TWO CHILDREN KILLED IN FIRE IDENTIFIED
Seven-year old Emily Edwards and five-year old Halaina Smith, who were sisters, were killed in an early morning fire yesterday, which broke out at 402 Grand Avenue in Cumberland. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is in the process of confirming the identities, and cause of death. The children's parents and two siblings escaped the fire uninjured. The neighbors, at 404 Grand Avenue-the other half of the duplex-also escaped uninjured. The blaze heavily damaged 402 Grand Avenue, while 404 received moderate smoke damage. Both families have been displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. Two firefighters were treated at the scene for minor injuries. The origin and cause of the fire remain under investigation.
CUMBERLAND MAN KILLED IN MID-AIR CRASH
Cumberland resident Breandan McFawn was one of three people killed yesterday afternoon, when a plane and helicopter collided in mid-air near the Frederick Municipal Airport. McFawn was aboard a helicopter, which was involved in a training exercise, when it collided with the plane. Two men aboard the plane were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.
NO PLANS FOR COMMISSIONERS TO MEET WITH MINERAL
The Allegany County Commissioners say they have no plans to meet with the Mineral County Commissioners to discuss the ongoing controversy over jurisdictional law with the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority. PHAA Chair Dr. Gregg Wolff wrote a letter to both the Allegany County Commissioners and Authority members, charging board members were suspended from participating in any further meetings because of what he called "petty politics and myopic personal agendas."
RACING MAY RETURN TO FAIRGROUNDS
Local businessman Craig Knippenberg, owner of Nationwide Insurance on Mechanic Street, is proposing the start up of racing at the Allegany County Fairgrounds next summer, with six to eight races on the card. Arrangements are being finalized to bring dirt track racing to the fairgrounds, with the track to be renamed the Cumbeland Speedway. The county has notified Oval Track promotions it will not extend its contract with the county for another year.
SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT SET
The Allegany County Sheriff's Office is conducting a sobriety chekpoint at an undisclosed location this weekend to promote awareness and reduce the number of alcohol impaired drivers on the roads. The checkpoints will be clearly marked with signs, lights, and uniformed deputies, who will utilize both marked and unmarked vehicles. They will be checking for violations including driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to use seatbelts, failure to use child safety seats, and handheld cellular devices. So far this year, the Sheriff's Office has investigated 336 motor vehicle crashes and conducted 1,474 traffic stops, resulting in 62 traffic-related arrests.
GARRETT MAN POSTS BOND IN TRAILER PARK INCIDENT
Garrett County resident James Chones is free on bond, following his arrest for an October 13th incident at the Lower White Oak trailer court in Swanton. Chones allegedly kissed the female occupant of a trailer, left and then urinated in her yard, before trying to enter another trailer. He was charged with assault, indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and two counts of burglary.
HAMPSHIRE ROAD TO CLOSE FOR 3 DAYS
Paving and shoulder work will cause the closure of Dunmore Ridge Road, east of Augusta, next week. The work will stretch from Route 50, to about 2/3 of a mile north of Sedan School Road. Work will take place from 7:30 a.m. till dark next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Drivers should expect delays.
SENATOR OPPOSES FRACKING WASTE
West Virginia Senator John Unger wants to keep the waste material from hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" from entering the Mountain State. There have been discussions of using the LCS landfill in Hedgesville for the disposal of radioactive fracking waste. Unger fears that the waste could seep into portions of the Eastern Panhandle water supply. Pennsylvania has introduced a moratorium on dumping the material in the state's landfills.
YOUNGSTERS CAN TEACH ELDERS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY
"If you need help with your computer, ask a kid." That saying may be a joke, but AARP is taking it seriously by partnering the non-tech savvy with high school students in Maryland. At a recent event, about 80 students helped 80 seniors with technology questions. Mike Kulick, of AARP/Maryland says it doesn't take long for seniors to navigate their devices when they have a young coach by their side. Kulick adds that sometimes when family members are involved in the tech teaching, it can be frustrating, but these pairings with high school students bring different results.
GROUP WANTS RETAILERS TO STOP SELLING TOBACCO
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is launching a first-of-its-kind national campaign urging retailers to stop selling tobacco products. Several retailers such as Wegman's, CVS, and Target have already stopped selling the products. Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States; the state of West Virginia has one of the highest smoking rates in the nation. The end result of the Campaign is to ultimately create a tobacco-free generation.