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Petersburg Elementary School, Maysville Elementary School, Petersburg High School and the South Branch Vocational School in Grant County are on a two hour delay due to a power outage. The Union Educational Complex is on a normal schedule.

The Office of the State’s Attorney for Allegany County, the Honorable Michael O. Twigg, State’s Attorney, announced on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 that Jessyca Laine Kimble, of Midland, recently appeared in the Circuit Court for Allegany County for an initial appearance for the second degree murder and related crimes associated with the death of her husband, Edward Kimble, in August 2014.Ms. Kimble entered an initial plea of not guilty to all charges and requested her case be set for a jury trial.  The Court scheduled the matter for jury trial on February 4, 2015.  Ms. Kimble is represented by Sean P. Gallagher, Esq.  The case will be prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Erich M. Bean.

 

The Office of the State’s Attorney for Allegany County, the Honorable Michael O. Twigg, State’s Attorney, announced on Wednesday, November 19, that Derrick James Swick, of Frostburg, was convicted of First Degree Burglary and two counts of the Illegal Possession of a Firearm After Having Been Convicted of a Crime of Violence.  The Honorable W. Timothy Finan, Allegany County Circuit Court Judge, sentenced Swick to 20 years incarceration for the burglary and 5 years consecutive for each weapons charge, for a total sentence of 30 years to be served in the Maryland Department of Corrections.The case stemmed from a daytime burglary in the Vale Summit area in November 2013, where numerous weapons and other items were taken.  Mr. Swick then sold the weapons to other individuals.  A thorough investigation by Detective Roger Plummer of the C3I Unit, as well as assistance from the Maryland State Police, Frostburg City Police and other members of the C3I Unit resulted in the recovery of many of the weapons.“Invading the sanctity of a person’s home is an extremely egregious crime and is taken very seriously by this office.  I commend ASA Bean and the untiring efforts of local law enforcement that saw this case to such a successful resolution.” said Twigg. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Erich Bean of the Allegany County State’s Attorney’s Office.  Mr. Swick was represented by Kelly Clark, Esq.

  On 11/19/14 at 3:47pm officers with the Cumberland Police Dept responded to residence located in the 700blk of Fayette St in reference to a breaking and entering complaint. Upon arrival Officers contacted the tenant who directed their attention to several broken windows on the main floor which was believed to be the point of entry. Once inside the culprit(s) removed several items of value. There are no suspects or witnesses at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cumberland Police Dept at 301-777-1600.

Allegany County Sheriffs officials have identified the drivers involved in a crash this evening. At approx. 6:00 p.m., Deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff's Office responded to the intersection of National Highway and Vale Summit Rd. for a reported vehicle crash with injuries. Investigation revealed that a 2014 Nissan operated by Helen Francis Hannon (70 years old, Westernport) was traveling W/B on National Hwy. and attempted to turn left onto Vale Summit Rd. In doing, the operator failed to yield the right of way for a 2014 Honda traveling east bound on National Hwy. approaching the Vale Summit Rd. intersection, operated by Marna Cavey (49 years old, Cumberland) and the vehicles collided. Both operators were transported to the WMHS-RMC by ambulance with reported non-life threatening injuries and both vehicles were towed from the scene

Two Somerset County residents face charges after Pennsylvania State Police find a suspected meth lab. At about 10pm on Monday troopers were called out to a home on Palo Alto Road in Hyndman for a report of a suspected meth lab. Troopers found several items used to produce meth. 24 year old Justin Custer and 22 year old Christen Carr were charged. Custer is being held at the Somerset County Jail. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at 814-445-4104.

Attention Grant Co - All Schools except for Union High School will be operating on a 2 hour delay November 20, 2014 (03)

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce won the Visionary Impact Award from the Maryland Tourism Coalition at the 34th Annual Tourism and Travel Summit held at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland last week. Competing against nominees from other counties in the state, Garrett County collected the Tourism Industry award for their Deep Creek Experience brand.

 

 Deep Creek 2014 has released an early summary from the International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Slalom World Championships held September 17-21 at Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) in McHenry, Maryland, part of the Deep Creek Lake region of Garret County, Maryland. According to Deep Creek 2014, which organized the event, the competition marked the 25th anniversary of the 1989 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships that were held on the Savage River in Garrett County.  Teams from 42 countries and 393 athletes participated in the competition. Opening Ceremonies and Wisp Kick Off: 3,450

Thursday Competition: 3,500

Friday Competition: 5,000

Saturday Competition: 6,000

Sunday Competition: 4,000

This includes athletes, staff, volunteers, vendors and spectators.

Convicted felon Marvin Junior Thompson, 59, of Burlington, West Virginia, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II. Thompson was convicted in March 1990 of the felony offenses of “First Degree Murder” and “Burglary” in the Circuit Court of Hampshire County, West Virginia. As a result of this conviction, Thompson was prohibited from possessing a firearm. In May 2013, Thompson was discovered in possession of a .300 caliber rifle along with ten rounds of .300 caliber ammunition. Thompson pled guilty in July 2014 to one count of “Felon in Possession of Firearm” after an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department, and the West Virginia State Police.

Three men were sentenced for crack cocaine distribution according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II. Navarre Sowell, 38, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to 92 months in prison for his role in selling cocaine base. He will also forfeit $7,507.00. He pled guilty in August 2014 to a criminal Information charging him with one count of “Use of Telephone Facility to Distribute Cocaine Base.”  James Willard Johnson, 39, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to 51 months in prison for his role in selling cocaine base. He pled guilty in August 2014 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Cocaine Base.”  Adrian Nicholas Sanchez, 30, of Cumberland, Maryland was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in selling cocaine and cocaine base. He pled guilty in August 2014 to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II Controlled Substances.”  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod Douglas prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government. The Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.  U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

The Frankfort Falcons High School Football team has a new fan. Last week former quarterback and sports announcer Joe Theismann spent some time with the team. “It was great I didn’t realize how beautiful a drive it was to Cumberland until I got on 68 and started up through the mountains it was just a gorgeous trip. It was exciting to get out on the field with all the high school guys and Kevin the head coach and have a chance to play a little bit of coach and a little bit of philosopher. It is wonderful to see talented young athletes go out and have a good time.  I think I have become the number 1 Falcon fan. “ Friday Frankfort takes on Nicolas County at 7:30 at home in the second round of play offs.

Many young adults are not aware that they eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Young Invincibles  is a non-profit organization targeting Millennials ages 18 to 34. Several health care plan options are available to young adults that are less than 100 dollars per month. For more details you can log on to  http://younginvincibles.org/issues/health-care/

Investigators with the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) have been investigating a recent scam where a subject has been approaching citizens soliciting donations for a playground project at Cash Valley Elementary School. The school is not currently involved in asking for donations.A suspect has been identified. Investigators need assistance in identifying all the victims, and are asking anyone who may have made a monetary donation to this individual to contact the C3I Unit at 301-777-0326.

Allegany County Public Schools will operate on a two-hour delay which was previously scheduled for  staff professional development.

Garrett County Schools are operating on a two hour delay this morning

All schools in Preston County will be on a 2-hour delay due to winter weather conditions. Essential staff including custodians, maintenance, & mechanics should report on a regular schedule.  Bus drivers should check on the status of their buses on a regular schedule & all other employees report on a 2-hour delay.

Motorists are advised to use caution this morning. Minor snow flurries and some icy conditions along the roadways could cause some delays this morning. Be sure to give yourself extra time during your commute and be sure to again use caution this morning.

A Pennsylvania man wanted in Maryland is arrested. According to Pennsylvania State Police 26 year old Matthew Hollada of Meyersdale was arrested Thursday at 9am. He was arrested on a warrant from Maryland State Police and was taken to the Somerset County Jail. According to court records Hollada was charged with assault in Garrett County.

West Virginia State Police are investigating alleged criminal activity involving Pristine Preowned Autos. According to a press release from State Police officials they have received about two dozen additional complaints alleging misconduct since the investigation began. A multi-organizational collaborative investigation has now been established involving the West Virginia and Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles, the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office, Maryland C3I and other law enforcement agencies. West Virginia State Police troopers confiscated business records following a search warrant. Due to the copious amount of records the investigation is expected to take time. West Virginia State Police troopers are asking for patience from all the parties involved in the investigation. According to the press release there has been overwhelming support from the community since the onset of the investigation. Several individuals have discussed organizing a rally however West Virginia State Police are asking supporters to instead be respectful of the investigation and allow for the justice system to solve the situation. If you have a complaint about a bogus warranty you can file a complaint with the West Virginia Attorney General’s office by contacting Melissa Starcher at 304-558-2021.  If you have a complaint regarding dealer activity you may go to the West Virginia Department of Transportation website and file a dealer complaint at www.transportation.wv.gov/dmv/dealers/pages/default.aspx and if you feel you are the victim of criminal activity related to the purchase of a vehicle from Pristine Preowned Auto in West Virginia or Maryland you can call the West Virginia State Police at 304-788-1101

 

Two Frostburg State University students face charges following an assault. According to Frostburg Police officials officers were called out to Bowery Street to assist FSU Police. When they arrived they saw a man urinating in public. The suspect ran but was apprehended. While he was being detained the suspect identified as 21 year old Papp Lukk of Elkton and another suspect identified as 23 year old Andrew Baranski also of Elkton exited 128 Bowery Street and attempted to pull the officer off of Lukk. A struggle ensued and Baranski was later subdued with a taser. Baranski was charged with assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order. Lukk was charged with disorderly conduct and public urination. Baranski was treated for a minor laceration. The officer who was assaulted sustained minor injuries and did not need treatment.

Maryland State Fire Marshals have ruled a blaze in Garrett County as accidental According to a press release from the State Fire Marshal’s Office the fire began Friday at about 2:30 in a two story 10 unit apartment complex on Lewis B Naylor Drive in Oakland. A heating pad malfunctioned and ignited the pad itself and then spread to a sofa. 70 firefighters were on the scene and had the blaze under control in about 20 minutes. The fire caused about 150 thousand dollars in damage. All of the occupants were displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross and family members.

The Allegany County Public School System has received information of an individual soliciting donations for a playground project at Cash Valley Elementary School on behalf of ACPS. Be warned that this is a scam. There is no such project at Cash Valley, and donations are not being solicited by the school system. People with information on this individual or who have given donations are encouraged to contact C3I at 301-777-0326.

No one was injured after a car crashed over a bridge in Morgan County. The accident happened last night at River Road.

No word yet what sparked a blaze in Grant County Saturday. The fire broke out on Kuhn Mine Road. Crews were also called out to a structure fire in Hamsphire County Saturday. No injuries were reported in connection with either blaze.

Cumberland Police are searching for the suspect in a hit and run. On 11/14/14 at 1039pm Officers with the Cumberland Police Dept responded to the area of Virginia Ave and Queen St for a report of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle. Upon arrival officers contacted the victim who stated that he was riding his bicycle in the area of the underpass when a vehicle passed him causing him to strike the wall. The victim indicated that the vehicle pinned him against the wall and then left the area. The victim was later transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of non life threatening injuries. There are no suspects or witnesses at this time. The victim was unable to provide a vehicle description. Anyone who may have witnesses the incident or has information is asked to contact the Cumberland Police Dept at 301-777-1600.

