FLINTSTONE MAN TAKEN TO JOHNS HOPKINS
A Flintstone man, suffering severe burns to his arms and face, was airlifted to Johns Hopkins Hospital by the Maryland State Police Medevac helicopter early yesterday morning. A fire, fueled by kerosene, "flashed," and caused the burns. The incident is being investigated by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. A landing site for the helicopter was set up by the Flintstone Volunteer Fire Department; a county paramedic from Bowman's Addition also responded to the incident, about 12:30 a.m.
FOUR FSU STUDENTS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL
Four Frostburg State University students were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center earlier yesterday, after a carbon monoxide detector activated at 7 American Avenue. The Frostburg Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene. Several area ambulance services and rescue squads took the students to the hospital.
WOMAN KILLED IN SOMERSET CRASH
A woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Somerset County Sunday evening. Police say Maryanne Larison was riding in a car, driven by her husband, James, when the car traveled off of Route 403near the Conemaugh Police Station. The car went into a wooded area of the road, and hit a tree head-on. James Larison was taken to the hospital. There is no word on what caused the crash.
WOMAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING ACCIDENT
Police say a woman who caused an accident in Garrett County early yesterday morning, had a blood alcohol level of .33, more than four times the legal limit. The Maryland State Police at McHenry say Lindsey Taylor Osborne of Deer Park struck another vehicle near Glendale Road. The victims followed the car for several miles, and were able to get a description and vehicle tag number. Officers arrived at her residence, to find her extremely intoxicated. She acknowledged that she was "very drunk" and was sorry for "hitting those people." She was arrested and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.
HOME INVASION CASE LEADS TO WEAPONS CACHE
A 15-year old has been charged as a juvenile, as the result of a search warrant stemming from last week's home invasion on North Water Street in Keyser. Police found numerous stolen items, including guns. Three male suspects, armed with handguns entered the home Wednesday, and forced a resident onto the floor, before stealing electronics and other weapons. Two properties were search over this past weekend, in connection with the home invasion and robbery.
"TOYS FOR HAPPINESS" CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF
The annual Toys for Happiness campaign officially kicked off last night, with the annual dinner at the Bedford Road Volunteer Fire Company. Chuck Koelker, chair of the event, says they have already received applications for this year, even though they were last year's forms. Koelker says the 2014 applications are on the way.
CORRIDOR "H" SEGMENT MAY BE OPEN SOON
A segment of Corridor "H" may be open by Thanksgiving. The one-and-one-half mile segment is near the connector to West Virginia Routes 42 and 93 in the Mount Storm area. The speculation is that another four mile section could be open by the end of the year, but next spring is a more realistic goal. When completely finished, Corridor "H" will connect I-79 near Weston, West Virginia with the junction of Interstates 81 and 66 in Front Royal, Virginia.
CUMBERLAND MAN CHARGED WITH THEFT
Charges are pending against another person, but 40-year old Cumberland resident Byron Morrison was charged with theft, following an incident Sunday night in the 400-block of Maryland Avenue. Morrison told a cab driver he would get money to pay for his fare, but fled the area. He subsequently told police he didn't have any money, so he couldn't pay the fare. He was processed and issued a criminal citation. The other passenger has been identified by police.
LEAF COLLECTIONS TO BEGIN
The Cumberland Street Department is beginning leaf collection within the city limits next Monday, October 27th. The first area to have leaves collected will be the Seton Drive area; that will be next Monday through Friday. The Upper West Side will have leaves collected November 3rd through the 7th, followed by the Lower West Side and North End. Residents may also bag leaves and place them at the curb on their regular trash days. Burgmeier Hauling will collect up to eight bags of trash per pickup day, including leaves.
L.B.C. MEETING SET
The "Let's Beautify Cumberland" committee will hold a meeting on Monday, November 3rd at the City Hall Council Chambers. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. The Christmas Luncheon will be held on December 10th.
SEAT BELT USE ON THE RISE IN WEST VIRGINIA
Seat belt use in West Virginia has risen from 52 per cent in 2001 to 82 per cent in 2013. That was the largest increase of any state in the country. The difference is, according to Bob Tipton, director of the West Virginia Highway Safety Program, the primary seat belt law that was passed a little over a year ago. In 2000, 411 people died in car wrecks in the Mountain State; in 2013, that number dropped to 332.