrounds Multipurpose Building to schedule an appointment.

 

The Maryland State Medical Examiner’s Office has released the cause of death for Allison Pluck and her 2 small children that were found dead on June 16th, 2014 on the employee parking lot at Western Heights Middle School in Washington County.   The Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that the cause of death was accidental and the manner of death was determined to be from Hyperthermia from the excessive heat build-up in the car.  The toxicology report was negative on Ms. Pluck and the additional testing that was done yielded no findings for any medical issues whatsoever, and there was no medical reason found to explain what happened. The toxicology report on the children was also negative.  This finding was based on the medical examination along with the extensive investigation performed by the Detectives.   Investigators are leaning towards a possible undiagnosed mental health issue with Ms. Pluck based on the investigation and actions she performed on that day.  Investigators believe that Ms. Pluck may have suffered an acute mental break that day and couldn't rationalize that staying in a vehicle with the windows up and engine off on a hot and humid day would cause their deaths.  Ms. Pluck’s family has been notified of the findings.  Ms. Pluck has been buried with her children here in the United States at the request of her family and as agreed upon by the father of the children.  The burial location is not known to investigators. 

 

 

Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins and Bedford County Sheriff Charwin Reichelderfer are issuing the following caution to local residents: Beware of telephone scams seeking the immediate payment of money. “There has been a dramatic increase in telephone scams in recent months where the caller uses creative scare tactics to elicit money from unsuspecting citizens. Be extremely wary of calls seeking the immediate payment of money,” noted District Attorney Bill Higgins. The most recent incident brought to the attention of law enforcement involved a caller, speaking with a Middle Eastern accent, identifying himself as “Deputy Greg Rogers from the Bedford County Sheriff’s calling from the Detention Center,” the caller then provides a phone number that begins with area code number 347, and warns that failure to resolve this matter by calling the number will result in an officer coming to the home or place of business of the call recipient. Upon calling the given phone number, the caller will then be directed to pay a sum of money to avoid arrest. This is a scam. Another common scam involves a caller simply stating “Grandmom" or “Grandpop" to the person answering the phone and then in a frantic voice explaining that they need bail money immediately. Often they will indicate that they are in foreign custody, such as a Mexican jail. The initial caller then puts another person on the phone who identifies themselves as a law enforcement officer who is all too eager to accept the payment of bail money over the phone. The unsuspecting caller, out of concern for their loved one, provides banking information to the caller. This is also a scam. According to Sheriff Reichelderfer, “the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office does not resolve outstanding warrant issues by accepting payments over the phone. This has never been a practice of our office, and that will not be changing. Furthermore, our office can only be reached by calling a phone number with an 814 area code.” “I can state with absolute certainty that there are no Bedford County law enforcement agencies outsourcing their statutory duties to Middle Eastern call centers,” added Higgins. To help avoid people falling victim to scams of this nature, District Attorney Higgins and Sheriff Reichelderfer offer the following guidance:

1) Be skeptical of callers identifying themselves as law enforcement who have very little command of the english language.

2) Never make a payment over the phone in response to a phone call that you did not initiate.

3) Verify the information you receive by personally looking up the phone number to the agency who is supposedly contacting you and calling that agency directly. Do not accept the phone number provided by the caller as the correct phone number, especially when the area code is not local.

4) If you are told you are the winner of sweepstakes but you must submit a payment before your winning claim can be processed, this is a scam.

5) Never let your fears or emotions overcome your common sense. If it seems like a scam, it probably is.

6) Never give private or identifying information to a caller if you did not initiate the call. Reputable businesses and law enforcement agencies will appreciate and respect your concerns about doing so.

7) If you have any doubts about the authenticity of a telephone call, please call the Office of the District Attorney at 814-623-4855, or the Office of the Bedford County Sheriff at 814-623-2910.

“Sadly, there are evil people in this world who will play on your emotions, fears, and insecurities in an effort to swindle you out of your hard earned money. Don't let it happen to you,” added Higgins.

 

The Potomac Concert Band opens the 42nd season of Highland Arts Unlimited, Inc.’s 2014-2015 programming at 6:30 pm tonight on the Plaza of the Potomac State College of WVU Arts Center with a free concert. The band, under the direction of D. Lynn Zeller, consists of about 55 players who come from 14 different communities in Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, including several from the Keyser area and surrounding counties. The director estimates that well over 1,000 miles are traveled when the musicians come to a rehearsal or a concert. The band rehearses weekly in Cumberland beginning each spring and plays about 12 concerts per year at Constitution Park, nursing homes, and other venues. This continues a cultural tradition of community wind bands in the area dating back more than a century. The styles of music are very entertaining, and include marches, Broadway show medleys, folk songs, patriotic music, overtures, and jazz. The concert is free and open to the public. Concert-goers are asked to bring chairs for this outdoor concert. In case in poor weather conditions, the concert will be held in the Church-McKee Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served. Highland Arts programs are funded in part by memberships.  On this night, a 10% discount is offered in all categories as in incentive for former and new members to help Highland Arts get started on a positive note for the new season.

Hundreds of service members and volunteers are in Allegany County throughout the next week for the Innovative Readiness Training. Captain Mark R. Oherrick (US Army Reserve is in charge of the event which will be held at the Allegany County Fairgrounds the 13th-21st and they will be providing medical, dental, vision and veterinary services.

 

On Monday August 11, 2014, Cumberland City Police Officers responded to a private residence on South Street for a suspicious complaint.  It was reported that an individual  was observed hiding underneath a carport of a residence. Upon being located by officers, Dustin Edwards, age 23, fled from officers but was apprehended.  Investigation into this matter revealed that Edwards was attempting to steal a lawnmower but was located by officers prior to doing so.  Edwards was placed in custody and transported to the Cumberland City Police Department where he was processed and served.  He was later taken to the Allegany County District Court Commissioners Office for a bond hearing and was held on a $5,000.00 dollar bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

On Tuesday August 12, 2014, at 1:46 am, a Cumberland City Police Officer initiated a traffic stop on Polk Street for a moving violation.  Contact was made with the occupants of the vehicle as they gave officers conflicting identification information. Further investigation into the traffic stop was conducted.  K9 “TIMO” and his handler conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle.  A positive alert was indicated and as a result a quantity of cocaine was located inside the vehicle wrapped with the intent to distribute.  A sum of currency was located as well.  The below listed individuals were arrested and transported to the Cumberland City Police Department for processing where they are awaiting a bond hearing at the Allegany County District Court Commissioners Office. Desmond Hamilton, age 29.  Cumberland, Maryland and Marcus Vaughn, age 28 are charged with  Possession of Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Conspiracy.

 

Frostburg State University has been listed as number seven of 50 in Best Choice Schools’ ranking of the nation’s Eco-Friendly Colleges, a salute to schools that have unique structures or lifestyle characteristics that make them leaders in sustainability.Best Choice Schools highlighted a number of academic opportunities for those students interested in pursuing a formal environmental education at FSU. More than 15 departments offer related courses or degrees, and the University recently opened its new Sustainable Energy Research Facility, which will be home to a variety of research projects. Focus Frostburg, a day each year set aside at FSU as a day of learning on environmental sustainability and climate awareness, was also noted, as was Frostburg Grows: Grow It Local Greenhouse Project, in which it is converting a reclaimed strip mine to an innovative 5-acre greenhouse and shade house complex designed to produce local food and tree seedlings and train community members to do the same.The online service reviewed more than 300 universities. Only 50 higher education institutions were judged to be the very best eco-friendly schools under $25,000 a year. The complete rankings can be found online at www.bestchoiceschools.com/50-great-affordable-eco-friendly-colleges. They are ordered based on most expensive to least expensive.

Aug. 12-16 - The Midland Fire Company is sponsoring a carnival with Sherwood Amusements Tuesday August 12th through Saturday August 16th at Baker Park in Midland. Pay one price tickets for $12 on sale at First Peoples in Lavale, Frostburg and Lonaconing and at the Midland Fire Hall. Pay one price good for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night 6PM until 10PM. Over 12 rides with including a 75 foot farris wheel!

Hundreds of service members and volunteers are in Allegany County throughout the next week for the Innovative Readiness Training. Captain Mark R. Oherrick (US Army Reserve is in charge of the event which will be held at the Allegany County Fairgrounds the 13th-21st and they will be providing medical, dental, vision and veterinary services.

