Sep 5, 2018

Police investigate Maryland inmate’s slaying in cell

Police are investigating the death of an inmate found unresponsive in his cell at a western Maryland maximum-security prison.

Aug 8, 2017

Murderer of 2 who claimed he killed more dies in prison

CUMBERLAND — A man who claimed to have killed 10 people but was convicted of murdering two has been found dead in prison. The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that Joseph Methney was found unresponsive in his cell on Saturday afternoon. The 62-year-old was incarcerated at Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland. Correction officials said they’re conducting a […]

Mar 9, 2017

Cumberland to end mutual aid for ambulance calls

CUMBERLAND — Cumberland officials have voted to end standing agreements for mutual aid between the city and Allegany County for emergency ambulance calls. The Cumberland Times-News reports that the mayor and city council voted Tuesday to terminate the agreement due to concerns about city ambulances responding to distant calls. City Administrator Jeff Rhodes told the […]

Jan 30, 2017

Lawyer: Settlement pending in Md. Catholic school sex case

Lawyers for a Catholic high school girl say they’ve reached a tentative settlement with the Archdiocese of Baltimore in a civil lawsuit alleging she was preyed upon by a lesbian soccer coach. Attorney Al Scanlan told The Associated Press in an email Friday that the parties have informed the Baltimore City Circuit Court of the […]

Sep 1, 2016

Cumberland man gets life for fatally beating girlfriend

CUMBERLAND — A Cumberland man with a long history of domestic violence has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his live-in girlfriend. The Cumberland Times-News reports that 44-year-old Kevin Bowers was convicted and sentenced Wednesday after entering an Alford plea to a first-degree murder charge. An Alford plea is not an admission of […]

Aug 18, 2016

W. Va. couple get 30 years for western Md. slaying of Baltimore man

CUMBERLAND — A West Virginia couple are going to prison for killing a man during a botched robbery attempt in Cumberland in January. Thirty-two-year-old Jason Wilt of Keyser and 28-year-old Erika Dersin of Short Gap were sentenced Wednesday in Cumberland after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. They were each sentenced to 30 years. Prosecutors dropped […]

Jul 21, 2016

Cumberland votes to open pedestrian mall to vehicles, bikes

CUMBERLAND — Officials in Cumberland have voted to open the city’s pedestrian mall to vehicle and bicycle traffic. Cumberland Times-News reports that Mayor Brian Grim and the city council voted unanimously on the issue Tuesday. The plan will place one-way streets with bicycle lanes at two locations and is estimated to cost between $3.7 million […]

Jun 10, 2016

Boozy fest recalls Md. city’s role in 1790s Whiskey Rebellion

CUMBERLAND — The western Maryland city of Cumberland is toasting its role in the Whiskey Rebellion. The boozy festival runs Friday through Sunday at the Allegany Museum. Museum Vice President Vic Rezendes says highlights include a bottle exhibit, period tavern games and tastings from craft distillers. The violent uprising in the 1790s occurred mainly in […]

Mar 2, 2016

Some Md. homeowners won’t sell their homes for redevelopment plan

CUMBERLAND — About a dozen Cumberland homeowners say they won’t sell their homes for commercial redevelopment of their neighborhood. The Cumberland Times-News reports that the Save Our Homes Alliance declared its intentions in writing to the City Council on Tuesday. The Cumberland Economic Development Corp. plans to demolish 62 homes near Interstate 68 in the […]

Aug 6, 2015

Cumberland supports plan for medical marijuana operation

CUMBERLAND — A firm that has an option on part of the old Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. plant hopes to establish a medical marijuana indoor growing and processing operation there. Peak Harvest Health hopes to obtain one of 15 licenses available in Maryland for medical marijuana. Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim and the City Council approved a […]

Jul 29, 2015

Md. woman charged with over 150 counts in ‘puppy mill’ raid

CUMBERLAND — Authorities say a Cumberland woman has been charged with more than 150 counts of animal cruelty. The Cumberland Times-News reports that officials say 42-year-old Pepper R. Taylor was charged with 158 animal cruelty charges on Tuesday. Animal control officials say Taylor was operating a puppy mill to raise dogs for sale. Officials say […]

Oct 7, 2014

Cumberland targets kayaking sites

(AP) Officials from the city of Cumberland and the National Park Service are making progress toward a Potomac River public access point for kayakers and canoeists. The Cumberland Times-News reported that officials toured several potential launch sites Monday. Most say they favor building a ramp near a rewatered section of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal […]

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