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Parents File Suit Against Board

A group of Little Orleans parents has filed suit against the Allegany County Board of Education, in an effort to keep their children in Washington County Schools. The suit asks that the court stop the board from requiring middle school students to attend Allegany County public schools, and allowing them to remain at Hancock Middle/Senior High School. No date for the hearing has been set.


Mayor and Council Receive Update on Ridgecrest, Perkins Restaurant

The Cumberland Mayor and City Council received updates last night on the former Memorial Hospital and the Perkin’s Restaurant, which is still planned for Canal Place. John Laughlin of Ridgecrest says that all projects in conjunction with the building are still moving ahead; Perkins restaurant is expected to exercise its lease option within the next few weeks, before the Labor Day holiday weekend. The Perkins and Marie Callendar’s Incorporated bankruptcy does not affect the Cumberland project at Canal Place.


Garrett County Man Disarmed During Tuesday Incident

A Garrett County man was taken into custody without incident yesterday, after he confronted sheriff’s deputies outside of his Grantsville home. Twenty-seven year old Jason Beitzel was taken to Garrett Memorial Hospital, following his arrest yesterday. Beitzel, who was armed, exited the home early yesterday morning, refusing to drop the rifle he was carrying. Instead, he loaded it and moved toward the deputies in an aggressive manner. Minimal force was used to take him into custody.


Commissioners Attending MACO Conference

The Allegany County Commissioners are attending the Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference this week in Ocean City. The goal of the conference is to provide county decision makers and other participants with a clearer perspective of the challenges facing counties and to provide strategies for addressing and solving those challenges. The theme for the conference is, “New Energy, New Outcomes.”


Drug Testing Possible for Keyser Employees

The city of Keyser may be instituting a drug testing policy for anyone driving a city vehicle, or who operates equipment. The Mayor and Council there are waiting for word on the costs, and the City Attorney John Athey is still looking at the language of a proposed policy, and how it would agree with state and federal law. The new policy, when adopted, would be added to the city employee’s handbook.


More Details in Death of Somerset County Baby

More details are being released on the death of a 17-month old baby in Somerset County on August 5th. Twenty-six year old Cody Schartiger had been charged in connection with the death of a 3-year old boy last year in Ursina. That case is still under investigation, but Schartiger is again in custody and his $75,000 bail has been revoked. It is not clear whether there is a connection between the two cases. Some in the area said the child had been very sick and had been in the hospital in five days. The child also allegedly had an appointment scheduled at Children’s Hospital.


Vehicle Theft Investigated

The Maryland State Police at McHenry are investigating the theft of keys and loose change from a car along Pysell Road in the Mountain Village West apartment complex. The Maryland State Police are reminding everyone to keep their cars locked, valuables out of sight, and to not leave the car keys in the vehicle. Anyone with information or if suspicious activity is observed, is asked to contact the McHenry barrack at (301)-387-1101 or the LaVale barrack at (301)-729-2101.


Pennsylvania Man Sentenced on Drug Charges

Saxton, Pennsylvania resident Gene Baker has been sentenced from 15 to 30 years in a state correctional facility. The 69-year old man had been considered a major heroin and crack cocaine supplier in the Saxton-Broad Top-Heopwell areas. A search of his home turned up drug paraphernalia, as well as a sawed-off shotgun. He was convicted by a jury in late April, on seven counts each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, along with other drug counts.


John Humbird Offers School Choice Option

John Humbird Elementary School will be offering the Title I School Choice Option to families during the upcoming school year. This is being done in compliance with No Child Left Behnd guidelines, and as a result of John Humbird not achieving Adequate Yearly Progress for two consecutive years. Parents will have the choice to transfer their children to either Northeast or South Penn Elementary Schools, or to remain at John Humbird. The school system will provide transportation to students choosing to transfer.


Tri-Towns Homefest Meeting Set

The Tri-Towns Homefest Planners will meet at the Westernport City Building on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. to coordinate a community celebration for September 9th through the 11th. If there are any questions, contact Jim Mertz at (301)-268-2895.

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