O'MALLEY DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY
Governor Martin O'Malley has declared a state of emergency for both Allegany and Washington counties, as a result of last Thursday's heavy rains and flooding. Cited in the declaration were the Cresaptown and Bowling Green areas. The declaration will allow the state to assist local agencies with recovery efforts and would allow for the assessment of damaged local infrastructure, including roads, bridges, utility plants and buildings, for possible federal assistance.
DOGS REMOVED FROM GREENE STREET RESIDENCE
Over 30 dogs were removed from a Greene Street residence on Friday, after the tenants were evicted from it. The animals were taken to the Allegany County Animal Shelter by mid-afternoon, where veterinarians were called to examine and treat the dogs. The youngest was less than two weeks old. The Animal Shelter is looking for assistance, either monetary or volunteer. You can help by calling (301)-777-5930.
CITY SUPPORTING BOAT LAUNCH AREA
Although it may not happen this summer, the city and Canal Place officials are working toward a plan to bring recreational boat use to the Potomac River. The project does not entail removing the dam beneath the Cumberland-Ridgeley bridge; kayaks could be placed either above or below it. A site, adjacent to property owned by George Merling has been discussed as an option to place a boat launch.
JUNE 'SAFE STREETS' INITIATIVE CONDUCTED
The Cumberland Police Department arrested 19 people on a total of 21 arrest warrants during the June "Safe Streets" Initiative. Three of those arrested were criminally charged with offenses that were committed in the presence of the officers working the assignment. Charges ranged from failure to appear, child abuse charges, assault, sex offenses, and drug counts, among others.
PHAA DENIES AUTOCROSS EVENTS
The Potomac Highlands Airport Authority has again denied a request to hold an autocross event, sponsored by the National Road Autosport group. The PHAA has become concerned about having the race at the airport, due to possible damages to the hangars; however, the group said it would have provided a million dollars in liability insurance for the event.
TWO ARRESTED IN ASSAULT INCIDENT
Two men were arrested, following a fight early yesterday morning at a Mechanic Street business. Both 22-year old Leonard Alexander Britton and 35-year old Franklin Antoine Fitch were taken into custody, and were to have received a bond hearing yesterday.
F.S.U. RECEIVES "TIPS" AWARD
Frostburg State University has received an Award of Excellence from Tips, which trains resident assistants to recognize behavioral cues and respond to intoxicated students and underage drinking. TIPS was later incorporated into training for the students involved in SafeRide, a student-operated transportation system. Health Communications, Incorporated is the provider of the Tips, or Training for Intervention Procedures, program.
MIKULSKI RESPONDS TO V.A. MARYLAND HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
The United States Senate is working on bi-partisan legislation that will make sure all veterans get the care they need. Maryland's Senior United States Senator Barbara Mikulski says the average wait times for new, primary care patients in the state is 81 days, the fourth worst in the country. But, the good news concerns existing patients, where the wait is only four days. One solution, according to Senator Mikulski, is to establish what is called a "Veteran's Choice Card."The veterans would still be in the system, but could get care either in Baltimore, or seven other centers in more rural areas of the state. Senator Mikulski says she believes in the late Ronald Reagan's saying of "trust, but verify."