Board Comments on County Funding
The Allegany County Board of Education says the county is cutting back educational funding to the bare required minimum. During last night’s work session, one board member, Mike Llewellyn, said the county is profiting from the state’s arrangement to help pay teacher pension costs. While the percentage of the county budget used to fund education has dropped to about 35 per cent, the state average of funding per county is at about 49 per cent.
Teenager Loses Life in Accident
Sixteen year old Seneca Rocks resident James L. Huffman died in a single-vehicle crash Monday evening near the Grant-Pendleton County line. He was driving a 2000 Ford Ranger, when the truck crossed the center line, near State Routes 28 and 55, went off the edge of the roadway and traveled over an embankment. It came to rest on its top.
Crash, Domestic Incident Remains Under Investigation
Cumberland City Police are investigating a domestic disturbance in the 400-block of Arch Street early yesterday morning. Thirty-two year old Tammy Lynn Porter had been involved in a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of West Industrial Boulevard and Arch Street. She allegedly left the scene and traveled south on Arch Street. She then struck three parked vehicles, crossed Industrial Boulevard, then struck another parked vehicle, and ran into the side of a residence at 35 West Industrial Boulevard. She was injured and was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Incumbent Wins Mayoral Election
Incumbent Luke Mayor Edward Clemons retained his seat in Monday’s election, winning over Joseph LaRue and Richard Miller, Sr. Also retaining their seats were Commissioners Janet Bryan, Thomas Clayton and James L. Lewis. Donna Fracasso will be joining the three incumbents, to serve a two-year term of office. Of the 57 registered voters in the town, 42 turned out to vote. The newly elected members will be sworn into office by the clerk of the Allegany County Circuit Court, Dawne Lindsey.
Boil Water Notice in Effect in Meyersdale
There is a boil water notice in effect, at least through today in Meyersdale, for customers of the Municipal Authority. An eight-inch water main at Second and Thomas Streets ruptured about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and drained portions of the water distribution system. That line has been a problem before. People are being asked to boil water, not necessarily conserve it.
Warden Resigns Position in Bedford County
Warden Donald Orr has resigned that position at the Bedford County Jail. Orr had been suspended, due to an unspecified incident at the jail earlier in May. The Bedford County Free Press says that Orr’s resignation became effective yesterday.
More Charges Filed Against Accused Arsonist
The Hagerstown Fire Marshal’s Office is filing more charges against a man, who is accused of setting a fire on the front porch of a Virginia Avenue home in Hagerstown. Carl McNutt is also accused of call the Virginia Avenue residence several times last week, stating he was going to return and kill the occupant and burn the house down. He was arrested in Baltimore late last week, and is being held there without bond.
Former Deputy Sentenced in Hagerstown
A former deputy at the Washington County Detention Center has been sentenced to fifteen months in jail for bringing the drug Suboxone into the facility. Thirty-one year old Leslie Allen Martin is accused of bringing the drug, which is used to treat opiate withdrawal, to another inmate at the jail. Martin will serve the sentence in a local detention facility, rather than in a state prison.
Baltimore Number Six in Homicides
Baltimore City is no longer in the “Top Five” cities nationwide, with the highest homicide rates. However…it is number 6. According to the FBI, which released the figures this week, the homicide rate is at 31.3 per cent per 100,000 residents. Baltimore had 196 homicides last year, but that represented a 12 per cent decline in the number of murders. The total dipped below 200 for the first time since the 1970’s.