FORMER FROSTBURG FIREFIGHTER KILLED IN ACCIDENT
A former member of the Frostburg Fire Department, Shawn Tasker, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Franklin County this past weekend. Tasker was a FFD member in the early 1990's, until he moved to Hancock, to become an officer with the Hancock Police Department. He had 21 years of service in Hancock. The accident happened in Mercersburg, when his motorcycle collided with a deer on a farming highway.
DEVELOPER CHOSEN BY CANAL PLACE
The Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority has chosen a firm, which will negotiate the development of the historic Footer Dye Works building. The developer and what will be done with the building is confidential because of upcoming contract negotiations. The name of the developer and plans for the building could possibly be made public during next month's CPPDA meeting.
INMATE TREATED FOR NINE STAB WOUNDS
Western Correctional Institution inmate Cordell Jackson was stabbed nine times on Monday afternoon, and remains hospitalized. The 56-year old Jackson sustained non-life-threatening injuries, but received a wound to the back which medical personnel could not stop the bleeding. Jackson had been serving a life term on a conviction of first-degree rape, and was found by a correctional officer making his rounds.
LASHLEY FILES BID PROTEST
Gary Imes, owner of the Lashley Construction Company, says he has filed a bid protest over the award of a $3 million contract for a shell building in the Barton Business Park. The county had awarded the contract to Belt Construction earlier in the month, and Imes has hired a Baltimore law firm to handle the case.
FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR BEDFORD ROAD FIRE COMPANY
Federal funding of $66,500 has been announced for the Bedford Road Volunteer Fire Department to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment. The funding was made available through the U.S. Department of Homeland's Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant, and jointly announced by Maryland's United States Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin. Bedford Road will use the funding to purchase rescue tools that are nearly 40 years old, including the "jaws of life," along with cutters, power generator units and air bags.
SHOTS FIRED, BUT NO INJURIES IN KEYSER
A man allegedly fired shots from the window of a Keyser home on Wayno Drive, off Stoney run Road late yesterday morning. The unnamed person was being evaluated by medical persoonel at the scene. Police were called to the area, for a disorderly person, and they, along with ambulance personnel were on the scene for over an hour and a half. There was no word on what sparked the disturbance.
HARASSMENT, DISORDERLY CONDUCT ASSAULT CHARGES FILED
Cumberland resident Jerry Dale Nixon faces numerous charges, following an incident at a Virginia Avenue business late last week. A citizen lodged a complaint that Nixon allegedly assaulted and harassed them inside the business. He continued to harass them by phone and electronic mail after the incident. He was served with the above charges, and released pending trial at Allegany County District Court.
CHARGES PENDING AGAINST TEEN
Charges are pending against a 16-year old, who was injured Sunday night on Maryland Avenue. The teen had allegedly been driving recklessly in the area of Broadway Street on a dirt bike; he was later involved in a two-car accident. The bike had no lights or required safety equipment for road use. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Various traffic and criminal counts will be forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Services.
L.B.C. ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS
The Let's Beautify Cumberland Committee is now accepting nominations for the next round of 2014 Blue Ribbon Award winners. Citizens are encouraged to consider residential, commercial or public property within the city of Cumberland that is maintained by a dedicated person or group. You can send the caretaker's name and property address to City Hall at (301)-759-6424. You can also email, "BeautifyCumberland@gmail.com," or place a message on Facebook at "www.facebook.com/Lets BeautifyCumberland."The deadline to submit entries is July 31st.
ERNST "DEPUTY FIRE MARSHAL OF THE YEAR" FOR 2013
Edward Ernst, assigned to the Western Regional Office of the State Fire Marshal, has been named recipient of the "2013 Deputy State Fire Marshal of the Year" Award. State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci made the presentation during a ceremony at the Maryland State Firemen's Association annual convention in Ocean City on Monday.
WOMAN, CHILDREN FOUND DEAD IN HAGERSTOWN
A woman from Guyana, and her two children, ages 6 months and 18 months, were found dead in a car in the parking lot of Western Heights Middle School in Washington County. The victim's identities are being withheld, pending notification of next of kin. It is known the woman was from the Tri-State area, and the children's father lived in Hagerstown. The woman had recently moved from West Virginia to Hagerstown. The bodies are being sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore for an autopsy.
RISKY TEEN BEHAVIOR SHIFTING
Less cigarette smoking, soda drinking and physical fighting, but more time at computers and other tech devices...that's the snapshot from the new C.D.C. National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The government goal of reducing teen smoking nationally to less than 16 per cent has been met, but C.D.C. Director Tom Frieden notes that it's a fragile victory at 15.7 per cent-along with the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, smoking pens and electronic hookahs.Stephanie Zaza is the director of the division of adolescent and school health at the C.D.C. She finds it alarming that 41 per cent of teen drivers admit to texting or e-mailing while driving, and urges parents to step in, to stop any behavior that takes a teen's attention away from the road.