O’Malley Says Tax Hikes Possible
Governor Martin O’Malley is not ruling out tax proposals during this fall’s special session of the General Assembly, dealing with legislative redistricting. The coming fiscal year may bring a deficit of about a billion dollars. O’Malley will further address the budget deficit during the Maryland Association of Counties meeting next weekend in Ocean City. A previous special session of the General Assembly produced an increase in the sales tax, as well as an income tax increase on Marylanders earning more than a half-million dollars a year.
Man Held on $100,000 on Sexual Assault Charges
Forty-four year old Duane Montaque-Bey is being held on $100,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after being charged with multiple sexual assault counts. A 14-year old female told police that she had been pulled to the side of a building in the 200-block of Baltimore Avenue and was assaulted. Montaque-Bey gave a false name to the officer, and was placed under arrest. He was taken to Allegany County District Court for an initial appearance.
Officer Assaulted by Inmate
An officer at the Western Correctional Institution suffered minor injuries, after being struck in the face by an inmate, during yesterday morning’s medication distribution. The officer was removed from the prison by co-workers, and was treated and released at the hospital. A suspect has been identified and investigators will pursue criminal charges. The officer will be able to return to work in a couple of days.
Oldtown Road Work Set for Monday
The Cumberland Street Department will be repairing Oldtown Road, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Race Street on Monday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Oldtown Road will be closed from South Street to Grand Avenue for about eight hours, and traffic will be detoured onto South Street, Grand Avenue and East First Street.
City Market Hopes for Spring, 2012 Opening
The City Market Group is hoping for a spring, 2012 opening. During a conference call yesterday, members of the market group learned they could not apply for an Appalachian Regional Commission grant until October 1st; they are in the process of filling out the grant application, because it needs to be more specific about vendors. The Cumberland City Market, located in the former G. C. Murphy Building, is expected to attract 25 vendors and will include food, retail and service-oriented programs.
Making Strides Event Holds Kickoff Dinner
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff dinner was held last night at Windsor Hall, with over 100 supporters in attendance, including sponsors and team captains. Annette Wolford served as emcee for the program and dinner which marks the start for the Walk, to be held at Canal Place on Saturday, October 8th. Last year, over $54,000 was raised and the goal this year has been set at a much higher level. Over 500 walkers participated in the 2010 teams, and new teams are forming for 2011. October 1st through the 8th is “Paint the Town Pink” Week to raise awareness for the event. For details, contact Lindsay Wilson at the American Cancer Society.
Somerset County Child’s Death “Suspicious” In Nature
The death of a 17-month old child in Somerset County is being termed “suspicious” by Pennsylvania State Police. The child died on August 5th, at about 3:50 a.m. in Ursina Borough, Somerset County. Authorities have not released the gender, nor the name of the child. The Somerset County Cororner is working with State Police in the investigation, and it will be several weeks to determine if charges will be filed.
Shuster Opposes Route 219 Bill
In a move that could further complicate the completion of Route 219, U.S. Representative Bill Shuster is opposing a Senate-introduced Appalachian Development Highway System Act of 2011. The bill could allow states with limited fund balances, such as West Virginia, to rescind or borrow federal funds from states like Pennsylvania that are not spending money. About $35 million is still needed to finance the project, which was funded primarily through the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Lake Closed Due to Bacterial Outbreak
The 42-acre lake at Cowan’s Gap State Park was closed because of an outbreak of bacterial infections, that included a Maryland child. There have been six confirmed cases of E.coli infection and three other probable infections among people who swam there. There was no evidence the park’s drinking water was contaminated. More intensive water testing is being done at the lake.
Active Search for Frederick Woman Called Off
The active search for Robyn Gardner of Frederick, who went missing while swimming in Aruba, has been called off. Her companion Gary Giordano remained in jail, after being questioned in conjunction with the case. The two had gone snorkeling, and Giordano says Ms. Gardner was not with him when they swam back to sea. Aruban officials, however, are questioning Giordano’s account of the August 2nd events.
Maryland Maintains AAA Rating
The state of Maryland has maintained its Triple-A rating. Standard and Poor’s downgraded the federal government’s rating to Double-A-plus last week, but has not altered Maryland’s rating. There is a strong investor demand for the state’s general obligation bonds in a sale last month; the true interest cost on the bond sale was among the lowest since 1988.