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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

·         Route 46 from Water Street to Knobley Mountain

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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