 

On Monday August 11, 2014, Cumberland City Police Officers responded to a private residence on South Street for a suspicious complaint.  It was reported that an individual  was observed hiding underneath a carport of a residence. Upon being located by officers, Dustin Edwards, age 23, fled from officers but was apprehended.  Investigation into this matter revealed that Edwards was attempting to steal a lawnmower but was located by officers prior to doing so.  Edwards was placed in custody and transported to the Cumberland City Police Department where he was processed and served.  He was later taken to the Allegany County District Court Commissioners Office for a bond hearing and was held on a $5,000.00 dollar bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

On Tuesday August 12, 2014, at 1:46 am, a Cumberland City Police Officer initiated a traffic stop on Polk Street for a moving violation.  Contact was made with the occupants of the vehicle as they gave officers conflicting identification information. Further investigation into the traffic stop was conducted.  K9 “TIMO” and his handler conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle.  A positive alert was indicated and as a result a quantity of cocaine was located inside the vehicle wrapped with the intent to distribute.  A sum of currency was located as well.  The below listed individuals were arrested and transported to the Cumberland City Police Department for processing where they are awaiting a bond hearing at the Allegany County District Court Commissioners Office. Desmond Hamilton, age 29.  Cumberland, Maryland and Marcus Vaughn, age 28 are charged with  Possession of Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Conspiracy.

 

Frostburg State University has been listed as number seven of 50 in Best Choice Schools’ ranking of the nation’s Eco-Friendly Colleges, a salute to schools that have unique structures or lifestyle characteristics that make them leaders in sustainability.Best Choice Schools highlighted a number of academic opportunities for those students interested in pursuing a formal environmental education at FSU. More than 15 departments offer related courses or degrees, and the University recently opened its new Sustainable Energy Research Facility, which will be home to a variety of research projects. Focus Frostburg, a day each year set aside at FSU as a day of learning on environmental sustainability and climate awareness, was also noted, as was Frostburg Grows: Grow It Local Greenhouse Project, in which it is converting a reclaimed strip mine to an innovative 5-acre greenhouse and shade house complex designed to produce local food and tree seedlings and train community members to do the same.The online service reviewed more than 300 universities. Only 50 higher education institutions were judged to be the very best eco-friendly schools under $25,000 a year. The complete rankings can be found online at www.bestchoiceschools.com/50-great-affordable-eco-friendly-colleges. They are ordered based on most expensive to least expensive.

Aug. 12-16 - The Midland Fire Company is sponsoring a carnival with Sherwood Amusements Tuesday August 12th through Saturday August 16th at Baker Park in Midland. Pay one price tickets for $12 on sale at First Peoples in Lavale, Frostburg and Lonaconing and at the Midland Fire Hall. Pay one price good for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night 6PM until 10PM. Over 12 rides with including a 75 foot farris wheel!

 

Governor Martin O’Malley unveiled a disaster relief package to aid residents of Allegany and Washington Counties impacted by the extreme flooding that occurred June 12, 2014. The announcement follows the Governor's remarks Wednesday that the state will meet the needs of residents who were temporarily displaced or incurred serious disaster-related expenses not covered by an insurance policy. Residents who apply to the Western Maryland Other Needs Assistance Program may receive up to $5,000 in grants to pay for temporary housing, medical needs (including mental health and dental needs), moving and storage, personal property (including clothing, essential tools and equipment and vehicle damage), and emergency housing repairs. The program is intended to provide for the essential, necessary expenses and serious needs of applicants recovering from a disaster. It is not intended to help the applicant return his or her home to pre-disaster condition.

How to Apply:

On Monday, August 11, 2014, the state will open Essential Service Centers in each impacted county at the following locations:

Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department                                        Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Company

13109 Warrior Drive                                                                    30 Mulberry Street

Cresaptown, Maryland  21505                                                     Clear Spring, Maryland 21722

Both centers will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through August 17, 2014. The Maryland Department of Human Resources, the Maryland Insurance Administration and the Department of Housing and Community Development will assist residents with gathering required documentation and filling out applications. Residents should bring copies of any receipts or documents showing that the damage to their home and/or personal property, any medical expenses or other serious needs were caused by the storm that occurred June 12, 2014.For more information on this state grant opportunity, residents can call 855-769-5779 or visit the DHR Web site at http://www.dhr.maryland.gov. Residents in Allegany, Garrett, Washington and Frederick Counties may also be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Individuals who apply for or secure a loan through the SBA may still apply for a grant under the Western Maryland Other Needs Assistance Program. For more information, contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. The deadline to apply for both forms of assistance is Sept. 29, 2014.

 

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says his Office sent an opinion letter to Mineral County Prosecuting Attorney James W. Courrier Jr. informing him that West Virginia’s Open Meetings Laws apply to the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority, the governing organization of the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport, which serves Mineral County, W.Va., and Allegany County, Md.

“The Office was pleased to help Mineral County in evaluating whether the open meetings laws of Maryland or West Virginia were relevant to the business conducted by the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “While the Authority operates as an interstate compact between Maryland and West Virginia, for a wide variety of reasons we believe the airport authority must follow West Virginia law when making decisions.” Courrier requested the opinion to clarify whether the Authority had the ability to conduct its business under Maryland’s open meetings laws, or if the Authority should follow West Virginia’s laws regarding meetings. The Authority recently stated it believed Maryland law has governed, and should continue to govern, how their meetings are conducted. The meetings take place at the Cumberland Regional Airport, which is located in Wiley Ford, W.Va. “Our Office disagrees with the Authority’s position that it should adhere to Maryland law,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “The Authority does not have the power to contravene West Virginia open-meetings laws.” Only two sections of the Compact refer to a specific state law, and both reference West Virginia law. Section 8 of the Compact directs the Authority to have its financial records examined by the State Tax Commissioner of West Virginia, and Section 11 of the Compact specifies that all eligible employees of the Authority are considered to be within the Workmen’s Compensation Act of West Virginia.When all factors were considered, the Office determined that West Virginia has the most significant relationship with this issue. In addition, the airport’s physical location is in West Virginia, the Federal Aviation Administration has always classified the airport as a West Virginia airport, and the meetings of the Authority itself take place at the airport. “For all these reasons, we conclude, based on the facts you have provided us, that West Virginia’s meetings law governs meetings of the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority,” Attorney General Morrisey wrote. The Attorney General’s Office is authorized under the law to provide written opinions advising county prosecuting attorneys in matters relating to the official duties of their office. The opinions are solely based upon facts provided by the county. Attorney General Morrisey has provided 18 written opinions since taking office in 2013.

To read a copy of the Mineral County opinion letter, go tohttp://bit.ly/1oxD5ED. To hear the interview with the Attorney General click here 

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal crash. The accident happened yesterday morning along Route 42 in Maysville.

One person is hospitalized after an ATV crash in Hampshire County. The crash happened Saturday near Levels View Drive.

Cumberland Police are reminding citizens if they see suspicious activity to contact them.  Right now officers are investigating a possible theft on South Street. Anyone who may have any information is also asked to contact Cumberland Police at 301-777-1600.

A one year old child is recovering after being impaled in the head with a pair of scissors. According to Mineral County Sheriff Jeremy Taylor at about 7:30 on Wednesday night the mother of the child stopped to see her friends at the Pinewood Apartments in Short Gap. While there her friends Andrew Conner and Lisa Lowther were involved in an argument. Conner was cutting pizza with a pair of scissors and threw them across the room at the same time the mother stood up and began to walk away holding the baby. The scissors then struck the child in the right side temple area of the head impaling in his head approximately 2 inches. He was transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center by ambulance and then air lifted to Ruby Memorial in Morgantown where the scissors were surgically removed. According to medical officials there was no significant damage and the child was extremely lucky. The criminal investigation is continuing for pending charges.

 

Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week begins Sunday, August 10, and runs through Saturday, August 16. During Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week, qualifying clothing and shoes priced $100 or less will be exempt from Maryland’s 6 percent sales tax. For more information on qualifying items, visit the Comptroller of Maryland's Website at www.marylandtaxes.com

The Maryland State Police, McHenry Barrack is requesting assistance from the public in an attempt to locate two golf carts and a self propelled lawn mower. The items were stolen during a burglary of two sheds located on Beckman's Peninsula Road, Swanton, Maryland. The incident occurred between 7/28/2014 and 8/3/2014. The first golf cart stolen is described as a white, electric powered, Easy Go golf cart with a white fiberglass roof. The second golf cart is described as a black and yellow, gas operated golf cart displaying various Pittsburgh Steelers' decals (unknown make). Also stolen was a gray Honda self propelled lawn mower with bagger. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the MSP, McHenry Barrack, Attn. Mstr. Trooper Blocher, at (301)387-1101.

A mine worker is hospitalized following an accident at the Cabin Run Mine in Frostburg. At about 1:15 am yesterday morning a bulldozer fell close to 200 feet off of a highwall. It is unknown right now whether or not the highwall collapsed. Several fire companies and the Allegany County High Angle Team were on the scene for about four hours. The man was pulled from the dozer and taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. Maryland State Police and Mine Safety and Health Administration officials are investigating.

