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New Jobs To Be Added in Area

Hamilton Relay, a Telecommunications Relay and Captioned Telephone services provider, has announced that it is expanding its workforce and hiring for new positions at its Frostburg, Maryland center. Hamilton Relay has already expanded at other locations, and now plans to add another 44 workstations to its center in Frostburg. Currently, that location employs about 80 people, and the company has long-range plans to hire up to 85 to 95 new, full-time/part-time, day/evening and weekend job opportunities.

 

Drug Arrest Made on Interstate 68

A Colorado Springs, Colorado man has been arrested on several drug charges, following a traffic stop on Interstate 68. Carliss Lee Pritts was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held on $10,000 bond at the Garrett County Detention Center, following a bond hearing with the District Court Commissioner.

 

Police Arrest Man Who Allegtedly Exposed Himself

Police have arrested a suspect in an indecent exposure case at the LaVale WalMart Thursday evening. Thirty-six year old Berlin, Pennsylvania resident Joseph Deem is accused of exposing himself to patrons, including several young males, between the ages of 5 and 10. Corporal Justin Cook of the Maryland State Police approached a suspect who was standing near a young male patron, trying to get the boy’s attention. Corporal Cook detained the suspect and released him to the custody of on-duty troopers who arrived at the scene. Deem was charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. He was held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.

 

Hit and Run Leads Sought

The Cumberland City Police Department is looking for leads in a hit and run accident in the 300-block of Pulaski Street. An unknown vehicle struck another, causing damage to the passenger side front bumper and door areas. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600.

 

Traffic Stop Results in Drug Arrest

A Piedmont,West Virginia man, who was originally stopped for speeding on Interstate 68 westbound, is now facing drug charges. Police say an officer located suspected marijuana in a car, driven by 27-year old Joshua Travis Smtih. It was also discovered he was driving on a suspended license. He was taken for an initial appearance in District Court and later held without bond in the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Mechanic Street Work Announced

The left lane of South Mechanic Street is being closed today for underground utility repairs. The City of Cumberland Engineering Department, on behalf of Verizon, says the left lane, nearest the Public Safety Building is being closed. Drivers are asked to use caution in the area, and be prepared for delays.

 

Commissioners Asked to Ban Sale of Synthetic Pot

Both Allegany County, Maryland and Mineral County, West Virginia are taking pro-active stances on ridding the area of so-called “fake pot,” K-2, or potpourri. Mineral County residents appeared before the county commission recently to urge leaders to take steps to ban the sale of the substance. Maryland has pending legislation on banning the sale, and Mineral County prosecutor Jay Courrier has plans to talk with the state attorney general to determine what the county can do in this type of a situation.

 

Local Access Channel Activated

The Allegany County Public School System has begun operating a local PEG (Public, Education, and Government) Access channel on Atlantic Broadband channel 97. The round-the-clock channel is being utilized to manage the content for PEG and is comprised of representatives from Allegany County Public Schools, Allegany College of Maryland, Frostburg State University, the Allegany County Library System, non-public schools, the City of Cumberland, City of Frostburg, and other community stakeholders. It is the goal of the channel to provide residents and Atlantic Broadband subscribers with a television-based medium to display programming that meets the needs and interests of the community.

 

Fiber Optics Coming to Hardy County

The first step in the installation of fiber optic service to businesses and residents of Hardy County is almost finished. An update was recently presented to members of the Hardy County Rural Development Authority at its monthly meeting. The Vice-President of Marketing and Human Resources for Hardy Telecommunications, Derek Barr, spoke on the status of the Fiber Anchor Ring and OneNet-Fiber-to-the-home. The Anchor Ring provides high-speed Internet to locations such as schools, medical centers and businesses. Requests for proposals on the OneNet-Fiber-to-the-Home should be out by Friday, March 16th.

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