PRESTON COUNTY MURDER-SUICIDE
Two people are dead, after 52-year old Paul Edward Sisler of Aurora, West Virginia shot his ex-wife, Reda, and then turned the gun on himself. The shootings happened around 4:30 a.m., Saturday morning, on Route 50, near Aurora.
WOMAN SHOT TO DEATH IN SOMERSET COUNTY
Twenty-three year old Caressa Kovalcik was killed in a shooting in Somerset County Saturday night. The father of her 11-month old son, Denver Blough was arrested and charged with criminal homicide, attempted criminal homicide, and several other charges. He is being held in the Somerset County jail, without bond.
ICE CREAM VENDOR SUFFERS HEAD INJURIES
Greene Street was closed for about 30-minutes on Friday afternoon, following an accident, involving "Mister Softee" ice cream truck driver, 78-year old Kenneth Rapson. Rapson had apparently fallen out of the truck in the area of Greene and Lee Streets. The truck continued on, and hit a car, occupied by Gerald Goldstein. Rapson was taken to the hospital for treatment of head injuries, and was released over the weekend.
MORGANTOWN MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION
Twenty-eight year old Jamel Koreen Downing of Morgantown was arrested Saturday evening, along Interstate 68, west of the 12-mile marker. Downing was originally arrested for traffic violations, but was found to be in possession of marijuana. He was charged on a criminal citation, and later released.
WESTERNPORT ELECTIONS HELD
Westernport held its municipal election last week, and the newly-elected representatives will be sworn in this evening at the city building. J. Daniel Laffey was re-elected as Mayor, while C. Robert Lupton was re-elected as commissioner. Fred Pritts was also elected as commissioner. The swearing in ceremony will be held at 7 p.m., and a council meeting is set for tomorrow evening, also at 7 p.m.
FROSTBURG STATE TO OFFER M.S.N. DEGREE
Frostburg State University will begin offering an online Master of Science in Nursing degree, beginning with the fall, 2014 semester. The program will offer two options, Nursing Administration and Nursing Education. Prospective students would be registered nurses who have earned a bachelor's degree. For more information on the program, call (301)-687-4141 or visit "www.frostburg.edu/nursing."
BEL AIR ELEMENTARY WINS RECYCLING CONTEST
Bel Air Elementary School has won first place in the Allegany County Phonebook Recycling Campaign, which was held in all public schools during the month of April. While a total of 9,469 phonebooks were collected, Bel Air collected just over 1,000 of that number. Cresaptown Elementary took second place, and Northeast Elementary was third.
BUSINESS WINS TRAVEL ADVISOR AWARD
Curtis' Famous Weiners, in downtown Cumberland, has been awarded a 2014 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor Travelers. A letter, received by Curtis', noted that the award was earned on the quality of reviews and opinions offered to Travel Advisor over the past year. The Cumberland tradition consistently earned outstanding feedback from Trip Advisor travelers.
SOUTH END STREET FAIR SET FOR SATURDAY
The South End Street Fair will be held this Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m., on Virginia Avenue, between First and Second Streets. There'll be games, crafts, entertainment, and food. In addition, children can receive new shoes donated by Skechers, while supplies last. Proceeds will benefit the South Cumberland Business and Civic Assocation's Christmas Toy Drive. That portion of Virginia Avenue will be closed during the Street Fair on Saturday.
CANDIDATES COMMIT TO RAISING TOBACCO TAX
Over 200 candidates for the House of Delegates and Maryland Senate have signed a pledge to vote to increase the state's cigarette tax by one dollar, from $2 to $3 per pack. Dr. Brian Avin, the immediate past president of Med-Chi, says the cost of health care for smokers and other tobacco users is $2 billion per year. The revenues generated from the increased tax, will be used for tobacco cessation programs, according to Avin. Avin says past tobacco tax increases have decreased smoking in juveniles and adults.
THIRD PERSON CHARGED IN MAUSOLEUM BREAK-INS
A third person has been charged in connection with breaking into a Martinsburg Cemetery break in last year. Thirty-two year old Erick Wayne Arthur of Bunker Hill was charged with 23 counts of disinterment of a body, and one conspiracy count. Co-defendants David Bowers of Hedgesville, and Richard Ruffner of Martinsburg have pleaded guilty to the same charges, and will be sentenced in mid-July. The three are accused of opening caskets, removing jewelry from the bodies, and taking it to a "cash for gold" business, to exchange it for money.
FOOD STAMP USE ON THE RISE IN WEST VIRGINIA
West Virginia is one of seven states to see an increase in the number of residents receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or "SNAP." The Food and Research Action Center says just over 362,000 residents received benefits in February, up nearly 2.5 from January, and 3.5 per cent from February of last year. Other states seeing increases in February of this year, include Maryland, Nevada, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania.