Oakland Man Arrested on Arson Charges
A thirty-two year old Garrett County man was arrested for his involvement in setting his ex-girlfriend's house on fire earlier this month. Jason Michael Weaver is charged with intentionally setting the fire that caused about $60,000 in damage to the home on Sanders Lane in Oakland. He faces numerous charges and is being held on $100,000 bond. If convicted, he could face up to 83 years in prison and/or $65,000 in fines.
County Water Rates to Increase
Allegany County water customers could see a slight rise in their water and sewer rates in the upcoming fiscal year. Some districts, such as those in the Jennings Run area could see the largest hikes, up to $8.00 per quarter for sewer surcharges. Cresaptown will pay $9.00 more per quarter. the increased costs will, however, be phased in over a three year period, with another increase planned for 2015.
Four To Hospital at NewPage Corporation
Four people were taken from the NewPage facility yesterday morning, following reports of an "unusual odor" early yesterday. All four were treated and released from the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The odor was traced to a hydraulic pump at the plant. Although the incident remains under investigation, normal operations resumed following the incident.
Development Authority President Resigns
The President of the Mineral county Development Authority, Rick Linthicum, resigned this week. A question arose about a $250 expenditure to the Greater Cumberland Committee, with Linthicum claiming he was being "badgered." The money in question was written for the North/South Subcommittee of the Greater Cumberland Committee; according to the Authority's by-laws, the director has the "discretion of spending money." There were other questions concerning the authority, such as paying for broadband access, and paying down the debrt on the shell building in the Fort Ashby Park.
Two More Charged in Meth Dump Site
Two Meyersdale residents have been charged in connection with a methamphetamine dump site discovered in Summit Township. Forty-eight year old Debra Custer and 25-year old Vanessa Housel have been released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. Police found and seized several items used to manufacture meth during a search of an apartment on Mason-Dixon Highway; police subsequently fund the dump site along Sand Spring Road in Summit Township.
Man Charged With Arson
A former Cairnbrook resident is accused of starting two fires at his ex-girlfriend's residence, and has been arraigned on those charges. Thirty-eight year old William Henry Ulderich is charged with intentionally setting the two fires, on May 7th and May 20th of last year. Bail has been set at $10,000 in each case. A preliminary hearing has been set for June 3rd.
Downtown Celebrates Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day in Downtown Cumberland begins tonight with Friday After Five, music on the Liberty Street stage tomorrow night, and Sunday's "Bargains on the Bricks." The Allegany Jazz Band will play from 6 until 7 tonight; immediately following that, there will be a viewing of the MPT video, "Our Town-Cumberland," on a giant blow-up outdoor movie screen, furnished by the city's Parks and Recreation Department. Tonight's Friday After Five is being sponsored by the Downtown Cumberland Business Association, and donations are greatly appreciated.
Hagerstown Man Sentenced for Assaulting Child
Hagerstown resident will spend the next 14 months in jail, and will be on probation for five years, after he pleaded guilty to assaulting his infant son last June. Thirty-one year old Jerome Jackson will spend that time in the Washington County Detention Center. The two-month old boy was treated for a broken femur at Meritus Medical Center; a Hagerstown Police Officer was called. Jackson will also undergo a mental health evaluation and will not be allowed to have any unsupervised contact with the child.
PSC To Open Investigation of Potomac Edison
The Maryland Public Service Commission will allow individuals to participate in an investigation of complaints against Potomac Edison. There have been several complaints from Western Maryland customers, who say they've been overbilled because P.E. failed to read their meters as often as required by law. A list of issues will be circulated among parties, including attorneys for the PSC, Potomac Edison, and the state Office of People's Counsel. That list will then be submitted to a judge.
Baltimore 5th Most Unhealthy City
Baltimore ranks fifth, when it comes to unhealthy environs, according to a blogger on the"movoto.com" website. A number of factors were taken in to consideration, including smoking, obesity, access to fitness centers, walkability, and access to healthy food. "Charm City" actually ranks first, when it comes to the number of fast food restaurants per square mile, and also has an "F" ranking from the American Lung Association for air quality. Indianapolis, Indiana ranked first, however, in the "most unhealthy" category.
Capito Mobile Office Visit Set
The mobile office of Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito will be visiting the Romney area next Friday. A staff member will be on hand at the Romney Senior Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to assist residents with problems they are having with a federal government agency, such as the Social Security Administration, Medicare, or the Veteran's Administration. Residents also will be able to send a message to the Congresswoman, through her representative.
Rocky Gap Casino Officially Open
The Rocky Gap Casino is now open, after receiving approval from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. The casino will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and features approximately 550 slot machines and 10 table games. There have also been extensive renovations to the lobby, hotel rooms, restaurants and the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. A new event and conference center is expected to open in the fourth quarter of this year.
Mutual Assault Lands Couple in Jail
Cumberland City Police arrested a North Center Street couple early yesterday morning, and both were charged with assault. Twenty-eight year old Frederick Listman III and 28-year old Candice Fratiani assaulted each other, and although neither set of injuries was serious, they were placed under arrest. They received a District Court hearing and were released on personal recognizance.
Fire Determined to Be Electrical in Nature
A truck fire, across from Bumblebee Road in McHenry Tuesday evening, was determined to be electrical in nature. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office says the 2000 Mack dump truck experienced an electrical short in the battery wiring. The truck, owned by Foote Excavating, sustained about $25,000 in damage. The fire was discovered by a person residing in the area, and was quickly extinguished by firefighters from the Deep Creek Fire Department.
Commissioners To Meet in Flintstone
The Allegany County Commissioners will hold their weekly public business meeting in Flintstone next month. The meeting is set for June 20th at 5 p.m., and it will be held at the Flintstone Volunteer Fire Department. Community members and all interested individuals are invited to attend. Ample parking is available and the facility is handicapped accessible.
Health Department Warns of Lyme Disease
The Allegany County Health Department is warning of Lyme disease, caused by tick bites. Ticks are in abundance this year, and Lyme disease is one of the ten most commonly reported notifiable diseases in Maryland for 2011. Symptoms generally occur within 3 to 30 days after the tick bite, and include a rash, fever, fatigue, and headache. If untreated,. the disease can progress to include both the cardiac and nervous systems. More information can be obtained by calling the Health Department at (301)-759-5000.
PIA Opens Campus in Washington County
The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics opened an 18,000-square foot facility in Washington County earlier this week; the newly completed $2 million branch campus, next to the Hagerstown Regional Airport, features a large hangar space, as well as classrooms and shops, built to specifically provide students with hands-on aircraft training. The training facility will serve students looking for work in the aviation field, along with many of the airport businesses that need Federal Aviation Administration-certified mechanics.
Pennsylvania Primary Held on Tuesday
Only about 15 to 20 per cent of registered voters exercised that right in Tuesday's Pennsylvania Primary Election. Election officials noted the light turnout may have to do with the large number of uncontested races. Those who had them, were asked to show their Voter I.D.s; officials aren't sure when the I.D.'s will be fully enforced, but some say residents don't agree with it.
New Prosecutor Joins U.S. Attorney Office in West Virginia
Jarod Douglas has been appointed to the position of Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia. The Northern District includes Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Mineral, and Hampshire counties. Douglas will receive the oath of office on Monday, and will prosecute federal criminal matters occurring in the Eastern Panhandle.
Five Charged in Sacred Heart Break-In
Five people-two adults and three juveniles were arrested in connection with last week's breaking and entering of the former Sacred Heart hospital building on Seton Drive. John Michael-Fraley and Jonathan Edward Urgiles and three 17-year olds were taken into custody. The Sacred Heart site, owned by the Allegany County Board of Education, is the site of the future Allegany High School. The five removed a single fire extinguisher and several other miscellaneous items. They are being charged with second-degree burglary, theft and destruction of property.
EPA Approves Route 219 Expansion
The Environmental Protection Agency has informed the Army Corps of Engineers it would not seek a higher review of the improvement and expansion of Route 219. This means the Army Corps will issue the final permit needed before construction can begin. Construction, for now, will expand Route 219 between Somerset and Meyersdale; the ultimate plan is to extend the roadway into Maryland and New York. The project has been 42 years in the making.
Potential Skydiving Business for Cumberland Airport
A Garrett County man, who operates a skydiving business in Garrett County, wants to explore the possibility of a similar business at the Greater Cumberland Municipal Airport. Neil Porter received his training while serving in the U.S. Army and was in business in Colorado for 10 years. Porter cited the Cumberland airport as having "a good landing area, great weather, field trucks and maintenance." He presented his idea at a recent meeting of the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority, and it was decided that, pending legal review, the business would be accepted at the airport, according to the Mineral News-Tribune.
Excess Funds Devoted to Employees, Vehicle Purchases
The city of Keyser's finances are better than expected and that excess will be devoted to its employees, and for the purchase of vehicles for the police and street departments. One of those expenditures will be a $100 clothing allowance for each of the city's 40 employees. Earlier this year, a 30-cent across the board pay increase was approved for employees as well.
