Starting Monday, Sept. 22, motorists should be prepared for five weeks of extended lane and ramp closures on I-68 in Cumberland as crews complete concrete patching and repairs on the driving surface of the Crosstown Bridge.The closures will continue through at least the end of October. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or additional repair needs.
Week 1 - Monday, Sept. 22at 6 a.m. to Friday, Sept. 26 at 8 a.m.
Week 2 - Saturday, Sept. 27 at 6 a.m. to Friday, Oct. 3 at 8 a.m.
Week 3 - Saturday, Oct. 4 at 6 a.m. to Friday, Oct.10 at 8 a.m.
Week 4 - Monday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. to Friday, Oct.17 at noon
Week 5 - Monday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. to Friday, Oct.24 at noon
Week 6 - Monday, Oct.27 at 8 p.m. to Friday, Oct.31 at noon
During the closures, a 14-foot width restriction will be in place for wide loads. Motorists should be prepared for possible delays during peak hours. Only one ramp will be detoured at a time.The extended lane closures will allow time for large sections of the concrete bridge surface to be cut out and for the fresh concrete to cure. The work is part of the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA)’s ongoing Crosstown Bridge rehabilitation project. More information about the project is available on the project website at bit.ly/crosstownbridge. While SHA and its partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don't follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For everyone!
Gas prices continue to drop. Christine Delise with AAA says refineries are switching over to the less expensive winter blends, fewer people are taking long trips and crude oil prices are dropping. Right now the average price of a gallon of regular grade gasoline nationally is 3.35
A Cumberland man faces assault charges. On September 18, 2014 Cumberland City Police officers served an arrest warrant on a Cumberland man in the area of Arch Street. The charges stem from a private citizen complaint in which the victim alleges that Ronald Wayne Wigfield, 37, of Cumberland and two other suspects assaulted them on August 19, 2014. The victim in this case suffered severe facial injuries requiring treatment. As a result of this complaint, Wigfield was arrested and transported to Cumberland Police Headquarters for processing. Wigfield is charged with the following: Assault 2nd Degree – 2 counts. Wigfield was transported to the Allegany County District Court for a bond hearing. He was subsequently released on a $10,000.00 unsecured bond. The two other suspects in this case have already been arrested and charged on similar warrants.
The Princess Restaurant is celebrating 75 years in business. The Allegany County Commissioners recently presented the owners a proclamation recognizing the Frostburg restaurant’s longevity.
Say Yes to the Dress for MS is happening now through the end of October! I have over 50 gently used formal dresses in my shop, She's So Pretty in Lonaconing. Most of the dresses are $25 or less! Homecoming and Halloween are just around the corner, stop by and snag a great deal on a gown. All proceeds are being donated to the MS Society, please see the event invitation for more information. https://www.facebook.com/events/807642585923178/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
The FSU Appalachian Festival Symposium today. This educational symposium celebrates Appalachian heritage and culture and discuss important issues facing the region. The event begins at 1PM. For more information call 301-687-8040.
Beginning this weekend C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts will present “DREAMALITY” featuring fine art painter, Dennis Sheehan and ceramicist, Shin-Yeon Jeon from September 19th through October 12th in the museum’s galleries located at 104 Washington Street in Cumberland, Maryland. An opening reception will be held on Saturday September 20th from 5-7 P.M. and is free and open to the public.Dennis Sheehan's work is often described as reminiscent of the great masters of the Barbizon school, in France in the 19th century, and the American Tonalist. Born in Boston in 1950, he has works in major public and private collections, including the White House. His work has been featured in many publications including the featured cover of American Artist. Patrons of C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts can enjoy “DREAMALITY” during the museum’s regular weekly gallery hours FRI, SAT & SUN from 1 – 4 P.M. For more information on this or future shows, or to find out how to hold a private function at the museum, please call 301.724.5800 or visit www.gilchristgallery.com
Celebrate our Appalachian Heritage during our Appalachian Festival at FSU's Upper Quad on Saturday. There will be regional music, traditional arts and crafts, Appalachian food, cultural programs and so much more. The event takes place from 10AM-6PM. For more information contact Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas 301-687-3124.
Two tractor trailer drivers are hospitalized following a crash on I-68. Just before 8pm last night Maryland State Police troopers were called out to the crash near mile marker 57.
The first tractor, driven by by Sarmusokov Gayratdzhon, was heading west bound when he crashed into the center median guardrail and overturned, spilling it’s cargo into the east bound lane. The second tractor trailer, driven by Paul Schaumburg, was traveling east bound, also at the 57 mile marker. Schaumburg’s truck struck the cargo lying in the fast lane and jack knifed. Both drivers were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.Little Orleans and Flinstone Volunteer Fire Department were on scene assisting the State Highway Administration for several hours.
Mixed use shopping, dining and residential are the planned uses for the Footer Dye Works building. A contract has been signed with the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority Michael Joy of Washington DC to develop the property in hopes of having work begin next spring.
A Pennsylvania man remains behind bars for life following a failed attempt to have his first degree murder plea withdrawn. In 2012 a jury convicted John Gerholt of shooting and killing his wife Karen in 2008. Gerholt shot her with a sawedoff shotgun in a parking lot of the Wal-Mart Plaza in Snake Spring Township. He pled no contest to 1st degree murder and was sentenced to life behind bars without parole. He filed a post-conviction relief act petition alleging his plea was entered as the result of ineffective assistance of counsel from his lawyers. The court has denied the petition. Gerholt has 30 days to appeal the decision to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
Anyone with information related to a vehicle which was located/parked on Squire Fike Road is asked to contact the McHenry Barrack at 301-387-1101. The vehicle was located on Squire Fike Road from Saturday Sept. 13, 2014 at 1030 PM and Sunday Sept. 14, 2014 at 300 PM. The vehicle is a Red 2007 Ford Fusion bearing PA registration.
The Martinsburg VA Medical Center (VAMC) is hosting a Veteran Health Care Enrollment event on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post 78 in Petersburg, West Virginia. The goal of the health care enrollment event is to provide information and enrollment opportunities to Veterans and their families in the Petersburg area. Eligible Veterans will be able to enroll in VA health care at the event.Veterans who plan to attend the event should bring a copy of their DD-214 or military discharge documents. For more information about the enrollment event contact Rodney Bearman at 304-263-0811, ext. 2036. The Martinsburg VA Medical Center mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. Located in West Virginia, the medical center offers a comprehensive range of services, including internal medicine, ambulatory surgery, audiology and speech pathology, dental, nursing home, nutrition, podiatry, prosthetics, women’s health, mental health, and rehabilitation medicine. With a service area of nearly 125,000 Veterans in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the medical center operates seven Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC). Five of the clinics are VA-staffed and are located in Cumberland, Hagerstown and Fort Detrick, Md., Petersburg, W.Va., and Stephens City, Va. Two of the clinics are contracted and are located in Franklin, W.Va., and Harrisonburg, Va.
West Virginia First District Congressman David McKinley took to the road Monday morning with a Megabus filled with college students to hold a mobile town hall. The trip began in Morgantown and ended in Washington D.C. During a pit stop in Grantsville, Maryland, McKinley said it’s important to take the time to talk with college students about their concerns. He said the bus provides an interactive atmosphere. McKinley said the town hall very similar to many he has had around the state except this one is on wheels. He said he wants to reach out to younger voters and he is hearing a lot from veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who are going back to colleges across the state. WVU student Chris Morlock, who also is an intern for McKinley, said he took the bus ride to find out more about the political process. Tyler Wilson a student at Fairmont State said it was a chance to get out of class and meet a state representative and talk about the current issues facing the U.S. Once in DC the students toured the Capitol along with the Botanical Gardens. Morlock says it is a great opportunity to meet the person behind the politician in a one on one setting.
