Fire in North End
Firefighters were on the scene of another fire early this morning, at 466 Columbia Street. The blaze was reported at 5:24 a.m. There were no injuries. Firefighters remained on the scene for several hours. Crews cleared the scene after several hours. The Maryland State Fire Marshal is on the scene, investigating the cause.
Fatal Fire in Garrett County
The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fire at 10 Horseshoe Lane in Oakland, which killed an unidentified Garrett County man. A joint investigation with the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office revealed there were no working smoke alarms in the 16-foot tow behind trailer located on the property. The cause remains under investigation. The identity of the victim is being withheld until an autopsy is conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.
Corriganville Woman Charged in Theft Scheme
Sixty-one year old Corriganville resident Carol Lee Myers has been indicted by an Allegany County Grand Jury, charging her with a single count of theft scheme, between $10,000 and $100,000. She is alleged to have stolen $15,900 from the Mountain Ridge Band Parents Association’s athletic events, which were held as a fundraiser for the band. The band director there discovered several discrepancies while reviewing the financial records and reported his findings to law enforcement authorities. The alleged incidents occurred between September through December of 2011. She has been freed, pending her next court appearance.
Delegation Appeals to Federal Government
The Maryland Congressional delegation is appealing to the Obama administration, regarding the federal government’s decision to deny federal disaster aid to Garrett County, which was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy in October. Repressentative John Delaney, along with U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin noted in the letter that the weather system cut the power to homes in Garrett County for a week, and damaged 23 homes. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley sent the request for federal aid on December 12th, but it was denied two days later.
Edwards’ Legislation Would Increase Interstate Speed
State Senator George Edwards has introduced legislation that would increase the present speed limit on Interstate 68 to 70 miles-per-hour. Senator Edwards wants the speed limit to be raised by transportation officials, and notes that the speed limit in nearby West Virginia is 70 miles-per-hour on the interstate, and remains constant for that portion of I-68.
Delaney Meets with Delegation
Sixth District Congressman John Delaney met with the Western Maryland delegation to the General Assembly late last week, and one of his top priorities is making sure people in Western Maryland are able to find work. Several other topcs were discussed, including gun control, drilling for natural gas, and immigration reform. Delaney is supportive of President Barack Obama’s proposals to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazine clips for guns.
Portion of Street to be Closed
A portion of South Centre Street, from Harrison to Union Street, will be closed until 5 p.m. today, so that gas service lines can be installed. Northern Pipeline and Columbia Gas are working on the project. Any questions or concerns should be directed to “Mike” with Northern Pipeline at (443)-271-7498.
Cardin Honored by Association
Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin was honored at Friday’s Mountain Maryland PACE Reception breakfast in Annapolis. He received the honor, from the Development District Association of Appalachia, for his strong advocacy of the Appalachian Regional Commission’s mission to help bring the region into socioeconomic parity with the nation. The award is presented each year to a member of Congress for outstanding service to the people of Appalachia and support of the work of the local development districts and the ARC.
Knights of Columbus Donates Coats
For the third consecutive year, the Knights of Columbus has donated coats to elementary school students in the Allegany County Public School System as part of their Coats for Kids Program. The students received 64 winter coats from the K of C this year. The Coats for Kids initiative was part of the Order’s Help a Child in Need campaign, which began in 2006 with a nationwide television appeal for donations to charities that support the needs of children. After an overwhelming need for warm winter coats, the Coats for Kids initiative was implemented.
Miller Proposes Local Gasoline Taxes
Maryland Senate President Mike Miller is proposing legislation which would allow county governments to raise gasoline taxes up to five cents for local transportation projects. The state now levies 23.5 cents per gallon on gas, and that hasn’t been increased since 1992. Miller expects to introduce the bill this week in Annapolis.
West Virginia Meth Labs Increase 400 Per Cent
The number of reported meth labs in West Virginia has jumped more than 400 per cent since 2008. The drug is now more easily manufactured, as the process once took several days; it now takes only about an hour. Just last year, 271 meth labs were reported in the state, up from 50 in 2008, and there has been a steady increase each year in the number of meth labs.