Bedford Woman Arrested in Disturbance
Nineteen year old Mary Delisle of Bedford was released on her own recognizance, following a disturbance complaint in the vicinity of Seymour and Third Streets Monday evening. She was accused of acting in a disorderly manner and yelling at other individuals, including the officers. She failed to comply with their requests, and was taken into custody. She was charged with failure to obey a lawful order, disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.
Georgia Man Arrested in Gun Incident
A thirty-seven year old Monroe, Georgia man was arrested in the parking lot of a local pizza shop in Garrett County Monday evening. James T. Cleveland allegedly brandished a .22-calibre semi-automatic pistol during an altercation with other individuals. The gun was recovered and Cleveland was placed under arrest.
Air Conditioner Stolen from Residence
The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating the theft of an air conditioner from a private residence in the 12000-block of Friendsville Road. The theft occurred either last Wednesday or Thursday. Anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry barrack at (301)-387-1101.
Sobriety Checkpoint Set for Friday Night, Saturday Morning
The West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from Friday night at 8 p.m. until Saturday morning at 2 a.m. It will be in Mineral County, along Route 220, south of Keyser. The Governor's Highway Safety Program, in conjunction with the West Virginia State Police, will conduct events and patrols concentrating on the arrest of intoxicated drivers.
West Virginia Granted Waiver
The West Virginia Board of Education has received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education on a proposal seeking flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act. The waiver frees the state's public schools, and allows them to focus on achievement and improvement, so that all students can be prepared for college and career success. The state board of education has identified 32 low-performing schools across the state as priority schools, making them eligible for extra funds and resources.
Rocky Gap Opening Tomorrow
The Rocky Gap Casino officially opens tomorrow, offering 558 slot machines and 10 table games in converted conference space at the Rocky Gap Lodge. A "test run" of sorts was completed yesterday; Rocky Gap will be Maryland's fourth casino, and will add 250 jobs. Private bondholders agreed to write off about $26 million to help Lakes Entertainment buy the resort for about $10 million. The lodge and golf course incurred an operating loss of $4.3 million in 2011.
Foreman Enters Guilty Plea
John Shingler, foreman for the town of Piedmont, has pleaded guilty to a charge of conversion of government property in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg. Shingler represented the town of Piedmont when he obtained six surplus travel trailers from the West Virginia State Agency for Surplus Property in 2009. Shingler claimed the property was being obtained for use by the city; the trailers were to be used for specific purposes, but were instead claimed by private citizens who paid for them. The value of the trailers was placed at $111,000. Shingler is facing a prison term of up to ten years and a fine of up to $250,000. He may also be ordered by the court to make restitution.
Garrett County Fire Determined to be Arson
A Sunday morning fire on Sanders Lane in Garrett County was deliberately set, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. There were no injuries, and damages totaled $70,000. The origin of the fire was inside the home and was discovered by the owner, Ashley Spady. Along with several fire companies, both the Garrett County Sheriff's Office and Potomac Edison responded. Anyone with information is asked to contact the fire marshal's office at (301)-766-3888.
Teen Victim Identified
Fifteen year old Kaleb John Rightenour has been identified as the victim of last Saturday's crash, involving his all-terrain vehicle at the Bedford County dirt track near New Enterprise. Rightenour, of Martinsburg, Pennsylvania was a sophomore at Northern Bedford High School, and was enrolled in the school's welding and technical program. His death was the first in 30 years at the track. President of the Blair-Bedford Dirt Drags, Bill Ickes, says he is devastated by Saturday's events. Grief counselors and local ministers are being made available to the students at his school.
Ridgeley Woman Jailed on $2500 Bond
Thirty-five year old Ridgeley resident Crystal Smith was jailed on $2500 bond, following an incident on Maryland Street in Keyser. She was charged with domestic assault for threatening to slam her two-week old baby onto the sidewalk, if the child's father did not come out of his residence to talk to her. She was additionally charged with domestic battery for grabbing the father during the incident. He was given temporary custody of the child, and was also granted a temporary restraining order against Ms. Smith, which, in effect, bars her from regaining custody.
Man Charged With Malicious Burning
A nineteen-year old Cumberland man was arrested and faces a number of charges in connection with an incident in the vicinity of the Sunshine Laundry at Greene and Chase Streets. Patrick Norman Younger was arrested on Allegany Street. He is accused of setting a trash can on fire at 20 Chase Street. He was positively identified by a witness, was arrested and held on $2500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Domestic Dispute Results in Arrest
A Grantsville man was taken into custody and charged, in connection with a domestic incident Sunday evening on Castle Ridge Road in Grantsville. Maryland State Police determined that a domestic assault occurred between Stephen Wilt and hit live-in girlfriend, Sherry Lynny Fike. It was also learned that Wilt had also assaulted Brady Lynn Fike, who resides with the suspect. Wilt was charged with second-degree domestic assault. He was taken to a Garrett County Court Commissioner for a bond hearing.
Service Interruption Planned in Hampshire County Area
Potomac Edison is planning a service interruption tomorrow from 9:30 to 12 noon in the Hampshire County area. Crews will be working on lines, beginning at the Verizon Building in Burlington to Russeldale Road and down Williamsport Road to the Hampshire County Line.
Shooting Reported in Meyersdale
The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a shooting incident on Broadway Street in Meyersdale Borough Sunday evening. The original call was for a domestic dispute; on e person was taken to Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center for treatment. It is not known if the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.
Head of State Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Leaving
A 26-year veteran of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is leaving for a federal job. The head of the unit, Jesse Ballard, is going to work for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. DPSCS handles investigations of inmates, detainees, employees and others. The Department has recently come under fire after a federal indictment, charging 25 people in a contraband conspiracy was handed down. The indictment included 13 correctional officers.
Bedford Racer Dies of Injuries
A 15-year old Bedford County racer died Saturday night at the Bedford County Dirt Racers Dirt drags. The incident took place when the racer lost control of the quad racer; it struck a tire barrier on the side of the track, causing the machine to flip. The driver was thrown from the vehicle, and struck a light pole. The operator died when medical personnel were attempting to treat the injuries. The investigation from the Pennsylvania State Police is continuing.
Sections of Bridge To Close This Week
The State Highway Administration is closing a section under the Crosstown Bridge, beginning today, as work continues to repair, clean and paint the more than half-mile bridge over the city. The parking area under the bridge between Queen City Drive and South Centre Street will close; this is a permit-only parking area, and is operated by the city of Cumberland. Permit holders will be directed to another nearby parking area. Beginning Saturday, June 1st, the parking area under the bridge, between South Johnson Street and Bridge Street, west of Wills Creek, will also close. Both sections will be closed for several months.
C3I Investigating Breaking and Entering
The C3I unit is investigating the breaking and entering and theft from the former Sacred Heart Hospital building on Seton Drive which is currently owned by the Allegany County Board of Education. Unknown suspects had broken a window to gain entry to the building. Video surveillance led to the identity of the four. They removed a single fire extinguisher and several other miscellaneous items. Criminal charges will be filed.
Cumberland Man Charged with Burglary
Thirty-year old Cumberland resident Jason Robert Edwards was charged with burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property, following an incident early yesterday morning. Edwards allegedly threw something through the window of a West Second Street residence, and forced his way through a door. He also allegedly assaulted several people inside. He was charged and was awaiting an initial appearance in District Court.
Mc Coole Fire Protection Meeting Set
The Allegany County Emergency Services Board will have a public meeting on Wednesday, June 5th at 7 p.m., to discuss fire protection services in the McCoole area. Input is being sought from community members and the general public on the subject. The meeting will be held at the McCoole Cornerstone Ministries Church, on Queens Point Road.
Two Charged with Marijuana Growing Operation
Two Somerset, Pennsylvania residents were charged, after State Police found more than two dozen marijuana plants in Jenner Township. Twenty-one year old Johnathan Barr and Mary Elizabeth Beeman of Somerset were taken into custody. They were arrested after Somerset police came to their apartment to investigate a domestic incident with the pair. They volunteered information about a larger marijuana growing operation in Somerset County, and that information was passed on to State Police.
Maryland Tax Court Misses Deadlines
The Maryland Office of Legislative audits says that the Maryland Tax Court failed more than 40 per cent of the time to resolve homeowners' appeals of property tax assessments within 90-days of filing, as required by state law. The Tax Court missed the deadline by a month or more in 293 cases, or 41 per cent of the 720 appeals filed. They appeals were either filed or heard between July 1, 2010 and February 20th of this year. A prior audit showed a 62 per cent failure rate.
AccuWeather Predicts Active Hurricane Season
AccuWeather.com is predicting at least three hurricanes will make landfall in the U.S. this season, as opposed to four in 2012. Meteorologists are calling for 16 tropical storms, with four of those possibly developing into major hurricanes. An average year sees 12 tropical storms, 6 hurricanes, three of which a major hurricanes, and two storms that make landfall.
Attorney Sentenced for Defrauding West Virginia
An attorney from Belington, West Virginia was sentenced to 12 months and one day imprisonment for bill the state for services she did not perform. Lisa Weese, who had been a panel attorney in the circuit court of Barbour, Randolph, Tucker and Taylor counties billed the state for over $159,000, and will have to make restitution. She will self-report to a designated federal institution. The case was investigated by the West Virginia Commission on Special Investigations.