Cumberland Police are searching for the suspects in a breaking and entering. On 11/15/14 at 6:23am officers with the Cumberland Police Dept responded to a business located in the 100blk of Winston St in reference to a breaking and entering/theft complaint. Upon arrival Officers contacted the owner of the business who advised that he arrived to work to find a window broken on a door leading into the interior of the business. It was determined that an unknown suspect made entry into the building through the window and rummaged through several areas of the business. Further investigation revealed that several company trucks had also been broken into and damaged. Several hundred feet of copper welding leads were removed from the beds of the vehicles. There are no suspects at this time and the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cumberland Police Dept at 301-777-1600 or Allegany/Mineral County Crime Solvers at 301-722-4300.

Allegany College of Maryland will honor the late Dr. Donald L. Alexander, who served 28 years as ACM’s third president, with a celebration of his life Monday, Nov. 17, in the College Center.  The event will recognize the achievements of the community college and commend Dr. Alexander for his vital role in its success as ACM’s chief executive officer from 1980 to 2008. He passed away Sept. 18 after a long illness in Williamsburg, Va., where he had lived in retirement. Dr. Alexander’s tenure was characterized by strong, visionary leadership during an important period in the institution’s 53-year history. The former ACC added programs and infrastructure to the Willowbrook Road campus to become a comprehensive college serving Allegany County and the surrounding tri-state area. ACM also developed into a regional institution through establishment of the Gateway Center in downtown Cumberland, campuses in Bedford and Somerset counties in Pennsylvania, nursing education in Garrett County and student residential housing on the Cumberland campus. His drive to increase access to higher education and post-secondary training was supported by the creation of Foundations at each of the three campuses. Student scholarships to make these opportunities more available are their primary focus. Dr. Alexander is also remembered for personal traits that included compassion, accessibility and respect for others, attributes embodied in ACM’s long-used slogan, “Offering That Personal Touch Only a Small College Can Provide.”  The tribute, titled “Giving Thanks for the Life of Dr. Donald L. Alexander,” will feature words of remembrance by former colleagues, including two retired vice presidents, the current and former chairs of the Board of Trustees, and a longtime faculty member who is also an athletic coach and administrator. The commemoration, which begins at 3 p.m. in the Haines Student Lounge of ACM’s College Center, coincides with the unveiling of a visual exhibit of college achievements and Dr. Alexander’s contributions during his 38 years with the institution. The display of photos, text and other items, which also bears the “Giving Thanks” title, will be on view in the Hazen Gallery into 2015. Alexander family members will be present for the appreciation of Dr. Alexander. Although invitations have been sent, all interested individuals are welcome to attend. A reception will follow the remembrance event.

A hunter found dead in Bedford County is believed to have died of natural causes. 55 year old Michael Smith of Martinsburg, PA left his home on Saturday to hunt turkey. Emergency crews began searching Saturday. Crews found Smith’s body Sunday in a wooded area about 1.6 miles off of Pinchot Road in Hopewell Township. The Bedford County Coroner’s office assisted at the scene.

Pennsylvania State Police are searching for the suspect involved in an attempted kidnapping. At about 6pm on Friday an unknown male suspect driving a dark colored pickup truck attempted to force a female victim into his truck on Potter Creek Road in New Enterprise. The 17 year old female was able to escape on foot. The suspect fled southbound on Potter Creek Road. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police Barrack in Bedford at 814-623-6133.

Cumberland Draft Economic Development Strategic Plan Posted for Public Review. The draft Economic Development Strategic Plan prepared for the City of Cumberland by RKG Associates of Alexandria, Virginia, is posted online for public review through two City websites. The Mayor and City Council of Cumberland contracted with RKG Associates over seven months ago and tasked them with undertaking a city-wide economic development strategic planning process. A steering committee was formed and stakeholder interviews with local business leaders, financing entities, property owners and developers, elected officials, and economic development professionals were held, along with a series of public meetings designed to inform the community of the process and solicit their input. The culmination of these efforts has resulted in a detailed strategic plan that offers strategies and recommendations for future economic development initiatives tailored to assist the City of Cumberland in meeting its business development objectives. The public is encouraged to review the Draft Economic Development Strategic Plan at www.ci.cumberland.md.us or www.choosecumberland.org. For additional information or to provide input, please contact Shawn Hershberger, Economic Development Coordinator, at 301-722-4156 or shershberger@allconet.org.

Cumberland City Police are searching for the suspects in a breaking and entering. This morning at approximately 6:20 a.m., the Cumberland Police Department responded to Pyzonno’s Restaurant located in the 600 block of Greene Street in reference to a break and entering which took place over night. The morning employee who opens the business arrived for his morning shift notified the police when henoticed the damage. Unknown suspect(s) gained entry to the business by forcing open the rear door. Once inside the suspect damaged a cabinet where the drop safe is located. The safe was stolen and contained an undetermined amount of currency. The scene is currently being processed by a Technician with the Maryland State Police Crime Lab for any evidence. Security cameras are in place and are also being reviewed for suspect development. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Cumberland Police Department at 301-777-1600; anonymous callers can also call Crime Solvers at 301-722-4300.

A local Airman has died overseas. Airman Dillon Darr passed away following an injury he sustained while in Turkey.

Two people are hospitalized following a crash between a vehicle and a school bus.  Yesterday at about 4pm  deputies of the Allegany County Sheriff's Office responded to Klondike Road, just off of Upper George's Creek Road, in Frostburg for a reported crash involving a school bus. There were no students on the bus at the time of the crash.  Deputies arrived on scene and based upon investigation learned that a 1988 Mercedes car being driven by 26 year old Christopher Adcock of Mt. Savage crossed the center dividing line on Klondike Road and into the path of a 2005 School Bus being driven by 66 year old Anna Preston of Frostburg. The vehicles collided head on and sustained serious damage. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Both drivers were transported to WMRMC for non-life threatening injuries.  Adcock was charged with failing to drive right of center and for not wearing a seat belt.  Officials from the Allegany County Board of Education Transportation Department were on scene.  Shaft and Midland Fire Departments as well as Frostburg and Mt. Savage Ambulances responded to the scene. 

No one was injured following a vehicle fire in Mineral County. At about 1am this morning the fire broke out on Tucker Ridge Road. One person was trapped inside the vehicle when the fire began but was uninjured.

Hardy County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating after a hunter is found dead in a tree stand. The hunter’s body was found in the Trout Run Road area.

Websturantstore.com’s President says opening a distribution center in Cumberland is a perfect fit for the company. Websturantstore.com President Dave Groff says there are two main reasons they chose to bring their new distribution center to the area.  “Number one are the logistical advantages of the location. Being in Cumberland will allow us to get all the way down to North Carolina in one day of shipping and also all the way up to New York City. The second reason is that we really liked the small town feel of the area. Being that we are a family owned business from Lancaster, PA we just think that this will be a really good culture fit for our company.” Groff  says they plan on hiring 150 new employees and there are some things to keep in mind for those who are looking to apply. “We look for a great work ethic and a great attitude. Being that it is a distribution center many of the jobs can be physical in nature so when people are considering applying with us they should make sure that they check out the specific job requirements to the job they are applying to.” Groff says they expect to have the new distribution center open by the spring.

Although our area is not seeing the 30 degree drops in temperature overnight the cold is here. National Weather Service Meteorologist Kevin Witt says the cold temperatures will stick around until next week. He says we could see a few snowflakes today and tonight especially in the higher elevations. He says for our region this isn’t particularly unusual to get this cold this time of the year. He says we could see temperatures hovering in the 40’s.

An animal interference is most likely to blame for a power outage in LaVale last night. According to Potomac Edison officials it is possible a small animal interfered with the substation in LaVale causing about 500 customers to lose power. Emergency crews were called to the scene to control traffic.  An electrical panel fire was also reported at Denny’s in LaVale which could be related. Power was out for about three hours. Because only 1 phase of a phase 3 substation is affected some customers may have power and their neighbors who are on another phase may have power.

A small leaf pile fire in Mineral County spreads to a home. Last night at about 6:30 emergency crews were called out to Dixie Drive. The leaf fire spread to the home. All the occupants were able to escape without injury.

Please be advised that on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 beginning at approximately 8:30AM, water will be shut off in the 200 block of Vine Street from Johnson Street to the dead end in Westernport .  Tie-ins are being done on the water lines and should be completed within 4 hours.  Thank yo

A Frostburg man faces drug charges. At about 11:16 Monday night a Frostburg City Police officer stopped a vehicle on Main Street for a stop sign violation. The officer noticed a smell of marijuana and searched the vehicle and found about 45 grams of the suspected drug. 20 year old Ryan Tomblinson was arrested and faces charges of possession. C3I narcotics units were also called to the scene. Cash was also seized from the vehicle.

An Oakland man faces several charges after allegedly stealing a credit card. According to Garrett County Sheriff’s officials 20 year old Dewight Kahl stole the card from a McHenry business in August and allegedly used the card to make purchases around the region through October. The purchases totals about $1000.

A Stoystown man is killed in a crash in Somerset County. On Monday at about 5:40 in the morning 81 year old William Lewis was traveling southbound on State Route 281 at an unknown rate of speed without his headlights on. 53 year old Rodney Beck of Ebensburg was driving a freightliner truck and was waiting to pull out from an entrance to a store and he did not see Lewis’s vehicle approaching. Lewis’s vehicle hit the side of the freightliner truck. Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene.

Frostburg State University is listed as number 25 in Affordable Colleges Foundation’s ranking of 68 of the nation’s Best Online MBA Programs for 2014-2015. The rankings were analyzed on several cost-, quality- and student support-related metrics, such as student-faculty ratio, percentage of faculty with doctorates, number of online MBA options, number of MBAs conferred and full tuition of the online MBA program. More than 500 colleges were reviewed for the rankings

Tim Smith best known for his role on the reality tv show Moonshiners will be in Mineral County.  Smith is expected at a bottle signing at the CVS in Keyser Friday Nov 21st from 4-7pm.

A woman is hospitalized and a man is behind bars after a traffic incident in Winchester. According to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office shortly after 3:00 pm hours on 11/10/2014, a deputy with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office made a traffic stop of a vehicle where the vehicle came to a stop at the on ramp to I81 northbound from Millwood Pike. As the vehicle came to a complete stop, the driver immediately exited the vehicle with the deputy responding by exiting also. As the deputy was approaching the male occupant that had exited, the deputy observed the front passenger move to the driver’s seat and drive off. The male that exited the vehicle began to run from the scene and the deputy who conducted the traffic stop entered back into his vehicle to start after the vehicle that had just left also given out a description of the male driver. As the deputy pulled forward, the deputy observed the vehicle continue down the acceleration lane crossing over 2 lanes of traffic, crossed over the medium strip and attempted to enter back onto the interstate to continue southbound on I81 when it was struck by another vehicle. Due to the description given out by the initial deputy, Winchester Police Department was able to locate and apprehend the male that fled the traffic stop and was identified as a Rhaedrick Sowell, 28 of Middletown, Virginia. Sowell was transported to the NWRADC and charged with traffic infractions. The driver that fled inside the vehicle was later identified as a Jessica Jackson, 30 of Winchester, Virginia. Due to the accident, the driver was airlifted to Fairfax hospital for treatment. Her condition at this time is unknown. It is not known at this time why the female subject fled inside the vehicle.

A new company is moving to Cumberland . WebstaurantStore is adding a new distribution center which will be located on Mexico Farms Road. The company is the largest online food service equipment supplier. The new 525 thousand square foot facility will be the company’s second distribution point on the east coast. Company officials expect to hire 150 new employees over the winter with most jobs coming online in the early spring. The starting hourly rate will be $11.50.

