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Troopers from the Maryland State Police Hagerstown Barrack are currently responding to rollover collision involving two tractor trailers on eastbound Interstate 70 at the 3 mile marker in Hancock, MD. The roadway is currently closed and is expected to remain closed for several hours. Motorists should expect delays.

Yesterday  morning's fire on the Carpendale Rail Trail Bridge is ruled arson by the WV State Fire Marshal's office and remains under investigation. Anyone with details is asked to call the arson hotline at 800-233-FIRE. Anyone with details about the event could be eligible for a $5,000 reward. Investigators will be using every resource available in order to find the suspects involved

The investigating into a stabbing on Wednesday continues. On December 17, 2014 at approximately 10:10 P.M., Troopers from the Maryland State Police Cumberland Barracks responded to the Flintstone Fire Department in reference to a reported stabbing victim. Upon arrival, Troopers located a subject in the parking lot of the fire hall with a single stab wound to the left mid torso area. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was assaulted at a location within or near the city of Cumberland.The victim was transported to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center by Flintstone VFD for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The victim has since been released from the hospital. No arrests have been made at this point and the investigation is being continued by C3I.

Witnesses to an incident Wednesday night are being asked to contact law enforcement. At approximately 8:56 p.m., Cumberland Police Department responded to the 200 block of Decatur Street for gun shots. Upon arrival officers set up a perimeter around the immediate location with the assistance of the Maryland State Police and the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office. A canvas of the area resulted in negative results in regards to locating a suspect and/or any victims. Evidence was gathered at the scene which indicated that a firearm had been discharged several times and some property damage occurred. Investigators from C3I responded to the scene and assisted officers in contacting residents in the immediate area. C3I has assumed the investigation and will be following up on all leads at this time. The Cumberland Police Department is requesting that if anyone has any information about this incident to contact them at 301-777-1600.

One person is hospitalized following a three vehicle crash on Route 220. The Allegany County Sheriff's Office is investigating

Two people are hospitalized after a crash on National Highway yesterday afternoon. The accident happened just before 3 pm. Maryland State Police are investigating.


Maryland State Police in Garrett County are investigating two separate incidents. On 12-17-2014, Troopers from the Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack responded to a malicious destruction of property and theft at Yough Laundromat, 260 Maple Street, Friendsville, Maryland. An unknown suspect/suspects damaged a commercial washer and stole the money box from inside the washer. If anyone has any information on the burglary or suspicious green minivan, please call the Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack. On 12-18-2014, Troopers from the Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack responded to a burglary at Glade Road, Friendsville, Maryland. An unknown suspect/suspects stole one camouflage Hoyt Ignite bow with accessories, one black/red Bowtech Destroyer 340 with accessories, one camouflage single shot 20 gauge shotgun with a PGC (Pennsylvania Game Commission) stamp on the stock, and one black Tikka T-3 7mm-08 rifle with Bushnell scope. Victims stated they observed an old green minivan driving slowly around the area the past few days and also observed the same minivan driving in Friendsville, Maryland. If anyone has any information on the burglary or suspicious green minivan, please call the Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack.


Presents for Paws, a family tradition, is this Saturday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Allegany County Animal Shelter. Let's bring Christmas to the animals!

Mountainside Baroque will host A Festival of Lessons & Carols for Christmas at 5pm on Sunday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland. The event is free and open to the public.

Emergency crews are on the scene of a fire on the rail trail near Carpendale. Fire crews are on the scene and the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office has been notified.

The Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigations Unit is investigating a shooting. Just after 9pm several shots were fired in the 200 block of Decatur Street. Nine shell casings were recovered. No one was injuries and no victims have been reported.

C3I is also investigating a stabbing. The incident happened around 10pm last night near Flintstone.

Seven former Potomac Center employees face charges in connection with an investigation into suspected abuse at the facility in Romney. Katrina Phillips, Joseph Moreland Junior, Denny Timbrook all of Augusta, Jennifer Flores and Jessica Carter of Romney, Kevin Helms of Springfield and Justin Wright of Pennsylvania who is being extricated all face misdemeanor charges of failure to report suspected abuse or neglect in Hampshire County Magistrate Court. The penalty for the misdemeanor charge is up to 30 days in jail and or a one thousand dollar fine. Hearings are expected for all seven sometime after the first of the year. West Virginia State Police are handling the investigation.  Allegations of abuse were made in January. The Potomac Center is a non profit facility that provides residential assistance and support to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Tuesday’s  fire on Race Street is ruled accidental. The cause was determined to be electric wires arcing in the sub floor area of the second floor bedroom. Damages are estimated to be about $12,000 to the structure and the contents. First arriving units found fire in the second floor bedroom. The fire was confined to the bedroom with no extension to the rest of the house. There was smoke and heat in parts of the second floor that was not part of the bedroom. The fire was confined to the bedroom by the occupants closing the bedroom door. By closing the door, the fire was contained and could not easily spread to the rest of the house. The family was going to receive assistance from the Red Cross.  Fire operations were under the direction of Battalion Chief Robert Long. Investigation was conducted by Fire Marshal Shannon Adams of the Cumberland Fire Department.

Maryland State Fire Marshals are investigating the cause of a blaze in Garrett County. The fire broke out last night at about 5:15 on Oakland Sang Run Road. No one was injured in the blaze.

A new business is opening in LaVale. Pure Velocity Sports offers indoor batting cages and laser tag. A grand opening is set for today between 10am and 3pm. Pure Velocity Sports is located on Lane Avenue in LaVale. For more details log on to their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/purevelocitysports?fref=ts

On Tuesday, 12/16/2014, members of the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) arrested 33 year old Kurt Jason Wilt, of Frostburg, in connection with a burglary at Giuseppe’s Restaurant on Bowery Street in Frostburg whichoccurred in October of this year. Cash and numerous bottles of liquor were stolen at the time of the crime, which was originally reported to the Frostburg Police. Wilt was an accomplice of 26 year old Ronald Dewain Smith Jr, also of Frostburg, who was first arrested on 10/29/2014 by the Frostburg Police after he was discovered breaking into Gianni’s Pizza by the owner. A subsequent investigation by C3I Investigators resulted in Smith being charged with 43 different counts of Burglary, Theft, and related charges in connection with burglaries at 4 different private residences and 2 businesses in Frostburg. Further investigation by C3I developed information that Wilt was with Smith when the burglary at Giuseppe’s occurred. At the time of his arrest, C3I Investigators, with the assistance of the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and C3I Narcotics Investigators, served a search warrant at Wilt’s residence. Items reported stolen during the burglary at Giuseppe’s were recovered at that time. Wilt was charged on an arrest warrant with two (2) counts of Burglary and one (1) count of Theft. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance, and is currently being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $45,000.00 bond pending his next court appearance. The investigation is continuing.

Following up on intelligence gathered in recent days, the Bedford County Drug Task Force, with the assistance of the Pennsylvania State Police, served a search warrant at the Bedford Borough residence of Kaleb Winsickle, 23 years old. Late yesterday afternoon, the District Attorney secured a sealed search warrant from Judge Travis Livengood, which was immediately served by Drug Task Force Officers at the Winesickle residence. Police discovered large quantities of Controlled Substances, including 210 “stamp bags” of Heroin, over 50 grams of Cocaine, a Taurus 454 Revolver with Ammunition, 2 pocket scales, and $1,094.00 in U.S. currency. Also seized during the search were suspected Hashish, Mushrooms and K-2, however, these items need to be sent to the crime lab for further analysis before positive identification can be made. During the search, it was discovered that Winesickle had his 4-year old twin sons at the residence. Following the search, Winesickle and Shariff Alfuquan Lucas, 26, of Newark New Jersey, were taken into custody. Lucas was charged with two counts of Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, two counts of Conspiracy, and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was arraigned last evening and bail was set at $150,000.00. He has not posted. Winesickle was held on an unrelated probation detainer, and he will be arraigned today. In addition to the charges Lucas is facing, Winesickle will also be charged with two counts of Endangering the Welfare of Children for bringing his children into this drug environment. At least two more arrests stemming from this investigation are expected. “The Bedford County Drug Task Force continues to gather intelligence, target major suppliers, and swiftly bring them to justice. Selling Drugs in Bedford County has proven to be a very poor career choice, and one that ends in State Prison System,” stated District Attorney Bill Higgins. “The Office of the Bedford County Sheriff has been proud to work on the Bedford County Drug Task Force, as we continue to take down these people who are destroying lives in our community,” stated Sherriff Charwin Reichelderfer. “It’s bad enough that Winesickle was bringing this poison into our community, but drug dealing is an inherently dangerous business, and he clearly endangered the lives of his two children by operating his drug enterprise from his home, not to mention the terrible example he was setting for these impressionable young boys. These actions will certainly be factored into the ultimate disposition of his case,” concluded Higgins. Due to the presence of the children at the residence, District Attorney Higgins referred the case to Bedford County Children and Youth Services for review. Winesickle and Lucas will be scheduled for a preliminary hearing next Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.

The pedestrian killed in a crash in Washington County has been identified as Brian Edward Connolly, 32, of Hagerstown. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigation a fatal vehicle collision. On December 15, 2014 at 5:53 PM, Deputies responded to the 1500 block of Dual Highway, Hagerstown, for a pedestrian struck.   A Pontiac SUV, traveling eastbound on Dual Highway, collided with a pedestrian. The pedestrian was in the roadway at the time of the collision.  Connolly was transported to Meritus Medical Center, where he later died. 

On Tuesday, December 16, 2014 the Cumberland Police Department responded to a residence located in the 400 block of York place in reference to a domestic assault.  Upon the officers arrival contact was made with the female victim who stated that she was assaulted by Duane NMN Montaque-Bey.  The female victim stated that she heard a knock at the door and when she opened it Montaque-Bey forced his way inside and began assaulting her by striking her in the face.  The female victim ran away from Montaque-Bey but he followed her out into the street and continued to assault her by striking her in the face.  The victim stated that during the assault Montaque-Bey broke her cellular phone.  Prior to the officers arrival Montaque-Bey ran from the scene.  The victim was transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.Additional officers began searching for Montaque-Bey.  Approximately two hours later officers were able to track him down and affect the arrest in the 500 block of Maryland Avenue.Montaque-Bey was also wanted on two additional warrants.  One of the warrants was for failing to appear for court on 12/16/2014.  The other warrant stems from an investigation of an armed robbery which took place on 12/12/2014.  On that date officer contacted a male victim who stated that he was robbed at gun point by Montaque-Bey.  Charges were applied for resulting in the arrest warrant being issued.Montaque-Bey was taken to District Court for his initial appearance and was held on a total of $40,000.00 at the Allegany County Detention Center.

