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Robbery Reported on West Industrial Boulevard

A lone suspect is being sought in the armed robbery of the Sunoco gas station on Industrial Boulevard Sunday. A white male,, approximately 5’9” in height approached an employee at the station, and displayed a knife to him while demanding money. The employee was uninjured and the suspect fled through an adjacent alley towards Fourth Street. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police or CrimeSolvers.

 

Animal Shelter Plans Progressing

A group from the Allegany County Animal Shelter met yesterday with representatives from Stolber and Associates, to discuss a new, state-of-the-art animal care and adoption facility for the county. The building could either be located at the present site of the animal shelter on Furnace Street, or at another location in the county, if the site is deemed appropriate. Stolber and Associates has extensive experience in renovations of facilities, having worked with the Washington Animal Rescue facility in Washington.

 

Customer Allegedly Attacked at Sears

The Maryland State Police barrack at LaVale is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who allegedly assaulted and attempted to rob a 77-year old man in the rest room of Sears at the Country Club Mall yesterday afternoon. The incident  occurred around 2:43 p.m., The victim fought and defended himself, before the suspect fled the area. He was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police at (301)-729-2101.

 

TGCC Hosting North/South Regional Update

The Greater Cumberland Committee’s Membership meeting is slated for Thursday at the Cumberland Country Club, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The agenda will include an action item for continuing to advance the efforts of linking the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Somerset, I-68 in Maryland and Corridor “H” in West Virginia, in addressing the region’s core transportation needs.

 

School Readiness Fair Set

The Allegany County Public Schools’ Judy Center, HRDC and Early Head Start will sponsor a “School Readiness Fair” on Saturday, March 10th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Country Club Mall. The event will include children’s games and prizes, education, health and community resource displays and information. All parents of pre-school aged children are encouraged to attend.

 

Focus on State Budget This Week

With more than half of the 2012 General Assembly session in the books, the attention turns, this week, to the state budget. At the center of discussion is the $15.3 billion general fund budget the Governor unveiled last month. The general fund includes a series of tax increases and charges that will generate $311 million in new revenue and $800 million in spending cuts. Along with doubling the “flush tax,” Governor O’Malley wants to raise taxes on cigars and other tobacco products, consistent with those collected on cigarettes. He also wants county governments to pick up half the cost of teacher pensions.

 

 

Maryland Legislative Map Becomes Law

The new Maryland legislative map became law last Friday. State lawmakers were constitutionally bound to readjust both congressional and state legislative lines to account for changes in population measured by the federal census. The congressional map had to be approved by the General Assembly in time for the April 3rd primary, and it was the subject of a special session last fall.

 

State Expected to Apply for Waiver

The state of Maryland’s education leaders are expected to apply for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Law. If approved, schools and teachers would have more reasonable goals for what their students are expected to achieve. Currently, the law says every student in the country should be proficient in reading and math by the year 2014. The federal law is widely viewed as flawed, because it has labeled so many schools as failing.

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