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Allegany County Students May Attend Washington County Schools

On the heels of a lawsuit, filed by Orleans residents against the Allegany County Board of Education, comes word that Washington County has approved a memorandum of understanding that allows some Allegany County high school students to continue using Washington County Schools. So far, 18 students will be included in the agreement; sixteen will go to Hancock Middle-Senior High School in the coming school year. One will attend the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts and one will attend Washington County Technical High School. Allegany County will provide bus transportation, and will reimburse Washington County fo the cost of educational services.

 

Traffic Advisory Issued by Maryland State Police

The Maryland State Police are warning motorists who are traveling tomorrow morning during “America’s 911 Ride,” which will run through Allegany and Washington Counties. From 7:30 a.m. to about 3 p.m. and 6:45 a.m. until approximately 12:30 p.m., motorists can expect delays. A group of about 2500 motorcyclists will be making the trek from Somerset County, through Allegany County, to Washington County. The riders are expected to arrive in Cumberland between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Those traveling eastbound on I-68 or eastbound I-70 should strongly consider avoiding those routes.

 

Charges Filed Against Bouncers

Charges have been filed against two men who were hired as bouncers, in connection with an assault incident that occurred in April at the Legz Gold Club in Ridgeley. Both Tim Bohn of Cumberland and Jeff Meyers of Ridgeley are being charged. The alleged victim in the incident was ordered out of the club; after he didn’t leave willingly, the two are shown on video, striking and kicking the victim. Statements were taken after the incident, because, at the time, the victim and two other witnesses were too intoxicated to obtain any information.

 

One Man Hospitalized, Another In Jail After Moorefield Stabbing

An incident on Monday in Moorefield has left one man in the hospital, and has landed the other in jail. According to reports, Mohamad Hassoni allegedly stabbed Omar Abbas with a piece of glass broken during a fight. Abbas was treated at Grant Memorial Hospital, and later transported to Winchester, Virginia Medical Center. Hassoni was treated and released from the hospital, and was being held on $50,000 bond at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.

 

Cumberland Third Best Place to Live Cheaply

Forbes Magazine has come out with a list of the “Top 10 Places to Live Cheaply” in the U.S., and Cumberland was in that Top 10. Cumberland came in third. The article cited a median income of $52,500, and a median housing price of $81,000. The article states the city has an unemployment rate of 8.9 percent, and a crime rate of 480 per 100,000 incidents. Other cities in the top 10 included Kokomo, Indiana; Bay City, Michigan; and, Wheeling West Virginia.

 

New Public Safety Commissioner Appointed in Frostburg

Walter Mackay has been appointed to the position of public safety commissioner in Frostburg, pending approval of the City Council. Mackay, who had been the sole proprietor of Shupe’s Pharmacy in Frostburg for 26 years, will fill the position vacated by Robert Flanigan, who was appointed Mayor of Frostburg recently. Flanigan assumed that position by the July 5th  retirement of former Mayor Arthur Bond.

 

League for Crippled Children to Change Name

The League for Crippled Children is changing its name, effective September 1st. The new name will be “The League-A Children’s Place.” The organization’s mission continues to be to provide free care to children with disabilities, and will soon add occupational therapy to their wide range of services. The League for Crippled Children held its first clinic in November of 1926 at the home of Miss Ann Sloan in Lonaconing, and incorporated in May, 1934 as the Allegany County, Maryland League for Crippled Children, Incorporated.

 

Somerset Man Bound Over for Trial

Nineteen-year old Somerset resident Zachery Allen Koval will face arson charges in Somerset County court. Koval has admitted to intentionally setting fire to a mobile home on Cherry Lane, because the previous tenant had made inappropriate comments about his sister. He is now being held on $25,000 unsecured bail.

 

Three Arrested in Connection with Washington County Burglary

Three Washington County residents have been arrested in connection with the burglary of the Home Care Pharmacy on Jefferson Boulevard in Smithsburg. Twenty-year old Michael Mann, Smithsburg resident Brett Toms, also 20, and 24-year old Brittany Swetizer have been taken into custody. The suspects tried to enter the pharmacy through an adjacent office, then tried to gain entry through a door from Smithsburg Family Practice. They also tried to get in through the drive-thru window and the rear entrance of the pharmacy. The investigation is continuing.

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