Allegany County Public Schools, in partnership with Garrett, Washington, Frederick and Carroll Counties, will utilize the services of the Business Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) at Salisbury University to conduct an economic impact study that will examine the annual economic and employment impact of school system operations. BEACON offers business, economic, workforce and community development consulting and assistance services to a variety of organizations, including businesses, government agencies, and non-profit community based organizations. In 2013, BEACON conducted an economic impact study, similar to the one being sought by ACPS, for the Eastern Shore of Maryland Educational Consortium, which consists of the public school systems in Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester Counties. In addition to the regional economic impact of the five westernmost counties in Maryland, Allegany County will also explore the local impact building a new Allegany High School will have on the area

One person is hospitalized following a vehicle fire. A vehicle was discovered in the woods just off of Interstate 68 near mile marker 66 by a passerby on the interstate at about 12:30 Sunday morning . An occupant of the vehicle was discovered along the roadway and was transported to the hospital with a minor burn injury, and injuries from exiting the vehicle while it was moving. The fire is currently being investigated by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office and the vehicle crash is being investigated by the Maryland State Police. The cause and origin of the fire have not yet been determined.

Two firefighters sustained injuries in an accidental blaze in Washington County. The fire broke out just before 1pm Friday in a home on Rohrersville Road. The blaze was ruled accidental according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office. A heat lamp in the first floor mudroom addition ignited combustibles in a box containing baby chicks. Close to 100 firefighters were on the scene for more than an hour and a half.  The fire caused about 134 thousand dollars in damage. Two firefighters suffered minor burn injuries and were treated at the scene. The family is being helped by the American Red Cross.

Cumberland Police are searching for the suspect in a breaking and entering. This morning at approximately 5:39 a.m., the Cumberland Police Department responded to Fastenal located at 1050 Industrial Boulevard in reference to a breaking and entering. Unknown suspects forced entry into the business and damaged an interior wall to gain access into the business. Once inside an undetermined amount ofpower tools were stolen. This is the second time this business has been broken into in the past two weeks.The Maryland State Police Crime Lab responded to process the scene for evidence. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Cumberland Police Department at 301-777-1600, anonymous callers can call in at 301-722-4300.

The Grant County Sheriff's Department is investigating a crash into a creek. Yesterday morning one vehicle rolled over into a creek near Patterson Creek Road. At least one person was injured and a medevac helicopter was called to the scene to assist in the rescue.

With Maryland’s hunting season now in full swing, thousands of hunters are taking along the AccessDNR mobile app from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The app provides the state’s hunters, anglers, boaters and park-goers with all of the latest outdoor recreation information, news and alerts right at their fingertips. More than 15,000 Marylanders have downloaded the award-winning AccessDNR mobile app since its launch earlier this year. This free resource is available for Apple and Android devices through their app stores, and can also be accessed online at http://dnr2.maryland.gov/pages/dnrapp.aspx . The AccessDNR app also provides mobile access to information for state park locations, activities and amenities, reservations, trails, boat launch sites, and mobile licensing. The location-based Near Me mapping function displays parks and waterways in radius increments of 10, 25 or 50 miles of the user and includes detailed driving directions.

The Fort Hill High School Music Department Concert has been moved from Tuesday, December 16, 2014,  to Monday, December 22, 2014. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigation a fatal vehicle collision.  On December 15, 2014 at 5:53 PM, Deputies responded to the 1500 block of Dual Highway, Hagerstown, for a pedestrian struck.   A Pontiac SUV, traveling eastbound on Dual Highway, collided with a pedestrian. The pedestrian was in the roadway at the time of the collision.   The pedestrian, a 32 year old male, was transported to Meritus Medical Center, where he later died.   The identity of the pedestrian is being with held pending next of kin notification. The investigation into this incident is on-going.

A Cumberland man is arrested on burglary and theft charges. Monday 23 year old Scott Heward was arrested in connection with a breaking and entering at a business on North Centre Street on November 4th. He was also served an arrest warrant for an unrelated case being investigated by C3I.

A judge is upholding a search warrant for records at Pristine Preowned Autos. Friday Judge Lynn Nelson issued the order in connection with the seizure of records from Pristine on October 23rd. Judge Nelson states in the order “A showing of probable cause did exist upon which a warrant was properly issued.” The judge also determined the place to be searched and the items to be seized were adequately depicted in the warrant. Attorney James Smith and Pristine owner Fernando Smith claimed State Police officials took items not relevant to the case. Judge Nelson ruled “The evidence the Trooper was seeking was financial and business records. Obviously, in paper form those records are quite voluminous and proved difficult to locate given the Trooper’s unfamiliarity with the organizational habits of Pristine. While the Court recognizes Mr. Smith did not have to cooperate with the Trooper during the search his refusal to do so helped create the issue of “overtake” of which he now complains.” In a press release Sergeant Droppleman says “This is a very significant ruling for the State Police in this case.  It has always been our goal to operate professionally and appropriately while conducting any investigation. It is true some files and items were inadvertently taken during the search, but that could not be avoided. Because these files and items were mixed in with all of the other files and drawers to be taken. For the officers to remain at Pristine and inventory that which was pertinent and that which was’t would have taken an unreasonable amount of time, likely days. Therefore, all files and items that appeared to be relevant were seized. It is noteworthy to state that Trooper Travelpiece has identified numerous files and items that can be released and has attempted to release those items even before the issuance of the Judge’s order.”

Maryland State Police are investigating a burglary. The incident occurred on New Gravel Hill Road in Friendsville, Garrett County, Maryland, between 1200 (Noon) Tuesday December 9th through 1530 hours on Friday December 12th.  A black pickup truck was observed in the area during the time of the incident. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Trooper Whetzel at the McHenry Barrack 301-387-1101. 


An Oakland man pleads guilty to second degree assault, driving on a revoked license, fleeing from police and possession of cocaine.  Related charges were dismissed upon his plea.  Presiding Judge J. Frederick Sharer then ordered a pre-sentence investigation be completed prior to sentencing for 48 year old Roger Lee Strawser, and revoked any bond that had been set and returned Strawser to the Garrett County Detention Center.Strawser was arrested and charged by Garrett County Sheriff’s Deputies last December.  He was driving a vehicle that had been observed by Task Force officers in Bloomington where a suspected drug transaction was occurring.  Task Force officers observed the vehicle being driven across the center of the road as it traveled on Maryland Highway and and requested a deputy in a marked cruiser stop the vehicle.   In the area of Swanton Hill Road, the deputy turned on his overhead lights and the vehicle then sped up, leading to a chase that lasted approximately 10 miles.  In Deer Park, officers deployed stop strips, causing three of the vehicle’s tires to flatten and ultimately contributing to the vehicle being forced off the roadway near Leon White Road by the deputy before it could reach the more populated and traveled Loch Lynn and Mt. Lake Park areas.   During the chase, a baggie was tossed from the driver’s window which was later recovered by police.  Laboratory testing confirmed it contained cocaine. With Strawser a subsequent offender for driving on a revoked license and for possession of CDS, the maximum sentences for all charges total 22 years.

An investigation is underway into a vehicle fire. According to emergency officials the car was found on fire along I-68 eastbound near mile marker 66. No word yet on any injuries.

One person is hospitalized following a possible explosion. A patient was flown from Artemas by Trooper 5 medevac to the hospital with traumatic injuries yesterday.

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A Garrett County man wanted in West Virginia is arrested. According to the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office James Pennington was arrested and is being held at the Garrett County Detention Center awaiting extradition.



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


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


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


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


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


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






The Public Service Commission is once again warning customers about scam phone calls being made to West Virginians from people claiming to represent utility companies. The callers threaten to shut off utility service unless a delinquent bill is paid within a matter of hours.  The callers then request the customer’s credit card and Social Security numbers so payment may be made over the phone.  Elderly people and businesses are often targeted in this type of activity.  The Commission is concerned that in the midst of the busy holiday season, people who would normally question such a call might be more easily convinced that they forgot to pay a bill. This is precisely why the scammers choose this time of year to actively prey upon the people who are most vulnerable. The Public Service Commission is reminding West Virginians to be vigilant, use common sense if contacted about utility payments and keep the following in mind:

· Utility company representatives calling about a delinquent bill would not specify a method of payment. 

·Customers should only use methods authorized by the utility company to pay bills.

· Anyone who receives a billing call should try to verify the identity of the caller and report to police calls that seem similar to the scam.

For more information on authorized payment locations, contact your utility company. 


For the fourth consecutive year, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has honored Frostburg State University as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement, admitting FSU to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, this year under the category of General Community Service.

Preliminary data collected from game checking stations across the state indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 37,277 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, which ran from Nov. 24 through Dec. 6, 2014, according to Frank Jezioro, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR).  The 2014 buck harvest is down 34 percent from the 2013 harvest of 56,523. The top 10 counties for buck harvest were as follows:  Preston (1,531), Greenbrier (1,384), Randolph (1,254), Lewis (1,159), Ritchie (1,157), Hampshire (1,069), Wood (1,019), Upshur (1,015), Monroe (1,001), and Mason (998).   This year’s overall buck harvest is lower than last year’s with decreases occurring in all DNR districts. The largest percentage decreases occurred in the western counties of the state, while the buck harvest in the mountain and southeastern counties had smaller decreases. Warm and very windy weather across the state on opening day; heavy snowfall Wednesday, the third day of the season, in the eastern panhandle of the state; and a rainy second week impacted hunter participation and contributed to the decreased harvest across the state.

