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GAS PIPELINE PROPOSED BY SPECTRA ENERGY

Spectra Energy of Houston, Texas is proposing a natural gas pipeline, that would start in Bedford, and end at Duke Energy in North Carolina. The pipeline would travel along Route 220, then come south into Allegany County, just west of Flintstone. The pipeline is four years from completion, and right now, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin  is gathering information on the details of the proposal.

 

OUTAGE AFFECTS 3,000 CUSTOMERS

About 3,000 Potomac Edison customers had service disrupted yesterday afternoon, due to a problem with a transformer at the Thomas Street substation. The outage extended from downtown Cumberland to just across the Potomac River into Ridgeley and Wiley Ford. All service was restored by 7 p.m. last night.

 

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING OTHERS WITH GUN

Cumberland resident Carolyn Marie Mondshour is being held on $30,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after threatening to shoot and kill others she shared a house with, on Clement Street. She was taken initially to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, then charges were filed against her. She faces numerous charges in the incident.

 

PETITION TO UNSEAT COMMISSIONERS DENIED

A three-judge panel has decided not to impeach two members of the Hardy County Commissioners. At the center of the controversy was a contention that the commissioners purchased a $1.13 million building to house an ambulance service, and the an ordinance was passed to place a $120 yearly fee for ambulance service in Hardy County.

 

GOLD FOUND DURING TURNPIKE STOP

A stop on the Pennsylvania Turnpike yielded about $11,000 in gold, $6,000 in cash and a stolen 9-mm pistol. Jonathan Guzman was stopped in Somerset County, and initially refused a search of his vehicle. A warrant was obtained, and troopers found the items. Guzman is being held on $2500 bail on charges of receiving stolen property, among other counts.

 

TWO ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN GARRETT COUNTY

Two Virginia men were arrested this past weekend in Garrett County. Both Richard Cunningham and Michael Mahgerefteh were found to have a variety of drugs in their vehicle, including LSD, mescaline, percocet, ambien, and diazepam. Cunningham posted $7500 bond, pending trial, while Mahgerefteh was released on personal recognizance.

 

MCHENRY MAN SENTENCED IN BURGLARY CASE

Twenty-two year old McHenry resident Nicholas Ryan Owens has been sentenced to three years in prison, in connection with a burglary case last year. He was accused of going into a Lonaconing home and removing a safe, which included guns, jewelry and other personal items. Later the safe was found at the home of co-defendant Nathan Payne, who had also confessed to being involved in the burglary.

 

MAN CHARGED IN DOMESTIC INCIDENT

Keyser resident Michael Todd Beeman was charged with two counts of domestic battery this past weekend. He was arrested in the 1400-block of Beacon Street. He was granted a pre-trial release, and the two female victims involved did not require medical treatment.

 

BENCH WARRANTS SERVED

A 19-year old Cumberland resident, Cory Daniel Smith, was served two bench warrants by Cumberland City Police, on failure to appear charges in two separate cases. He received a hearing in District Court, where he was released on personal recognizance.

 

MAN RUNS OVER WIFE IN JUNIATA TOWNSHIP

A Juniata woman is dead, after her husband accidentally ran over her with his pickup truck. Jill Skethway crawled underneath a pontoon boat her husband was moving; he was unaware she had done so, and the boat and truck ran over her. She was taken to the hospital, where she later died. No drugs or alcohol were involved, according to police.

 

COUNCILMAN RESPONDS TO POTOMAC RIVER ISSUE

Cumberland City Councilman David Kauffman has written a Letter to the Editor, regarding the suggested "Potomac Riverside Park and Recreational Area," being advanced by local businessman George Merling. Councilman Kauffman noted that this is a discussion, "that needs to be had," regarding the repurposing of the North Branch of the Potomac River. However, there is a difference of opinion, from the implementation standpoint.

 

INDIVIDUAL STABBED AT MCI-HAGERSTOWN

A person was stabbed several times at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown Sunday night. The victim was not identified, but the alleged assailants in the attack were. This is the second attack at the prison in as many weeks. The victim in Sunday's incident was taken to Meritus Medical Center.

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY BROTHERS RETURN HOME

Two young Hagerstown boys, who had been missing since last Thursday evening, returned home Sunday night. Police say although 11-year old Shamere Washington and 13-year old Malik Fall may have run away from home, they weren't in danger, and were seen Saturday night at the Maugansville Little League complex. Their parents reported them missing around 10 a.m. Sunday.

 

WEST VIRGINIA PRIMARY TODAY

Voting officials aren't expecting a huge turnout for Primary Day today in West Virginia. The field will be narrowed for the November general election. During the last mid-term primary saw only a 24 per cent voter turnout, down two points from the 2006 mid-term primary.

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