STORM CUTS POWER TO THOUSANDS
It may be several days before power is completely restored to the entire Maryland/Pennsylvania/West Virginia area, due to the storm that moved through the area late yesterday afternoon. Todd Meyers, spokesperson for Potomac Edison, says that 8500 residents in Cumberland had no power initially, while Frostburg reported 1800 outages. He adds that crews worked throughout the night, repairing the damage.Garrett County reports thousands without power. In Mineral County, there were 4300 customers out; in Hampshire County, there were 6400 outages reported. And, in Bedford, 4100 customers had no power. Somerset County, where West Penn Power is the service provider, 1600 residents were out. The priority, according to Meyers, is transmission lines first, followed by work on distribution lines. These outages were all due to a powerful front, with squalls and 60-plus mile per hour winds which moved through the area. There were some power lines on the ground, and some roads are closed due to downed trees. Meyers says that residents should report outages, and not assume P.E. already knows about them. He also says that a downed line, should be considered a "live" line and not to touch it.Crews are mobilizing to restore power but again, it could be several days before customers completely have service restored.
GARRETT ELECTION RESULTS CONFIRMED
A Garrett County election canvass has confirmed that all three Garrett County Commissioners were voted out of office in the June 24th primary. Paul Edwards defeated incumbent Jim Raley in District 2; Larry Tichnell unseated incumbent Gregan Crawford; and, Jim Hinebaugh best Bob Gatto by about three-and-one-half per cent of the votes.
TWO CITED FOR M.D.E. VIOLATIONS
Oakland resident John Verkouteren has been cited by the Maryland Department of the Environment for non-compliance with the state's lead law, and the department is seeking $33,000 for the alleged violations, involving a single property. Additionally Southern States Cumberland Cooperative was cited for violation of the state's above-ground storage tank law. MDE is seeking a fine of $6,000 for the alleged violations.
MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING PURSUIT
Mathias, West Virginia resident Terry Morris was arrested Sunday, following a vehicle and foot pursuit in Hardy County. Police had attempted to stop Morris, but he fled into Baker, West Virginia. During the pursuit, his vehicle hit a Hardy County Sheriff's Department vehicle, causing him to lose control and crash. He briefly fled on foot, but was apprehended. He was initially taken to Winchester Medical Center in Winchester for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash.
POLISH MOUNTAIN HILL CLIMB PLANS CONFIRMED
The Polish Mountain Hill Climb celebration will take place the weekend of August 1st through the 3rd. The event is sponsored by the Flintstone Volunteer Fire Department and National Road Autosport. There will be a Friday night cruise-in at the fire hall, and events will be held on Saturday and Sunday, between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
GAS THEFT INVESTIGATED
The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating the theft of gas from the Exxon gas station on Route 219 at Sang Run Road. The vehicle was a dark blue Jeep SUV, possibly a Compass or Liberty, with Maryland tags. If anyone with information regarding the incident, please contact Trooper First Class Whetzel at the McHenry barrack. The number is (301)-387-1101.
POLICE SEEK SILVER SPRING JUVENILE
Leandro Ovalles of Silver Spring, Maryland is being sought by the Maryland State Police for stealing a 1996 Jeep Cherokee from Allegany County, and later crashing it into a State Highway Administration mowing tractor on I-70 eastbound. Ovalles fled the scene of the crash, and was tracked into the Williamsport; he was not apprehended. He is also person of interest in an attempted burglary of an occupied residence in that area. If sighted, residents are asked to contact "911," or the Maryland State Police at Hagerstown.
MINERAL SHERIFF RESPONDS TO 327 INCIDENTS
The Mineral County Sheriff's Department responded to 327 incidents during the month of June. Forty-nine arrests were made. Traffic stops accounted for 79 incidents; there were 17 calls to assist other law enforcement or emergency agencies and13 motor vehicle accidents. Other incidents included domestic calls, disturbances, several welfare checks and juvenile complaints.
RESIDENTIAL THEFT INVESTIGATED IN GRANTSVILLE
A Remington rifle and a box of coins were stolen from a home on Platter Road in Grantsville. The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating the burglary. If anyone has information, they are asked to contact the McHenry barrack at (301)-387-1101. A reward is being offered for information, leading to an arrest.
CUMBERLAND MAN ISSUED CRIMINAL SUMMONS
Cumberland resident Michael Dennis McKnew, Sr. was served with a criminal summons on second-degree assault and disorderly conduct charges. The charges were filed as the result of an incident on Boone Street this past Sunday. McKnew was issued the criminal summons and released, pending a trial date.
MOUNTAIN RIDGE TEAM PLACES 7TH
The Mountain Ridge High School Envirothon team placed seventh overall at the Maryland State Competition in Centreville, Maryland. The team only trailed the first-place Carroll County team by 45.8 points. This was their first state competition appearance since overthrowing Allegany High School on April 30th, at the Allegany County Envirothon competition, held at Rocky Gap State Park.
GAS DROPS SLIGHTLY
The average price for gallon of regular-grade gas in Cumberland is a full ten cents higher than the national average, at $3.75 per gallon. Despite dropping in other areas of the state, rising crude-oil prices are expected to keep prices high nationwide through the month of July. Tensions in Iraq are expected to keep prices high.
HOPKINS, ALLEGHENY PARTNER IN RESEARCH
Pennsylvania's Allegheny Health Network and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center are partnering, in the hopes it will lead to advancements in cancer treatment and care. Part of the agreement includes creating a fund for cancer research, and will partner in a number of areas. The two announced in January they planned to form a partnership.
TOMBLIN URGES RESOLUTION OF SHORTFALL
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has joined the National Governor's Association in urging Congress to resolve the federal Highway Trust Fund shortfall. Federal transportation laws and programs are set to expire at the end of September. The U.S. Highway Trust Fund receives money from the federal fuel tax, which is used to fund road construction and maintenance.
HANDGUN RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT ANNOUNCED
West Virginia now has full concealed-carry reciprocity with Nebraska, making it the 31st state to have an agreement with the Mountain State. That means concealed handgun licenses issued by either state will be recognized by the other. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey says the agreement is a positive step for legal gun owners who live in both states.