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All Allegany County Public Schools are CLOSED today

Bishop Walsh School will be CLOSED today

Calvary Christian Academy is closed  Day Care is also closed. High School play students need to report to the gym at 9:00 am. Don't miss the play beginning at 7:00 pm

All schools in Berkeley County will be closed  due to weather. All evening activities for March 6th canceled also.

Garrett County Public Schools are closed for today.

All schools in Grant County will be closed .

All schools in Hampshire County will be closed.

All schools in Hardy County will be closed .

All schools in Mineral County will be closed .

All schools in Morgan County will be closed  Code A.

All schools in Preston County will be closed on Fri. Mar. 6, 2015 due to winter weather conditions. All 240-day employees & central office staff report on a 2-hour delay; for Aurora, CPMS, Rowlesburg, & TAEP schools, the school custodian with the longest contract term reports on a 2-hour delay; & all other faculty and staff do not report

Winchester Academy is closed

Winchester Public Schools are  closed

Allegany College of Maryland Cumberland will open at 11

George's Creek and Willow Creek Adult Care Centers will be open with limited transportation 

All Allegany County Head Starts are open with no transportation 

Liberal Leave in place for Maryland State Employees for Friday March 6th……..essential staff are to report. 

Friends Aware Day Program is closed Friday, March 6. Staff are to report. 

All HRDC Senior Centers are closed with no home delivered meals

A Cumberland man is behind bars after allegedly assaulting a vulnerable adult. Yesterday Cumberland Police investigated an assault at a home on Columbia Street. The victim, a vulnerable adult, was an elderly female who had been deemed not capable of fully taking care of herself.  Investigation revealed that Frederick Gentry, age 48, assaulted the victim when he allegedly struck her in the eye with a closed fist as a result of an argument between the two.  Further investigation revealed that Gentry was not providing the proper care for the victim as she indicated to officers that she hadn’t been properly nourished or fed for the past few days.  Visible injury to the victim’s eye was observed.  Gentry was placed in custody and transported to the Cumberland City Police Department where he was processed and served.  Gentry later taken to the Allegany County District Court Commissioner’s Office for a bond hearing and was held on a $7,500.00 dollar bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.  Adult Protective Services assisted officers with the investigation.  The victim was transported to the Western Maryland Regional Center for a general medical evaluation.

Emergency crews are on the scene of a vehicle crash on I-68 eastbound near mile marker 42. The roadway is down to one lane.

All Allegany County Public Schools are CLOSED today

Beginnings Montessori School is closed

Bedford Area School District is CLOSED

All schools in Berkeley County will be closed. Evening activities canceled.

Calvary Christian Academy is closed today, Thursday, March 5th. Day Care will open at 8 am. High School Play Practice begins at 8:30 am. Thank You.

Garrett County Public Schools are closed

All schools in Grant County will be closed

All schools in Hampshire County will be closed

All schools in Hardy County will be closed

Hope for Hyndman Charter School is closed .

All schools in Mineral County will be closed

All schools in Morgan County will be closed

All Preston County Schools are closed

The Somerset Area School District is closed Thursday March 5, 2015. Please check the District website for updated information. All After School Activities are also Canceled.

West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind will be closed Thursday, March 5th and Friday, March 6th due to inclement weather.

WASHINGTON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED TODAY,

Winchester Public Schools and administrative offices are closed today

Winchester Academy is closed

All Allegany Head Starts are open no transportation…..for Thursday March 5th

All HRDC Senior Centers will be closed with no home delivered meals

Allegany College of Maryland Campuses closed

Frostburg State University be closed

Garrett College is closed

Potomac State College is closed today, March 5th. All morning, afternoon, and evening classes are cancelled.

Willow Creek and George’s Creek Adult Care are closed

The Friends Aware Day Program is closed Staff are to report.

Humpty Dumpty Learning Center will be closed

Maryland State Offices are closed until the end of day shift essential personnel to report

District Court in Allegany and Garrett County will be closed today due to weather.

Allegany County Transit Bus & Alltrans services will be delayed on Thursday March 5. Service will begin at 10:30 am.

Allegany County Health Department will be closed today

All Garrett County Government Offices including Garrett County Circuit Court and the Garrett County Health Department will be closed today and administrative leave will be in effect for all non-emergency personnel.

Interstate 68 has been reopened, and traffic is moving into WV from Maryland following an incident at about 2am this morning The roadway condition is still extremely hazardous in this area. Use caution if required to travel through the area.

All Allegany County Libraries are closed

The Keyser, Burlington and Fort Ashby libraries will be closed today.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning in effect from 7pm today until 7pm tomorrow night. Meteorologist Bryan Jackson says we could see quite a bit of precipitation over the next 36 hours. “West from the Allegheny Front that is where the highest rain will be with an inch to an inch and a half perhaps an inch more than what has already fallen. There has already been a fair amount that has already fallen. And then for snow totals we are looking at six to 12 inches with the 12 being roughly about three thousand feet along the Allegany mountains.” The heaviest snowfall is expected tonight into tomorrow morning which could impact local schools and the morning commute.

Flooding has been an issue around the region as well. Garrett County School Buses will not be serving Blue Ribbon Road and Jasper Riley Road this morning due to high water. Several roadways were shut down in Somerset County, PA last night due to high water. 

A former teacher at Mountain Ridge High School pleads guilty to sex offense charges. According to officials with the Allegany County State’s Attorney’s Office Bart Mazer, of Frostburg pled guilty to two counts of Fourth Degree Sex Offense involving sexual intercourse with two students at Mountain Ridge High School while he was full time math teacher. Members of the State’s Attorney’s Office consulted with the victims and family members on numerous occasions regarding the nature of the plea agreement. The court ordered a Pre-Sentence Investigation and deferred sentencing awaiting the completion of that report. Witnesses for the State and Defense are expected to address the court during that hearing.

Garrett County Sheriff’s Deputies are searching for information following a series of burglaries in the Oakland area. Sometime between February 2nd and February 8th the suspects broke into two separate homes, one on North Third Street and the other on East Orchid Street. 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

US Senator Barbara Mikulski the longest serving woman in congressional history will not seek re-election. Mikulski made the announcement earlier this week and explains why she made the decision. “I am up for re-election which meant I had to begin to rear up and rev up and the more I asked myself who am I campaigning for I wanted to campaign for the people. I am at the stage where I want to make sure I can continue to put 120 percent into focusing on the needs of my constituents and not to think about how to fight for my job but to fight for jobs like in our mountain counties not to spend my time raising money to but raising hell so I can help my constituents.” Mikulski’s term will end in January 2017.

 

US Senator Ben Cardin (MD) and Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) are asking the federal government to restore Allegany County’s rural designation. As a result of the 2010 Census the rural designation was dropped for Allegany County which elimintated the county’s eligibility for for federal rural health care funding.  Cardin and Delaney sent a letter to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In their letter, Rep. Delaney and Senator Cardin informed Sec. Burwell that Allegany County is a largely rural community and that access to vital health programs and services should be restored.

The Maryland State Fire Marshals Office is investigating this morning's blaze on Opessa Street in Oldtown. No one was injured.

Due to updated forecasts for freezing Rain, students in the Somerset Area School District will be dismissed early today, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Elementary students will be dismissed at 12:00 PM and secondary students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm. Also, all evening events are cancelled for tonight.

Cumberland Police are asking for information following a firearms complaint. Last night at about 10:14 pm officers were called to the 400 block of  Woodlawn Terrace, Cumberland, Maryland  reference to a firearms complaint. Upon arrival officers canvassed the area and were able to locate evidence that indicated that a firearm had been discharged.  Maryland State Police Crime Scene Unit and C3I responded to assist. Evidence was collected at the scene and is currently being processed.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cumberland Police Department at 301-777-1600. 

The Office of the State’s Attorney, Michael O. Twigg, State’s Attorney, announced the indictment of Ralph Richard Faith, Jr., 26, of Cumberland for the death of Christopher Wigington on January 29th, 2015.  Faith was indicted of 2nd Degree Murder among other charges stemming from the incident.  Mr. Faith’s is scheduled to appear in the Circuit Court on March 3rd, 2015 at 8:45 for his initial appearance.   

Charges are pending against a driver involved in a crash on I-68. According to Maryland State Police just after 6pm last night Troopers responded to W/B I-68 at the 29mm, Garrett County, Maryland, in reference to a single vehicle motor vehicle accident. The vehicle was a 2003 Ford Focus and the driver was identified as Gary Bennett by his VA drivers license. Investigation revealed the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it traveled onto the right shoulder causing the driver to lose control. The vehicle then crossed back over both W/B lanes striking the guardrail. The odor of alcohol was present coming from the driver. Frostburg Ambulance transported the driver to WMRMC for treatment. Alcohol is believed to be a factor. Charges pending

Two people face charges after allegedly proving false information to law enforcement officials. According to a press release from C3I early Saturday morning, 02/28/2015, at approximately 3:30 AM, the Cumberland Police responded to a private residence on N. Centre Street for a reported stabbing. The male victim initially told police that he was outside the residence when he was assaulted by two men in masks, one, or both, of which stabbed him, before both of the suspects fledon foot. The victim, who had four puncture wounds to the abdomen, was transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Investigators with the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. Evidence at the crime scene did not support the victim’s initial story, and witnesses gave several conflicting statements about what had occurred. After continued questioning, the witnesses and the victim all advised that the wounds had been self-inflicted by the victim, who was apparently despondent over an argument he had with a girlfriend. As a result, the Cumberland Police obtained an arrest warrant and charged 37 year old Jeffery Wayne Wahl, Cumberland, with False Statement to Police and Obstruction of Justice.The Cumberland Police also obtained an arrest warrant for one of the witnesses, 33 year old Shandi Renee Porter, of Cumberland, and charged her with False Statement to Police and Obstruction of Justice.Both Wahl and Porter were taken before a District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance. Both were released on personal recognizance and are free pending their next court appearance.

The Pennsylvania State Police and Bedford County Drug Task Force apprehended five suspects in an ongoing investigation into methamphetamine manufacturing operations throughout Bedford County according to a press release from Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins.  Seth Wayne Price, 35 of New Enterprise; Ashley Ciera Price, 28; of Bellwood; Steven Frank King, 32, of Westminster, Maryland; Jessie Sue Hasting, 33, of Everett, PA; and Jerica Lynn Hughes, 27, of Bedford; were taken into custody earlier today as police executed a search warrant at a residence along West Pitt Street in Bedford Borough. Each of them were charged with One Count of Manufacturing a Controlled Substance (Felony), One Count of Possession of Liquefied Ammonia Gas, Precursors and Chemicals (Felony), One Count of Operating a Methamphetamine Laboratory, One Count of Risking a Catastrophe (Felony 3), Twenty-two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person (Misdemeanor), and One Count of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor), and One Count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor). Seth Price faces an additional Count of Resisting Arrest for running from police following the discovery of the lab. The arrests stem from information gathered early this morning where it was discovered that Seth Price and another man, who was later identified as King, were at the Bedford Square WalMart gathering supplies commonly associated with the manufacture of Methamphetamine, including plastic tubing. They then traveled to CVS Pharmacy in Bedford where they attempted to purchase pseudoephedrine, however due to having already purchased their

monthly maximum, they were denied. The pair then traveled to the Pitt Street residence, where police began surveillance. Shortly thereafter, two females left the building and traveled to another local pharmacy. Armed with this information, the officers involved contacted the District Attorney to discuss a search warrant for the Pitt Street residence. After receiving the approval of District Attorney Higgins, a search warrant was obtained from Magisterial District Judge H. Cyril Bingham. The warrant was immediately executed at the residence. The search revealed numerous items commonly associated with “the One-Pot” method of manufacturing methamphetamine, including generic

Claritin D, Coleman Fuel, and a dissolving coffee filter. All five suspects were located within the residence; however, Seth Price quickly exited the apartment through a second story window, jumped from the roof and fled on foot – without socks, shoes, or a shirt – wearing only his underwear. After a brief chase, he was apprehended and taken into custody. Methamphetamine “cooks,” using the “One-Pot” method, combine anhydrous ammonia, pseudoephedrine tablets, water, and a reactive metal into one container at the beginning of the process. After the chemical reaction, what is left is a crystalline powder that users smoke, snort or inject. They often discardthe bottle, which now contains a poisonous brown and white sludge. The concentration of products builds up the ether pressure within the sealed container to levels beyond which the containers were built to withstand. The building pressure can create a rupture or bursting of the container exposing the ingredients into the air. Beyond the damage from the bursting container, exposure of items such as lithium to the air then creates further explosive danger.

