WOMAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER
A Cumberland woman has been charged with attempted murder, following an incident Sunday morning. Fifty-two year old Jeri Elaine Gough is accused of stabbing a man during an argument in the 300-block of Avirett Avenue. The victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, but is now listed in stable condition. Ms. Gough turned herself into police yesterday morning, and was charged with attempted first-degree murder, among other charges. She is being held without bond.
TWO ARRESTED IN PHARMACY ROBBERY
Two people, who have yet to be identified, have been arrested in connection with the robbery of the CVS Pharmacy on South Mineral Street in Keyser. Police had been looking for a man and a woman, dressed in black winter coats. A search for the pair included the area behind the former Keyser High School, and a location on Lincoln Street. No other information was available.
LANE CLOSURES IN EFFECT FOR I-68
The Maryland State Highway Administration is letting motorists know that I-68 is being reduced to a single lane in each direction today at the bridges over Kelly Boulevard and Patterson Avenue. Crews are shifting traffic to a new configuration as part of an ongoing project to rehabilitate the two I-68 bridges as the project enters its third and final phase.
GETTY HONORED FOR SERVICE
Judge James S. Getty has been honored by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals for his 46 years of service, which may be the longest in Maryland history. Judge Getty was honored shortly after his 90th birthday, as being the only Maryland judge to have served beyond the age of 90. Judge Getty formally retired in 1985, but continued to sit with the court until 2011 as a senior judge.
FORMER AREA PRIEST SUSPENDED
Reverend Michael Lewandowski, who formerly served in Somerset County, has been suspended from the ministry because of sexual allegations that happened in the 1980's. Father Lewandowski, a member of the Order of Friars Minor, was suspended, according to the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, to protect minors; parishioners were informed about the incident during Masses this past weekend. The allegations came from Our Lady of the Angels Province in Ellicott City, Maryland.
STEPFATHER ACCUSED OF STABBING SON
Somerset resident James Coyle is accused of stabbing his stepson, Bruce Clites, following an incident Saturday evening. Clites was stabbed late Saturday evening in the 300-block of West Patriot Street. Clites had a wound to his lower back and face. Coyle is being held in the Somerset County jail on $10,000 bond.
PIEDMONT SEEKING STATE HELP TO DEMOLISH BUILDINGS
The town of Piedmont is looking to have buildings destroyed by January's fire, demolished, and is requesting help from the state. Newly-reappointed council member Susie Clark has requested state help. Other avenues for razing the buildings-a mix of commercial and residential buildings-are being explored, including calling on the Army Corps of Engineers and private companies.
TOYS FOR HAPPINESS CO-FOUNDER DIES AT 87
A memorial Mass is scheduled this Saturday for Grace Fleming, the former director of the local Red Cross, and a co-founder of Toys for Happiness. The memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m., at St.Patrick's Catholic Church in Cumberland. The family requests that contributions be made to the American Red Cross or to the Toys for Happiness charity, 12604 Bedford road in Cumberland.
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN MEETING SET FOR WEDNESDAY
The Allegany County Planning and Zoning Commission will continue a public hearing on the 2014 Comprehensive Plan on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at the County Office Building on Kelly Road. Public comment is currently being accepted.
FRAUDULENT CHARITIES BILL SIGNED
Governor Martin O'Malley signed numerous bills last week, one of which will protect Maryland residents from bogus charities. Baltimore County Delegate Dan Morhaim says state residents give over $1.5. billion to charities annually, and the bill will help provide adequate and enforcement and regulation over fraudulent charities. The bill will help connect the Secretary of State with the state Attorney General's office. He says the so-called "scam" charities have nice sounding names and great looking websites, and many seem legitimate.
GAS PRICES FALL SLIGHTLY
Gas prices have dropped three cents from a week ago. The average price of a gallon of regular gas in Maryland was $3.63, down from $3.66 from a week ago. Prices are currently two cents below the national average of $3.65. However, drivers are paying 16-cents per gallon more than at this time last year, when gas was $3.47 a gallon.
CHURCH OUTING IN RIPLEY TURNS TRAGIC
A 13-year old Charleston, West Virginia boy drowned Sunday afternoon, during a church outing in Ripley. The boy got into a kayak, which eventually overturned; authorities recovered his body Sunday evening. Although he was not identified, it is known he was a student at Stonewall Jackson Middle School in Charleston, where grief counselors were expected to be on hand.