One person is hospitalized following a crash at the East Coast Stergis Motorcycle Rally in Little Orleans. At about 8:30 last night one person was flown by helicopter Health Net 8 to Inova Fairfax Hospital.  The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Total Wrecking will soon begin demolition of the old Sacred Heart Hospital to make way for the new Allegany County High School. According to Superintendent Dr. David Cox they expect the hospital building to be torn down by the end of the year. “Over the next couple of weeks they are going to start constructing perimeter fencing. You won’t see a lot of activity on physical building for a little while. They will do what’s called soft demolition which is taking things out of the interior of the structure. We are expecting the 90 percent of the structure will be recycled in some why. The target date is December 20 so we expect everything to be down at that site by the end of the calendar year or close to it.” Dr. Cox says residents in the area should expect to see increased traffic into the site as work begins to pick up.

Potomac State College now has $10,000 in grant funding from the West Virginia Legislature.  WV State Senator Don Cookman and Delegate Gary Howell presented the grant to be used to test grow peppers during the 2015 growing season. Howell says the money will primarily go to equipment for agriculture use that can be used for years to come. Howell says he and state officials have been working to bring Huy Fong Foods makes of Siracha hot sauce to the region and possibly open a second plant to produce the hot sauce in Mineral County.

Greensboro Police officials are applauding the collaborative efforts with Western Maryland law enforcement in bringing a murder suspect into custody.  GPD's Public Information Officer, Susan Danielsen  says 26 year old Brandon Pompey was wanted for the shooting death of a man in North Carolina and has been on the run since July and he has family living in Cumberland. Danielsen says “this arrest would not have been possible without a multi-state task force and we are glad to get Pompey back in custody where he can stand trial.” According to Maryland State Police officials Pompey turned himself in Wednesday.  He was wanted for the fatal shooting of Clarence Toran Junior on July 11th in Greensboro. , 24, was found dead the parking lot of the Timber Hollow Apartments, 3315 Trent St. shortly before 4 am on July 11. His brother, Terence Allen Toran, 22, was also shot. The younger Toran was treated and released from a local hospital the same day. Pompey faces an attempted first degree murder charge in connection with this shooting.

 

A Cumberland man faces charges after a crash on Silbert Street. Last night at about 8:20 the Cumberland Police Department as well as the Cumberland Fire Department responded to Frederick Street at Silbert Street in reference to a single vehicle crash.  Timothy Aaron Baker, age 18, Cumberland, MD was operating a 1994 Saturn passenger vehicle traveling in the left lane while on Frederick Street.  The vehicle left the roadway, continued onto the curb and grassy area before striking a street sign and a fire hydrant.  The vehicle then spun sideways and rolled onto the passenger side before settling to rest on all four wheels.  Baker also had three passengers in the vehicle. Baker stated that he looked in his rearview mirror and then the vehicle just traveled out of control.  An odor of Marijuana was detected and Baker admitted to smoking Marijuana prior to operating the vehicle.  Baker and one passenger were both transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical center for non life-threatening injuries.  The two other passengers were not injured.  The City Street and Water Departments were both notified due to the damage to the street sign and hydrant. Baker was charged with negligent driving and driving under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.

 

The Mineral County Sheriff's Office is investigating an injury involving a young child. At about 7:18pm emergency crews were called out to Pine Wood Drive Wednesday night. The child suffered a traumatic head injury and was taken via ambulance to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. According to a post from Eastern Panhandle Working Fires the child was injured with a pair of scissors.

LOCAL RACERS SCORE AT POLISH MOUNTAIN HILL CLIMB Six local SCCA sports car competitors performed well at the recent Polish Mountain Hill Climb, held annually on a closed portion of Gilpin Road, near Flintstone. Frostburg's Bob Lewis in an American Sedan class Camaro set a new hill record in the AP class, with a time of 60.393 second, breaking Pennsylvanian Mark Aubele's record of 61.197, set last year. The fastest 2014 local racer was Matt Felten, who won the FC class with a pass of 57.669 seconds about one second off his 2013 hill record in the class. His father, John Felten placed third in FC in the family Reynard-Ford. The father son team of Fred and Sean Pfeiffer finished first and second in GT2. The elder Pfeiffer's time coming up short of Dan Dazzo's 2012 class record, set in the same orange Porsche 914-6. Seventeen year old Robbie Wilson excelled in his first SCCA Hill Climb, finishing 2nd in ITS. Wilson's Porsche 944 was .750 seconds behind the hill record setting performance of Dale Whitman's Mazda RX7. The eighth annual Polish Mountain Hill Climb was organized and promoted by National Road Autosport and sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America Steel Cities Region as part of the Pennsylvania Hill Climb Association Series. Proceeds benefitted the Flintstone Volunteer Fire Department. PHOTO ID - Local racer Matt Felten was the highest placing local driver in the 2014 Polish Mountain Hill Climb, finishing 6th overall and winning the FC class. Frostburg driver Bob Lewis set a new hill record in the AS class during this year's two-day competition.

A man wanted for murder in North Carolina is arrested in Cumberland. Brandon Jawon Pompey 26, who was wanted in the July 11 fatal shooting of Clarence Eugene Toran Jr. has been arrested in Cumberland, Md. by members of the US Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force and the Maryland State Police. The arrest comes after a lengthy fugitive investigation conducted by the Greensboro Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team, Maryland State Police, and the USMS in both Greensboro and Maryland. Pompey was taken into custody without incident. He will be arraigned in Baltimore and extradited back to NC where faces a first degree murder charge. Toran, 24, was found dead the parking lot of the Timber Hollow Apartments, 3315 Trent St. shortly before 4 am on July 11. His brother, Terence Allen Toran, 22, was also shot. The younger Toran was treated and released from a local hospital the same day. Pompey faces an attempted first degree murder charge in connection with this shooting.

One man is hospitalized after falling over an embankment. The incident happened just before 5 pm in Barnum near the Blue Hole Fishing area. According to Mineral County Office of Emergency Management and 911 Direct Bill Hentosh Fire and EMS companies involved in his retrieval were Piedmont VFD, Elk Garden VFD, Potomac Fire Company of MD high angle rescue team, Elk District ambulance, Tri-Town EMS Ambulance and Medic and Health Net medical helicopter. The individual was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown with unknown injuries

A Cumberland man faces charges after he runs out  onto the Allegany High School baseball  practice field. Tuesday at about 9pm Cumberland City Police officers were called out to the field where students were practicing for the upcoming band season with school staff members supervising. 22 year old Brandon Simpson, walked onto the practice field for reasons unknown began  yelling and cursing. Simpson was further observed pulling out a pocket knife and climbed onto the scaffolding that is used for practice and continued his disruptive actions. 

The students on the field were safely evacuated into the school. As officers attempted to approach, Simpson fled into the woods behind the baseball field into the direction of the Allegany Highlands Trail. Officers were unable to locate him after an extensive search. As a result of the incident, charges were filed at the Allegany County District Court. On Wednesday August 6, 2014, Simpson was served with a Criminal Summons as well as a No Trespassing letter issued by the Allegany County Board of Education. Simpson was released pending trial. 

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Dr. Joshua Sharfstein DHMH Secretary are hailing the Western Maryland Health System as a leader in the state after touring the Center for Clinical Resources to see how WMHS and Allegany County health officials are working to decrease preventable hospitalization. O’Malley says “It makes me feel very optimist about the future of health care in Western Maryland and really throughout Maryland because the pioneering work being done here it is saving lives it is improving wellness and it is bringing down costs. Nothing is quiet as impactful and leading others as the example of success that is being created here in Western Maryland. When other hospital CEO’s come out here it is not only for the beauty of the mountains or to visit Rocky Gap they are here because Western Maryland has shown you can not only make people well you can cover your bottom line and cover your costs and making people well is goof for this new business model.” The WMHS Center for Clinical Resources offers support for managing chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, anticoagulation medication, heart failure and COPD all in the same location. The goal of the CCR is to co-manage at-risk patients who have chronic diseases in order to reduce their visits to the Emergency Room. During the visit O’Malley and Sharfstein released a report providing an overview of the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to reduce health care costs and improve the overall health and wellness of Marylanders. For more information on the report log on to http://dhmh.maryland.gov/2011Minutes/WhitePaper%20Final_8.5.2014_no%20hyperlinks%20for%20printing.pdf 

CSX will be adding close to 400 new jobs in the front line field positions. According to CSX spokesman  Rob Doolittle the job growth is due to the increasing demand for freight-rail serves across their 21,000 mile network. Doolittle says they expect to hire about 3,000 people this year. Doolittle also says “ This hiring is part of a multi-part effort by CSX to invest in our ability to serve our customers.  At the end of the most recent financial quarter, CSX reported the highest quarterly revenue ever for the company, $3.2 billion, on an 8 percent increase in the volume of freight we moved compared to the same period a year ago.  That growth in business is coming from across our customer base, including the intermodal and oil and gas sectors. In addition to the hiring, we are adding locomotives and adding track in certain high volume areas to accommodate the growth. In total we expect to invest $2.4 billion in our infrastructure this year.At this point we’re not able to say specifically where those 400 jobs will be.  People who are interested in applying for jobs can visit www.csx.com to create a profile and search for jobs by region. There’s an interactive map there that shows where the current openings are geographically.”