Olympic athletes from around the world are getting ready for the International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Slalom World Championships Deep Creek 2014 at the Adventure Sports Center International in McHenry, MD. Right now training is underway and the Opening Ceremony is set for 7pm on Sept. 17th at the Garrett College Community Aquatic Recreational Center.Deep Creek 2014 Executive Director Todd Copley says more than 48 countries will be competing. He says this is a great opportunity for families from around the region to come out and see world class Olympic athletes first hand. This event is only the second time the Canoe Slalom World Championships have ever been held in the US. Several members of the US Team say this is a unique opportunity. Tracy Hines is not only an athlete she is also an Army veteran. She says this is like a dream come true for her and this event is a great opportunity to meet new people from around the world. Michal Smolen says the course is very different from anything else in the world. He says this is a fun spectator sport and folks should come out and support Team USA. Casey Eichfeld says he is looking forward to sharing the sport not only with his friends and family but the world in general. He this is an exciting sport. Ashley Nee a Maryland native says it is incredible to be able to bring this world competition home. She features her Maryland pride with the state flag on the hull of her boat. Scott McCleskey says he is just recently returned from filming Ultimate Survival Alaska so he is enjoying getting in some practice time. Dana Mann says she is excited to represent the US. Tickets are on sale now for all the events set from Sept.17th through Sept. 21st. The events will include activities for the entire family. Children 12 and under get in free. For more details log on to www.deepcreek2014.com.
Bel Air Elementary School will get a grant for more than 34 thousand dollars to expand the school’s fiber internet connection. The money will come from a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Right now the school has a 35 megabit internet connection serving the entire school. This is not sufficient bandwidth for a school with over 250 daily users. The fiber connection will provide a 500 Megabit connection that can later be expanded without the need for additional fiber. The fiber connection will allow for online video streaming used for testing and assessment as well as the Discovery Education video streaming system.
The West Virginia Division of Highways advises motorists that Old WV 55 (Hardy County Route 55/20) will be closed to through traffic on Sept. 16, weather permitting.The road will be closed about 0.25 mile east of Luxemburg Road (CR 23/4), in the area of the Donald Combs Poultry Farm entrance, from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. This closure is necessary for a large culvert replacement.
Fort Hill High School was recently ranked 438th out of 500 schools in the “Beating the Odds” category of Newsweek’s edition of America’s Top High Schools. This year, Newsweek sought to recognize schools that beat the odds, performing better than statistically expected for their level of poverty.
A Cumberland man faces attempted murder charges. At about 1:41 Saturday morning Cumberland Police were called out to a business on North Mechanic Street for a report of a stabbing. The victim was found with stab wounds to the back and was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in serious condition. Officers developed a suspect 23 year old Jakeenan Jennings of Cumberland. He was arrested at a home on Bond Street. Jennings is charged with attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment. 25 year old Devin Griffin of Baltimore was also arrested and charged with obstructing and hindering
One man is arrested on burglary charges and another suspect remains at large. Yesterday evening Cumberland City Police officers were called out to a home on Grand Avenue residence for a report of suspects armed with knives attempting a burglary and assault on the residents. Officers caught one suspect behind the house when they arrived and observed he was wearing a knife. Officers disarmed and detained the suspect 27 year old Shane Christopher Combs of Cumberland. The residents and several witnesses reported that Combs and a second suspect initially were chasing the victim into the residence. Combs was reportedly armed with a crowbar and the second suspect with a knife. Once inside, the second suspect armed with a knife began waving it at the residents, making threats, and demanding property. At that time the resident advised the suspects that they were calling the police. Both suspects appeared to be going to leave the scene but then turned back and began forcing the door open by kicking it and using the crowbar that Combs had in his possession. The residents collectively were able to push the door closed until police arrived. Weapons used in this crime were recovered and as a result of this investigation Combs was arrested and charged with the following: Burglary 1st Degree – 1 count, Burglary 3rd Degree – 1 count, Burglary 4th Degree – 1 count. Possession of burglary tools – 1 count. Assault 2nd Degree – 2 counts, Malicious Destruction of Property – 1 count and Disorderly Conduct – 1 count. Combs was processed for the charges and transported to the Allegany County District Court for a bond hearing. He was held on a $25,000 bond.The second suspect in this case fled the area prior to the police arriving on the scene. A search conducted by the city police and MSP Trooper Five failed to locate the second suspect. During the investigation the second suspect was positively identified and similar charges are pending at District Court at the time of this press release.
A Cumberland woman is behind bars on burglary charges. During the month of September, Deputies from the Allegany County Sheriffs Offiice, acting on intelligence gathered from previous arrests, initiated an investigation into a conspiracy to commit burglary in the first degree. Deputies learned that a residence on Dogwood Hill Rd. in Barton was being targeted and as such conducted surveillance. During the early morning hours on September 12, Deputies witnessed a subject breaking into an unoccupied residence and as the suspect attempted to leave the area on foot, Deputies stopped and identified the suspect as 32 year old Candice Marie Hockman of Cumberland. During a search incident to arrest, a sum of currency, along with other evidence related to the crime, was located and positively identified as belonging to the owners of the residence. Candice Hockman was charged with 1st degree burglary, Conspiracy to Commit 1st degree burglary, 3rd degree burglary and theft under $100.00. She is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center without bail.This investigation is on going and additional charges are pending on other individuals. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Deputy Kraig Simpson at 301-777-5959.
A Corrignaville man wants on theft charges is arrested and now faces drug charges. Friday Cumberland Police arrested 28 year old Joshua Pifer on an outstanding arrest warrant. During his arrest offices found quantities of prescription medications in unlabeled bottles on Pifer’s person. Along with the prescriptions, the officers also located suspected Heroin, needles, and assorted drug paraphernalia. Pifer was transported to Cumberland Police Headquarters where he was processed for the warrant and additionally charged with the following: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute – 2 counts, Possession of a controlled dangerous substance – 4 counts, Possession of CDS paraphernalia – 2 counts, Unlawfully removing prescription labels – 3 counts and Arrest Warrant charges: Theft $1,000 to under $10,000 – 2 counts Pifer was processed and transported to the Allegany County District Court for a bond hearing. Pifer was held on a $10,000.00 bond for the CDS related charges and $5000.00 bond for the warrant. Pifer was transported to the Allegany County Detention Center to await a bond review
The Allegany County Sheriff's is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the attached individual in reference to an attempted felony theft from Wal-Mart in LaVale that occurred on Saturday, 9/6/14 at approximately 1:30 a.m. Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Will Pinder at 301-777-5959.
The man accused of murdering 19-year-old Devonte Waites at a downtown Morgantown club has pleaded not guilty. Robert Hernandez was arraigned on Friday in Mon County. The 33-year-old Cumberland man was indicted for first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing Waites to death back on Aug. 14th.
West Virginia State Police in Mineral County are searching for a girl who ran away from the Burlington United Family Services Children’s Home. 17 year old Sadie Kendall was last seen on Patterson Creek Road in Burlington Friday at about 7:30pm. She is believed to have family in Allegany County, MD and Monongalia County, WV areas. She is described as a white female, 5' 02", 120 pounds, brown hair, green eyes, and wearing black wire frame glasses. She has two (2) streaks shaved into her hair on the right side of her head near her ear. She was last seen wearing black yoga pants and a black shirt with "witness" written in red on the shirt. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Keyser Detachment of the West Virginia State Police at 304-788-1101 or contact your local law enforcement agency.
The Garrett County Sheriff’s office is investigating two separate burglaries. On Friday the suspects broke into a home on North Glade Road sometime between 11:30am and 2:30 pm. The suspects then stole three firearms including a Remington bolt action rifle in .243 caliber with a scope, a Savage .22 rifle with a scope and an unknown make single shot shotgun. Also sometime between 7:30am and 4pm someone forcibly entered a home on Maryland Highway and stole jewelry, firearms and a hunting bow. The firearms include a .54 caliber Knight Hawk muzzle loader black in color, B. .50 caliber Rossi youth model muzzle loader with wood stock C. Remington model 700 with a Simmons scope and sling D. Mossberg 12 gauge pump shotgun black in color E.Winchester 12 gauge single shotgun that has damage. Also stolen was a Matthews Switchback compound hunting bow camo in color. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office at 301-334-1911 or leave a tip online at www.garrettcountycrimesolvers.org. Residents are reminded to secure firearms in a locked gun safe.