The cause of a blaze at an automotive shop at an auto salvage yard in Ellerlie remains under investigation. According to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office just before 11pm a neighbor was awakened by a loud noise and looked outside then noticed the fire coming from a two story wood framed automotive shop at Bonnett’s Auto Salvage. 64 firefighters were called to the scene and had the fire under control in about half an hour. The fire caused about 325 thousand dollars in damage. The blaze began inside the automotive shop.


The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Pre-Legislative Breakfast will be held this at 7:30 am at the Cumberland Ramada.  The program is sponsored by the Legislative Committee of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce.     The Western Maryland Delegation will be in attendance to discuss issues with the 2015 Legislative Session.  The delegation, comprised of Senator George Edwards, Delegate Wendell Beitzel, Delegate-Elect Jason Buckel and Delegate-Elect Michael McKay, will also take questions from the floor.  The meeting will conclude by 9:00 am. The cost to attend (which includes a buffet breakfast) is $20.00 for Chamber members and $30.00 for non-members.  To make reservations, contact the Chamber at 301-722-2820, fax 301-722-5995 or email: amy@alleganycountychamber.com.


It is a busy weekend for Christmas celebrations around the region. Tonight there will be carriage rides in Petersburg and WV Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick will do his annual reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” followed by the Snowflake Express Train get your hot cocoa and cookies and board the train with Santa and enjoy listening to Christmas carols sung by Shanna Bowers and friends while taking in the beautiful ride to Welton Park to see the “Festival of Lights.” Santa will be available for photos before and after each train ride inside the South Side Depot.The South Side Depot also has a breakfast train ride with Santa at 9 a.m. Saturday morning and a Christmas parade will follow at noon on Virginia Avenue in Petersburg. The Keyser Christmas Parade is also set for tonight with line up at 6pm and parade beginning at 7.


HaveyousignedupforHealthCareyet? Stop by the Door To Health Care Event tomorrow from 10am to 2pm, at the Allegany County Western Maryland Regional Medical Center located at 12500 Willowbrook Road in Cumberland, Maryland.  Talk to experts; ask questions, and get enrolled.  And be sure to bring:


-Social Security Numbers

-A tax return forprevious year

-Employer and income info

-Policy numbers forany current healthinsurance and info about employer-sponsored coverage

-And Citizenship or immigration status information

To learn more call 855-288-3667.



It is an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party to Benefit the American Cancer Society / Allegany County Relay for Life  It will be held Saturday, December 13th at Shooters 6:00-12:00  Prizes will be awarded for the Ugliest Sweater Door Prizes, Food available for purchase, Photo Booth and Raffles

Cumberland Police are investigating the incident at Fort Hill High School. Today at approximately 1:00pm officials at Fort Hill High School received a tip about a possible threat that was to occur at dismissal time outside the school. As a precaution, officials locked down the school and notified the Cumberland Police Department. An investigation was initiated by Cumberland Police School Resource Officers with the assistance of Detectives with the C3I Unit. During the investigation, several interviews were conducted with people throughout the school. As a result, it was determined that a student did make some statements that were perceived as threatening to other students. Police were able to determine that no immediate threat existed. As a precaution, the Board of Education coordinated their dismissal procedures with the Cumberland Police in order to increase the safety of their students leaving South Cumberland schools. Cumberland Police Officers, Troopers from the Maryland State Police, Deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, Detectives from the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit, and Allegany County School Board Security Officers saturated the area surrounding the schools monitoring the dismissals and being alert for anything suspicious. Thankfully, no incidents occurred.  The student involved in the incident will be disciplined in accordance with Allegany County Board of Education policy. The Cumberland Police will be conducting further investigation with the possibility of criminal charges being filed.


The Allegany High School Robotics Club is holding an open house Meet the Robots Night on Dec 11th from 6pm-8pm.


Reminder to motorists there will be some closures on the I-68 Crosstown Bridge Lane scheduled for: (Weather Pending)Right Lane Closure WBR I-68 12/10 & 11 from 8 pm to 6 am. Right lane Closure EBR I-68 12/15 /14 from 8 pm to 6 am. A MD State Police Trooper will be on site to stop all traffic for 15 min. intervals during the night. These closures are needed to install joint seals @ Pier #9 & 12


 Three Romney, West Virginia residents were convicted today for their role in the production and distribution of methamphetamine, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

An investigation by the Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crime Task Force revealed that Sherry Lynn Woodson, 50, Kelly Christine Gross, 46, and Amanda Marie Matthews, 36, were involved in a methamphetamine production operation.  Woodson was discovered in January 2013 in possession of medication containing pseudoephedrine. She pled guilty today to one count of “Possession of Pseudoephedrine to be used in Manufacture of Methamphetamine.” She faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.  Gross was discovered in January 2013 in possession of medication containing pseudoephedrine. She pled guilty today to one count of “Possession of Pseudoephedrine to be used in Manufacture of Methamphetamine.” She faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.  Matthews admitted to her involvement in the production of methamphetamine throughout late 2013 and early 2014. She pled guilty today to one count of “Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine.” She faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod Douglas is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.


The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a blaze in Ellerslie. The fire broke out last night at about 11pm in an auto salvage yard. No one was injured.

The Footer Dye Works project in Cumberland will get close to 2 million dollar credit thanks to a state program. Acting Secretary Clarence Snuggs announced 10 million dollars in state tax credits will fund nine historic restoration projects across the state including the Footer Dye Works project. The money will be used to convert the former industrial factory into a commercial restaurant and apartment space. The estimated project cost is close to 8 million dollars. The money comes from the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Program.  

A Harpers Ferry man is arrested on sexual assault charges. A US Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested 50 year old Dean West. He was wanted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for assaulting a minor. .  On December 10, 2014 officers from the United States Marshals Service, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, West Virginia State Police, and Shepherdstown Police Department located and arrested Dean Alan West on Mount Hammon Lane, Charles Town, West Virginia. Dean was booked by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s department on his sexual assault charge.


Moonlight Madness – Thursday, December 11 from 5 – 10 pm. Shop until 10 pm in Downtown Cumberland at all your favorite shops and restaurants. DJ Mark Stevens will be playing your favorite holiday tunes and Santa will be available for photos at The Book Center from 5 – 8 pm. Free Photos with Santa will be taken compliments of US Cellular.

C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts will present Moonlight Madness at the Museum on Thursday, December 11th from 2 P.M. until 10 P.M.  Located at 104 Washington Street in Cumberland, the historic landmark museum is fully decorated for the season and presently showing ART FOR GIVING; an opportunity for patrons to support local artists by choosing art as their expression of a holiday gift this season.  Moonlight Madness at the Museum is an open house for ART FOR GIVING and is free and open to the public.  Live holiday entertainment will be provided throughout the event:

·         2-3 pm -  Kelly Schrecengost; piano & vocals

·         3-4 pm - Jim and Doris Glass; piano & vocals

·         4-6 pm - Shannon Lewis and friends; piano & vocals

·         6-7 pm - Kelly Schrecengost; piano & vocals with Brothers of Summer; acoustic guitar and vocals

·         7-8 pm - Co-Pastor Shannon Watkins and friends; piano & vocals

·         8-9 pm - Crystal Miller; pianist

·         9-10 pm - Tommy Duckworth; acoustic guitar and vocals

In addition to the live entertainment, a 2014 Volunteer and Docent Holiday Reception is scheduled from 4-7 P.M.  The public is invited to come meet and greet the 2014 Gilchrist volunteers and docents and find out how to sign up for the 2015 season. Light refreshments will be available.  Please contact Dave Love at david.kyle.love@gmail.com or call 301.724.5800 for further information or visit www.gilchristgallery.com to learn more about C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts.


Recently the North Branch Lions Club of Bloomington, Luke, Westernport, MD and Piedmont, WV teamed up with Bloomington United Methodist Church and the Blackhawk Tribe Petuna Council 10 of Westernport to collect over 300 toys for the Toys for Happiness Christmas toy drive. Lion president Ed Clemons, Jr. stated "I am proud of our club and it's partners joining together to help children in our community." North Branch Lions Club is the fourth largest club in district 22w

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a blaze at Our Lady of the Mountains Parish on St Patricks Church Road in Mt. Savage. At about 3:30 Monday afternoon a neighbor discovered the fire while walking past the church. The fire department responded and quickly extinguished the blaze. The fire originated in a flower bed outside the church, The cause remains under investigation.


A kitchen grease fire prompted the evacuation of an apartment complex in Keyser. The fire broke out at about 12:20 this morning in an apartment on Maple Avenue. No one was injured in the blaze. Emergency crews were on the scene for about an hour.


 A man arrested in Pennsylvania will face fraud charges in Allegany County. Monday investigators with  the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) traveled to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania to arrest 28 year old Christopher Lee Linn and return him to Maryland to face charges of Fraud, Theft, and Using False Identification. The charges are the result of allegations that were first reported to the Cumberland Police by a local credit union. Linn had allegedly obtained the identification of a victim in North Carolina, who he had once worked with while living there. Beginning in August 2014 he began to obtain credit locally while posing as the victim. He was able to obtain over $31,000.00 in credit from several different creditors, and used that credit to purchase numerous items, including an automobile. Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Linn. Members of the C3I Warrant/Fugitive Unit learned that Linn was currently living in Chambersburg. Contact was made with the Pennsylvania State Police, who located Linn on 12/02/2014, and arrested him at that time. The vehicle was also located and was recovered as well. Linn was taken before a District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance. He is currently being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $20,000.00 bond pending his next court appearance. Due to the fact that Linn’s crimes occurred in several different states, additional charges are pending in several different jurisdictions.  The investigation is continuing.


An Allegany County man is found guilty on 5 of 18 animal cruelty charges. 29 year old Christopher Preston was found guilty in Allegany County Circuit Court yesterday. Nine dogs were found dead inside his home on McGill Drive in Bel Air.