One person is hospitalized following a crash on New George's Creek Road. The vehicle went over an embankment and rolled over. The driver was flown by helicopter to the hospital. It is believed the driver suffered from a medical emergency.

It is believed the driver that crashed into the US Cellular location in LaVale on Winchester Road also suffered a medical emergency. Statement from US Cellular officials following Sunday night's accident. "The U.S. Cellular store in LaVale is currently closed following an incident involving a car crashing into the store last night. The store was closed at the time, and thankfully no one was hurt. We are currently ensuring that the store is safe for our associates and customers, and we plan to reopen for business later today. In the meantime, customers can visit the U.S. Cellular agent location, TS Cellular, at 1262 Vocke Road in Cumberland for assistance."

The boil water notice has been lifted for the Hunt Club, Summit Hills, Shady Hills, Route 28 customers from the Mountaineer Mart to Graceland Baptist Church Annex

The Garrett County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a recent scam. Residents are being contacted by the scammers who claim they are from the IRS and the victim owes back taxes. The scammers then tell the victim they need a lawyer and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The scammers are very persistent and are confrontational. They have been calling from a California exchange with a 415 area code. Residents are reminded to hang up the phone immediately if they receive one of these calls and do not give out any of your information.

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. According to the US Census Bureau there are 19.6 million military veterans in the US in 2013. http://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2014/cb14-ff24.html

The Rocky Gap Veteran's Cemetery will hold its annual Veteran's Day program on Tuesday, November 11th at 2:00 p.m. Guest Speaker will be U.S. Army Retired Brigadier General Peter Hinz. The public is invited to attend; please bring lawn chairs for seating comfort.

No school today for students in Grant, Hampshire, Hardy Mineral and Morgan Counties in West Virginia in honor of Veterans Day.  

Offices and non-essential departments of the City of Cumberland and Allegany County will be closed today in observation of Veterans' Day.

 The Fort Ashby VFW Post 6667 will be hosting a free Veteran’s Day dinner on November 11th $5 for spouses from 1pm-6pm at the VFW club.

On Sunday, November 9, 2014 at the Westernport American Legion, The North Branch Lions Club teamed up with Me Me D's Catering for the third annual Veteran's Day dinner.  The meal was served free to local Tri towns veterans as well as many from Keyser, Bloomington and Barton veterans and their spouse's.  Over 250 dinners were served.  North Branch Lions Club serves the Tri-Towns of Luke, Westernport, MD and Piedmont, WV and Bloomington, MD and is the forth largest club in district 22W.

 

:State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci reports a decrease in the number of fire deaths so far in 2014 compared to this period in 2013. Forty-four Marylanders have lost their lives to fire compared to fifty-five this time last year. This represents a 20% decrease in fire fatalities.“Maryland’s fire service is cautiously optimistic with this year’s data, however, everyone must remain vigilant in their fire prevention efforts to continue this trend,” stated State Fire Marshal Geraci. “An estimated 80% of all structure fires in Maryland occur in what most assume to be the safest place, our homes.” The month of October experienced the loss of six lives resulting from fire related incidents. Four adults lost their lives in Carroll, Calvert, and Washington Counties and Baltimore City. Two young children died in a home fire in Allegany County where the cause for the fire remains under investigation. To help survive a home fire, the State Fire Marshal recommends the following:

• Working smoke alarms should be located on every level of the home and in each sleeping area.
• Test smoke alarms monthly and replace the batteries at least once a year.
• Develop a home escape plan with a safe meeting place and practice the plan with all family members. It is extremely important to, “Get Out, Stay Out” of a working fire, never return inside for anything.
• Smoke alarms combined with a residential fire sprinkler system increase surviving a fire by over 97%.

A new Maryland law became effective on July 1, 2013 involving “battery only” smoke alarms used in residential properties. When “battery only” smoke alarms have reached their 10-year life span, they need to be replaced with new long-life sealed lithium battery smoke alarms with silence/hush button features. The silence/hush button feature temporarily disables the alarm so the occupant can ventilate the space from mild smoke conditions typically created during some cooking operations. The use of these alarms eliminates the need to replace the batteries during the 10 year life of the alarm.  Recent smoke alarm donation programs offered by Pepco and Delmarva power companies have provided several smoke alarms to the fire service to be installed in the communities they provide service. On October 30th, Pepco donated 1,000 ten-year long life battery smoke alarms to the Prince Georges County Fire and EMS Department and 1,000 of the same life saving devices were provided to Montgomery County Fire Department. On November 3rd, Delmarva Power donated 1,200 ten-year long life smoke alarms to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, which were then immediately shared with the fire service organizations providing services on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. If your property is protected with 120 volt electric smoke alarms, they should be replaced every 10 years with new 120 volt smoke alarms w/ battery back-up to ensure proper and timely operation in the event of a fire. Local initiatives across Maryland now mandate the installation of residential fire sprinklers in every newly constructed single-family home. Currently 12 Maryland counties, Baltimore City and numerous municipalities have adopted these requirements. Additionally, all townhomes built in Maryland since 1992 require residential fire sprinklers, and to date, no fire fatalities have occurred in any of these protected homes. “Maryland’s fire service along with many partners in the public and private sectors have focused on proven fire and life safety strategies such as: working smoke alarms, home fire escape plans and residential fire sprinklers. Community outreach programs emphasizing personal responsibility for surviving a home fire are steadily showing positive results,” stated the State Fire Marshal.

 

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) released new data on unintentional overdose deaths occurring in the first half of 2014 as part of its continued surveillance of the opioid overdose epidemic. The state has set the goal of driving down overdose deaths by 20 percent by 2015 and has added reducing drug and alcohol overdose deaths to the Administration’s 16 strategic goals.
DHMH prepares quarterly reports on unintentional drug and alcohol-related overdose deaths to provide up-to-date information for state and local action against the opioid overdose epidemic in the State. The most recent data show 528 total drug- and alcohol-related deaths occurring in Maryland from January to June 2014, a 33% increase from the same period in 2013. This increase was the result of a 46% rise in heroin-related deaths and a seven-fold rise in fentanyl-related deaths.

 

Three juveniles face arson charges after allegedly setting a fire at a storage shed in Cumberland. The blaze was reported at about 10pm on Saturday night in the 300 block of Bedford Street. A 13 year old and two 12 year olds were allegedly playing with fire inside the shed when it spread to the structure. The shed which was already in poor condition is considered a total loss. The three juveniles were released to the custody of their parents pending further action by the Department of Juvenile Services. All three have been charged with 2nd degree malicious burning. 13 firefighters had the blaze under control in about five minutes. The estimated damage is about $500.

A Cumberland man wanted in West Virginia is arrested on theft charges. On Friday Cumberland City Police officers were called out to a Park Street business in reference to a theft.  Upon arrival to the scene, officers were contacted by loss prevention employees who advised that they had a suspect in custody after observing the suspect allegedly shoplifting merchandise owned by the store.  Officers contacted suspect Brian Michael Lucas, 27, of Cumberland and after an investigation into this incident, Lucas was placed under arrest.  Lucas was transported to Cumberland Police Headquarters for processing.  During processing, officers discovered that Lucas is currently wanted in the state of West Virginia on Larceny related charges.  Cumberland Police officers charged Lucas with the following:Theft Less than $100.00 – 1 countand Fugitive from Justice  Lucas was issued a criminal citation for the theft charge at the Park Street business.  He was charged on a Fugitive Warrant and transported to the Allegany County District Court for an initial appearance.  Lucas was held without bond on the fugitive charges and subsequently transported to the Allegany County Detention Center to await extradition to West Virginia. 

No one was injured in a traffic incident that snarled Route 28 for hours yesterday. A tractor trailer carrying a steel I beam bottomed out at Route 28 near Scenic Lane in the Short Gap/Ridgeley area. Traffic had to be rerouted for several hours while emergency crews moved the tractor trailer.

Maryland State Police are investigating after a vehicle crashed into the US Cellular store in LaVale. Emergency crews were called to the scene at about 6:20 last night after the vehicle smashed into the store on Winchester Road.

A Cumberland man  is arrested after officers find 108 grams of suspected marijuana in his vehicle. On Saturday November 8, 2014, at 8:30 pm, a Cumberland City Police Officer initiated a traffic stop on Pear Street for an equipment violation.  Contact was made with the driver who was identified as Zachary Dillon, age 19 of Cumberland.  The officer elected to further investigate and summoned a K9 Officer to conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle.  As a result, a positive alert was made by K9 “TIMO”.   A searched conducted resulted in the recovery of 108 grams of suspected marijuana along with a large amount of currency.  Dillon 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 review.  Dillon was released on a $5,000.00 dollar unsecured bond.

 

The cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Keyser is ruled accidental. The fire broke out at about 2pm on Virginia Street. According to Keyser Fire Chief Michael Simpson the home was completely destroyed. No one was injured. The total loss is about 150 thousand dollars. Simpson says either an extension cord or surge protector in one of the bedrooms sparked the blaze. He says it is important for folks to remember to get cords that are UL approved and be sure extension cords are plugged into a surge protector. He says also don’t put the cords under a rug because the cords could be worn down causing a malfunction. The American Red Cross was called in to assist with the family which includes four adults and three children ages 1, 4 and 6. Donations for the family are being accepted at TS Cellular and Smiths Funeral Home in Keyser.

The Allegany County Department of Public Works Utilities Division will have to turn off the main water line in the vicinity of the Allegany County Fairgrounds on Monday, November 10, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Water will not be available on Moss Avenue and on the south side of Moss Avenue - Pershing Street, Yuma Street, Poppy Street, etc.  This unexpected service disruption is associated with the new water line construction project. Flyers are being distributed in the neighborhood.  The Utilities Division regrets this inconvenience and appreciates the patience and understanding of the affected residents and businesses.After the water is turned back on, customers may experience some water discoloration. Customers should run the water for several minutes until it is clear before using it.  Questions may be directed to the Allegany County Department of Public Works - Utilities Division - Bowling Green Service Center, 301-729-3311, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

A Pennsylvania motorcyclist is killed in a drunk driving accident.  At about 6pm on Saturday 23 year old Jessey Morrison was traveling on Main Street in Boswell when 56 year old Leroy Lepley also of Boswell failed to see Morrison’s motorcycle and attempted to cross Main Street. Lepley traveled into the path of Morrison’s oncoming motorcycle. Morrison was thrown from the bike.

A Bedford man is behind bars for allegedly shooting at a bulldozer. At about 1:30 on Friday afternoon 78 year old Robert Fletcher allegedly approached the victim and was upset about damage to his driveway from logging trucks. Fletcher allegedly had a loaded rifle in his hand and a loaded pistol in his belt. He then shot at the dash of the logging bulldozer and fled the scene. He was arrested and is being held at the Bedford County Jail on 20 thousand dollars bond.

The Cumberland Police Department is asking for your help in identifying the male subject in the below listed pictures: On November 8, 2014 at 10:41 a.m. a white male entered the CVS located on Baltimore Street. The male subject stated that he had a weapon and demanded pharmaceutical drugs. If anyone has information on the identity of the male suspect please contact the Cumberland City Police at 301-777-1600.

