Agreement Would Allow Developers to Sell Property
Allegany County and the developers of Terrapin Run will be allowed to sell off the property, under an agreement which is still subject to approval by Circuit Court. Both the county and the developers had been in a battle against the Maryland Department of the Environment and planning officials, who were denying permits for the development. The case ended up in mediation. The developers say they probably will be able to dispose of the property.
Former Officer Sentenced for Smuggling Contraband
Former Correctional Officer Chad Struntz of Cumberland has been sentenced to two years of probation, after he pleaded guilty to smuggling a cellphone to an inmate at the Maryland Correctional Facility in Hagerstown. He also received probation before judgment during a district court appearance in Hagerstown. He admitted that he delivered cellphones to inmates at MCI on two separate occasions in return for money.
Aftershock Felt from Earthquake
Another aftershock from the August 23rd earthquake has been felt in Central Virginia, registering a magnitude of 3.4 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was four miles south-southeast of Mineral, Virginia, and happened around 5:09 a.m. Thursday. More than 20 aftershocks have been felt since the 5.8-magnitude quake in late August. Aftershocks may be felt for weeks, or even months after an initial quake.
Man Sentenced in Fatal Maryland Crash
Forty-eight year old Thomas Ray Beeghly of Oakland, has been sentenced to three years in prison for negligent homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Beeghly caused a January 1st crash that took the life of 84-year old Preston County resident Mary Jane Kope. Beeghly, who had previously pleaded guilty, allegedly had a blood-alcohol content of .20 at the time of the crash.
Woman Arrested for Marijuana Possession
Nineteen-year old Amanda Weimer of Cumberland was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, following a traffic stop on Queen City Drive Thursday morning. She claimed to be extremely nervous and shaking. When her vehicle was searched, several marijuana smoking devices and small baggie of marijuana were found. She was arrested and later released on personal recognizance, pending trial in District Court.
Everett Receives Federal Grant
The town of Everett is receiving a $600,000 federal grant from the Corps of Engineers to improve its wastewater system. The announcement was made this week by United States Representative Bill Shuster. Two projects have already been completed by the Everett Municipal Authority, and a third-which includes the replacement of the water mainand various parts of First Street and Ridge Avenue-is already underway.
Detention Extended for Gary Giordano
Aruban authorities have decided to extend the detention of Gary Giordano for 60 more days. Giordano is being detained in the presumed death of his travel companion, Robyn Gardner. Giordano has been in custody for nearly a month, and authorities can extend the detention further after the 60-day period is up.
First Mariner Stock Delisted
First Mariner Bancorp has been delisted from the Nasdaq stock market, and shares will now be traded on the over-the-counter bulletin board. This setback comes in the midst of the company trying to raise capital to close a deal that would keep regulators at bay, and the bank in business. First Mariner’s troubles began when the housing bubble burst, and this latest move is said to damage the bank’s reputation, and could cause difficulty in attracting new investors.