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Multi-Car Pileup on I-68

Update: All lanes of I-68 are now open.

Multi-Car accident on I-68 Eastbound near mile marker 29 in Garrett County.

Car Wreck

According to officials, the accident occurred near Finzel, with about 25 vehicles involved. The interstate is shut down at this time. Several emergency crews are on the scene at this time.
Winter Weather Advisory

The U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Allegany County from 7 p.m. Saturday through noon Sunday. Areas in the region could see freezing rain.

Drivers should slow down and use caution while traveling. Prepare for possible power outages. When venturing outside, watch your first few steps taken on steps, sidewalks and driveways, which could be icy and slippery, increasing your risk of a fall and injury.
Trooper 3 Rescues Hiker From Green Ridge Forest

FLINTSTONE - Local fire and EMS units, assisted by Maryland State Police Aviation and Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police rescued a hiker from a walking trail Friday afternoon, according to emergency service officials.

“A male hiker was hoisted by Maryland State Police Aviation from a clearing in the Green Ridge State Forest after he became injured on a walking trail just after 1:30 p.m. Friday,” Lt. Todd Bowman, public information officer for Allegany County Department of Emergency Services said. “The hiker was transported in stable condition to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland by Trooper 3.”

Helicopter Rescue

The hiker became injured on a trail southwest of the Green Ridge DNR Headquarters located near M.V. Smith Road, according to Bowman.

“With significant assistance from our skilled and experienced communication specialists, ground crews were able to speak with the hiker to try and get a better and more accurate location,” Bowman said. “Our Joint Communications Center was a huge asset today helping crews navigate, communicating between agencies, monitoring radio traffic from multiple agencies and dispatching appropriate resources.”

Maryland State Police Aviation rescue technicians made access to the victim at 4:14 p.m. and extracted him at 4:24 p.m. Flight crews continued transport to WMHS.

“All rescuers exited the forest at just before 5:30 p.m. and command was terminated,” Bowman said. “No other injuries were reported on scene.”

Units from Flintstone and Orleans Volunteer Fire Departments, ambulances from Flintstone and Bowman’s Addition, Allegany County Department of Emergency Services, Maryland State Police Aviation- Frederick and Maryland Department of Natural Resource Police responded to the incident that lasted approximately three hours.
Investigation Leads To Arrest

(Cumberland, MD) – On November 22, 2019, members of the Allegany County Narcotics Task Force, with the assistance of the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police Cumberland Barrack, Garrett County Narcotics Task Force and Cumberland City Police Department executed a search and seizure warrant in the area of Weber Street, Cumberland, MD. Entry into the residence was conducted by Cumberland City Police Department’s CERT Team.

The search warrant was the result of an investigation conducted by the Allegany County Narcotics Task Force into the distribution and sales of cocaine in the Allegany County area. During the subsequent search, Allegany County Narcotics Task Force investigators located large amounts of cocaine, United States Currency and CDS packaging material. The street value of the cocaine found was over $30,000.00. Additionally, two handguns and a semi-automatic rifle were located inside the residence.

As a result, Jamar Steven Scribner, 36, of Cumberland, MD was arrested.

Jamar Steven Scribner

Scribner was charged with the following:


Following his initial appearance at the Allegany County District Court Commissioner’s Office, Scribner was held without bond. The investigation is ongoing.