LOCAL NEWS

SOMERSET COUNTY D.A. FACES RAPE CHARGES

Somerset County District Attorney Jeffrey Thomas is in custody for rape and other related charges. State Police say Thomas is accused of entering a woman’s home on Saturday in Windber Borough without her permission. They added that he allegedly refused to leave then sexually and physically assaulted the woman. He is facing charges of rape,…

CAUSE OF LAVALE WENDY’S FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION

The cause of a fire at the LaVale Wendy’s restaurant remains under investigation. The business was closed following Wednesday’s blaze, which caused about $10,000 in damage. Units were called out around 6:40 p.m., as the building filled with smoke. An employee was checked for possible smoke inhalation. It is known the fire originated in a…

MAN ARRESTED IN MAY INCIDENT

A Fort Ashby man was arrested in connection with the theft of a license plate from a car in late May of this year. Aerron Mykel Whetzel was charged with theft of less than $100, tampering with a motor vehicle, and being a rogue and vagabond. Whetzel is accused of using the license plate on…

REVITALIZATION RENDERINGS EXHIBITED IN DOWNTOWN CUMBERLAND

The city of Cumberland’s Downtown Development Commission has announced the installation of artist renderings around the downtown area to highlight the upcoming changes, slated to take place during the Baltimore Street Revitalization Project. Members of the public will find large renderings placed at the Liberty Street Plaza by the Town Center Fountain, and at the…

PA. SLIGHTLY WALKS BACK PRISON GERRYMANDERING DECISION

Pennsylvania’s Legislative Redistricting Commission is making some changes to its decision to end prison gerrymandering. On Tuesday, the five-member panel voted to exclude any prisoner whose minimum sentence runs past April 1st, 2030 from being counted in their home county. This means that around seven-thousand state inmates will count toward their prison district when the…

TAX FILING EXTENSION GRANTED FOR PENNSYLVANIANS IMPACTED BY IDA

Pennsylvanians who were impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Ida are catching a break when it comes to filing taxes. The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue says that these Pennsylvanians now have until January 3rd of 2022 to file individual and business tax returns with the department. They added that this extension does not apply to…

PA. LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD HAD A GOOD 2020

As bad as 2020 was during the height of the pandemic, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is reporting that it had a great year. The PLCB released its unaudited financial results from the fiscal year 2020 through 2021 which shows that they made record net income and the largest increase in annual sales in its…

BANK OF ROMNEY ROBBED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON

The Augusta branch of the Bank of Romney was robbed yesterday, around 12:25 p.m. Police say an unidentified man was armed with a gun during the incident. No employees or customers of the bank were injured. Augusta Elementary School was on lockdown, following reports of the robbery.  The Augusta branch was closed during the investigation…

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CORONA RELATED NEWS

HOGAN APPLAUDS FDA APPROVAL OF PFIZER BOOSTER

Governor Larry Hogan is reacting after the FDA approved Pfizer’s coronavirus booster shot. The agency gave emergency use authorization for the shot yesterday for people 65 and older and those at high risk. The governor says on Twitter that this is something the state has been pushing the federal government to do for several weeks,…

VACCINATION GOAL FURTHER AWAY THAN ANTICIPATED IN W.V.

A double counting error is being blamed as the reason West Virginia’s vaccination numbers were inflated.  Previously, it was thought the state had 74-percent of eligible residents who had at least one COVID vaccine shot.  However, that corrected number is fewer than 64-percent.  Now, the goal of 80-percent statewide vaccination is a bit further away. …

COUNTY CASE RATE REMAINS HIGHEST IN THE STATE

Allegany County’s COVID-19 case rate has remained the highest in the state of Maryland for six consecutive days, and has been among the highest since mid-August. There have been 105 cases reported since Tuesday, with three additional deaths. The positivity rate is nearly three times the state rate. Locally, that rate is 12.45 per cent;…

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