Hagerstown Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash. Last night at about 11:30pm officers were called out to the intersection of Wilson and Virginia (overpass). Responding officers located a single motorcycle in the roadway. Officers also located a critically injured unconscious male on the road near the motorcycle. EMS and police officers performed CPR on the male prior to his transport to Meritus Medical Center. The male was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving at the hospital. Preliminary investigation conducted by the Hagerstown Police Department Accident Reconstruction Team determined that the motorcycle most likely made contact with a second unknown vehicle that did not remain on the scene. The Hagerstown Police Department is requesting the assistance from the public with information regarding the second unknown vehicle and driver which failed to remain at the scene. The public is urged to call the Hagerstown Police Department at 301-790-3700, visit their website www.hagerstownmd.org, and Facebook or Twitter.
On an overcast and rainy morning several hundred people gathered in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania to honor the lives of the 40 passengers and crew members of United Flight 93. The annual ceremony began at 9:45am the time it is believed the passengers and crew members overtook the hijackers on the plane Sept 11th 2001. The plane crashed in the field at 10:03 that morning. The Bells of Remembrance rang out after the names of all 40 were read by tearful family members amidst a crowd of spectators. The field is now the Flight 93 National Memorial operated by the National Park Service. President of Families of Flight 93 Gordon Felt says he comes back to feel closer to his brother and he feels everyone should visit the site and never forget the lives lost. On display for the first time was the Congressional gold medal given to the Flight 93 National Memorial during a ceremony in Washington DC Sept. 10th. Flight 93 National Memorial Deputy Superintendent Keith Newlin says the medal will be on display until Sunday this weekend and then it will be placed in the new visitors’ center expected to open Sept. 10th next year. Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert presented a flag that flew on the Capitol Building on 9/11. He says he remembers looking out his office window that morning and seeing the black billowing smoke rolling across the National Mall. The flag he presented is still covering in that same smoke. Hastert says he wanted to bring the flag to Shanksville because if it had not been for the bravery of those on board Flight 93 who knows what would have happened to the Capitol. Governor Tom Corbett says the Flight 93 National Memorial site is hallowed ground. He says it is important to take time out to thank and pray for the men and women of Flight 93.
Romney Middle School remains closed today due to water issues. RMS has been closed since Wednesday. The RMS after-school dance today is canceled.
A Cumberland man faces charges after an assault. This morning Cumberland Police were called out to Polk Street. When officers arrived they found 45 year old Bernard Ferguson acting in an aggressive manner. He bumped his chest against the officer. He was arrested and officers learned he was wanted on a warrant for indecent exposure. Ferguson was held in the Allegany County Detention Center on two separate bonds. The first bond was $5,000 while the second bond was $3,000.He is charged with 2nd Degree Assault, Obstructing and Hindering and Disorderly Conduct. His warrant was for Indecent Exposure, Lewd Acts and Disorderly Conduct.
Two people face drug charges. Wednesday just before 5pm Cumberland Police were handling a call on Gulf War Memorial Drive. While handling the unrelated incident, a vehicle was observed trying to maneuver around the parked police cruiser and struck the police car, causing minor damage. The operator of the vehicle ignored commands by the police officer to stop and fled from the scene. The police officer was able to stop the vehicle and contacted the driver, 22 year old Dario Thornton of Baltimore. Thornton was arrested for hit and run and searched incident to arrest. The search resulted in locating a clear plastic baggie containing two individually baggies of heroin. Also located inside the baggie were two individual baggies of crack cocaine. Due to the amount and type of packaging, it was determined Thornton possessed the heroin and crack cocaine to be in sufficient quantity to distribute for resale purposes. During the traffic stop, a passenger 23 year old Megan Bone of Frostburg , was also contacted. After a search was conducted, Bone was found to be in possession of heroin and heroin paraphernalia. Bone was arrested and transported to Cumberland Police for paperwork and processing. Thornton and Bone were taken before a District Court Commissioner for a bond hearing. Thornton was held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $10,000 bond and Bone was released on her personal recognizance. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.
The cause of a blaze in Garrett County is ruled accident. The fire broke out just before 1 am in a home on Table Rock Road. According to Maryland State Fire Marshals officials the fire started inside a dryer vent inside the basement of the home. The family is being helped by the American Red Cross.
Governor Martin O’Malley unveiled a disaster relief package to aid residents of Allegany and Washington Counties impacted by the extreme flooding that occurred on June 12, 2014. All Allegany County residents and businesses, etc. impacted by this storm are strongly encouraged to apply for these programs. Many have completed the application process through participation in the recent community outreach program held in Cresaptown. For those who have not, the deadline for the submission of completed applications is Monday, September 29, 2014.
U.S. Small Business Administration
Low interest loans to homeowners, renters, businesses, and non-profit organizations affected by this flood for property repair and the replacement of flood-damaged contents.
Maryland Department of Human Resources
Western Maryland Other Needs Assistance Program
Grants up to $5,000 which can be used to pay for temporary housing, medical needs (including replacement of medical equipment), personal property (including clothing, essentials tools and equipment, and vehicle damage), and emergency housing repairs, including mold abatement. NOTE: According to the State of Maryland, this program has been set-up to provide for the essential, necessary expenses and serious needs of applicants recovering from a disaster. It is not intended to help the applicant return his or her home to pre-disaster condition.
Oakland and Garrett County, Maryland have been selected by Travel & Leisure as America’s Best Town for Fall Colors.
Today the Flight 93 National Memorialwill honor the 40 passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 on the 13th anniversary of 9/11. This year’s commemoration will be highlighted by the first public display of the Congressional Gold Medal that will be presented to Flight 93 National Memorial by U.S House and Senate leaders in a private ceremony at the United States Capitol on Wednesday, September 10. Enacted on December 23, 2011, the Fallen Heroes of 9/11 Act directed that a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award the United States Congress can bestow, be struck for each of the 9/11 sites to honor the men and women who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks. The Flight 93 National Memorial medal will be presented at the memorial for the first time during the September 11 observance and will remain on display through Sunday, September 14. This will be the only opportunity to view the medal until it goes on permanent display in the new Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center, scheduled to be dedicated in September 2015.The September 11 Observance will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the Memorial Plaza. Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert, who was Speaker on 9/11, will deliver remarks. At 10:03 a.m. – the moment Flight 93 crashed – the names of the passengers and crew members will be read and Bells of Remembrance will be rung in their memory. Gordon Felt, president of the Families of Flight 93, will also speak during the ceremony.
The Friends of the Flight 93 National Memorial have announced that Henry Scully of Pittsburgh and Ligonier has been named Executive Director. The Friends of Flight 93 is the official non-profit supporting organization for the Memorial,
Today is also the anniversary of the attack on the US diplomatic base in Benghazi. John Tiegan a GRS agent or global response staff agent for the CIA recounts the events of Sept 11th 2012 during the attack on the US diplomatic base in Benghazi. His accounts are featured in the new book 13 Hours in Benghazi. Tiegan says one of the biggest misconceptions about the events in Benghazi is the reports of video of a protest. He says he and another agent were walking the streets near the base just before the attack and it was a quiet normal night.
Emergency crews are being called out to a tractor trailer accident on I-68 eastbound at mile marker 46 for a tractor trailer accident. A tractor trailer has overturned into the barrier wall. No injuries are being reported but motorists are being asked to use an alternative route.
No word yet what sparked a blaze in Garrett County. The fire broke out early this morning on Table Rock Road.
According to officials with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services various media have reported that DPSCS has proposed or is planning to build a new minimum security prison in Cumberland, MD. While an informal proposal about a possible new minimum security housing facility adjacent to the Western Correctional Institution has been discussed with legislators from the area, no proposed plans or requests have been officially submitted to the MD Dept. of Budget & Mgmt. or to the MD General Assembly. At this point in time, DPSCS has no plans to begin construction on any new facility in the Cumberland area.
