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Police Investigate Commercial Burglary

The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating a commercial burglary at the Folks Glass Company in Grantsville over this past weekend. A person or persons stole several tool boxes, which contained several miscellaneous hand tools. Also taken was a 20-gallon Craftsman air compressor. They were taken from a box trailer on the business parking lot. Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police at (301)-387-1101.

 

Council Member Sentenced to Six Months

Everett Borough Council member Charles Karns was sentenced to five days to six months in jail in connection with a 2009 driving under the influence charge that endangered the lives of two pedestrians. Karns was sentenced yesterday. In April of 2009, Karns blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit, when he nearly struck two female pedestrians near the Penn West bar and hotel; he later crashed into an embankment.

 

Man Arrested for Creating Disturbance

Forty-two year old Frostburg resident David Leo Cassady was arrested, and faces several counts in connection with a disturbance on Virginia Avenue Sunday. Cassady had been causing a disturbance in that area, and he appeared to be intoxicated and angry. He also allegedly made threats towards a Cumberland City Police Officer. As he was being transported to the Police station, he became combative with officers and refused to comply with any requests. He was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct, failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest. He was later released on a $500 unsecured bond.

 

Potomac River Project Conversation Set

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a "Potomac River Project Community Conversation" on Thursday, June 6th at the Allegany Museum. The forum will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Several groups, including the city of Cumberland, have been working to develop a vision for the Potomac River that not only involves the removal of the Potomac Industrial "Blue Bridge" Dam, but also has the potential to develop new recreational and economic opportunities in the long term.

 

Extra Gas Tax Funds For Bridges?

At least one Maryland State Senator is hoping some money from the recently passed gas tax increase will go toward repairing or replacing bridges maintained by the State Highway Administration. As of April, 87 of Maryland's 2,572 bridges were structurally deficient, that doesn't mean they are unsafe, but that they have areas that need to be repaired or replaced. Another 373 bridges are classified as "structurally obsolete," which means they are too narrow, or are otherwise not built to current standards. Among the bridges cited is the Crosstown Bridge in Cumberland, which will cost $17.3 million to clean, repair and paint, in conjunction with another  bridge project on Maryland Route 51 over the CSX Railroad and Canal Parkway.  Senator George Edwards says the bridge needs a complete remodeling.

 

Candidates Lining Up for Gubernatorial Race

There are several Democratic candidates who may be interested in being Maryland's next governor, along with several Republicans. Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown announced his candidacy last weekend, and has the support of Governor Martin O'Malley. Other potential candidates are Attorney General Doug Gansler, and Congressman Dutch Ruppersburger.

 

Mass Litigation Suit to be Heard in West Virginia

A mass litigation trial against some of the nation's tobacco manufacturers will be decided in a Charleston, West Virginia courtroom. About 700 plaintiffs claim they were harmed by tobacco use in cases filed against Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, American Tobacco Company, Brown and Williamson and Lorillard. If the companies are found liable, the cases will be broken down into smaller groups. Ten more judges would be appointed to hear those cases.

 

State Police Stress Work Zone Safety

The West Virginia State Police are making their presence known in work zones, in an effort to stress the importance of driving safely through construction zones. Interstates are a dangerous place to work, so the State Police are taking the initiative to place officers at the beginning of work zones to get motorists to pay attention. They are urging motorists to pay attention to speed limit signs and to slow down when driving through work zones. And, drivers should also be mindful of the crews working on the state's roadways.

 

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