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Health Department Investigates Possible Rabies Exposure


The Allegany County Health Department is working closely with the Board of Education to identify and notify individuals who may have been exposed to a rabid kitten which was taken to Allegany High School on May 20th of this year. The kitten was in the school from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., during an AP Government class. The kitten was confirmed to be rabid on Tuesday of this week, following a period of sickness. Anyone who may have come into direct physical contact with the animal is asked to contact the Allegany County Health Department at (301)-759-5125.

Paw Paw Man Arrested for Theft


Thirty-two year old Paw Paw resident David James Small was arrested Wednesday for the theft of copper pipe and metal conduit from the parking garage at the former Memorial Hospital in Cumberland. Officers noticed the items in a suspicious vehicle inside the garage, and found Small in a stairwell of the garage. A hypodermic syringe was located under the driver's seat of the car. He was charged with theft, destruction of property and CDS possession of drug paraphernalia. Small was held on $4,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

Cardin Introduces  CAPP Act


Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin has introduced legislation that would create jobs across the nation by encouraging the restoration of historic buildings into useful economic properties. The "Creating American Prosperity Through Preservation Act" would create Historic Tax Credits, and would help revitalize communities, encourage private investment, and create safer, more secure neighborhoods. One of the projects included in the bill is the Klotz Throwing Company Mill in Lonaconing, better  known as just the "silk mill." The building is being redeveloped as affordable housing with the help of $1.5 million in historic trust funding. The total cost of the project is $7.5 million.

Garrett County Aquatics Team Earns Medals, Ribbons at Special Olympics


The Maryland Special Olympics took place last weekend in Towson, and the Garrett County Aquatics Team competed against athletes from every county in the state. All three swimmers placed first or second in at least two of their events. Robert Broadwater, a first-time swimmer received a gold medal in two of his three events; Zachary Harpole received a gold medal in each of his two freestyle events, and Robin Fife, a veteran swimmer, received two gold and a silver in her back stroke events.

Checks in Mortgage Settlement To Be Mailed


Checks, totaling more than $15 million, are being sent this week to more than 10,000 Maryland mortgage borrowers. The individual checks, totaling about $1480 each are being sent to borrowers who submitted a valid claim through the National Mortgage Settlement. The settlement was the result of accusations that the five largest mortgage servicers in the country engage in abusive servicing and foreclosure practices, including robo-signing-creating foreclosure documents in an assembly-line fashion, without verifying their accuracy.

Bridge Work To Begin Monday in Bedford County


The second of three bridge projects will begin Monday in Everett, Pennsylvania. Cottle's Asphalt of Everett will be repairing the abutments and pier, replacing bridge bearings, as well as deteriorated members of the steel truss. The project will run through October 31st. The bridge is known as the Route 1029 bridge, over the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River in Everett. There will be detours in place, and motorists are asked to be alert and use caution in the area.

Gansler Asks for Freeze on Health Insurance Rates


Attorney General Doug Gansler is urging Maryland insurance regulators to cap any health insurance rate increases above five per cent. The attorney general is also asking for public reviews of any such requests after six months. Rate increases, according to Gansler, should be based on actual data after federal health care reform is implemented, and not on projections that serve the needs of insurance company executives.

Helicopter Makes "Hard Landing" in Morgantown


There were no injuries, but there will be an investigation into why a helicopter made a "hard landing" in Morgantown Wednesday afternoon. The chopper touched down near Lower Hildebrand Road after  noon. Subcontracting work was being done for First Energy, and it was en route from Morgantown to Fairmont. Two people were on board. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the incident.

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