Tempers Flare at County Budget Hearing
There was a heated exchange during yesterday's Allegany County budget hearings, regarding a supplementary request from the Board of Education to provide security in the county schools. The Board had requested an additional half-million dollars to implement the program. The disagreement, between Board Member Dr. Ed Root and Commission President Mike McKay centered around who is ultimately responsible for security in the schools. The discussion was scheduled for 15 minutes, but lasted nearly an hour.
Credit Union Successfully Bids on Foreclosed Property
First People's Community Federal Credit Union was the successful bidder on the McMullen Building on the northwest corner of the downtown Cumberland Mall. The building was purchased, after falling into default under its current owner, Larcorp, LLC; the purchase price was $500,000. First People's will retain control of the building. Another potential buyer for the property withheld a bid, due to a lack of details on the leases held by the current tenants, the Maryland One Stop Job Center.
Mineral County Employees to Receive Pay Raises
The Mineral County Commissioners have provided an $800 raise for all county employees. The raise was facilitated, in part, by county assessor Rose Ann Maine, who agreed to move one of her employees into the assessor's evaluation fund; she also agreed to pay for a statewide computer system for the county, which amounts to around $50,000. The raise amounts to an increase of about 39-cents an hour; Mineral County employees received no pay raise last year.
Keyser Woman, Friend Arrested
Twenty-one year old Keyser resident Kayla Suter was arrested on felony burglary and grand larceny charges, and her friend, 34-year old Joseph Pratt, was jailed for interfering in her arrest. Ms. Suter is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $22,000 bond, following her arrest. She has also been charged as a fugitive from justice from Allegany County. In addition, she faces a misdemeanor drug possession charge for carrying a syringe with suspected heroin residue, as well as a marijuana pipe and a quantity of suspected marijuana. Pratt is also being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $8,000 bond.
Sheriff Issues School Safety Message
Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson has released a statement, regarding school safety and his department's commitment to that goal. The Sheriff's Office is currently in the process of reviewing and updating plans and procedures for crisis management and prevention, in an environment that is constantly evolving. The Sheriff noted that due to a combined effort, the safety of our schools has been enhanced and is constantly being upgraded. The main objective of this initiative is prevention and personal safety of each and every citizen using public facilities in the county.
One Jailed in Domestic Dispute
Thirty-seven year old Katherine Marie Bryant has been charged with second degree assault, following an incident Wednesday in the 200-block of Maryland Avenue. She is accused of kicking a man in the face. She received a hearing in Allegany County District Court and was held on $15,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Calendar Revised for Snow Days
The Allegany County Board of Education has approved a student make-up day schedule for instructional days missed during the current academic year. The last day of school for students will now be June 10th, and the last day for teachers is June 18th. The State Board of Education approved Superintendent Dr. David Cox's request to waive the three days of school missed in October, as the result of Hurricane Sandy, since Maryland was declared in a state of emergency. The last day of school will be a three-hour early dismissal.
Road Improvement Work Begins Monday in Somerset County
State road improvement work is scheduled to begin Monday in Somerset County. More than $6 million in road and bridge projects are planned for the county. One of those projects is a $1.9 million bridge project in Garrett, which will eliminate the open-grate structure that spans the Casselman River on Berlin Street. Two bridges in Upper Turkeyfoot and Addison are scheduled for replacement as well.
Meyersdale Woman Arrested for Assaulting Officer
A Meyersdale woman has a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 23rd, in a case where she is accused of assaulting Berlin Borough police officer Michelle Piscitella earlier in the month. Twenty-six year old Sherri Lynne Livengood was initially stopped for speeding; her vehicle was searched and several items, including two spoons, a cut blue straw, and a clear Bic pen tube, along with rolled up one and five dollar bills. The items are commonly used for inhaling susbstances. Ms. Livengood is accused of kicking the door of the car into the officer and used her weight to slam the officer into her car. Ms. Livengood had to be tasered to subdue her.