The cause of a fire in Westernport remains under investigation. The blaze broke out at about 3am yesterday morning outside a 14 x 70 ft residential trailer on Marsh Manor Ct. According to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office a neighbor who woke up to get a glass of water noticed the fire and notified the home owner who used a fire extinguisher to try to put out the fire which was out by the time fire crews arrived on the scene.
A Cumberland man is sentenced to spend 15 years behind bars on abduction and second degree sex offense charges. David Sines will also have to register as a sex offender. Sines attempted to abduct two small children from the Oldtown Manor apartment complex in Cumberland. During the investigation he admitted to sexually assaulting an infant in the past. The sexual act constituted a second degree sexual offense based on the child being physically helpless and unable to consent and resist the sexual act. In addition, the defendant received an enhanced penalty of life and fifteen years mandatory minimum without parole do to the age of the child and the age of the defendant at the time. An investigation was conducted by the Combined County Criminal Investigation Unit, headed by Detective Harold Dixon, as well as, Cumberland Police Department that substantiated these charges.
A Cumberland man is sentenced to spend seven years behind bars on drug charges. 28 year old Erik Baker pleaded guilty to charges of possession with the intent to distribute heroin.
Frontier Communications has advised the Mineral County 911 Center that additional repairs will be taking place on the phone communication lines on Thursday evening, Sept. 11, 2014 starting at 10 PM for approximately 8 hours into Friday morning, Sept.. 12. Residents in the Keyser, New Creek and Fountain communities that are on the 788 phone exchange will be impacted by this work. For these customers there will be NO dial tone during this period and are being advised to use a cell phone to call 911 for emergencies. For any questions, for please call the Mineral County Office of Emergency Management at 304-788-1821.
Crews remain on the scene of an overturned tractor trailer just before I-68 eastbound exit 46. The trailer has overturned but the tractor is semi upright. Maryland State Police Troopers are on the scene along with Maryland State Highways officials. A portion of the roadway will be shut down as crews get the trailer upright. Motorists are being asked to avoid the area.
Two men face drug charges after a bust this morning. At about 1:30 Maryland State Police troopers in Washington County stopped a vehicle for speeding on I-70 near Route 66. The trooper identified the driver as 21 year old Lowell T. Tolliver Jr from Washington DC, and the front seat passenger as 21 year old Ernest L. Mack from Cumberland, MD. The trooper detected the strong smell of marijuana coming from inside vehicle and during a search of the vehicle more than 100 grams of marijuana was found inside the car. Both occupants were arrested and later taken before the Washington County District Court Commissioner on drug related charges
Eight people entered guilty pleas to Federal drug charges in Martinsburg. United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that Alan BUTLER, age 57, and Delano Alan BUTLER, age 33, of Hagerstown, Maryland, entered pleas of guilty to “Distribution of Heroin.” Alan BUTLER and Delano BUTLER each face up to 20 years in prison. Patrice Dominique STEPHENS, age 34, of Westernport, Maryland, entered a plea of guilty to “Distribution of Cocaine.” STEPHENS, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison. Walter EVANS, age 43, of Martinsburg, entered a plea of guilty to “Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine.” EVANS, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison. Bradley FRENCH, age 45 and Shawna PERRY, age 18, of Hedgesville, West Virginia, entered pleas of guilty to “Distribution of Heroin.” Co-defendant Theresa PERRY, age 45, of Hedgesville, entered a plea of guilty to “Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premise.” FRENCH and Shawna PERRY, and Theresa PERRY eachface up to 20 years in prison. Dennis Dwayne BUTTS, II, age 38, of Hedgesville, entered a plea of to “Distribution of Heroin.” BUTTS, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison. In other matters, Jeff CHANEY, age 36, of Burlington, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to “Sale of a Firearm to a Felon.” CHANEY, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years in prison. Brenda Kaye STAMPER, age 46, of Martinsburg, entered a plea of guilty to “Theft of Government Money” was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $15,312. STAMPER, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years in prison.Harold Quiceno RODRIGUEZ, age 36, a citizen of Colombia, entered a plea of guilty to “False Claim to U.S. Citizenship.” RODRIGUEZ, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to three years in prison and deportation.
The Hagerstown Police Department is investigating a murder and triple shooting. Monday, September 8th around 8:10 pm in the area of the 200 blocks of Hager Street and Frederick Street 2 male victims were found by responding officers at the scene. The 3rd male left the scene prior to officers arriving and was able to make his way to Meritus Medical Center. A Frederick man was pronounced dead. The other victim was taken to Meritus and is being treated for his injuries and is currently paralyzed in the lower extremities. The 3rd male was later transported to Shock Trauma for his injuries and is being treated there. Currently no additional information is available on the status of the 2 remaining victims. 3 known persons were involved in the incident; however Detectives are working through several witness accounts to determine if there are any other persons involved. According to early witness interviews there could be as many as 4 to 5 people, including the 3 victims in the area at the time of the shooting. This information is preliminary and subject to verification. Investigators believe this is an isolated incident and not a random shooting. The general public is not in any danger at this time. Investigators are not releasing any further information on this incident at this time. The names of the other 2 victims are not being released for investigative purposes at this time. Officers, Detectives, and Crime Scene technicians were on scene until the early morning hours processing the area for evidence. Hager Street was closed during this time as well as Frederick Streets, which was closed from Baltimore Street to Hager Street for crime scene processing. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Hagerstown City Police Department, Criminal Investigations Division at 301-790-3700 ext. 234 or they can report information anonymously at our website, www.hagerstownmd.org on Facebook or through our Twitter account.
A Pennsylvania woman is dead after being hit by a tractor trailer. According to Pennsylvania State Police 44 year old Tracy Bishop of Bedford was crossing State Route 30 at Mile Level Auto Zone at about noon yesterday when she was hit by a tractor trailer driven by 57 year old Russell Oldham of New Paris. Bishop was taken to UPMC where she was pronounced dead.
Hagerstown Police are investigating a shooting that killed one person and left two others injured. The incident happened last night between Frederick and Hager Streets. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hagerstown Police Department at 301-790-3700.
A Winchester man is charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding following a stabbing late Sunday night. Officers responded to the 1800 block of Henry Avenue just after 10:30 p.m. for a stabbing. When officers arrived at the residence they found two people outside with stab wounds. A 36-year-old male victim from Winchester had stab wounds to his neck. A second victim, a 26-year-old male from Bunker Hill, West Virginia, had stab wounds to his neck and his arm. Officers identified the suspect as 28-year-old Melvin Eugene Robert Alexander. Alexander was inside of a residence in the 1700 block of Henry Avenue and would not exit. The Winchester SWAT team responded to the scene and took Alexander into custody. He was taken to Winchester Medical Center and was treated and released. Alexander was arrested and taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center. Deputies with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene with their K-9 partners and assisted police units. The incident remains under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division.
The body of a missing Pennsylvania man is found in Somerset County. According to Pennsylvania State Police an extensive search for 52 year old Daniel Thomas of Davidsville ended after his body was found near railroad tracks that pass through Seanor, PA. His death is not believed to be suspicious.
The Altoona Police Department is asking parents whose children are active on social media sites to check the contacts and conversation history for the names of “Benjamin Richards” and “Mario Plummer Richards” (alias). Richards alegedly poses as a 16-year-old male juvenile and grooms juvenile victims by initiating contact with them by speaking about sports, skateboarding etc. The conversations then become more suggestive and sexual in nature over time. Richards has indicated that he is sexually attracted to boys between the ages of 10 and 16 years of age. In addition to luring children through social media the investigation has revealed that Richards frequents business locations in the area of 7th Avenue and 17th Street in addition to city pools and parks with hopes of observing juveniles in varying stages of undress for his own sexual gratification. Although Richards indicated that he prefers boys between 10 and 16 years of age he was in possession of child pornography depicting children as young as 3 years of age. All parents are encouraged to ascertain if their children have had contact or attempted contact with Richards in furtherance of our investigation. If your child has had any questionable contact or conversation with Richards we are asking you contact Detective Corporal Nicole Douglas at 814-949-2517 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org Richards is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.Courtesy the Altoona Police Department
Frostburg, Maryland is challenging their residents, neighbors, business owners and visitors to participate in the town’s “ALS Ice Bucket” (water) challenge, Saturday, September 13 beginning at 5 pm.“BYOB” (Bring Your Own Bucket) – any size, a towel, some dry clothes and join in the fun! Challenge your friends, co-workers. Any donations will be appreciated to help fight the ALS. After obtaining permission to host the event from Frostburg’s Mayor, Bob Flannigan, Marli Tichnell and Rob Zembower, owners of Lil Corner Market started the planning.The big waterfall (buckets full of water – some with ice) will be spilled on participants who will line the entire span of the town’s Main Street (about 2 ½ miles). Event planners are asking businesses on Main Street to donate water.For information, contact: Lil Corner Market, 217 East Main Street, Frostburg, MD. Phone: 301-689-8733. This event lives up to Frostburg’s slogan…”We’re Just Cool.”