This forms the basis for the risking catastrophe charges. The five defendants were ultimately arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Bingham, and bail was set at $150,000.00 for Seth Price; $125,000.00 for Ashley Price, and $125,000.00 for Jerica Hughes. (Note: Hasting and King were in the process of being arraigned at the time of this release; watch for an update). None of the defendants posted bail and they were remanded to the Bedford County Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March  11, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. “The process involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine is incredibly dangerous. Not only for the amateur chemists involved, but anyone living in proximity to the laboratory. These five people could have caused death or serious bodily injury to innocent citizens, and that fact will not be overlooked

as we vigorously prosecute each of them,” stated Bill Higgins. “We have been relentless in taking down drug operations and methamphetamine laboratories over the past 12 years. We will not stop. We have a great team of law enforcement professionals working around the clock in Bedford County to bring these societal plagues to justice. If these addicts want to ruin their own lives by injecting this poison into their system, that’s one thing; but, endangering the lives of innocent Bedford County citizens will never be tolerated, and playing the ‘addict’ card in circumstances like this will always fall on deaf ears in my office. If there is any doubt about the effects this stuff can have on your mind – just think about this doped up clown running through the streets of Bedford in his barefeet and underwear foolishly attempting to outrun the police,” concluded Higgins. The District Attorney cautions that charges against these individuals are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) announced she has decided not to run for re-election. Senator Mikulski, who will complete her 5th term in office in January, 2017, says she wants to focus for the next two years on working for her constituents and for the nation.

 

All Allegany County Public Schools are on a TWO-HOUR DELAY. All morning pre-k classes are cancelled.

Beginnings Montessori School is on a two hour delay

All schools in Berkeley County will be on a 2-hour delay.

Calvary Christian Academy is on a 2 hour. Day Care and Before Care will open at 7:30. There will be no morning Pre-K class.

Garrett County Schools are on a two hour delay

Union Educational Complex in Grant County will be on a 2-hour delay

All schools in Mineral County will be on a 2-hour delay.

All schools in Morgan County will be on a 2-hour delay Code D

The Somerset Area School District will be operating on a two-hour delay. Secondary Students may be dropped off starting at 9:18 am and Elementary Students may be dropped off starting at 9:28.

Washington County Public Schools will be on a two hour delay

Allegany College of Maryland all campuses will open at 10 AM

Frostburg State University will be opening at 10am

Garrett College will open at 10am today, March 2. Classes with a start time before 10am will not meet.

Friends Aware Day Program is on a two-hour delay.

All schools in Preston County will now be closed on Mon. Mar. 2, 2015 due to poor secondary road conditions. All 240-day employees & central office staff report on a 2-hour delay; for Aurora, CPMS, Rowlesburg, & TAEP schools, the school custodian with the longest contract term reports on a 2-hour delay; & all other faculty and staff do not report.

A Cumberland couple is arrested in connection with a burglary in Pennsylvania. According to C3I 44 year old Rick Imes and 44 year old Ammie McKenzie are being held at the Allegany County Detention Center. The couple allegedly broke into a home in Hyndman on February 22nd and stole several firearms, electronics and jewelry. The items were discovered at the couple’s home on Independence Street after officers served a search warrant. The victims reported to the Pennsylvania State Police that during the morning hours Sunday 2/22/15, their residence, unoccupied at the time, was entered and that firearms, electronics, jewelry and an undisclosed sum of U.S. Currency were stolen.Both were arrested and charged with one count of (1) theft over $1,000 under $10,000. Following an initial appearance in front of a District Court Commissioner, McKenzie was ordered held on $5,000 and Imes was ordered held without bail.The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene of the search warrant by uniformed members of the Cumberland City Police as well as Investigators from the C3I and C3I Narcotics Units. The Pennsylvania State Police are continuing their investigation regarding the original burglary and additional charges are pending

An Oakland area man is behind bars on sex offense charges. According to the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday 21 year old Micah Calhoun of Crelin was arrested following an investigation he had sexual contact with a 15 year old girl. He allegedly had communication with the teen electronically before meeting. Calhoun was charged with third degree sex offense, 4th degree sex offense, perverted practice, sexual solicitation of a minor, sodomy, two counts of 2nd degree assault and displaying pornography to a minor. He is being held at the Garrett County Detention Center on five thousand dollar bail.

A Cumberland man wanted in West Virginia is arrested following a traffic stop. On Sunday March 1, 2015, at 2:00 am, a Cumberland City Police Officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 400 block of North Center Street for an observed registration violation.  Contact was made with the driver who was identified as Mark Tallman, age 46 of Cumberland.  A check of his license status showed that his driver’s license was suspended.  It was also learned that Tallman had an active arrest warrant issued by the West Virginia State Police in Mineral County West Virginia.  Tallman was placed in custody and transported to the Cumberland City Police Department where he was cited for driving on a suspended license.  He was taken to the Allegany County District Court Commissioners Office where a fugitive warrant was issued for the out of state warrant.  He was held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center pending extradition to West Virginia.

 

A Hagerstown man is charged with destruction of property at the Days Inn. According to Frostburg Police at approximately 5:19 a.m. this morning the Frostburg Police Department was called to respond to the Days Inn for a disturbance. Lt. K. Grove and Sgt. G. Kroll responded. Upon arrival, police met with the hotel manager, who reported that he had gone to check on loud noise in one of the hotel rooms and discovered that an exit sign and light fixture in the hall had been broken. Both appeared to have been struck by a person and were broken into pieces, and there was loud noise coming from one of the rooms. Police made contact with two occupants of the room. One occupant, Myles Douglas Morse, 26, of Hagerstown, was belligerent and aggressive with police, and had a bleeding cut on his wrist, consistent with the damage to the light and exit sign in the hallway. Morse refused to provide identification and was told that he was under arrest. Morse then aggressively charged toward Lt. Grove, who subdued him by the use of a Taser electronic control device and placed him under arrest. In addition to the information known, a witness reported observing that Morse had cut his arm in the process of breaking the light in the hallway. Morse was treated by Frostburg Area Ambulance Service personnel, and then transported to the Frostburg Police Department. Morse was charged with malicious destruction of property, being intoxicated and creating a disturbance, and disorderly conduct. Morse was taken before a District Court Commissioner and released on personal recognizance, pending trial in District Court.

No word yet what sparked a blaze in Hampshire County over the weekend. According to officials with the Augusta Volunteer Fire Company crews were called to the fire at a home in the North Little Cacapon Road area Saturday night. Crews were on the scene for about five hours.

The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) announces that the bridge on Winchester Street (Morgan County Route 16) will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians beginning as early as March 2. The closure, located approximately 0.3 miles south of the intersection with WV Route 9, will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is necessary for the WVDOH to perform work on the bridge. Motorists are advised to use Cinder Lane (County Route 9/47) and WV Route 9 to detour around the project. Construction is expected to be completed in approximately eight weeks, weather permitting.

All schools in Grant County will be on a 2-hour delay on Thu. Feb. 26, 2015.

All schools in Hardy County will be on a 2-hour delay on Thu. Feb. 26, 2015

Winchester Public Schools closed

Winchester Academy closed

A Cumberland man is charged with assault with a rifle following a dispute with a neighbor. Yesterday Cumberland Police were called out to an apartment building on Baltimore Avenue. According to Cumberland Police 29 year old  Eric Edward Plummer had gone to his neighbor’s apartment over an ongoing problem and was allowed into the apartment by the victim.  Once inside, Plummer pulled out a rifle he had concealed under his arm and aimed it at the victim while making threats.  During the altercation Plummer struck the victim with the barrel of the rifle, causing an injury to the face of the victim.  Other people on the scene were able to separate the two and Plummer returned to his apartment where he was contacted by police.  The Cumberland Fire Department responded and transported the victim to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  Plummer was arrested for 1st Degree Assault, 2nd Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Firearm Use/Fel-Viol. Crime, and Rifle/Shotgun Poss-Ment. Dis.  He is currently awaiting bond review before a District Court Commissioner.

A Keyser couple is arrested after the remnants of a meth lab is discovered in their apartment. According to West Virginia State Police at about 8:30 yesterday morning members of the Keyser State Police Detachment along with US Deputy Marshalls and members of the Martinsburg Detachment of the State Police located and arrested 26 year old Brandon Bartlett in Keyser. The officers went to an apartment on South E Street and in plain view in Bartlett’s room were the remnants of a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory. Bartlett was arrested for felony fugitive from justice charges, drug charges and possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine and operating a meth lab. His girlfriend 19 year old Haley Westfall who was staying with Bartlett was also charged with possession with the intent to deliver. Both are being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.

A Bedford County couple is wanted for operating a meth lab. On February 20th at about 9:10 in the morning Pennsylvania State Police along with the Bedford County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at a home on Miner’s Way Road. Inside the home officers found evidence of a methamphetamine laboratory which had been active at the time when two minor children were present. 29 year old Albert Donelson and 25 year old Natasha Fox were charged with possession of meth making chemicals, possession with the intent to deliver or manufacture methamphetamine, operating a meth lab, operating a meth lab with minors, causing a risk or endangering the welfare of children, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, corruption of a minor and recklessly endangering another person. Both have active warrants for their arrest. Anyone with any information on their whereabouts  is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at 814- 623-6133.

 

The Allegany County Public School System is currently accepting comments from parents, staff and the community regarding the adoption of a 2015-2016 academic year calendar. Draft calendars are available for viewing on the school system’s website, www.acpsmd.org, under the “Quick Link” section of the main page.Traditionally ACPS adopts its school year calendar by the March meeting of the Board of Education. This year, however, calendar consideration is complicated by current state legislation, HB389/SB455, that would require school systems to implement calendars mandating a post Labor Day start for students. For this reason, ACPS administrators have developed two potential calendars for next year, one with a regular start for students and one with a post Labor Day start. Both draft calendars very closely mirror the 2014-2015 academic year calendar. The public’s feedback is greatly appreciated. Anyone interested in making comments they would like the school board to consider prior to adopting next year’s school calendar should email them to comments@acps.k12.md.us no later than Sunday, March 8, 2015

Eight graders from around the region will be heading to Romney tomorrow. From 9:30 am until 4pm the students will be competing in the regional West Virginia State History Bowl tournament at Romney Middle School. The winners will move on to compete in the state tournament in Charleston in May.

 

The 2015 Mineral County Fair is set for June 16-20   and will feature bull riding, mud bogging and area bands on the main   stage.   The 66th edition of the fair is nearly six weeks earlier than in past years due to scheduling conflicts with the former amusement company.     “This wasn’t our choice, but was dictated by the ride companies,” said   first-year fair chairman Bill Bradfield. The former ride operator,   Gambill Amusements, dropped the fair and organizers were forced to   scramble to find a new operator. “Gambill was moving rides in here   from southern West Virginia. From a logistical standpoint, they wanted   to play somewhere closer,” said Bradfield.    Cole Shows Amusement Company of Covington, Va., will return to the   fair with rides opening on June 16.    “We’re excited about the ride company. We’ll have more rides on the   grounds than last year and we’ll be the first fair of the season,”   said Bradfield. Bradfield said he hopes the date will remain the same in coming years as Cole Shows wants the first option for the 2016 fair.  The queen pageant is set for June 16 and The Voice singing competition   follows on June 17. Frankfort Middle School’s Teal Steel band will perform on June 18, Bradfield said.    The grandstand schedule features bull riding and barrel racing on June   16; Figure 8 Racing on June 17; Demolition Derby on June 18; and the Mud Bog on June 19-20.  Jack Fullerton Productions of Meyersdale, Pa., will coordinate the Figure 8 Racing, Demolition Derby and Mud Bog  The fair parade will take place on June 20. The fair will launch a new website and Facebook page in early April, according to Bradfield.  The fair is sponsored by the Fort Ashby Volunteer Fire Company.  For additional information, contact the fair office at 304-298-3712.

 

The Candlewyck Inn will hold a Celebrity Chef Night this Saturday from 4:00pm- 10:00pm. Located on65 S Mineral St Keyser, West Virginia and will feature a menu of fresh seafood, pasta, Mark’s Sherpherdstown Oyster Stew and Homemade desserts, (along with the regular menu), with 10% of all proceeds going to The Ark of Hope Rescue, Inc.The Celebrity Chef Dinner parties were the brain child of Candlewyck co- owner Sharon Engle.  Sharon wanted to create a benefit for local charities while creating a special night each month for the restaurant. Home cooks, students and accomplished chefs have all participated since February of 2014.  The Celebrity Chef, together with owner Fred Engle and resident Chef Donald Walker; develop the featured menu, prep that day, and  prepare the dishes that night for The Candlewyck Inn guests. 10 % of the total food sales for the day go to a charity of the Chefs choosing. Some of the charities that have benefitted are: the Mineral County Special Olympics, Warm the Children, The Helping Hands Food Pantry, Food for Thought, The Family Crisis Center and more. In the past year over $3000.00 has been given to 10 different charities. This month’s Celebrity Chef is Mark Slider, who the Editor and Chief of German Life Magazine.This month’s Celebrity Chef benefiting charity is The Ark of Hope Rescue, Inc. The Ark of Hope Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit organization that rescues animals that have been abused, abandoned, and neglected.

Garrett County Public Schools are on a three hour delay

All Allegany County Public Schools are on a TWO-HOUR DELAY today. All morning pre-k classes are cancelled.