Three Baltimore residents face drug charges after a traffic stop in Cumberland. On Sunday November 9, 2014 at 1:05 am, a Cumberland City Police Officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle Queen City Drive for a lane violation the officer observed.  The officer made contact with the driver and occupants.  K9 “TIMO” conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle which yielded a positive alert.  During the course of the scan a back up officer observed the driver attempt to conceal a large sandwich bag containing suspected CDS.  A search was conducted of the vehicle and as a result, large quantities of individually wrapped baggies of Heroin and Crack Cocaine were found along with a baggie of marijuana.  Also found were large quantities of smaller size zip lock baggies, a digital scale and a total of $3945.00 dollars in US Currency.  The contraband and currency indicated that the occupants of the vehicle were selling the CDS in the Cumberland area.  All three individuals were placed custody and transported to the Cumberland City Police Department for processing.  They were taken to the Allegany County District Court Commissioner’s Office for a bond review. 27 year old Kemmontay Mitchell of Baltimore, Maryland is charged with possession of Marijuana, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Crack Cocaine, Conspiracy to distribute Crack Cocaine, Conspiracy to distribute Heroin, Conspiracy to distribute Marijuana, Possession with intent to distribute Crack Cocaine, Possession with intent to distribute Heroin, Possession with intent to distribute Marihuana, Possession of CDS paraphernalia. Mitchell’s bond was set at $75,000.00 dollars. 27 year old Melvin Peters of Baltimore, Maryland is charged with possession of Marijuana, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Crack Cocaine, Conspiracy to distribute Crack Cocaine, Conspiracy to distribute Heroin, Conspiracy to distribute Marijuana, Possession with intent to distribute Crack Cocaine, Possession with intent to distribute Heroin, Possession with intent to distribute Marijuana, Possession of CDS paraphernalia.   Peter’s bond was set at $50,000.00 dollars. 28 year old Shea Gaskins of Baltimore, Maryland is charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Crack Cocaine, Conspiracy to distribute Crack Cocaine, Conspiracy to distribute Heroin, Conspiracy to distribute Marijuana, Possession with intent to distribute Crack Cocaine, Possession with intent to distribute Heroin, Possession with intent to distribute Marijuana, Possession of CDS paraphernalia.   Gaskins bond was set at $25,000.00 dollars.

 

Two experienced kayakers had to be rescued from the Potomac River Sunday, November 9, 2014, just north of the Rt. 340 Bridge in Sandy Hook, Maryland. Fire and rescue units from both Frederick and Washington counties responded with Maryland State Police helicopter, Trooper 3, to their call for assistance just before 3:00 p.m. yesterday.  Due to the cold water and air temperatures, fire department rescuers coordinated with the crew of Trooper 3 to hoist the victims to safety. At the time of the rescue, water temperatures were reported to be about 63 degrees, with an air temperature of 56 degrees. Conditions caused a risk of hypothermia for the victims.  The crew of Trooper 3 lowered a rescue basket down to the kayakers, who were able to climb into the rescue basket. The victims were flown to a waiting ambulance for further evaluation. The rescue location was 70 to 80 yards off the Maryland shore north of the Rt. 340 Bridge.The Maryland State Police Aviation Command has served Maryland citizens since 1970 and operates a fleet of ten helicopters from seven bases throughout Maryland on a 24/7/365 basis. Missions include medevac, law enforcement, search & rescue, homeland security, and disaster assessment. The success of rescues performed by the Aviation Command depends a great deal on the cooperative effort of local fire, rescue, EMS, and law enforcement agencies.

Two Cumberland residents face animal cruelty charges after several animals are found in their apartment. According to Allegany County Sheriff’s Officials yesterday at `1pm deputies were at an apartment on Springdale Street in Cumberland completing a District Court Eviction. During the course of the eviction it was discovered that the occupants of the apartment had been mistreating several animals in the residence. Allegany County Animal Control was brought in to assist with the investigation.  It was discovered that Animal Control had already been at the residence on Monday November 3rd, 2014 and had rescued 6 cats and 1 dog. During the course of the eviction on November 6th, 5 additional cats were discovered in the apartment. All animals were in extremely poor condition. Of the 12 animals rescued, 1 cat could not be saved and had to be humanely euthanized by the Allegany County Animal Shelter. The remaining animals are being treated at the Animal Shelter. It is not known at this time if the other 11 animals will survive. Eric Allen Rodenberg, 41, Cumberland, was arrested at the scene. Rodenberg was charged with 24 counts of Animal Cruelty (2 charges per animal), False Statement to a Law Enforcement Officer, and Obstructing & Hindering. An Arrest Warrant was obtained for Shannon Marie Snyder, 28, Cumberland. Snyder was charged with 24 counts of Animal Cruelty (2 charges per animal), False Statement to a Law Enforcement Officer, and Obstructing & Hindering. Snyder was taken into custody without incident Thursday evening.                                                                            

Children at the Head Start and Early Head Start on Seymore Street in Cumberland had a big surprise from the members of the Cumberland Firefighters IAFF Local 1715. Yesterday the firefighters delivered $7,000 worth of coats thanks to the donations of the union members.

No word yet on the exact cause of a power outage in Cumberland yesterday. According to Potomac Edison spokesman Todd Meyers the outage impacted 387 Potomac Edison customers in downtown Cumberland. At 1 pm 300 customers were restored: by 2:10 all power was restored. There was some kind of equipment failure but definitive cause was never found. Once crews reset equipment the power was restored.

Gas prices keep dropping. Christine Delise with AAA says crude oil prices are falling impacting the prices at the pump. Right now the average price of a gallon of regular grade gasoline nationally $2.94 in Maryland it is $2.90 in West Virginia it is $3.03 and in Pennsylvania

The cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Keyser is ruled accidental. The fire broke out at about 2pm on Virginia Street. According to Keyser Fire Chief Michael Simpson the home was completely destroyed. No one was injured. The total loss is about 150 thousand dollars. Simpson says either an extension cord or surge protector in one of the bedrooms sparked the blaze. He says it is important for folks to remember to get cords that are UL approved and be sure extension cords are plugged into a surge protector. He says also don’t put the cords under a rug because the cords could be worn down causing a malfunction. The American Red Cross was called in to assist with the family which includes four adults and three children ages 1, 4 and 6. Donations for the family are being accepted at TS Cellular and Smiths Funeral Home in Keyser.

The Cumberland Police Department, in conjunction with the administrations of both Allegany and Fort Hill High Schools, would like to announce the following traffic pattern changes for the annual Homecoming Game which will be played this Saturday, November 8, at Greenway Avenue Stadium. Vehicular traffic will be prohibited in front of the stadium from 8:00 a.m. until one hour after the conclusion of the event. Traffic on Greenway Avenue will be detoured into the circle in front of Fort Hill High School where individuals may be dropped off and picked up, as well as to access the parking spaces available at this location. Traffic on Brookfield Avenue will be detoured with a right turn only allowing them to continue on Greenway Avenue away from the stadium. Officers will be placed at these two points to control traffic. Individuals requiring handicapped parking should contact one of those officers to arrange for them to be directed to any available handicapped spaces in front of the stadium. Vehicles will also be allowed to access Cecil Street from Greenway Avenue to park, first come first served; however, Cecil Street will be closed for any vehicles attempting to travel on Cecil Street toward Greenway Avenue from Ridgewood Avenue. Individuals being transported to the stadium who are members of the bands or Homecoming Courts should contact one of those officers to access a closer drop off point

Dotty Apple Memorial run will be held tonight at 5:30pm.Run (2.62 miles) for the red, white, and blue to kick off Homecoming weekend in the Queen City. Proceeds support Dotty Appel Memorial Scholarship Fund. Start/finish at Greenway Avenue Stadium. Twilight run -- first 100 signed up get a red, white, and blue glow stick. Show your school spirit by wearing your school colors. Race application at: http://www.tracservicesllc.com/races/t-r-a-c-services-timed-races/.  5:30 pm

B’er Chayim Congregation, Cumberland, Maryland, will hold a celebration Friday, November 7 through Sunday, November 9 to mark the rededication of its historic temple building. The restoration of the temple demonstrates the ability of a small congregation to continue as a meaningful community for Jews in rural areas.Activities will include religious services, building tours, workshops and seminars of Jewish interest, music and entertainment, and time to socialize with friends old and new.  B’er Chayim has undergone extensive renovations during the past two years thanks to generous donations the Feldstein Ridgeway families, Doug Schwab and Betsey Hurwitz-Schwab family and Leonard Schwab. Restoration began on the exterior of the building in 2012. In 2013, B’er Chayim was honored by the state of Maryland with the Maryland Preservation Award for Excellence in Institutional Rehabilitation for that exterior work. Later that year, renovations began on the interior, uncovering old wall paintings in the sanctuary, the original four courses of the foundation, and other historically interesting discoveries. Members of the congregation have worked to document these findings and to conduct renovations with respect both for the current needs of the congregation and for the building’s rich past. The oldest synagogue building in continuous use as a synagogue in the state of Maryland and the sixth oldest in the country, B’er Chayim or “Well of Life” was chartered by the Maryland legislature as a Jewish congregation in 1853. By that time, there were twelve Jewish families, mostly German immigrants, who had found a responsible place for themselves in Cumberland, which had a population of 6,150. On April 27, 1853, a small group met for the purpose of organizing a congregation. In November of that year, Rabbi Juda Wechsler was engaged as their Rabbi. In the beginning the group met in various homes and buildings. It gradually developed, keeping pace with the changes going on in Judaism throughout the country. At first it was a Liberal Congregation, with services conducted in German and hats being worn. Cumberland’s Jewish congregation purchased the land at the corner of Union and Centre Streets in Downtown Cumberland for the erection of a synagogue. Construction of the building began in 1863 by prominent local contractor John B. Walton and was completed in 1867 at a cost of $7,427.02. As part of its 125th anniversary celebration, the synagogue was listed on the National Registry for Historic Places in 1978.

A Barton man pleads guilty to abusing his girlfriend’s infant daughter. Chad Custer admitted to causing serious physical injury to the 11 month old girl in April.  Officials from the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center called   Child Protective Services and Law Enforcement in Allegany County based on suspicion of child abuse after the baby was taken to  the emergency room unresponsive and results of a CT scan identified subdural hemorrhaging and seizures that are indicative of abusive head trauma. The baby was then transported to West Virginia University Hospital to the pediatric critical care unit to undergo medical procedures to remove a portion of her skull to relieve the pressure the blood was having on her brain. An investigation was conducted by the Combined County Criminal Investigation Unit, headed by Detective Roger Plummer who identified care giver Custer as the suspect and was subsequently arrested. Since his arrest, he has been housed at the Allegany County Detention Center. The State and Defense requested that the court order a pre-sentence investigation. Defendants bond was revoked and sentencing will occur within the next few months.

A Jessup Maryland man is arrested on drug charges. On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Aamir A. Benton, 35, of Jessup, Maryland plead guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin. At sentencing the Honorable W. Timothy Finan, Judge of the Circuit Court for Allegany County, Maryland, sentenced Benton to ten (10) years incarceration,without the possibility of parole. In addition Benton forfeited two thousand eight hundred ($2,800.00) dollars to law enforcement authorities.
The case was a result of a search and seizure warrant executed by the C3I Narcotics Unit in the three hundred block of Bedford Street, Cumberland, Maryland, wherein multiple individuals were arrested for violations of Maryland’s Controlled Dangerous Substance Act.
State’s Attorney for Allegany County, Maryland, Michael O. Twigg stated “If you come into our County to sell narcotics; we will target you; find you; arrest you; dismantle your illicit enterprise.”

