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Accused Robber Out of Jail

The man who is accused of robbing the Industrial Boulevard branch of the M & T Bank on July 12th is out on bond. Thirty-year old Creek Road resident William Morgan Stewart posted bond four days after his arrest. He had been jailed on $30,000 bond. Stewart was indicted by an Allegany County Grand Jury that same day. He had previously been convicted of armed robbery in Washington County in 2002, and received a five year prison term then. Stewart will receive an initial hearing in Circuit Court on August 13th.

 

AFSME Calls for Improved Prison Safety

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees is calling on the head of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Gary Maynard, to improve safety at the North Branch Correctional Institution. There have been several assaults of correctional officers by inmates at the facility. A meeting between AFSCME and the department is scheduled for today, to discuss the issue. 

 

Man Arrested on Identity Fraud Warrant

A Rawlings man is being held on $5,000, charged with failure to appear and  identity fraud. Twenty-eight year old Joseph Thompson was arrested, following a report of a disturbance in the 100-block of Greene Street Tuesday evening. He was taken into custody without incident and received an initial appearance hearing in Allegany County District Court.

 

Assault Charges Lodged Against Cumberland Man

Fifty-two year old Eric Taylor of Cumberland is being held on $10,000 bond, following an alleged assault incident on West Oldtown Road. The victim's injuries did not require medical treatment, and Taylor was found nearby and taken into custody without incident. He received an initial appearance in District Court and was released to the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Two Injured in Accident

Two men were flown to separate hospitals, following a crash on Hyndman Road in Manns Choice yesterday morning. A car, driven by Jeffrey Corley, pulled into the path of another vehicle, driven by 72-year old Fay Leydig at the intersection of Hyndman and Allegheny Roads. Corley was taken to Conemaugh Hospital, while Leydig was transported to Altoona Hospital.

 

Bedford Man Now in Custody

A man who had been wanted for holding his estranged wife against her will and other charges, is now in custody. Ronald Miller, Sr. is accused of slapping, head-butting and threatening to shoot her with a shotgun, during a five-hour period last week. She escaped, and was able to call police from a neighbor's house.

 

Commissioners To Consider Tax Abatement

During this evening's Allegany County Commissioners meeting, a request for a tax abatement will be considered for the Allegany County Building Trades Education Foundation. The commissioners may rebate those taxes of over $7800, for recently sold property. The foundation facilitates the acquisition of land and the building of homes by students at the Allegany County Center for Career and Technical Education.

 

More Information on Maryland School Assessment

There's good news and bad news in the local portion of the Maryland School Assessment. while reading and math scores fell slightly for elementary school students, the percentage of middle school students scoring at proficient levels in reading improved from 79.5 per cent in 2012 to 82.2 per cent this year. Since the Maryland School Assessment program replaced the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program in 2003, there have been dramatic, overall gains in both elementary and middle school reading and math scores.

 

Senator Edwards Not Surprised by Myers' Announcement

Next year's General Assembly session will be the last for District 1-C Delegate LeRoy Myers, as he recently announced his intention not to seek another term. Fellow Republican, State Senator George Edwards says he was not surprised by Delegate Myers' decision. Senator Edwards says he bases this on some of the comments Myers has made over the course of the last year. Senator Edwards says Delegate Myers did not receive the support on some legislation, even from one of the committees on which he serves. He adds that Myers will remain involved in some manner, and that he should make some type of announcement about that in September.

 

Encore for a Hero Ceremony

A member of the Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department, and several other groups will be receiving a special award from the Allegany County Commissioners on August 7th. Lieutenant Ryan Curtis Hill, along with members of the Allegany County Fire Police, the Mountain Amateur Radio Club and the five Special Operations Teams will be honored for their life-saving actions to save the driver of a tractor-trailer, who was involved in an accident and submerged in the North Branch of the Potomac River earlier this year. The ceremony is set for 4 p.m. at the Allegany County Office Building.

 

Unemployment Rises in the Mountain State

Unemployment rose in 54 of West Virginia's counties in June, with only Pocahontas County showing a drop in the jobless rate. Monongalia and Jefferson counties have the lowest rates in the state at 4.2 per cent; the highest rates were reported in Webster County, with an 11.2 rate. Mason and Mingo Counties reported the next highest rates at 10.5 per cent each. Seasonally adjusted, the unemployment rate was 6.1 per cent in June, down slightly from May's rate.

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