Name Selected for Affiliation
Trivergent Health Alliance has been selected as the name of the new affiliation among the Western Maryland Health System, Frederick Regional Health System, and Meritus Health in Hagerstown. According to the Western Maryland Health System Facebook page, the new alliance will help each organization achieve shared goals of enhancing the quality of care, improving population health, and reducing the cost of providing care. The post also credited Clay Jones of the WMHS Finance Department for coming up with the name.
Missing Child Found Safe
A child who had been reported missing early yesterday afternoon has been found safe. Cumberland City Police say they conducted an extensive search for the 9-year old, who had been reported missing from her Arch Street residence. The child was located at a friend's residence in South Cumberland, and she was returned to her home.
Four Arrested for Drug Possession
Four people were stopped Saturday evening on Route 219, south of Friendsville Road, and charged with marijuana possession. Kristyn Lyn Wilson of Lubbock, Texas, along with Patrick Eric-Stevon Staten of Capitol Heights, Maryland, Paris Shaquille Hal of District Heights and Danielle Ileen Kirk of Washington, D.C. were charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia on a criminal citation and released.
Firing Range Given Go-Ahead
The Allegany County Commissioners have given approval for development of a law enforcement firing range and training facility at Mexico Farms, on county-owned property. County employees will build the facility and the only outstanding expense will be an eight-foot fence surrounding it. Money that was saved from the construction of the new sheriff's office will be used toward the expected costs of building the fence. That was quoted at about $4500.
FSU Planning Security Facility
Frostburg State University is planning to build a new public safety building, which will be twice the size of the current building, which is 2500-square feet. The original campus police station, which was built in 1953 on University Drive, will be replaced by a 5,000-square foot building, which will be located on Braddock Road.
Charges Dropped Against Elk Garden Man
Attempted second-degree murder and other related counts have been dropped against Elk Garden, West Virginia resident Roger Lee Paugh. He had been accused of shooting Westernport resident Dustin Loy. Following an investigation, it was determined that Loy's gunshot wound to the hand had been self-inflicted. Loy will be charged with providing false information to law enforcement.
Man Sentenced to Prison in Sexual Abuse Case
Hampshire County resident Harry Wright has been sentenced to at least 20 years in prison, after pleading guilty to eight counts of sexual abuse. Wright will serve no less than 20 years, but no more than 100 years in prison. He was also fined $1,000 for each count. While two witnesses testified against Wright at the sentencing, three testified on his behalf.
Two Pennsylvania Men Face Drug Charges
Two Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania men have been arrested for allegedly transporting heroin through Somerset County. Both Joe Molina-Delgado and Lewis Henderson were allegedly transporting the drugs, valued at over $30,000, when they were stopped on the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Somerset. There were 2,000 stamp bags of heroin found in the car, which would likely have been sold for $15 to $20 per bag on the street.
Cumberland Man Charged with Theft
Thirty-five year old Cumberland resident Joseph William Wood has been charged with theft, after allegedly failing to pay for a taxi cab ride. The criminal citation was issued in the area of Fourth Street at Seymour Street in South Cumberland. He was released from the scene, pending further action in District Court at a later date.
Former Frostburg Mayor Passes Away
Services will take place today for former Frostburg Mayor William "Bill" Davis, who died Friday at the Frostburg Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 81. Davis had also been a teacher in Allegany County Schools, and was a real estate agent. Internment will be at the Frostburg Memorial Park.
Master's Program in Nursing at FSU Approved
Although the program still needs approval by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the University System of Maryland gave its approval to a master's degree in nursing at Frostburg State University last week. The program will address a shortage of nursing educators, and adds a master's degree, with an emphasis on either education or administration. Only FSU will have an online option to make the program more attractive to working nurses with scheduling conflicts.
Maryland Man Added to Most Wanted List
A former high-ranking State Department official has been added to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List, after brutally killing his wife, mother and three sons in 1976. William Bradford Bishop bludgeoned the victims with a sledgehammer in an upper-class Bethesda, Maryland neighborhood then, and has been spotted in several foreign countries and the United States, but has never been arrested. Bishop would now be 77 years old, and a reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading to his arrest.
O'Malley to Sign Decriminalization Bill
Governor Martin O'Malley will sign the marijuana decriminalization bill today, despite prosecutors across the state urging him to veto the legislation. The bill would reduce the penalties for possessing less than 10-grams of the durg from 90 days in jail, to civil fines, starting at $100. He is also expected to sign a bill to expand medical marijuana use.
Family Dollar to Close 370 Stores
Family Dollar Stores has announced it is closing 370 stores in the United States, but it is unclear whether the closures will affect any local or regional facilities. The chain has stores in more than 45 states; slow sales were cited as a factor in marking the decision. A final statement on which stores would be closing has not been made.
Maryland Ranks High In Foreclosures
The state of Maryland has the third highest foreclosure rate in the country, despite fact that foreclosure rates are down more than 20 per cent across the country. A spokesperson for RealtyTrac says it has seen rates increase, and that has been the trend for the past two years in the state. About 1 in 189 homes in Maryland are in foreclosure.
Common Core Legislation Approved
Common Core is often a controversial topic in Maryland, but there wasn't much opposition to three pieces of legislation that have received final approval in the General Assembly. The bills address concerns about testing and implementation. Maryland State Education Association President Betty Weller says time, flexibility, and resources were needed. Weller says Common Core State Standards are the biggest education change she's seen in her career, and more tweaks may be needed as they are implemented.
Farimont Man Injured by Power Lines
Eugene Boyce, of Farimont who is a delivery driver for Lowe's in Morgantown, is in UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, after suffering electrical shock during a delivery this past Friday. Boyce was delivering supplies in a large boom truck on Sand Springs Road near Cheat Lake, when he tried to raise overhead power lines to allow the truck to pass underneath. He was found on the roof of the truck cab and was Life Flighted to Pittsburgh.