A Cumberland man faces charges after being found sleeping in a car. Cumberland Police officers were called out to Cumberland Street  for a report of a check on well being complaint.  Upon their arrival they observed a subject sleeping on the front passenger seat of the vehicle wrapped in a blanket.  They were able to get the subject woken up and identified as 28 year old Joshua Aaron Pifer.  When asked what he was doing he stated that he was sleeping in his mother’s car.  Once the registration was checked he was advised that it was not it belonged to someone else.  The owner was contacted and advised that they must have left the car unlocked.  They further advised that nothing was missing or damaged.  Pifer was placed under arrest and his belongings searched incident to arrest.  Inside of the pants pocket were three hypodermic needles.  Pifer was charged on Criminal Citations and released pending trial in District Court. Pifer was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and tamping with a motor vehicle.

A Pennsylvania man faces charges in connection with a theft in Garrett County. Earl Crosley of Fort Hill, PA was extradited by the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office on charges related to an October 13th daytime burglary on Zehner Road in Grantsville. He is being held on 10 thousand dollars bond at the Garrett County Detention Center.


The Keyser City Parade will be held on Friday, December 12th, 2014. The parade will begin at 7:00pm and the line-up will begin at 6:00pm. All units should report to the same street for line-up as was originally planned. After the parade everyone is invited to attend the tree lighting ceremony at the City Hall lot. The parade will be held on Main Street in Keyser and will turn right onto Armstrong St, will make another right onto Water Street and will disband on Water Street. If anyone has any questions, please call Jennifer Junkins at 304-209-1882-please leave a message if no answer and you will receive a call back ASAP.


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced today that 18 states have been awarded grants, totaling more than $226 million, under the Preschool Development Grantsprogram.  From the 36 applications the departments received, five states will be awarded development grants: Alabama, Arizona, Hawaii, Montana and Nevada. Thirteen will receive expansion grants: Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.


U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulskiand Ben Cardin, together with U.S. Representatives Steny Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced $491,367 in federal grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide permanent homes for homeless veterans in Maryland. The Hagerstown Housing Authority will receive $219,521, the Calvert County Housing Authority will receive $198,901, and the Baltimore County Housing Authority will receive $72,945.



Tomorrow at 1:15 pm in Fort Hill gymnasium there will a Victory Assembly in celebration of Fort Hill Football State Championship. Public is invited

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating an arson. At about 3:30 in the morning on Saturday emergency crews were called out to a fire in a metal trash dumpster on Bowery Street in Frostburg. The fire was discovered by a neighbor upon arriving home. This was the second fire to occur inside the dumpster within a week. The fire was determined to be intentionally set. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating both fires. Anyone with information on either fire is asked to contact the Western Regional Office of the State Fire Marshal in Cumberland at 301-729-5021.


A Cumberland man faces attempted murder charges. On Friday at approximately 0147 hours, a Cumberland City Police officer conducting business checks in the area of Seton Drive came upon a suspicious vehicle. The officer checked the vehicle, contacted the operator, and the operator appeared to be going to leave the area without further incident. The officer continued his check of the area and observed a second suspicious subject walking in the area wearing all black. The second subject apparently walked to, and entered, the suspicious vehicle that the officer had observed in the area earlier. Upon completing checks of the area, the officer then observed that the suspicious vehicle was still in the area and now had two subjects inside. The officer observed the vehicle driving erratically on Braddock Road, and stopped the vehicle on Greene Street. Once on Greene Street the officer contacted the operator and observed that he appeared to have blood on his hands and on the steering wheel of the vehicle. The driver was nervous and appeared to be upset. The officer removed the operator from the vehicle and through further investigation learned that he had been stabbed and cut in several places. The wounds to the victim were non-life threatening and he refused transport by Cumberland Fire Ambulance. The driver explained that when the officer observed the vehicle driving erratically, the passenger in the vehicle identified as Brian Ellsworth Johnson, 50 of Cumberland was assaulting him and stabbing him with a knife. The weapon used in the assault was located within the vehicle and as a result, Johnson was placed under arrest and charged with the following: Attempted Murder 2nd Degree – 1 count, Assault 1st Degree – 1 count, Assault 2nd Degree – 1 count, Reckless Endangerment – 1 count. Johnson was processed at Cumberland Police Headquarters and taken for a bond hearing at District Court. Johnson is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on a $175,000.00 bond.
C3I assisted in this investigation and are currently investigating additional property crimes in the Seton Drive area which may be related to this matter. Details will be released upon completion of these additional investigations.

West Virginia State Police are searching for the suspect involved in an armed robbery. On Saturday, December 6, 2014, at approximately 9:25 PM the West Virginia State Police and the Mineral County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at Grady's One Stop in Fort Ashby, Mineral County, WV. It was learned that a white male entered the store, pointed a hand gun at the clerk, and demanded money from the register. After obtaining the money he fled the store into a vehicle he had parked in the parking lot of the business. The registration plate had been removed from the suspect vehicle. It was described as a gold or light brown sedan, possibly a Chevrolet Malibu. It was last seen traveling southbound on State Route 28. The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 5' 07", and 150 pounds. The suspect was wearing dark clothing and a tan winter jacket with a ski mask and gloves. Anyone with information is asked to call the West Virginia State Police Keyser Detachment at 304-788-1101.

Baltimore Pike Fire Department has issued a press release. According to the released “Our Definition of Courage is for all of us at Baltimore Pike Volunteer Fire Department to move forward with our heads held high in the face of another adversity. Once again tragedy has struck our Baltimore Pike Fire Department. A member of our fire dept. since 2007 has been charged with arson.  When Baltimore Pike re-organized in March 2011, we put into place an extensive screening procedure of all new members. At the time of the re-organization all current members were grandfathered into the fire dept. and not screened for background checks. After learning of the arson charges, Baltimore Pike has addressed the personnel problem and is moving forward.
We are hard- working, honest, proud volunteers who are dedicated to serving our neighbors in Baltimore Pike, Allegany County and the surrounding area.  Thank you neighbors and friends for all of your support of our fund raisers and your dedication to us .We are very grateful.
Officers and members of the newly re-organized  Baltimore Pike Volunteer Fire Department”

One person is hospitalized after being pinned between a truck and a trailer. The incident happened Friday night in Elk Garden at a rock yard on Route 46. A male patient was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.

Three Cumberland residents face drug charges. On Sunday at about 1:30 a Frostburg City Police officer witnessed a driver committ several traffic violations and stopped the vehicle near Bowery Street and Washington Street. The driver became hostile while talking with the officer on the sidewalk and then failed to comply with the officer and was arrested. The other passengers in the vehicle exited and the officer noticed two bags containing suspected drugs in the car. One bag contained Klonopin the other contained six individually wrapped pieces of crack cocaine. 24 year old Daniel Smith, 22 year old Miguel Vanmeter and a 17 year old juvenile were all charged with possession with the intent to distribute a narcotic. Smith was also charged with failure to obey a law officer, disorderly conduct and seven traffic violations with an eight pending. Three passengers in the rear seat were released and more charged are pending. Smith is being held on 50 thousand dollars bond. Vanmeter is being held on 25 thousand dollars bond, both at the Allegany County Detention Center. The juvenile was committed to the Western Maryland Children’s Center in Hagerstown.

A pedestrian is killed in Berkeley County and Sheriff’s Deputies are searching for the suspect. At about 9am on Sunday deputies and emergency crews were called out to the 2300 block of Hedgesville Road. The body of Chad Triesley as found laying on the north side of the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office at 304-267-7000 or the Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

Two people face charges after Maryland State Police discover more than 66 grams of marijuana during a traffic stop. On 12/3, Troopers from the Maryland State Police Cumberland Barrack were on patrol in the Cresaptown area of Winchester Road conducting routine traffic enforcement. During one of the traffic stops, a 1991 Toyota 4 Runner, operated by Joshua Tyler Moore of Keyser, WV was stopped for a speed violation. During contact with Moore and his front seat passenger, Kayla Danielle Perkins, of LaVale, troopers detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle. A probable cause search was conducted of the vehicle resulting in 63.7 grams of suspected marijuana being seized. A small baggie was also located inside of Perkins pocket containing 3.6 grams of suspected marijuana. Additionally, drug paraphernalia with suspected marijuana residue was located inside of the center console of the vehicle.Both subjects were transported to the Barrack for processing with the assistance of the C3I Narcotics Task Force Personnel. Perkins was issued a civil citation for possession of marijuana under 10 grams. Moore was charged with possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana based on the weight and packaging. The Narcotics Task Force confiscated $440.00 in currency from Moore along with his Apple iPhone 5. Perkins Samsung cell phone was also confiscated.  Citizens are reminded they can report illegal drug activity taking place in their communities by contacting the Cumberland barrack at 301-729-2101. Anonymous tips can be reported by calling the Allegany / Mineral Counties Crimesolvers Hotline at 301-722-4300.

Tomorrow is National Miners Day. Joe Main Assistant Secretary of Labor for the f Mine Safety and Health Administration says it is a celebration of miners past and present. “They really keep our country running. They mine raw materials that effect everyday lives of every American in this country from the electricity we use even down to the toothpaste we use.” Main says every American could not get through the day without the hard work of miners across the country.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $42,780 federal grant to Allegany College of Maryland (ACM), for the ACM Automotive Technology Workforce Development.  Allegany Community College offers two-year and one-year career path courses of study in Automotive Technology. The program will serve 25 businesses and will enroll 25 students and 15 workers in the first year. The funding will also assist the college in purchasing state-of-the-art equipment for use in both the one-year certificate and two-year degree training programs. The equipment to be ordered in a combination of the diagnostic and repair tools found in modern auto service centers and simulators that provide students experience with several types of systems that are typically not available for training purposes. Following the updates, the college will be better able to prepare new workers and upgrade the skills of those already in the workforce.  In addition to ARC funds, local sources will provide $42,780, bringing total funding for the project to $85,560.

US Senator Joe Manchin recently spent some time in Mineral County. Manchin says he made stops at ATK, he hosted a roundtable discussion and a townhall meeting with IBM employees along with a Coffee and Common Sense meeting. They also presented computers to Keyser Middle School and they presented a Civil War era musket to Potomac State College and they skyped with Frankfort High School students. He says the discussion included immigration, jobs, national security and issues with drugs and crime. He says it is important for him to meet face to face with constituents to find out what he needs to be focused on in Washington DC.


