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Education Officials to State Their Case

A group of Allegany County education officials will have 20 minutes today before the Interagency Committee on School Construction to state their case for a new Allegany High School. Superintendent Dr. David Cox will tell the agency about the proposed land swap between the city of Cumberland and the Western Maryland Health System, and that the community is in need of a new Allegany High School. The Cumberland Mayor and City Council is expected to vote in the next week on the land swap proposal.


Somerset County to House Wind Farm

The Twin Ridges Wind Farm will begin construction in Somerset County, and will span four townships, including Southampton, Northampton, Larimer and Greenville. In all, there will be 68 turbines built, and once operational, the wind farm will create enough electricity to power 40,000 homes. The four townships will share up to $240,000 per year. The Meyersdale School districts will split up to $93,000 annually, with Somerset County receiving up to $37,000 per year.


Keyser Drafts Policy for New Police Hires

The Keyser Mayor and City Council adopted a policy this week, that would require all new law enforcement hires to pay a percentage of training and equipment if they choose to leave employment within a year of graduating from the academy. City Police Chief Karen Shoemaker has two prospects to replace two others the city is losing. One of the potential officers dropped out of the police academy, while another is leaving, to work for the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department.


Man Arrested on Burglary and Assault Charges

A Cumberland man was arrested at a Central Avenue residence on Tuesday, after he allegedly entered a neighbor’s residence and attacked him. Thirty-four year old Joseph Glenn Rawls was also found to be in possession of a knife, and had entered the home without permission. He was held at the Allegany County Detention Center on$5,000 bond.


Substation Sustains Damage

A Bedford Rural Electric substation recently incurred $90,000 worth of damage, when several ground wires were stolen. The substation is located in Bedford Township, and the theft happened around November 21st along the Lincoln Highway. The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft.


Man Sentenced for Sexual Molestation

A Hagerstown man has been sentenced to 15 year in prison, after pleading guilty to sexually molesting a girl, who was 11 years old at the time.  Thirty-year old Thomas Sean Crammer blamed his use of cocaine and alcohol for “blurring the lines” between right and wrong. On his release, Crammer will be on five years of supervised probation, and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.


Giordano Released from Jail

Maryland businessman Gary Giordano has been released from jail in Aruba, but it is not clear where he will be arriving in the United States. Giordano has been in jail for nearly four months, as a suspect in the disappearance of his traveling companion Robyn Gardner. For his part, Giordano has denied any wrongdoing, saying Ms. Gardner was swept out to sea while they were snorkeling.


One of Three Counts Dismissed Against Schurick

One of three conspiracy counts against former longtime gubernatorial aide Paul Schurick has been dismissed. Schurick is accused of trying to suppress voter turnout in last year’s election through the use of so-called “robocalls,” urging Marylanders to stay home on Election Day. Jurors are hearing opening arguments in the case this week.

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