Bishop Walsh is on a two hour delay

Bedford Area School District is on a two hour delay

Calvary Christian Academy is on a 2 hour delay. Day Care and Before Care will open at 7:30. There will be no morning Pre-K class.

All schools in Grant County will be on a 2-hour delay.

All schools in Hardy County will be on a 2-hour delay.

Hope for Hyndman Charter School on a 2hr delay,

All schools in Mineral County will be on a 2-hour delay

Somerset Areas School District on a two hour delay

All schools in Preston County will be on a 2-hour delay due to frigid temperatures. Custodians, mechanics, & maintenance employees report on a regular schedule; Bus drivers are to inspect buses on a regular schedule & report any concerns to the transportation supervisor; central office staff reports on a 1 hour delay, & all other faculty and staff report on a 2-hour delay.

All Allegany County Head Starts are open no morning transportation

Friends Aware Day Program is operating on a two-hour delay

Allegany Radio Corporation in conjunction with the American Red Cross and Chik-Fil-A will be holding a blood drive from 8am until 1:30pm at the Chik-Fil-A in the Queen City Center.

The Office of the State’s Attorney for Allegany County, the Honorable Michael O. Twigg, State’s Attorney, announced the Allegany County Grand Jury recently handed down indictments on a Cumberland couple in connection with several recent burglaries in the Oldtown and Cumberland areas. Charles Bret Parker, Jr, 33 of Cumberland, was indicted on fifteen counts stemming from five different burglaries which occurred between August 2014 and January 2015. Hilary Dawn Nixon, 28 of Cumberland, was indicted on eight counts stemming from her participation in two of those burglaries. The couple was arrested Friday, February 20, 2015 at the home they share. Following a bond hearing at Allegany County Circuit Court, Parker was held on a $50,000 bond and Nixon on $25,000.The indictments stem from a joint investigation conducted by the C3I Unit and the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant State’s Attorney Erich Bean will prosecute the cases.

The Rotary Club of Cumberland is pleased to announce it is now accepting allocation requests from local non-profit organizations. Deadline for requests is April 30, 2015 and all applicants will be notified of the club’s funding decision by July 2015.Part of the service organization’s mission is to improve the quality of life in their community. Each year Rotary Club of Cumberland donates funds to local non-profits as part of that mission. Last year, the club donated $18,000 to 28 different groups. As part of the process, requests for financial support is considered on an annual basis and all requests for funding must be made on the club’s official Allocation Request Form. The requests may be made for any legitimate program, project or activity. The maximum allocation that any organization may receive is $1,000.  Applicants receiving funding will be invited to attend a weekly lunch meeting to receive their allocation check and make a few brief remarks to the members on how the funding will be spent. Each grant recipient must submit a final report, consisting of a short summary of how the funds were spent in order to be eligible for funding consideration in subsequent years. Questions concern the allocation process should be directed to Rotarian Todd McKenzie at 301-722-1900 or todd@landisoffice.com.

Union Educational Complex in Grant County will be closed on Mon. Feb. 23, 2015.

West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind will be closed tomorrow

All schools in Preston County will be on a 2-hour delay on Mon. Feb. 23, 2015 due to winter weather conditions. Custodians, mechanics,& maintenance employees report on a regular schedule; Bus drivers are to inspect buses on a regular schedule & report any issues to the transportation supervisor; central office staff reports on a 1-hour delay, & all other faculty and staff report on a 2-hour delay.

District Court in Allegany County will be closed today due to a water main break causing a loss of water. Any cases scheduled will be rescheduled for a later date.

Two people face charges in connection with a breaking and entering. According to Allegany County Sheriff's officials Sunday at about 1230hrs the Allegany County Sheriff's Office responded to a Breaking and Entering to a residence in the Barton area that was in progress. Initial reports indicated that the home owner had both suspects detained and was waiting for law enforcement to arrive. Deputies arrived on scene and secured both suspects and after completing the initial investigation, the Sheriff’s Office determined that the two suspects detained, were the suspects that broke into the residence. Deputies determined that the home owners returned home from church and observed that the rear basement door to their residence had been kicked in. While the owner of the residence entered the basement, a family member went around the house to check the remaining doors. The son of the victim was walking around front of the residence, when two younger male suspects fled from inside the residence and out across the front lawn. The family member gave chase on foot and was able to detain one of the male subjects while the other male initially got away but he did recognize the suspect and knew where he lived. Other family members arrived at the victim’s residence and located the other male suspect a short distance away. The second male suspect was detained by the victims family and they waited for law enforcement to arrive. Both male suspects were arrested, Trent Lee Muir, 20 yr old was charged with 1st Degree Burglary, Theft less than $1000.00, malicious destruction of property, contributing to a delinquency of a minor, and transported to a District Court commissioner where he was held on $25,000.00 bond. The second male suspect, a 15yrs old male was charged through Juvenile Services and released to a legal guardian.

The fire at 233 Henderson Avenue has been ruled accidental. The blaze broke out at 5:30 Sunday evening. According to Cumberland Fire Marshal Shannon Adams no injuries or deaths reported. The single alarm fire brought units from Cumberland Fire Department with a total of 13 firefighters on the scene.Cumberl and Police assisted at the scene. The fire has been ruled accidental. The cause was determined to be sparks from a torch that was being used to thaw out frozen water lines that ignited the wood ceiling in the basement. Damages are estimated to be about $5,000 to the structure and $1,000 to the contents.First arriving units found smoke throughout the first floor and basement. The fire was found in the basement ceiling. The fire was under control in about 15 minutes with extensive overhaul of the basement ceiling. There were no operating smoke alarms at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by the occupants as the house filled up with smoke and they called 911. Fire operations were under the direction of Captain Sam Wilson. Investigation was conducted by Fire Marshal Shannon Adams for the Cumberland Fire Department.

 

A McHenry man is charged with stealing from his employer. According to the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office a month long investigation into employee theft at the Oakland 7-11 resulted in the arrest of 25 year old Christopher Lynch. From October 2014 through January 2015 Lynch allegedly stole food, beverages, gas cards, cash, cigarettes and other items from the store totaling more than $3,300. He was arrested and charged with theft and he is being held at the Garrett County Jail.

An emergency evacuation plan is what the Miller’s claim helped saved their lives after a fire destroyed their home. Last Wednesday the accidental electrical fire began upstairs in the family’s house on West Third Street. Jeanne Miller was working when she says her husband called and said their home was burning down. When Miller arrived she says she was relieved to see her husband and her children safe in the meeting place they had discussed. Miller says she began talking about an emergency evacuation plan with her family following a fatal fire in Cumberland just a few years ago and she wants to remind families to make sure they have a plan. “They need to talk about it because nobody wants it to happen. Had we not talked about it and had the kids panicked run different directions it could have been very different. From the time the fire broke out until they got out of the house it was four minutes and there was already debris falling out of the house and the entire upper floor was engulfed that fast. People just need to talk about it and say what is our plan, what is our meeting place and what would we do if this were to happen.” Emily Miller age 11 was able to escape with one of the family’s three dogs. She has some advice for kids. “Get out of the house don’t be trying to get your favorite toys worry about yourself getting out of the house.” Jeanne Miller says she and her family are extremely grateful to the firefighters and first responders at the scene and everyone from the community who has been extremely generous and supportive. To find out how you can help the Millers log on to  http://www.longingforeden.com/help-the-millers/

All Allegany County Public Schools are closed. All ACPS offices will open at 10am

Beginnings Montessori will be closed

Bishop Walsh School will be CLOSED.

All schools in Berkeley County will be closed. All evening activities are canceled.

Calvary Christian Academy will be closed. Daycare will open at 8am.

Garrett County Schools will be closed

All schools in Grant County will be closed

All schools in Hampshire County will be closed

All schools in Hardy County will be closed

All schools in Mineral County will be closed due to cold temperatures

All schools in Morgan County will be closed, Code A.

All schools in Preston County will be closed due to frigid temperatures. All 240-day employees and central office staff report on a 2-hour delay; for Aurora, CPMS, Rowlesburg, and TAEP schools, the school custodian with the longest contract term reports on a 2-hour delay; and all other faculty and staff do not report

The Somerset Area School District is closed. Please check the District website for updated information. All After School Activities are also canceled.

Bedford Area School District is on a two hour delay

HOPE for Hyndman Charter School will be operating on a two hour delay due to inclement weather.

Washington County Public Schools are on a two hour delay

Winchester Public Schools are on a two hour delay

Winchester Academy is on a 2 hour delay for Friday 2/20. No morning clubhouse. Bus pickup at 10am.

Frostburg State University will open at 10 a.m.

Garrett College will open at 10 am

The District Courts in Allegany and Garrett Counties will be opening at 10:00 am on Friday, February 20, 2015 due to extreme cold temperatures. Any cases scheduled for 9:00 am will be heard at 10

Friday, February 20, 2015 all Garrett County Offices will open at 10:00 AM and Liberal Leave will be in effect for all non-emergency employees.

The Friends Aware Day Program will be closed. Staff are to report or use leave.

All Allegany County Head Starts are open with no transportation

the monthly pancake breakfast at Oldtown United Methodist Church scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled due to the pending weather conditions.

Allegany County HRDC Senior Centers will be open today with home-delivered meals

As temperatures begin to warm up slightly around the region another winter storm is heading our way. According to Weather Service Emergency Response Meteorologist Ken WIdelski we could see anywhere from three to seven inches of snow tomorrow. He says the snow will begin early Saturday morning and continue into the evening turning from snow to freezing rain and sleet. Sunday we could see rain with highs in the 40’s but into Monday the temperatures will  drop again into the teens .

No one likes this cold weather, including your pets. Since their body temperature averages a few degrees higher than humans, they feel the cold even faster, including the wind chill! Please bring your pets inside if at all possible. If not, make sure their dog houses have plenty of straw inside. Blankets will get wet and freeze. If there is no flap or door on the dog house, it cannot retain their body heat and the temperature inside the dog house will be the same as it is outside. Outside pets also need extra calories in the cold weather and fresh water several times a day as it freezes quickly. Thank you from Preventing Animal Cruelty in West Virginia.

A Martinsburg man who allegedly faked his own death to desert from from the U.S. Coast Guard is now facing federal charges and so is his wife and another Berkeley County man. Larry Shelby, 33, along with Karen Shelby, 33, and Jeffery York, 32, all of Martinsburg, were recently indicted on hoax and conspiracy charges. U.S. Attorney Bill Ihlenfeld, the U.S. Attorney for West Virginia's Northern District, said Larry Shelby, who was a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, plotted with his wife and York to fake his death in 2013. As part of the scheme, Larry Shelby allegedly abandoned his vehicle, wrote suicide notes and then hid in a remote West Virginia cabin.  Both Karen Shelby and York allegedly reported Larry Shelby missing and claimed they did not know his location. The U.S. Coast Guard spent more than $100,000 looking for him.  In addition to the U.S. Coast Guard, Maryland State Police, the National Park Service, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, the Harpers Ferry Police Department, the Martinsburg Police Department, Chesapeake Search & Rescue K-9 and Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S., Inc. were part of the search. In Feb. 2014, according to federal prosecutors, Larry Shelby returned to his Martinsburg home and lived there secretly until June. If convicted, the three could face prison sentences of more than a decade behind bars.

 One person is hospitalized following a head on crash this morning on Route 220. The accident happened just before 6am near Food Lion in Cresaptown. Route 220 was shut down for a short time while emergency crews were on the scene. The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Allegany County Public Schools are CLOSED 

Beginnings Montessori School is closed

Bishop Walsh School will be CLOSED

Calvary Christian Academy and Daycare is closed,

Garrett County Schools will be closed

All schools in Grant County will be closed on Thu. Feb. 19, 2015.

All schools in Hampshire County will be closed on Thu. Feb. 19, 2015.

All schools in Hardy County will be closed 

All schools in Mineral County will now be closed on Thu. Feb. 19, 2015 due to inclement weather

All schools in Preston County will be closed on Thu. Feb. 19, 2015

The Somerset Area School District is closed Thursday February 19

Paw Paw High School in Morgan County will be closed on Thu. Feb. 19, 2015 due to a water break in the town of Paw Paw.

All schools in Berkeley County will be on a 2-hour delay

Bedford Area School District is on a two hour delay

Hope for hyndman charter school will be on a 2 hr delay 

All schools in Morgan County will be on a 2-hour delay on Thu. Feb. 19, 2015, Code D.

The Friends Aware Day Program is closed Thursday, February 19.Staff are to report or use leave.

FSU will be closed all day today, Thurs. 2/19, reopening tomorrow, Fri. 2/20, at 10 am.

Garrett College will be closed .

District Courts in Allegany and Garrett Counties will be opening at 10:00 am.  Anyone scheduled for court at 9:00 am should report at 10.

Garrett County Offices will open at 10am liberal leave in effect for all non-emergency employees.

All Allegany County Head Starts are open no transportation.

