AGREEMENT REACHED IN DANDO CASE
The Allegany County State's Attorney's office has announced that criminal charges against Dr. William Thomas Dando were dismissed, as part of an agreement requiring that he permanently surrender his license to practice medicine. The decision was made after a review of the evidence, consultation with the victim, and the Maryland Board of Medicine, an possible pending civil litigation stemming from the allegations. Dando had been charged with two misdemeanor offenses, a 4th degree sexual offense and perverted practice, stemming from a complaint of inappropriate touching made by a female patient. He was scheduled to go on trial tomorrow in Allegany County Circuit Court.
DANDO TRIAL BEGINS TOMORROW
The trial for former Med Express physician Dr. William Dando begins tomorrow in Allegany County Circuit Court. A weekend article in the Baltimore Sun traced the career of Dr. Dando, who is accused of sexual assault. And, the story doesn't end there. Sexual assault allegations have been made against Dando by at least three Med Express patients in the past year. Dando also faces a June 2015 wrongful death lawsuit, as he is alleged to have prescribed Percocet and Oxycodone to a Dundalk woman, Grace Elliott.
MAN CHARGED WITH VIOLATING PROTECTIVE ORDER
Cumberland resident Eric Wayne Whetstone was charged with violation of a protective order, following an incident on Sunday in the400-block of Maryland Avenue. A female victim told police that, even though she had obtained a protective order against him, he approached her and began to argue with her. He was arrested, charged, taken to a District Court Commissioner and released on personal recognizance.
KEYSER RECEIVES WATER LINE BREAK REPORT
It was called one of the worst water line breaks the city of Keyser has expereienced, with a recent rupture spilling 1.5 million gallons of treated water, before the valves could be shut down and the leak brought under control. The break happened about a week ago under the southbound lane of Route 220, near the Keyser Moose Lodge. The pipe itself was installed in 1981, and city officials suspect a manufacturer's flaw for causing the break.
SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO BE COMPLETED BY NOVEMBER
The new Allegany County Sheriff's Office, adjacent to the County Office Building on Kelly Road, should be completed by November. That's according to Sheriff Craig Robertson, who says much of the work was done by county maintenance employees, who installed the air conditioning, painted the walls, and put ceilings in at the building. Sheriff Robertson noted that the county employees did the work on their "down time," to complete the building.
FSU BLOCK PARTY SET FOR TOMORROW
Frostburg State University and the city of Frostburg Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Block Party tomorrow evening from 6 to 10 p.m. The rain date is Thursday. The Block Party is a way to bring together the campus and city communities, and to familiarize FSU's students with the businesses in Frostburg.
TGCC SETS MEMBERSHIP MEETING
The Greater Cumberland Committee will hold its monthly meeting of regional representatives on Thursday at the Cumberland Country Club, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Chief Executive Officer of the Sage Policy Group, Anirban Basu, will be the special guest speaker. He had previously addressed the TGCC, and will be sharing the regional economic outlook on Thursday.
FUNERAL HELD FOR CONGRESSMAN'S WIFE
A funeral service was held yesterday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen for Sylvia "Cookie" Harris, wife of Congressman Andy Harris. She passed away last Thursday, from an apparent heart attack. She had been active in the Maryland Right To Life organization. Services were officiated by Archbishop William Lori.
W.VA. LOTTERY REVENUE BOOSTED
Table game revenues increased 148 per cent in July at The Greenbrier, one of West Virginia's gambling establishments. That helped boost the state's lottery revnue to $101 million, up from less than $100 million in June. Competition from neighboring states continues to affect the state's four racetrack casinos. Despite the improvement, the Lottery's July revenue was down about 4 per cent, when compared to July of last year.
WOMAN DIES IN BEDFORD COUNTY CRASH
A New Paris woman died in a two-vehicle accident at Allegheny Road and Milligan's Cove Road in Bedford County. Charlene Martin, a passenger in a car driven by Adam Gonsman of New Paris, died of her injuries. The crash occurred as Gonsman's vehicle was hit by one, driven by Donald Rose of Schellsburg, as Rose was crossing Allegheny Road from Watson Road, and had attempted to continue onto Milligan's Cove Road.
