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O’Malley Proposing $370 Million in School Construction

Governor Martin O’Malley is proposing more than $370 million in school construction funding in the fiscal 2013 budget. The amount represents the second highest single-year funding level in state history, and O’Malley says it brings the administration’s six-year school construction commitment to nearly $2 billion. Six million dollars will be included in the Aging  Schools Program.


Blast Felt in Area

Yesterday’s controlled blast in the Klondike area was part of an FBI test being performed in a remote location on open, unoccupied property. Several callers to the Allegany County 911 Center were told that the Maryland Bureau of Mines was notified in advance. The first blast occurred around 10:45 a.m. The blasts were conducted to dispose of explosive devices. No damage resulted from the blast.


Candidate Registration Closes

About 12 candidates have registered for two open seats on the Cumberland City Council, but one name that won’t be on the ballot is that of incumbent council member Harold “Butch” Hendershot. He has decided to withdraw his candidacy after 18 years. Hendershot says he feels it’s time to step down. The deadline to register was 9 p.m. yesterday, and the Maryland primary will be held on April 3rd.


Keyser Robbery Suspect Indicted

The Mineral County Grand Jury has indicted Stephen Mayhew, Sr., Stephen Mayhew, Jr., and Dulin Mayhew in connection with the October 29th armed robbery of the CVS in Keyser. Several other robbery and theft cases were also included in the indictments, including one in connection with the October robbery of the 7-11 in Keyser. Brent Redman was charged in connection with that incident.


Man Arrested for DUI, CDS Violations

A 26-year old Cumberland man was arrested, after his vehicle struck a house on Polk Street. The pickup truck’s bed was against the house, as police made contact with the owner, James Adam Knotts. He eventually failed a field sobriety test. In addition, police found suspected drug paraphernalia, including heroin residue, several types of pills and a marijuana smoking device. He was charged, taken for a bond hearing, and released on personal recognizance.


School Board Elects Officers

The Allegany County Board of Education held its annual election of officers, and Sara-Beth James was chosen to replace Mike Llewellyn as president of the board. Laurie Marchini will fill James’ chair as vice-president. Ms. James was originally appointed to the Board by Governor Martin O’Malley, to fill the vacant seat, left by the late Dr. Fred Sloan; she was elected to her first full terms on the school board in November of 2010.


Cardin Visiting Western Maryland

Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin will be visiting Western Maryland tomorrow. Senator Cardin begins his day in Frederick, and will be in Allegany County in the afternoon. About 1:30 p.m., he will visit the ongoing restoration at the B’er Chayim Temple on Union Street. Later in the afternoon, he will be touring Firefly Farms on Main Street in Accident.


Keyser Exempts Volunteer Firefighters from Drug Testing

The city of Keyser will not require volunteer firefighters to submit to random drug testing, as state courts have ruled against such testing of volunteers. The city is moving toward adopting a policy of testing all new city employees, as well as police officers and current workers who operate vehicles or machinery.


Jury Picked in Somerset County Rape Trial

A jury has been chosen in the case of a prison inmate, accused of raping a nursing assistant at the Laurel Highlands State Correctional Institution in Somerset, Pennsylvania. Lark Allan Ramsey will stand trial, beginning January 26th. The crime allegedly occurred on June 9, 2008, when Ramsey was housed in the skilled care unit of the prison’s medical building. The jury selection took a little over an hour.


Panel Denies Stay for W. Va. Congressional Maps

A federal three-judge panel has denied West Virginia state leaders’ request for a stay on a ruling, declaring  the state’s new congressional districts unconstitutional. The panel has also lifted a January 17th deadline for the Legislature to pass new maps. Lawmakers will have to come up with new congressional districts in time for the May 8th primary.

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