 

An Anne Arundel County man is behind bars charged with robbing a bank in Garrett County. Yesterday at about 4pm Garrett County Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives were called out to the Miners and Merchant’s bank in the Oakland WalMart. A white male suspect wearing a yellow hoodie walked up to the bank teller and passed a note demanding money. The suspect then told the teller he was armed with a firearm but never displayed a weapon. The suspect then fled the bank without any money. A suspicious person was detained in the Game Stop Store nearby. Video surveillance from the robbery matched footage from Game Stop. Detectives also discovered items and evidence the suspect had allegedly discarded in a nearby dumpster. 28 year old Gregory Harring was charged with robbery, armed robbery and theft. He is being held at the Garrett County Detention Center.

No word yet what caused a house fire on West 3rd Street in Cumberland last night. The fire began at about 7pm. No one was injured.

Cumberland Fire Marshal Shannon Adams is investigating a blaze on Maryland Avenue .The blaze broke out Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured.

As the temperatures drop below normal with wind chills expected to be well below freezing, we depend on multiple types of heat sources to stay warm inside our homes.  State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci is providing Marylanders life and home saving heating safety tips.  “Various heat sources continue to play a major role involving home fires in Maryland,” according to State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci.  “Please follow these basic guidelines, so we can work together to reduce the number of residential fires in order to prevent injuries and deaths from occurring in our homes.”

·        Ensure chimneys are cleaned annually or more frequently if used as the primary heating source.

·        Use properly sized fireplace screens or enclosures.  Never use a flammable liquid to start a fire in a fireplace or woodstove.

·        When disposing of cooled ashes, do notuse paper, cardboard or plastic containers to remove them; instead use a metal container with a lid.  Ashes will insulate hot embers long after the fire is considered out.

·        Make sure fuel burning stoves are installed according to local fire codes and manufacturer’s instructions.

·        Have your furnace inspected and serviced annually.

·        Check portable electric heaters for frayed/damaged wires and ensure they are clean and placed on a flat level surface.  Use only “listed” appliances by an approved testing laboratory and follow manufacturer’s instructions.

·        Do not use extension cords with portable space heaters.  The extension cord can overheat and cause a fire.

·        If you use kerosene fuel fired heaters, use only “K-1” kerosene fuel.  Never fill the unit inside, remove it to the exterior after it has cooled before refueling.  Note: Portable kerosene heaters are banned for use in Baltimore City.

·        Open a window enough to provide proper exchange of air for ventilation.

·        Keep combustibles (furniture, curtains, clothing, paper goods, etc.), at least (3) three feet from all heat sources.  Combustibles placed to close can ignite quite easily.                                                                                                                            

·        Fuel burning appliances can produce the deadly, tasteless and odorless gas known as carbon monoxide.  Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms inside your home to provide an early warning of carbon monoxide levels.

·        Always turn off portable heating equipment when leaving the room for extended periods.  Portable heaters should never be operated unattended.

·        Range tops and ovens should never be used as a heat source.  These devices are designed for food preparation only. 

 

Along with these heating tips, check to make sure your smoke alarms and CO detectors are in good working order.  These devices should be replaced every 10 years to ensure they operate as early as they are designed. “Routine maintenance and safe operation of heating equipment, combined with properly installed and operating smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, are a life-saving combination for all Marylanders,” stated Geraci.

Garrett County Schools will be closed

All schools in Preston County will be closed

All schools in Hardy County will be on a 2-hour delay on Wed. Feb. 18, 2015.

In Hampshire County Bus 69 will not be running Sandy Hollow, parents can meet the bus at the end of Sandy Hollow Road or at Omps' Grocery

A dangerously cold arctic front is moving toward our region. National Weather Service Emergency Response Meteorologist Ken WIdelski says we could see snow showers begin later this morning through this afternoon and into tonight accumulating anywhere from two to five inches.Widelski says we will also see wind chill values as low as -20 tonight. He says we will see pretty severe cold through Friday.

An Everett, Pennsylvania woman is killed following a crash in Bedford County. According to Pennsylvania State Police on Feb 15th at about 4:30 in the afternoon troopers were called out to a two vehicle crash along State Route 26 at Short Road. A 17 year old driver who has not been identified  was heading northbound and failed to stop at a stop sign and entered State Route 26 into the path of a vehicle driven by 34 year old Sirena Contreras who was heading southbound. She was not wearing a seat belt and hit the steering wheel and windshield of her vehicle. Contreras was pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma. The 17 year old driver was not injured however three passengers including an 18 year old, a 16 year old and a 15 year old suffered minor to moderate injuries

Two people are hospitalized following a crash on Route 40 at about 1:30 this morning. Route 40 was shut down for about an hour following the crash.

A Gore, Virginia man is arrested in connection with the theft of an ATM in Morgan County.  20 year old Brian Stotler II was arrested and charged with grand larceny. Stotler was arrested in Romney and is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail. On January 9th Morgan County Sheriff’s deputies were called out to the Bank of Romney in Paw Paw, WV. An entire ATM machine was stolen from the bank. According to a press release from the Sheriff’s office a video showed a person with a thin building with their features covered by clothing. On February 3rd deputies recovered the ATM machine buried in a yard in Virginia. Based on information gathered by investigators and tips from the public a warrant was issued for Scott Heward of Cumberland. He was arrested and charged with grand larceny. The investigation is ongoing. At this time the amount of money missing is not being released. Anyone with any information about the case is asked to contact the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office at 304-258-1067.

An Alum Bank man faces drug charges. According to Pennsylvania State Police yesterday at about 7pm troopers served a search warrant at a home on Wayne Blvd in Bedford County. Troopers found 92 full stamp bags and several hundred empty bags of heroin, several needles, a marijuana grinder and a smoking device. Inside a vehicle parked at the home troopers found several more empty bags of heroin and a .22 caliber pistol. 32 year old Michael Earley was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of a gun, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

All Allegany County Public Schools are CLOSED today, Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

Beginnings Montessori Schools are closed

Bishop Walsh School will be CLOSED today, Tuesday, February 17, 2014.

Calvary Christian Academy is closed day care will open at 10am

All schools in Grant County will be closed on Tue. Feb. 17, 2015

All schools in Hampshire County will be closed on Tue. Feb. 17, 2015.

Al schools in Hardy County are closed

All schools in Mineral County will be closed on Tue. Feb. 17, 2015 due to inclement weather.

All schools in Morgan County are closed

Washington County Public Schools are closed

Winchester Public Schools are closed

Winchester Academy is closed for Tuesday, 2/17 due to the winter storm.

All schools in Preston County will be closed on Tue. Feb. 17, 2015due to winter weather conditions. All 240-day employees & central office staff report on a 2-hour delay; for Aurora, CPMS, Rowlesburg, & TAEP schools, the school custodian with the longest contract term reports on a 2-hour delay; & all other faculty and staff do not report.  Finally, County Math Field Day has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 18th.

Bedford Area School District is on a two hour delay

Hope for Hyndman Charter School is operating on a two hour delay

Garrett County Schools are on a 2 hour delay today 2/17/15

Allegany College of Maryland Allegany a and Bedford Campuses opening at 11am Somerset Campus is opening on time

Frostburg State University  will open at 10 a.m.  . All classes and activities will resume at that time.

Garrett College will open at 10am

Early morning classes cancelled at Potomac State College classes will resume at 10am

Small World will be closed

Humpty Dumpty Learning Center is delayed until 9:00 am, today, Tuesday February 17th.

Maryland State Offices are closed until the end of day shift all essential personal are to report

Allegany County Transit  Bus & Alltrans services will be delayed on Tuesday Feb 17. Service will begin at 10:30 am.

HRDC Senior Centers are closed with no home delivered meals

George’s Creek and Willow Creek Adult Care Centers closed

Friends Aware Day Program is closed today, Tuesday, February 17.

Allegany County Health Department closed today

Express Medical Transporters closed today

Due to severe weather conditions Hampshire County Government offices will be opening on a two hour delay

All Potomac Highlands Guild Clinic offices (all 5 counties) are closed today. DUI classes scheduled for this evening have been cancelled. The Waiver Provider Training Session scheduled for this afternoon has also been cancelled.

The Maryland State Police (MSP) declares snow emergencies with input from MD State Highway Administration. Once a snow emergency is declared, the law requires certain precautions.

They include:

  • Prohibited parking on roads and streets designated as snow emergency routes; and
  • The use of snow tires/chains (most cars now use all weather tires, so changing to "snow" tires is unnecessary);

Once an emergency is in effect, all requirements are in effect until lifted.   A Snow Emergency Plan is put into effect by county.  Certain exceptions can occur while a snow emergency plan is in effect.  A specific route(s) can be lifted and the remainders of the roads in the county still remain under the Snow Emergency Plan.   If the Statewide Operations Center is notified of an exception, we will note these routes as exceptions in our list below.  Please check back periodically for updated information.

Snow emergency plans are in place in 21 counties are under a snow emergency plan.

If you don’t have to travel stay off the roads, that is the advice from Maryland State Highway officials. SHA Spokesman Charlie Gishler says one of the biggest challenges road crews have been facing is the cold temperatures. He says salt does not work when pavement temperatures are too cold so it was difficult for crews to pretreat the roadways. He says it is important for drivers to remember if a roadway surface looks wet with these cold temperatures it is most likely ice. He says the hardest hit areas with this storm were actually closer to Ocean City where they saw almost 10 inches of snow which is unusual because typically Western Maryland sees more snow than areas to the south and east in the state.

 

Allegany and Garrett County Public Schools are closed for President’s Day

Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Morgan and Preston County Schools now closed

Bedford Area School District on a two hour delay

Hope for Hyndman Charter School on a two hour delay

Winchester Academy will be on a 2 Hour Delay for Monday, February 16. No morning clubhouse and bus pickup at 10:30 am.

Friends Aware Day Program is on a two-hour delay.

A fire at 535 Yale Street in Cumberland is ruled accidental. The house fire occurred at 4:49 this afternoon. There were operating smoke detectors at the time of the fire. The working alarm fire brought units from Cumberland Fire Department and Ridgeley VFD to the scene. Bowling Green VFD stood by at Cumberland Fire Department headquarters along with off duty Cumberland personnel manning reserve equipment. A total of 24 firefighters were on scene. City Police assisted at the scene. Cumberland Street Department assisted at the scene with ice conditions. Columbia Gas assisted with utilities at the scene. The fire has been ruled accidental. The cause was a flue fire that extended into the structure. Damages are estimated to be about $40,000 to the structure and $10,000 to the contents. There was insurance on the property. According to Cumberland Fire Marshal Shannon Adams first arriving units found heavy smoke and fire in the second floor bedrooms. The fire department extinguished the fire and checked for fire extension into the rest of the house. There was extensive overhaul that had to be done near the flue which was located in the center of the house. The fire crews operating at the scene had to deal with cold temperatures that affected operations at the scene. The fire crews were able to overcome the problems caused by the cold temperatures and do a great job extinguishing the fire.  Fire operations were under the direction of Captain Chris Ratliff. Investigation was conducted by Fire Marshal Shannon Adams of the Cumberland Fire Department.

Due to high demand during this final weekend of open enrollment for 2015, Maryland Health Connection is allowing people to complete their enrollments until Feb. 28, 2015. Marylanders need to have started an enrollment application at MarylandHealthConnection.gov or have contacted the call center at 855-­642-­8572 before midnight Sunday, Feb. 15 to be able to complete the process by Feb. 28. After midnight Sunday, MarylandHealthConnection.gov will include the message: "Open enrollment for 2015 has ended. If you began to enroll by the February 15 deadline but were not successful, please check the box below and you may go ahead and complete your enrollment. You must finish your enrollment no later than February 28.

Two juveniles who escaped from a facility in Garrett County are back in custody according to Maryland State Police. At 6:35 PM, Troopers from the McHenry Barrack responded to the Backbone Mountain Youth Center in Swanton, Maryland for an escape. Information was given that the two escapees were seen walking along MD Route 135 toward Kitzmiller. A short time later, a vehicle was reported as stolen from the Kitzmiller Elementary School. The stolen vehicle was located by Maryland State Police on Hardesty Road. The two occupants of the stolen vehicle were identified as the two escapees and were placed under arrest. They were charged with escape and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and were released to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Services

Frostburg State University President Jonathan Gibralter will be leaving FSU after being named the 19th president of Wells College, a private, liberal arts college in Aurora, N.Y. He will leave FSU effective June 30.USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan will name an interim president who will serve through the search process for a new president. Those details will be announced in the near future.

A Bedford County man is charged with sexually assaulting an eight year old girl. According to Pennsylvania State Police 55 year old Fred Kinsey of Alum Bank was arrested after an investigation into allegations he assaulted the girl at his home in 2007. He is being held at the Bedford County Jail on $25 thousand dollars bond.

All Grant County Schools are closed

All schools in the Mountain Ridge School District are on a TWO-HOUR DELAY today. All morning pre-k classes in that district are cancelled.

Bedford Area School District is on a two hour delay

Elk Garden School District only in Mineral County is on a two hour delay

Garrett County Schools are on a three (3) hour delay.