TWO CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH FATAL ACCIDENT
Two Garrett County residents have been charged, for allegedly buying alcohol for a person under the age of 21. Fifty-three year old Terry Wayne Sharpless of Swanton and Oakland resident John Ronald Large were charged with obtaining and purchasing alcohol for an underage person. Charles Allen Frazee was killed in a single vehicle accident on June 1st of this year, after attending a campsite graduation party. Sharpless and Large allegedly purchased the alcohol at several establishments and then furnished to family members who were less than 21 years old.
MAN ARRESTED FOR CARRYING GUN AT WAL MART
A Pennsylvania man, 36-year old Angelo Cavallero, was arrested at Wal Mart in the Country Club Mall Friday evening, after he was seen walking into the store wearing a handgun holster on his hip. Police found two handguns on him, and he told authorities that he was on a road trip, and didn't realize he was in Maryland. He does have a gun permit from Pennsylvania. Additionally, State Police said he was in possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
LARGE MARIJUANA CROP FOUND IN LITTLE ORLEANS
The C3I Narcotics Unit, Maryland State Police Eradication Unit and the Maryland Army National Guard have discovered a large marijuana growing operation in Little Orleans. The discovery yielded a large number of "mature" marijuana plants, which could have yielded over 20 pounds of marijuana with a street value of over $20,000. The suspects in the operation have been identified as being from the Baltimore area. Several arrests are anticipated in the near future, and the investigation is continuing.
FATHER ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
Harold Ivan Morris of the 500-block of Fayette Street, was arrested and charged with first and second-degree assault, along with reckless endangerment, following a weekend incident. Morris allegedly pointed a handgun at his son, and later grabbed him by the wrist. Police discovered a loaded handgun in the house, and it was seized as evidence. Morris was held at the Allegany County Detention Center, until he can be represented by his attorney.
JUVENILE ARRESTED ON NUMEROUS CHARGES
A 16-year old was arrested on Saturday afternoon, for setting fire to a cross tie on the tracks of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad bridge. He ran from the scene, but was stopped a short distance away. The tie was actually burning when the train, which was occupied by five employees, traveled on the track. The youth was charged with-among other counts-first degree malicious burning, arson, and disorderly conduct-and later released to the custody of Juvenile Services.
PARTY DISTURBANCE COMPLAINT RESULTS IN TWO ARRESTS
A party early yesterday morning in the 100-block of Grand Avenue, resulted in drug arrests for two men. Eighteen year old Matthew Ryan Thomas was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and was given a civil citation for possession of alcohol under 21. Grantsville resident Adam James Beitzel was charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Both were released, pending further action in District Court.
VALENTINE JOINS MACo BOARD OF DIRECTORS
First term Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine has joined the MACo Board of Directors, replacing Garrett County Commissioner Gregan Crawford, who resigned his seat on August 1st. The MACo Board of Directors officially filled the vacancy during its August meeting. Valentine was first elected as a County Commissioner in 2010, and had previously served on the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as well as a number of other committees.
FRANCHOT ADVOCATING POST-LABOR DAY SCHOOL START
Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot is advocating the start of school after the Labor Day holiday. Franchot believes it makes good economic sense, in that Maryland showed a zero percent Gross Domestic Product in 2013; he says the economy is not doing "what we are accustomed to have it do." Beginning school after Labor Day would simply have a good economic impact on the state. A commission, authorized by the Maryland Legislature, has voted 11 to 4 to propose the start of school after Labor Day. The next step, according to Comptroller Franchot, is to send the recommendation to the legislature in January of next year.
MDOT TERMINATES CSX AGREEMENT
The Maryland Department of Transportation has terminated its agreement with CSX, and has pulled the funding for a proposed location of the Baltimore Rail Intermodal Facility at Morrell Park in Baltimore. MDOT's commitment of $30 million in capital funding and the remaining $1.45 million will not be included in the draft six-year budget, which is expected to be released tomorrow. For two years, residential and business communities had voiced concerns over the potential impacts the project would have on their community. CSX was unable to address the concerns to the satisfaction of the community, MDOT, and the city of Baltimore.
MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO NATIONAL TIME-SHARE SCHEME
Charleston, West Virginia resident David Andrew Glynn has pleaded guilty in federal court on charges of conspiring to defraud time-share owners throughout the country, and will be sentenced on November 24th. Glynn admitted to setting up a company, called Mountain State Resales, LLC; time-share owners were told the company had buyers for their properties and were asked to send fees and expenses necessary to complete the sales. In all, Glynn admitted to receiving more than $86,000 from the scheme.
MAN INDICTED IN ALLEGANY HIGH INCIDENT
Cumberland resident Brandon Simpson has been indicted in connection with an incident at Allegany High School earlier this month. Simpson disrupted band practice there by yelling and cursing, and, at one point brandishing a knife. Staff members directed the band to exit the athletic field, and one of the staff took a picture of the suspect. It was determined the staff members were placed in danger by his actions. He faces numerous charges, including assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.
"SAFE STREETS OPERATION" NETS 28 ARRESTS
The arrest warrant initiative, known as "Operation Safe Streets," has resulted in 28 arrests over a week. Several of those were taken into custody for failure to appear in court, violation of probation, failure to pay child support. There was one suspect, who was a fugitive from Pennsylvania, who was arrested for violation of probation. The operation was conducted by the Cumberland City Police and members of the Allegany County Sheriff's Department.
OUTAGE AFFECTS 2,000 CUSTOMERS
A power outage yesterday morning affected about 2,000 customers in lower LaVale. The outage, reported around 8:15, brought out Potomac Edison personnel, and disrupted power at Parkside Elementary and Cash Valley Elementary Schools. Power was restored about an hour later. Customers in the lower LaVale area and parts of the Haystack Mountain area were affected.
BASIN AT CANAL PLACE EMPTIED BY PUMP FAILURE
Two pumps have failed at Canal Place, causing the basin to drain, with vegetation taking over the water that is still there. The National Park Service and Canal Place officials are evaluating the situation, and will check the pumps and pipes for leaks, in an effort to restore the attraction. It may take some time to repair the pumps and pipes.
CASINO COMPANY LOOKS AT OPTIONS
Lakes Entertainment, owner of Rocky Gap Casino Resort, has hired a financial advisor on what they are calling "strategic alternatives." Macquarie Capital, based in Australia, will help the owners look at a variety of options for the company's future, including "potential acquisitions, joint ventures, and recapitalization." And, while that may sound vague, that is all the company is willing to say about future intentions.
ROUTE 219 EXPANSION PROJECT CONTINUES
It's been a year since ground was broken for the Route 219 expansion project in Somerset County. The project is making major headway, in that about four million cubic yards of earth has been moved; of the $110 million set aside for the project, about $41 million has been spent. The project will result in the paving of another 11-1/2 miles from Route 219 in Somerset to the Meyersdale bypass. The project should be completed by October of 2017.
ROOFER DIES AS THE RESULT OF HEAD INJURIES
An Everett, Pennsylvania man who had fallen off of a roof in Somerset County earlier this month, has died. Thirty-year old Gregory Beckett died as the result of a severe head injury. He had been working on a roof in Davidsville, when he lost his footing and fell to the ground. He was taken to the Somerset County Memorial Medical Center.
WOMAN ARRESTED IN DOMESTIC ASSAULT INCIDENT
Thirty-nine year old Cumberland resident Arika McMillan was charged with a count of second-degree assault, following an incident in the 200-block of Gay Street Wednesday evening. She had been arguing with a resident there, when it then turned physical. The victim sustained minor injuries that did not require medical attention, but she was arrested and taken for an initial appearance in District Court. She was released on personal recognizance.
HEARING ON KEYSER ANNEXATION SET
The Mineral County Commission has scheduled a public meeting on annexing just over 90 acres of land in the south end of town. The meeting will be held on September 23rd at 6:30 p.m. A West Virginia state regulation states the county may approve "minor boundary adjustments" without the city taking the proposal to the public for a vote. Commissioner Richard Lechliter says the city of Keyser's petition was "deficient in two areas," but did not say what those were. Additonal information should be submitted on the annexation by next Friday.
