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House Preliminarily Approves Budget

The Maryland House of Delegates has given preliminary approval to a package of bills that includes a $35.9 billion state budget and a bill that raises income tax rates for Marylanders earning over $100,000 annually. The so-called “flush tax” has been doubled from $30 to $60, and an amendment, which would eliminate a proposed shift of half of the cost of teacher pensions from the state to county governments, was rejected. Another change, approved by lawmakers, was one that would allow lottery tickets to be sold online.

 

Fire Reported in Wiley Ford

Investigators are searching for the cause of a fire on Tysinger Lane in Wiley Ford Saturday morning. The home is owned by Chuck Bittinger, whose family was not at home at the time of the fire around 4 a.m. Damages to the house and the contents was placed at about $200,000. The West Virginia Fire Marshal was notified to investigate the cause.

 

Post Office Closure Not a “Done Deal”

The president of AFSCME Local 1633, representing Allegany County employees, says the closure of the postal sorting facility in Cumberland is not a “done deal.” Jack Davis addressed the Allegany County Commissioners recently, and urged those in attendance to contact U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, to voice support for keeping the facility in Cumberland. A moratorium has been placed on closing any facility until May 15th. Plans to close the Cumberland facility were announced late last month.

 

I-68 Drug Arrests Made

What began as a speeding violation ended with the arrests of two men for drug violations. Nicholas Kapuscienski of New Jersey and Darren Amelio were arrested on Interstate 68 eastbound, near Lower New Germany Road,  for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, consisting of a smoking pipe and a metal grinder, used to prepare the suspected marijuana. Both were taken to District Court for an initial appearance.

 

Board Receives Fundraising Update

The Mineral County Board of Education has received an update on fundraising for the Keyser High School Athletic Complex debt. Approximately $6600 has been raised in the last two months, bringing the total for $47,400, for this year. Two major fundraisers have been scheduled for May and June, with tickets being sold to over 53 vendors. Another update on the effort will be done in May.

 

Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Trespassing

Cumberland resident William James Izzett has been arrested in connection to an incident that occurred Thursday night at about 10 p.m. He went into a business on South George Street and began to create a disturbance. He also allegedly created another disturbance at another business in the area. He received an initial appearance in District Court and was held on $3,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Small Business Workshops Slated

A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11th in Petersburg. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center’s training and business coaching program. The workshop will be held in the Region 8 Planning and Development Council building, 8 Airport Road, in Petersburg. Registration is required by Friday, April 6th. To register, call (304)-530-4964.

 

Eight Killed in Charleston Home

Nine people, including seven young children, were killed over the weekend in Charleston as a woman was celebrating her 26th birthday. A seventh child was on life support, and the fire is being termed the deadliest blaze in more than 60 years. The home had an improperly mounted smoke detector, and the cause of the fire is under investigation. It appeared to have originated on the first floor of the home. Alisha Carter-Camp was among the victims; she was the one celebrating her birthday when the fire broke out.

 

Mikulski Becomes Longest-Serving Woman in U.S. Congress

Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski has become the longest-serving female in Congress. For more than 35 years, Senator Mikulski has represented the state on Capitol Hill. When she became a Senator in 1986 there was only one other woman, a Republican. Now, there are 17 female Senators. One of Senator Mikulski’s priorities over the years has been women’s health, writing the law requiring federal standards for mammograms and she fought for uninsured women to get screenings for breast and cervical cancers.

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