City Revamps Ethics Code
The Cumberland Mayor and City Council met this week, to revise the city’s ethics code to meet state ethics requirements. City Solicitor Michael Scott Cohen presented several hypothetical scenarios which could present a conflict of interest. Council member Butch Hendershot asked that it be made public knowledge as to which council members abstain from certain votes, and Mayor Brian Grim noted it is already public knowledge.
Frostburg Man Served with Warrant
A man who fled from the Allegany County Circuit Court building earlier in the week was served with an arrest warrant on Wednesday. Twenty-seven year old Frostburg resident Dewayne Anthony Jones was arrested for failure to appear on charges of possession of contraband in a place of confinement, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He was held without bond in the Allegany County Detention Center.
Belt Awarded Contract
Carl Belt, Incorporated of Cumberland has been awarded an over $346,000 contract to build a turbine and generator for the hydroelectric plant to be built on Big Savage Mountain; Belt was the low bidder for the contract. Belt is also working on another phase of the project-replacing a portion of the raw water transmission main from Piney Dam.
Citizens Asked to Remain Vigilant
Hotter weather may be giving thieves more of an opportunity, according to the Cumberland City Police. There has been a rise in residential burglaries, with suspects entering residences in the late night or early morning hours, often through unlocked windows and doors, while residents are sleeping. Noise generated by air conditioning and fan units are being used to the burglars’ advantage, to cover the noise made by intruders. Citizens are being asked to remain vigilant.
Former DNR Officer Sentenced
Former Maryland Department of Natural Resources Officer Phillip Bell of LaVale has been sentenced to ten years in a state correctional institution on several counts of indecent assault, aggravated assault and a count of corruption of minors. Bell was convicted in Bedford County, following a jury trial in April. Bell is accused of going to the home of a 13-year old Bedford County girl in July of last year, with a cooler of beer and a bottle of rum, while the girls’ parents were at work. He was further accused of engaging in numerous sexual acts with her. He had, for several months, been communicating with the girl through MySpace on the internet.
YMCA Announces New Group Home Management
The Cumberland YMCA has announced that San Mar is the new parent organization for the Allegany County Girls’ Group Home. The transition became effective on July 1st and the program remains under the day-to-day guidance of Jennifer Younker, certified clinical social worker and certified residential child care program administrator, who has served as the program director since 2008. San Mar provides care to adolescent and pre-adolescent girls who have experienced the traumas of abuse.
Fishertown Resident Killed in Motorcycle Accident
Thirty-nine year old Scott Stuart of Fishertown was killed in a motorcycle accident this week. His 1996 Honda was traveling at a high rate of speed, when he was unable to negotiate a left-hand curve. It left the roadway and struck a sign on Quaker Valley Road in Pleasantville borough. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Power Interruption Postponed
A power interruption, originally scheduled by FirstEnergy in Hyndman for Saturday, has been postponed, due to the excessive heat. Crews were to have performed routine substation maintenance. It will be rescheduled at a later date.
Mountain Ridge Hosts Back To School Night
Mountain Ridge High School will host a Back to School night on Thursday, August 18th from 6-8 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. Students and parents are encouraged to attend; they will have the opportunity to follow a brief seven-period schedule in order to meet staff and become familiar with the layout of the school. Mountain Ridge will also host a Meet the Squad Night on Tuesday, August 30th, beginning at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the stadium, weather permitting.
Carpendale Advisory Cancelled
The water advisory in Carpendale, issued earlier this week, has been cancelled. The Mineral County Office of Emergency Management/Homeland Security says pump system repairs have been finished, and residents there no longer have to boil their water.