The City of Cumberland Engineering Department would like to notify the public that beginning Monday September 8 through Wednesday September 10 weather permitting milling & patching work will take place on Greene Street in the area of the Dingle. Continuing Thursday September 12 work will begin on Beall Street from Lee Street to Allegany Street. No Parking will be permitted on Beall Street during working hours. All work will take place nightly from 6pm to 7am weather permitting Please use caution in this area and expect delays during the working hours. Flaggers will be present. The City apologizes in advance for any inconvenience this work will cause. If there are any questions please feel free to contact the City of Cumberland Engineering Dept @ 301-759-6600.
A Mountain Ridge High School teacher is arrested on sex offense charges. Friday Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigations Unit officials arrested 42 year old Bart Mazer of Frostburg at the high school. Mazer is charged with engaging in inappropriate sexual contact with a then 17 year old female who was a student. The incidents allegedly occurred between October and November of 2013 at Mazer’s home. None of the sexual contact occurred on school property. The student has since graduated. Mazer is charged with 4th degree sex offense and is currently being held on $20 thousand dollars bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. The investigation is continuing by C3I with the cooperation of the Allegany County Board of Education and the administration at Mountain Ridge High School. According to Allegany County Public School System officials "These are very serious allegations, and the school system is cooperating fully with C3I. Mr. Mazer has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”
One man is arrested following a meth lab bust in Allegany County. Friday Allegany County Sheriff’s Deputies, members of the C3I Narcotics Unit and the Maryland State Police searched property in Shaft. The parcel did not contain a residence but several people were living inside tents and other makeshift homes. During a two month long investigation officials received several complaints about the manufacturing of methamphetamine on the property. Numerous precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine and other related drug paraphernalia were seized. One man identified as James D. McMillian, 52 YOA, no fixed address, was charged with several drug violations to include possession of methamphetamine manufacturing equipment. McMillan was later transported to District Court for his initial appearance where he was remained to the Allegany County Detention Center on $5,000.00 bond. Additional arrests are anticipated in the near future as this investigation continues. The Sheriff's Office and State Police are encouraging citizens to continue to contact them with drug tips and the information can remain anonymous.
A Pennsylvania man is recovering after allegedly being beaten and robbed. According to Pennsylvania State Police 35 year old Justin Suffecool of Schellsburg was walking along Route 30 and Route 96 on August 22nd just before midnight when a dark colored pick-up truck stopped and four men got out of the vehicle. The victim claims the men then grabbed him and held him to the ground and kicked him in the head and stole about $300 from him then fled. Anyone with any details is asked to call 814-623-6133.
The Allegany County Animal Shelter Foundation is working on improvements to response for animal complaints following the discovery of nine dogs dead in a home on McGill Drive. Allegany County Animal Shelter Foundation President Becky McClarran and Allegany County Emergency Services Director Dick DeVore released some of the changes being made based on recommendaitons from a commission created to review the processes underway at the Allegany County Animal Shelter and Animal Control.
Allegany County Animal Shelter Commissioner’s Report Executive Summary
Following a previously announced plan to submit a detailed report to the Commissioners on October 1st outlining Animal Control response to the McGill Drive animal abuse case and recommended long-term improvements to Animal Control, a study group headed by Foundation President Becky McClarran and Foundation Board members has compiled the following Executive Summary of immediate responses and resource allocation.
1. New phone lines are being installed including a dedicated animal control line at an estimated cost of $4,000 to replace the legacy system conveyed to the shelter from Allegany County.
2. Staffing is being rearranged to dedicate a single administrative staff position to answering Animal Control calls.
3. A beta-test version of the county-developed GIS program, capable of indicating specific location and the status of an animal control call is being moved to operational status. This software will show whether another party has already made a call about a specific address.
4. New uniforms and identification for animal control personnel.
5. Separate Animal Control desktop log records from Shelter call logs – that include more specific fields describing actions taken and current status of the case.
6. Executive Director meets with Shelter Manager and Animal Control on a daily basis to insure all calls were answered and an appropriate response has either been taken or is underway.
7. Development and promotion of a responsible pet owner program that informs the general public, homeowners and rental property managers of the expectations and legal requirements for pet ownership.
8. The ACAS committee is preparing a report to present to the county commissioners by the end of the month.
During the first year of a multi-year operating agreement, the ACAS Management Foundation expended $417,400 for operation of the Animal Shelter and Animal Control. Support from the County came in the form of the agreed $324,000 annual fee plus a subsequent allocation of $36,918, which allowed for complete transfer of control and cost of all employees.
The $56,482 shortfall of county funding was covered, as anticipated in the concept of privatizing shelter operations, by other funds generated by the ACAS Management Foundation including private grants, governments grants, income from the Foundation’s Barkin’ Basement Thrift Store, increased animal adoptions, micro chipping, dog licenses and private contributions earmarked for animal care.
FY2014 shelter operations included expenses for two private contractors whose professional services were retained by vote of the ACAS Management Foundation Board of Directors. Huber Michaels provided accounting and control services for the shelter operating account at a cost of $8,400. McClarran and Williams provided graphic design, event development and coordination, web site content management, and brochure and literature production supporting adoption, foster, spay/neuter and public education programs at a cost of $8,100.
SUMMARY OF FY2014 ANIMAL SHELTER AND ANIMAL CONTROL EXPENDITURES
Salaries $147,823 (excluding Foundation Ex. Dir. paid from other funds)
Fringe Benefits $ 32,077
Office Supplies $ 9,000
Permits and Licenses $ 8,200
Travel/Training/Dues & Subscriptions $ 2,600
Utilities $ 25,000
Cell Phones and Tablets $ 1,600
Professional Services $ 16,500
Veterinary Fees $76,500
Animal Dietary $24,000
Auto Expenses $ 7,700
Bank Charges $ 2,700
Misc. $ 2,800
Vending Machine $ 1,000
Fundraising Expenses $ 3,900
Difference between county and actual $56,482
This does not include actual donations of products or hours of volunteer service
The artistic director of the Apple Alley Players faces sexual abuse charges. Yesterday the Mineral County Sheriff's Office executed an arrest warrant following an investigation of Sexual Abuse of a minor that took place in Mineral County in the fall of 2013. The investigation revealed that 22 yr old Alex James McDonald of Fort Ashby was accused of First Degree Sexual Abuse and Sexual Abuse by a Custodian. The accused is the Director of the Apple Alley Players and the allegations took place during some of the plays and events. The accused was arrested on a Felony warrant for First Degree Sexual Abuse and Sexual Abuse by a custodian. He was later seen by magistrate and then posted a $10,000.00 bond. The accused is facing a 1-5 years in Prison on the First Degree Sexual Abuse and a 10-20 years in prison on the Sexual Abuse by Custodian if found guilty.
The Mineral County Grand Jury has handed down indictments on 44 individuals including murder, child neglect resulting in death and sexual abuse of a child. John Davis III, Christian Pierce, Melissa Stewart and Daisy Stewart are all indicted on murder charges in connection with the overdose death of Bobbie Blacka. Taj Green was indicted on murder charges in connection with the Labor Day 2011 shooting in Ridgeley where 25 year old Ryan Henry was killed and his brother Richard Henry was wounded. Melissa Morris was indicted on charges of child neglect resulting in death. The child was five months old. George Miller faces sexual abuse, sexual abuse by a parent or custodian, sexual assault charges .