Potomac Edison has scheduled electric service interruptions for the Wiley Ford and Fort Ashby areas of Mineral County, West Virginia today. The scheduled outages affect two distinct areas.  Potomac Edison regrets the inconvenience, but the work to upgrade our facilities is necessary to ensure service reliability in the area. A short, momentary outage will occur sometime between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and will affect approximately 585 customers in the area of Wiley Ford, West Virginia. Another outage will occur from 10AM to 11:30AM., and will affect approximately 4,000 customers in the vicinity of Fort Ashby, Furnace Acres and Short Gap, with the general location described as: From Zimm’s Tire on Route 28 south to Ed Oats Road off of Route 46, and from the Hampshire County border on Route 28 west to Waxler Road at the Pinnacle subdivision. Potomac Edison will attempt to contact affected customers by phone prior to the outage. The outages will be rescheduled for the same times on Friday, August 8, 2014 in case of inclement weather. Customers with questions about the planned outage can call Potomac Edison’s Customer Service at 1-800-686-0011.

An Allegany County man who was missing since Sunday is found dead. Search teams found the body of 34 year old Frederick Neef Tuesday along the Potomac River. He had last been seen on his ATV Sunday morning. Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson says he was reported missing and an intense search included teams from local emergency crews along with volunteers.

 

 

An 18 year old is charged with arson. Maryland Deputy State Fire Marshals have charged Joseph Broadwater Junior with igniting a fire using accelerants in a 2nd floor room of a vacant two-story single family dwelling. located at 118 Kolberg Drive in Westernport, Maryland. At 6:09 p.m. the one alarm blaze was brought under control within 20 minutes by firefighters from Potomac Volunteer Fire Department and six additional local fire departments at the scene. The fire was contained to the second floor of the dwelling. No injuries were reported during the incident. 
Investigators determined the fire was intentionally set using ordinary combustibles and a liquid accelerant. During the investigation, the next door neighbor, Broadwater confessed to starting the fire after knocking over a container of gasoline he had ignited.

Broadwater was taken into custody at the scene and transported to the Allegany County Detention Center on charges of 2nd Degree Arson and 1st Degree Malicious Burning. Damage estimates to the structure and contents are $35,000. After review before the Court Commissioner, Broadwater was released on his own recognizance.

 

Water customers in the town of Carpendale are no longer under a boil water advisory. The advisory had been in place since July 26th.

As part of the‘Governing for Results’ series, Governor Martin O’Malley will join Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and several other state and local officials to share new programs that have helped improve the health of the state and drive down unnecessary hospital visits for Maryland  residents. Addressing preventable hospitalizations is one of Governor O’Malley’s coregoals for improving the health of Maryland citizens by changing health care to improve health in Maryland.

The ‘Governing for Results’ series centers around Maryland’s progress in achieving measurable improvements in the areas of opportunity (jobs and schools), sustainability, public safety and public health. The events focus on strategies and efforts the State is using to achieve theO’Malley-Brown Administration’s 16 goals.

Hospitalizations represent one of the most preventable public health challenges facing the state and the nation. The overall risk-adjusted rate of preventable hospitalizations in Maryland was 1,692/100,000 in 2011(baseline). The goal was to reduce that rate to 1,523/100,000 by 2015.

The West Virginia Division of Highways advises motorists that Burnt Mill Road (Morgan County Route 1/3) will be closed to through traffic on Aug. 6 and 7.  The road will be closed about a half mile in from River Road (County Route 1) from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on those two days. This is necessary for crews to perform a bank stabilization and culvert replacement.

Westbound I-68 will temporarily become a single lane in Cumberland August 9 through 15 due to continued work on the bridges over Patterson Avenue and Kelly Boulevard. The lane reduction will begin at 4 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, and continue through noon on Friday, August 15. The work schedule is weather-dependent and could be delayed or extended by rain. The reduction closes one lane of westbound I-68 only. The maximum width for wide loads will be 14 feet. The lane closure will allow crews pour concrete for the final sections of the new bridge decks (driving surfaces) as part of a Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) project to rehabilitate the two bridges. In addition, Patterson Avenue will be closed at the I-68 overpass between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. Monday and Tuesday nights, August 11 and 12. The $10 million project began in the summer of 2013 and is expected to be complete in late November, weather permitting. Crews have been working to replace the bridge deck in several stages. When the current section is complete, traffic lanes will be shifted and crews will begin the final stage of the project, which includes replacing the median barrier between the eastbound and westbound lanes.

SHA’s contractor for the project is Kokosing Construction Co. Inc. of South Charleston, W.Va. More information about the project is available at www.bitly.com/kellypatterson.

 

The Western Maryland Health System’s Wellness Ambassador for the month of July is Linda Lewis of Frostburg. Linda has been a teacher at Cash Valley Elementary School since 1978. She was one of the members in writing the proposal for employee wellness within the school system. She is a member of the school health council and helped submit grants to fund and install a walking track at Cash Valley. Furthermore, Linda has been involved in Special Olympics for over 40 years. She not only assists, volunteers, and chaperones, but she is the Allegany County Special Olympics track coach. In addition, Linda has been active with the American Heart Association for over 30 years and coordinates the “Jump Rope for Heart” charity.Linda walks daily and participates in the Mile Movers walking program. Linda also utilizes many of the WMHS’s community health and wellness services. She organizes wellnessevents for her co-workers by scheduling presentations by dietitians and health educators. Thank you Linda for all that you do! You are an inspiration, role model, and wellness champion for our community.

 

 

With about 100 dogs at the shelter, the Allegany County Animal Shelter is absolutely maxed out of space. Until further notice, the shelter is closed for intakes for dogs unless it is an emergency. They could really use your help as a volunteer, a foster or an adopter. Even if you have an hour or two in the morning to walk some dogs while we get the pens cleaned, it would help. And don't forget All Red Dog Adoptions in August are $50

A fire in Westernport that caused about 120 thousand dollars in damage is ruled accidental. The blaze broke out on Aaron Run Road at about 9:20 in the morning on Saturday. The blaze was caused by the spontaneous combustion of hay stored on the porch. A neighbor noticed the fire outside the single story wood framed home. 60 firefighters were on the scene and had the fire under control in about 45 minutes.

A Pennsylvania truck driver is hospitalized following a crash that shut down State Route 220 in Bedford County.  At about 3:15 yesterday afternoon 46 year old Erik Weyandt of Claysburg, PA was heading north driving a tractor trailer when he lost control around a curve and the tractor trailer overturned. The truck was hauling trash which was dumped all over the roadway. Emergency crews had the road shut down for about five hours. Weyandt was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for major injuries.

Tonight is National Night Out. Several organizations will be coming together this evening for an event in LaVale. Trooper Sam Thomas says it is a night for the entire community. “It was started in 1984 and it is just an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities through police and communities and neighborhoods to let the criminals know they going to take their communities back. We have a lot of events planned. McGruff the Crime Dog will be there. Chik-Fil-A has been gracious to help up with some light refreshments. Local fire departments as well as the sheriff’s office and other member agencies will be there and our state police helicopter may be able to land for the event.” There will be several events inside and outside the Country Club Mall.

The Allegany County Public School System will hold a community meeting tonight from 6:30PM-8:30PM at the Grace Memorial Community Church, 1005 Bishop Walsh Road, to update the public on the progress of the Allegany High School Replacement Project and specifically the demolition of the former Sacred Heart Hospital. The meeting will include an audio-visual presentation by Grimm & Parker Architects and Total Wrecking and Environmental.  The public will have the opportunity to make comments and ask questions.  

The Mineral County Family Resource Network will be holding a meeting at the Mineral County Health Department. The Board of Directors will meet at 11:00 am and General Membership meets at 12 noon. Lunch will be provided. There will be a special presentation by Connie Sutton, Keyser Mineral County Library. For more info call MCFRN at 788-9099.

Be a part of Cumberland's Economic Development future. A public meeting will be held August 5th from 5PM-8:30PM at the Allegany County Museum. Members of the Cumberland Economic Development Office and RKG Associates will be on hand to discuss the Economic Development Strategic Plan. To review the plan and find out more log on tohttp://www.choosecumberland.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Cumberland-Interim-Meeting-1-6_25_2014.pdf. And If you represent a business located in the city of Cumberland, we want to hear from you! We have developed this business survey with the following goals in mind: To provide a means for business owners to communicate with economic development staff, To collect open and honest feedback in an effort to understand the current business climate in the city, To identify key areas of focus for the future. Everyone who submits a completed survey will be entered into a drawing for a free iPad. The drawing will take place in December 2014 .http://www.choosecumberland.org/survey/.

 

A correctional officer at the Western Correctional Institution is recovering. According to Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Public Information Director Mark Vernarelli the officer was struck by a food service worker inmate who was being questioned about his job performance. The officer was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center and released within hours. The incident happened at about 2:30 in the morning on Friday. The officer’s injuries were not serious. The DPSCS regional executive director who oversees all five of the western Md. prisons actually drove an hour to visit the officer in the hospital shortly after he arrived.The officer is a 24-year veteran. The inmate has been transferred to another facility.

