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More Turbines Possible for Western Maryland

The Garrett County Permits and Inspections Division has issued a meteorological tower permit to a company for a tower in an area between Avilton and Frostburg, which could mean there’ll be more wind turbines in the area by next year. Synergics is doing an environmental wind study on what is known as Four Mile Ridge, and is proposing 20 to 24 wind turbines there. The earliest the project could be completed is next year, but most likely won’t be finished until later.


Board To Discuss Grading Policy

The Allegany County Board of Education is set to discuss its grading policy during a regular work session tomorrow. A report is due from a grading philosophy committee tomorrow evening. The local board of education decided last spring to take a look at the school system’s grading policy; the policy was last revised about five years ago.


Kensington Man Arrested in Frostburg

Kensington, Maryland resident Brandan Patrick Orr was arrested by Frostburg Police yesterday for trespassing on property, owned by Robert Falnagan. Orr had previously been told not to be on the property. He was taken to Allegany County District Court, given an initial court appearance hearing, and released on his own recognizance.


Sentencing Continued for Sex Offender in Bedford County

A Bedford County man, who in 2010 was sentenced to 120 to 240 years in prison for sexually molesting his three young children, will be resentenced at a later date. Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins says, if anything, Greggory Allen Gibbs will receive an increased sentence. Police say Gibbs and his wife, Tammy, committed the crimes against their children, beginning in 2004. Gibbs was convicted on 29 different charges in 2010, and sentenced to life in prison. Tammy Gibbs has since been released.


Mineral Board Expels Three Students

The Mineral County Board of Education has voted unanimously to expel three students, beginning next semester, and continuing through the fall semester of 2012. However, the student will be allowed to finish this semester and complete their finals. They will be allowed to re-enter Mineral County’s school system in January of next year. No reason was given for the expulsions.


Man Arrested for Trespassing on CSX Property

A Cumberland man was issued a criminal citation for trespassing on posted property. A police officer observed Timothy Alan Smith cross both sections of the CSX train tracks in the vicinity of Queen City Drive. The property is clearly marked “No Trespassing.” Smith was released at the scene, pending his appearance in Allegany County District Court.


Charges Against Somerset Man Withdrawn

Charges of harassment and stalking against 76-year old Somerset resident William McTonic were withdrawn. He had been accused of stalking and harassing Geraldine Bailey of Somerset, who had testified against him in a 2009 preliminary hearing on homicide charges in the murder of McTonic’s estranged wife, Ruth Ann Henderson. The murder charges were also withdrawn after evidence in the case was suppressed.


Archbishop O’Brien Elevated To Cardinal

The archbishop of Baltimore Edwin O’Brien, has been elevated to Cardinal in the Catholic Church. Cardinal-Designate O’Brien  will serve as a papal advisor to Pope Benedict the 16th, and will be eligible to vote in a papal election until his 80th birthday; he is now 72-years old. A formal ceremony, elevating the new cardinals, is being planned for February 18th. O’Brien is the first apostolic administrator in the history of the archdiocese to receive this honor. Three other Baltimore archbishops were elevated to cardinal since the archdiocese was founded in 1789-Cardinal James Gibbons, Cardinal Lawrence Shehan and Cardinal William Keeler.


Cardin Faces Another  Challenger

Incumbent United States Senator Ben Cardin will face yet another challenger in the April 3rd primary, as State Senator C. Anthony muse has announced his candidacy for the seat. Muse is in his second term as a state senator from Prince George’s County. There are nine Republicans seeking the GOP nomination.

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