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Police Seek Man Who Walked Away from Hospital

Cumberland City Police are looking for a patient who walked away from the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center yesterday afternoon. They were unable to locate the 22-year old man, who had been committed to the facility on an emergency petition.  Police report he was wearing a hospital gown. During the incident, the Allegany County Board of Education decided to lock down certain schools in the area; dismissal occurred without incident.


County Agrees to Deal for Rocky Gap

Allegany County signed a formal agreement yesterday with Evitts Resort, the company that wants to bring slots to Rocky Gap Lodge and Resort. The agreement should generate around $900,000 per year in revenue for the county. Evitts is still seeking license approval from the Maryland Video Lottery Facility Locations Commission. Evitts plans to build a 50,000 square foot addition to accommodate around 1,000 gaming machines.


Cardin Announces Grant

Maryland U.S. Senator Ben Cardin has announced a $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency and American Rivers to Frostburg State University, the Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The grant was given to reduce flooding, restore forests, and to promote local food production in the Potomac Highlands Region. The $300,000 grant is part of a comprehensive initiative to help protect and restore rivers in the Potomac Highlands Region.


SHA To Clean and Paint Several Bridges in Area

The Maryland State Highway Administration will begin cleaning and painting 17 bridges in Allegany and Washington counties next week. The $2.1 million investment will protect the metal on the bridges and prevent corrosion. The projects should be completed by the fall of next year. Among the bridges to be painted in Allegany County are the Maryland 936 Bridge over a branch of George’s Creek in Frostburg; the Maryland Route 51 bridge on Industrial Boulevard; and, Interstate 68, both east and westbound, over Midlothian Road.


Yoder Court Fire Ruled Accidental in Nature

The Maryland State Fire Marshal has ruled a fire in the 15,000-block of Yoder Court Wednesday afternoon, accidental in nature. A storage shed and a portion of the home was damaged. The estimated loss to the shed and the house was estimated at $23,000. The blaze began in a wood stove inside a wall at the shed. Firefighters were on the scene about 20 minutes.


Two Maryland Food Banks Merge

The Maryland Food Bank and the Food Resources of Hagerstown have united to form the Maryland Food Bank-Western Branch. It will become a central distribution point for a network of more than 120 soup kitchens, pantries and shelters in Allegany, Garrett, Frederick and Washington counties. The merger will allow the group to serve more than 52,000 residents, who struggle to provide food for themselves. The merger took effect April 2nd.


Missing Man Found Dead in Somerset County

An 87-year old man, who had been missing for more than a month, has been found dead in Somerset County. A truck, belonging to George Rachael, was found by two people riding all-terrain vehicles. Police don’t suspect foul play. He disappeared in early March, and his body was discovered about 15 miles from Cairnbrook.


Representatives Meet with Pennsylvania Governor on Route 219 Issue

Representatives from Somerset and Cambria counties in Pennsylvania and Garrett County, Maryland have met with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett to discuss the progress of completing Route 219 from Meyersdale to Somerset. The “Continental 1” corridor is a proposed, 1500-mile direct route from Toronto to Miami, intended to develop business growth and faster, safer travel. Its current goal is to complete Route 219 from New York through Pennsylvania. A meeting of the North/South Appalachian Highway Coalition will be held later this month in Somerset.


Lawmakers Concerned About “Doomsday Budget”

Legislators approved a state budget that included budget cuts, but did not address increased state spending. The approved cuts amount to less than one-and-a-half per cent of the nearly $36 billion budget, and Democratic lawmakers argue that the cuts would be devastating. A spokesman for Senate President Thomas “Mike” Miller says a special session will likely be called by mid-May to pass a tax bill. Then, local governments will know how much money they will receive as they consider their budgets for the new fiscal year.




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