All schools in Hardy County will be on a 2-hour delay

Hope for Hyndman school 2 hr delay

All schools in Morgan County will be on a 2-hour delay Code D.

All schools in Preston County will be on a 2-hour delay due to temperature concerns & winter weather conditions.

Transportation for the Friends Aware Day Program in the Mountain Ridge school district is on a two-hour delay.

The Office of the State’s Attorney for Allegany County, Maryland, Michael O. Twigg, State’s Attorney, announced the Honorable Gary G. Leasure, Judge of the Circuit Court for Allegany County, Maryland, sentenced Rodricus Marquees Wilkes, 26, of Baltimore, Maryland, to ten (10) years actual incarceration within the Division of Corrections. The sentence was the result of a plea held on January 8, 2015, in which Wilkes pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Heroin. The case was a result of a tip from a concerned citizen about drug dealing in their neighborhood. Officers of the Cumberland City Police Department responded to that tip encountering Mr. Wilkes at the scene. Mr. Wilkes was then arrested for his part in the conspiracy. Mr. Twigg was quoted as saying: “This is a fine example of how a collaborative effort between the community, law enforcement, and the State’s Attorney’s Office, can and does result in a successful prosecution”. Prosecuting the case for the State was Assistant State’s Attorney Samuel Lane; Mr. Wilkes was represented by Michael Stankan, Esq., Office of the Public Defender

Although last night's winning lottery ticket was not sold in Maryland there are two $1 million winners, including one in Oakland at Winner's Circle Convenience, located at 401 Dave Turney St. Another $1 million ticket was sold at Giant, located at 15520 Annapolis Rd. in Bowie
There were three jackpot winning tickets sold for last night's drawing. The lucky tickets were sold in North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Texas. They will share what had become a $564.1 million jackpot. Each retailer will receive a $2,500 bonus for selling the second-tier-winning tickets.

The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive from 9:30 to 3:00 Allegany College of Maryland located at 12401 Willowbrook Road SE, Cumberland, MD **There will be a "T" shirt give away while supplies last. There will also be a drawing for a D'Atri's Gift Card.

Toys For Happiness is having a vendor & craft show on February 15 at the Finzel Firehall from 10AM-4PM. There will be toy barrels for toy donations. We will also have raffles set up.

Legislation designed to help prevent veteran suicides is now law. President Obama signed into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act. According to a press release from Congressman John Delaney’s office the legislation is named for Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and suicide prevention advocate Clay Hunt, who took his own life in 2011. According to a study done by the VA, 22 veterans commit suicide each day. A RAND Corp study found that an estimated 31% of those who served in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury.

“When it comes to veterans, we should be crystal clear: anyone who has worn our nation’s uniform should receive the benefits they’ve earned, including world class mental health care,” said Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6). The Clay Hunt SAV Act is supported by numerous veterans groups, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).   

Key Provisions in the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act:

  • Establishes a peer support and community outreach pilot program to help transitioning servicemembers access VA mental health care services
  • Authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to conduct a new recruitment program for hiring and retaining psychiatrists by creating a student loan repayment pilot program
  • Mandates a centralized website, a one-stop-shop listing all the mental health care services available to veterans, which will be updated each 90 days
  • Requires a yearly third-party evaluation of all mental health care and suicide prevention efforts in the Department of Defense and VA
  • Requires the Department of Defense and National Guard to review staffing requirements for Directors of Psychological Health in each state
  • Reviews the discharge characterizations of individuals diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

. Maryland Natural Resources Police officers are training on a 32-foot airboat, capable of skimming above winter’s ice to quickly reach an emergency to provide comfort and assistance. NRP 149, purchased a little more than a year ago with a federal grant, is one of the law enforcement agency’s largest vessels and one of its most specialized. It has a top speed of well over 100 mph and it takes a delicate touch to make it run straight and true. For that reason, even seasoned NRP boating officers need additional training. “The steel-clad vessel made its debut on the frozen Choptank River in Cambridge about a year ago as it helped federal law enforcement forces provide security at the House Republican Conference, which attracted Speaker John Boehner, then-Majority Leader Eric Cantor and other political leaders. The airboat was able to patrol offshore in places where conventional boats could not. NRP 149 will be on public display on Feb. 21 at the 17th annual MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk to benefit the athletes of Maryland Special Olympics. Officers will be available to answer questions.

A Cumberland woman is sentenced to spend five years behind bars on burglary charges. According to the Allegany County State’s Attorney office 33 year old Candice Hockman of Cumberland was convicted in Allegany County Circuit Court yesterday. The investigation revealed that the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office received information in early September2014 that a home was to be burglarized in the Barton area. Deputies were able to determine when and where the home invasion would take place. After making the homeowners aware of the threat and securing them in another location, video surveillance was set up in the home, while deputies initiated visual surveillance outside. Hockman arrived at the home in the early morning hours of September 12, committed the burglary and upon her exit, was confronted and arrested by the deputies. Found in Hockman’s possession at the time of her arrest were marked twenty dollar bills placed inside the residence as part of the law enforcement operation.

Procter & Gamble officials announced they will build a multi-category manufacturing facility in Berkeley County, West Virginia, in the Eastern Panhandle of the state near the town of Tabler Station. When the plant opens in 2017, it will be one of the most advanced and sustainable plants among P&G’s global manufacturing and supply-chain operations. The more than one million square-foot facility represents a capital investment of approximately $500 million and will produce multiple P&G brands when it is fully operational. Currently, P&G’s U. S. operations include 29 plants in 21 states. This will be P&G’s first plant in West Virginia and only its second new site in the U. S. since 1971. The new, multi-category manufacturing plant is part of a redesign of P&G’s North American supply network.

The Western Maryland Delegation will request 1.2 million dollars for the redevelopment of the Footer Dye Works building. According to a press release from Delegate Mike McKay the delegation voted unanimously to formally request the funding in the Capital Budget. A recent economic impact study claims the redevelopment project could support 84 jobs, 12.3 million dollars in economic output and 4.7 million in wages during the first year. The delegation also agreed that funding for the Footer Dye Works project should not impact the two previous capital projects already included in the FY 2016 capital budget including $118 thousand dollars for the Washington Street Lighting Project and $500 thousand for the Allegany Museum.

A Cumberland woman charged in connection with a burglary now faces assault charges. Yesterday a Cumberland Police officer served an arrest warrant on 18 year old Clarissa Robey stemming from the burglary on Monday. Robey had been arrested for breaking and entering at a home on Shades Lane in Cumberland. Robey was taken to the District Court Commissioner’s Office for her bond hearing.  After being told she would be committed to the Allegany County Detention Center, Robey began screaming and got up from her chair and attempted to leave the building.  A Cumberland Police Officer was able to prevent her from leaving the building and escorted her to the transport van.  Robey continued to yell and then refused to enter the transport van.  She was assisted into the transport van and while being placed in the van she kicked the Officer in the chest several times.  She was then transported to the Detention Center.  The Officer filed charges at District Court and an Arrest Warrant was issued.  Robey was arrested without incident and transported to the Cumberland Police Department for processing.  She was taken to the Allegany County District Court Commissioner’s Office and committed to the Allegany County Detention Center on $5,000 bond. She is charged with Second Degree Assault, Attempted Escape in Second Degree, Obstructing and Hindering and Obstructing Justice.

The Rawlings V.F.D. is in need of new members to help the community of Rawlings and all of the surrounding communities we provide mutual aid to. Being a volunteer firefighter is very rewarding and is a great way for you to help your community.  The Rawlings V.F.D. has different types of membership including Active Firefighters that respond to emergencies and other 911 calls. All training is free through the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute and you can receive college credits for these classes. Also many full-time career firefighters started out as volunteer firefighters and most of them still volunteer in their communities. They  also have a Social Member which assists with fundraiser, meetings and other duties of the Rawlings V.F.D. that are non-emergency type duties.  The Rawlings V.F.D. also has a Junior Firefighter Program this is for teenagers from age 13-18 and is a great way for young people to get involved in their communities.  The Rawlings V.F.D. meets at the station at 18900 Volunteer Drive Rawlings, MD 21557 every Monday night at 7:00 P.M. If you are interested in helping your community please stop by on a Monday night or call the station at 301-729-8229 and leave a message and we will return your call.

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

The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive  from 10:30 to 4:00 Frostburg University Lane Center located at College Avenue, Frostburg, MD ** There will be a "T" shirt give away while supplies last

A Cumberland couple is behind bars charged with burglary Yesterday Cumberland Police Officers were called to Shades Lane for a reported Breaking and Entering.  While enroute to the scene Officers were advised the suspects were leaving the area in a vehicle.  Officers located the described vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.  They contacted the occupants, 22 year old Brady Twigg and  18 year old Clarissa Robey.  Both admitted to being inside the Shades Lane address.  Officers then responded to the Shades Lane address.  The victims stated at no time did they give Twigg and Robey permission to be inside the residence.  The victim stated he entered his residence and located Twigg and Robey leaving the bedroom.  He told them they were not allowed to be in the home and to leave.  The victim stated Twigg then struck him in the face and then pushed him in to a chair.  The victim then attempted to call the Police when Twigg slapped the phone from his hands.  The victim was then able to retrieve his cell phone and call Police.  Both Twigg and Robey were arrested.  Twigg who is charged with first degree burglary, fourth degree burglary and second degree assault was taken to the Allegany County Detention Center on $20,000 bond.  Robey who is charged with first degree burglary and fourth degree burglary  was also taken to the Allegany County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.

Two Baltimore residents are arrested and charged with attempting to sell drugs following an attempted theft. Yesterday at about 2pm Cumberland Police Officers were called out to a Park Street business for a reported Theft.  Upon their arrival Officers made contact with two suspects inside the store.  It was confirmed one of the suspects, self identified as Travis Coleman, had stolen property in his possession.  Officers began to speak with Coleman, and he was then placed under arrest for the Theft.  While the Officer was speaking with Coleman the second suspect, 22 year old Troy Robinson, walked up to Coleman and attempted to retrieve an item from Coleman’s pocket.  At that point Officers ordered Robinson away from Coleman.  The Officer then conducted a search incident to a lawful arrest on Coleman.  As a result, Officers located one plastic baggie containing 24.6 grams of suspected Crack cocaine and two small baggies of suspected Marijuana weighing 1.3 grams.  Due to the fact Robinson and Coleman were together and Robinson attempted to retrieve the CDS from Coleman’s pocket, Robinson was also placed under arrest. Coleman admitted to providing a false name.  Coleman was then positively identified as 22 year old Karon Lesane.  It was also determined Lesane had an active bench warrant from Baltimore City.  Both Lesane and Robinson were charged, processed and taken before the District Court Commissioner.  Lesane is charged with CDS:Possession with intent to distribute Narcotics, CDS:Possession Conspiracy with intent to distribute Narcotics, CDS Possession not Marijuana, CDS:Possession of Paraphernalia, Theft less than $1,000, False Statement to a Police Officer and Obstructing and Hindering and is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $80,000 bond.  Robinson is charged with CDS:Possession with intent to distribute Narcotics, CDS:Possession Conspiracy with intent to distribute Narcotics, CDS Possession not Marijuana, CDS:Possession of Paraphernalia, Theft less than $1,000 and is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $45,000 bond.

A Cumberland woman faces charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal mischief According to Pennsylvania State Police 28 year old Brittney Twigg allegedly took a vehicle from a victim in Hyndman, PA on December 26th. Twigg allegedly drove the car to Cumberland and was reportedly involved in a hit and run. On January 12th the Cumberland Police Department assisted with returning the vehicle to the victim.

An Oakland man is arrested after allegedly using a sword to break into a home. At about 2:30 yesterday afternoon Garrett County Sheriff’s deputies were called out to Southern Pine Drive in Mountain Lake Park after a man was spotted walking the streets carrying a large sword. Deputies noticed the front glass door of a home  broken in the same area. Deputies observed movement inside the home and glass breaking. Deputies and the Sheriff’s Office Special Reaction Team entered the home and found 51 year old Kevin Rissell. He was arrested and taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. He allegedly used the sword to break the glass door of the home and has been charged with burglary and destruction of properly.

West Virginia State Police are investigating a shooting in Berkeley County. On February 7, 2015, at approximately 10:30pm, Senior Trooper D. W. Satterfield, of the Martinsburg Detachment, responded to the scene of a shooting at 397 Fegan Road, in Berkeley County, West Virginia. Once on the scene, Senior Trooper Satterfield discovered the victim, Mr. Shamel S. Davis, Jr. (19 years of age, from Bunker Hill, West Virginia), suffering from a life threatening gunshot wound to hisneck. Mr. Davis was transported to Winchester Medical Center in Virginia, where he eventually died as a result of his injury. On February 8, 2015, Senior Trooper Satterfield developed probable cause to arrest a 17 year old male from Bunker Hill, West Virginia for first degree murder. Mr. Brian M. Cook, Jr. (19 years of age, from Hedgesville, West Virginia) was also arrested for being an accessory to murder after the fact. He was lodged in the Eastern Regional Jail to await arraignment in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Officials from two local National Forests are seeking public comment regarding the construction of two 42” natural gas pipelines through their lands. Public comments are being accepted until February 13 by the Forest Service on allowing Dominion Resources to survey for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on the Monongahela National Forest, and on the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s surveying on the Jefferson National Forest (www.fs.usda.gov).

