General Assembly to Consider Gas Tax, Same Sex Marriage
Governor Martin O’Malley has been criticized by both parties for using the Transportation Trust Fund to help balance the state budget, and now for wanting to raise the state’s gas tax. O’Malley has yet to formally introduce legislation to begin collecting the sales tax. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee could vote as early as Thursday on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Last year, similar legislation died for a lack of a vote in the House of Delegates, but had been approved by the full Senate.
Commissioners to Comment on ASCI Debt
The Garrett County Commissioners will provide comment on Adventure Sports Center International’s debt situation, and will take a position on the matter today. ASCI has defaulted on $3 million in capital debt obligations and the chairman of ASCI, Duane Yoder, says the group may consider transferring ownership to either Garrett County or Garret College.
Motion Filed to Have Correctional Officer Case Dismissed
Garrett County State’s Attorney Lisa Thayer Welch, acting as special prosecutor, is filing paperwork to have charges against a North Branch Correctional Institution Correctional Officer dropped. The paperwork, filed at the end of last month, seeks to have the case against Warren Mallow dismissed; he was to have stood trial next Tuesday. Mallow and a co-defendant were charged, after an inmate was allegedly beaten in a cell while handcuffed. The inmate suffered a broken wrist and head injuries, after it was allegedly slammed into a wall. Mallow and co-defendant David Robey are five year veterans of the State Division of Corrections.
NewPage Opposing Depositions of Executives
NewPage Corporation has filed an emergency motion in Delaware Bankruptcy Court, to keep several company executives from being deposed. An emergency motion to quash subpoenas issued to a number of company executives was recently filed. Depositions are considered part of the discovery process during bankruptcy proceedings. At issue is the long term incentive plan for executives, which could provide from 40 percent to 150 percent of their salaries as bonuses.
Woman Faces Charges in Crash
A Cumberland woman faces numerous charges in a crash on Sunday afternoon. A vehicle, operated by Cherrie Pearlanne Mulkey ran into an unoccupied house at the corner of Tilghman and Cumberland Streets. She and a passenger fled the scene, but were apprehended a short time later. Ms. Mulkey was issued six traffic citations and was released from Police Headquarters. The Cumberland Fire Department responded to the scene to clean up the fluids leaking from the vehicle. She also refused medical treatment from the Fire Department.
Adult Education Orientation to be Held
The Allegany County Public School system will hold orientation sessions for its Adult Education programs on February 22nd, March 14th and March 28th at the One Stop Job Center in downtown Cumberland. The orientation provides an overview and evaluation for individuals who want to earn their Maryland High School diploma. To register for a session, call (301)-687-8025.
Copper Theft Investigated
Pennsylvania law enforcement authorities are investigating the theft of copper pipe and electric line from a home on Cook’s Mill Road in Bedford County’s Londonderry Township. The owner of the home resides in Springfield, Virginia. A person or persons gained access to the basement of the home and removed all the copper piping from the basement; then, the circuit breakers were turned off and about 150 feet of copper electric line was taken from the basement.
Gas Prices Continue to Rise
Motorists around Maryland paid about five cents a gallon more for regular, unleaded gas last week. The average price is $3.52, up from $3.47 the week before. The national average is $3.48. Analysts say the trend is atypical, in that prices bottom out during the cold winter months and rebound in spring, but present gas prices reached record-level highs during the month of January. Future gas prices will be dependent on developments that arise in the Middle East, and throughout financial markets, which impact the price of crude oil.
Mid-Atlantic States Receive Offshore Wind Approval
Maryland, along with Delaware, Virginia and New Jersey have been given the go-ahead to development wind power off the coasts of their respective states. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says an environmental impact assessment found no significant problems with issuing wind power leases in areas off the mid-Atlantic. Governor Martin O’Malley calls it a “major step” towards establishing offshore wind energy in Maryland.