Baltimore Man Held on $150,000 Bond
A weekend traffic stop on Grand Avenue led to the arrest of a 19-year old Baltimore man. Mark Brown, who had originally given officers a false name, was found to have large quantities of suspected crack cocaine and cocaine, which were stored in individually wrapped plastic baggies; he also had a large sum of currency. He was charged with possession and distribution of crack and powder cocaine, and making a false statement to an officer. Brown was ordered held on $150,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Hooley Plunge Raises Over $112,000
Saturday's Hooley Plunge at Rocky Gap State Park has raised at least $112,000 for the Allegany County Special Olympics and programs for the developmentally disabled in the area. Dr. Sean McCagh, organizer of the event, says more contributions are expected. Winner of the Chazz Offutt Community Spirit Award this year was Allegany County School Superintendent Dr. David Cox, for helping organize the public school effort in the community. The Unsung Hero Award was given to Brad Stafford, for his help in preparations for the Hooley Plunge. The tenth anniversary Hooley Plunge will take place on Saturday, March 1, 2014,
Mayor Holding Reimbursements
Ridgeley Mayor Jim Twigg is holding onto reimbursements he received, following his attendance at the West Virginia Municipal League mid-winter conference, until the ongoing investigation is closed. The probe is trying to determine if Mayor Twigg misused his town purchasing card for expenses. The town is awaiting action from the Mineral County Prosecuting Attorney on recent audit findings on the possible misuse of a "purchasing card."
Residents May Pay for Bridge Repair
Mineral County is not in a position to pay for repairs to the Sunnydale Drive bridge that partially collapsed beneath a fire truck weekend before last, so it may be up to residents in the subdivision to bear the brunt of the cost. County officials say they will help residents explore funding options to rebuild the bridge, including a claim against the fire department's insurance carrier for the cost of repair.
Mount Savage Woman Arrested
Forty-one year old Tracy Malloy was jailed on a $20,000 bond, after being charged with two counts of assault following an incident Saturday morning in the 600-block of Bedford Street. She allegedly struck her boyfriend in the mouth, and then knocked a phone from his hands when he tried to call for help. She also allegedly bit the man's roommate, who tried to intervene.
Fire Departments to be Honored
Members of 20 local fire departments will be honored by the Allegany County Commissioners during a Thursday ceremony at the Allegany County Office Building. "Encore for a Hero" will be held at 3:30 p.m. and will recognize difficult circumstances encountered, when a rash of house fires and weather conditions taxed their resources. The ceremony will take place in Room 100 of the county office building.
Driver Charged Following Accident
Frostburg resident Jonathan Duckworth was charged, following an accident Sunday on Parkersburg Road. He lost control of his car and struck a utility pole. He was charged with failure to control speed to avoid a collision, and driving without a license. The Allegany Sheriff's Department investigated, and Duckworth was released pending trial.
Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty
A former Roxbury Correctional Officer has pleaded guilty to the beating of an inmate at the facility in March of 2008. Philip Mayo, now of Rochester, New York, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. He faces up to five years in prison, along with a $250,000 fine and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 28th. Two other RCI officers, Ryan Lohr of Flintstone, and Dustin Norris of Martinsburg, West Virginia have also pleaded guilty in the case. Lohr is scheduled to be sentenced on June 18th.
Legislators Oppose Gun Control Bill
Maryland State Senator George Edwards voted against Governor Martin O'Malley's gun control bill that ultimately passed in the Senate late last week. However, Delegate LeRoy Myers says he will oppose the bill, when it is introduced in the House. Senator Edwards pointed out that the city of Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but also a high number of residents who are killed with guns. He says if someone wants to commit a crime with a gun, they'll find one. For his part, Delegate Myers says there are already enough gun laws in the state.
Comptroller Wants Officers in Every Public School
Comptroller Peter Franchot says he is backing legislation that would put a police officer in every one of Maryland's 1400 public schools. According to one state delegate, the cost would be around 70 to 80-million dollars and about 900 new police officers would have to be hired in the state. There are about 500 schools with police on campus; some middle schools have assigned officers but none in the elementary schools.
Report Released on June "Derecho" Storm
A Maryland Public Service Commission report, recently released on last June's severe storm, notes that utility companies "need to be more responsive to outages," and that they should "develop strategies to address the needs of vulnerable populations." About 72,000 Potomac Edison customers were without power for several days; fallen tree limbs that interfered with power lines accounted for about 32 million hours of lost service in Maryland.