Governor Signs Several Bills
Governor Martin O'Malley signed several bills yesterday, including one of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. The National Rifle Association and other opponents say they will immediately challenge that measure, which takes effect October 1st, in court. O'Malley also signed the first gas tax increase in 20 years. And, using a handheld cellphone to talk or text will be considered a primary offense, after October 1st. The first offense would be punishable by a fine of up to $75; fines increase up to $175 for a third offense.
DNR Boat Sinks At Deep Creek Lake
There won't be too many details until a report is filed, but a Department of Natural Resources boat sunk yesterday afternoon at Deep Creek Lake. The DNR boat was unmanned at the time, and it was brought to the surface with air bags. The 24-foot Ottercraft is a work boat and is able to lift heavy loads. Two staff members were in a boating accident, but no other information will be provided until the report is finished.
Second Case of Rabies In Garrett County
There has been a second case of laboratory-confirmed rabies in Garrett County. The case involved a goat in the southern area of Garrett County. The animal became ill, and died on Monday, May 6th. It tested positive for rabies; a total of seven peopled initiated post-exposure treatment for the virus, and an additional goat was vaccinated against rabies, and will be watched closely for six months.
Three Personnel Changes for County Schools
The new school year will see two new principals and a new chief academic officer for the coming year. Scott Sisler will replace Steve Wilson as principal at South Penn Elementary School. Candy Canan will become principal at the Center for Career and Technical Education. Kim Green has been named the chief academic officer for the school year. The appointments are effective July 1st.
Man Arrested After Forcing His Way Into Home
Twenty-year old Keyser resident Matthew Ryan O'Reilly was arrested after forcing his way into a home...the home of Mineral County Sheriff Jeremy Taylor. O'Reilly thought he was at his uncle's house; Sheriff Taylor's wife was able to call her husband to report the incident. O'Reilly had admitted to using about a gram of crystal methamphetamine earlier in the day. He is being held in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $10,000 bond.
State Police Seek Man In Connection to March Incident
The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is attempting to locate Brian Keith DeBerry. He is wanted in connection with a March 9th incident on Teaberry Lane in Accident. DeBerry is wanted on an arrest warrant, charging him with second-degree assault and malicious destruction of property charges. He may be in the Oakland, Maryland or Terra Alta or Fairmont, West Virginia areas. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police at (301)-387-1101.
Man Held Without Bond
A 27-year old Mount Savage man is being held without bond, following his arrest on Wednesday. Andrew Wade Ridgeley is charged with the fraudulent use of a credit card last February 13th and February 14th. He is charged with I.D. theft and 7 counts of illegal use of a credit card.
Baltimore Man Charged with Unauthorized Use
Baltimore resident Rodricus Marquees Wilkes is being charged in Cumberland with driving a vehicle without the owner's consent and unauthorized removal of property. The incident occurred earlier this week, when the victim lent Wilkes a car, but failed to return it after several hours. The victim could not get in touch with him, and enlisted the help of the Cumberland City Police. After his appearance in District Court, Wilkes was released on personal recognizance.
O'Malley, O'Reilly Battle It Out
It seems to be a war of words between Governor Martin O'Malley and talk show host Bill O'Reilly, when it comes to the corruption that has been uncovered in Maryland's jails. O'Reilly has referred to Corrections Secretary Gary Maynard as a, quote, "moron." O'Malley says he has no desire to fire Maynard. Meanwhile, Tavon White, who federal authorities call a gang kingpin, has complained about conditions in Cumberland, where he is being held, following his transfer from Baltimore.
Fewer West Virginians Seeking Unemployment Benefits
The state of West Virginia's unemployment rate declined four-tenths of a percentage point to 6.6 per cent in April, and this is the lowest rate in four years. The number of unemployed residents fell 2600 to 53,500. Trade, transportation, and utilities and other services added 200 jobs, while educational and health services showed the largest unemployment declines at 800.
Man To Stand Trial in Fatal Shooting of Sheriff
An October 21st trial date has been set for 37-year old Tennis Maynard, who is accused of fatally shooting Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum on April 3rd. Maynard pleaded not guilty to the charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and felony fleeing a police officer during Wednesday's arraignment hearing in Cabell County. A bond hearing has been set for June 17th in Huntington.
Myers Won't Seek Re-Election
Delegate LeRoy Myers has decided he will not seek re-election to the Maryland General Assembly next year. Myers, who represents parts of both Allegany and Washington Counties, says that while there was no single motivating factor in his decision, he is frustrated by the political dynamics in Annapolis. Myers was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2002, when he defeated then-Speaker of the House, Casper Taylor in a close race.
Keyser Man Indicted for Setting House on Fire
Forty-four year old Keyser resident Robert Lee Suter, who was charged with allegedly setting his Sunnydale Addition house on fire, has been indicted by the Mineral County Grand Jury. Suter was charged with first and third-degree arson and destruction of property. Suter allegedly ignited items in the garage of the home, and the fire spread to the home, reportedly occupied by his wife, Barbara Suter.
Woman Sentenced in Fatal Reckless Endangerment Case
Forty-one year old Everett resident Susan Bonner has been sentenced to three weeks to a year in jail, for allowing her son to carry a handgun used during a fatal game of Russian roulette. She pleaded guilty in March to reckless endangerment. Her son took a gun to a friend's house and left it in a drawer. The friend got the gun and shot a third boy, 15-year old Neal Hammond, in July of 2012. Hammond died the next morning at a Johnstown-area hospital. The charges against the shooter were resolved in juvenile court. District Attorney William Higgins said Ms. Bonner was remorseful throughout the case.
Coburn Wins Eighth Term as Coney Mayor
Jack Coburn, running unopposed and garnering 96 votes, was elected to an 8th term as Mayor of Lonaconing. Four council seats will be filled by Mark Greenwald, Eric Wilkinson, Warren Foote and Danny Sloan, Jr. David Kidwell received 49 votes and two other incumbent council members chose not to run for another term.
First United Bank Closing Branch
First United Bank Corporation plans to close its Frostburg Community Office on New Georges Creek road as of August 30th. A lack of growth, to remain viable in the market, was given as one of the main factors in deciding to close the facility. There will be no loss of jobs, as employees will remain part of the organization. The corporation is also planning to make the transition as smooth as possible by offering workshops on use of internet banking, mobile and text banking eStatements and direct deposit services.
Warrants Served on Cumberland Man
The Cumberland City Police served four District Court bench warrants on 20-year old Matthew Jason Swick, and total bail was set at $26,500. He was served with warrants for failure to appear on an original charge of fraud; one of theft of less than $1,000; and, failure to appear to answer charges of assault, and a violation of probation count.
Woman Refuses to Leave Hospital, and Is Arrested
A 24-year old Cumberland woman, Corrina Louise Reeder was arested and charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct, following an incident at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center on Tuesday. She had been a patient at the hospital, and refused to leave after being discharged. Officers escorted her from the premises, but observed her commit an assault and act in a disorderly manner. She was held on $2,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Ridgeley Mayor Indicted
Ridgeley Mayor Jim Twigg has been indicted by a Mineral County Grand Jury, on eight felony counts of fraudulent or unauthorized use of a government-issued purchase card. Twigg allegedly charged over $400 to the card; the Mayor, for his part, claims the town has been reimbursed for the expenses. He was unaware of the indictment, prior to a meeting of town officials last night. The charges were made during travel, on behalf of the town. Twigg could be removed from office, if found guilty.
School Board May Be Minimally Funded
The Allegany County Board of Education could be, for the first time ever, funded at the lowest possible level, as required by state law. A draft budget from the county recommends $29.8 million for the fiscal year; the board had requested $31 million. The board has been cut by nearly $11 million in state funding in the past four years. The state is expected to fvund the board $74.7 million, according to the Cumberland Times-News.
Accident Involving ACPS Bus
An Allegany County Public School bus, en route to Allegany High School, was involved in a minor traffic accident. The bus was turning left, off of Cumberland Street, when the back end hit an unoccupied, parked vehicle. There was only one student on the bus at the time, and no injuries. ACPS administrators, as well as law enforcement officers responded to the scene. The parents of the student on the bus were notified, and the school nurse examined the student as a precaution. No replacement bus was necessary.
Route 219 Southern Link Best Use of Funds
Completing the southern link of U.S. Route 219 is the best use of Pennsylvania Appalachian Development Highway System Funds. There is no section of the Appalachian system that is as far along as Route 219. Of a total of $500 million in ADHS funds, $305 million is promised for the completion of the 12-mile stretch of U.S. Route 219 from Somerset to Meyersdale. The balance of the money could be used for the final leg of Route 219 in Pennsylvania, from Meyersdale to the Maryland line and Interstate 68.
