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Documentation Issues at Finan, Brandenburg

The State Department of Legislative Services has found problems with documentation for some purchases at the Thomas B. Finan Center and the former Joseph Brandeburg Center, with corporate purchasing cards, which were not promptly canceled when employees were terminated at both locations. The Cumberland Times-News states an audit was conducted from July 1, 2008 through June 30th of last year, and found that documentation was lacking documentation in certain instances, to support its compliance with State Procurement Regulations.


Woman Found Hanging in Washington County Cell

A Moorefield, West Virginia woman, who was jailed at the Washington County Detention Center, was found hanging from a bed sheet Wednesday morning. Thirty-five year old Crystal Rosenberger was taken to the Meritus Medical Center for treatment. She was being held on $40,000 bond on a bad check charge in Hancock, but was also being held on a retainer from Baltimore County on theft charges there.


Inmate Files Suit Against Sheriff, Other Officers

An inmate who is currently lodged in the Allegany County Detention Center is suing Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley and 14 unidentified law enforcement officers he says severely beat him after a failed bank robbery and vehicle chase in 2010. Mark Daniel Haines says officers repeatedly kicked him in the head and stomped on his face, while other officers threw him to the ground, and against a cruiser. He also alleges they punched him and shocked him with stun guns. The incident is alleged to have happened in late December, 2010. For his part, Sheriff Shirley’s attorneys deny the allegations.


ARC Grant for Garrett County

The Appalachian Regional Commission has granted Garrett County $250,000 for construction of the Meadow Mountain Trail. The ten-mile, multi-user trail, will build on the county’s effort to expand its outdoor recreation industry; it is projected to have an economic impact of more than $3 million. The funding will be used to complete the trail design, to construct the trail, and improve two railhead parking areas.


Council Will Advertise for Administrator

During a brief, five-minute meeting the Keyser City Council passed a motion to advertise for a new City Administrator. The job listing is available at the city office, and interested applicants will have 30 days to apply for the job. At the end of 30 days, a panel will be assembled to select three possible candidates.


Keyser Farm Service Office To Close

Keyser’s federal Farm Service agency, along with four others around West Virginia, will be closing in the coming weeks. There are currently 29 FSA offices in the state, and ten were on the short list for closure. The criteria for closure were the level of farm activity in the local area, and whether an office was in 25 miles of another FSA office. Employees remaining with the offices will be transferred to the nearest FSA office, so there were no job losses.


Incumbent Mayor Seeks Re-Election

Ed Clemons, Jr., the current mayor of Luke, is seeking re-election to that position in the June 11th municipal election. He announced his intention as he was elected by his fellow mayors to serve as the Allegany-Garrett Maryland Municipal League Chapter President.


County Schedules Electronic Recycling

Allegany County will have an electronics recycling event on Saturday, June 23rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the County Office Building. Most, but not all, electronics can be recycled for free; the event is restricted to county residents. Individuals will be required to present a valid drivers license or another proof of residency, such as a current utility bill.

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