DEPUTY ARRESTS SUSPENDED DRIVER
The Allegany County Sheriff's Department arrested a driver, whose license was suspended. A traffic stop on McMullen Highway resulted in the arrest of Charles Trent Thomas of LaVale. He was taken to a District Court Commissioner and later released on his own recognizance.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA COMMISSION MAY MISS DEADLINE
The final regulations from Maryland's Medical Marijuana Commission are due in less than three weeks, but a public hearing held this week in Annapolis, was the group's first. Panel members were told the proposed rules are too burdensome and too vague for the program to work; advocates for medical marijuana say the rules and regulations could cause months of setbacks to a program that has already been delayed.
CONSERVATION CORPS BEGINS WORK
Thirty-two young people began work this week, volunteering for a year under the 2015 Chesapeake Conservation Corps program. More than 100 had applied for the position, where they will work with organizations on environmental projects that benefit the Chesapeake Bay. The trust's executive director Jana Davis says the experience is coveted, whether participants recently graduated from high school or college.
JUVENILE JUSTICE STUDY UNDERWAY
While West Virginia nearly doubled the rate at which youths were sent to juvenile facilities from 1997 to 2011, there have been decreases, nationwide, in that practice. The West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force is working with Pew Charitable Trusts to recommend improvements to the juvenile justice system, and will issue a report by December. The panel will draw from best practices from other states.
POSSIBLE FRAUD UNCOVERED BY AUDIT
"Additional instances of possible fraud or abuse" have been found during the final 18 months of former state Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass' tenure. The Department of Agriculture released an audit, which included questionable spending of nearly $662,000 of federal stimulus money in June of 2011 to install new refrigeration units at the Inwood Farmer's Market in Berkeley County. Auditors say it was a bad investment, in that the market lost an average of $100,000 per year for six years in a row.
RIVER ACCESS DISCUSSED
Officials from several agencies were on hand for a meeting yesterday, in which boater access to the Potomac River was discussed. Representatives from the National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DNR, and other local officials discussed the possibility of an approach site, with the DNR objecting to the proposed site near the Merling Building on Beall Street. Lisa Gutierrez of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources says her group has concerns over safety issues. For his part, local businessman George Merling says he could have a site up and running within two months.
ESCAPEE SENTENCED IN GARRETT CASE
Washington, D.C. resident DeAndre Kelly has been sntenced to 19 years in prison in connection to a Garrett County case from 2011. Kelly was sentenced on charges of possession with intent to distribute narcotics, escape and for carrying and using a firearm in the relation to a drug trafficking crime. Following his release, he will be on five years of supervised probation.
COUNTY COULD HIRE VETERANS' "OMBUDSMAN"
Allegany County could adopt a program, similar to one in Carroll County, that would help veterans work through paperwork and bureaucracy to receive the benefits to which they are entitled. Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay called the potential position a "veteran's ombudsman," and would be a part-time, two-day-per-week position.
SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MAN LAST SEEN IN LAVALE
The search is continuing for a Gaithersburg man, who was last seen at the Super 8 Motel on National Highway in LaVale. Fifty-four year old Martin Rogers, a scientist with the National Institute of Health, was last seen August 22nd. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information, leading to his whereabouts.
MAN CHARGED IN SOMERSET STABBING
Nineteen-year old Anthony Tyler Campbell of Somerset County has been charged with attempted homicide, after he allegedly stabbed another man four times in the face on August 15th. Campbell was charged with four counts of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment, along with counts of burglary, terroristic threats, and reckless endangerment.
DRUG COUNTS AGAINST TWO PITTSBURGH AREA MEN
Felony drug charges have been brought in Somerset County against two Allegheny County residents. Twenty-year old Darrell Jeffrey Mar or Verona, and Daleron Kameron Stewart of Wilkinsburg are charged with selling heroin and conspiring to distribute crack cocaine in Somerset.
NEARLY ONE-THIRD PARTICIPATE IN RECYCLING
About 30 per cent of households are participating in curbside recycling, according to a recent survey by Burgmeier's Hauling, Incorporated. Recycling is done on about 6 to 9 tons of co-mingled materials per week and four tons of paper per week, and Cumberland is on track to keep 61 tons of recycling out of the landfill by the end of this month. Recycling occurs on the first trash day of each week, running on an alternating week schedule of co-mingled products one week and mixed papers the following week.