Judge to Address Mini-Marina Request
Oakland Judge Jim Sherbin will reconsider a request to establish a mini-marina at the Lakeside Creamery, and a decision is expected by June 1st. Business owner Bill Meagher has made the request for the mini-marina, but it's been determined that his property did not meet the minimum total lot or land area per use of 10,000 square feet in the ordinance, and instead a permit was based on a minimum land area of 6,000 square feet, according to the Cumberland Times-News. Attorney Greg Skidmore has requested Meagher repeat the zoning process.
West Virginia PSC Approves Second Rate Hike
The West Virginia Public Service Commission has approved a second utility rate increase for Keyser, authorizing a 15-per cent sewer rate hike to pay for a $2.6 million sewer upgrade in the Hawthorne Heights neighborhood. The Mineral News-Tribune notes the increase will also affect residents of New Creek and McCoole, Maryland, whose sewer systems feed into Keyser's. However, New Creek residents will see an 8 per cent increase, while McCoole's will be 7 per cent.
Charges Pending in Accident
Charges are pending against a driver who hit a telephone pole on Cumberland Street early Monday morning. The car then overturned onto its roof. Traci Glotfelty was extracted from the car, after she hit the pole, and her vehicle overturned after striking the front porch steps at 216 Cumberland Street. Two streets signs were also damaged; Allegheny Power was notified and later responded to assist with the damage caused to the light pole. Her vehicle was towed from the scene.
Nemacolin Plans Summer Opening
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort plans to open the "Lady Luck" casino in early July, featuring 600 slot machines and 28 table games. General Manager Rich Laudon says they are hoping to attract customers from the Uniontown, Pennsylvania and Morgantown, West Virginia areas. The casino is in the process of hiring employees, with Laudon noting he has been pleased with the quality of the applicants for the positions.
Housing Workshop Set for May 21st
A free housing workshop is set for next Tuesday, for residents of Hampshire, Grant, Hardy, Pendleton, and Mineral Counties. The Region 8 Planning and Development Council and the West Virginia Housing Development fund are co-sponsoring the workshop, which is being held for those interested in purchasing a home, but afraid to take the first step. The workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mineral County Health Department in Keyser. To register, call (304)-257-2448.
Former Sheriff Sentenced to One Year in Federal Prison
Former Jefferson County Sheriff Robert Shirley was taken into custody, and will spend the next year in federal prison for his role in the 2010 beating of a bank robber, following a high-speed chase. Shirley had requested he report to a federal facility on his own, but that was denied. He will also have to pay over $1800 to the victim, convicted bank robber Mark Daniel Haines. Shirley will also be on probation for 18 months following his release. Haines had also been incarcerated at the Allegany County Detention Center some time ago.
Police Investigate Commercial Burglary
The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating a commercial burglary at the Folks Glass Company in Grantsville over this past weekend. A person or persons stole several tool boxes, which contained several miscellaneous hand tools. Also taken was a 20-gallon Craftsman air compressor. They were taken from a box trailer on the business parking lot. Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police at (301)-387-1101.
Council Member Sentenced to Six Months
Everett Borough Council member Charles Karns was sentenced to five days to six months in jail in connection with a 2009 driving under the influence charge that endangered the lives of two pedestrians. Karns was sentenced yesterday. In April of 2009, Karns blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit, when he nearly struck two female pedestrians near the Penn West bar and hotel; he later crashed into an embankment.
Man Arrested for Creating Disturbance
Forty-two year old Frostburg resident David Leo Cassady was arrested, and faces several counts in connection with a disturbance on Virginia Avenue Sunday. Cassady had been causing a disturbance in that area, and he appeared to be intoxicated and angry. He also allegedly made threats towards a Cumberland City Police Officer. As he was being transported to the Police station, he became combative with officers and refused to comply with any requests. He was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct, failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest. He was later released on a $500 unsecured bond.
Potomac River Project Conversation Set
The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a "Potomac River Project Community Conversation" on Thursday, June 6th at the Allegany Museum. The forum will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Several groups, including the city of Cumberland, have been working to develop a vision for the Potomac River that not only involves the removal of the Potomac Industrial "Blue Bridge" Dam, but also has the potential to develop new recreational and economic opportunities in the long term.
Extra Gas Tax Funds For Bridges?
At least one Maryland State Senator is hoping some money from the recently passed gas tax increase will go toward repairing or replacing bridges maintained by the State Highway Administration. As of April, 87 of Maryland's 2,572 bridges were structurally deficient, that doesn't mean they are unsafe, but that they have areas that need to be repaired or replaced. Another 373 bridges are classified as "structurally obsolete," which means they are too narrow, or are otherwise not built to current standards. Among the bridges cited is the Crosstown Bridge in Cumberland, which will cost $17.3 million to clean, repair and paint, in conjunction with another bridge project on Maryland Route 51 over the CSX Railroad and Canal Parkway. Senator George Edwards says the bridge needs a complete remodeling.
Candidates Lining Up for Gubernatorial Race
There are several Democratic candidates who may be interested in being Maryland's next governor, along with several Republicans. Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown announced his candidacy last weekend, and has the support of Governor Martin O'Malley. Other potential candidates are Attorney General Doug Gansler, and Congressman Dutch Ruppersburger.
Mass Litigation Suit to be Heard in West Virginia
A mass litigation trial against some of the nation's tobacco manufacturers will be decided in a Charleston, West Virginia courtroom. About 700 plaintiffs claim they were harmed by tobacco use in cases filed against Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, American Tobacco Company, Brown and Williamson and Lorillard. If the companies are found liable, the cases will be broken down into smaller groups. Ten more judges would be appointed to hear those cases.
State Police Stress Work Zone Safety
The West Virginia State Police are making their presence known in work zones, in an effort to stress the importance of driving safely through construction zones. Interstates are a dangerous place to work, so the State Police are taking the initiative to place officers at the beginning of work zones to get motorists to pay attention. They are urging motorists to pay attention to speed limit signs and to slow down when driving through work zones. And, drivers should also be mindful of the crews working on the state's roadways.
Man Served with Three Warrants
A Frostburg man was served with three arrest warrants over the weekend, and is being held without bond in the Allegany County Detention Center. Thirty-six year old Joshua Ian Cline is accused of breaking into a Memorial Avenue residence in April, and stealing an electronic gaming system valued at about $400. He also damaged a screen in breaking into the home. Cline is also being held on child support contempt charges, and failure to appear.
Man Held on Sex Offense Charges
Cumberland resident Roger Martz was arrested during a traffic stop over the weekend. During the arrest, it was discovered he had an outstanding warrant, stemming from a citizen complaint filed in District Court. A woman claims she was sexually assaulted by Martz in November and December of last year. He was held on $35,000 bond.
No Charges in Garrett County Collision
No charges were issued, but one person was taken to Garrett Memorial Hospital, following a two-vehicle collision on the Garrett Highway at Friendsville Road over the weekend. McHenry resident Lesa Maust was making a left turn from Garrett Highway onto Friendsville Road; she struck another vehicle, driven by 65-year old Donald Harvey Umbel of McHenry. Mr. Umbel was taken to the hospital for injuries sustained during the collision.
Keyser Mayor Moving to Increase Fire Fee
Keyser Mayor Randy Amtower is proposing that fire protection fees be increased to cover the expense of the Keyser Volunteer Fire Department. There has been no increase in fees for the past eight years. The Mayor is proposing increasing the fee to $2.40; they are collected as part of the monthly water bill. Last year, the fee generated $59,000, but expenses totaled $79,000. The deficit was covered through a reserve fund, which is rapidly being depleted, according to the Mineral News-Trivbune.
Mountain Ridge Schedules Combined Spring Concerts
The Mountain Ridge High School Band has had a banner year, depsite a pending embezzlement case against one of the organization's volunteers. The Mountain Ridge Concert Band, the Marching Band and the Jazz Orchestra have all garnered a number of accomplishments this past school year,and the groups will be presenting their combined spring concerts next Saturday and Sunday. The concertswill be held on Saturday evening at 7 p.m., and Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be distributed equally between the band and choral programs.
USS Somerset to be Commissioned in Philadelphia
The USS Somerset, the Navy's newest amphibious transport dock ship, will be commissioned, or put into active service. The ship is named in remembrance of Somerset County, where hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The USS Someret was commissioned in July. Two other ships, the USS New York and the USS Arlington are also named to commemorate the other sites attacked that day-the World Trade Center towers, and the Pentagon.
O'Malley Expects More Firings
Governor O'Malley expects more firings and personnel changes, in light of indictments handed down, in connection wtih a drug and contraband smuggling ring at the Baltimore Detention Center. A total of 25 people, including 13 correctional officers were indicted last month. The Governor continues to express confidence in Secretary of Public Safety and Corrections, Gary Maynard. A reporter from "The O'Reilly Factor" questioned O'Malley about the scandal, which has been covered on the Fox Television show. For his part, O'Malley called O'Reilly's comments a "cheap shot," and vowed to "root out" the problem rather than "paper over them."
Toddler Dies of Methadone Intoxcaton
A 23-month old West Virginia toddler died of methadone intoxication, and her parents are now facing charges in connection with the case. Thirty-eight year old David Delauder and 31-year old Ida Evans Delauder of Barbour County are accused of giving their daughter, Ona Leann Delauder methadone they purchased on the street. When the parents awakened the next morning, the toddler was not breathing, and a nearby relative called an ambulance. they are being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $100,000 bond each.