A Cumberland man accused of attacking another man with an axe now faces charges. Sunday Cumberland Police arrested 25 year old  Jacob Haines. On July 31st officers were called out to Cecelia Street. The victim claims Haines jumped out of his car and began kicking and punching him.  The victim told police then Haines grabbed an axe and attempted to swing it at the victim.  The victim was able to grab Haines and take the axe away from him.  A witness on the scene was contacted and she provided the same information about the assault.  Haines fled the area prior to officers arriving on the scene.  The axe was collected at the scene and placed into evidence at Police Headquarters.  Charges against Haines were applied for at District Court which resulted in the warrant being issued.  Haines was served with the warrant and taken to District Court for his initial appearance.  Haines was released on his personal recognizance by a District Court Commissioner. He is charged with first degree assault, second degree assault, deadly weapon with the intent to injure, and disorderly conduct

The Mountain District American Legion will conduct a “Town Hall” meeting on Monday, August 4th, 2014, from 6PM to 9PM. The purpose is for ALL VETERANS to assemble and share their experiences, both good and bad, with Maryland Veterans Affairs Health Care System and Facilities Mountain District American Legion Commander Mike Wade says it is important for all veterans to attend this meeting. He says he knows veterans don’t like to come out and complain or feel like they are complaining. He says it is vital for them to talk about their experiences with the VA. This includes their handling of administrative services to eligible veterans and the amount of wait time experienced to receive a doctor’s appointment. This event will be videotaped and covered by local media outlets. VA representatives will NOT be present. We will send a copy of the video presentation to the American Legion National Headquarters, who will in turn disseminate this information to the VA. This meeting will take place at the Allegany College of Maryland Auditorium, located at 12401 Willowbrook Road, SE Cumberland, MD 21502. Parking on either side of campus, Auditorium is center of Campus between the Humanities and Library buildings; water fountain in front of Auditorium. Call Mike Wade 301-876-3123 for more details.

 

One person is dead another is injured following a crash in Somerset County. The accident happened on Saturday at about 6pm. 22 year old Austin Coddington of Friedens, PA was heading southbound on Geiger Road and lost control around a curve. He veered into the opposite travel lane and hit a vehicle driven by 33 year old Karrie Smith of Somerset, PA head on. Coddington was pronounced dead at the scene. Smith was taken to Conemaugh Hospital.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an arson. Just before 2 am yesterday emergency crews were called out to West Main Street in Somerset Borough for a residential structure fire. The blaze caused about 20 thousand dollars in damage. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Somerset Borough at 814-445-1525.

The Mountain Ridge Miners football team will be hosting their second annual Lift-A-Thon on Monday, August 4th from 6-8 pm in the Miners stadium. Please come cheer on the team and sponsor a player as they complete their lifts. Refreshments will be available. Sponsored by the Mountain Ridge Football Parents Association.

 

John Humbird Elementary School is one of more than 150 elementary schools in Maryland to get fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to federal funding. The Maryland State Department of Education was given more than three million dollars from the US Department of Agriculture.The Agricultural Act of 2014 also known as the Farm Bill, allocated over $150 million dollars to fund the Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program  in schools nationwide. The FFVP provides participating students with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day. The Program is designed to teach students that fresh produce can be a healthy and delicious snack option. Additionally, the FFVP provides an opportunity for experiential nutrition education. The FFVP targets schools with a high percentage of low-income students, due to low-income communities’ reduced access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Every child enrolled in a participating school is offered the fruit and vegetable snacks at no charge, regardless of income. 

A Pennsylvania man faces vehicular homicide charges and DUI. 24 year old Allen Carl of Breezewood was driving along Lincoln Highway June 20th. Just before 5am he fell asleep negotiating a right curve and crossed the double yellow line into the eastbound lane into the path of a vehicle driven by 64 year old Herbert Kisamore of Bedford. Kisamore was flown by helicopter to UPMC Altoona where he was pronounced dead. Toxicology reports show Carl’s blood alcohol content was .130% at the time of the crash. He is expected to have a preliminary hearing on August 6th

An Augusta man faces burglary charges. July 22nd  the victim reported the front door of her home had been kicked in and several items were stolen. 24 year old Aaron Carver was identified as the suspect. Most of the items were returned to the victim. Carver was arrested and is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $5,000 bond.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs will be available to people whose homes or businesses were adversely affected by flooding on June 12, 2014. Severe thunderstorms and rain impacted the area that evening and caused historic flooding. Local, state, and federal officials conducted damage assessments in these communities to appraise the loss and aid residents. Based on those assessments, the SBA determined there was sufficient damage for relief through their disaster loan programs. The SBA administers the Small Business Act, which makes low-interest loans available to residents and business owners affected by the flood to repair physical and property damages. Governor O’Malley and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency will continue to work with the SBA and local officials to establish disaster loan outreach centers within the affected communities and promote the loan application process to residents.

A teen wanted in several counties is now in custody. On July 25th the juvenile suspect wanted in Western Maryland 16 years old Leandro Ovalles, , was located in Montgomery County and is no longer considered a missing juvenile. He will be charged as a juvenile in Allegany, Washington, and Montgomery counties for crimes committed during the July 8th where he allegedly stole a vehicle in Allegany County, was involved in a crash in Washington County and then fled. He was turned over to juvenile services and will remain in their custody pending disposition of charges of theft and burglary. Law enforcement in Washington County was actively searching for a reported missing juvenile and a person of interest in several crimes in the region. July 8th troopers from the Hagerstown Barrack responded for a traffic collision on I-70 eastbound in the area of the 27 mile marker. A 1996 Jeep Cherokee struck the rear of a State Highway Administration mowing tractor that was working on the shoulder near that area. According to witnesses the driver of the Jeep fled the scene just prior to Troopers arriving on scene. That Jeep was later reported stolen from Allegany County, MD. Troopers and a tracking K9’s were used to attempt to locate the driver. The MSP helicopter, Trooper 3 also responded to assist in the search. As law enforcement was arriving in the area the driver, who was identified by evidence left behind, fled on foot in the Van Lear neighborhood of Williamsport. Troopers and Sheriff’s deputies continued to actively search for the juvenile for nearly 5 hours. The juvenile is also a person of interest in an attempted burglary of an occupied residence. The owner of the home was able to chase the suspect from the home prior to law enforcements arrival.

 

 

Fourteen people are  indicted in heroin trafficking conspiracy. According to the US Attorney’s Office a Baltimore man is alleged to be the leader of a drug trafficking ring that led to large quantities of heroin being distributed in the Eastern Panhandle. United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced that 9 arrests were made on charges contained in a 24-count Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury. The Indictment alleges that the defendants were involved in a conspiracy to distribute heroin from 2008 to July 22, 2014, in the Berkeley, Jefferson, Grant and Hardy County areas. Of the 14 defendants, nine were arrested this week; three are in custody on related charges; and, the agents are still looking for two defendants.The names of those arrested are:

1) Tavon Darrell Moore, also known as “Frank”, also known as “Lodo”, age 30, of Baltimore, Maryland
2) Aaron Daniel Rose a/k/a “Fat Boy,” age 29, of Kearneysville, West Virginia
3) Courtney Danielle McDonald, age 24, of Martinsburg
4) Crystalin Nicole Holliday, age 24, of Martinsburg
5) Susan Renee Underwood, age 31, of Martinsburg
6) Melissa Bailey, age 25, of Petersburg, West Virginia
7) Kimberly Michelle Bailey, age 32, of Petersburg
8) Pamela Jean Bailey, age 30, of Petersburg
9) Thomas Richard Greenfield, Jr., age 57, of Martinsburg

Those in custody on related charges

1) Stephanie Lee Butts, also known as “Stephanie Zavala,” also known as Tater, age 37
2) Christian Nicole Pierce, age 21
3) Brandy Netz, age 29

The names of those still wanted are

1) Tony Calvin Collins, age 29, of Petersburg
2) Brenda Michelle Sams, age 34, of Brandywine, Maryland