The Mayor and City Council of Cumberland have partnered with CivicPlus, a company that specializes in website design for municipalities, to update the City of Cumberland’s website design and upgrade the content management system that employees will use to keep the website current. In order to create a new site that is as efficient and easy to use as possible, the Mayor and Council would like to offer citizens the opportunity to provide input on its design. To gather this information, an electronic survey has been placed on the City’s website that will allow citizens to provide suggestions, photos, and general feedback on features they would like to see on the new site. The Mayor and Council would like to encourage citizens to visit the City’s current webpage at www.ci.cumberland.md.us and offer their comments or suggestions, or access the survey directly at http://www.civicplus.com/CumberlandMD. A deadline of February 27, 2015 has been set for survey submissions.

On 2/8/2015 the Allegany County Sheriff's Office was patroling in the Westernport are when a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on RT 36 near the Wavely St Bridge on a vehicle which displayed improper tags and for the driver not having his safety belt secured. After activating the emergency lights and siren, the male driver accelerated the blue colored Pontiac 4dr at a high speed and turned onto RT 135, after passing several vehicles in a no passing zone. Once on RT135, the driver continued to travel at a very high speed passing multiple vehicles and running several vehicles off the roadway. While traveling through Luke, the driver crossed the center line and struck the guard rail and embankment because of the high speed he was traveling. The driver was able to regain control of his vehicle and continued traveling on RT 135 where he crossed over into Garrett County. Once in Garrett County, the subject turned onto a dead end road and stopped at the end of the road. The driver was identified as 32 year old Jamie Dee Stanton and the female passenger was 25 year old Alicia Renee Willis. Garrett County deputies placed both subjects under arrest for this incident and were transported to the District Court Commissioner's Office. The Allegany County Sheriff's Office filed traffic related charges against the male driver for this incident through District Court. The driver's license was suspended and the vehicle which he was operating was found to be unregistered and uninsured. The Garrett County Sheriff's Office assisted the Allegany County Sheriff's Office with this incident.

On 02/08/15 at 12:44am an Officer with the Cumberland Police Dept observed a vehicle traveling in the area of Henderson Ave near Front St with an equipment violation. The Officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the operator. Upon affecting the traffic stop, the Officer was able to observe an object being thrown from the passenger side of the vehicle onto the roadway. The item was recovered and was determined to be suspected heroin. As a result 18 year old Bryssa Wickard of Cumberland and 25 year old Travis Shears of Baltimore were placed under arrest and transported to the Cumberland Police Department where they were each charged with one count of possession other than marijuana and one count of possession with intent to distribute narcotics. Both subjects were taken for an initial appearance at District Court with Wickard being held on $5,000 and Shears being held on $40,000. Both subjects were transported to the Allegany County Detention Center pending their next court appearance.

Charges are pending following a crash Friday  afternoon on Route 220. At about 3 pm Deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff's Office responded to McMullen Hwy south of Black Oak Rd. in Danville for a reported motor vehicle crash with injuries. Investigation revealed that Janet VanPelt (58 years old, Rawlings), operating a 2014 Dodge, was traveling S/B on McMullen Hwy. when she failed to drive right of center and struck a second vehicle, a 1996 Jeep SUV head on, operated by Kimberly Carnley (30 years old, Cumberland) who was traveling N/B. A third vehicle, operated by Anna Jefts (64 years old, Hagerstown) was also struck by VanPelt's vehicle as she attempted to swerve and avoid a collision.

Ms. VanPelt was transported to the WMHS-RMC by Trooper 5. Ms. Carnley and a passenger, Jamal Jennings (26 years old, Westernport) were transported to the WMHS-RMC by ambulance. Ms. Jefts and a passenger, Thomas Jefts (78 Hagerstown) were treated at the scene and released.

McMullen Hwy. was shut down for approximately one hour. The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Maryland State Police as well as volunteers from Potomac, Rawlings, Keyser and Tri-Towns.

Harry Potter fans of all ages are invited to participate in Frostburg State University’s first “Harry Potter” Book Extravaganza on Monday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. in the Children’s Literature Center, Framptom Hall room 206. The extravaganza is free and open to the public. This exciting new event will celebrate the magic and fun of J.K. Rowling’s famous wizarding world with an evening of games, quizzes, book discussions, movie screenings and much more. Fans of the book series can show off their knowledge and meet other Harry Potter enthusiasts, and newcomers to the magical world will get an introduction like no other. All attendees, magical or Muggle, are encouraged to wear their favorite Harry Potter garb and compete for prizes for best-dressed. For more information, contact the Children’s Literature Center at 301-687-3133 or email clc@frostburg.edu.

 

The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drivefrom 10:30 to 4:00 at Lowe's LaVale located in the Bloodmobile located at 1211 National Highway, LaVale, MD

 

A Vacation Bible School meeting will be held at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, 15N. Smallwood Street, Cumberland, on Monday, February 9th at 5:30PM in Fellowship Hall.  Volunteers are invited to attend as we plan Bible School for the week of June 22 through 26th.

The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drivefrom 1:30 to 7:00 at Romney Community, The Bottling Works located at 426 Main Street, Romney, WV

Time is running out to select your health insurance for 2015 – deadline is February 15. Come to this FREE workshop to learn about health insurance and how to make the right decision for you. Monday, 3PM-5M at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, 12500 Willowbrook Road, Cumberland Auditorium Rooms 1 & 2. Presented by Lisa McCoy, Extension Educator. Space is limited and registration is strongly suggested. Please contact: Allegany County Extension office (301) 724-3320 (http://extension.umd.edu/allegany-county), for more information or to register.

Do you love Italian food: chicken parmesan, lasagna, pasta primavera, and mozzarella sticks? Well come to Italian Dinner Night February 9th 2015 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Hope for Hyndman Charter School located on 1 3 0 School Road Hyndman, PA. Adults and Kids ages 13 and up are $8.00, kids ages 5 to 12 are $6.00, and kids ages 4 and under are FREE. Eat in or take your food to go. The tickets for this delicious event can be purchased at Hyndman Health Center, Penn Knoll, or at the door. For the Growth of Hyndman Area Health Center go to 1 4 4 Fifth Ave. P.O Box 7 0 6 Hyndman, PA where there will also be a 50/50 Raffle and Door Prizes. 

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) rescinded its proposal to expand the collection of recreation fees park-wide. In a press release Congressman John Delaney (MD-6) says "I am pleased that the park has announced that they will not impose new park-wide fees. My constituents were very concerned about this change, which in my view was not the right approach. We have to be extremely sensitive to major changes such as this, because the economic impacts can be meaningful for people and communities. Park officials should be commended for being extremely transparent throughout this process and really listening to public feedback. In addition to being a natural and historical treasure for visitors, the park is an important economic engine for our area and I hope to continue to work with National Park Service and C&O Canal Park officials to make sure that the park has the resources it needs to thrive”  Delaney  wrote to National Park Service officials, opposing the proposed expansion. Park officials at the C&O Canal will continue to gather public input on other proposed changes.

 

 

Union Educational Complex in Grant County will be on a 2-hour delay on Fri. Feb. 6, 2015

Bedford Area School District is on a two hour delay

Hope for Hyndman Charter School will be on a two hour delay

All schools in Preston County will now be on a 2-hour delay on Fri. Feb. 6, 2015 due to projected frigid AM temperatures. Custodians, mechanics, & maintenance employees report on a regular schedule; Bus drivers are to inspect buses on a regular schedule & report any concerns to the transportation supervisor; & all other faculty & staff report on a 2-hour delay. Finally, county math field day will be rescheduled to 2/12/15 due to the delay.

The Somerset Area School District will be operating on a two-hour delay Friday February 6, 2015. Secondary Students may be dropped off starting at 9:18 am and Elementary Students may be dropped off starting at 9:28.

The Office of the State’s Attorney for Allegany County, the Honorable Michael O. Twigg, State’s Attorney, announced on Thursday, February 5, 2015, that James Patrick Law, 48 of Cumberland, was convicted by a jury of one count of felony theft having a value of $1,000 to under $10,000, following a trial.The investigation revealed that on August 6, 2014, a Cumberland Street home was burglarized. Two days later, Law sold some of the items taken during the burglary to a local business on Greene Street.  The Honorable W. Timothy Finan, Allegany County Circuit Court Judge, revoked Law’s bond and remanded him to the custody of the Allegany County Sheriff pending the completion of a pre-sentencing investigation. According to Assistant State’s Attorney Erich Bean, who prosecuted the case, “If you try to sell or pawn items, which you know or should know are stolen, even at the request of another person, that is theft and you will be prosecuted.” The case was investigated by C3I and the Cumberland City Police Department. Mr. Law was represented by Kelly Clark, Esq.

The Frederick Police Department continues to investigate the Wednesday evening shooting which occurred outside of Frederick High School located at 650 Carroll Parkway Frederick, MD. This incident occurred during a school basketball game between local high schools. The shooting incident occurred outside of the school gymnasium. During the shooting two juvenile victims were struck by the gunfire. One juvenile male sustained a gunshot wound to his leg. A second juvenile male sustained a gunshot wound to his back. Both victims were flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD for treatment. Both wounds are non-life threatening. This shooting is not believed to be a random incident. Investigators believe the suspects and victims were known to one another. Detectives continued to work on this case overnight into Thursday morning seeking additional information and evidence. This investigation was on-going at the time of this release Thursday evening. Det. Jorge Garcia has been assigned as the lead investigator in this case.This is an active investigation that will continue into Thursday night. Additional information, including, but not limited to, evidence collected, victim injuries and victim identities will not be released at this time to maintain the integrity of this case. The Frederick Police Department believes there may be additional witnesses to the shooting which have not spoken to police. Anyone who was at Frederick High School and witnessed any portion of this incident is encouraged to contact the Frederick Police Department at 301-600-2102 or 301-600-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous when providing information. If you believe you have information regarding the shooting, and/or video/photography from within the gymnasium please contact the Frederick Police Department.

A Cumberland man is arrested for allegedly stealing an ATM in Morgan County. 24 year old Scott Heward is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center after being arrested yesterday. On January 9th Heward allegedly stole and ATM from the Bank of Romney in Paw Paw.

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin,U.S. Representative Andy Harris, Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley andsenior officials from theDepartment of the Interior will join community members in Cambridge, Md.,to celebrate the creation of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park.The new national historical park in Maryland will trace Tubman’s early life on the Eastern Shore, where she was born and later escaped from slavery to become one of the leaders on the Underground Railroad. Recent legislation honoring Tubman also established a national historical park in Auburn, N.Y., to commemorate the later years of Tubman’s life when she was active in the women’s suffrage movement and in providing for the welfare of aged African Americans. In 2013, President Barack Obama established the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, setting the stage for National Historical Park designation.