Commissioners Updated on Capital Improvement Plan
During yesterday's meeting, the Allegany County Commissioners heard an update on the proposed Capital Improvement Plan, in which the new Allegany High School is included. The county has dedicated $9.2 million toward the project; total contributions from the county and board of education total $12.2, the local share of the project. The balance of the costs will be provided by the state of Maryland. At the present time, plans call for a 719 student capacity.
Downtown Ramp To Be Closed
The State Highway Administration is closing the exit 43-C ramp, eastbound, this weekend, to repair the concrete driving surface of the ramp. The closure begins at 8 p.m. tonight and will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday. In case of bad weather, the SHA will postpone the roadwork and closure. Drivers should follow detour signs directing traffic to continue east to the Willowbrook Road exit, exit 44, where they will return to westbound I-68 and use the westbound exit 43-C, to Downtown Cumberland. The patching is part of a $14 million bridge rehabilitation project that also includes repairs, cleaning and painting below the bridge. Motorists should also expect continued single-lane closures on I-68 through late May.
Woman Arrested in Domestic Incident
A 27-year old Cumberland woman has been charged with assault, disorderly conduct and identity fraud. Samantha Baker allegedly assaulted a man, following an argument over a possible theft. It was discovered she was also wanted on an outstanding warrant, where Ms. Baker was accused of stealing a credit card and making numerous fraudulent charges throughout the area. She was held on $15,000 bond for the assault incident, and on $10,000 bond for the credit card and related charges.
Woman Held on $25,000 Bail
Forty-one year old Cumberland resident Tracy Malloy is being held on $25,000 bond, following an assault incident early yesterday morning in the 600-block of Bedford Street. Ms. Malloy is accused of hitting a man in the face with a closed fist. She was charged with second-degree assault and received a hearing in Allegany County District Court. She is now in the Allegany County Detention Center.
FSU Faculty Members to be Honored
Four members of the Frostburg State University faculty will be honored during the school's Honors Convocation next Friday. The event will take place in the Pealer Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. This year's Faculty Achievement Award recipients are Dr. Yan Bao, Department of Accounting, for teaching; Andy Duncan, Department of English, for Academic Achievement; Dr. Michael Murtaugh, Department of Psychology; and Dr. Elesha Ruminski, Department of Communication Studies, for University and Community Service. In addition to the faculty awards, one graduating student per degree program will be honored for academic excellence and leadership.
Attorney General Issues Gun-Control Opinion
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says Maryland's gun control measure is constitutional, and "legally defensible." Governor Martin O'Malley is set to sign the bill at a ceremony next week. The measure bans 45 types of assault weapons, applying to long guns, and also requires those who buy a handgun to submit fingerprints to the Maryland State Police. The fingerprint requirement, according to Gansler, is a longstanding feature of state laws in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia.
Same Sex Domestic Partners to Lose State Benefits
No new state employees in same sex domestic partnerships will be able to enroll in state health benefits beginning in July. Now that the state has legalized same-sex marriage, no domestic partners will be covered. Same sex couples could marry, beginning January 1st, which sparked the change in health care coverage. The state must now repeal same sex domestic partner benefits, so that same sex couples are not eligible for health insurance through either marriage or a domestic partnership, while opposite sex couples are only eligible through marriage.
Gas Price to be Lower this Summer
Gas prices will be an average of 16-cents less this summer than last. Gasoline will average $3.53 per gallon from now through September, and that is cheaper than earlier estimates of $3.63. Factors driving down the price include the United States producing more crude oil and people using less gasoline.
Man Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident
An Accident resident. 47 year old Carlon David Doerr was killed in a single vehicle accident, just before midnight last night on the Friendsville Road. Doerr's pickup truck ran off the roadway down a steep mountainside along the road. He was ejected from the vehicle. The exact cause of the accident is unknown at this time. The investigation is being handled by the McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police. Anyone with information is asked to call them.
Meyersdale Man Arrested in Meth Lab Case
Meyersdale resident Larry Wilt has been arrested, after police found a possible meth lab in the town last March. Wilt has been charged with conspiracy, operating a meth lab, possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, and several other charges. After a report on possible illegal activity at a residence on Celtic Avenue, police sent substances to a police crime laboratory for testing. Wilt is being held in the Somerset County Jail, and the investigation is continuing.
Woman Charged with Second-Degree Attempted Murder
Cumberland resident Cindy Marie Miltenberger-Stickly has been arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault, following an incident last Thursday. She is accused of hitting her boyfriend with a frying pan, and then tying him up with leather straps. She then continued to assault him by punching and choking him. After being charged, she was held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $20,000 bond.
Resident Held on $25,000 Bond
Cumberland resident Stephen Allan Smyth is being held on a total of $25,000 bond, after being arrested on two outstanding warrants. In the first, Smyth is alleged to have threatened a man wiht a knife, in the 400-block of Seymour Street last Thursday. In the second, he allegedly left the scene of a minor accident on Columbia Street last Saturday, because he acknowledged he had neither a valid registration, nor insurance.
ABC Administration Holds Hearing
The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Commission held a hearing last night on a proposed bar, to be located at 3 Potomac Street. Mick & Tina's, LLC had proposed the bar, called the "Canal Hotspot" be open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sundays, they would have opened at 1 p.m. Residents in the area expressed concerns about the bar during last night's meeting. There would have been about four drinking establishments within a four-block area of town; additionally, residents say parking and traffic are already dangerous in that area, which is congested by existing businesses. About 241 residents signed a petition, opposing the establishment.
Achievement Awards Banquet Held
The 30th annual Achievement Awards banquet was held for high school seniors at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. The event recognizes graduating seniors in the school system who are in the top 12 per cent of their classes in academic excellence, who have made special accomplishments in the arts, and those who demonstrate superior leadership qualities. Several of the 63 students have chosen to continue their education locally, at either Allegany College of Maryland or Frostburg State University.
Company Cuts 30 Jobs in Hagerstown
About 140 jobs are being cut nationally by First Data, and 30 of those jobs-a little less than one-fourth-will be eliminated at the Western Maryland Parkway location in Hagerstown. Employees were notified of job cuts on Monday; a total of 2,000 people work at the facility, which houses customer care and other merchant business operations. First Data had another reduction in force of about 250 positions, nationally, in 2009.
Hagerstown Man Arrested in Connection with Robberies
A 50-year old Hagerstown man has been arrested in connection with two bank robberies in the past several weeks. Jeffrey Sheffler is accused of robbing the PNC Bank on the Dual Highway on Tuesday. He is also charged with the robbery of Susquehanna Bank on April 22nd. in that incident, Sheffler claimed he was armed and demanded money. He is being charged with multiple counts of robbery, armed robbery and theft of more than $1,000.
Lieutenant Governor To Announce Gubernatorial Bid
Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown is expected to announce his gubernatorial bid Friday at Prince George's Community College. He is also expected to make stops in Frederick, Montgomery County and Baltimore on Saturday. He has served as lieutenant governor since 2006 and, if elected, he would be Maryland's first African-American governor.
Mayor Wants To Close Underpass
Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim has made no secret of the fact he wants to close the Baltimore Street underpass, but it first must be determined who owns it. Trash, bottles, graffiti and standing pools of water make the underpass "disgusting," according to the Mayor. While city crews have attempted to clean it in the past, the odor or fumes from the substances create a problem, because it is an enclosed structure.
Man Admits To Sexual Assault
Forty-five year old Brian Lynch has admitted the sexual assault of a six-year old boy who was taken from his home on Saturday. Police say Lynch did not have permission to take the boy, and had recently moved to Fayette County from Westmoreland County. He is accused of sexually assaulting the boy in the back seat of his car in a parking lot near Legion Keener Park. Lynch faces about a dozen charges, most of them felonies including kidnapping and rape. He is being held on $250,000 bond.
Breaking and Entering at Pharmacy
Cumberland City Police, along with the Maryland State Police are investigating the breaking and entering of a pharmacy in the 600-block of Greene Street. A rear window had been shattered, and it was determined the suspect or suspects had actually entered the store. The owner of the business determined nothing had been taken. An attempt was made to track the suspect, using a bloodhound, and a Crime Scene Technician with the Maryland State Police was able to collect evidence the suspect left behind. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police or Allegany County's CrimeSolvers' Program at (301)-722-4300.
Man Charged With Battery
A Keyser man, who had been arrested for assaulting a man with a knife, was recently charged with battery, after allegedly choking a woman at a North Main Street apartment. Sixty-year old Harold Bosley was most recently arrested after he was found holding a woman to the floor by the neck. It was originally thought Bosley had a knife, but none was found. Bosley was held on $500 bond, and still faces charges in connection with a January 10th malicious wounding incident.