The Cumberland Police Department is currently attempting to locate an individual who may be suffering from a medical problem. A call, made by a young child in the age range of approximately 5 years old, was received by the Allegany County Health Department in which the child advised that their mother was choking, went to sleep and now she cant wake her up. The child advised that she lived on First Street and that she was looking for her grandmother named Robin. The caller then hung up the phone before any further information could be received. Officers responded to the Health Department to gather any information they could and then door to door checks began in the area of First Street in an attempt to locate the residence. C3I responded to the scene to assist with the search and to use other investigative techniques to try and locate where the phone call originated from. The Allegany County Sheriff's Office was also notified of the call and deputies are currently checking the locations of First Streets listed in the county. If anyone has any information about the possible location of this residence please contact the Cumberland Police Department immediately at 301-777-1600.

Only 2,166 votes separating John Delaney and Dan Bongino in the US Congressional 6th District race. Bonigno released a statement yesterday morning saying  “The race is currently too close to call, due to the number of absentee ballots to be counted, and after 48,775 phone calls, 27,612 doors knocked, and countless hours spent face-to-face speaking to Marylanders about what keeps them up at night, I feel it is only appropriate to allow every vote to be counted. No matter the outcome, I want to thank my opponent for his spirited effort. Although we differ in our approach to a better tomorrow, we both share a common desire to put in the work today necessary to get there.” Meanwhile incumbent John Delaney also released a statement declaring victory ““I am humbled and honored to have been elected by the people of the Sixth District to represent them again in Congress. April and I would like to thank everyone who supported our campaign.After a spirited campaign that defied national and statewide trends, Sixth District voters endorsed our bipartisan approach. Nationwide, Tuesday’s results make it clear that voters want a new approach in Washington, not more dysfunction. I’m committed to continuing to work across the aisle to create jobs and stand up for the people of the Sixth District, wherever they live, whatever their party.” Provisional and absentee ballots still have yet to be counted.

From the Secretary of States Office: Hundreds of thousands of West Virginia voters cast their ballot in the 2014 Midterm Election to choose federal representatives, half the State Senate, the entire House of Delegates, and to decide on a proposed amendment to the state constitution.
Unofficial county by county election results are available on the Secretary of State’s website at www.wvsos.com. Official election results will be available once canvassing is completed.
The unofficial, or before canvass, estimate of turnout for the 2014 General is 37.3 percent with 457,151 ballots cast. During the early voting period, there were 97,323 ballots cast – the fifth highest total in any election since early voting began for the 2002 Primary.

Voter turnout numbers are in for Maryland. According to the Maryland State Board of Elections  19,980 of 42,560 voters cast ballots in Allegany County or almost 47 percent. In Garrett County 8,922 of 19,292 registered voters cast ballots of around 46 percent.  Overall across the state 1,655,375 cast ballots out of 3,701,834 registered or about 44.72 percent.

Water will be off tomorrow in the Frankfort Public Service District until connection for the new Dollar General store is complete. When the water is restored customers will be on a boil water notice. The impacted areas include Route 28 customers from Mountaineer Mart to the Baptist Church annex, Shady Hill Court, Hunt Club, Summit Hill, Ridgeley Apts., Pinewood Apts. If you have any questions please call 304-738-9552.

The City of Cumberland Engineering Department would like to notify the public beginning immediately the underpass from Queen City Drive to Baltimore Street will be CLOSED to all pedestrian traffic. All pedestrian traffic must use the John J. McMullen bridge from Wednesday Nov 5, 2014 for approximately 10 days so that sidewalk and inlet work can be completed on Baltimore Ave. Pedestrian Traffic will not be permitted to cross the CSX tracks while the tracks are closed. Please use caution in the area. The City apologizes for the inconvenience but this is mandatory for the work to be completed on Baltimore Ave. Any questions or concerns please contact City of Cumberland Engineering Dept. 301-759-6600.

 

In MD

Maryland’s new governor will be Larry Hogan with 51 percent of the votes over Anthony Brown with 46 percent.

Comptroller Peter Franchot won re-election

Maryland’s next Attorney General will be Brian Frosh

According to the final unofficial vote count Congressman John Delaney has won re-election over Dan Bongino in the 6th District in a 49 to 48 percent vote.

House of Delegates District 1B winner Jason Buckel unseated longtime incumbent Kevin Kelly 59 to 40 percent.

House of Delegates District 1 C race Mike McKay won 57% to Nick Scarpelli 42%

Mayor Brian Grim has won re-election in the Cumberland Mayor’s race with 74%
Seth Bernard and David Kauffman have won Cumberland City Council
Sara-Beth James, Laurie Peskin Marchini and Wayne Foote have won Board of Education
Jake Shade ,Creade Brodie and Bill Valentine have won County Commission

S. Larry Tichnell won the Garrett County Commission District 1 seat with 70%.

Paul Edwards won the Garrett County Commission District 2 seat with 97%

Jim Hinebaugh won the Garrett County Commission District 3 seat 47%

Garrett County Sheriff Robert Corley won re-election with 86%

Matthew Paugh won Garrett County Board of Education District 1 with 65%

Monica Rinker won the Garrett County Board of Education District 3 with 56%

Voters in Garrett County are split on two separate ballot questions. When it comes to Question A Local Referendum from General Assembly
Chapter 418-2014 Alcoholic Beverages Sunday Sales for Off-Premises Consumption or selling alcohol in stores over the counter on Sunday the vote based per district seems split with half the districts voting for it and half voting against it. Garrett County Election Director Steve Fratz says basically that means for instance you might be able to buy alcohol on east Oakland but when you cross the street to west Oakland you won’t be able to purchase alcohol. Question B Local Referendum from General Assembly
Chapter 445-2014 Alcoholic Beverages - Sunday Sales for On-Premises Consumption was also voted on per precincts which would allow restaurants to serve alcohol on Sunday with a meal. He says voter turnout was under 50 percent.  

Question 1 Transportation Trust Fund - Use of Funds constitutional amendment passed  Constitutional Amendment
(Ch. 261 of the 2014 Legislative Session) Special Election to fill Vacancy in Office of Chief Executive Officer or County Executive both passed

In WV

Shelly Moore Capito (R) has won US Senate
David McKinley (R) has won re-election in the 1st Congressional District
Alex Mooney (R) has won the 2nd Congressional District
Robert Karnes (R) won State Senate 11th district
Dave Sypolt (R) has been re-elected to the 14th State Senate District
Charles Trump (R) has won the 15th State Senate District
Isaac Sponaugle (D) has won the 55th State House of Delegate seat
Daryl Cowles (R) has been re-elected to the 58th House seat
Saira Blair (R) has won the 59th House seat

The Mineral County Fire and EMS levy passed

Roger Leatherman won  a seat on the Mineral County Commission

Hampshire County Library Levy and the Hampshire County Recycling initiative passed.

In PA

Tom Wolf (D) will be the next Governor of PA

 Bill Shuster (R) has won re-election in the 9th Congressional District

 

 

This is a reminder that all Allegany County Public Schools will be closed today in observation of Election Day. Don’t forget to vote!

Registered sex offender, Paul Luther Kennedy, age: 31, formally of Mountainside Terr. Frostburg, MD is currently wanted by Maryland authorities in Allegany County for failing to appear in court, theft, and violation of probation. Kennedy's whereabouts are currently unknown and police are asking for anyone knowing Kennedy's whereabouts to contact their local police department.  Callers may also contact Crime Solvers at 301-722-4300 if they wish to remain anonymous

This past week an Arrest Warrant Initiative was conducted by the Cumberland Police Department’s Safe Streets Program. The Operation Safe Streets Warrant Initiative began Monday, October 27, and concluded Friday, October 31, 2014. The goal continues to be making our streets safer through the reduction of backlogged arrest warrants. The Safe Streets Operation sought citizen help in locating and apprehending individuals on open arrest warrants.This initiative resulted in the arrest of Twenty-four (24) individuals on active arrest warrants, with a total of Twenty-six (26) arrest warrants being served.  This was another successful operation conducted with Officers from the Cumberland City Police Department and Deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department, together with the warrant fugitive officers, who combined their resources to reduce the number of active arrest warrants in Allegany County.  Warrants served during the “October Safe Streets Warrant Initiative”

In today's General Election polls open at 7am and are open until 8pm in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Polls are open 6:30am through 7:30pm in West Virginia. In Virginia polls are open 6am until 7pm

Voters in Maryland and West Virginia will decide on constitutional amendments in both states.

In Maryland voters will be asked to decide on Question 1. This proposed constitutional amendment would require that funds in the State Transportation Trust Fund be used only for transportation purposes and prohibit transfers from the Transportation Trust Fund unless the Governor declares a fiscal emergency by executive order and the General Assembly passes legislation by a supermajority vote approving a different use or a transfer of the funds.  The Transportation Trust Fund is a special fund that is separate from the State’s General Fund. The General Fund consists of revenues collected by the State that are not dedicated by law to any specific purpose; a special fund consists of revenues, the use of which are statutorily limited as to purpose. The Transportation Trust Fund is used to finance operating and capital expenses for highway, transit, aviation, port, and motor vehicle services and projects. The primary sources of funding for the Transportation Trust Fund are motor fuel taxes, motor vehicle excise taxes, motor vehicle registration and licensing fees, federal funds, bond proceeds, rental car sales taxes, a portion of the State’s corporate income tax, and revenues from transit, port, aviation, and motor vehicle operations.  The proposed amendment generally requires that funds in the Transportation Trust Fund be used only to pay the principal of and interest on transportation bonds and for construction and maintenance of an adequate highway system or any other purpose related to transportation. Funds in the Transportation Trust Fund generally may not be transferred to the General Fund or a special fund of the State.  However, the proposed amendment allows funds in the Transportation Trust Fund to be used for a purpose not related to transportation or transferred to the General Fund or another special fund of the State if the Governor, by executive order, declares that a fiscal emergency exists and the General Assembly passes legislation by a three-fifths majority in each House (i.e., at least 85 affirmative votes from the 141 members of the House of Delegates and at least 29 affirmative votes from the 47 members of the Senate of Maryland) that approves a different use or a transfer of the funds.  The proposed amendment does not apply to an allocation or use of funds in the Transportation Trust Fund for counties, municipalities, or Baltimore City for transportation purposes that is authorized by State law or a transfer of funds from the Transportation Trust Fund to the Maryland Transportation Authority or the Maryland Transportation Authority Fund.

Current State law prohibits a transfer or diversion of funds from the Transportation Trust Fund to the General Fund or a special fund of the State unless the transfer or diversion is approved by the General Assembly through legislation passed by a three-fifths majority vote of the full standing committee assigned the legislation in each House. A requirement that legislation be passed by a supermajority vote of the full membership of each House of the General Assembly may only be imposed through a constitutional amendment. Accordingly, this proposed constitutional amendment would require that legislation authorizing a transfer from the Transportation Trust Fund also be approved by a three-fifths vote of the full membership of each House of the General Assembly.

Current law also requires that before legislation authorizing a transfer or diversion of funds from the Transportation Trust Fund may be enacted, the State Treasurer must advise the Governor and the General Assembly of the potential impact of the transfer or diversion on the credit rating of bonds or other debt instruments issued by the Department of Transportation. A transfer or diversion is prohibited if it would cause the credit rating of the Department’s bonds to be downgraded or cause the Department to fail certain debt coverage tests. Any funds transferred or diverted from the Transportation Trust Fund to the General Fund or a special fund of the State must be repaid within five years. These requirements would remain in effect, notwithstanding the adoption of this proposed constitutional amendment.

