TRUCK ACCIDENT CLOSES I-68 SATURDAY
No charges were filed, but Interstate 68 eastbound was closed for over 5 hours Saturday, as the result of a tractor-trailer fire. The truck was hauling cantaloupes when its brakes caught fire just east of the Johnson Street exit. The truck became fully engulfed in flames, causing the tires to blow out. Heavy traffic was reported during the incident, which happened just after 4 p.m. The driver, Nana Amoako of Duluth, Georgia was not injured in the accident.
BREAKING, ENTERING REPORTED AT LAW OFFICES
A breaking and entering at the law offices of Rozas, Friend, and Kelly at 201 Washington Street was reported yesterday morning. The victim in the building, who is also a tenant, told police he was awakened to the sound of breaking glass. His kitchen window was broken, along with two additional windows. It appeared the suspects used a brick, but did not gain entry. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police.
MAN KILLED IN BEDFORD COUNTY MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
Forty-year old Jason Simons was killed in a head-on collision in Napier Township in Bedford County over the weekend. Simons was driving on Mountain View Drive, when he went into the opposite lane of the road, and hit a car, driven by Karin Sedewar. Simons, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene; Ms. Sedewar suffered minor injuries, and her vehicle was extensively damaged.
COUNTY TO RE-BID PROJECT
Allegany County will rebid the project to redesign a 40,000 square foot shell building at the Barton Industrial Park. After the bid was originally awarded to Belt Construction in June, Gary Imes-owner of Lashley Construction-protested, and hired a Baltimore law firm to protest the award. Belt's bid has been rescinded and the process will begin again.
WOMAN SENTENCED TO PROBATION IN SCAM
Somerset County resident Mandy Klinkner has been sentenced to a year's probation for selling discount fundraising coupon booklets she falsely told residents would benefit a four-year-old girl with cancer. She kept the entire $2,000 raised, instead of giving it to the sick girl and the Sheetz Convenience Store chain. She was allowed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct rather than theft, but will also be required to repay the money.
RESIDENTS ASK TERRAPIN RUN BE REMOVED
Three residents spoke in opposition to the development of Terrapin Run in the Allegany County Comprehensive Plan at the most recent commissioners' meeting. Terrapin Run is a residential housing project near the Green Ridge State Forest, which would allow for the construction of more than 4,000 homes. Those opposed claim the plan has not gained broad-based support, and that a "rural, agricultural area" should not be turned into an "intense urban area." The County Commissioners will accept public comment for two more weeks.
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR CRASH OBSERVED
It was over 50 years ago that a B-52 bomber with the call sign "Buzz One Four" crashed near Grantsville. On board were five crew members and two nuclear warheads. An observance was held Saturday at the Little Crossings Memorial in Grantsville. Carol Wooten, the widow of Tech Sgt. Melvin Wooten, attended the service. She says that the plane left from Turner Field that day; she and her family, which included three young children, were living in Albany, Georgia at the time of the crash. One of the speakers, Air Force Lt. Colonel James Brown, said the crew members had "the right stuff," and exemplified the Air Force core values of "integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do."The ceremony featured a noon flyover from a Fairchild C-123 "Thunder Pig" plane. Major General Melissa Rank, a native of this area commented on the core values of the United States Air Force.The crew included Major Thomas W. McCormick, Captain Parker Peedin, Major Robert Townley, Major Robert L. Payne, and Tech Sgt. Melvin Wooten.
ARC AWARDS FUNDING FOR GARRETT COUNTY
The Appalachian Regional Commission has announced a quarter-million dollar award to Garrett County for the HART Center Phase II Workforce Training Program. The grant will allow HART for Animals, a McHenry non-profit organization, to finish the construction of a new center that will support 10 full time jobs and provide clinical space for 30 students from Garrett Community College's veterinary assistance program. Garrett County will match the grant; the announcement was made jointly by Maryland United States Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski.
TIGHT RESTRICTIONS FOR MARCELLUS DRILLING
Regulators from the state of Maryland are recommending some of the country's tightest restrictions on shale gas drilling, and the guidelines will be mandatory and not volunteer. Among the "best practices" recommended by the departments of the environment and natural resources include a general, 2,000 foot buffer between fracking rigs and private water wells. Also, companies seeking to drill for gas must file a comprehensive plan for all foreseeable gas development, rather than for each individual well.