Garrett Man Faces Indecent Assault Charges
A fifty-two year old Garrett man, who was charged with inappropriately touching a young girl, will face trial, beginning Monday. The jury has been chosen in the case against Bruce William Hockenberry. Charges were filed in November of 2011; the incident allegedly occurred on New Year's Day, 2002, and the victim was less than 9 years old at the time.
Roads To Receive Pavement Treatment
Several roadways will be treated with "slurry seal" or "microsurfacing" within the next several months. The State Highway Administration has dedicated $2.5 million to overlay selected roads in the state. Among the roads slated for improvement are Route 36, between Vale Summit and Midland; Route 51, near Oldtown; and Route 935-the Lower George's Creek Road-near Barton. The pavement treatment seals cracks, locks out moisture and improves traction to help prevent hydroplaning.
Body of Frederick Man Found in Potomac River
The body of a 54-year old Frederick man was found in the Potomac River this past weekend. The Maryland State Police say a suicide note was found at the man's home. A bicyclist spotted the body in the water late Sunday afternoon; the man's car was found about a half-mile from where the body was recovered.
Motorcyclist Remains in Critical Condition
The father of one of the victim's of Saturday's double-fatal motorcycle crash on Interstate 70 near Indian Springs, remains in critical condition at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Mark B. Stephens and his passenger, 19-year old Megan Daymude of Inwood, were killed in the accident, which closed Eastbound Interstate 70 for about four hours. Mark D. Stephens is still being treated.
Man Faces Charges Following Amber Alert
A six year old boy is safe, but not before he was sexually assaulted by a Fayette County man. Brian Lynch allegedly lured the boy from his home to an ice cream stand in Somerset County, and later, sexually assaulted him in the back seat of his car. The boy was dropped off at Legion-Keener Park in Latrobe, and was later found by police. Lynch was later arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping charge. Police are continuing their investigation.
Authority to Revisit Master Plan
Members of the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority plan to revisit the Master Plan for the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport. The plan was developed in the 1990's, and manger Ryan Shaffer says there have been changes in the economic climate since then. Officials are hoping to schedule a session this summer to conduct an informational session to help bring elected officials from both West Virginia and Maryland up to speed on the needs and potential at the airport, according to the Mineral News-Tribune.
Two Men Sentenced in Garrett County Circuit Court
Oakland resident Daniel Matthew Grimm was sentenced to five years in prison, with 3-1/2 years suspended on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. the case was recently tried in Garrett County Circuit Court. In a separate case, Frostburg resident Anthony Ashby Racic of Frostburg was sentenced to three years in prison for the possession with intent to distribute clonazepam, and for possession of heroin.
Stoystown Bank Robbed Yesterday
Police are seeking a suspect in yesterday's robbery of the First National Bank on Main Street in Stoystown, Pennsylvania. The man walked into the bank shortly after it opened, handed a handwritten note demanding money, and then fled with a bag, containing an undetermined amount of money. He is described as being approximately 50 to 60 years of age, wearing camouflage pants, shirt and a hat. Anyone with information, or who may have seen the suspect is asked to contact the Somerset barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-445-4104.
FSU Graduation Set for May 18th
Frostburg State University will conduct its 142nd commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18th in the Harold J. Cordts Physical Education Center's Main Arena. Graduation for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be at 9:30 a.m., with the College of Business and the College of Education will hold ceremonies at 2 p.m. Lindsey Glotfelty, of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Caleb Stair of the College of Business and Many Gale of the College of Education, are the featured speakers for the spring commencement exercises.
Former Shelter Manager Files Suit
The former manager of the Preston County, West Virginia Animal Shelter has filed suit in U.S. District Court for the northern district, alleging wrongdoings by the county commission there. Specifically named in the suit was Craig Jennings, the current president of the commission. Courtney Austin's suit alleges wrongful discharge, violation of the West Virginia whistleblower law, defamation, and violation of the fair labor standards act. She was fired after posting a Facebook comment that the pipes at the facility froze, and the shelter was left without water. The commissioners, for their part, denied the allegations. She is seeking a jury trial, and reimbursement for back pay, benefits, compensatory and punitive damages and attorney's fees.
Death Penalty Supporters Launch Petition Drive
A group plans to "repeal the repeal" of the death penalty in Maryland, and would like to see the issue be put on the ballot. They are launching a petition drive, with Western Maryland Republican, Delegate Neil Parrott wants to see the question on the ballot in November of 2014 Polls show that voters are closely divided on the issue.
Father, Son Killed in Plane Crash
A father and son from Maryland were killed in a plane crash this past weekend in Suffolk, Virginia. Seventy-three year old Berry Newgent of Davidsonville and his 51-year old son, Thomas of Westminster, were killed on impact. Both the Virginia State Police and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash. There was no preliminary indication on what caused it.
Group Calls for Investigation into Man's Death
National Down Syndrome advocacy groups are calling for an independent investigation into the death of a man who died at a Frederick County movie theatre in January. Off duty sheriff's deputies tried to remove 25-year old Robert Ethan Saylor from the theater; Saylor suffocated and died at a local hospital. The National Down Syndrome Society and Saylor's parents have had multiple meetings with the Department of Justice. The DOJ could investigate whether the man's civil rights were violated, or whether there was a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Investigation at Cass Scenic Railroad
There may be a second set of indictments against some of the current and former workers at the Cass Scenic Railroad. The original indictments were dismissed because of a wording mistake; at the time, 11 people were indicted; it has since been confirmed that two of the original 11 have returned to work at the park. Some of the workers are accused of taking metal from Cass State Park and selling it to scrap yards, then keeping the cash. An investigation revealed that $35,000 worth of metal was sold to two different scrap yards.
Completion of Route 219 to Maryland in Limbo
There isn't enough money to finish the Route 219 project from Meyersdale south to the Maryland line. Only certain highway projects qualify for Appalachian Development Highway System funds, and the Route 219 project does qualify; however Pennsylvania has only a little over $540 million left in the fund, and an estimated $3.1 billion in costs to complete highways in its eight designated corridors. The majority of the money in Pennsylvania will be used to complete the 11-mile section from Meyersdale to Somerset.
Green Spring Home Destroyed by Fire
There were no injuries in a fire yesterday afternoon at a Hampshire County home, but the structure was completely destroyed. An elderly woman at the home was removed by relatives who had arrived at the site, located at the corner of Arnold Stickley and Crystal Hollow Roads. Assistance came from a number of area companies. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Commissioners Set Public Meeting on Sewer Project
The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting, regarding the upcoming Bedford Road Sewer Rehab Project in the Highlands Estates area. Allegany County Department of Public Works Officials, the contractor and the inspector will be on hand to answer questions and to discuss the anticipated project schedule. The contract for the Bedford Road project was awarded recently to the Shaffer Construction Company. The meeting has been set for next Monday, May 13th at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Allegany County Office Building on Kelly Road, Room 100.
West Virginia PSC Approves Keyser Rate Hike
The West Virginia Public Service Commission has approved the $12 million Keyser water project. This means the average city residents' bill will rise by 42 per cent. An appeal by the New Creek Water Association was rejected. The water system serves around 15,000 area residents-not only those in Keyser, but also customers in New Creek and McCoole.
Frostburg To Flush Hydrants
The city of Frostburg is planning to flush fire hydrants throughout the city tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday. The flushing may cause some minor problems such as interruptions of water service and temporary discoloration problems. Residents are urged to plan ahead, so they won't be affected by any water discoloration or minor interruptions. It is recommended that washing clothes be restricted tomorrow through Thursday.
Mountain Ridge Baccalaureate Service Set
A Baccalaureate Service, sponsored by the Mountain Ridge Fellowship of Christian Athletes and other churches will be held on Sunday, May 19th in the theatre at Mountain Ridge High School, beginning at 7 p.m. This service is a celebration to honor Mountain Ridge's graduating class, and a special senior class slide show will be presented. Mountain Ridge High School's graduation ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 29th.
State Police Urge Drivers to "Click It or Ticket"
The Maryland State Police say that more than 91 per cent of residents comply with the state's seat belt law, but many others are failing to buckle up during the night time hours, a time when roadways are more likely to be shared with impaired or drowsy drivers. Without a seat belt, the chances of being killed are almost 25 times greater when thrown from the vehicle and the forces in a collision can be enough to throw a person as much as 150 feet, or about 15 car lengths. Deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff's Office are enforcing the seat belt laws all year round.
Mountain Ridge Earns Superior Rating
The Mountain Ridge High School Concert band has earned a superior rating at the Maryland State Band and Orchestra Festival at Morgan State University. This is the highest rating possible. The group is under the direction of David Kauffman. The festival, organized by the Maryland Music Educators Association, assembles bands from throughout the state who earned a superior rating their local band festival. Mountain Ridge earned superior ratings from each judge at the local festival and then swept the superior ratings again at the state festival. This represents the first time that the band at Mountain Ridge has earned this recognition.
Berlin Police Sergeant Resigns
The Berlin, Pennsylvania Police Department's officer-in-charge submitted his resignation last week. Sgt. Chad Salley left the position for "personal reasons" and officials are handling Salley's departure like a furlough, so he can receive health benefits until he finds another job. Sgt. Rodney Norman was hired as officer-in-charge, and will be paid the contract rate for the position.