It will be a busy weekend around the region. Tonight the Keyser Christmas Parade is set for 7pm. Tomorrow Storybook Holiday will be held in Frostburg featuring a variety of activites throughout the day including a parade set for 10:30am. Also on Saturday, December 6th Christmas Tree lighting festivities in Mathias, Moorefield and Wardensville.  County-wide celebrations with live music, caroling, tree lightings Santa Claus and more! Mathias:6:00 p.m.  Christmas tree festivities Moorefield:4:00 p.m. Christmas parade starts at the Moorefield Town Park.  Moorefield High School band  5:00 p.m. Moorefield Community Christmas Tree lighting on Saturday December 6th at 6:00 pm at Winchester and Main in Moorefield and 6:00 pm Santa Claus will arrive by horse and carriage 7:30 pm FREE Christmas magic show at McCoy's theatre. Wardensville:  6:00 p.m. Tree lighting festivities


A Cumberland man is arrested in connection with two early morning fires. 23 year old Patrick Kneisley was arrested and is charged with arson. He is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on 250 thousand dollars bond.It has been confirmed Kneisley is a member of Baltimore Pike Volunteer Fire Department and has been immediately suspended from the department pending results of the investigation. On October 1, 2014 at 2:18 AM in the 300 block of North Centre Street a vehicle was determined to be intentionally ignited by investigators from the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Cumberland Fire Department. A total of 5 fires have occurred since that date to include: storage containers, brush, trash cans located at the Cumberland Police Department gun range and concluded with a garage located at 123 East Roberts Street at 12:48 AM and a vehicle fire in the 1000 block of Lexington Lane at 2:34 AM this morning. A clear motive was not established at the time of the arrest. The estimated total damage resulting from these fires is approximately $40,000.

A suspended Mountain Ridge High School teacher indicted on 3rd degree sex offense charges pleads not guilty. 42 year old Bart Mazer of Frostburg entered the plea during his initial court appearance. Mazer turned himself in to law enforcement officials after he was indicted by the Allegany County Grand Jury. Mazer had been charged on 09/05/2014 with two counts of 4th Degree Sex Offense as a result of an investigation into allegations that Mazer, a teacher at Mountain Ridge High School, had engaged in inappropriate sexual contact, with a then 17 year old female who was a student at the school, during October and November 2013. Following an investigation Mazer was also charged with allegedly engaging in inappropriate sexual contact with at least one other female Mountain Ridge High School student, who was 15 years of age at the time, during March 2013. All of the incidents allegedly occurred at Mazer’s private residence. None of the sexual contact occurred on school property. Mazer was suspended, without pay, by the Allegany County Board of Education at the time of his initial arrest. During his initial court appearance Mazer also requested a jury trial.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a blaze. The fire broke out yesterday at about 1:30 in a large storage shed on Sawmill Road.

The Garrett County Sheriff’s office is reminding residents to be cautious with their personal and bank information. Recently a victim received a suspicious call from an unknown male who was requesting the victim’s social security number. The caller already had the last four digits of the victim’s social security number. Garrett County Sheriff’s officials remind residents scams will be on the increase due to the holiday season

The Garrett County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of about 30 butterfly coy fish from a residential pond in the Loch Lynn area. The theft is believed to have occurred between Nov 17th and Dec 1st. A reward may be offered to anyone with information. You can leave a tip online at www.garrettcountycrimesolvers.orgor by calling the Sheriff’s Office at 301-334-1911. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

The Tri-Towns Christmas parade will be held on Thursday, December 4that 7:00 p.m.

 Christmas at Windsor Castle,a fundraiser for County United Way, has a theme of Doors to Christmas. Different wreaths will be on display in Windsor Castle Events Centre for the community to come in and view. There will also be a series of auctions to sell the 26 wreaths and four fireplace swags that have been designed and donated by local businesses and community members. The festivities run Dec. 4 – 16 with a silent and live auction from 6 – 8 pm. During the series of nights there will be themed nights such as a Disney’s “Frozen” night and a “Night with Santa.” Dec. 9 and 10, 5 -8 pm there will be live music from local church choirs and schools. There will also be carriage rides on Dec. 13 from noon – 6 pm and Dec. 14 from 2 – 6 pm. For more information, contact Mary Beth Pirolozzi at 301-722-2700 or Gary Cessna at 304-671-7569.

DEC 5- The Oldtown Community Tree Lighting will be held Friday, December 5th beginning at 6:30 pm at the Town Square on Opessa Street. The Allegany Boys Camp will provide holiday music and Santa Claus will make an appearance. Photos with Santa will be available. Coffee, hot chocolate and cookies will be available.

 A Maryland man and a Martinsburg, West Virginia resident were sentenced for cocaine trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.  Patrice Dominique Stephens, 34, of Westernport, Maryland, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for selling cocaine near Keyser, West Virginia. He pled guilty in August 2014 to one count of "Distribution of Cocaine” following an investigation by the Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.  Walter Evans, 43, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to twelve months in prison after he was discovered in possession of crack cocaine in October 2012 near Berkeley County, West Virginia. He pled guilty in August 2014 to one count of "Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base" following an investigation by the West Virginia State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

 Two West Virginia residents were sentenced in federal court on firearms charges, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II,.  Shaquille Montel Robinson, 23, of Ranson, West Virginia, was sentenced to 37 months in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm. Robinson was previously convicted in October 2012 of the felony offenses of “Wanton Endangerment” and “Unlawful Assault” in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, West Virginia. As a result of that conviction, he was prohibited from possessing a firearm. During a March 2014 investigation by the Ranson Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Robinson was discovered in possession of a 9mm pistol and ten rounds of 9mm ammunition. He pled guilty in August 2014 to one count of "Felon in Possession of /Firearm and Ammunition."

Jeff Chaney, 36, of Romney, West Virginia, was sentenced to twelve months and one day in prison. An investigation by the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives revealed that Chaney knowingly sold three rifles to a convicted felon while operating an antiques and collectibles store without a Federal Firearms License. He pled guilty in August 2014 to one count of "Sale and Transfer of Firearm to a Prohibited Person - Aiding and Abetting."  

 Cathy Ann Corbin, 50, of Augusta, West Virginia, was convicted for her role in producing methamphetamine, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today. During an investigation by the Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Corbin was discovered in possession of pseudoephedrine in January 2013 near Romney, West Virginia. She admitted her role in the manufacture of methamphetamine when she pled guilty to one count of “Possession of Pseudoephedrine to be used in Manufacture of Methamphetamine.” Corbin faces up to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

 Delano Alan Butler, 34, and his father, Alan Ira Butler, 58, both of Hagerstown, Maryland, were sentenced for selling heroin near Martinsburg, West Virginia, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.  Delano Butler was sentenced to 100 months in prison. He pled guilty in August 2014 to one count of "Distribution of Heroin.” Alan Butler, was sentenced to 37 months in prison. He pled guilty in August 2014 to one count of "Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Heroin." The Washington County/Drug Enforcement Administration Hagerstown, Maryland Task Force and the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. In another matter, Dennis Dwayne Butts, 38, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for selling heroin. He pled guilty in September 2014 to one count of "Distribution of Heroin."

Cumberland City and Maryland State Fire Marshals are investigating two blazes in South Cumberland. The first fire broke out just before 1am on East Roberts Street in a shed. The second fire started in a vehicle around 2:30 this morning. Investigators remain on the scene of both fires. Crews had both fires extinguished within minutes of arriving on the scene. No injuries have been reported.

A Cumberland man faces theft and assault charges following an incident during homecoming. According to Cumberland Police on Tuesday December 2, 2014, Cumberland City Police served an Arrest Warrant on 31 year old Andrew Eisentrout of Cumberland.  The warrant was issued as a result of a Robbery investigation that occurred during the annual homecoming football game on November 8, 2014 at Greenway Avenue Stadium.  Investigation into this matter revealed that the victim was in the restroom during the game when he was pushed face first against a wall by Eisentrout.  After the incident took place, the victim noticed that his two stadium chairs were taken along with an electronic device.  Eisentrout was identified by way of the stadiums surveillance cameras as he was observed exiting the bathroom and the stadium with the victim’s property.  The victim did not require medical attention.   Eisentrout was processed, served and taken to the Allegany County District Court Commissioner’s Office for a bond hearing and held on a $20,000.00 dollar bond at the Allegany County Detention Center

The public is invited to make comments on the final report on Marcellus Shale drilling. Two public meetings will be held December 8th from 3-6pm. One will be held in Garrett County at the Garrett County Health Department, 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland, MD 21550, and the other will be held in Baltimore City at the Terra Conference Room at the Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 2123. According to JayApperson Acting Director, Office of Communications Maryland Department of the Environment the report is the result of a three year long study. He says the report recommends best practices that are as stringent if not more stringent than other states for hydraulic fracturing drilling to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale.  He says the report claims the drilling can be managed to an acceptable level as long as the best practices are followed. Following the public meeting the comments made during the meeting will be added to the report and recommendations will be made to the state in a final report this month. Apperson says there are no permits pending at this time to begin drilling. The only areas in Maryland where drilling in the Marcellus Shale can be done are in Garrett County and a portion of Western Allegany County. For more details on the plan log on to http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Land/mining/marcellus/Documents/Final_Distribution_Draft_11.25.14.pdf

A 16 year old male is dead after being hit by an Amtrak train in Hyndman. According to Pennsylvania State Police at about 8pm last night the teen was walking westbound in the middle of the railroad tracks. A westbound Amtrak passenger train was also heading westbound near Schellsburg Street when the train hit the teen killing him. The Pennsylvania State Police, Hyndman Volunteer Fire Department, Hyndman Volunteer Rescue Squad, Bedford County Coroner’s Office, Amtrak Police and CSX Police all assisted at the scene.