The 24-count Indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy to distribute heroin; possession with intent to distribute heroin; attempted distribution of heroin; distribution of heroin, crack cocaine, oxycodone, morphine and methamphetamine; using the telephone to distribute drugs; and, interstate transportation to aid in the distribution of heroin. Specifically: Moore is named in the conspiracy count alleging he was responsible for the distribution of more than 1 kilogram of heroin, two counts for the illegal use of a telephone to distribute drugs and two counts of interstate transportation. Moore has prior felony convictions in the State of Maryland for possession with intent to distribution, carjacking and possession of a firearm. Rose is named in the conspiracy count alleging he was responsible for the distribution of more than 100 grams of heroin and five additional counts of distribution of heroin. Butts is named in the conspiracy count alleges she was responsible for the distribution of more than 100 grams of heroin, one count of distribution of heroin and one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. Pierce is named in the conspiracy count alleging the distribution of less than 100 grams of heroin. 
Collins, Sams, Holliday and Underwood are named in the conspiracy count alleging the distribution of less than 100 grams of heroin and one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. McDonald is named in the conspiracy count alleging the distribution of less than 100 grams of heroin, four counts of distribution of heroin, one count of distribution of oxycodone, three counts of distribution of morphine and one count of attempted distribution of heroin. Netz is named in the conspiracy count alleging the distribution of less than 100 grams of heroin, one count of distribution of crack cocaine and one count of distribution of heroin. Melissa Bailey is named in the conspiracy count alleging the distribution of less than 100 grams of heroin, three counts of distribution of methamphetamine and two counts of distribution of heroin. Kimberly Bailey is named in the conspiracy count alleging the distribution of less than 100 grams of heroin, one count of distribution of hydrocodone, one count of distribution of methamphetamine and two counts of distribution of heroin. Pamela Bailey is named in one count of distribution of methamphetamine. Greenfield is named in one count of distribution of oxycodone and one count of distribution of morphine. The United States is also seeking the forfeiture of a $208,500 money judgment which constitutes the proceeds of the illegal activity. If convicted, Moore faces a mandatory 20 years to life in prison, Rose and McDonald face up to 40 years and the other defendants face up to 20 years on the conspiracy charge, up to 10 years on the morphine distribution charge, up to 20 years on the other possession and distribution charges; up to 4 years on the illegal use of a communication facility charges and up to 5 years on the interstate transportation charges. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod J. Douglas and was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug Task Force, consisting of officers from the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Martinsburg Police Department, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department; and, the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigations. 

Maryland State Police are investigating an accident that killed a pedestrian. At about 12:30 this morning emergency crews were called out to westbound Route 40 east of Centre Blvd west of Hagerstown. 32 year old Robert Matthew Owen of Hagerstown, MD was struck after walking into the right turn lane of W/B Route 40 from the grassy area near the McDonald’s.  Owen was struck by a blue 2005 Pontiac G6 being driven by 23 year old Zachery Swope of Warfordsburg, PA.  Owen was flown by MSP Trooper 3 to Meritus Medical Center and was later pronounced dead. Swope was treated at the scene and released.  The roadway was closed for approximately 3 hours.Anyone with any information can contact the Hagerstown Maryland State Police Barrack at 301-766-3800.

 

Two employees of the Cumberland Housing Authority are charged with theft. The charges are the result of a three and a half month long investigation into allegations that items had been stolen from a tenant’s residence in the Klotz Mill apartments.  The allegations were first reported to the Cumberland Police and the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) in late March 2014. Investigators learned that the tenant had recently passed away. Proper procedure requires that the next of kin be notified in order to make arrangements concerning the property left behind. In this case, Investigators learned that two large flat screen televisions had been removed from the apartment prior to the family taking possession of the remainder of the deceased tenant’s property.As a result, Investigators applied for and obtained criminal charges for the two employees who were identified as being responsible, 58 year old Leroy Francis Bennett, Jr., of Oldtown, and 50 year old William Joseph Beechie III, of Frostburg. On 07/17/2014 both were charged via a criminal summons with Theft Scheme Over $1000.00 and Under $10,000.00. Both are free pending their next scheduled court appearance.

 

Cumberland Police are investigating a series of arsons. Friday July 25th officers were called out to Washington Street for an arson complaint. Someone attempted to set a fire by igniting the gas tank in an unoccupied parked vehicle. The attempt was unsuccessful. Yesterday officers were called out to Baltimore St and the First block of Washington St in reference to two different garbage cans and their contents to be on fire. The Cumberland Fire Dept responded and extinguished the fires using watering cans. The investigation is continuing with the assistance of the Cumberland Fire Dept Fire Marshall’s Office. There are no suspects or witnesses at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cumberland Police Dept at 301-777-1600.

 

The Boil Water Notice has been lifted in Mountaineer Village, Crestwood, and North Frederick Street in Short Gap.

 

BOIL WATER ALERT. FOUNTAIN PSD CUSTOMERS ONLY. RT 46E WINDY HILL TO FOUNTAIN HEAD SUB FOR 6 DAYS APROX. DUE TO A WATER MAIN BREAK.

 

Please be advised that the water will be shut-off in Franklin, Brophytown and Kolberg hill areas of Westernport on 7/31/14 at 9AM. Repair work will be done on a major leak in those areas. Service will be restored as soon as the repair is fixed

 

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has begun tracking West Nile virus (WNV) and other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes for the 2014 season. Maryland residents should take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites in order to prevent West Nile Virus. The Department also tracks cases of imported mosquito-borne diseases, such as chikungunya and dengue viruses. The symptoms of chikungunya infection resemble those of dengue, another serious mosquito-borne infection that is common throughout the Caribbean islands and can be imported into Maryland. Travelers who experience fever, joint pains, and other symptoms such as headache, muscle pains, or rash should seek medical care. Health care providers should be on the alert for possible cases. Most individuals infected with WNV will not have any symptoms. People who do develop illness will usually have any combination of fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands. These symptoms generally appear three to 15 days following the bite of an infected mosquito. Less than one percent of persons exposed to the virus will develop more severe infections with symptoms such as headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. In rare instances, WNV can be fatal. Persons over 50 years of age have the highest risk of developing severe disease. People who are immunocompromised may also be at higher risk of WNV infection. In addition, the Asian Tiger Mosquito, an invasive pest from Asia, has become more of a problem in the last few years and behaves differently from native mosquitoes. Tigers are more aggressive, will follow people into their homes and come out during the day. They primarily breed in small, man-made containers, especially those on the ground in shady, damp areas. Native mosquitoes tend to breed in wetlands and marshes. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) posted a new Web page this season dedicated to helping residents identify what kind of mosquitoes they have and providing tips for reducing breeding grounds for Tiger Mosquitoes. See: http://mda.maryland.gov/plants-pests/Pages/avoid_asian_tiger_mosquitoes.aspx.Other measures people can take to protect themselves include:

Avoid areas of high mosquito activity.

Avoid unnecessary outdoor activities at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and hats when concerned about mosquito exposure.

Use an EPA-registered insect repellent according to package directions.

Residents are urged to monitor their own yards and gardens for standing water that can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Small amounts of water in a discarded can or container will support dozens of mosquitoes. To eliminate mosquito-breeding areas:

Replace corrugated drain pipe off of downspouts with smooth PVC piping.Each trough in the corrugated pipe is a potential breeding ground.

Clean rain gutters to allow water to flow freely.

Remove old tires or drill drainage holes in tires used as playground equipment.

Turn over wading pools, wheelbarrows, wagons and carts when not in use. Flush water from bottom of plant holders twice a week.

Replace water in birdbaths at least twice a week.

Turn garbage can lids upside down and make sure trash receptacles are empty of water.

Fix dripping faucets.

Aerate ornamental pools and water gardens or stock with fish and use a circulating filter system.

For additional information on West Nile virus, visit: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/OIDEOR/CZVBD/S

 

14 kids from New York City are now in Western Maryland kicking off another season of the Fresh Air Fund. The children will spend one or two weeks with volunteer host families in Oakland, Cumberland, Ridgeley, Salisbury, Fairmont, Lavale, Mannington, Swanton, Volga, Accident, and Buckhannon. The children arrived in Frostburg yesterday.  The Fresh Air Fund is an independent, not-for-profit agency that has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Each summer, over 4,000 children visit volunteer host families in rural, suburban and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program.

 

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $1,275,000 in federal funding to The City of Frostburg for roadway improvements to Braddock Road (SR 736) in Allegany County.The grant will be used to widen Braddock Road, add acceleration and declaration lanes and make requisite drainage adjustments. The project is estimated to create 40 new jobs in the next four years. The project will provide improved access to a future 25+ acre site of commercial and industrial development on the Westside of Braddock Road connecting the Allegany Business Park and to a proposed senior housing development. This project was listed as a top transportation priority by the Allegany County Board of County Commissioners.

A Bedford County teenager is dead following a crash in Cumberland Valley Township. Yesterday morning just before 7am 16 year old Colton Tew of Bedford was heading northbound on White Church Lane when he failed to negotiate a curve and hit a tree along the left side of the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Baltimore man is sentenced to spend 15 years behind bars. 42 year old Daniel McQueen was sentenced on charges of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and second degree assault. The charges are the result of a Cumberland City Police Department dispatch to a local residence. Upon arrival at the residence officers discovered evidence of drug trafficking. One officer was assault by Mr. McQueen during his arrest.

