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FIRE DETERMINED "ACCIDENTAL"

A fire on Aaron's Run Road in Westernport has been determined to be accidental in nature, caused by the spontaneous combustion of stored hay on the porch. The Saturday morning fire at the home of Ronnie Bittinger caused a total of $120,000 in damage to the building and its contents. The fire was discovered by a neighbor. Nine fire companies from both Maryland and West Virginia responded to the call at about 9:20 a.m.

 

GARRETT COMMISSIONERS TO VOTE ON AGREEMENT

Although there is not a physical location for American Woodmark in Garrett County, the commissioners there will vote on extending the terms of an agreement during a meeting today. The agreement, according to the Cumberland Times-News, includes the loan repayment terms in connection with construction and job creation. Extending the terms of an agreement, coupled with an improving economy, could provide for future opportunities.

 

AXE ASSAULT INVESTIGATED

The Cumberland City Police investigated an assault, involving an axe, in the 300-block of Cecilia Street. Cumberland resident Jacob Lee Haines allegedly assaulted another person by kicking and punching him, then grabbed and axe and swung it at the victim. The victim grabbed Haines and took the axe away from him. Haines fled the area, but he was later arrested on a warrant. He was charged, but released on personal recognizance by a District Court Commissioner.

 

BRADY SERVED AS PARADE MARSHAL

The death of former White House Press Secretary James Brady brought back memories from 1989, when he served as the honorary marshal of the city of Cumberland's bicentennial parade. Following performing duties as the honorary marshal, Brady received dinner and a ride on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, a ride on a Cumberland fire engine, and he attended the Drumfest event at the Greenway Avenue stadium.

 

WOMAN ARRESTED IN DISTURBANCE

Cumberland resident Latoya Joinielle Mundy was issued a criminal citation, following a disturbance in the parking lot of the Sheetz store on Virginia Avenue. She failed to comply with the officers' request to calm down and was placed under arrest. She was later released, pending further action in District Court.

 

TRUCK ACCIDENT SNARLS ROUTE 220 TRAFFIC

A tractor-trailer accident yesterday afternoon closed Route 220, just north of the Maryland line in Pennsylvania. The truck, registered to J.H. Russell, Incorporated was carrying trash, and overturned; garbage was strewn several hundred feet. The accident happened around 5 p.m. There were apparently no injuries.

 

FLOOD RELIEF LOANS AVAILABLE TODAY

A help center through the U.S. Small Business Administration is opening today at the Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department; the center will be open through August 14th, but will be closed on Sunday. The center was opened to help those affected by the flooding of June 12th, the most serious of which affected the Cresaptown Fire Department and Calvary Christian Academy, along Route 220. The filing deadline for physical property damage is September 29th, while the deadline for economic injury to businesses is April 30th of next year.

 

CANAL PLACE FEATURES "SHREK"

Canal Place will be hosting another "Movie Under the Stars" event this Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on the festival grounds. This weekend, the movie "Shrek" will be featured on  a giant, inflatable screen. More details about the event, and any cancellations will be posted on "www.downtowncumberland.com," or the Downtown Cumberland Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

SUMMER SCHOOL GRADUATES HONORED

Fourteen summer school students,  members of the 2014 graduating class, were recently honored by the Allegany County Board of Education. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, of the Board, says remarks were given by school board president Laurie Marchini; Kim Green, chief academic officer; and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. David Cox. Ms. Cross says they delivered compelling messages to the students.

 

SCHOOL BEGINS AUGUST 25TH

Several back-to-school nights have been planned, with some before the start of school on August 25th, and some after the 2014-2015 year begins. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, of the Allegany County Board of Education, says that with the late August opening, nearly 6000 students will be riding buses to and from school each day.

 

CREDIT CARD THEFT INVESTIGATED

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying and apprehending a suspect who stole three credit cards from an SUV at the rail-trail park-and-ride lot in Hancock. The victim parked his car there, to go biking on the trail, only to return to find the driver's side door pried open. The suspect was seen on video footage, and had charged $1700 at Best Buy in Hagerstown. A second attempt to charge $1500 at Target in Hagerstown filed, because by that time, the cards had been deactivated.

 

MARYLAND TAX FREE WEEK AUGUST 10-16

The "Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week" is next week in Maryland, offering a break for back-to-school shoppers, and anyone in the state. No sales tax will be levied on any single qualifying article of clothing and shoes, priced at $100 or less, regardless of how many items are purchased. Several other, non-school tax exempt items include dry cleaning services, along with  bridal gowns and dresses.


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