The man believed responsible for a shooting rampage that killed four people was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot Monday night, state police said. Jody Lee Hunt, 39, of Westover was found in a vehicle near Everettville along the Monongalia-Marion County line not far from U.S. Route 19.“We have a deceased male matching (Hunt’s) description with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” state police Lt. Michael Baylous told Metronews. Sharon Kay Berkshire was among four shooting victims on Monday in Monongalia County. The victims were killed Monday morning at three locations in Monongalia County. Police identified Hunt as the shooter and began a manhunt that consumed several hours. Hunt operated J&J Towing in Westover. One of the victims, Doug Brady, 45, operated Doug’s Towing in Westover, where Brady was shot to death Monday morning.The bodies of Sharon Kay Berkshire, 39, of Westover, and Michael David Frum, 28, of Maidsville, were found in a home near Cheat Lake outside of Morgantown.The fourth victim shot on Sweet Pea Lane was identified late Monday as Hunt’s cousin Jody Taylor, 43. The victims were specifically targeted, police said. According to an Associated Press report, Berkshire filed a domestic violence case against Hunt last month in Monongalia County Circuit Court. A lengthy post on Hunt’s Facebook page before the shootings indicated a domestic issue preceded the shootings: “I’m deeply hurt by events that lead up to this day! Life is short. It’s not all games. Don’t play a game with one’s heart.”Brady is survived by his wife, Cathy, along with their 21-year-old son and a daughter, 18. Cathy Brady told the Pittsburgh Tribune her husband previously rejected Hunt’s offer to buy Doug’s Towing business. “He’s always been jealous of Doug,” she said. “I just never dreamed he hated Doug that much.” Taylor’s nephew, John Bolyard of Sabraton, told the Pittsburgh Tribune that Hunt drove up and confronted Taylor outside his house. “Shot him point-blank,” Bolyard said. “And when he hit the ground, he shot him a couple more times.”



The Cumberland YMCA Board of Directors voted unanimously at their October meeting to initiate a mentoring program in response to a request by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Alleghenies, which closed its doors in late October.The mentoring agency, which had provided services to area children since 1987, had experienced challenges in meeting its annual $100,000 annual budget. All funds for the stand-alone mentoring agency were generated within the community. In acknowledging the reality of their financial situation, Ms. McGreevy and the BBBS Board of Directors began looking for an agency to take over their matches and continue the mentoring program. The most logical agency was the YMCA; mentoring children fit within the Y’s overall mission. The BBBS Board hoped the Y would be willing to give the mentoring program a chance.After meetings between staff and Board members at both agencies, the Y Board of Directors voted in favor of adopting BBBS’s existing matches as well as the children on its waiting list.


The Downtown Development Commission (DDC) is encouraging local bands to apply for a spot in Cumberland Comes Alive! -the 2015 summer concert series that takes place between Memorial Day and Labor Day in Downtown Cumberland.
To apply, all interested parties must complete an online form and submit samples of their music on the Downtown Cumberland website: www.downtowncumberland.com by Thursday, January 15, 2015. Submissions are for the 2015 season only.  The series is produced by the Downtown Development Commission and funded through business donations and a Maryland Heritage Area Grant.

Reflecting extensive consultation with scientists, public health professionals, economists, industry experts, environmental and community advocates, and the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, today the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Department of Natural Resources presented a draft Final Report on Marcellus Shale drilling. The three-year-long study recommends that Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling be permitted provided that stringent comprehensive best practices are followed. The draft Final Report – required by Governor Martin O’Malley’s Executive Order establishing the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative – concludes that the risks of Marcellus shale development can be managed to an acceptable level, similar to other industrial activities, provided that the State rigorously inspects sites and enforces compliance with applicable regulations and stands prepared to adjust policies and regulations as needed in the future. The report recommends best management practices that, taken as a whole, are at least as stringent, if not more stringent, than those required anywhere else in the nation.

In the wake of several tragedies that took place in our community this fall, Bishop Walsh School will present the program “Talking with Your Child About Death.”  This free event, which is open to the public, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 pm at the school, located on Bishop Walsh Road in Cumberland.BW Guidance Counselors Susan Cioni and Susan Nallin will oversee the meeting, which will focus on such subjects as what grief look like in children, myths about children and grief and how to approach the subject of death with young people.  The informal gathering will allow for interaction and discussion among those attending.  Both Cioni and Nallin have experience with the Rainbows program, a grief support group for children coping with death or other painful losses.  For more information, contact Cioni and Nallin at Bishop Walsh at 301-724-5360, x109 or x118.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an accident involving a train. The incident happened yesterday in Hyndman.
One person is hospitalized after being hit by a train. The accident happened Saturday night in Berkeley County. The pedestrian was flown by helicopter to the hospital.

The malpractice trial of a former doctor will be moved to Frederick County. William Dando surrendered his Maryland medical license in September after he was charged with allegedly inappropriately touching a patient during a medical exam at MedExpress in LaVale. The victim filed the civil lawsuit claiming MedE         xpress Urgent Care should have known about Dando’s rape conviction in Florida in 1987. He was convicted of raping a woman at gunpoint and spent time behind bars following his conviction.


The City of Cumberland Engineering Division along with its contractor Braddock Construction, would like to notify the public that beginning Monday December 1st, weather permitting, Braddock Construction will be paving the Baltimore Avenue / Baltimore Street / Front Street / Park Street intersection, along with adjoining portions of Baltimore Avenue, Front Street, and Henderson Avenue.  This work is scheduled to last for at least several days, and could take longer if weather conditions are not favorable during some of the scheduled time period.  Flaggers will be stationed at the intersection to direct traffic during the construction period.  Drivers will experience delays, changes to the traffic patterns, and possibly detours.  If possible, find an alternate route.  Use caution when traveling in the construction area; and obey the flaggers and the traffic control devices at all times.  If there are any questions please contact the City of Cumberland Engineering Division 301-759-6600.

One woman is dead another is injured following a crash in Somerset County near the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel. According to Pennsylvania State Police just before 11am on Tuesday morning 33 year old Amanda Price was driving a vehicle northbound on Coleman Station Road. 72 year old Barbara Custer of Shanksville was heading westbound on Stutzmantown Road near the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel. Price’s vehicle crashed into the driver’s side of Custer’s car. Custer was pronounced dead at the scene. Price was flown by helicopter to Conemaugh Hospital.  The crash remains under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police.

All Allegany County Public Schools will be closed today, Wednesday, November 26, 2014.  There will be no school on Monday, December 1, 2014, and classes will resume as scheduled on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.  

Garrett County Schools are closed today

Beginnings Montessori School is closed today

All schools in Preston County will be closed on Wed. Nov. 26, 2014 due to winter weather conditions. Maintenance, mechanics, and custodial staff need to report on a regular schedule.  All other staff are not required to report.  The instructional day will be made up in the Spring.

All campuses of Allegany College of Maryland will be closed on November 26, 2014 due to inclement weather.


Hampshire County Special Services operating under code yellow




Willow Creek and Georges Creek Adult Care centers are closed


Potomac Highlands Guild Day Program sites are closed today


Friends Aware Day Program will be closed on Wednesday, November 26th.  Staff are to report, but can use liberal leave if they wish to take the day off


Cumberland Covenant House Adult Care Center closed today


Allegany County Public Library System is closed today

Keyser, Burlington, Fort Ashby Libraries are closed

Maryland State Police are searching for a theft suspect. On 11/25/2014 Troopers from the Cumberland Barrack responded to Sears at the Country Club Mall, regarding a theft. The investigation revealed that one suspect stole a Dewalt Reciprocating Saw. The suspect was described as a white male with a blue West Virginia ball cap on, black jacket and blue jeans with holes in both knees. Attached is a picture of the suspect. Anyone with any information of the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Tfc Brown of the Maryland State Police Cumberland Barrack.

The Office of the State’s Attorney for Allegany County, Maryland, Michael O. Twigg, State’s Attorney, announced: On Tuesday November 25, 2014 the Honorable Gary G. Leasure, Judge of the Circuit Court for Allegany County, Maryland, sentenced William Daniel Stuckey, Jr., 44, of Baltimore, Maryland, to fifteen years (15) years incarceration within the Division of Corrections. Six (6) of those years were suspended, giving Mr. Stuckey nine (9) years actual incarceration. The sentence was the result of a hearing held on August 26, 2014, in which Stuckey pleaded guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin. Prosecuting the case for the State was Assistant State’s Attorney Samuel Lane; Mr. Stuckey was represented by David Schram, Esq., Office of the Public Defender