SUMMONS SERVED ON CUMBERLAND RESIDENT
A criminal summons was served on 34-year old Timothy Adam Spiker of Cumberland. A private citizen applied for charges at District Court, and charges him with a fourth-degree sex offense.
MAN CHARGED IN DISTURBANCE
Cumberland resident Thomas Michael Marvin has been charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun, stemming from a disturbance in mid-August. The incident happened in the 500-block of Hill Street; during the investigation, it was learned he had the weapon. The summons was issued after charges were filed in District Court.
MRHS "MEET THE SQUAD" NIGHT
Mountain Ridge High School will host its annual "Meet the Squad" night on Tuesday, September 2nd at 7 p.m. in the stadium. In the event of bad weather, the program will be moved into the main gym. Members of the fall athletic teams will be introduced, and there will be performances by the Diamonds, the cheerleaders, the band, and the color guard. There is no admission charge for the event.
SUBPOENAS ISSED IN HEALTH EXCHANGE INVESTIGATION
A federal audit of Maryland's flawed health care exchange website has developed into what is being called a "full blown investigation." Representative Andy Harris, Maryland's sole Republican Congressman, says the subpoenas have been issued to unknown people involved in the probe. He says he doesn't know if some people are not forthcoming with information, or if the Inspector General has come up with something that could yield criminal charges.
HOGAN HAS MONEY ADVANTAGE OVER BROWN
Republican Gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan has a better than 3 to 1 fundraising advantage over his opponent, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown. Hogan is reporting $2.4 million to Brown's $760,000, although Hogan's fundraising for the general election campaign is essentially frozen; Brown can continue to raise money through the November 4th general election. Hogan received a $2.6 million lump sum payment from the state's public financing fund, after the June 24th primary.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY LAWYER APPOINTED JUDGE
In a series of appointments this week, Governor Martin O'Malley named the lawyer who defends the General Assembly to a seat on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Friedman, an assistant attorney general, will replace Judge Albert J. Matricciani, who resigned earlier this year. In his role, Friedman also dispensed legal advice to state lawmakers and public officials.
MAN SENTENCED FOR ROBBERY
A plea agreement will send a Frostburg resident to prison for ten years. Thirty-four year old Jeremiah Seib pleaded guilty to robbing First People's Credit Union in Short Gap in September of last year. He was indicted in January of this year. Seib turned himself in to Frostburg authorities, was extradited to West Virginia, and has been held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail since that time. Seib will serve his sentence in a federal prison facility.
BALTIMORE SUSPECT ARRESTED IN CUMBERLAND
Twenty-three year old Dontray White of Baltimore, who is wanted there in connection with an attempted murder, was arrested in Cumberland yesterday. Investigators obtained several addresses of known acquaintances. He was eventually arrested at one of those locations. He was transported back to Baltimore, pending an initial court appearance.
GARRETT CIRCUIT JUDGE APPOINTED
Governor Martin O'Malley has appointed Raymond George Strubin as a Garrett County Circuit Court judge, replacing Judge James Sherbin, who announced his retirement in February of this year. Strubin had served as an assistant public defender in Garrett County, and had previously served as the assistant public defender in Washington County.
COMMUNICATION POLICY REVISED BY BOARD
The Allegany County Board of Education has revised its policy, regarding communication between staff and school board members. While some thought the policy was repressive, the new draft encourages communication between the two on matters of policy, practice and procedure. The only exception to the policy is when a situation is of a sensitive nature, and could be heard in an appeal process by the school board.
TRAP SET FOR BEAR IN WARDENSVILLE
The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources have set traps for a bear that attacked a man and his dog in the George Washington National Forest near Wardensville last week. Steven Krichbaum was taken to Winchester Medical Center following the attack, while his dog was taken to an emergency animal hospital. The attack is considered provoked, because the dog had chased one of the bear cubs.
RIDGELEY GETTING SET FOR CENTENNIAL
The town of Ridgeley is getting ready for its centennial celebration next weekend. Opening ceremonies take place on Friday, September 5th at the Veteran's Memorial at the Gold Star VFW. Saturday's festivities include a breakfast at the Calvary United Methodist Church and a cruise-in at Nelson Auto Sales. The grand feature parade will get underway on Saturday, September 6th at 5:30 p.m.
