Counties Must Bear Costs of Teacher Pensions
Even though Allegany and Garrett counties receive a disparity grant from the state of Maryland, that funding won't cover the cost of teacher pensions, which were shifted from the state to the counties last year. In Allegany County, the grant was just over $9 million, while in Garrett County, it was more than $2.5 million. County officials from both Garrett and Allegany say that is the amount they had expected.
ATK Planning for Expansion
The Allegany Ballistics Laboratory plant along Route 956 may be expanding. ATK is improving about 20 acres of land, in anticipation of future expansion. Drainage systems and other features are now being installed, according to the Mineral News-Tribune. The project also calls for two new storage magazines for explosives, which will replace older storage units. This project is generating about $6 million, and 35 construction jobs, for the local economy.
Man Arrested on Outstanding Warrant
A Friendsville man, who had an outstanding arrest warrant, was apprehended in the 200-block of Maple Street in Friendsville Tuesday. Michael George Reed was wanted on charges of fourth degree burglary and trespassing. He was also found to have a quantity of prescription pills in a bottle with the label removed. He was held on $5,000 bond.
Cumberland Woman Faces Assault Charge
Cumberland resident Kimberly Hoyman is being charged with an assault incident, that allegedly took place last weekend on North Centre Street. The person who filed the complaint alleged that Hoyman assaulted her on Saturday at her residence on North Mechanic Street. She was served and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.
Berkeley County Residents Named in Indictment
Four Berkeley County residents have been named in an indictment, charging them with various drug distribution counts, involving heroin and oxycodone. Sixty-six year old Patricia Brinkmeyer, 43-year old Frank Brinkmeyer, along with Charlotte Jenkins and Michael B. Smith were named in the nine count indictment. If convicted, each of the defendants faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine on each count.
Allegany To Participate in Way2GoMaryland Tour
A statewide campaign, "Way2GoMaryland," runs through April 12th, and delivers messages on preparing for college to several middle and high school school students in Western Maryland. Allegany High School is among those schools participating in the campaign. During the tour, students will actively participate in discussion topics that include selecting college-readiness courses, developing study skills, engaging in student involvement, and how to pay for college. For more information, go online to "www.way2gomaryland.org" or contact Linnita Hosten at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (301)-445-2739.
Cell Phone Use While Driving Could Become Primary Offense
The Maryland State Senate has approved, on a vote of 40-6, legislation that would make talking on a cell phone while driving a primary offense. Motorists could be pulled over and ticketed, if the measure is approved. Hands-free phones would continue to be permitted, if the bill becomes law. Twelve states and the District of Columbia have laws banning the use of hand-held phones while driving; only Maryland and West Virginia have made it a secondary offense. West Virginia, however, will start enforcing its law as a primary offense in July.
Flight 93 Summer Hours Delayed Until May 1st
Another victim of the federal government's sequestration is the Flight 93 Memorial. Summer hours for the memorial will begin on May 1st, rather than April 1st, as had been planned. The memorial will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. As part of the sequester, many government programs were cut or reduced, including hours at national memorials. Despite the delay in summer hours, the National Park Service says it will still move forward on breaking ground for a visitor center and pedestrian bridge at the site.
West Virginia to Speed Up Background Checks
The West Virginia State Police will make it easier for organizations that serve children, the elderly, and disabled individuals to obtain the results of federal background checks of potential employees. The State Police have revised a policy to allow the state's background check contractor, MorphoTrust, to submit potential employees fingerprints to the FBI. MorphoTrust would receive the results and provide them to the employer. Previously, the employer had to obtain the fingerprints from MorphoTrust and submit them to the FBI with a signed release from the job seeker. The job seeker would receive the results and provide them to the employer.