After recently being indicted by the Allegany County Grand Jury, 26 year old Ronald Dewain Smith Jr., of Frostburg was charged with a total of 43 charges, including multiple counts of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th degree burglary, various theft counts, malicious destruction of property, rogue and vagabond, and tampering with a motor vehicle. Smith was also charged with engaging in a theft scheme involving $10,000 to $100,000 in value, and illegally possessing a regulated firearm.The indictment was issued after an investigation by the Frostburg Police and the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) into nine different burglaries and two thefts of property from motor vehicles in Frostburg, all of which occurred during the months of September and October 2014. The incidents involved burglaries at four private residences (one of which was burglarized twice, on two separate dates) and multiple burglaries at two different Frostburg businesses - Gianni's Pizza & Wings and Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant. The incidents involved thefts of items such as U.S. currency, televisions and electronics, tools, liquor, jewelry, purses, and police equipment from a private vehicle. Smith was charged with burglarizing Gianni's on three separate occasions during the month of October 2014. The third time, on October 29, 2014, the owner of Gianni's caught Smith in the act and called the police. Smith fled to his nearby home, where he was arrested by the Frostburg Police at that time. This provided C3I investigators with sufficient probable cause to obtain a search and seizure warrant for Smith's residence. That search resulted in the recovery of numerous stolen items from these incidents, as well as other evidence of these crimes. The search also revealed that Smith illegally possessed a handgun, which he was prohibited from possessing due to prior felony convictions. Smith has been held at the Allegany County Detention Center since his arrest on October 29th. The indictment was served on November 21, 2014. Smith remains incarcerated in the Detention Center on $75,000.00 bond pending his next court appearance. The investigation was conducted by the Frostburg City Police Department and the C3I Unit, with assistance from the Allegany County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police Crime Scene Technicians.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced William Carl Miller, Jr., age 53, of Shade Gap, Pennsylvania, today to 151 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised, release for bank robbery. Judge Bennett also ordered Miller to pay restitution of $1,710.The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Cumberland Police Chief Charles H. Hinnant; Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson; Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; and Allegany County State’s Attorney Michael O. Twigg. According to Miller’s plea agreement, on August 28, 2013, Miller robbed the Susquehanna Bank in LaVale, Maryland. Miller entered the bank, pointed what looked like a black semi-automatic handgun at the teller and demanded money. The teller removed approximately $1,710 from the drawer and placed it on the counter. Miller put the money in his shoulder bag and fled through the bank’s rear door. On September 3, 2013, Miller again robbed the Susquehanna bank in LaVale, this time with co-defendant Chelsea May Morrison acting as a lookout. Prior to the robbery, Miller and Morrison applied “superglue” to their fingers to avoid leaving fingerprints at the bank. Miller and Morrison drove to the bank and parked in an adjacent parking lot. They entered the bank and as Morrison stood by and acted as a lookout, Miller approached three separate tellers demanding money. Miller threatened at least one teller, saying, “I want all your money. I have a gun in my duffle bag so don’t make me use it.” Miller took a total of $20,096 from the various teller drawers.  As Miller and Morrison ran from the bank, the dye packs in the money exploded. Miller and Morrison ran back to their vehicle, with Miller driving and Morrison in the front passenger seat, and fled the area. When officers responding to the bank robbery saw them, the officers attempt to conduct a traffic stop. Miller refused to pull over, accelerated the vehicle, and led officers on a high-speed pursuit. Officers were eventually able to get the vehicle to slow to a near stop, at which time Miller fled. Miller was chased by numerous officers and stopped only after being struck by a taser and tackled by officers.  Morrison was arrested in the passenger seat of the vehicle. Seized from the vehicle, among other items, was cash from the robbery and an air pistol, which was a realistic replica of a semi-automatic handgun. Chelsea May Morrison, a/k/a Chelsea Maye Morrison-Mikolajczyk, age 27, of North East, Maryland, previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 51 months in prison for her role in the robbery. United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI and the members of the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigations Task Force (C3I), comprised of the Maryland State Police, Cumberland Police Department, Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, Frostburg Police Department, Frostburg University Police Department and Allegany County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul E. Budlow, who prosecuted the case.


On Tuesday November 25, 2014 officers from the Cumberland Police Department responded to the 1500 block of Oldtown Road for a disturbance.  When officers arrived on scene they found approximately ten people involved in an argument.  Officers were able to separate the crowd to determine what the disturbance was about.  Further investigation revealed that 28 year old Casey Leah Logsdon had become angry at a male subject.  Logsdon began using a key on the male subject’s vehicle, which was parked in the area, to scratch the paint.  The victim was in a nearby residence and witnessed Logsdon damaging his vehicle.  He confronted her and she pulled a small pocket knife out and lunged toward him.  To defend himself he held his hand up and was struck in the hand with the blade of the knife, causing very minor injuries.  No medical treatment was required.  Logsdon was arrested for 2nd Degree Assault, Destruction of Property, and Disorderly Conduct.  She was taken before a District Court Commissioner where she was released on her personal recognizance pending a trial date.


The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for tomorrow morning through tomorrow afternoon. National Weather Service Meteorologist Heather Sheffield says we could see some heavy snowfall. “We are expecting rain and snow showers to change to all snow showers by Wednesday afternoon. Snow fall totals can be in the four to six inch range. This is going to impact holiday travel. Snow showers will cause reduced visibility on the roadways and of course driving conditions could get hazardous.” Tomorrow is expected to be the busiest travel day of the year. Christine Delise with AAA  says this year’s travel numbers could be record breaking. “We are anticipating 46 million Americans will travel and that is the highest travel volume since 2007 and a nationwide increase of 4.2 percent. Nearly 90 percent of travelers will hit the road and that is an increase. And we are also looking at air travel rising by three percent compared to last year.”  State Highway officials in Maryland and Pennsylvania are warning motorists be careful on the roadways tomorrow and if possible delay their travel plans.

Maryland State Fire Marshals are investigating a blaze that destroyed a storage shed. On Sunday at about 7pm emergency crews were called out to Green Ridge Road in Flintstone. The occupants of the residence discovered a fire burning inside their storage shed and reported the fire to 911. The fire destroyed the storage shed and caused damage to an adjacent storage shed and much of its contents. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. The fire caused about 25 thousand dollars in damage.

During a drug raid being called Operation Stuffed Turkey Pennsylvania State Police served arrest warrants on 22 local drugdealers in an early morning raid throughout Bedford County yesterday. According to District Attorney Bill Higginsthe defendants arrested in Operation Stuffed Turkey are charged withdealing a variety of drugs, including cocaine, heroin, marijuana,methamphetamine and prescription pills. Ranging in age from 18 to 68 years ofage, this morning’s drug raid involved drug dealers from all across BedfordCounty —Hyndman, Everett, Bedford, Defiance, Hopewell, Buffalo Mills, and,Breezewood; as well as two dealers from Altoona in Blair County.Police had arrest warrants for the following 22 individuals:

Jorell Waters, 27 Breezewood, PA Marijuana Bail: $75,000.00 – Not Posted

Patrick R. Himes, 24 Hyndman, PA Methamphetamine

Jeremy Butler, 18 Altoona, PA Counterfeit Cocaine Bail: $50,000.00 (Unsecured)

James W. Whatley, 21 Breezewood, PA LSD and MDMA (“Molly”) Bail: $75,000.00 – Not posted

Rosanna Fleck, 31 Six Mile Run, PA Oxycodone Bail: $75,000.00 – POSTED

Eric Stickle, 34 Bedford, PA Marijuana  Bail: $75,000.00 – Not Posted

Alyssa M. Wareham, 31 Everett, PA Xanax Bail: $35,000.00 – Not Posted

Trina Williams, 44 Everett, PA Manufacturing Marijuana Bail: $35,000.00 -POSTED

Dan Twigg, 43 Everett, PA Manufacturing Marijuana Bail: $35,000.00 – POSTED

Vincent Michalides, 22 Everett, PA Jail Contraband

Tyler Price, 20Altoona, PAHeroin(Being arraigned now)

Kerry Leppart, 52 Everett, PA Oxycodone $15,000.00 (Unsecured)

Blaire Feathers, 19 Breezewood, PA Suboxone (Incarcerated on unrelated charges)

Brian Greenwald, 53 Hopewell, PA Oxycodone Bail: $15,000.00 (Unsecured)

Micheal Sipes, 34 Bedford, PA Suboxone and Xanax Bail: $35,000.00 - Not Posted

Colleen M. Thomidis, 57 Hopewell, PA Oxycodone Bail: $35,000.00 (Unsecured)

Benjamin Kuklo, 30 Defiance, PA Manufacturing Methamphetamine Bail: $85,000.00 – Not Posted

Jami L. Armour, 27 Defiance, PA Manufacturing Methamphetamine

Deanna Freeman, 68 Everett, PA Oxycodone Bail: $25,000 (Unsecured)

Mark C. Smith, 50 Buffalo Mills, PA Manufacturing Marijuana Bail: $50,000.00 – Not Posted

Aaron Poole, 33 Bedford, PA Cocaine Bail: $85,000.00 – Not Posted

James H. Dively, 31 Bedford, PA Cocaine Bail: $75,000.00 – Not posted

[Names in bold have not yet been apprehended


Snow, ice and soaking rain are all forecasted up and down the East Coast on the busiest travel day of the holiday this week.  AAA Mid-Atlantic urges holiday travelers to refrain from traveling if possible until the storm completely passes and it is safe to travel again. 

Drivers Are Advised to Heed the Following Tips:

Increase following distance– Increase your following distance to at least 10 seconds to allow yourself time in the event you or the car in front of you loses control. The stopping distance required on ice at zero degrees Fahrenheit is twice the amount required at thirty-two degrees.

Use extra caution on bridges and overpasses– Bridges and overpasses freeze first and melt last. Therefore, use extra caution as the roadway leading up to the bridge may appear fine but the bridge itself could be a sheet of ice.

Accelerate slowly– Traction is the greatest just before the wheel starts to spin; therefore accelerating slowly will increase your grip on the road.

Ease off the gas pedal– If your tires begin to slip or you begin to skid, ease off the gas pedal until you regain control of the vehicle.

Brake slowly and gently– Slamming on the brakes on ice or snow covered roads dramatically increases your risk of losing control of your vehicle.

Control the skid– In the event you find your car is skidding, ease off of the accelerator or brake, and steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go.

Never use cruise control– Cruise control is not recommended when snow or ice is on the road.  Drivers should be in full control of the vehicle at every second.

Drive in cleared lanes– Changing lanes unnecessarily puts you at greater risk of hitting a patch of ice between lanes that may cause you to lose control of the vehicle.

           Airline bound travelers could also face long delays and cancelled flights along the storm’s path.   Travelers scheduled to fly out of town are advised to check the status of their flight before attempting to leave home.  While most airlines will work with travelers if their flight is cancelled and try to rebook them at an alternate time, the airline is not required to refund your airfare.  There is no federal regulation requiring this and each airline has its own policies regarding delays and cancellations, warns AAA Travel. 

            Knowing your travel rights whether you are a frequent or an infrequent flier may save you time and money, much less spending a large portion of your Thanksgiving holiday stuck on the freeway on the way to the airport, cautions AAA Travel.  Expect major headaches at delay-prone hub airports along the East Coast and across the Mid-Atlantic states.

Flight Delays and Travel Cancellations Tips:

Know your rights. Check with your airline regarding cancellation policies for your specific type of ticket. In advance of your departure date, travelers should research whether their tickets are refundable and, if not, whether the ticket can be used at another time. Travelers making changes to their reservations in advance should research what types of fees will be associated with the changes and whether any short-notice changes will cause the loss of the ticket value. Carry a printed copy of the contract of carriage with the airline, so you know what to expect should your flight be cancelled.

