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State Settles Inmate Rights Case

Maryland will pay more than $60,000 in attorney fees to lawyers who represented a WCI inmate, who filed a freedom of information request, and a subsequent lawsuit in 2002. Richard Massey filed a request for four pieces of information concerning practices at the prison, which he claimed might be exposing inmates to hepatitis “C.” Massey had requested information on the health care contracts the prison had wanted with providers, and information on testing, treatment and education programs for inmates for Hepatitis “C.” The money will be divided between the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Maryland and the Public Justice Center, according to the Cumberland Times-News.

 

Woman Charged with Theft

Twenty-three year old Shannon Marie Kelly of Cumberland is facing charges in connection with a theft from a Forester Avenue home on Wednesday. She is accused of taking several pieces of jewelry from a residence there, and pawning it at a local shop. She was ordered held on $3,000 bond, but posted bail, pending her next appearance in court. She is charged with theft from $1,000 to under $10,000.

 

Pertussis Case Does Not Indicate Outbreak

Thursday’s article in the Cumberland Times-News regarding a local pre-kindergarten child having “whooping cough” or pertussis does not indicate an outbreak, according to the Allegany County Health Department. Although it is highly contagious, an outbreak involves two or more cases, which are not in the same household. The Health Department offers pertussis vaccines through its multi-purpose clinic on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. For information on the clinic, call (301)-759-5082.

 

Pedestrian Struck in Lonaconing

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Route 36 in Lonaconing early yesterday afternoon. The victim was taken to the Western Maryland Regional medical Center with minor injuries. The incident took place at 35 Main Street, according to the Allegany County “911” Center.

 

Repairs on Boulevard Today

The City of Cumberland, along with its contractor, Carl Belt, Incorporated is making repairs to Westbound Industrial Boulevard today. Traffic control will be set up in the area. Drivers are urged to obey all traffic control signs and flagmen in the area. The repairs will take place in the area of Kirk Auto. Repairs, and should last until about 5 p.m. Travel lanes will be restricted at times during the repairs.

 

Cold Weather Shelter “Goods and Funds Drive” Set

The Delfesst Foundation Service Committee and GO-106 are conducting a “goods and funds” drive for the local Cold Weather Shelter, located at the Union Rescue Mission. The Cold Weather Shelter assists those in need of housing during the winter months. It is estimated that, in our community, there are over 200 homeless individuals. The drive will take place at Braddock Square in LaVale on Friday, January 6th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Specific items are needed, including baby products, baby formula, diapers and wet wipes, travel size toiletry items and cash. Checks should be made payable to the DelFest Foundation.

 

Fort Hill Sponsors Annual Holiday Endeavor

The Christmas Committee at Fort Hill High School is once again sponsoring the school’s annual Christmas Endeavor, an initiative during the holiday season, designed to help students and families who are less fortunate. Since the program’s implementation in 2004, the group has provided gifts for 212 deserving Fort Hill students. Additionally, student helpers from Sarah Cowan’s class at Fort Hill wrapped blankets that will be placed in each stocking along with a Sentinel t-shirt, personal care items, various gift cards and candy.

 

Trooper Released from Hospital

Trooper First Class Sean McCarty has been released from Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center, after being pinned between two cars. McCarty, who has family ties to the Cumberland area, was using his patrol car to block traffic in Frederick County, on Ballenger Center Drive. While investigating, one of the cars accidentally reversed and pinned McCarty between the vehicle and the patrol car.

 

Public Works Postpones Action on Pharmacy Contract

The Maryland Board of Public Works has postponed action on a $120 million pharmacy contract for the state’s prison inmates. The board deferred action on the five-year contract with Diamond Pharmacy to wait for unsuccessful competing bids to have their protests heard by the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals. Correct Pharmacy Services, Incorporated will continue to provide services until the appeals are resolved; Correct is one of the bidders that filed an appeal.

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