MAN ARRESTED FOR DISRUPTING BAND PRACTICE
Cumberland resident Brandon Simpson was charged with disturbing a school operation and disorderly conduct, after an incident at Allegany High School Tuesday evening. Simpson walked onto the baseball field, where the band was practicing, and began yelling and cursing. He also displayed a pocket knife. The students were evacuated to the school. Simpson fled, but was later served with a criminal summons, as well as a "No Trespassing" letter issued by the Board of Education. He was released, pending trial.
WOMAN ARRESTED ON WARRANT
Forty-three year old Christina Marie Driver faces charges in connection with an incident that happened Sunday on Washington Street. She was charged with second-degree assault and disturbing the peace. She was also served for failing to follow conditions of her probation in connection to a separate incident. She was taken to the Allegany County Detention Center and held on a bond of $307.50.
BENCH WARRANT SERVED
Frostburg resident Travis Dixon was served a bench warrant for failure to appear in Allegany County District Court in late July. He had been charged with driving an uninsured vehicle. Dixon was eventually released on personal recognizance, pending trial in District Court.
FORMER MAYOR ATHEY DEAD AT 78
As was reported yesterday, former Cumberland Mayor Ed Athey passed away Tuesday at the Western Maryland Health Center. He served as Mayor from 1992 to 2000. One of his biggest accomplishments, according to the Cumberland Times-News, was convincing Allegany and Mineral Counties to share in the cost of operating the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport. He also spearheaded the Let's Beautify Cumberland Campaign. Funeral services will be private, and handled through the Scarpelli Funeral Home on Virginia Avenue.
PENNSYLVANIA MAN FACING DRUG CHARGES
Springs, Pennsylvania resident Shane Wisseman was arrested on Route 40 near Grantsville Monday afternoon. A traffic stop led to a probable cause search of his car. Found in the vehicle was marijuana, along with CDS paraphernalia. He was charged on a criminal citation and released from the McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police.
DRIVER REMAINS HOSPITALIZED
The driver of a truck hauling trash that overturned in Pennsylvania, a mile from the Maryland State Line, remains hospitalized at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Forty-six year old Claysburg resident Eric Weyandt was injured when the truck overturned while negotiating a curve on Route 220. He was charged with driving at an unsafe speed. Trash was strewn over a large area, and the road was closed for about five hours on Monday.
NO PASSPORT SERVICE AT MINERAL COUNTY COURTHOUSE
A proposal to share duties when processing passports at the Mineral County courthouse has been denied by the U.S. State Department. The county's license to issue passports has expired, and the State Department says the circuit clerk's office was the only location in the courthouse that would be eligible to be re-activated. As a consequence, the same employees who handle passport applications cannot handle other vital records, such as birth certificates.
"9/11" RIDE RETURNS TO CUMBERLAND NEXT WEEK
The "9/11" Memorial Ride will be coming through Cumberland next Friday morning, August 15th. The riders should arrive in Cumberland around 8 a.m., and travel down Mechanic Street on their way to Rocky Gap State Park. Cresaptown and Bowling Green Volunteer Fire Departments will provide the Bucket Fire Truck with a large garrison flag. A truck will arrive at the Cumberland Fire Station around 7 a.m., offering memorabilia. The 9/11 Foundation funds a scholarship program for the children of active first responders. The ride is held in August to respect each site and the survivors, allowing them to mourn during September. The motorcyclists will then travel to Washington, to visit the Pentagon site, and then on to Ground Zero in New York.
O'MALLEY VISITS WMRMC
Governor Martin O'Malley has set a goal of improving the health of Maryland citizens by changing the way health care is provided, through preventable hospitalizations. During a tour of the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center yesterday, the Governor talked about bringing about wellness, while driving down the cost of health care. He noted that other hospital Chief Executive Officers come here to learn from the Western Maryland Health System business model.
LAWMAKERS OPPOSE PRESIDENT'S OIL STANCE
Eight members of the Maryland Congressional delegation have sent a letter to President Barack Obama, asking him to reconsider the use of seismic air guns to explore for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean. They says the technology is "incredibly harmful" to marine life, and that Maryland depends on the ocean for seafood and ocean-based tourism. For its part, oil lobbyists say drilling for oil and natural gas could generate $195 billion in investment and spending between 2017 and 2035.
FAMILY SUING DAUGHTER'S KILLERS AND THEIR MOTHERS
The family of Skyler Neese is suing the convicted killers of their daughter and their mothers. Dave and Mary Neese say in the suit their daughter's death caused both sorrow and anguish, and the loss of reasonably expected income, and they are also asking for reimbursement for funeral and burial expenses. The counts name Sheila Eddy, her mother, Tara Clendenen, Rachel Shoaf and her mother, Patricia Shoaf. Other counts in the suit are for negligence, reckless concealment and negligent supervision entrustment.