Mind the weather. Watch for weather forecasts for every airport you will pass through. The weather may be warm and sunny where you begin your trip, but severe weather in any layover city or at your final destination may cause significant delays. The Federal Aviation Administration maintains flight delay informationfor general airport conditions, but make sure to check with your individual departure airport as well.

Know how to be contacted. Make sure you have included a cell phone number with your travel reservation so you can receive automated alerts while you are at the airport. Locate the social media accounts for your airlines. Sending messages by social media is an additional way to contact the airline if phone lines are busy with other callers trying to re-book flights. Some airlines have dedicated social media accounts solely to help passengers with travel related difficulties. Tweeting for assistance may help you re-book a flight if the phone lines are jammed or disconnected.

Delays. Delays. Delays.  Be prepared for delays. Once you check your baggage you won’t be able to access it to retrieve items very easily, if at all. Always keep any medication in your carry on.  Also, pack an extra change of clothes in your carry on for each family member for any extended delay. Make sure you also keep your battery charger for your phones as well. While at the airport, make sure to check in with the airlines at the gate for last minute changes.

            If your flight is delayed or canceled while you are at the airport, get to the counter immediately and get on the phone with the airline while you’re in line to try and get on the next available flight. Long story short: be prepared for any additional upcoming flight delays. 

            AAA provides travelers with travel booking services and all the travel information needed to make informed decisions. A reservation through AAA can be made using the AAA mobile app, online at AAA.com, by calling a AAA Travel Agent or by stopping by one of the more than 1,000 branch locations across the U.S. and Canada. For more info, contact: aaa.com/Travel.



With the potential for heavy rain and wet snow on the busiest travel day of the year, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is strongly encouraging travelers to avoid driving Wednesday. As meteorologists continue to refine the forecast, SHA advises that any precipitation in the Baltimore/Washington/Frederick metropolitan areas will create additional delays that were already expected to be significant the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

“While pavement temperatures are warm, any prolonged snow fall will quickly change that and road conditions could be slippery and difficult to navigate, even with our crews salting and plowing. Driving in heavy snow, with limited visibility, is no way to spend the holiday,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters.  “Travelers, particularly professional truck drivers and distributors, need to pay close attention to forecasts and adjust plans.  If you planned to travel Wednesday, please consider altering your schedule and drive Tuesday or Thursday instead.”

SHA reminds truck drivers that emergency parking is available during significant snowstorms and during poor visibility.  Tractor trailer drivers may make use of several commuter park and ride lots listed on a mobile application.  Click here to view the map.

SHA will activate the Emergency Operations Center near BWI Marshall Airport to monitor and manage storm response throughout the State.  More than 2,400 pieces of equipment are available statewide to plow and apply salt as needed to the State’s numbered routes.  SHA’s traffic patrols, sponsored by State Farm®, operate 24/7 in the metro areas and will be on duty around the clock to assist stranded motorists and manage roadway incidents, enhancing safety and preventing additional traffic impacts.

“No matter which day you travel, remember that Maryland law requires everyone to buckle up, no matter your age or where you are seated in the vehicle,” added Ms. Peters. “Wearing seat belts not only prevents getting a ticket, it is your best defense in a crash.”

For real-time traffic updates, local and out of state travelers should use SHA’s FREE service -- the “511 Traveler Information” system.  Know Before You Go! Dial 511 from a land line or mobile phone for traffic, weather alerts and road conditions.  For internet access to view an interactive map and traffic cameras, visit www.MD511.org.

Before leaving, log onto www.roads.maryland.govand click the CHART icon for the latest road conditions, live traffic cameras and a variety of information to help with travel decisions and planning.  Customers can also follow SHA on Facebook and Twitter (@MDSHA) for general storm information and safety tips.With weather forecasts calling for potential wintry mixes or accumulating snow on Wednesday, PennDOT is urging drivers to be prepared and change travel plans if necessary. PennDOT crews across the state are monitoring forecasts and will be prepared to tackle wintry conditions. PennDOT expects to extend crew shifts to have 24-hour coverage and will work through the Thanksgiving holiday to clear any accumulating snow. Crews will monitor road and outside temperatures using technology in each plow truck. This technology helps operators ensure that if conditions warrant road treatment, they are using the optimal type and amount of material.“Motorists should be aware that if this storm begins with rain or freezing rain, we generally won’t pretreat roads because the rain will wash salt brine away,” Schoch said. “This is one of the reasons why it’s so critical that we have real-time conditions and that drivers closely watch forecasts to decide whether they should travel.” No matter the holiday destination, drivers should ensure their vehicle has an emergency kit including non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should also tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families may have, including baby and pet supplies, extra medication or even children's games. Statewide, PennDOT currently has 714,000 tons of salt on hand to tackle winter weather and will continue to take salt deliveries throughout the season. Last winter, PennDOT used more than 1.2 million tons of salt on state-owned roads.When winter weather hits, PennDOT's primary focus is on interstates and expressways, and equipment may be redirected to these routes during significant winter events. The more traffic a roadway has, the more attention it will receive from plows, so motorists may find deeper accumulations on less-traveled routes and should adjust their driving for those conditions. PennDOT also urges motorists to “Know Before You Go” using its 511PA traveler information service. Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 700 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website. For more information on PennDOT's winter preparations and additional winter-driving resources for motorists, visit the department's "Ready for Winter" website at www.dot.state.pa.us/winter. Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/penndotnewsor "like" the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentoftransportation.

Two people are dead after two vehicles collide and burst into flames on Interstate 81 last night. According to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department a passenger vehicle heading north on I-81 went through the median near the Inwood exit before 7 p.m. and hit a tractor trailer in the southbound lanes. Both vehicles then caught fire. Once the fires were extinguishes the bodies of two people were found inside the passenger vehicle. The driver of the truck was able to climb to safety. I-81 was shut down for several hours while emergency crews were on the scene.

A bicyclist is recovering after a crash on Route 220. Today at approximately 1145 hrs Troopers from the Maryland State Police Cumberland Barracks responded to McMullen Highway at Warrior Drive in reference to a motor vehicle collision. According to Maryland State Police officials an investigation revealed that a juvenile was riding a bicycle on McMullen Hwy N/B, and attempted to cross all lanes of traffic to enter Warrior Drive. The juvenile failed to yield right of way to traffic traveling on McMullen Hwy. A vehicle that was traveling S/B on McMullen Highway struck the bicyclist as it attempted to cross the roadway. The juvenile was transported to WMRMC with non life threatening injuries by Cresaptown EMS.

According to Maryland State Highway Officials the Crosstown Bridge Project is 85% Complete
 Steel repairs and painting are essentially complete from Roy Rogers to the west end of the bridge. Current work includes Zone painting is completed for the season. The contractor will reset platforms on the east end of the bridge over the winter to be ready to finish painting when weather is suitable in the spring. The contractor will complete installation on expansion joint compression seals before winter. Some steel repairs and touch up painting may occur when weather is suitable over the winter months.

Today kicks off buck firearms hunting season in West Virginia. The season lasts through Dec 6th and is open in all counties except Logan, Mingo, McDowell and Wyoming.  Approximately 330,000 deer hunters will be in West Virginia’s woods during this season. Deer hunters are reminded that a concurrent bear season without dogs will occur from Nov. 24 through Dec. 6, 2014, in all or parts of 28 counties.

Maryland State Police are searching for information after three dirt bikes were stolen. Sometime between November 16th and November 22nd the suspects entered a locked barn and removed the dirt bikes along National Pike in the Finzel area.  The bikes include a 2006 Honda CRF70 red and black in color, a 2002 Honda CRF100 red and black and a 2005 Honda CRF100 red and black. If anyone has information please contact the McHenry Barrack 301-387-1101.


A Frostburg man is behind bars after turning himself in on sex offense charges.  On Friday, 11/21/2014, 42 year old Bart Alan Mazer, of Frostburg, was arrested when he turned himself in to the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I), after the Grand Jury for Allegany County indicted him on a charge of3rd Degree Sex Offense. Mazer had been charged on 09/05/2014 with two counts of 4th Degree Sex Offense as a result of an investigation into allegations that Mazer, a teacher at Mountain Ridge High School, had engaged in inappropriate sexual contact, with a then 17 year old female who was a student at the school, during October and November 2013. The latest charge is the result of continued investigation into allegations that Mazer had been involved in relationships with other students. C3I Investigators learned that Mazer had also engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with at least one other female Mountain Ridge High School student, who was 15 years of age at the time, during March 2013. All of the incidents occurred at Mazer’s private residence. None of the sexual contact occurred on school property. Mazer was suspended, without pay, by the Allegany County Board of Education at the time of his initial arrest. As part of the investigation, Investigators have obtained evidence that supports the allegations. In addition, Investigators served a search and seizure warrant at Mazer’s residence at the time of his initial arrest, and additional items of evidence were recovered at that time. Mazer is currently being held at the Allegany County Detention center pending an initial appearance before a Circuit Court Judge. The investigation is continuing.



A film written and directed by Western Maryland natives will make its U.S. television premiere next week. A Christmas Tree Miracle which was written by Ty DeMartino and directed by JW Myers will be one of five Christmas movies show on UPtv.A Christmas Tree Miracle will be shown initially on November 26th at 9pm and will repeat on Nov 28th, Dec 6th, 12th and 17th. The movie will be part of the UPtv Channel's "Everything You Love About Christmas" movie schedule. A Christmas Tree Miracle has also been released in the United Kingdom and Germany. To find out more you can log on to www.achristmastreemiracle.com. Tune in Monday to Potomac Highlands Today on WKLP 1390 ESPN AM at 9am DeMartino and Myers discuss the tv premiere and more.


The YaYa Sisterhood of Western Maryland recently donated 715 lbs of food to the Western MD Food Bank, including 84 lbs of turkeys!! The Sisterhood encourages the community to remember those in need by making your own donation to the Food Bank. Come join the YaYa's and Pay it Forward! For information about the Sisterhood and how to join please call Deanne at 301-759-4084.
According to Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins Operation Stuffed Turkey, the Bedford County Drug Task Force and Pennsylvania State Police was carried out this morning  seeking to serve arrest warrants on approximately 20 local drug dealers.

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.

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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