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Health Department Confirms Case of Legionnaire’s Disease

The Allegany County Health Department is investigating one confirmed case of Legionnnaire’s Disease in a resident of Grandview Apartments in Westernport. To protect the privacy of the resident and family, personal details about the case will not be released. Legionnaire’s Disease is caused by a type of bacteria, called Legionella, which can be found in many different water sources. Symptoms of the disease can include a high fever, chills, chest pain and cough. Signs appear 2 to 14 days after coming in contact with the bacteria.


Kelly Pre-files Child Protection Legislation

Delegate Kevin Kelly has pre-filed a bill, requiring parents or guardians of a missing or deceased child to notify law enforcement officials within certain periods of time, based on the child’s age. Proposed laws were developed after Casey Anthony’s acquittal in Florida this year, on charges she murdered her two-year old daughter, Caylee. Under Kelly’s legislation, prosecutors could bring felony charges against parents who do not quickly report missing children. Senator George Edwards has said he would support a similar bill.


Positive Economic Development News for County

The county is set to receive some positive economic news at the Allegany County Commissioners’ meeting tonight. Merkle Response Services, Incorporated is planning to expand into Allegany County. The commissioners will vote on the lease of 32,000 square feet in building 27 of the Riverside Industrial Park. The lease will become effective January 1st. Merkle Response Services will use the building as a secondary disaster recovery and business continuity site in the event that renders its primary facility in Hagerstown inoperable, according to the Cumberland Times-News.


Woman Arrested After Warning From Police

A Grand Avenue woman was arrested after being initially warned by police during a domestic incident early Tuesday morning. Kimberly Sue Haines was released on her own recognizance, following a hearing in District Court. A person in the home had claimed he had been assaulted by Ms. Haines, and she had been yelling, cursing and throwing items inside the residence. She was charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.


McKee’s Rocks Man Charged with Possession

Twenty-year old McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania resident John Felix Olszewski was released, following a hearing in Allegany County District Court Tuesday. He was initially stopped on Baltimore Avenue for a traffic violation. A drug scan by a K-9 unit resulted in a positive alert for the presence or odor of drugs. A front seat passenger  handed the officers a pack of cigarettes, with Olszewski telling them it contained a marijuana cigarette. He was placed under arrest and taken to the Cumberland City Police Department for processing.


Somerset To Join 911 Network

Somerset County is set to link with 10 others in establishing an enhanced 911 system. The 911 Emergency Services network would be internet-based, and for one thing, would allow text messages to be received from hearing-impaired residents. Also, dispatchers would be able to receive photos of a robbery in progress from a cell phone. The Pennsylvania Emergency management Agency was recently awarded a $2.5 million grant to build out the system.


Wisp Waiting for Snow

Warmer temperatures in November and December have slowed business at the Wisp resort in McHenry. It is hoped the lost business can be recovered in January and February . Garrett County received a couple of inches of snow this week, and Wisp has one of the most state of the art snow making systems on the east coast. Having Deep Creek Lake close by allows the Wisp to get the water to make snow.


General Assembly Could OK Online Gambling

The Maryland General Assembly has to approve it, but buying a lottery ticket could soon be as easy as clicking your mouse. Web ticket sales are considered legal, and Maryland has been exploring online sales to fill the budget shortfall, which is projected at $1.1 billion. Online revenues could bring it at least $250 million. Lottery officials are taking comments from the public to decide if there is enough interest to move forward.


High Court Sides with West Virginia

The United States Supreme Court agrees with the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office in a generic drug-pricing case. The court rejected an appeal from CVS Pharmacies, Walgreen’s, Walmart, Target, Kroger and Sears. The retailers are accused of violating West Virginia’s law, requiring stores to pass on the lower wholesale cost savings for generic prescription drugs to consumers. The state is looking to recover the alleged overcharges and civil penalties from the drug retailers.


Tolls Rise on Turnpike

If you drive the Pennsylvania Turnpike, tolls will be rising for drivers paying with cash, beginning Sunday. Drivers, however, paying with E-Z Pass won’t see an increase. The Turnpike Commission approved the toll hike in July. This is the fourth straight annual boost by the commission to pay off bonds that fund highway improvements and mass-transit systems around the state. The most common cash toll for passenger vehicles will increase from $1.10 to $1.25.

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