 

The second proposed constitutional amendment would authorize, but not require, Baltimore City and counties that have adopted charter home rule to fill a vacancy in the office of chief executive officer or county executive by special election. A special election for chief executive officer or county executive would be exempt from the constitutional requirement that all elections for State and county officers be held on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November on a specified four-year election cycle.Statutory provisions that take effect if the constitutional amendment is approved authorize a charter county to provide for the conduct of a special election for chief executive officer or county executive. A special election for chief executive officer or county executive must be held as provided in the charter of the county or Baltimore City, and may be held at a time other than the date of a regular election. The county or city council is authorized, but not required, to direct that a special election for chief executive officer or county executive be conducted by mail. Charter counties are currently authorized to fill a vacancy in the county council by special election under an amendment to the Maryland Constitution approved by the voters in 1996. Some counties have chosen to exercise this authority, and special elections for county council seats have been held in some counties. This proposed constitutional amendment would extend to charter counties and Baltimore City the same authority to fill a vacancy in the office of chief executive officer or county executive by special election.Jurisdictions that operate under charter home rule currently include Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Talbot, and Wicomico counties. Frederick County will become a charter county on December 1, 2014. Of these jurisdictions, Baltimore City has an elected mayor and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Wicomico counties have elected county executives. Frederick County will have an elected county executive when it becomes a charter county on December 1, 2014

 

West Virginia voters will be asked to vote on a proposed amendment to the Constitution of West Virginia concerning creating exemptions from property taxes for certain non-profit youth organizations. On the ballot, voters will see the title of the amendment: Nonprofit Youth Organization Tax Exemption Support Amendment and a summary of the amendment prepared by the West Virginia Legislature “To amend the State Constitution to exempt from property tax certain properties in this state owned by nonprofit youth organizations and built at cost of at least $100 million whether or not the property is used for the nonprofit youth organization’s charitable or nonprofit purpose to help raise funds for the benefit of the nonprofit youth organization.  If approved, the Legislature would be required to enact laws that would protect local and regional businesses from unfair competition and unreasonable loss of revenue caused by the nonprofit organization use of the tax exemption.” Voting “FOR” means you are in favor of the amendment and would allow the nonprofit youth organization to use the property for other purposes without losing its currently available charitable use property tax exemption. Before taking effect, the Legislature would have to pass laws that define the types of use of the property and that protect non-tax-exempt businesses from unfair competition.   Voting “AGAINST” means that you are against the amendment and would not allow for the property tax exemption if the property is used for non-charitable purposes.

 

Criminal charges have been filed following a fatal ATV accident. 35 year old Stacy Felker and 28 year old Bradley Felker of Meyersdale, PA have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child. A four year old girl was killed following the ATV crash in Somerset County. According to Pennsylvania State Police the accident happened at about 5pm October 27th at a railroad crossing on Scratch Hill Road. A 14 year old girl was driving the ATV with several passengers including a one year old, three year old, four year old and a nine year old. The driver lost control and the ATV rolled throwing the four year old from the vehicle. She died a result of her injuries. The other children were taken to the Meyersdale Medical Center. No one was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

 

Cash from a money bag that fell out of an armored transport vehicle this morning on I-270 in Frederick County was quickly picked up by numerous drivers, who State Police are reminding, are welcome to turn in the money at the local barrack.Shortly before 8:00 a.m. today, an armored transport vehicle from the GardaWorld security company was northbound on I-270 near Rt. 80. The preliminary investigation indicates a door lock malfunctioned, causing a door to open on the side of the armored container. A bag of cash fell out into the fast lane of I-270, spreading cash into the air and across the highway. The armored vehicle driver moved to the shoulder of the interstate as quickly as possible. By the time he was stopped, he reported that numerous vehicles were stopped on the interstate and motorists were picking up the cash. Apparently, when a fire department official stopped at the scene as a precaution and activated the car’s emergency lights, the stopped motorists all left the area. Maryland State Police troopers responded to the scene. A search of the area, assisted by a K9 team, recovered just over $200. A total amount lost is not known at this time and is being assessed by Garda officials. Motorists who picked up the cash are reminded it is not their money. Recovered cash can be turned in at the Frederick Barrack of the Maryland State Police. Persons who took the cash from the highway and do not return the money could face theft charges if the continuing investigation leads to their identity.

One person is hospitalized following a crash near Bel Air. The accident happened last night just before 7pm on Route 220 near Barton Blvd. One person was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.

No one was injured following a three vehicle crash where one car smashed into a home. The accident happened around 7:30 last night in the 900 block of National Highway. No word yet was caused the accident.

The Maryland State Police Hagerstown Barrack is investigating a single vehicle hit and run property damage collision.  The collision occurred on 11/01/2014 between 0630hrs and 0815hrs.  in the area of 17039 and 17033 Spielman Road, Fairplay, Washington County, MD.The vehicle was traveling southbound Spielman Road crossing the center line and collided into the northbound guardrail.  After striking the guardrail the vehicle struck and damaged two mailboxes.  The vehicle left the scene of the collision, leaving behind what appeared to be the driver’s side rear passenger vehicle. Only description of the striking vehicle is a late model dark purple four door passenger vehicle, missing the rear driver’s side door and missing glass from the door area.  The vehicle may also have damage to the driver’s side and front end area.If anyone has any information on that vehicle, please contact Trooper Hegedus at the Hagerstown Maryland State Police Barracks at 301-766-3810.

The unofficial early voting turnout numbers are in. In Allegany County only about 3 and a half percent or about 15 hundred of eligible voters cast ballots during the eight day early voting period, the lowest percentage in the state. Talbot County had the highest turnout with about 19 percent. Polls open in Maryland tomorrow at 7am and will close at 8pm. Our coverage of the election results will begin at 8pm tomorrow night.

Several fire arms taken during a burglary in Keyser are recovered after a traffic stop in Washington DC and two Potomac State College students are behind bars. On October 17th Washington DC Police stopped a vehicle for running a stop sign. Inside the vehicle officers found several firearms. 21 year old Damien James Steward Brannon of Painesville, Ohio and 21 year old Dwayne Tyrone Hudson of Washington DC were arrested. The firearms inside the vehicle were several of the firearms stolen from a home on North Water Street on October 15th. Keyser Police officials obtained search warrants and found evidence in Brannon’s Fort Avenue apartment linking him to the burglary and a breaking and entering on October 8th. Keyser Police officials are working with Potomac State College Police, Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, Washington DC police and ATF agents. Brannon and Hudson will be charged with robbery, burglary, breaking and entering and grand larceny. A 15 year old was also arrested in connection with the October 15th burglary. He is being held at the Chick Buckbee Juvenile Detention Center. The investigation continues and more charges could be pending.

The former owner of the dogs who came to be known as the Lucky 33 is sentenced to spend 33 days behind bars. Carol Detrick pleaded guilty to 3 counts of animal cruelty and received a sentence of 270 days incarceration with all but 33 days suspended.  She will be on supervised probation for 3 years and in addition to paying a token amount of $500 restitution to the Allegany County Animal Shelter as a condition of that probation, she is also prohibited from owning or caring for any animals—including goldfish, and must continue to receive psychological counseling.

A Frostburg man faces burglary and assault charges. According to Frostburg Police officials 25 year old Ronald Smith allegedly broke in to Gianni’s Pizza on Main Street at about 6am yesterday morning. He is charged with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th degree burglary and assault.

During the annual Maryland State Highways Snow Show SHA officials discuss their preparations for the upcoming winter. Remember to stay off the roads if possible during snow storms and stay at least 500 feet behind the snow plows. This year they will also be using new vehicle tracking technology that allows officials to not only track where each truck is but also how much salt each truck is dispensing on the roadways. Because of the amount of snow last year there could potentially be a salt shortage making the tracking technology extremely important for the most efficient road treatment.

 

Join a night of `Spooky` `Silly` Halloween fun! Dress up in your favorite costume and watch Main Street Frostburg come alive with the annual Halloween Parade starting at 6:30 p.m tonight .  The parade will be from 6:30PM-7:15PM. After the parade, check out various `Ghoulish` activities at City Place. You can also take a walk through the Haunted House that will have many `Creepy` `Crawly` things to frighten the toughest kids! The haunted house is open from 7:30PM-9PM. For more information contact Brain Vought at 301-689-6000 x 18.

American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive. Thursday October 30th from 8:15 to 1:45 at Northern Garrett High School located at 86 Pride Parkway in Accident, MD.

Emergency crews remain at the scene of a house fire that broke out at about 3 this morning. The fire started at a home on Mountain Knight Road near Oldtown. Crews from Allegany, Mineral and Hampshire Counties are on the scene. No reports of any injuries.

A large oil spill from a train prompted a shutdown of East Street in Keyser. At about 6pm crews were called to the scene including a HAZMAT team.

A Meysersdale woman is arrested in connection with a burglary. Accoriding to Maryland State Police On 10-25-2014, troopers from the responded to a burglary in progress at the 1800 block of National Highway in Garrett County Maryland. Upon arrival Troopers located and arrested the suspect, 40 year old Christina Lynn Firl of Meyersdale Pennsylvania. Firl was charged with Burglary and Destruction of Property value 500 dollars or more. Firl was processed and taken to the District Court Commissioner where she was held in the Garrett County Jail on $3000 bond

All Allegany County Public Schools will dismiss three hours early tomorrow, Wednesday, October 29, 2014. The afternoon will be used for teacher work time.

A Cumberland man is arrested in connection with a burglary as law enforcement officials continue an investigation. According to Cumberland Police  on Tuesday October 28 at approximately 9:38 AM the Cumberland Police responded to a property on Market Street for a burglary complaint.  Upon arrival the police were advised someone had been stealing from the property for several weeks, including items from a building and vehicles parked on the lot.  Video surveillance was viewed from the incidents, including from the incident on October 28th, and suspect(s) can be viewed committing the crimes.  A local scrap yard outside of Cumberland was contacted about the stolen items from Market Street, but nothing matching the description was located at that time.  Later in the morning the scrap yard called the Cumberland Police back advising two subjects had just arrived there with some of the items they were looking for.  The Cumberland Police requested the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office respond and they met the Cumberland Police at the scrap yard.  Further investigation revealed 20 year old Joshua James Connell as being one of the  suspects from the video surveillance and he was arrested at the scrap yard.  A search of the vehicle was made and items from the property on Market Street was located.  The other subject was determined to not be involved and was released from the scene.  Connell was taken before a District Court Commissioner where he was held on $10,000 bond. Information was developed that some of the stolen property may be in a residence on Columbia Street.  A search warrant was executed at the suspected residence with the assistance of the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigations Unit (C3I).  More items from the property on Market Street were located.  Investigation into this incident is continuing.  Anybody with information is asked to contact the Cumberland Police Department.

 

Maryland State Fire Marshals continue to investigate a blaze that took the lives of two children. According to Deputy Chief Jason Mowbray the fire broke out in the first floor of a duplex on Grand Avenue. He says heavy smoke quickly filled the home. The bodies of seven year old Emily Edwards and  three year old Halaina Smith were found on the second floor. Mowbray says two adults and two teens who escaped the fire have been released from the hospital and are recovering from injuries they suffered escaping the fire. Mowbray says typically you only have three minutes once your smoke alarm goes off in the event of a fire to escape. Mowbray says three minutes is not much time and heavy smoke quickly disorients those who are trapped in the fire and it is often times hard to find a way out. Mowbray says as you change your clocks back for daylight savings time this weekend check the batteries in your smoke detector. He says it is also a good time to go over an escape plan with your family in case of a fire. He says all family members no matter what age should know two ways out of the home in the event of a fire. 

