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House Debating Redistricting

House Democratic leaders say they are confident that its redistricting plan will pass without changes. The General Assembly is meeting in special session, which has been extended to debate the plan, which needs a three-fifths majority to pass, since it is emergency legislation. The plan calls for the removal of part of Frederick and Baltimore, and all of Carroll Counties from the 6th Congressional District, now represented by Republican Roscoe Bartlett. In other legislative news, a number of committees have met to discuss a gas tax hike, which Governor O’Malley supports; a vote on that will, most likely, be taken during the regular session, which starts in January.


Preliminary Report Issued on Plane Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on this month’s plane crash near Moorefield, which killed three people. The report gives no indication of the cause of the crash that killed pilot Michael Garrone, Laura Stettmier, and Chas Armitage, Jr., president of Uncle Charley’s Sausage Company in Parks Township, Pennsylvania. The report does state that the plane struck 120-foot high trees in a mountainous area during rainy weather and broke into several pieces. According to one of the victim’s family members, all three died on impact.


Garrett County Votes to Not Hire Lobbyist

The Garrett County Commissioners have decided to not participate in a plan to hire a lobbyist to advocate issues important to Western Maryland in the General Assembly. County Administrator Monty Pagenhardt says too many uncertainties surround the issue, such as whether the lobbyist would pursue one issue or several. A plan suggested earlier called for a lobbyist for the Western Maryland counties of Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick and Carroll; each county would have contributed about $5,000 each to pay his or her salary.


Locomotive Shop Renovated

CSX Corporation has spent more than $6 million over the past two years to update the Cumberland Locomotive Shop. The Cumberland Times-News says those renovations were recently completed with the installation of a new turntable. The shop has new equipment, such as a crane that can lift 125 tons, which is roughly more than the average weight of a locomotive. The Cumberland Shop is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year round.


CDS, Prescription Charges Lodged Against Ohio Resident

Cumberland City Police arrested Dayton, Ohio resident Colby Twinam in the 400-block of Maryland Avenue early Wednesday morning. They were called to check on a person, who was passed out in a vehicle there. In searching Twinam and  the vehicle, officers found prescription pills, in a wrapper. He was charged with CDS possession and removing or altering the label of prescription medication.


Bear Season Begins Monday

The annual bear hunt in Allegany and Garrett Counties begins on Monday. The hunt is being held annually, to manage the bear population, and can last up to six days. Nearly 4,000 hunters applied for the 260 bear hunting permits that were awarded via a lottery. It is hoped the hunters will harvest between 15 to 20 bears.


Informational Event Set

The Allegany County Commissioners have announced an informational event, to be held on Wednesday, October 26th at the downtown Cumberland Holiday Inn. The event is entitled, “Potomac Edison’s Energy Efficiency Program Update,” and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The seminar pertains to commercial and industrial energy efficiency projects, occupancy sensors, HVAC equipment, variable frequency drives and the like. For additional information and to RSVP, contact Celia Salgado at (212)-660-1923.


Community Trust Foundation to Honor Dr. Halmos

The Community Trust Foundation will honor one of its own at its inaugural Humanitarian Event, to be held on Thursday, November 3rd at the Lane Center of Frostburg State Univeristy. The event, to be held from 6 to 9 p.m., will honor Dr. Peter Halmos, who will be the first recipient. Dr. Halmos was unanimously selected by his fellow board members in the areas of leadership and philanthropic works.


Fire Reported at Hancock Industrial Building

Heat from a blow torch may have started a fire Tuesday at the former Fleetwood RV Sales building in Hancock. A contracting company had been working in the building; the sprinkler system in the building may have dissipated the flames. The fire was contained to one empty room and the roof, and it was extinguished in 15 minutes. Firefighters from the surrounding area responded and there were no injuries.

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