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Legislator To Call For Resource Officers in Every School

Maryland State Delegate and former police officer John Cluster is calling for resource officers in every elementary school. Delegate Cluster says a resource program will cost $50 million, and could be funded with money made from gambling expansion. He adds that the Department of Legislative Services estimates gambling revenue to be between $500 to $700 million, and ten per cent, according to Cluster, "doesn't sound like much to protect our kids."


Proposed Settlement Agreement for Oldtown Bridge

There is a proposed settlement agreement for the operators of the Oldtown Bridge, which includes a monthly pass program. Under the proposal, monthly passes would increase to $45 from the present $14 charge, and would be good for unlimited crossings during the month. Cars, trucks and vans would rise from 50-cents to $1.50; all others would increase from a dollar to $1.50. Tractor trailers and busses would increase to $6.00 per crossing, from the present charge of $2.00.


Economic Development Director Named

Garrett County has chosen its economic development director. Michael Koch, co-owner and board president of FireFly Farms, has 22 years in housing finance executive management. The former director, Jim Hinebaugh, announced his retirement last September.


Woman Arrested Following Domestic Assault

Forty-nine year old Patricia Jane Dye has been charged with assaulting her daughter and a Cumberland Police Officer, following a weekend incident in the 500-block of Maryland Avenue. She allegedly hit her daughter in the face with an open hand. As she was being arrested, she stomped on an officers' foot. She was later released on personal recognizance. No medical treatment was required, as there were no injuries. Child Protective Services was contacted and given the information about the assault. The juvenile left the residence with family member.


Somerset County Home Damaged by Fire

A home in the 800-block of Bunker Hill Road in Somerset County was damaged by fire over this past weekend. The flue in the home collapsed, with flames quickly spreading to the attic of the home. Most of the damage was confined to the rear of the structure. Six fire departments were called to the scene; fire officials there said nobody was hurt.


Skier Falls From Lift

A skier fell from a lift at Hidden Valley Resort in Somerset County. The fifteen-year old New York teen fell about 20 feet, after not pulling down the safety bar. He was either trying to fix his boot or binding and slipped. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation.


Man Causes Several Accidents, Faces DUI

A man from Inwood, West Virginia, who is in the United States illegally, and who did not have a valid drivers' license, caused numerous DUI accidents in the Bedford County area on Christmas Day. Twenty-nine year old Miguel Aguilar-Perez faces numerous charges, following the accidents. Police reportedly found eight open containers of beer inside his vehicle and was taken to UPMC Bedford for a blood-alcohol test. In all, Perez faces 14 charges, including felony agrravated assault by vehicle while DUI and not being properly licensed.


Homestead Property Tax Credit Deadline is Monday

Maryland homeowners have until Monday to apply for the state's Homestead Property Tax Credit, if they have not already done so. The credit was established five years ago, to help homeowners deal with large increases in the assessment on their principal residence. Counties and municipalities may not exceed ten per cent in their increase; they may also choose a lower limit on assessments.


EPA Fracking Report Released

The Environmental Protection Agency's progress report on potential impact of natural gas hydraulic fracturing and drilling on drinking water, does not come to any conclusions, and the final report won't be issued until next year. Sampling has been done in locations in Colorado, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Texas. The industry and many other states say the process is safe, when done properly; critics dispute that claim.


Mountain State Unemployment Declining

Unemployment in West Virginia declined two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.3 per cent in November. Twenty-nine counties, however, had increased rates, while 20 reported declines. Grant County was cited as having one of the highest unemployment rates in the state at 10.4 per cent for November.



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