Addison Borough to Observe National Road
Addison Borough is recognizing the historic National Road, now Route 40. The first segment of the road, from Cumberland to Wheeling, was built in 1818. It enters Pennsylvania in Addison and exits the stte in West Alexander, near the Ohio border. Celebrations are planned May 16th through the 18th. There are updates on the observance on Facebook. The page is entitled "Old Pike Days Festival."
Two Killed In Motorcycle Crash on I-70
Interstate 70 Eastbound was closed for about 4 hours on Saturday, due to a fatal crash involving motorcycles. The accident happened as a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Matthew Adams was struck by a 1992 Harley, operated by 46-year old Mark D. Stevens of Falling Waters. That bike continued to hit another, driven by Mark B. Stephens, who had a passenger onboard,19-year old Megan Daymude of Inwood, West Virginia. Ms. Daymude was pronounced dead at the scene, and the younger Stevens was pronounced dead at Baltimore Shock Trauma. While the Maryland State Police investigted, I-70 westboundwas closed while the Medevac unit was on the scene.
Washington County BOE Owns Former Allegheny Energy Building
The Washington County Board of Education now owns the land and building that formerly housed Allegheny Energy along Downsville Pike. The purchase price was $5.5 million. The school system plans to move its administrative offices to the Downsville Pike location. There is an issue of back property taxes, but the former owners-Vinayaka Missions has paid over $56,000 in back taxes with interest. Now that the school system owns it, the property will be exempt from property taxes and personal property taxes.
O'Malley Announces Maryland/Israel Partnership
Governor Martin O'Malley has announced a new Maryland/Israel partnership, as a result of an eight-day trade mission to Israel and Jordan. The partnership will fund join development efforts by Maryland and Israeli companies in the cyber security and life sciences sectors. The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and Israel's Ministry of Industry will decide which research to fund, and Maryland companies could also qualify for tax credits.
West Virginia Awaits Waiver on "No Child Left Behind"
The state of West Virginia is awaiting word on a flexibility request when it comes to the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. The state Board of Education is attempting to free its public schools from certain federal rules and deadlines under the act, and approval for the waiver would clear the way for West Virginia to address underperforming schools.
Frostburg Man Held at Potomac Highlands on Bond
Frostburg resident Matthew Borror is being held on $2700 bond, after being accused of a recent string of vehicle break ins in the Keyser area. Police arrested Borror, following a tip from a resident, of a suspicious person looking into parked cars. Police recovered a large number of electronics, purses and other items they believe may have been stolen in recent weeks. Police are asking area residents to contact the Keyser station at (304)-788-1311, even if the theft went unreported. More charges are expected to be filed against Borror.
Man Pleads Guilty to Abuse of Corpse
Somerset resident Michael Moore has pleaded guilty to moving his friend's body, after finding him dead. Frankie Sass went to Moore's apartment and was subsequently found dead. He admitted to moving Sass' body from his apartment to Sass' truck and leaving the body there. While he remains in the Somerset County Jail on $30,000 bond, he could face up to two years in jail and $5,000 in fines, when sentenced.
Accident Results in Citations
A two vehicle accident on Lamont Street at West Industrial Boulevard sent two people to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, and resulted in a citation for one of the drivers. A car, driven by Xianna Kesler of Cumberland, pulled into the path of another, driven by 55-year old Donna Hartung, causing the crash. Both vehicles were towed from the scene, and passengers in each vehicle were taken to the hospital. Ms. Kesler was found to be at fault for failure to yield right of way. Ms. Hartung was also issued a citation for a seat belt violation, due to a child not being restrained in an appropriate child safety seat.
Rocky Gap Open House Set for Tomorrow
Rocky Gap Casino Resort has announced it will hold an open house tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Players will be able to sign up for its loyalty program, the Rocky Gap Rewards Club and see the new hotel lobby. The casino will not be open during the open house. The casino will be home to approximately 550 slot machines, including the Wheel of Fortune, Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers, Aladdin and more, similar to games found in any casino. There are also 10 table games, including blackjack, roulette, craps, Mississippi Stud Poker and Three Card Poker.
Men Arrested on Various Drug Charges
Three West Virginia men were arrested on Interstate 68 at Keyser's Ridge, and charged with a variety of drug counts. Morgantown residents Grayson Hall and Dylan Newman, along with Tory Jordan of St. Albans were charged, following a K9 scan revealing drugs and drug paraphernalia. Police found not only marijuana, but also LSD, Ecstacy, heroin, hash and prescription pills, and paraphernalia. They received a hearing before a District Court Commisisoner.
Garrett County Burglary Reported
The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is asking for the public's help in solving the burglary of a residence on Chestnut Ridge Road, north of Interstate 68. The burglary occurred sometime between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Several pieces of jewelry were removed from the home. If you have any information, you are asked to call (301)-387-1101.
Regional Fugitive Arrested
Thirty-two year old Erick Hopkins, who was a federal fugitive from justice, turned himself into the Berkeley County courthouse Wednesday. He was arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. When new warrants were issued for Hopkins, he was already on a bond from a previous charge of delivery of heroin earlier in April. Appearing with his attorney, Hopkins was given a second bond on his new charges. He had been sought by state and federal authorities, including the Mineral County Sheriff's Office.
National Support for O'Malley at One Per Cent
Support among Democrats for a possible presidential run by Governor Martin O'Malley has been set at only one per cent. The Quinnipiac University survey shows that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's support for the 2016 race is a commanding 65 per cent. Others only receiving one per cent of support were Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and Virginia Senator Mark Warner. If Secretary Clinton were removed from the equation, O'Malley's support would increase to 3 per cent.
Officer Injured in Assault
An 18-year old resident of the Backbone Mountain Youth Center was charged with second-degree assault, after he allegedly attacked a Maryland State Police trooper Tuesday night. Khalil Edison was charged, after the officer and others responded to a fight, with a large number of the youths involved. The officer was from the McHenry barrack, and did not require medical treatment. The incident occurred around 9:21 p.m.
Police Seek Driver Involved in Hit and Run
Cumberland City Police are looking for the driver of a silver-colored Ford pickup truck that hit another vehicle and fled. The incident happened around 10 a.m. yesterday on the Canal Parkway, near West Elder Street. The truck, whose driver was operating it in a reckless manner, passed several vehicles in a no-passing zone. The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries. No registration information was obtained by the victim or witnesses, and police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect's vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600.
Meth Lab Busted in Meyersdale
Two men were arrested early Tuesday morning, and were charged with running a reported methamphetamine lab on Mason-Dixon Highway in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania State Police and Meyersdale Borough police, executing a search warrant, took Jordan O'Donnell and Matthew Bowman into custody. O'Donnell's bail was set at $75,000, while Bowman was held on $125,000 bond. The search warrant was issued as authorities were investigating a theft and forgery incident. Evidence about the reported meth lab was developed during that investigation.
Woman Charged with Assault
A Grand Avenue woman was charged with second-degree assault, following an incident Tuesday evening in the area of Virginia Avenue and First Street. Tara Nicole Williams is alleged to have struck her boyfriend during an argument. The injuries to the victim were consistent to the account he gave police. Following a bond hearing, Ms. Williams was taken to the Allegany County Detention Center and held on $4,000 bail.
Theft at Garrett County Residence
Both rifles and shotguns were removed from a home in the 13,000-block of National Pike in Grantsville, and the McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating. Guns, from manufacturers such as Westernfield, Marlin, and Remington were taken some time between February 20th, and April 30th. Anyone with information is asked to contact the barrack at (301)-387-1101.
Airport Manager Given Full Authority
During an executive session last week, it was learned that the airport manager would be given full authority to operate the facility as he sees fit. Initially, the motion was to give Ryan Shaffer-the current manager-the authority; however, when that motion died for a lack of a second, it was revised to include the language "the airport manager," rather than Ryan specifically.
Group Decides To Sell Building
A group dedicated to promote development and spur job creation in Westernport has decided to sell the building that once house the town's only physician, Dr. Norman Wood. Despite signing a long-term lease, Dr. Wood announced in March that he would be leaving the area to take a job with the Veteran's Administration in Washington State. The Westernport Revitalization Corporation has decided to sell the building, in the hopes it may attract a doctor or another professional.
Cause of Fatal Frostburg Fire Determined
The cause of last week's fatal fire in Frostburg has been determined. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office says electrical components of an entertainment center in the living room of the home sparked the blaze. The fire, at a mobile home on Green Street, took the life of Patricia Porter, and injured 62-year old Glenn Porter and 62-year old Maria Porter. Fire loss to the structure and its contents was set at $25,000.
Police Investigate HRDC Incident
The Cumberland City Police Department is investigating an incident this week, in which an unidentified mini-van attempted to pick up Head Start children at one of HRDC's bus stops in the Baltimore Street/Goethe Street area. The van is not an HRDC Head Start vehicle, and the agency is urging all families to take necessary precautions. If you notice any suspicious vehicle at your child's bus stop or near the Head Start Center, contact Cumberland City Police immediately at (301)-777-1600. The HRDC Head Start program will only send a yellow bus to pick up children.