North Centre Street in Cumberland was closed for almost seven hours following a possible mobile meth lab explosion. According to Cumberland Police yesterday afternoon  at 2:35pm the Cumberland Police Department and Cumberland Fire Department responded to the 200 block of N. Centre Street for a report of a vehicle fire. Witnesses advised that the vehicle was traveling on the roadway when a fire started in the interior, the car then rolled to a stop and two occupants jumped from the car. The fire was extinguished by the Cumberland Fire Department. One occupant was transported to the hospital by CFD for the treatment of burns with the second occupant fleeing the scene prior to the arrival of the police. Preliminary investigation revealed that the fire may be related to clandestine drug manufacturing. The 200 block of N Centre Street has been closed and will be closed for several hours. The scene has been made safe and there is no danger to the public. Agencies on the scene include the Cumberland Police Department, Cumberland Fire Department, State Fire Marshal, C3I Narcotics, and the Western Maryland Clandestine Lab Team. The case is under investigation and further information will be released as it becomes available. One of the suspects involved in the possible mobile meth lab explosion is being flown by helicopter to a burn center for treatment of severe injuries

One person is hospitalized after a crash on I-68. A truck crashed into a parked Maryland State Highway Administration vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.

No charges are being filed after a fire in Frostburg. According to the Maryland State Fire Marshals Office just after 2pm yesterday afternoon a fire broke out at a two story wood framed home on Center Street. The occupants were using an ignitable liquid to eliminate pests on the front porch. The fire was quickly extinguished before any damage was caused.

A four year old girl is dead following an ATV crash in Somerset County. According to Pennsylvania State Police the accident happened at about 5pm yesterday at a railroad crossing on Scratch Hill Road. A 14 year old girl was driving the ATV with several passengers including  a one year old, three year old, four year old and a nine year old. The driver lost control and the ATV rolled throwing the four year old from the vehicle. She died a result of her injuries. The other children were taken to the Meysersdale Medical Center. No one was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

450 thousand dollars will be coming to Allegany County for water infrastructure. The money comes from the Department of Agriculture Rural Development to extend the Allegany County water mains to connect to the Rawlings community water system. Funds will also be used to replace the existing distribution system in Rawlings. The new system will bring water to about 345 homes and businesses in the Rawlings area. A new water storage tank and treatment facility will also be built. This is the fourth and final phase of funding for the Rawlings Water Distribution System. $1,600,000 of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds will also be made available through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Allegany County will contribute $261,000.

The City of Cumberland will get more than 14 thousand dollars in funds from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) through the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (BJAG) program. The money will be used to purchase tasers and other equipment for law enforcement officers.

 

Two grants were presented to Mineral County Public School officials.  Superintendent Shawn Dilly accepted a grant for $2,500 for the purchase of I-pads for use at Frankfort High School. Also Superintendent Shawn Dilly and Frankfort Middle School Principal Patti Twigg accept a grant  for $1,000 for construction of an outdoor classroom. The money comes from Community Participation Program grants from State Senator Craig Blair. Delegate Gary G Howell presented the grant on behalf of the Senator. Courtesy Delegate Gary Howell. 

A juvenile is arrested on arson charges. According to Deputy State Fire Marshals  just after 9pm on Saturday emergency crews were called out to an apartment complex on Oldtown Road in Cumberland in a second floor bedroom. Five firefighters took approximately 5 minutes to bring the fire under control.The fire was determined to be Arson and Investigators were able to develop that a female juvenile occupant of the involved apartment was responsible. During the investigation the female juvenile confessed to using an ordinary cigarette lighter and paper to set the fire. It was also determined that the juvenile and her mother had been engaged in a domestic argument prior to the fire. Investigators were assisted by The Cumberland Police Department and Cumberland Fire Department’s Fire Marshal. The juvenile has been charged with 1st Degree Arson, Malicious Burning 1st Degree, and Reckless Endangerment. If convicted of all charges, the maximum penalties include 40 years imprisonment and or $60,000.00 dollars in fines. She has been transported to a Department of Juvenile Services Detention Facility in Rockville Maryland.

Cumberland Police and Fire officials are searching for the suspects who started several fires. On Sunday, October 26, 2014 at approximately 4:50 a.m., the Cumberland Police Department and the Cumberland Fire Department responded to E. Offutt Street and Candoc Lane in reference to three small fires.  One fire was confined to a wooden trash can located at the Cumberland Police Department’s outdoor firing range located down in the Eugene Mason Sports Complex off of Offutt Street.  The trash can was completely destroyed.  The two other fires were in the wooded area along Candoc Lane.  This wooded area is between Candoc Lane and the Eugene Mason Sports Complex.  These fires looked as though they were burning for sometime due to the size of the fires.  The Cumberland Fire Department was able to extinguish all fires.  The fires were found by a newspaper delivery person in the area.  Anyone with information about these fires is asked to call the Cumberland Police Department at 301-777-1600 anonymous callers can also call Crime Solvers at 301-722-4300.

A hunter who was found dead in Bedford County is believed to have died of natural causes. .  According to Pennsylvania State Police officials at about 5pm Saturday night the body of a 64 year old man from Johnstown was found on state game lands.

One person is hospitalized following an ATV crash. The accident happened Friday along South Branch River Road in Hampshire County. The driver was flown by helicopter to the hospital. No word yet on the driver’s condition.

The National Park Service has completed a thorough inventory of the museum collection items lost in the fire that destroyed the Flight 93 National Memorial headquarters on October 3. The findings of the inventory, conducted with the assistance of museum professionals and archeologists from the National Park Service’s Museum Emergency Response Team, confirm the findings of the initial inventory completed within 48 hours of the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, though arson and foul play have been ruled out. There were significant losses, including objects being prepared for exhibit in the new visitor center. In all, 334 original photographs and 25 recovered items and personal mementos of passengers and crew members of United Airlines Flight 93 were lost. The photos had been loaned to the memorial by family members for digital reproduction. The digital reproductions of all photos were recovered. The lost objects include a boarding pass from United Airlines Flight 93, a parking receipt from Newark International Airport, and various identification cards of passengers, all recovered from the crash site. Approximately 113 small objects and paper items donated by family and friends for the general collection were also lost.  Also lost were approximately 100 visitor tributes and items from the 2001 investigation and recovery of Flight 93 that were being considered for the exhibit. These include items donated by the FBI and others that responded to the crash of Flight 93.   110 boxes of tribute items left at the temporary and permanent memorials since September 11, 2001 by visitors were also lost; these include decorative items, cards, children’s artwork, lapel pins, religious items, patches, and toys. Approximately 100 of these items were being considered for temporary or rotational exhibits. As previously reported, the American flag that flew above the United States Capitol on September 11, 2001, was also among the destroyed items, but the Congressional Gold Medal was stored in a separate facility and not damaged by the fire. At the time of the fire, all of the items slated for display in the new visitor center were in the temporary curatorial storage and processing area at the Flight 93 National Memorial headquarters in preparation for a visit from exhibit fabricators for the new visitor center, scheduled for later in October. The long-term storage of the object and archival collection is at a high-security facility in the Pittsburgh area. Approximately 90% of the memorial’s collection is housed at that facility, where many government agencies, including the National Archives, store materials.

Among the items saved from the fire are:

Three audio recordings of phone calls made by passengers and crew members to family from Flight 93.

Of the 834 oral history interviews conducted by the memorial, either the original audio or a written transcript or both were recovered for all interviews. For 250 of the interviews, the original audio has been lost

The entire collection of photographs from the crash site, the investigation and recovery, and memorial services and activities was saved. This includes thousands of images stored on 463 disks.

More than 35,800 of the 38,000 comment cards left by visitors were recovered.

Extensive paper files on the lives of each passenger and crew member, videos of the recovery and investigation, and the reference library were also saved.

The fire at the headquarters of Flight 93 National Memorial on October 3, 2014 destroyed three buildings which served multiple functions for the operation of the memorial, including administrative and staff offices for the National Park Service and the Friends of Flight 93, conference facilities, and temporary storage of some of the memorial’s archival and curatorial collection.

The Footer Dye Works building could be under construction by next spring. According to Canal Place Executive Director Deidra Ritchie says the developer Michael Joy is putting this project on the fast track. “Michael has hired an architect and has come up with some design plans and those plans are being reviewed by the Maryland Historical Trust. There are national historic tax credits as well as state historic tax credits that could be used so Michael is going to be using those to help fund the revitalization of the building.”  Ritchie says this is an exciting time for Canal Place. Joy has proposed renovating the Footer Dye Works building into a mixed use facility including commercial and residential space.

 

Early voting continues this week. In Maryland voters can cast ballots from 10am-8pm through Thursday October 30th.  Early voting locations locally include .Allegany County Office Complex  701 Kelly Road Suite 212  Cumberland, MD 21502 and  Oakland Community Center(The Oakland Armory Building) 14 North 8th Street Oakland, MD 2155. Meanwhile early voting continues in West Virginia through Saturday November 1st

Investigators have located the body of the missing child in yesterday morning’s deadly house fire at 402 Grand Avenue in Cumberland. Although both children are believed to be Emily Edwards (7) and Halaina Smith (5), the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will confirm the identities and cause of death during their investigation. The children’s parents and two siblings escaped the fire uninjured. The neighbors, two adults and two children in the other half of the duplex at 402 also escaped the blaze uninjured.The blaze heavily damaged the 402 portion of the duplex while 404 received moderate smoke damage. Both families have been displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. Two firefighters were treated at the scene for minor injuries. The origin and cause for the fire remain under investigation at this time.

Three people are dead following the mid-air crash of a small plane and a helicopter that occurred yesterday  afternoon in Frederick.   
The three deceased victims are identified as Christopher D. Parsons, 29, of Westminster, MD, William Jenkins, 47, of Morrison, Colorado, and Breandan J. MacFawn, 35, of Cumberland, MD.  Investigators have determined all three men were on-board the helicopter.  Who was piloting the helicopter has not been verified at this time.     The two persons in the airplane are identified as Scott V. Graeves, 55, of Brookeville, MD, and Gilbert L. Porter, 75, of Sandy Spring, MD.  Both had been taken by ambulance to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, MD, but were released from the hospital.  Graeves was the pilot of the airplane and Porter was his passenger. At 3:39 p.m. today, the Frederick County 911 center received multiple calls from witnesses reporting a mid-air collision of a helicopter and small plane north of Patrick Street, not far from the Frederick County Airport.  Multiple units from the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Service responded to the area, as did members of the Frederick Police Department, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, and the Maryland State Police.   Emergency personnel found a Cirrus SR 22 airplane suspended vertically in a thin row of trees in the 500-block of Monocacy Blvd., north of Patrick Street.  The plane was equipped with a parachute, which had been deployed from the rear of the aircraft.   About one-tenth of a mile south of the airplane, emergency personnel found the wreckage of a Robinson R44 helicopter.  The helicopter had crashed between two rows of storage units in a self storage facility near the intersection of Highland and Monroe streets.   Neither aircraft caught fire.  Who owned the aircraft and the origin and destination of each remain under investigation.   Maryland State Police investigators from the Criminal Enforcement Division responded to conduct the preliminary investigation.  State Police crime scene technicians responded to process the scenes.  Maryland State Police Crash Team personnel documented the crash scenes with computer mapping.    Representatives from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner responded to the scene and examined the deceased.  Their bodies were removed about 9:00 p.m. and were transported to Baltimore for autopsies.   Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene.  They will conduct investigations into how and why the crash occurred.  Further information about the crash will come from federal investigators.    The wreckage of both aircraft will remain at the scenes overnight.  Both scenes have been secured and will remain under guard until federal investigators return in the morning.

