Commissioners Updated on Capital Improvement Plan
During yesterday's meeting, the Allegany County Commissioners heard an update on the proposed Capital Improvement Plan, in which the new Allegany High School is included. The county has dedicated $9.2 million toward the project; total contributions from the county and board of education total $12.2, the local share of the project. The balance of the costs will be provided by the state of Maryland. At the present time, plans call for a 719 student capacity.
Downtown Ramp To Be Closed
The State Highway Administration is closing the exit 43-C ramp, eastbound, this weekend, to repair the concrete driving surface of the ramp. The closure begins at 8 p.m. tonight and will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday. In case of bad weather, the SHA will postpone the roadwork and closure. Drivers should follow detour signs directing traffic to continue east to the Willowbrook Road exit, exit 44, where they will return to westbound I-68 and use the westbound exit 43-C, to Downtown Cumberland. The patching is part of a $14 million bridge rehabilitation project that also includes repairs, cleaning and painting below the bridge. Motorists should also expect continued single-lane closures on I-68 through late May.
Woman Arrested in Domestic Incident
A 27-year old Cumberland woman has been charged with assault, disorderly conduct and identity fraud. Samantha Baker allegedly assaulted a man, following an argument over a possible theft. It was discovered she was also wanted on an outstanding warrant, where Ms. Baker was accused of stealing a credit card and making numerous fraudulent charges throughout the area. She was held on $15,000 bond for the assault incident, and on $10,000 bond for the credit card and related charges.
Woman Held on $25,000 Bail
Forty-one year old Cumberland resident Tracy Malloy is being held on $25,000 bond, following an assault incident early yesterday morning in the 600-block of Bedford Street. Ms. Malloy is accused of hitting a man in the face with a closed fist. She was charged with second-degree assault and received a hearing in Allegany County District Court. She is now in the Allegany County Detention Center.
FSU Faculty Members to be Honored
Four members of the Frostburg State University faculty will be honored during the school's Honors Convocation next Friday. The event will take place in the Pealer Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. This year's Faculty Achievement Award recipients are Dr. Yan Bao, Department of Accounting, for teaching; Andy Duncan, Department of English, for Academic Achievement; Dr. Michael Murtaugh, Department of Psychology; and Dr. Elesha Ruminski, Department of Communication Studies, for University and Community Service. In addition to the faculty awards, one graduating student per degree program will be honored for academic excellence and leadership.
Attorney General Issues Gun-Control Opinion
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says Maryland's gun control measure is constitutional, and "legally defensible." Governor Martin O'Malley is set to sign the bill at a ceremony next week. The measure bans 45 types of assault weapons, applying to long guns, and also requires those who buy a handgun to submit fingerprints to the Maryland State Police. The fingerprint requirement, according to Gansler, is a longstanding feature of state laws in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia.
Same Sex Domestic Partners to Lose State Benefits
No new state employees in same sex domestic partnerships will be able to enroll in state health benefits beginning in July. Now that the state has legalized same-sex marriage, no domestic partners will be covered. Same sex couples could marry, beginning January 1st, which sparked the change in health care coverage. The state must now repeal same sex domestic partner benefits, so that same sex couples are not eligible for health insurance through either marriage or a domestic partnership, while opposite sex couples are only eligible through marriage.
Gas Price to be Lower this Summer
Gas prices will be an average of 16-cents less this summer than last. Gasoline will average $3.53 per gallon from now through September, and that is cheaper than earlier estimates of $3.63. Factors driving down the price include the United States producing more crude oil and people using less gasoline.