Three Cumberland residents face charges after a traffic stop in New Jersey . Friday Clinton Township Police officials stopped a vehicle driven by 39 year old April Lantz of Cumberland. During the stop the officer learned her driving privileges were suspended. The officers searched the car and found 50 bags of synthetic marijuana and three pipes. Lantz, 34 year old  Harmeen Gillard, of New York, 30 year old Patricia Riley and 39 year old Stacy Watkins, both of Cumberland, Md., were charged with possession of a cannabinoid.Lantz also was charged with operating a motor vehicle while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, driving while suspended, and maintenance of lamps. Watkins also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.Gillard and Lantz were lodged in the Hunterdon County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. Riley and Watkins were lodged in lieu of $15,000 bail.

A local mother Jennifer Carder Slemmer is asking for prayers and support. Her daughter Cambryane Slemmer had first set of biopsies done this week at John Hopkins.

A Hope for Hyndman student needs your help with his senior project. 16 year old Bryce Emerick saw a need not only for his school but also for the residents of Hyndman.  The cost to resurface all three tennis courts will be $15,000.To make a contribution or learn more about this project, contact Bryce at bryeemerick@yahoo.com or call 814-842-9504

CASA of Allegany County will  bring back the Italian Festival. Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 11th, 2014 from 12-6pm!For more details log on to https://www.facebook.com/CASAItalianFestiva

The mysterious woman in black is in Winchester, Virginia and she is asking for folks to respect her wishes to be left alone. According to Lauren Cummings Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist with the Winchester Police Department officers were called to her arrival location at about 9pm last night for crowd control. She was taken to an undisclosed location for shelter and for her protection. She was given food and shelter by police officials. Right now her only wish is to be left alone and respected. She has been spotted walking from Georgia through Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia. 

Cumberland’s Police Department will get funding for new protective body armor. According to officials with the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention has announced that 8 local police departments in 7 counties will receive grants totaling $49,014 to purchase the armor. Cumberland Police will get $2,700. Law enforcement agencies in Caroll, Cecil, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Wicomico and Worcester also received funding.

Cumberland’s Mayor and City Council are looking for nominees to be recognized as City Stars. Cumberland City officials want to recognize those in the community who are making a difference and inspiring others by offering the “City Star Award”.  Please submit a name and contact information for your nominee and yourself, along with a few words, or a lot of words, telling us of their special achievement or deed.You can submit your nomination in writing to the Mayor’s Office, 57 N. Liberty Street, Cumberland, MD 21502, by email tomwoodring@allconet.org, or by using the online form in the left hand column of this page.  The awards are open to everyone, but the emphasis will be placed on stars of the Cumberland community.For more information, contact City Hall at 301-759-6447 or log on to http://ci.cumberland.md.us/new_site/index.php/contents/view/941

The Corridor H Authority is asking the US Congress to work together on a solution for transportation funding. Monday the Corridor H Authority sent a resolution asking for Congress to immediately find a way to fix the insolvency facing the federal Highway Trust Fund. The resolution calls on Congress to create a traditional six year transportation bill. Construction continues on Corridor H including the latest portion from Davis to Moorefield. So far about 75 percent of the project is either complete or under construction.

The Culinare Café in Cumberland will remain closed until at least September. Allegany College of Maryland Hospitality Management Director Deb Frank says the air conditioning unit in the building that houses the café is in need of repair and in order to maintain the comfort of their customers and their students they had to close their doors. She says the café is typically closed in August and she hopes the needed repairs can be made by September and the beginning of the next semester.  The café gives ACM students hands on experience working in a resturant environment. For updates log on to https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Culinaire-Cafe

A South Carolina man wanted for murder is arrested in the Eastern Panhandle. Monday 26 year old Blake Parrish was arrested in Martinsburg by the US Marshals Service Mountain State Fugitive Task Force. Officials in South Carolina learned Parrish was living in the Eastern Panhandle possibly with family.  Parrish was also wanted by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office for Wanton Endangerment with a firearm. Task Force Officers were conducting surveillance when Parrish was spotted. When officers attempted an arrest Parrish fled on foot and was tasered.  Parrish was charged by the Martinsburg Police Department for obstruction and fleeing and will be charged as a fugitive from justice. Parrish currently remains in Eastern Regional Jail.

A new local business wants to share profits with community groups and organizations. In April Wheeler Stewart and Jeff Orr began Kona Ice Mountain Maryland a new business that includes a truck offering unique Hawaiian Shaved Ice. Stewart and Orr say they are looking to bring the business to schools, churches, sports leagues and non-profit organization fundraising events. To find out more log on to  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kona-Ice-Mountain-MD/318270014978949?sk=info

An Emergency water main break at Furnace Acres is prompting a boil water notice for  Frankfort PSD customers in the Moutainaire Village and Hillcrest Estates and North Frederck Street areas. After repair customers will be on a boil water notice until we receive confirmation back form the health department stating sample sent in after repair is safe for consumption. Paper notice will be posted on all customers doors when boil water notice has been rescinded. Any questions or concerns please contact the FPSD office Monday through Friday 9:00Am til 4:00PM.

A motorcycle crash in Garrett County is under investigation. At about 6:30 Saturday evening John Hanna of Greensburg, Pennsylvania was heading northbound on Route 219 near Archie’s BBQ north of Deep Creek Drive when he made a left turn into the path of a motorcycle heading southbound. The motorcyclist was thrown from the vehicle and flown by helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital for life threatening injuries. The name of the motorcyclist was not released by law enforcement officials. Hanna sustained minor injuries and could face charges.

A Virginia man is sentenced to spend two years behind bars on charges of sexual solicitation of a minor. 23 year old Rory Frank was sentenced in Garrett County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to  sexual solicitation of a minor and to displaying obscene material in February Frank was placed on two years of probation and assessed fines and costs of $1145.  He will also be subject to sex offender registry requirements.  Frank was indicted by the September term of the grand jury following an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office of a report by an Oakland-area family that their daughter was in contact with a man in Virginia through various forms of electronic media.  During those contacts, he exchanged photos and videos with the juvenile and requested they meet for illicit purposes.  In August, Det. Pfaff of the Sheriff’s Office worked with Prince William County, Virginia, officers to obtain a search warrant of Frank’s residence for evidence corroborating him as the sender of the messages and videos.  When Frank was arrested that date on the outstanding warrant Pfaff had obtained in Garrett County, he was interviewed and admitted he was the person who had been in communication with the juvenile, had sent videos to her and had traveled to Garrett County with the intent to meet with her.

Maryland State Police are investigating a crash on I-70. Sunday at about 2pm Maryland State Police responded to a single vehicle collision on eastbound I-70 ramp to N/B I-81 collector lane. A tractor trailer hauling 2,000 lbs of cracker food products took the ramp at speed greater than reasonable and rolled onto its side. The driver was able to exit the vehicle without injuries. The driver and vehicle are from Texas.

A local family needs your help. 6 year old Gracie was born three months premature causing her to have brain damage. She was also diagnosed with a debilitating type of cerebral palsy. A cash bash will be held at the Frostburg Moose Lodge Sept 13th to help raise the 20 thousand dollars needed for a major surgery for Gracie. According to family members the only specialist is pediatric orthopedic surgeon located in St. Louis and they do not accept the family’s insurance. Her family is forced to raise the entire 20,000 for a surgery that Grace needs urgently. Continued delay of surgery will result in permanent bone deformities, continued pain, worsening contractures, and the need for hip surgery. Grace’s family is reaching out for help via donations of services or items that can be raffled off to raise money for the surgery. In exchange they will gratefully advertise your business and proudly sport your logo at Grace’s cash bash and upcoming fundraising events You can view graces pictures, story, updates and events at her facebook page: Graces Facebook page: Www.Facebook.com/graceswishGrace’s wish is to be able to go to school without a walker and to be on the cheer leading & soccer team Cash bash tickets are also available for purchase at the Frostburg moose and by contacting her parents at 301-723-0016 They will also be selling tickets at the Garrett County Fair.

Kids at Energy Express in West Virginia are enjoying kale chips. About 40 to 50 children who attend the Preston County Energy Express summer reading and nutrition program were given the kale chips sourced from the Vested Heirs Farm. According to Americorps officials the children enjoyed the new nutritious snack. To make kale chips sprinkle  olive oil and salt over kale - preferably "curly" kale such as lacinato, spread out on a baking sheet, and put it in a 400-degree oven for 10 minutes.

 

Pennsylvania State Police are encouraging residents to lock their vehicles and secure their possessions following a series of vehicle thefts. Several cars have been broken into around Bedford County over the past several days. Pennsylvania State Police officials say it is important for residents to lock their cars and make sure any items of value are either hidden or taken to a secure location. 