RURAL COUNTIES COALITION GROWS
Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay says three more counties have shown interest in the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition. Discussions were held during the MACo Summer Conference in Ocean City on how to best advocate for Maryland's veterans. McKay says one aspect of the discussion was helping veterans "navigate" various programs available to them.
SUMMONS SERVED FOR RECKLESS DRIVING
Cumberland resident Michael Steven Ford was served with a criminal summons in connection with a motor vehicle crash that took place on May 14th of this year. Ford allegedly struck a parked vehicle while traveling on Race Street in south Cumberland. He was charged with both reckless and negligent driving.
FINAL CLINIC FOR 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR
The Allegany County Health Department is offering free TDAP and meningitis vaccinations, which are required for all students entering the 7th grade this school year. The final clinic will be held next Wednesday, September 3rd at the Health Department's Willowbrook Office Complex from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call (301)-759-5082.
P.E. POLE INSPECTION AND REPLACEMENT CONTINUES
Potomac Edison crews have replaced or repaired about 1,000 wooden utility poles so far this year, as part of the company's annual inspection program. Year-to-date, P.E. has inspected about 21,500 wooden poles, with 2,354 of those in Cumberland and 1,744 in Oakland alone. The utility expects to spend over $2 million on the inspections. Each of the Southern Yellow Pine poles replaced, costs about $400 each.
WOMEN CHARGED IN MURDER-FOR-HIRE PLOT
Two Fayette County, West Virginia women have been charged in connection with a murder-for-hire plot. Sara Swaggerty and Tammy Bair have been charged. Swaggerty allegedly gave an undercover police officer $500 to kill her husband, who is currently charged with21 counts of sex crimes against children. Both are in the Southern Regional Jail. Police say she wanted her husband dead, and wanted it to look like an accident. She had offered $2500 to do the job.
PIRATE MINOR LEAGUE TEAM TO LOCATE IN MORGANTOWN
The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced plans to locate one of its minor league teams to Morgantown, West Virginia. The team will be relocating from Jamestown, New York, and will be playing its games at a new ballpark, being constructed at the University Towne Center. The WVU team will play there next spring, before the minor league "short season" begins in June.
THREE CONVICTED IN FEDERAL DRUG CASES
Three people, who were responsible for a large drug trafficking operation in which cocaine was brought to the Keyser area from other parts of the country, each face up to 20 years in prison. Thirty-three year old Cedric Malachi Jones, also known as "BG" of South Ozone Park, New York-the so-called leader of the operation-pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Adrian Nicholas Sanchez, of Cumberland, and Christopher Lee Redman each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Both will forfeit thousands of dollars, and will each pay a $90,000 monetary judgment.
HEARING HELD FOR MURDER SUSPSECT
A hearing was held yesterday for Cumberland resident Robert Hernandez. He is accused of stabbing West Virginia University freshman Devante Waites at a Morgantown bar earlier this month; Waites died a few hours later at a Morgantown hospital. The hearing was held to decide if there is enough evidence to forward the charges to a Monongalia County grand jury. Hernandez was arrested less than 24 hours after the stabbing, and has been in jail, without bail, since that time.
OLDTOWN BRIDGE RE-OPENED
The Oldtown Toll Bridge, which had been washed out in June flooding, has reopened. Repairs took less time than was originally thought. The bridge is the only crossing of the Potomac River for 15 miles in either direction. The Oldtown Bridge is the only privately owned structure of its kind in the state.
AMERICAN WOODMARK TO ADD JOBS IN W.VA.
American Woodmark says it plans to add 80 full time jobs and invest $30 million at its facility in Moorefield. That would boost the site's employment to 655 workers. The company also plans to expand, adding 100,000 square feet to its facility. The expansion should be completed by the fall of next year.
BUS INVOLVED IN MINOR ACCIDENT
Allegany County Public School Bus #51, en route to Northeast Elementary School, caused minor damage to a parked passenger car on Pear Street at around 8:15 yesterday morning. There was no damage to the bus. Student arrival was slightly delayed due to the accident.