Fire Causes $100,000 Damage to Iris Avenue Home
The Maryland State Fire Marshal has determined Monday's fire at 11908 Iris Avenue to be accidental in nature, caused by an electrical malfunction of household wiring in the basement ceiling. The home of Samuel and Maragaret Blume sustained $100,000 in damage, and two dogs were lost in the fire. The structure is considered a total loss, and the family is being assisted by the local American Red Cross and family members.
Sewer Rates to Rise
Sewer rates will increase 20 per cent for Cumberland City residents at the beginning of Fiscal Year 2014. The Cumberland Mayor and City Council approved the drafting of an ordinance during last night's work session. An average city residents' sewer bill, which is now about $35, will rise to $42 with the increase, which is being implemented due to a projected deficit in the sewer fund of over a million dollars.
Auction Fails To Produce Buyers
An auction of the former Oxford House Restaurant, located at 127-129 Baltimore Street yesterday failed to produce any buyers. The value of the five story property is over $423.000, but the minimum bid sought was $131,000. The building will remain in the hands of PNC Bank, based in Pittsburgh. Along with that structure, the McMullen Building, the former home of G.C. Murphy Company, was also retained at auction by First People's Community Federal Credit Union.
Traffic Stop Yields Nearly 140 Pounds of Marijuana
A stop for speeding this past weekend yielded about 140 pounds of marijuana. The stop was made on Interstate 68 near Frostburg. The marijuana had a street value of a little over $200,000. Taken into custody were Baltimore residents Tamboura Hall and passenger Chanelle Williams. They were taken to the Allegany County Detention Center, and are being held on $750,000 bond each.
Man Arrested in Solicitation Case
Hyndman resident William Bowles III has been arrested and charged with two counts of solicitation of a minor and two counts of second degree assault. Bowles is accused of meeting two girls, ages 13 and 14 years of age, on Brice Hollow Road in Oldtown. He allegedly met them on Facebook for the purpose of sexual solicitation. Bowles is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $25,000 bond, pending his next court appearance.
Fire Destroys Home in Potomac Park
A fire destroyed a home on Iris Avenue in Potomac Park yesterday afternoon, and caused damage to a second residence. The fire began just after 1 p.m. No injuries were reported. Also on the scene was the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office and several fire companies. There was no report on the amount of damage the fire caused.
Somerset Man Pleads Guilty to Corruption of Minors
Fifty-seven year old Brian Eppley-a former church deacon, school board member and middle school teacher-has pleaded guilty to several counts, including four of corruption of minors. Eppley had maintained his innocence, and requested five days be scheduled for his trial. However, he entered the guilty plea last week. He could face up to 27 years in prison and $55,000 in fines. The discussion during a plea hearing indicated he may be placed on probation.
Meth Lab Suspect to Face Charges at Trial
Twenty-one year old Justin Dale Carr of Somerset will face charges at trial in connection to a "one-pot" meth lab operation, found in town last January. Carr waived his right to a preliminary hearing last week, and will have another hearing on May 7th. More than one thousand grams of meth were taken from an apartment along South Vincent Avenue during a police raid. Carr remains in the Somerset County Jail on $50,000 bond.
Cumberland Man Charged with Unauthorized Use
Eighteen year old Corey Daniel Smith of Cumberland is being held on $1500 bail, following his arrest on Sunday. He is accused of using a vehicle-with the owner's permission-but then failing to return it. He was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving a vehicle without the consent of the owner and taking a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner.
Man Accused of Deception
A Somerset County man with no known address is being sought for deceiving residents into giving donations to an organization that is run by members of the Pennsylvania State Police in Somerset County. Forty-six year old David Wayne Brant fraudulently solicited several Somerset County businesses to donate to Camp Cadet of Somerset County. He does not represent the camp, and fundraising is done annually through a mail campaign. Any businesses which were solicited by Brant is asked to contact the Somerset Barracks at (814)-445-4104.
National Day of Prayer on Thursday
The National Day of Prayer is scheduled for Thursday, with the annual prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Downtown Cumberland Holiday Inn. The National Day of Prayer observance takes place at noon on the Mall. Tickets for the Prayer Breakfast are $15.00 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be obtained by calling (301)-697-6777 or (301)-722-7828.
Visioning Session for Allegany Project Set
The Allegany County Public School System will host a Visioning Session for the new Allegany High School Project on Thursday, May 16th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the school's auditorium. The school community and community at large are encourage to attend and participate. The purpose is to allow architects Grimm and Parker to lead a discussion to gain input from the local community and project stakeholders. Participants are asked to RSVP to Mia Cross, Public Information Officer for the school system at email@example.com by Monday, May 13th.
Frostburg Woman Dies of Injuries
Frostburg resident Patsy Porter died over the weekend of injuries sustained in a mobile home fire last Wednesday night on Green Street. She passed away at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center. Both 62-year old Glenn Porter and 52-year old Maria Porter suffered non-life threatening injuries in the fire. The cause of the fatal fire remains under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. The home did have working smoke detectors.
Cumberland Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Crash
Twenty-nine year old Cumberland resident Ronald Lee Streets has pleaded guilty to homicide by motor vehicle, in connection to a fatal crash on Route 160 in Pennsylvania last June 9th. Twenty-six year old Anthony Michael Winter of Michigan died of blunt force trauma to the head. Neither man was wearing a seatbelt and were ejected from the car, after it skidded and went over an embankment. Streets did not call "911" until a half-hour after the crash. At the time his blood alcohol level was below the legal limit of .08 per cent. Streets faces nine years in jail and a fine of over $20,000.
Hampshire Man Found Guilty in Brothers' Death
Romney resident David Corey was convicted of first degree murder, with the jury taking less than an hour to do so. He now faces life in prison for the murder of his brother, Danny. Danny Corey was pronounced dead on the evening of January 8, 2012. The case against David Corey was admittedly circumstantial, and his attorneys' defense relied on the lack of physical evidence or witnesses. However, he was found guilty, and the jury voted against a recommendation of mercy, which would have made him eligible for parole after 15 years.
Somerset County Police Officer Dies of Injuries
A longtime Paint township officer died late last week of injuries received in an ATV accident on April 13th in Bedford County. Forty-three year old William Gephart was not wearing a helmet when riding near his family's New Paris cottage. He was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown following the accident. His son, who was riding with him, was thrown from the ATV and was treated and released from the same facility.
Rocky Gap Could Open May 22nd
The Rocky Gap casino could begin gaming operations on May 22nd, pending the results of a controlled demonstration on May 20th. The casino is planning for 558 slot machines and ten table games. About 250 employees are being hired for the gaming operation, and will operate 24 hours a day. Rocky Gap will become the state's fourth casino and its smallest.
Woman Arrested for Robbery
Twenty-one year old Mikki Kondilas is being held on $100,000 bond, following her attempt to rob a Maryland Avenue business late Saturday afternoon. She allegedly jumped over the counter and grabbed the cash register, demanding money, but tripped, giving the clerk time to close the drawer. Ms. Kondilas fled the business, but was apprehended near Kingsley Place. The clerk positively identified her. It was also learned that she also had an additional arrest warrant in Harford County for failure to appear. She was remanded to the Detention Center, following a District Court hearing.
Traffic Pattern, Parking Change on West Elder Street
The city of Cumberland is changing the traffic pattern and parking on West Elder Street, from Virginia Avenue to the Canal Parkway. Parking will be permitted only on the North side of West Elder Street, restricting parking on the South Side. Parking will also be restricted on West Elder Street, from Lexington Avenue to Canal Parkway. Lane markings will be adjusted from Lexington Avenue to Virginia Avenue, to allow for the parking lane on the North side of the street. The City feels the change is necessary for the safe travel of motorists in the area, as West Elder Street was not initially designed for parking.
Westernport Water Interruption
There will be a water interruption in specified areas of Westernport on Wednesday, beginning at about 4 p.m. and lasting for four hours. Those areas affected will be Main Street, from Route 135 to the First Baptist Church; Church Street, including all businesses; Maryland Avenue, including the UPRC; 306 to 308 Front Street; Philos Avenue, from Main Street to Howard Street; the Port West Plaza; and, Washington Street.
Three Hurt in Canaan Valley Plane Crash
Three Virginia men were injured in a single engine plane crash Friday afternoon at the Windwood Fly-In Resort in Canaan Valley. They were identified as Wasseem Haider, Shujjat Rathore and Muhammad Paracha. The other two men got out of the plane, while Haider had to be extricated. The three were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. The Federal Aviation Administration began an investigation Friday night.
PennDOT Awaiting Final Route 219 Permit
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is awaiting a final permit, before beginning to advertise for bids on Route 219, between Meyersdale and Somerset. Bids are expected to be advertised this summer; at that point, PennDOT will give contractors eight weeks to submit bids, because it is such a large project. Earthwork is to be done this year; following that, the bridges and other structures are to be built next year, and the paving done in 2015. The 11-mile project includes two interchanges and six bridges.