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Juveniles Arrested in Break-In, Theft

Two juveniles, ages 13 and 14, have been arrested in connection with the weekend break in and theft at the South Penn Elementary School. Surveillance video showed the two running through the school, entering several areas and removing items. About $800.00 worth of electronic equipment and other items were stolen. A search warrant was obtained for two separate residences on Grand Avenue in Cumberland. The two are being charged as delinquents with breaking and entering, theft and other charges. They have been turned over to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice, pending further legal action.


Payments to be Made on Time

Social Security payments for today will be made on time, as will the payments for August 10th, 17th, and 24th. Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue notes there will be no delay in the payment of Social Security benefits, since Congress and the President were able to formulate an agreement on the debt ceiling and spending. If you still receive a paper check each month, you’re encouraged to sign up for direct deposit. All current beneficiaries will be required to switch to electronic payments by March of 2013.


Six Express Interest in Safety Commissioner Position

Six candidates have submitted letters of interest in the position of Frostburg’s Public Safety Commissioner. The selection will be announced at a later date, during a work session or at a City Council meeting, according to Frostburg City Administrator John Kirby. Walter Mackay, William Evans, Jr., Michael R. Wade, Richard Michael Harris, Richard Weimer and David Knepper are interested in the position, which was vacated by the retirement of Arthur Bond, and the appointment of council member Robert Flanigan to the position of Mayor.


Council Member Wants Meetings Open to the Public

Cumberland City Council member Butch Hendershot is urging that meetings of the city traffic group be opened to the public. The traffic group gathers periodically to discuss traffic issues within the city and makes recommendations to the city based on those discussions. Hendershot asked that this aspect of city business be made more transparent, to allow citizens to get involed in the decision-making process.


Former Commissioner Linda Golden Passes Away

Former teacher, lawyer and Allegany County Commissioner Linda Golden passed away Sunday at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center at the age of 63. She had most recently practiced law with the firm of Peter Angelos, and later became an Administrative Law Judge with the State of Maryland. After retirement, she continued to conduct legal hearings for the state. Friends are being received today at the Scarpelli Funeral Home on Virginia Avenue from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services are being conducted there tomorrow at 11 a.m. Internment will be in Hillcrest Burial Park.


Two Men Arrested in Assault Incident

Two Cumberland residents were arrested in connection with an assault, which took place in early July. Josue Elias Delvalle and Jose David Delvalle  are accused of assaulting a female. Josue Delvalle was held on $25,000 and Jose Delvalle was held on $10,000 bond in the Allegany County Detention Center.


Black Bear Lottery Continues to Accept Applications

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications to participate in this year’s lottery for black bear hunting permits. Successful applicants will receive a permit for the black bear hunting season, scheduled to take place October 24th through the 29th. Online applications are being accepted until September 2nd at applications are being accepted at (888)-579-6768 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on August 22nd through the 26th only.


Fire Marshal Investigates Frostburg Incident


The Maryland State Fire Marshal is investigating a small fire outside of a Frostburg apartment building, where a fatal fire took place in December. The structure is located at 82 East Main Street, and is owned by Paul Fiorita. The fire was outside of the building, and is being termed accidental in nature. Improperly discarded smoking materials were said to be the cause. The fire did about $50 damage to the exterior of the building.


Gun Theft Investigated

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating the theft of a gun from a vehicle, parked at a private residence on Hillcrest Drive in Deer Park. The theft occurred last weekend, and the gun is described as a Smith and Wesson .38-calibre handgun. Anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry Barrack at (301)-387-1101.


Parent Literacy Classes Being Held

Allegany County’s Adult Education Program, in collaboration with the YMCA Family Center, County United Way and Judy P. Hoyer Centers, is offering Parent Literacy classes, as part of the Barbara Bush Foundation Literacy Foundation. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in engaging activities and lessons that help parents understand why literacy is a vital part of the children’s educational success. The first class is being held Wednesday or Thursday at 11 a.m. at the YMCA Family Center. Classes will be held every other week at the downtown YMCA. For more information, call (301)-687-8025.


Tax-Free Week Slated August 14th Through The 21st


Clothing and footwear for Back To School are exempt from Maryland’s six per cent tax during the week of August 14th through the 21st. The Maryland Comptroller’s Office says the tax breaks will apply for clothing and footwear items under $100. The tax-free week will apply to any business that sells apparel. And, with some larger families spending several thousand dollars, the lack of sales tax can result in significant savings.

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