Two Maryland men who worked as hunting guides are ordered to pay fines for baiting bears in Garrett County.  On February 4, 2015, U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Sullivan sentenced Larry Eugene Harding, age 57, of Friendsville, Maryland, and Wallace A. Harward, age 58, of Forest Hill, Maryland, to pay a fine and restitution totaling $8,000 and $5,000, respectively, after the defendants pleaded guilty to violating Maryland black bear hunting regulations.  In addition, Magistrate Judge Sullivan sentenced Harding and Harward to five years of probation and ordered each to perform 25 hours of community service for the Maryland Department of Natural resources. During their probation, Harding and Harward are precluded from any guiding activity involving commercial hunting, and are precluded from personally hunting for three years.  “The combined penalties in this case represent one of the most substantial sentences for a Maryland wildlife poaching case in more than two decades,” said Colonel George F. Johnson of the Maryland Natural Resources Police.  “Because Maryland is a member of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, Harding and Harward are also barred from hunting or guiding in 44 other states in the U.S. during the term of their suspensions.  In addition, Harward’s Maryland waterfowl outfitters license will be immediately revoked and he will be prohibited from renewing during the term of his license suspension,” added Superintendent Johnson.According to their plea agreements, between 2008 and 2010, Harding who operated Harding’s Wild Mountain Herbs, Inc., and Harward, who operated Timber Creek Services, engaged in commercial hunting activities for American black bear, mostly in Garrett County, Maryland. Hunting for black bear is highly regulated in Maryland.  Restrictions included a prohibition on the use of bait to attract the bear, as well as requirements that hunters associated with each other on the same hunting permit remain within view of each other while hunting.  During the course of an undercover investigation by the Maryland Natural Resources Police and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, law enforcement discovered that Harding and Harward were using bait to attract bears to locations where hunters – who had paid Harding and Harward to be guided in their pursuit of the bear – could more easily kill one of the animals.  The undercover officers also learned that the defendants were violating the Maryland regulations that required a sub-licensee on a black bear hunting permit to remain in visual contact with the licensee. During the course of the investigation, undercover officers posed as clients, paying Harding and Harward for guided bear hunts. Their investigation found Harding and Harward were illegally baiting bears for paying clients, some of whom came from outside Maryland to hunt. During the hunts, Harding and Harward placed apples to bait the black bears, then led the hunters to those locations. For example, on October 25, 2009, Harding directed the undercover officers to the Raven Rock area near Friendsville, showing them where the bears would likely show up the next day.  The following day, two hunters--one of them an undercover officer—taking part in a guided hunt led by Harding and Harward each killed a black bear over bait. The undercover officer shot his bear from a spot suggested by Harding, overlooking a pile of illegal bait. Harward also violated the terms of his hunting permit by remaining out of visual contact when the other hunter shot his bear.  The bears killed by the hunter and the undercover officer were subsequently taken to a cooler located in the building where Harding conducted his business.  Harding took photographs of the bears and the hunters, while Harward was recording the event with a video camera.  Inside the cooler where the bear carcasses and skins were placed, the undercover officers saw five plastic 25 gallon garbage cans full of apple skins and cores, consistent with the apple pieces in the bait pile seen by the undercover officers United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Maryland Natural Resources Police and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney P. Michael Cunningham, who prosecuted the case

 There will be a benefit spaghetti dinner for Brenda and John Royer who lost their home on Baker Hollow Road in a fire this week. Please come out and support them, Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Wilma's Diner in Fort Ashby at 12:30 PM

 St. John's Lutheran Church at 400 Arch St. Cumberland will put on a  benefit dinner to collect funds for the benefit of Christy Smith and  her daughter Heather on Sunday February 8. They lost everything in a  fire on Grand Ave. in October, including two of Christy's young  daughters who died in the fire. Dinner tickets can be purchased at the church Mon-Wed between 10AM-12  noon. The cost is $6 per ticket. The meal will consist of Spaghetti  with meat balls, salad, bread and a drink. There will also be a silent  auction at the event as well as bake sales. There will be two seating  available on the 8th; 4PM and 6PM. You may contact the church at 30-724-7250 for further information.

 The Oldtown VFD Auxiliary will hold a Hamburger Steak Dinner  on Sunday, February 8th from 12AM until sold out at the fire station located on MD Rt 51. Dinner will include hamburger steak, mashed potatoes/gravy, glazed carrots, salad, roll, dessert and drink. Adults $9.00  Children 12 and under $6.00  Carry outs will be available.

The HOPE for Hyndman Charter School National Honor Society is sponsoring an AYCE Spaghetti Dinner to support a family of Hyndman who recently lost their house in a house fire. The dinner will be held at the Hyndman Volunteer Fire Department on February 8th, from 1PM - 5PM and will be $8.00 for Adults, and $5 for Children 12 & Under. Dinner includes: AYCE Spaghetti, Salad, Bread, Dessert, and Beverage. For more information or tickets please call 814-842-3918. Walk-ins are welcome!

All schools in the Mountain Ridge School District are closed today, Friday, January 30, 2015.

All schools in Grant County will be on a 2-hour delay on Fri. Jan. 30, 2015

All schools in Preston County will be closed on Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 due to winter weather conditions. All 240-day employees and central office staff report on a 2-hour delay; for Aurora, CPMS, Rowlesburg, and TAEP schools, the school custodian with the longest contract term reports on a 2-hour delay; and all other faculty and staff do not report.

The Somerset Area School District will be closed

Transportation to the Friends Aware Day Program is cancelled in the Mountain Ridge School district only

Westernport, George’s Creek and Frostburg Senior Centers closed with no home delivered meals.

One man is dead, a woman is hospitalized and one man is behind bars charged with murder. Last night at approximately 10:25 PM, the Cumberland Police responded to a private residence in the 100 block of East First Street in Cumberland for a reported stabbing. When Officers arrived they discovered two victims,a 26 year old female and a 33 year old male, who had both been stabbed, along with numerous witnesses.The female victim was transported by the Cumberland Fire Department ambulance to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. The male victim, 33 year old Christopher John Wigington, of Cumberland, was pronounced dead at the scene.Originally some of the subjects present provided the police with information about two suspects responsible for the assault who had fled the scene. They provided descriptions of the suspects and the vehicle they left the scene in.Cumberland Police, with the assistance of the Maryland State Police and the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, secured the scene and contacted the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I). C3I Investigators responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. Through numerous interviews Investigators determined the initial information provided by witnesses was false and had been concocted to protect the identity of the true suspect. Continued interviews eventually led Investigators to the identity of the suspect. Investigators obtained a search warrant for the residence. The knife believed used in the attack, as well as other evidence, was recovered at the scene. The scene was processed by crime scene technicians with the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Unit. As a result Investigators charged 26 year old Ralph Richard Faith, Jr. with 2nd Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, and two counts of Reckless Endangerment. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance and is currently being held at the Allegany County Detention Center pending his next court appearance. The investigation is continuing by the Cumberland Police and C3I

A suspect is in custody and facing charges tonight after two people were stabbed at a Garrett County college. The suspect is identified as Shamaine N. Moore, 19, of Baltimore, Md. She is under arrest and expected to be charged later tonight with attempted second degree murder, first and second degree assault, and reckless endangerment. Additional charges are possible. She was transported by ambulance, accompanied by troopers, to Garrett Memorial Hospital for treatment of what appears to be a laceration. After her release and processing, she will be taken to the Garrett County Detention Center to await an initial appearance before a court commissioner. The two victims are identified as Daniqua N. Harrington, 20, of Washington, D.C., and Chandel J. Alexander, 18, of Baltimore, Md. Both victims were transported to Garrett Memorial Hospital for treatment of stab wounds. Alexander was treated and released. Harrington was later transferred to Ruby Memorial Hospital, where she continues to undergo treatment.  Just before 5:00 p.m. today, Maryland State Police at the McHenry Barrack received a call for a reported stabbing at Garrett College, in the 600-block of Mosser Road, McHenry, Md. Responding troopers found the two victims in the school cafeteria. EMS personnel responded to treat and transport the victims.  Information was developed by troopers about the suspect, who had fled the scene. Troopers responded to the on-campus dormitories and encountered the suspect coming out of a building. She was arrested without incident.  Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division investigators from the McHenry and Hagerstown barracks, as well as C3I Cumberland and the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit responded to conduct the investigation. The preliminary investigation indicates the suspect and both victims are students at the college. The three were in the cafeteria when an argument ensued. The suspect produced a knife and the two victims were stabbed during the altercation.  State Police investigators conducted numerous interviews of persons in the cafeteria where the incident occurred. Troopers recovered a knife in the cafeteria. The knife will be forwarded to the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division laboratory for analysis to determine if it was the weapon used in the stabbings. Garrett County Sheriff’s Office deputies also responded to the scene and assisted. The Garrett County State’s Attorney’s Office was notified and briefed on the investigation. The investigation is continuing.

 

An investigation is underway after Cumberland Police locate possible mobile meth lab. A traffic stop by a Cumberland Police officer on N. Mechanic Street, along with a K-9 alert for a Controlled Dangerous Substance, resulted in the area of N. Mechanic Street being shut down for few hours this afternoon. The officer had stopped a motor vehicle after observing an equipment violation. A K-9 officer was summoned to the area and conducted a scan of the vehicle. A free air sniff from the K-9 resulted in a positive alert and the operator was removed from the vehicle at that time. A small amount of methamphetamine was located inside the vehicle. Further information was developed that a "one pot" used to manufacture methamphetamine was possibly in the trunk area of the vehicle. Due to the volatile nature of the possible substance, the area was closed off for the safety of the public. The Western Maryland Clandestine Lab Team and Cumberland Fire Department responded to the scene. Remnants of a portable meth lab, which was found to be inert, was located inside the trunk area. Evidence was collected and the area was reopened after the scene was made safe.. The case is under investigation and further information will be released, as it becomes available.

Two Mineral County men face charges following a domestic dispute; one of the men arrested was also wanted in Maryland and West Virginia. According to Mineral County Sheriff Jeremy Taylor just before 8am yesterday morning law enforcement officials were called out a report of the dispute in the Greenwood Subdivision and reports of shots being fired. One of the men involved was at the Fort Ashby Fire Department with a laceration on his head. Sheriff’s Deputies and West Virginia State Police Troopers searched the area for the second suspect and found a vehicle which was stolen from the scene of the alteration crashed and over an embankment on Dan’s Run Road about a mile from the low water bridge. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Rocky Leonard Senior. According to Taylor Leonard and his stepfather John Kalthoff were involved in an argument and Leonard picked up a five pound dumbbell and hit Kalthoff in the head. Kalthoff then got a shotgun and fired one shot toward Leonard. Leonard then obtained a rifle and shot toward Kalthoff. Kalthoff then fled to the fire department for assistance. Leonard then took both firearms and Kalthoff’s truck from the scene. Leonard was arrested on charges of possession with the intent to deliver, wanton endangerment, malicious wounding, grand larceny which are all felonies. Leonard was wanted in Allegany County on larceny charges, in Prince George’s County on failure to appear charges and burglary ,in Calvert County on for second degree assault and in Hampshire County for failure to appear on a grand jury indictment. He is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail. Kalthoff was also charged in connection with yesterday’s incident. He was charged with felony wanton endangerment and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was also taken to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.

 

A Garrett County man is arrested on child pornography charges. Garrett County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 18 year old Timothy Moats of Mt Lake Park following a weeklong investigation. Moats’ cell phone was seized and alleged child pornography content and material was found on his phone. He was charged with child pornography, possession of child pornography, child pornography film in sex act, and contributing to the condition of a child assault second degree. Moats was arrested last week and charged with selling suboxone and marijuana to minors.

Hampshire County Bus Announcement Near Bloomery in Hampshire County: Bus 69 will not be running Sandy Hollow Road this morning, parents can meet the bus at the bus at Rt. 127 or at Omps Grocery if they desire

Winchester Academy will be on a 2 hour delay for Wednesday 1/28. No morning clubhouse. Bus pickup at 10am.

Garrett County School Calendar Modification  Due to the inclement weather closing on Monday, January 26, 2015, find below a modification to the school calendar for this week:
Wednesday, January 28—End of semester AND Professional Day (3-hour early release)
Thursday, January 29—Regular student day (No early release)
Friday, January 30--Parent/Teacher Con

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) at Washington Dulles International Airport arrested two fugitives in two days including one man who was living in West Virginia. 38 year old Manuel Antonio Alonso Velasquez, a Nicaraguan citizen living in Petersburg, W.Va., arrived on a flight from Germany on January 24. CBP officers determined Velasquez to be subject to an arrest warrant issued by the Montgomery County, Md. Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear on charges of second degree assault on a Police Officer. The officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. Velasquez was arrested by CBP and turned over to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police for extradition. CBP placed an immigration detainer on Velasquez which ensures that he is returned to CBP upon the adjudication of any charges for further immigration processing. On January 25, Ivekou Brahim Vall, 23, a Mauritanian citizen living in Alexandria, Va., arrived on a flight from France. CBP officers determined Vall to be subject to an arrest warrant issued by the Metropolitan Washington (D.C.) Airport Authority police for vehicle theft. The officers verified the validity of the warrant and confirmed extradition. Vall was arrested by CBP and turned over to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority police. CBP placed an immigration detainer on Vall which ensures that he is returned to CBP upon the adjudication of any charges for further immigration processing.

A Keyser man is arrested following a series of thefts in Garrett County. 27 year old Robert Shockey was arrested by Garrett County Sheriff’s Deputies. From April 2014 through this month Shockey was allegedly involved in a series of thefts from local businesses including Tressler Electric, G &S Coal Company, Beitzel Excavating, Deep Creek Ready Mix and Arnold Brothers Equipment. He is being held at the Garrett County Detention Center on $12,500 bond.

A New York man is arrested in Garrett County after he is caught driving a stolen vehicle. 49 year old Kenny Henry of East Patchogue NY was stopped heading eastbound on I-68 near mile marker 28. He was driving 96 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone. The vehicle he was driving had Florida registration plates. Maryland State Police troopers learned his driver’s license was revoked and he had an active arrest warrant from Suffolk County, NY and the vehicle had been stolen from Rockville Center, NY and the registration plates had been switched. Troopers also found a crack pipe in his jacket pocket. He is being held on $10,000 bond.

Two Winchester residents face charges after a mobile meth lab is discovered. On Sunday, January 25th around 7:30 p.m. Winchester Police Officers responded to the 1700 block of Amherst Street in reference to suspicious persons.  Officers discovered numerous chemicals and other evidence inside of their vehicle that were consistent with a mobile meth lab.  Agents with the North West Virginia Regional Drug Task Force responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. 31 year old  Vivian Sophia Howard and 26 year old Ian Kirkwood Finch  both of Winchester were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing methamphetamine.  They were taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.An investigation revealed that Howard and Finch had gone to several locations and attempted to purchase Pseudoephedrine.  After they had been denied the purchases, they were in the process of trying to get other individuals to buy it for them.  Pseudoephedrine is a common cold and allergy medication that is used in the production of methamphetamine. Through the investigation it appeared that some of the chemicals found were used in previous mixtures to produce methamphetamine, however, the mobile meth lab was not active at the time law enforcement were in contact with the two suspects

In recognition of National Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, My Bank!  First United Bank & Trust is urging customers to take an active role in protecting their data.     

