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TWO HOUSING AUTHORITY EMPLOYEES CHARGED

Two employees of the Cumberland Housing Authority have been charged with felony theft by the C3I unit. Fifty-eight year old Leroy Francis Bennett of Oldtown and 50-year old William Joseph Beechie of Frostburg are charged with stealing two large flat screen televisions, from a Klotz Mill apartment, after the tenant had passed away. Procedure requires that the next of kin be notified in order to make arrangements concerning property left behind. The two were charged and released pending their next scheduled court appearances.

 

DEAL REACHED WITH FIREFIGHTERS

Fire Fighters Local 1715 and the city of Cumberland have reached a tentative deal on a new contract. The agreement caps more than a year of negotiations, and was reached after the two parties met with a federal mediator over the past several months. While details were not made public, the union will meet on August 18th to discuss the potential new deal.

 

RAILROADS SUE M.D.E. OVER DISCLOSURES

Both CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway have filed suit against the Maryland Department of the Environment, over a May ruling which requires the disclosure of crude oil, being transported through the state. There have been several rail accidents involving the fuel, but the railroads maintain the release of that information would pose a security threat and compromise commercially sensitive information. For its part, the state will withhold the records until a ruling from the courts is made.

 

BOARD WANTS CRIMINAL CHECKS FOR DOCTORS

The Maryland Board of Physicians says it is seeking the authority to conduct criminal investigations for medical license applicants in the state of Maryland. The move comes after Dr. William Dando of Allegany County was convicted, and served time in prison for raping a woman at gunpoint in Florida in 1987. Details of his past came to light in May, when he was charged with molesting a patient at a walk-in clinic in LaVale.

 

AUTHORITY ADDRESSES AUTOCROSS AGAIN

The Potomac Highlands Airport Authority will send a letter to Maryland State Senator George Edwards, to clarify its position on the National Autocross Race. Interim Chairman Leon Hinkle presented a letter this week that stated, in part, that "after careful review, the decision was not to prohibit the event, but to not permit the event in the aircraft operational area of the airport." The Federal Aviation Administration has stated that hosting such an event may threaten funding for a new runway project at the facility.

 

NOTICE ISSUED FROM FOUNTAIN PUBLIC SERVICE DISTRICT

There was an 8-inch water line break in the area of Route 46 yesterday, disrupting service from Windy Hill Drive to the end of the line on Route 46. This includes all of the Fountainhead subdivision. A "Boil Water" notice has been issued for that area; the Fountain Public Service District is working to repair the break; residents will be notified when the advisory is lifted.

 

TWO ARRESTED FOR PROBATION VIOLATION

Two women were arrested in separate incidents, for probation violations. In the first, 31-year old Elizabeth Mae Price was taken into custody at Jane Frazier Village around 2 a.m. yesterday. She was held on $500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. In the second, 30-year old Taryn Denise Hartley was arrested, also for a probation violation. She was held in the Allegany County Detention Center on a $57.50 bond.

 

VANDALS OPEN HYDRANT IN BEDFORD

Vandals hit an area of the Bedford County Business Park, opening a fire hydrant,  releasing about 200,000 gallons of water. The hydrant was opened for about three hours, before it was noticed by a person who lives near the park. Water levels in the tank had dropped about two-and-one-half feet, which jeopardized water pressure. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Bedford.

 

LIBRARY RENOVATIONS PLANNED

Renovations at the South Cumberland Library could begin as soon as next year, thanks to a combination of state and county funding. Changes to make the library more computer friendly, along with making it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act are two major renovations planned. The building's roof was recently replaced, and the work was finished last month.

 

FATAL VEHICLE COLLISION IN HAGERSTOWN

A 23-year old Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania man, Zachery Swope, was involved in a fatal collision with a pedestrian in  westbound Route 40 early this morning. Swope had been driving along the road, when he hit 32-year old Robert Matthew Owen of Hagerstown, who was walking in the right turn lane of the road. Owen was taken to Meritus Medical Center and later pronounced dead. The initial investigation is being conducted by State Police. The road was closed for about three hours.

 

HAGERSTOWN ADDS MORE FLIGHTS

Beginning in December, Allegiant Airlines in Hagerstown will be flying to Orlando more than ten times per month, more than the current twice a week schedule. Between December 15th and January 1st, Allegiant will fly to Orlando ten times alone. And, beginning in January, a spokesperson for the airport says there will be even more bigger and better changes.

 

"GREEN TIMES THREE" GENERATES MILLIONS IN GRANTS

"Greening the Streets" makes communities more attractive, and new plants and grasses along roads and waterways also help filter out contaminants that eventually end up in the Chesapeake Bay. Three-point-seven million dollars are on the way to local non-profits, towns and schools to carry out projects for the "Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns" partnership. The Chesapeake Bay Trust, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the EPA announced funding recently. EPA Administrator Shawn Garvin comments. Garvin says the projects carry value beyond each neighborhood.

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