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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

 

Allegany County HRDC Senior Centers are closed with no home delivered meal THE HRDC SENIOR CENTER LOCATIONS THANKSGIVING DINNER SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY NOV 26TH HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY DECEMBER 5TH

 

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

In MD

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

Comptroller Peter Franchot won re-election

Maryland’s next Attorney General will be Brian Frosh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In WV

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

The Mineral County Fire and EMS levy passed

Roger Leatherman won  a seat on the Mineral County Commission

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

In PA

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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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