To help ensure the safety of personal information, My Bank suggests following these four tips:

Create c0mplic@t3d passwords.Avoid birthdays, pet names and simple passwords like 12345. It is also important to change passwords at least three times a year. Because friendly theft – theft by someone the victim knows – is the most common type of identity theft or fraud, don’t share your passwords with family members and be mindful of who has access to your personal information.

Keep tabs on your accounts.Check account activity and online statements often, instead of waiting for the monthly statement. You are the first line of defense because you know right away if a transaction is fraudulent. If you notice unusual or unauthorized activity, notify your bank right away. When a customer reports an unauthorized transaction in a timely manner, the bank will cover the loss and take measures to protect the account.

Stay alert online.Be sure computers and mobile devices are equipped with up-to-date anti-virus and malware protection.Never give out your personal financial information in response to an unsolicited email, no matter how official it may seem. Your bank will never contact you by email asking for your password, PIN, or account information. Only open links and attachments from trusted sources. When submitting financial information on a website, look for the padlock or key icon at the top or bottom of your browser, and make sure the Internet address begins with “https.” This signals that your information is secure during transmission.

Mobilize your defenses.Use the passcode lock on your smartphone and other devices. This will make it more difficult for thieves to access your information if your device is lost or stolen. Before you donate, sell or trade your mobile device, be sure to wipe it using specialized software or using the manufacturer’s recommended technique. Some software allows you to wipe your device remotely if it is lost or stolen. Use caution when downloading apps, as they may contain malware and avoid opening links and attachments – especially from senders you don’t know.

Tips for Victims:If you are a victim of fraud and suspect your personal information has been compromised, you should take the following steps:

Call your bank and credit card issuers immediately so they can take necessary steps to protect your account.

File a police report and call the fraud unit of the three credit-reporting companies.

Consider placing a victim statement in your credit report and a fraud alert on your account.

Keep a log of all the contacts you make with authorities regarding the matter. Write down names, titles, and phone numbers in case you need to re-contact them or refer to them in future correspondence.

Contact the FTC’s ID Theft Consumer Response Center at 1-877-ID THEFT  (1-877-438-4338) or www.ftc.gov/idtheft.

The city of Piedmont will get $700 thousand dollars in funding for the water treatment plant upgrades. West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin presented more than $12.3 million in Small Cities Block Grant funds for 14 critical infrastructure projects for communities across West Virginia.  In total, more than $27 million in other federal, state and local funding will support public infrastructure projects for more than 7,300 West Virginia households and improve reliability statewide. Small Cities Block Grant funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Community Development Division of the West Virginia Development Office manages the administration of these funds. This $700,000 project will enable the City of Piedmont to upgrade its water treatment plant. The project will address a deteriorated booster pump building and improve plant performance. These improvements are expected to extend the life of the antiquated facility for decades.

 

Students at Frostburg State University and three other University of Maryland schools will see a tuition increase this semester. Due to a more than 40 million dollar cut in state funding FSU, UMD’s College Park campus, Towson and Salisbury University have agreed to increases. Along with the 2 percent increase at FSU officials at Frostburg State have agreed to other cost saving measures including  deferring maintenance and renovation plans, minimizing travel, freezing hiring for all but critical positions and reducing marketing and enrollment enhancement budgets. The increase will mean an extra $58 for  a full-time, in-state student’s total spring bill. All students, undergraduate and graduate, full- and part-time, are affected by the tuition increase. Here are the increases across the different categories of students:

  • Full-time, in-state undergrad: $58
  • Full-time, out-of-state undergrad: $171
  • Full-time, out-of-state (contiguous counties) undergrad: $128
  • Part-time, in-state undergrad: $5 per credit hour
  • Part-time, out-of-state undergrad: $10 per credit hour
  • Part-time, out-of-state (contiguous counties) undergrad: $7 per credit hour
  • Graduate, in-state: $7 per credit hour
  • Graduate, out-of-state: $9 per credit hour
  • Doctoral, in-state: $10 per credit hour
  • Doctoral, out-of-state: $12 per credit hour

The Office of Financial Aid and the FSU Foundation have a plan to assist those with the greatest need.

The Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta, Hampshire County, is temporarily transferring its inmates to other West Virginia regional jails to allow for repairs to its heating system. West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority Communications Director Lawrence Messina says the repair work includes purging system lines of liquid propane. The safety of staff and inmates during that process prompted the decision to relocate the facility’s population, said authority Executive Director Joe DeLong. Completing the repairs should take an estimated two to three days. Around 200 inmates are housed at PHRJ, the smallest population in the 10-facility regional jail system. The Division of Corrections is assisting with the temporary transfers. The authority and the division are both part of the W.Va. Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

Cumberland city officials are urging local residents to contact state lawmakers to support funding of the redevelopment of the Footer Dye Works building. 1.5 million dollars in state funding is needed to invest in rehabilitating the building for development. A private developer is willing to put in several million dollars toward the redevelopment for retail, residential and office space. City and Canal Place officials also announced plans to open a microbrewery/brewpub in the first floor of the building. Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim says it would cost about 1.5 million dollars to tear down the building but an investment of 1.5 million from the state would have a critical impact on economic development in Cumberland. He says those who support the redevelopment of the Footer Dye Works should contact members of the Western Maryland delegation to support the 1.5 million in funding through the state budget which is expected to be released this week. Barley and Hops Owner Gary Brooks who proposed the brewery says he is excited about the prospects of opening a microbrewery in Cumberland similar his Frederick location. He says Cumberland has an amazing brewing tradition and there is a large group of home brewers so he believes there is a strong market for a microbrewery. Brooks who lives in Frederick says he has seen how Maryland is building up toward the west and helping create development similar the revitalization in downtown Frederick is something he wants to be a part of in Cumberland. He says it just takes a few people willing to make the investment into the community. Residents can sign a petition in support of the project online at https://www.change.org/p/city-county-and-state-officials-fund-the-footer-dye-works-project?after_sign_exp=member_sponsored_upsells#share

Charles Town Police officials have identified the victims and suspect involved in Tuesday night's shooting. On January 20th, 2015 at 7:31 p.m. officers from the Charles Town City Police Department were dispatched to a shooting on Candlewood Drive, located within Charles Town city limits. Upon arrival, officers discovered two subjects who suffered gunshot wounds. One victim identified as37 year old Billy Harrison II of Berkeley County was declared deceased on arrival. The second subject, identified as 36 year old Brian Adams of Charles Town was transported to a medical facility in Fairfax with life threatening injuries and is currently in critical condition. Throughout the course of the investigation, a suspect, identified as 44 year old Patrick Bogden of Charles Town was developed regarding this incident. Bogden’s vehicle was located and a traffic stop was attempted. Bogden failed to stop and led officers on a pursuit into Berkeley County where he subsequently took his own life. At this time, there is no motive. However, the investigation into this incident is ongoing. The Charles Town Police Department encourages anyone with any additional information to contact the police department. Charles Town City Police were assisted by the Ranson Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the West Virginia State Police, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, the Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, & Citizens Fire Company.

Gas prices keep falling. Christine Delise with AAA says they expect the record setting trend to continue. “ We are seeing average that have not been this low since 2009. As long as crude oil remains relatively cheap consumers could save between 50 and 75 billion dollars on gasoline this year if prices remain low.”  Right now the average price of a gallon of regular grade gasoline nationally is $2.04, in Maryland it is $2.16, in West Virginia it is $2.17 and in Pennsylvania it is $2.28.

All Allegany County Public Schools are now CLOSED today, Monday, January 12, 2015.

Bishop Walsh School is now CLOSED, Monday, January 12, 2014

Bedford Area School District is closed

Calvary Christian Academy is now closed today, Monday, January 12th. Day Care is also closed for today

Garrett County Schools are now closed.

All schools in Grant County will now be closed on Mon. Jan. 12, 2015.

All schools in Hampshire County will now be closed on Mon. Jan. 12, 2015 due to extremely icy secondary roads.

All schools in Hardy County will now be closed on Mon. Jan. 12, 2015.

Hope for Hyndman Charter School will be closed

All Mineral County Schools will be closed

All Morgan County Schools are closed employees code A

West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind will be closed

All schools in Berkeley County will be on a 2-hour delay
All schools in Preston County will be on a 2-hour delay.
Somerset Area School District will be on a 2 hour delay.
WASHINGTON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS: 2-HOUR DELAY
Winchester Public Schools are operating on a two hour delay with elementary dismissing at 2:35 pm. Administrative office will be on a one hour delay
Winchester Academy will be on a 2 hour delay. No morning clubhouse. Bus pickup at 10 am.

Allegany College of Maryland will open at noon student services will be open until 6pm

FSU will open at 10 a.m. Monday, 1/12. Classes and events cancelled until that time.

Potomac State College early morning classes cancelled classes will begin at 10:40 am.

All Allegany County Head Starts are open with no morning transportation

Friends Aware Day Program is closed Monday, January 12. Staff are to report or use leave.

Humpty Dumpty Learning Center will delay opening until 9 am due to current weather conditions.

Small World Day Care opening at 6:30

Express Medical Transporters will be closing until 10am and then reevaluate road conditions.

The Cumberland Y will open at 9 am.

Liberal leave is in place for Maryland State Employees beginning at 6am until the end of day shift. All essential employees to report.

Cumberland Covenant House is closed

George’s Creek and Willow Creek Adult Care Centers closed

There are snow emergency declarations in the following counties:
Allegany
Garrett
Washington

 

Maryland State Police Cumberland and C3I Unit are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at NAPA Auto Parts in LaVale MD at approximately 5:00 PM.A suspect entered the business through a side door and forced 2 employee's to the ground at gun point. The suspect stole both employes cell phones as well as cash from their person and the business. The only description provided was a male approximately 5-10, wearing a black toboggan, a mask over his face, and a heavy brown jacket and baggy ski type pants.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact Maryland State Police at 301-729-2101.

 

Morgan County Sheriff's deputies are investing a robbery at the Bank of Romney in Paw Paw. The suspect damaged an ATM. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Morgan County Sheriff's Office at 304-258-1067

 

West Virginia State Police are investigating an incident that is believed to be a simple mistake. Sgt. J.M. Droppleman Keyser Detachment Commander says they received a report in Short Gap Monday where an individual had walked into a home. The individual told the homeowner he was looking for a specific individual by a specific name the homeowner told the individual no one by that name lived there and the homeowner asked the individual to leave. And the individual left. The homeowner contacted West Virginia State Police and gave them a description of the vehicle the individual was driving along with a description of the individual. A “be on the look out” or BOLO was issued to local law enforcement in Allegany, Mineral and Hampshire Counties. Troopers began an investigation. A family friend identified what was believed to be the individual’s vehicle and took a photograph of the car and provided State Police the license plate number. Sgt. Droppleman says thanks to that information troopers were able to get identification on the individual. He says they will be interviewing the individual and another acquaintance to corroborate that the incident was an honest mistake and the person the individual was looking for actually lived nearby and he simply walked into the wrong house. Droppleman says the investigation has been non-stop since it was reported. He says any time a member of the public has information they believe may be connected to a case it is vital for them to provide it to law enforcement officials. “We did have help in this situation we did have help from a citizen who was attentive to the situation and when he saw the vehicle he got the tag number and took a photo of it.” The photo was posted on social media causing misinformation to be posted as well as the photo. Droppleman says “It can be harmful to the case, if it hinders or obstructs our case these individuals could be charged with hindering an investigation.” Droppleman says there is another issue “If this is an honest mistake this individual could have been harassed or attacked and the information being put on social media was not exactly true.” He says people added information that was incorrect. “Investigations rest on the edge of a knife, any information that is bogus or misleading could sidetrack or derail an investigation and make it very difficult to solve it.” Droppleman says he has an excellent group of officers who care deeply about their community who work around the clock and off the clock to protect the community. Droppleman says “We do work quietly and do our job we are police officers and our responsibility is to catch criminals and help folks out.”

 

Two juveniles face charges in connection with a murder in Bedford County, PA. According to Pennsylvania State Police on January 8th 21 year old Stephanie Waters of Roaring Spring was reported missing. Posts were made on social media describing the Waters and her vehicle. A resident living on Salemville Road saw a vehicle matching the description of Waters’ car parked in the driveway of an abandoned home. Pennsylvania State Police were notified and responded to the scene and found Waters dead in the back of her car. Two juvenile males were identified as suspects and were arrested without incident. One was charged with homicide the other charged with conspiracy to commit homicide.  Pennsylvania State Police are still investigating.

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