Man Allegedly Threatens Women With Rifle
A Frostburg man was originally being held on $25,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center following an incident Sunday evening on Old Dan’s Rock Road in Frostburg. Twenty-three year old Brandon Alan Frey allegedly brandished a loaded firearm, and threatened to shoot two females at his residence during an argument. He faces numerous charges, including two counts each of first and second-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, and two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon, with intent to injure. Deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office recovered a loaded rifle that was allegedly used in the assault. The Midland Fire Department and George’s Creek Ambulance were placed on standby during the incident. Frey was released on his personal recognizance, pending his next court appearance.
Railroad Crossing Closed
The Baltimore Avenue Railroad Crossing will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. All turning traffic from the south side of the tracks to Baltimore Avenue, as well as all right turn traffic from the north side of the tracks to Queen City Drive will be affected. Traffic control devices will be in place. Use caution, and find an alternate route around this closure.
Chamber Urges Quick Marcellus Study
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is hoping to speed up the process of studying methods to safely extract natural gas from shale deposits in Western Maryland. The group sent a position paper to the county’s state legislators and business leaders in Allegany County. A position paper states acknowledges infrastructure constraints and potential environmental damage, but says the region cannot miss “this incredible development opportunity.” The value of the natural gas in just Allegany and Garrett Counties has been estimated at $48 billion; Utica Shale, which lies under the Marcellus layer, holds even greater economic potential.
Casselman Bridge Being Repaired
A hole developing beneath the Casselman Bridge is being repaired. Cut stones that are nearly 200 years old are being removed, but will be replaced, once the repairs are made. The Cumberland Times News says the deterioration of the bridge was noticed in late February; the bridge was immediately closed, along with the area beneath it. The work is being done by Carl Belt Construction.
Piedmont Rehires Assistant Clerk
The Piedmont Mayor and Council have voted to re-hire assistant clerk Nancy Wade, who had resigned in March. Ms. Wade left the position amid controversy and arguments over alleged improprieties by both elected officials and employees, but she wasn’t implicated in any of the investigations. The next scheduled meeting will be Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Commissioners To Cut Canal Place Funding
The Allegany County Commissioners have decided to phase out financial support for the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority from the hotel/motel tax, ending it completely after FY 2014. Hotel/Motel taxes from the Fairfield Inn are used to fund the authority. Canal Place is developing a plan for self-sufficiency when the funding ends. Executive Director Dee Dee Ritchie is looking for avenues to make Canal Place more of an attraction for tourists and locals alike.
Potomac Edison Addresses Complaints
Potomac Edison is working to hire more meter readers, following complaints filed with the Maryland Public Service Commission. The company had fallen behind with checking meters, and customers said it wasn’t fair. Some meters went unchecked as some readers were moved around the company, while others were tied up by widespread outages after storms. While the meters went unchecked, customers were paying for estimated usage on their bills for months. The company will officially respond to the complaints on July 6th.
Bartlett Fined by FEC
According to the Federal Elections Commission, Sixth District Congressman Roscoe Bartlett has repeatedly filed incomplete and inaccurate campaign finance reports. The Congressman was fined $5,000 this year, and has received 25 letters from the agency for incomplete reports over the last three years, more than any current member of the House of Representatives. For his part, the Congressman says his campaign has hired an accountant to sort out other issues; the difficulties began when his campaign began using new software to file reports electronically.