Cumberland Times-News

Local News

February 12, 2014

Wiley Ford to provide ambulance service

KEYSER, W.Va. — The Wiley Ford Volunteer Fire Company will now provide ambulance service after it recently obtained a unit from the Fort Ashby Volunteer Fire Company.

The commission unanimously voted on Wednesday to approve the fire company’s request to operate that new ambulance as long as it meets the licensing requirements, members can staff it and the company obtains insurance for a probation period of six months. After six months, the matter will be re-evaluated.  

The company has to be licensed in order to operate an ambulance, according to Commissioner Dr. Richard Lechliter. The ambulance authority already approved the fire company’s request with a six-month probation period during its meeting on Tuesday.

The fire company also requested to become a voting member on the ambulance authority, but in order for that to happen, a public member would have to be removed because the authority is at its capacity with 15 members, according to Lechliter. The commission decided not to approve the fire company’s request to become a voting member of the authority.

Also during the meeting, the commissioners discussed ways to lower the regional jail bill, which totaled $70,831 in January.

Attorney David Webb suggested changing the personal recognizance bond and Sheriff Jeremey Taylor suggested utilizing home confinement. Taylor said offenders could pay the county while on home confinement and that law enforcement would always know where they are at all times because they would be required to wear a GPS tracking device.

Webb has previously suggested hiring a paralegal to assist the prosecuting attorney’s office in tracking people in jail and looking into ways to move nonviolent offenders out.

“I think the biggest problem now is that there isn’t even a process to track them,” said Mike Bland, county coordinator.

During a commission meeting in December, Webb suggested a meeting with key players to discuss how to lower the jail bill and that meeting has yet to happen. The commissioners agreed that the organizational meeting needed to happen.

“We need to get something going, we are not making any steps,” said Commissioner Jerry Whisner. “We are still getting a high bill. If we can get this under control, it can benefit everyone.”

About two-thirds of the bill is for those charged with felony offenses, according to Webb.

“Once they are convicted of that felony they no longer become our problem, if they get convicted right away,” said Taylor.

In the past, the county commission association has tried to push legislation through that would require a city to pay the jail costs for the first night of incarceration if the person is arrested in the city. The legislation wasn’t pushed through because no one wanted to take the responsibility of the city paying, President Janice LaRue has said.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at

Text Only
Local News
  • Easter experience Easter experience

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Game on: City interested in baseball study

    After it looked like the objection of a couple of constituents to a study on the feasibility of bringing a minor league baseball team to the area may have torpedoed the thought, county commissioners and some city officials sounded ready to sing a chorus of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on Thursday.

    April 18, 2014

  • DEREK SHEELY Charges against helmet maker stand in case of Frostburg player’s death

    A Montgomery County judge this week declined to dismiss charges against a helmet manufacturer in a case brought by the parents of a Frostburg State University football player who died of head injuries in August 2011 following four straight days of heavy contact drills in practice.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • GAYLE MANCHIN W.Va. BOE president speaks on issues at WVSDB

    West Virginia Board of Education President Gayle Manchin responded to issues at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind during an interview with the Times-News Wednesday morning.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • REGINALD REDMAN Moorefield man jailed on felony drug count

    A Moorefield man was arrested on various charges Thursday, including a felony drug offense for possession of amphetamines, according to the Keyser Police Department.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blossoming optimism Blossoming optimism

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cemetery group’s efforts revive Oak Hill grounds Cemetery group’s efforts revive Oak Hill grounds

    After you drive Alexander and Furnace streets then navigate a couple of switchbacks on Cemetery Road, you’d figure there would be no more uphill.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Proposed county budget holds most agencies flat

    After taking into account an income tax shortfall, Allegany County Finance Director Jason Bennett said he’ll propose a budget that holds most outside agencies to flat funding and funds the Board of Education at what county officials say are maintenence of effort levels for 2015.

    April 17, 2014

  • RYAN WOLF Wolf named 2014-15 Garrett Teacher of the Year

    Southern Garrett High School teacher Ryan Wolf has been named the 2014-15 Garrett County Teacher of the Year.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rep. Delaney discusses congressional gridlock Rep. Delaney discusses congressional gridlock

    While giving a civics lesson at Frostburg State University on Thursday, U.S. Rep. John Delaney, congressman from Maryland’s sixth district, told students that the polarization in Congress is due primarily to redistricting and a poorly designed Congressional schedule.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Must Read
News related video
Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Horseless Carriage Introduced at NY Auto Show Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Del. Governor Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Obama: 8 Million Healthcare Signups Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military