FirstEnergy Outage Update
FirstEnergy has restored power to more than 1.2 million customers in a five-state area; however over a million more do not have power. More than 15,000 FirstEnergy employees, along with additional contractors and neighboring utility crews, are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power. Crews are working around the clock, in 16-hour shifts, until all power is restored.
Tree and Snow Removal in Garrett County
Governor Martin O'Maley was in Garrett County yesterday to survey the damage from the storm. The Maryland State Highway Administration Keyser's Ridge Shop is assisting Garrett County with local road cleanup. Nearly 50 personnel from Howard, Carroll, Washington and Allegany Counties are helping in the ongoing state and local cleanup operations. Nearly three dozen dump trucks and a large snow blower are helping clear access to critical sites such as Garrett Memorial Hospital, Garrett College and the Oakland Armory, which is an early voting site.
Traffic Pattern Changed for Homecoming Game
The traffic pattern around Greenway Avenue Stadium has been changed for tomorrow's game. There will be no vehicular traffic permitted in front of the stadium from 8 a.m. until one hour after the game. Drivers and pedestrians should exercise caution when traveling to and from the game. Band members and those in the Homecoming court should contact one of the officers at the intersections, who will arrange for them to be dropped off near the stadium.
Three Arrested for Drug Possession
Three people were arrested Halloween night on Baltimore Street, near George Street. A vehicle was stopped for an equipment violation, and a K-9 unit-later called to the scene-reacted positively to a drug scan. Marijuana was located inside the vehicle, and 18-year old Colleen Elizabeth Crossland of Mount Savage, 19-year old Rufus Thompson and 21-year old Kenya Cardarole-Donnell Williams were taken into custody. All three was charged with possession of marijuana, but released pending trial, following a hearing in Allegany County District Court.
Schools Make Progress on Graduation
Allegany County public school students are receiving diplomas at the highest rate in recent history, according to data released on Wednesday. All students in the county met the HSA graduation requirement. Graduation rates surpass the state's graduation rate by over 5 per cent for both 2010 and 2011.
Summit Township Looking to Fill Police Roster
Summit Township is trying to find additional police coverage, after its only full-time officer reduced his hours. Supervisor Walt Lenhart says the town's officer, Nathan Claycomb, reverted to part-time status; he also works full-time for the Blair County Police Department. When no officer was available, the solution has been to contact the Pennsylvania State Police. And, if there are none in the area, officers respond from the Somerset borough police department.
Possible Record Turnout for Early Voting
State election officials believe a record turnout for early voting could be set today, after polls were shut down for two days because of this week's storms. Polls are open today until 9 p.m., and Governor Martin O'Malley says that more and more people are exercising the right to vote, and doing it in a way that's most convenient for them and their families.
Utility Granted Gas Increase
Mountaineer Gas has been granted a 2.5 per cent rate increase by the West Virginia Public Service Commission. The PSC says because it recently reduced the annual purchase gas rate for Mountaineer, customers will actually see a rate decrease. The average customer bill will be going down about $5.24 per month. Mountaineer had originally sought a 4.9 per cent increase in its base rate.