JEFFERSON STREET FIRE "INCENDIARY" IN NATURE
The Maryland State Fire Marshal has determined that a Saturday morning fire on Jefferson Street was arson. The fire was discovered by a neighbor who was awakened by smoke and observed a fire burning on the back porch of the vacant residence next to him. The structure is owned by Pieter Kloos; smoke detectors were in the building, but they did not activate. Estimated damages to the building were set at approximately $15,000.
MISSING MAN LAST SEEN AT SUPER 8
Authorities are looking for a Gaithersburg man, who was last seen at the Super 8 motel in LaVale. The family of Martin John Rogers is concerned about his emotional well-being. He was last spotted at the hotel on August 21st, and had been driving a 2001 Audi A-4. No sightings have been reported since that time. Anyone with information should call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at (301)-279-8000.
PLANNING FOR 2015 MINERAL COUNTY DAY
Mineral County Day is being planned for next January 15th in Charleston. Mineral will be partnering with Monongalia County to highlight what each has to offer. Similar to Allegany County's annual PACE reception, Mineral County will produce a brochure, showing priority projects such as water/wastewater, transportation and economic development to state legislators.
MAN CHARGED WITH THEFT, BURGLARY
Thirty-eight year old Kelly Cole of Cumberland has been charged with burglary and theft, following an incident in the 200-block of Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday. Cole is accused of breaking into a garage, and stealing several items, including a four-wheeler. Tracks from the ATV, led police to a separate garage, several streets over from the victim's residence. Cold was taken for an initial appearance in District Court, and held on $35,000 bond.
CONTROL BOARD TO HEAR COMPLAINTS
The Allegany County Animal Control Board will be taking public comment at a meeting to be held next Tuesday in Room 100 of the county office complex on Kelly Road. While there will be no discussion or action taken, comments will be considered at a future meeting. Residents who wish to speak are asked to sign up, prior to 6 p.m. Comments will be limited to five minutes per speaker.
TEACHERS PARTICIPATE IN "STEM" EXTERNSHIPS
Fifteen Allegany County public school educators recently had the chance to participate in the 2014 summer "STEM" externships. During the four-week job experience, teachers were provided with full-time work experience, as they shadowed employees and completed tasks or assisted with projects. Participating teachers also had the opportunity to contribute ideas and conduct informal interviews of staff and employees.
MARATHON TO OPEN REGISTRATION ON LABOR DAY
Labor Day will make the official opening of registration for the 2nd annual Queen City Marathon for Active Water. Online registration will be available through the official race website and "active.com." A printable, mail-in registration form is also available from the official event website, "runthequeencity.com." Early bird registration runs through December 31st, and is $60. The fee increases to $70 on January 1st.
CONEMAUGH HEALTH SYSTEM SOLD TO DUKE LIFEPOINT
The Conemaugh Health System is now owned by Duke LifePoint health care, which says it plans to pump about $400 million into the local economy with new facilities in Richland and Ebensburg. No employee layoffs are expected. A county judge approved the sale last week.
AMENDMENT PLACED ON STATE BALLOT
Voters will consider a state constitutional amendment in November, which will limit when the Governor and Legislature can take money from the state's Transportation Trust Fund. Ragina Cooper-Averella, Triple "A" Atlantic's manager of public and governmental affairs, says the now-certified language deals with how the funds are spent.
MARYLAND TO SHARE IN SETTLEMENT
The state of Maryland is expected to see a portion of a settlement between U.S. regulators and Bank of America. The financial institution was accused of misleading investors into buying toxic, mortgage-backed securities. The agreement was for $17 million, and is the biggest settlement of any one company in U.S. history. Predatory lending and practices, such as "robo-signing" of foreclosure notices may have led to the housing collapse the fueled the Great Recession.
WEST VIRGINIA ACT SCORES UNCHANGED
A.C.T. college entrance exam scores remained virtually unchanged in West Virginia for the fourth straight year. Scores averaged 20.6 on the exam, but slight improvement was shown in reading scores. But they were unchanged in the science and math categories. English scores dipped slightly. Nationally, the average overall A.C.T. scores increased slightly to 21.0.
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