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Two Charged After WCI Visit

Nineteen-year old Baltimore resident Mia Taft and a 16-year old companion have been charged, after allegedly passing suspected marijuana to an inmate at the Western Correctional Institution in Cresaptown on Sunday. Ms. Taft was jailed on $25,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, while the teen was released to the custody of her parents, pending action by juvenile authorities. Corrections officials seized 17 small baggies of suspected marijuana; the two allegedly tried to pass the suspected marijuana to an inmate during a visit to the institution.


Postal Service holds Meeting

About 100 people turned out at a public meeting at Fort Hill High School last night to protest the U.S. Postal Service plan to close more than 250 mail processing centers, including the one in Cumberland. They are also considering plans to eliminate overnight mail, extending delivery times to two or three days.  The Postal Service, however, has delayed those plans until May, to give Congress time to consider the matter. Written comment is being taken through January 3rd on the plan.


New Page Executives to Receive Bonuses

A federal bankruptcy judge has cleared the way for 15 New Page company executives to receive $1.5 million in bonuses. Many of the company’s vendors have not received any type of payment during the bankruptcy proceedings. Those debts range anywhere from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars owed to contractors and suppliers from large companies.


Board To Hold Special Meeting

The Allegany County Board of Education will hold a special meeting today  at the Central Office on Washington Street. The meeting will be held to consider the Memorandum of Understanding among the school board, the city of Cumberland, and the Western Maryland Health System. The meeting is open to the public. Immediately following the special meeting, the Board will meet in executive session for an appeal hearing.


Man Convicted in North End Robbery

Frostburg resident Torrey Love has been convicted of armed robbery, in connection with the January robbery and assault of a Cumberland resident in the 300-block of Columbia Street. He remains jailed, pending a pre-sentence investigation. He reportedly was on probation for a prior armed robbery conviction, and has also been convicted of other offenses.


Gas “Relights” Underway in Mineral County

Columbia Gas of Maryland is currently “relighting” the homes of residents, after damage was done to a Columbia Gas Transmission line late last week. The outage was reported in Elk Garden. Residents whose homes have not had service restored are asked to turn on their porch lights. For those not home during the service restoration process, crews will leave a door hanger, informing them of the outage and requesting that they call Columbia Gas for a service call.


DUI Checkpoint Conducted

Troopers from the Maryland State Police Barrack in Cumberland conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol on Route 36 and Route 40, in and around the city of Frostburg. As a result, four Troopers stopped 20 vehicles and issued 20 warnings and eight citations. One person was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving on a revoked license. Motorists are encouraged to report possible intoxicated drivers by contacting the Maryland State Police at (301)-729-2101,  then pressing “pound” 77.


Police Looking for Hit and Run Driver

Cumberland City Police are looking for a driver, concerning a hit and run accident Saturday in the 700-block of Fayette Street. An unknown vehicle struck a parked vehicle, causing minor damage to the driver side rear view mirror. The vehicle did not stop at the scene of the accident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cumberland Police Department at (301)-777-1600.


Maryland to Share “Race to the Top” Grant

The state of Maryland nine others sharing a half-billion dollar grant through the federal “Race to the Top” program. The federal competition offers an incentive to schools for good student behavior. It’s unclear how much Maryland will receive, but the money will go towards early childhood education programs. Maryland received a quarter million dollars last year.


Reducing Dropout Rate Would Improve Economy

There were 6900 high school dropouts in the Class of 2010 in West Virginia, but one person says reducing that would translate to new jobs, increased pay for individuals and more tax revenues for the state. Former Governor Bob Wise, who heads the Alliance for Excellent Education, says the Mountain State would see a dramatic rise in earnings and increased spending, if those dropouts became “new graduates,” and 60 per cent of them go on to complete some kind of higher education.

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