WOMAN KILLED IN BOATING ACCIDENT
The body of thirty-six year old Francesca Harris was pulled from Raystown Lake on the Fourth of July, following a boating accident, in which the boat sank Thursday night. Ms. Harris went missing after the boat crash, around 10 p.m. Crews were called to the area around 3 a.m. Friday. Officials aren't sure what caused the boat to sink, nor all the details of the accident, but the investigation is continuing.
YOUNGSTER SUFFERS BURN INJURIES
A nine-year old boy suffered burns to over half of his body, and is now at the Western Pennsylvania hospital in critical condition. He suffered the burns to his upper torso, neck and arms, after igniting a sparkler outside of a tent in the Savage River State Forest in Swanton. The sparkler accidentally caught his shirt on fire, and he was taken by the Trooper Five Medevac helicopter to Pittsburgh.
SUSPECT ARRESTED IN BEDFORD COUNTY SHOOTING
One man was injured and another has been arrested in a shooting incident in Bedford County over this past weekend. Craig Showalter was shot, and 44-year old Steven Leroy Dunkle was arrested in West Providence Township on attempted criminal homicide and other charges, including drug charges and assault. An argument between the two led to the shooting. A subsequent search warrant led to the seizure of controlled substances, drug paraphernalia and several firearms from Dunkle's home.
WILEY FORD MAN JAILED WITHOUT BOND
Wiley Ford, West Virginia resident David Wolford was jailed without bond, after being arrested on an Allegany County Circuit Court bench warrant for failure to appear. He remains jailed, after being cited for alleged possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, when he was taken into custody.
FROSTBURG MAN ARRESTED IN DOMESTIC INCIDENT
Finzel Road resident Jeffrey Lee Custer was charged with first and second degree assault and reckless endangerment, following a domestic incident early Saturday morning. Custer is accused of striking his girlfriend in the face several times with a closed fist. He then left the residence with a rifle, threatening suicide; he was stopped on Aaron's Run Road in Garrett County. He surrendered after several hours of negotiation. He was later taken to Garrett Memorial Hospital for evaluation, and eventually charged. He was held on $25,000 bond.
MAN JAILED IN ASSAULT INCIDENT
Cumberland resident David Ronald Lion Christifer is being held on $8500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center after assaulting another man with a broken piece of 4X4 lumber. The incident happened in the 800-block of Bedford Street, after he and another man began arguing about an earlier incident, previously reported to police. Christifer faces four separate charges in the incident, including two counts of assault.
MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING SATURDAY INCIDENT
Forty-seven year old Robert Lewis Adams was held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after barricading himself in an apartment in the 900-block of Gay Street. A woman had obtained a protective order against him, but he was found inside. Police forced open the door, and arrested Adams, who now faces numerous charges, including resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and assault.
WASHINGTON STREET B & E INVESTIGATED
Cumberland City Police investigated a breaking and entering in the 700 block of Washington Street early Saturday morning. The glass portion of a rear door had been broken. Evidence was collected at the scene and was sent to the Maryland State Police Crime Lab for analysis. A detective with C3I, as well as a Maryland State Police Crime Lab technician were on the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police or Allegany/Mineral County Crime Solvers.
EDWARDS COMMENTS ON EPA RULING
In response to the latest EPA ruling regarding coal fired power plants, Maryland State Senator George Edwards says that anything the United States would do to cut emissions from coal-fired power plants would be "miniscule," and that other countries aren't doing anything to help the cause. Senator Edwards says the first step in reducing carbon emissions is for power plants to install "scrubbers."He notes that coal accounts for 40 per cent of electricity generated in this country. And, the instability in other countries points to the fact that America must become energy independent.
CONTROVERSIAL HIRING POLICY IS LEGAL
The Anne Arundel Medical Center's policy to hire non-smokers and tobacco users is legal, and the trend is gaining more favor with employers across the country. Potential employees will have to prove they don't smoke or use tobacco, and while smokers are protected against discrimination in at least two dozen states, Maryland is not one of them.
TOMBLIN MAINTAINS HIRING FREEZE
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says the hiring freeze at the state government level will remain in effect indefinitely. The order affects all non-essential state positions, and it has saved West Virginia an estimated $33 million in the previous fiscal year's second half. The new fiscal year, which began last Tuesday, saw the state begin with a $3 million general revenue surplus, and could grow even further with better tax collections from June, which have yet to be reported.