A Mineral County man is behind bars after allegedly stabbing his father and attacking members of the Keyser Police Department.  Just before 6pm on Tuesday night Keyser Police were called out to a home in the 30 block of Water Street.  The 60 year old male victim suffered a stab wound to the abdomen. He claimed his son 32 year old Gregory Kent Rotruck stabbed him for an unknown reason. While officers were on the scene Rotruck returned and was arrested following a struggle. The victim was flown by helicopter to the hospital where he remains in intensive care. During transport to the police station Rotruck moved his handcuffs and when a Keyser Police officer and a police communications officer attempted to place a belly chain on him he became combative. The police officer sustained minor injuries to his hand the police communications officer suffered injuries to the face and was treated at Potomac Valley Hospital. Currently Rotruck is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.

Stock car racing will be returning to the area. Local business owner Craig Knippenberg and the Allegany County Commissioners have partnered together to bring back the stock car races at the Allegany County Fairgrounds beginning in April. Knippenberg says he plans to renovate the stands, lighting and the grandstands. He says they will also be partnering with other local tracks. Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine says they will also be working to put together a race focused around Delfest. 

The Cumberland City Police are seeking the public’s assistance with two current burglary investigations in the North End of Cumberland. The two burglaries occurred sometime during the early morning hours of October 23, 2014 in the 300 block of Bellevue St. and the 400 block of Baltimore Ave. During both burglaries forced entry was made into the residences and the homes were ransacked. Also during the burglaries an undisclosed amount of money was taken along with a camera. Anyone with information on either of these crimes is asked to contact the Cumberland Police at 301-777-1600, or Allegany County Crime Solvers at 301-722-4300.

The bodies of two children under the age of ten have been recovered from a home on Grand Avenue following a fire this morning. Four others were hospitalized including the parents and two teenagers. It is believed the fire started on the first floor of the duplex. According to Maryland State Fire Marshal Deputy Chief Jason Mowbray the family woke up to smoke alarms and found the fire on the first floor of the duplex at 402 Grand Avenue. They returned to the second floor and several jumped out of the home from second story windows. The bodies of the two young girls ages 3 and 1/2 and about 7 were found on the second floor. Crews remain on the scene investigating the cause of the blaze. More than 40 firefighters were on the scene this morning and had the fire under control in about half an hour. The occupants in the second part of the duplex at 404 Grand Avenue escaped without injury. There is damage to a home next door to 402 Grand Avenue where the fire began.

A Keyser man faces charges after allegedly illegally killing a deer. According to West Virginia State Police on 10/07/2014 Officer Kuykendall received a complaint from a Grant County citizen who believed a buck may have been killed illegally. The complainant advised that he had been watching an 11 point buck all summer and had photos from a trail camera. The buck suddenly stopped coming in to the bait at about the time that a Mineral County resident displayed photos of an 11 point on his Facebook page, claiming to have taken the deer with a bow. 
Officer Kuykendall compared the photos and believed them to be the same deer. An investigation revealed the suspect checked the deer as a landowner and listed the location of the kill in Mineral County, over 40 miles from the trail camera site. Further investigation revealed that the deer was in fact shot with a bow during archery season, the deer was killed in Grant County, and the suspect did not have a hunting license. The confiscated rack scored 161 5/8, green score.
The following charges were issued;
• Illegal possession of wildlife
• Hunting without a license
• Falsifying a check tag
• A $2,700.00 replacement fee was also assessed.
Officer Kuykendall was assisted by Corporal Nuzum, Officer Srout, and Officer Simon.


The defendant Alvin Pearce, 53, of Keyser, WV has been convicted of the charges and was assessed the following fines and court costs;
• Illegal Possession of Wildlife, $50.75 fine, $160.25 Court cost (Grant County Magistrate Court)
• Hunting without a license, $75.75 fine, $160.25 Court cost (Grant County Magistrate Court)
• Falsifying a check tag, $20.00 fine, $160.25 Court cost (Mineral County Magistrate Court)
• Replacement Cost $2,700.00 (Grant County Magistrate Court)

The total for fines, replacement costs, and court costs was $3,327.25

 

The Frostburg Community Coalition (FCC) is celebrating the results of compliance checks conducted to determine if Frostburg bars were serving underage patrons during spring 2014. Not a single violation was reported out of 103 checks performed at any of the local establishments that had signed the FCC’s Cooperating Alcohol Agreement.  In appreciation for their cooperation and diligence in preventing underage drinking, a new program will be instituted that will use fewer law enforcement checks, but will add a Secret Shopper Program. This program will allow the businesses’ managers the chance to correct issues with their staff members that resulted in a “fail to card” notice without the threat of fines or liquor license retraction that comes with checks conducted by law enforcement officers.These programs are part of Frostburg Community Coalition’s and the city of Frostburg’s ongoing efforts to decrease underage drinking in the Frostburg community. Compliance checks of local bars are performed by Allegany County Sheriff’s Office several times a semester. These compliance checks occur when an underage person, under surveillance, attempts to order alcohol from a bar. If that underage person is served alcohol, then a violation has been committed and the compliance check was failed. The results of the checks, spanning from March 3 to May 28, show a significant decrease from the seven violations reported during the fall 2013 semester.

A Cumberland man faces assault charges. On Tuesday, October 21, 2014 the Cumberland Police Department arrested Christopher Douglas Balderson on an arrest warrant.  The Warrant stems from an assault which took place on September 19, 2014 at an establishment located in the 200 block of Virginia Avenue.  On that date officers responded to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center and made contact with two victims.  The first victim stated that he was approached by Balderson from behind and Balderson struck him several times with a closed fist knocking him to the ground.  The second victim stepped in to stop the assault and then Balderson sliced the second victims arm with a pocket knife.  The second victim was then rushed to WMRMC for treatment of his injuries.  The first victim did not require medical treatment.   Balderson was served with the warrant and taken to District Court for his initial appearance.  Balderson posted $35,000.00 bond and was released pending his trial.

A power outage is planned for this morning. According to Potomac Edison officialshe outage will affect customers in the vicinity of Salem View Lane, Wisteria Lane, Oak Forest Lane, and Ungers Store Road in Morgan County. . You will experience a service interruption from approximately 9:30 am till 10:00 am. In the event of inclement weather the planned outage will be rescheduled to October 23, 2014. If you have any questions please call: 800-686-0011. Potomac Edison thanks you for your patience and understanding while we perform this work to improve your electric service reliability

A new foundation is working to make the Allegany Museum a long lasting education institution.

Julie Ferris with the Advisory Board of the Allegany Museum say a founders campaign is now underway to raise funds for the continued maintenance of the building and hiring professional staff. “You have the building in general which has to have janitorial service it has to have utilities and parking all the standard things that any building has. Then we have museum related expenses which has to do with setting up our exhibitions bringing in special exhibitions that are traveling and paying professional staff for instance we have 70 thousand artifacts already.”

Cas Taylor also with the Allegany Museum says they hope to get some support from the state level. “We are about to go to the state of Maryland seeking approximately 2.25 million dollars to accomplish this project.” He says they hope to make the museum a true education institution. For more information on how you can get involved you can contact the museum by calling 301-777-7200.

The 65th Halloween Parade kicks off tonight at 7pm. Lineup for the parade is at 6pm. This will be one of the biggest parade’s in the 65 year history.

 

Virginia Tech shooting survivor Kristina Anderson will speak at Frostburg State University’s annual Law Enforcement Awareness Day on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall in the Lane University Center. Anderson was injured in the shooting on April 16, 2007, in which 32 people were killed and 17 were wounded.Anderson’s presentations are part of the all-day Law Enforcement Awareness day, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Lane Manicur Hall. The eighth annual event hosted by University Police is free and open to the public.Anderson will speak about her personal experience on that tragic day as well as raise awareness on the importance of school safety and violence prevention through her significant encounter with gun violence. According to an article from USA Today, Anderson watched as the shooter shot her teacher and then began to shoot her classmates at their desks. She hid behind her desk and waited for the shooter to come and shoot her, too. The gunman shot her three times, twice in the back and once in the foot.

Oct. 22- American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive. Wednesday October 22nd from 7:30 to 1:00 at Allegany High School located at 616 Sedgwick St. in Cumberland MD.As well as Wednesday October 22nd from 12:30 to 6:00 at Frostburg Community located at United Methodist Church 418 W. Main St. in Frostburg, MD.

A Berlin woman faces charges after a crash that sent a motorcyclist to the hospital. Just before 1pm on Friday Garrett County Sheriff’s Deputies were called out to Garrett Highway. 61 year old Mary Cosby was making a left turn from a private business and failed to yield to the right of way of 23 year old Christopher Baumann of Oakland. Baumann was thrown from the bike and sustained multiple injuries. He was taken to the Garrett Memorial Hospital. Cosby was cited for failure to yield to the right of way. 

Cumberland Police are searching for the suspect in a breaking and entering. On Monday, October 20, 2014 at approximately 11:46 a.m., the Cumberland Police Department responded to a residence located in the 900 block of Yale Street in reference to a breaking and entering.  Upon the officers arrival contact was made with the resident who stated that he left his residence on this date at 9:00 a.m., and returned just before noon.  The victim stated that when he arrived back home he noticed that his rear door of the residence was broken in and ajar.  Officers entered the residence and observed the home to be ransacked with all drawers pulled out and furniture moved.  Several thousands of dollars along with several pieces of jewelry were stolen from the residence.  Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Cumberland Police Department at 301-777-1600.  Anonymous callers can also call Crime Solvers at 301-722-4300

Cumberland Police are searching for the suspects who stole a puppy. On Monday, October 20, 2014 at approximately 10:30 p.m., the Cumberland police Department responded to a residence located in the 300 block of Caroline Street in reference to a breaking and entering.  Upon the officers arrival contact was made with the victim who stated that someone entered her residence and stole a Pit Bull / Boxer mix puppy.  The victim explained that she left her residence at approximately 10:00 p.m. and when she returned she found that the puppy was missing.  The victim stated that the puppy is kept in a kennel in the living room of her residence.  The victim stated that she did leave the back door of her residence unlocked when she left.  The puppy is an 8 month old Pit Bull / Boxer mix that is brindle in color.  Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Cumberland Police Department at 301-777-1600.  Anonymous callers can also call Crime Solvers at 301-722-4300.

 

Four students at Frostburg State University are recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning. According to a joint statement from FSU and TLC officials “Four students in the Intensive English Program at TLC-Frostburg were treated and released from Western Maryland Regional Medical Center after a furnace flue malfunction caused elevated carbon monoxide levels in TLC's residential facility on Monday, Oct. 20. A resident assistant (RA) for TLC-Frostburg contacted Frostburg State University Police, which, in turn, called 911.TLC-Frostburg is a branch of the nationwide company, The Language Company, which works in partnership with FSU to bring international students to Western Maryland. TLC leases two buildings from FSU at the intersection of Park and American avenues in Frostburg for residential, classroom and office space. TLC students also have access to FSU campus facilities and student activities and work with FSU students as conversation partners. FSU is providing temporary housing for the TLC students and RAs in FSU residence halls until the furnace flue is repaired and tested.”

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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