US Senator Ben Cardin and US Congressman John Delaney took some time this week to meet with business and community leaders in Allegany and Garrett Counties. Tuesday Cardin visited with Grantsville Mayor Paul Edwards and toured the Spruce Forest Artisan Village then he toured the Adventure Sports Center International and met with members of the Canoe US team. Cardin also toured the Simon Pearce facility in Mountain Lake Park which is one of the last glassblowing companies in existence in the US. A hike along the Garrett Trails at Swallow Falls State Park was scheduled but had to be postponed because of the thunderstorms that came through the area Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday morning Cardin and a group of about 20 people started in Frostburg and biked along the Great Allegheny Passage to Cumberland. Cardin also met with Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim to discuss economic development. Cardin says his first priority for the visit is to see how the congressional delegation can work together to bring jobs to the region. “We have tourism which is a big issue I was on the Alleghany Passage which is part of the tourism strategy for this region. Part of it is bringing companies out and part of it is infrastructure improvement making it easier for people to get access to this region. That’s one of the reasons I am here to see what strategies work for job growth in Cumberland.” He says he will be working on the issues at the Canal between the Army Service and the National Park System. Congressman John Delaney also spent time in Garrett County meeting with officials and holding a roundtable discussion focused on women’s entrepreneurship. He also stopped by the ASCI and visited with the US team. Delaney toured Frostburg with Mayor Flanigan and held a roundtable discussion with Senator Cardin at the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. He also met with Mayor Brian Grim and local residents in downtown Cumberland.
The town of Ridgeley will celebrate its centennial this weekend. Councilmember Dr. Richard Lechliter says the activities kick off on Friday at 4pm with the opening ceremonies at the veteran’s memorial at the VFW. Saturday there will be breakfast, a cornhole tournament, a cruise in and a parade. Sunday there will be a celebration worship and closing ceremonies. For more information contact City Hall at 304-738-9400.
The Garrett County Sheriff's Office said they've recently learned of a new money scam that has been going on in the local area. Deputies said victims are being contacted by people claiming to be government employees are offering them large amounts of cash. The scam is in return, the victim must transfer money onto Green Dot money cards and then tell the caller the card number on the back of the money card. Once the caller has the account information, they hang up the phone and the victim is out whatever sum of money they transferred to the card. The Garrett County Sheriff's Office urges residents if contacted by scammers or suspect the call to be a scam, to hang up the phone immediately and do not offer any personal information; address, social security number, credit card numbers etc.., to the caller.
Criminal charges against Doctor William Thomas Dando were dismissed as part of an agreement requiring that Dando permanently surrender his license to practice medicine. According to officials with the Allegany County State’s Attorney’s office Dando was charged with two misdemeanor offenses, a 4th Degree Sexual Offense and Perverted Practice, stemming from a complaint of inappropriate touching made by a female patient. This decision to proceed in this fashion was made after review of the evidence, consultation with the victim and the Maryland Board of Medicine and possible pending civil litigation stemming from the allegations. The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant State’s Attorney, Jacqueline Brandlen. R. Steven Friend represented the defendant.
A Baltimore man is behind bars on assault charges. Yesterday Cumberland City Police arrested 23 year old Jarrett Antonio McBurroughs on a warrant in Baltimore. McBurroughs is charged with one count of second degree assault and dangerous weapon intent to injure. McBurroughs is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.
A Washington DC man who eluded police twice is now sentenced to spend 19 years behind bars. 32 year old Deandre Kelly was sentenced in US District Court on charges of possession with intent to distribute narcotics, escape, and for carrying and using a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime and a crime of violence. A judge ordered that 8 years of Kelly’s sentence will be served consecutive to the 15 year sentence he is currently serving for a conviction in the District of Columbia. According to Kelly’s plea agreement, on July 15, 2009, Kelly pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute PCP, and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Kelly was released pending sentencing then failed to appear for sentencing and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On January 22, 2011, Kelly was the front seat passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for speeding in Garrett County by a Maryland State Trooper. As the driver and back seat passenger got out of the car, Kelly jumped into the driver’s seat and took off speeding. Troopers pursued Kelly for seven miles until he crashed the vehicle. Although he gave a false name, Kelly was identified by his fingerprints. A search of the vehicle recovered a pound of marijuana on the front passenger side floor, where Kelly had been seated, and a loaded .40 caliber handgun, with an obliterated serial number, located under the rear portion of the driver’s seat. In addition, 47 grams of crack cocaine and a small amount of marijuana were recovered from Kelly’s pants.Kelly was initially taken to the Garrett County Memorial Hospital. On January 23, 2011, Kelly was transferred to the Garrett County Detention Center to be held for an initial appearance the next day. At about 8 p.m. that evening, Kelly brandished a firearm, assaulted the officers working in the detention center, and escaped. A car was waiting for him outside the jail and he was taken to his brother’s home in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Subsequent investigation showed that Kelly had made several phone calls from the detention center to plan his escape.Kelly was arrested again on May 2, 2011, in Lynchburg, Virginia.
The cause of a fire in Cumberland is under investigation. The blaze broke out at about 10pm Friday night at a home on Barnes Drive. The fire started inside the home and was discovered by a neighbor. The fire caused about two thousand dollars in damage. Anyone with information regarding this incident please call the Office of the State Fire Marshal at 301-766-3888
A Cresaptown man faces charges of assault and theft. On Monday Cumberland City Police officers were called out to Martin's Market located at 739 Park Street for an assault in progress. Officers were advised by the manager that he observed a male subject later identified as, 47 year old Phillip Glenn Potter placing merchandise inside a bag. After placing the items inside the bag, Potter walked out of the store without paying for any of the items. Potter was stopped by store management and confronted about the stolen items. After being confronted by the store manager, Potter punched the manager in the chest. Potter attempted to flee when he was confronted by a concerned citizen. Potter grabbed the subject by his neck and then grabbed his gold necklace causing it to break. Potter was located by officers and placed under arrest. Potter was transported to the Cumberland City Police Department for processing. Potter was processed, served and taken before the District Court Commissioner. Potter was held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $3,000 bond.
The new Love’s Truck Stop off of I-68 could be opening as soon as next summer. Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine says issues with permits have held up the construction. He says Love’s officials hope to begin construction early next spring and would like to be open by next summer. He says he believes the project could bring other new businesses into the region.
The search continues for a Gaithersburg man who was last seen in LaVale. 54 year old Martin Rogers left for work as an NIH scientist on August 21st. He checked himself in to a hotel in LaVale and there have been possible sightings near the C&O Canal Trail. He was driving a blue 2001 Audi A4, with Maryland license plate 1BF6739.Anyone who may have seen Rogers is asked to call 301-279-8000
A Keyser man faces attempted murder and attempted sexual assault charges following a stabbing last night. According to Keyser Police officials at about 9:40pm officers were called out to a home on Ward Avenue. The female victim was found in the yard with a stab wound to the back. She was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. At about 10:21pm 23 year old Scott Kitterll turned himself in to police officials. He suffered a cut on his chin and he was taken to Potomac Valley Hospital where he was treated and released. He is now being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail. He also faces charges of malicious wounding.
A Cumberland teen faces several charges after allegedly igniting a railroad cross tie. Saturday at about 3:46 Cumberland Police and Cumberland Fire officials were called out to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Bridge in reference. The Cumberland Fire Department was on the scene and had the fire extinguished. A suspect was seen and ran from the scene but was stopped a short distance away. Several witnesses identified this subject as being the person who set the fire. The fire was contained to one cross tie on the main track. The cross tie was actually burning when the train which was occupied by five employees traveled on the track. The damage is estimated at $2,000.00. The suspect is a 16 year old male juvenile of Cumberland, MD. The juvenile was placed under arrest and later released to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice. He faces charges of malicious burning first degree, arson second degree, disorderly conduct, obstructing and hindering, trespassing on posted property, five counts of reckless endangerment.