Phone lines open beginning Friday, July 25 for public appointments for dental, vision, pain management, and general health screenings. The Appalachian Mountain Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) will take place at the Allegany County Fairgrounds from August 13 – 21. . Appointments can be scheduled by calling 301-783-1775 Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Beginning today a scheduling hotline will be open to the public to make appointments for general health screenings, basic adult dental services (cleanings, sealants, extractions, and fillings), eye exams and single vision eyeglasses (for both adults and children), and drug-free recommendations for managing chronic pain. There are no residency or income restrictions, and all services are being offered at no cost. However, because there are a limited number of slots available each day, an appointment is required and will be scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis until all slots are filled. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 301-783-1775 Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Earlier in the month, the veterinary clinic appointments for spay/neuter services were announced, and those appointments quickly filled up. However, the hotline staff is maintaining a wait list in the event that there are cancellations. Rabies vaccinations are also being offered and do not require an appointment, but instead will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis during regular clinic hours each day. Rabies vaccine clients should be prepared to wait or return on another day depending on the volume of pets receiving vaccines each day.

Centre Street and westbound I-68 ramp access from northbound MD 51 will be closed starting Friday, July 25, at approximately 4 a.m. Traffic will be detoured along Queen City Drive to Harrison Street to Centre Street and the westbound I-68 ramp. This closure and detour are tentatively scheduled to continue until Monday, July 28. The closure will allow crews to blast and paint structural steel girders on the I-68 bridge ramps over Centre Street.

Two people are behind bars following a drug bust in Garrett County. Yesterday just after 6pm Garrett County Narcotics Task Force members were called in after a traffic stop by Maryland State Police. Troopers pulled over Vaughn Winters of Oakland on Weber Road. A canine scan alerted officers to the possibility of drugs in the vehicle. Officers found cocaine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Winters was arrested and officers then searched his home on North 8th Street in Oakland. Inside the home Sheila Hyde was arrested. Winters faces various gun and drug charges and is being held at the Garrett County Detention Center on 50 thousand dollars bond. Hyde faces drug charges as well and is being held at the Garrett County Detention Center on 20 thousand dollars bond.

A Cumberland man is convicted of arson charges and sentenced to spend eight years behind bars. According to the Allegany County State’s Attorney’s Office 38 year old James Flohr pleaded guilty to the charge of second degree arson. On October 26th 2013 Flohr had been living in an apartment on Altamont Terrace and set fire to a mattress in a bedroom following an argument with his girlfriend.

Following an investigation there are no signs of animal cruelty at a pet shop in Keyser. Mineral County Animal Control officer Melissa Kidwell says she received several complaints about Daddio’s Exotic Pet Shop. Kidwell says she has made several visits to the pet shop since it opened and she says following her visit this week she sees no evidence of any animal mistreatment.

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1309 one of the biggest steam locomotives in the US is now at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad shop in Ridgeley. The locomotive arrived at the shop yesterday afternoon. It was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1949 and was the last commercially built steam locomotive for use by a railroad in the US. 1309 will be on display during the Steel Wheels festival Sept.26th through the 28th.

The Allegany County Historical Society will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of The Battle of Folck’s Mill on Saturday, July 26, from 10AM - 2PM at The Gordon-Roberts House at 218 Washington Street.  This free event will feature Civil War Reenactors, a question and answer session, and an exhibit of photographs and period artifacts. Guests will have the opportunity to visit with Union and Confederate reenactors. Representatives from the Civil War Round Table of Allegany County will bePete Peugh, James Klipstine, and George Fletcher (President of Roundtable). Leah Myerswill also be in attendance portrayingRose O’Neal Greenhow, a female Confederate spy from Washington D.C. Children as well as adults are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn first-hand about The Civil War Battle that took place in Allegany County. The estimated number of casualties totaled 38 for this August 1st Battle that lasted for five hours.

A couple arrested in Monongalia County after allegedly stealing a car is now charged in connection with the death of their infant son. West Virginia State Police have charged 32 year old  Joseph Christy and 26 year old Summer McDaniel with child neglect resulting in death, concealment of a dead body and conspiracy to commit a felony. The baby’s body was found in a remote part of the George Washington National Forest near Wardensville in Hardy County. The couple’s four other children ages 11,7,4 and 2 are in the custody of the WV DHHR. The couple  is  currently being held at the North Central Regional Jail.

Two women lost in the Shenandoah National Park are found and believed to be ok. A search began yesterday after the women were heard yelling for help. A US Park Police helicopter was called in for the rescue.

Cumberland Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman and candidate for Cumberland City Council has died. Mark Fisher passed away yesterday. Fisher also owned Allegany Inspection Service.

An accidental electrical short is the cause of a fire at a home in Mt. Savage. Tuesday at about 3:30 a short in an electrical outlet ignited nearby combustibles in a second floor bedroom of the home on Iron Rail Street.The fire caused about 30 thousand dollars in damage and took 30 firefighters about 20 minutes to control. The fire was contained to two rooms. The occupants are being helped by family.

Old explosives found in Kitzmiller are all safely disarmed. According to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office  at about 11am on Monday Herbert Meyers found old TNT and blasting caps he had from the 1960’s. He used them to blast tree stumps. They were found in an old bus used for storage on North Hill Road in Kitzmiller. Members of the bomb squad were on the scene for more than three and a half hours. They determined the explosives had deteriorated and needed to be disposed of immediately. All the explosives were destroyed without incident.

The suspects accused of firing a gun in Altoona are arrested. Just before 4pm yesterday an argument began near the Logan Valley Mall. No one was hurt in the shooting. The men were arrested a short time later.

A contest could benefit the Lucky 33 the dogs found in a hoarder’s home on Greene Street in Cumberland and other animals at the Allegany County Animal Shelter . The Allegany County Animal Shelter is a finalist in an online contest. Becky McClarran Allegany County Animal Shelter Management Foundation President says they need your help. According to the facebook contest post “ Howard was one of 33 dogs rescued from a hoarding situation on Friday, June 13, 2014. His hair was terribly matted. It took volunteers over 3 hours to shave him. The good news is, one of our shelter's board members immediately fell in love with Howard and has adopted him. Every day Howard's mom can see him starting to blossom into the sweet, wonderful boy we all know he is!” To vote go online to https://www.facebook.com/WahlHome?v=app_503936566404548&app_data=entry_id%3D62752869%26gaReferrerOverride%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.facebook.com%252F  The winner of the contest receives five thousand dollars from Wahl. So far nine puppies have been born to the Lucky 33 and some have been adopted or fostered. You can vote once a day and voting ends July 31st

A Pennsylvania man is dead following an ATV accident. At about 9:30 in the morning on Sunday 69 year old Wayne Krause of Meysersdale was having mechanical problems with his ATV near Sand Spring Road. A 16 year old male was towing the ATV. Krause then lost his brakes and ran into the rear of the towing ATV which caused him to be thrown from his ATV. Krause was flown by helicopter to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries.

No word yet what caused a crash that tied up Route 220 last night. The accident happened around 5pm in Rawlings.

Stop by the Evergreen Heritage Center for a Summer's Day Out! Teachers will experience the fun, learning, and opportunities for students that only a day on the farm can offer. Bring your own picnic lunch and have fun learning how farm-based education can enhance classroom learning in social studies, science, environmental education, and so much more. Email the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation for more information: peppig@maefonline.com

A very special group is expected to be flying into the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport this weekend. Katie Kight with the Experimental Aircraft AssociationChapter 426 says it will all be part of their monthly breakfast at the airport. “Wings of Appreciation have asked to partner with us. They go to the Walter Reed hospital and they are going to fly veterans out here for an outing for the day to have breakfast for us. This will be an outing through September. They want to get these gentleman out of the hospital and give them something to do.”  Kight says she is very honored and excited they chose the EAA Chapter 426 to partner with. The money raised from the breakfast is used to send a child to Oshkosh, Wis. for a week long space camp. They hold a breakfast once a month April thru October the last Sunday of the month. The all you can eat Fly-In- Drive-In breakfast on July 27th, at the Greater Cumberland  Regional Airport Club Hangar Wiley Ford, W. Va., from 9:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. The menu will consist of hotcakes, french toast, sausage, home fries, eggs, orange juice and coffee. The cost of the meal will be adults $7.00 and under 12 $ 4.00. For more information call 301-268-2624.

Reports are in following an audit of two Mineral County elementary schools. In April officials with the West Virginia Education Performance Audit looked at Burlington and Fountain Primary Schools. Several issues for improvement were identified at both schools. Both schools have 30 days to correct the issues. A follow up investigation was also conducted at Fort Ashby Primary School and all the issues brought up in an audit last year have been resolved.

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin announced that four watershed management projects in four West Virginia communities will receive a total of $14,200,099 through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) assistance program for planning, design and/or construction of watershed structures. The funds will be used to make critical improvements to dams and watershed structures that protect public health and safety. 

West Virginia projects awarded funding include:

•           Upper Deckers Creek Site 1 (Preston County) — $10,250,000
•           Brush Creek Site 14 (Mercer County) — $2,476,728
•           New Creek Site 14 (Grant County) — $1,000,000
•           Wheeling Creek Site 25 (Marshall County) — $473,371

 

85 students enrolled in Allegany County Public Schools have earned Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.  The College Board’s AP Program provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level course while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP exams.

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