O'Malley Considers White House Bid
Now that the General Assembly session has concluded, Governor Martin O'Malley says he will use the second half of 2013 to decide whether to run for President. The Governor says he needs to give the time, thought and brain power necessary to give serious consideration" to running for the Presidency. One Republican legislator, quoted in the Baltimore Sun says O'Malley's run for the White House is the "worst kept secret in Annapolis," adding that his spent "his legislative session paving the way for his liberal platform."
Commissioners Comment on Budget
Revenues have increased slightly in the past year, but the Allegany County Commissioners say they are going to be fiscally conservative. According to the Cumberland Times-News, most of the 1.5 per cent increase in revenues came from property and income tax revenues. A large percentage of the property tax revenues are being attributed to a $295,000 payment in lieu of taxes agreement between the county and Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort. Income tax revenues have increased by $714,600.
Two Rescued from the Water in Mineral County
Two swimmers were rescued from the Barnum Whitewater area in Mineral County earlier in the week. Five students from Potomac State College had gone swimming; three had been able to make it back to shore, but the other two were rescued by members of three fire departments and two EMS squads, through the use of a flat-bottomed boat, borrowed from an area resident.
Woman Issued Citation for Failure to Obey
A twenty-seven year old Cumberland resident was issued a criminal citation for failure to obey a lawful order, following an assault incident Wednesday afternoon. As police were investigating, Delores Lynn Swanger began to yell and scream, interfering with the officers' investigation. She was asked several times to leave the area and to stop creating a disturbance, but did not comply. She was taken to Police Headquarters and issued the citation; she was then released, pending trial in Allegany County District Court.
Two Destruction of Property Incidents Investigated
Cumberland City Police are investigating two separate destruction of property incidents. The first was reported Wednesday on New Hampshire Avenue, where a garage window had been broken out with a rock. The second was in the 100-block of Virginia Avenue. A person or persons had "keyed" the driver side of a vehicle, which was parked in a lot. There have been no suspects developed in the case.
ACM Hosts Open House
Allegany College of Maryland will host an open house tomorrow, with the chance to win valuable tuition assistance. This is the 16th annual event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and showcases the school's numerous credit programs in career and transfer areas. ACM offers more than 60 career programs designed for prompt application in the workplace. There will also be random drawings for 6, $500 scholarships during the day. The winning names will be drawn at 2:45 p.m.
Maryland Shores Up Distracted Driving Law
You may have missed this one...during its final day on Monday, the Maryland General Assembly passed a measure, making talking on a handheld cell phone while driving a primary offense. A police officer could pull over a driver for talking on the phone while the vehicle is in motion. The first offense is punishable by up to a $75 fine, while a second offense could cost up to $125. A third violation means a $175 fine.
NRA Plans to Challenge Maryland Gun Law
National Rifle Association President David Keene says his group intends to challenge the constitutionality of Maryland's newly passed gun law. Keene, who is a Maryland resident, says they are already in court in New York, and will be in court, "aiding those in Maryland." Meanwhile, another group wants to see a proposal to put the gun law on the ballot, for the voters to decide.