A Pennsylvania man is arrested after walking into Wal-Mart with two handguns. At about 10:30 Friday night troopers from the Maryland State Police Cumberland Barrack, were working secondary employment at Wal-Mart as security guards. They noticed 36 year old Angelo Cavallero walking in the store wearing a handgun in a holster on his hip. They approached him and located not one but two handguns on his person. Cavallero stated he had a gun permit from P.A., was on a road trip and did not realize he was in Maryland. Cavallero was also found to be in possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He was arrested, processed and taken before a District Court Commissioner. There was no reason to believe Cavallero was about to commit any crimes of violence with the firearms he was carrying.
A man wanted for murder in Baltimore is arrested in Cumberland. Tuesday, August 26, 2014, warrant officers with the Baltimore City Police responded to Cumberland after receiving information that a suspect wanted for attempted murder in Baltimore may have fled to Cumberland to avoid apprehension.
Members of the C3I Warrant/Fugitive Unit were able to obtain several addresses of known acquaintances where the suspect might be located. With the assistance of the Cumberland Police, the Baltimore PD warrant officers and C3I Warrant/Fugitive Investigators checked these addresses. They learned that the suspect had fled one of the addresses after learning that law enforcement was searching for him. Investigators learned where the suspect had fled to and responded to that location. The suspect was taken into custody at that time.
The suspect was identified as 23 year old Dontray White of Baltimore. After his arrest, White was transported back to Baltimore pending his initial court appearance.
Maryland State Police in Garrett County are investigating a theft. On Sunday troopers were called out to Savage River Road for a report of a theft of fishing equipment. Saturday between the hours of 7 and 11pm a 9 foot inflatable boat along with a Minn-Kota trolling motor and fishing gear were stolen form the above address. Any information is urged to call the Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack at 301-387-1101
American Woodmark Corporation will be investing in a major expansion of the company's Moorefield, West Virginia cabinet-manufacturing facility. American Woodmark will add 80 new jobs and 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space at the Moorefield operation. The $30 million project will increase the Moorefield center's workforce to more than 650 employees. American Woodmark Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of kitchen cabinets and vanities for the remodeling and new-home-construction markets. Its products are sold nationwide at home centers and a network of independent dealers and distributors, as well as directly to major builders. In addition to the Hardy County facility, the company operates eight other manufacturing centers and nine builder-service centers across the country.
Two Garrett County residents face charges in connection with a fatal crash. 53 year old Terry Sharpless of Swanton and 47 year old John Large of Oakland were charged with providing alcohol to a minor. On June 1st 19 year old Charles Frazee of Oakland was involved in a crash on private property. He died in a crash. Frazee and several others who were under 21 had been drinking alcohol at a campsite graduation party just before the crash. Sharpless and Large allegedly purchased the alcohol for the party.
One person is dead and another is injured following a crash in Bedford County. On Tuesday August 26th at about 9:30 Donald Rose of Schellsburg was crossing Allegheny Road from Watson Road when he entered the path of a vehicle driven by Adam Gonsman of New Paris. Gonsman and his passenger Charlene Martin also of New Paris were both flown by helicopter to the Altoona Trauma Center. Martin died a short time later from injuries she sustained in the crash.
A Virginia man and his dog are recovering after being attacked by a bear in Hardy County, WV. Yesterday at about 1pm emergency officials in Frederick County, Virginia were called out to a business parking lot. 59 year old Steven Krichbaum was walking his dog in the George Washington National Forest in Hardy County along the West Virginia side of Route 55 when he encountered a black bear and two cubs. The black bear attacked Krichbaum and his dog. The dog attempted to fend off the attack and both were injured. Krichbaum and his dog walked back to his parked car and drove to Richards Fruit Market where he called for help. Krichbaum was transported via rescue squad to the Winchester Medical Center for treatment and Krichbaums dog was transported by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control unit to a local emergency animal hospital. The current condition of both Krichbaum and his dog are unknown at this time.
The Frederick County Virginia Sheriff’s Office will not file any charges against a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputy who accidentally shot his daughter. On August 12th at about 3:43 in the morning Frederick County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Winchester Police Department stating that a Winchester Police officer was out with a single vehicle accident at East Lane and Cork Street where one of the occupants had a gunshot wound and was being transported to the Winchester Medical Center. Deputies responded to the 400 block of Lilly’s Way where the 911 call originated and secured the scene. During further investigation, it was determined that just before the original 911 call, the homeowner Easton McDonald who is a sergeant with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office was preparing to get ready for work and heard his interior alarm sound indicating the garage door had been opened. As the homeowner was approaching the interior garage, he heard a bang and sounds coming from inside the garage. The homeowner grabbed a firearm and approached the interior garage door. As he opened the door, he observed a person coming towards him, raised his gun and discharged his firearm striking the subject. The homeowner determined that he had just shot his 16 year old daughter who was attempting the sneak back into the residence after sneaking out earlier that morning without the parent’s knowledge. Following a comprehensive investigation conducted by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney for Frederick County, Virginia has determined that there is no evidence upon which to base any criminal charge(s) against Mr. Easton McDonald, related to the accidental shooting . The victim was in stable condition at Winchester Medical Center following the gunshot to the torso.
U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $762,000 in federal grants and $3,954,000 in loans through the USDA Rural Development Water and Wastewater Disposal Program to upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure in Allegany County. Additionally, $30,000 in federal grants through the USDA Rural Development Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households (SEARCH) will be used to conduct preliminary tests to upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure in Garrett County. The Allegany County Board of Commissioners will receive a $3,000,000 loan and a $732,000 grant through the Water and Waste Disposal program to replace the Wrights Crossing pump station. Currently, the station is in danger of failing and presents a public health risk to the community. The Town of LaVale in Allegany County will receive a $954,000 loan through the Water and Waste Disposal program to install a new 275,000 gallon ground water tank. This tank will replace the town of LaVale’s 60-year-old, deteriorating tank. The funds will also be used to replace the galvanized lines surrounding the tank. In LaVale, 2,440 homes and businesses will benefit from this project.The Town of Oakland in Garrett County will receive a $30,000 grant through the SEARCH program to help fund the cost of a Preliminary Engineering Report and Environmental Report to make improvements to the town’s water facilities.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and several other elected officials attended the grand opening of the Comptroller’s new office in downtown Cumberland at the Allegany Museum. Franchot says he enjoys coming to Western Maryland . He says he wanted to put the new office in downtown Cumberland in a location with plenty of parking and that would be easily accessible. Franchot also visited Canal Place and Wayne’s Gulf. He also made a stop in Garrett County to encourage residents to sign a petition to push back the start of school until after Labor Day. Franchot is encouraging residents to sign a petition to push back the start of school until the day after Labor Day. He says pushing back the start date would add 75 to 80 million dollars to the state's economy and he says it gives families more time with each other. The legislature authorized a commission to approve a measure that would create a statewide start date for schools and they voted to bring the issue to the full legislature in January. Franchot says there would be an exemption for Garrett County to allow for cancellations due to severe weather. So far there are about 4,000 signatures of the 10,000 needed. To sign the petition log on to https://interactive.marylandtaxes.com/extranet/utilities/Petition/sign.aspx?Tag=LSBS&Title=Let+Summer+Be+Summer-+Support+Starting+School+after+Labor+Day
The Decades of the Fifties/Sixties will be celebrated over the weekend of August 22, 23 in downtown Cumberland. All former students/graduates of area high schools from 1950 through 1969 are invited to attend the festivities over the weekend. Free registration, with identification tags issued, will begin at Mezzo's, 114 South Centre Street, at 4:30PM on Friday, August 22. A community dance, merging the classes of the 1950s with those from the 1960s, will be held Saturday night, August 23, beginning at 8PM, at the Ramada Inn on South George Street. Entertainment will be provided by Johnny Moore and Tom Skidmore, favorites of those who have attended previous Decades reunions. More information may be obtained from Allen Haines at (301) 724-3868.
