Commissioners Did Not Violate Open Meetings Act
The Allegany County Commissioners did not violate any open meetings act laws in their decision to aid Little Orleans students to attend schools in Hancock. A decision was rendered on September 13th, by the State of Maryland Open Meetings Compliance Board. A complaint had been filed by the Cumberland Times News, after the decision was announced on June 9th.
Task Force Appointed to Study Falling Rates At ACM
The Allegany College of Maryland Board of Trustees has appointed a task force to determine why completion rates have been declining. The “successful persister rate” for college students there has fallen from 95.6 in 2003 to 71.5 in 2006. Also on the decline is the rate of students who complete developmental courses, dropping from 28.8 per cent in 2003 to 21.7 per cent in 2006.
Bald Eagle Killed
The Maryland Natural Resources Police is investigating the killing of a bald eagle in the 14000-block of Hazen Road in Cumberland, along Evitt’s Creek. The dead bald eagle was found and reported last Friday. Evidence suggests the bird had been killed within a week of being found. The NRP is asking anyone with information to call the Communication Center at 1-800-628-9944 and ask to speak with Officer Jim Satterfield. The number for anonymous information is 1-800-635-6124, and that is the Catch a Poacher Hotline.
Green Mountain Project Operational by December 31st
The Green Mountain electrical generation project should be operational by December 31st, with 23 turbines, producing 169-kilowatt hours of electric per year. At a recent meeting of the Community Advisory Panel, residents were assured that no surrounding community will lose electric, once the commissioning process begins.
Fire Destroys Mobile Home
A 16-by-42 mobile home was destroyed by fire over the weekend, and the cause remains under investigation. The home, at 11915 Colorado Avenue, was owned by Frederick Guthrie; the fire, which was discovered by a neighbory, originated in the kitchen. The estimated loss was set at a combined $60,000. The family is being assisted by the local American Red Cross.
Man Pleads Guilty to Abducting WVSD&B Student
A twenty-one year old man has pleaded guilty to the abduction and sexual assault of a 15-year old student. Joshua Lewis Duff is accused of abducting 15-year old Sara Isner from her Grafton home in January. Both are hearing-impaired, and Isner is a student at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. Duff allegedly sexually assaulted her several times during her captivity. Duff was indicted by a grand jury. He also faces charges in Ritchie County.
Baltimore Sun Highlights County Crime Rate
In a weekend article, the Baltimore Sun notes that the number of crimes per 100,000 is lower in 21 of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions than it was 36 years ago. The three exceptions are two Eastern Shore Counties and Allegany County. Overall, Allegany County’s rate was the sixth highest in the state. Several business owners, law enforcement officials and politicians were interviewed for the article, with Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim noting the crime rate has traditionally been low, and he adds, “there’s only one direction you can go.”
Fort Hill Foundation Establishes Trimble Scholarship
Hundreds of friends, family and community members gathered at Fort Hill High School on Thursday, September 1st to pay tribute to the late Steve Trimble. Donations for the Steve Trimble Scholarship were collected from those attending the memorial service. Trimble’s wife, Gretchen, and their children generously donated $1,000 for the first scholarship in his name to be awarded at Fort Hill’s 2012 commencement ceremony.
Babo Could Return Home Soon
Serge Babo, of Ridgeley, could be reunited with his wife and family in the very near future, as a hardship waiver has been approved, paving the way for him to return to the U.S. Babo was deported to his native Cameroon in August of last year, and has been away from his family since then. When he returns, he will be given a green card, and has ten years to apply for citizenship. His wife, Brittany, credits United States Senator Jay Rockfeller for helping speed up the process.