ONE KILLED IN SINGLE-VEHICLE ACCIDENT
One person was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Reckley Lane in the Oldtown area Saturday night. The accident happened as three passengers were on the tailgate of a pickup truck; they fell from the tailgate, with one passenger dying at the scene. The two others were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. The investigation is being handled by the Maryland State Police. Identities of the victims are not being released yet.
AURORA WOMAN KILLED IN CRASH
Aurora, West Virginia resident Saunya Regina Sines was killed in a two vehicle accident late last week on Route 7. She was pronounced dead after her car was struck by a Dodge Ram pickup truck. Terra Alta resident Jerold Lee Sisler was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. The West Virginia State Police continue their investigation.
COMMISSION TO REVIEW SHALE ISSUE
The Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission is meeting today at Frostburg State University, to examine how to best manage shale drilling, should it be permitted. The Commission will meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Dunkle Building, Room 218. The commission was created by Governor Martin O'Malley, through an executive order, issued in 2011.
CLINICS CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY
Free health clinics, from the Appalachian Mountain Innovative Readiness Training program are open to the public through Thursday. Appointment openings are available for vision care, eye glasses, medical assessment, dental cleanings and rabies vaccinations for pets. All services are offered free of charge, and are provided by trained medical, dental and veterinary professionals. For an appointment, or availability, call (301)-783-1775.
ONE INJURED IN BIKE ACCIDENT
One person was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, following a weekend accident on Fifteen Mile Creek Road. Fire and ambulance units from Flintstone and Orleans volunteer fire departments responded to the accident that reportedly involved a motorcycle. The crash occurred about a half-mile from Interstate 68.
CUMBERLAND MAN CHARGED IN STUDENT DEATH
Thirty-three year old Robert Hernandez, of Cumberland, is being held without bond in the North Central Regional Jail, after he allegedly stabbed a West Virginia University student to death late last week. Hernandez is accused of killing Devonte Waites at a Morgantown bar. Waites was later pronounced dead at Ruby Memorial Hospital. Video surveillance of the incident led to Hernandez' arrest, which was made during a traffic stop.
STATE'S ATTORNEY TO INVESTIGATE DOG DEATHS
Allegany County State's Attorney Michael Twigg says his office is looking into the matter of the deaths of nine dogs, found inside a foreclosed home on McGill Drive in Bel Air late last week. Twelve dogs were found inside the home, which was owned by Christopher and Rachael Preston; the home entered into foreclosure in early December. A total of 12 dogs were found, with only three still alive. The three were taken to Mountainview Veterinary Services in Keyser, for care.
MAN HELD ON $8500 BOND
Cumberland resident David Kesler faces assault, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct charges in connection with an incident that happened Friday in the 200-block of Baltimore Avenue. Kesler had been screaming and acting in a disorderly manner. He approached an officer with a clenched fist and tried to reach for the officer's gunbelt. He was placed in the cruiser, and head-butted the window and cracked the glass. He also allegedly punched through a glass door at a nearby apartment building. He was additionally charged with malicious destruction of property and held on $8500 bond.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING FEMALE
Twenty-nine year old Eric Plummer of Cumberland was arrested Saturday for assaulting a woman in the 300-block of Baltimore Avenue. Plummer allegedly pushed her against a wall, and elbowed her in the face. While the victim did not require medical attention, Plumer was taken to a bond review hearing at District Court, and released on personal recognizance, pending trial.
GROUNDBREAKING FOR WINCHESTER COURT IN THE FALL
Groundbreaking on the Winchester Court shopping mall, along Winchester Road, will take place this fall. The space, according to Ted Donald of PennTex Venutres in Greensburg, is 98 per cent committed, but the tenants have yet to be announced. The mall is scheduled to open next summer.
LETTER TO BE DELIVERED TO TOMBLIN
Delegate Gary Howell is personally delivering a letter from Piedmont officials to West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, asking for assistance on the removal of almost an entire block of buildings that were destroyed by fire in early January. The correspondence was sent with six photos of the area, and includes a request for emergency funding to remove the remains of the buildings.
WATER TEMPORARILY OFF IN WESTERNPORT
Water will be off for about four hours today in a portion of Westernport. Service will be interrupted around 10 a.m., and will include Spruce Street from Johnson Street, to the end of Division Street.
BICYCLE LANE MEETING SET
A public meeting for the proposed Frederick Street Bicycle Lane Plan has been set for Thursday at 5 p.m. The meeting will take place at Cornerstone Baptist Church. The city of Cumberland is encouraging residents of the area to attend the public meeting, which will include city representatives, and those form the State Highway Administration.
GAMBLING REVENUES UP FROM A YEAR AGO
The Maryland Lottery and four casinos saw an increase of 2.4 per cent over last year. Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency , acknowledges a decrease in lottery sales is attributable to growth in the casino industry. Revenues from Powerball, for example, are down $12 million in the state. The Horseshoe Casino, scheduled to open this month in Baltimore, will also have an effect on lottery sales. Martino says that over a billion dollars in winnings were paid last year; players receive 60-cents on every dollar spent. One casino that is not showing good numbers is the Perryville, Maryland casino. Martino denied that the location was not "working out."
WEST VIRGINIA ANNOUNCES "EBT SHOPPER" APP
West Virginia's Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Nutrition Services has announced a mobile phone app to make shopping easier. The "E.B.T. Shopper" app will enable WIC participants to verify the eligibility of foot items while shopping. The goal of the app is to use technology and innovation to ensure WIC benefits are easy to use, and to promote health food choices during grocery shopping. More than 45,000 West Virginians receive WIC benefits each month.