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will be holding a free REAP tire clean up for Mineral County today and tomorrow. The clean up will be held today at the WV Divison of Highways Garage in New Creek from 8am to 5pm and at the Fort Ashby Fairgrounds Saturday from 8am to 5pm. The clean up is for West Virginia residents only, no businesses and is limited to 10 tires per WV driver’s license. There is no size limit and the tires will be taken with or without wheels.
A Keyser woman has filed a lawsuit against a local doctor and MedExpress. The lawsuit was filed in the Allegany County Circuit Court against Dr. William Dando and his former employer MedExpress. Dando was suspended following criminal charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a patient. In 1987 Dando was charged with raping a Flordia woman and served time behind bars.
A Maryland woman is suing the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Ridgeley. In the suit filed in Mineral County Circuit Court she claims unsafe flooring at the VFW caused her to fall and suffer injuries.
Pennsylvania State Police are looking for information after several marijuana plants are found on a vacant property. The plants were found Monday along Oberman Street in Saxton Boro in Bedford County. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police Bedford Barrack.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will be making stops in Western Maryland. Franchot will stop at the Lakeside Creamery to discuss his campaign to push back the start of school until the day after Labor Day as part of his “Let Summer Be Summer” petition drive. Comptroller Franchot will take part in an afternoon grand opening celebration at the new Cumberland branch office, now located at the Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing St. The new office opened July 1 and offers easy and convenient parking as well as providing a broad range of services for the area’s taxpayers so they do not have to travel hours away to the agency’s primary offices in Annapolis and Baltimore. Afterward, the Comptroller will join in a stroll of Canal Place with local elected and business leaders. As Maryland’s first Certified Heritage Area centered on the western end of the C&O Canal, visitors can now ride a steam train, hike or bike the towpath, tour a full-scale canal boat replica, and learn about canal history at the C&O Canal National Historical Park’s Cumberland Visitor Center . Winding up his afternoon, the Comptroller will present a proclamation to Waynes Gulf Gas Station, a full-service station with a convenience store. The business, owned by Christopher Howell, has served the community for more than 45 years. It prides itself with clean facilities and friendly service.
CSX is partnering with the Conservation Fund to bring fresh healthy food to locations known as food deserts. CSX and The Conservation Fund announced a program of grants aimed at improving the transportation and distribution of fresh, healthy food to communities in need. More than 23 million Americans across the country have limited or no access to fresh produce, dairy, meats and seafood. One of the contributors to these so-called "food deserts" is the lack of infrastructure to distribute fresh food to markets.Tori Kaplan, AVP corporate sustainability at CSX and Kris Hoellen, VP of sustainable programs at TCF say this is a partnership focused on bringing healthy food options to those who need it. To support local distribution and help address this need, CSX and The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit dedicated to finding conservation solutions that balance environmental and economic needs, teamed up to create a program that will help farmers and distributors enhance their delivery capabilities.
Grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 will be made available to entities that distribute fresh produce/perishable food in the 23 states where CSX operates. The grants can support a range of activities related to transportation such as:
- acquiring refrigerated vehicles for direct delivery to markets;
- financing "veggie vans" to bring fresh food to isolated communities;
- providing better access to food hubs or other sites where produce, dairy, seafood and meats can be stored safely for distribution; or
- purchasing produce boxes and cold storage bins to keep unsold food fresh for the next day's farmers market or wholesale purchase.
Grant applications are due by October 1, 2014. To download a grant application and see more information about the program, please visit http://www.conservationfund.org/partner-with-us/corporate-partners/profiles/csx/ or contact Margarita Carey at email@example.com.
CSX is also working with The Conservation Fund on a program that is improving access to healthy food in five underserved counties in West Virginia - Calhoun, McDowell, Mingo, Roane and Wirt.
A tractor trailer driver faces charges following a crash in Washington County. At about 1pm yesterday Troopers from the Hagerstown Barrack responded to a three (3) vehicle collision on I-70 East in the area of MD Rt 66 (Mapleville Road). The investigation into the collision revealed that a 2005 Volvo truck tractor pulling a semi-trailer was traveling East on I-70 in Lane #2 (slow lane). The truck tractor was being operated by Kent Nixon, 59, of Linthicum, MD. Also traveling in Lane #2 in front of the truck tractor was a 2003 Mercury Sable station wagon being operated by Caterina Earle, 55, of Bethesda, MD. Both vehicles came upon heavy traffic and the truck tractor struck the rear of the Mercury Sable causing it to lose control. The Mercury Sable then careened onto the right shoulder and overturned coming to final rest on the from MD Rt 66 to I-70 East. After striking the Mercury Sable, the truck tractor veered into Lane #1 (fast lane) where it struck a 2007 Chrysler Town and Country minivan being operated by Dale Ehrhart, 76, of Laurel , MD. The truck tractor then traveled into the grassy center median where it came to rest atop the embankment. Nixon and Ehrhart were transported to Meritus Medical Center along with Ehrhart’s wife, Karen Ehrhart, 78. I-70 in the area of MD Rt 66 was closed intermittently until 1500hrs for the removal of the vehicles. Maryland State Highway personnel assisted with traffic control. The driver of the truck tractor was subsequently charged with Negligent Driving for causing the vehicle collision.
Rocky Gap Casino Resort is inviting everyone to come out Saturday at 4pm and take the ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE by jumping in their pool which will be filled with ice. Rocky Gap Casino Resort will donate $10 for every person who takes the plunge to ALS. They will also have a donation box available for anyone who wants to donate. Must be 21.
The man wanted in connection with the murder of 19-year-old WVU freshman Devante Waites is in custody. 33-year-old Robert Hernandez of Cumberland Maryland was arrested during a traffic stop on Wagner Road at approximately 8:30 Thursday evening. Officers of the Morgantown Police Department, Mon Valley Drug Task Force and U.S. Marshall’s Office Mountain State Fugitive Task Force conducted an investigation following the stabbing of Waites on Chestnut Street early Thursday morning. Hernandez has been charged with first degree murder and is awaiting arraignment. Detectives are still conducting interviews and processing various items of potential evidence.
An Aurora woman was killed in a head-on collision on W.Va,. 7 (Veteran’s Memorial Highway) in Terra Alta on Thursday, Aug. 14. According to West Virginia State Police Trooper J.M. Willis, Saunya Regina Sines, 34, was heading west on W.Va. 7, in a curve east of Delano’s Furniture and west of Hopemont Hospital, at about 2:30 p.m. Her 2008 Pontiac G6 was struck head-on by a left-of-center 2001 Dodge Ram pickup, registered to Samuel Fheo Polce, 43, of Oakland, Md. Sines was pronounced dead at the scene. Jerold Lee Sisler, 26, of Terra Alta, was flown by HealthNet helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital. Sisler was in the truck. Willis said Sisler’s injuries were not life threatening. Willis said the cause of the accident and the identity of the driver remain under investigation
This morning between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m., America’s 911 Ride, sponsored by the America’s 911 Foundation Incorporated, will arrive in Cumberland. This year marks the 13th year anniversary of the ride traveling through Cumberland. The America’s 911 Ride will enter Cumberland via the Narrows, Route 36, and continue south on Mechanic Street turning left onto Frederick Street. The riders will then travel Frederick Street until reaching Naves Crossroads. Once the riders reach this intersection, they will turn right onto Naves Crossroads and proceed towards I-68 east to Rocky Gap. Traffic will be stopped temporarily on the main route and all intersecting routes through the downtown area to prevent other traffic from impeding with the riders. These stoppages will occur between 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. in preparation of the riders’ arrival into Allegany County and Cumberland. Citizens who live and work in Cumberland should expect delays in traveling throughout parts of the city during the event.
The Midland Fire Company is sponsoring a carnival with Sherwood Amusements now through Saturday August 16th at Baker Park in Midland. There are more than 12 rides with including a 75 foot Farris wheel and lots of food. The proceeds from the event benefit the Midland Fire Company. A parade will be held in Midland Friday night at 6:30 pm. To find out more about the carnival or to be part of the parade call the Midland Fire Hall at 301-463-6631.
It is Stuff the Bus Day. Volunteers for County United Way will be collecting your school supplies donations throughout the day today at Wal-Mart in Keyser, LaVale and Oakland.