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School Vandalized; Items Stolen

The Allegany County Sheriff's Office is investigating a breaking and entering and theft that occurred at George's Creek Elementary School. A suspect gained entry to the school and removed two laptop computers and several medicinal EpiPens; school officials are taking an inventory of the school, to see if any other items may have been taken. Video surveillance showed the suspect entered the school at 9:25 p.m. Monday evening and remained there for an extended period of time. The investigation is continuing by the C3I unit.


Fireworks Won't Be Set Off From Park

A new state fire regulation will prohibit this year's 4th of July fireworks display from being launched at Constitution Park. The regulation limits the use of fireworks within a certain radius of occupied buildings; in this case, the building in question is the county's 911 emergency communications center on Hudson Avenue, adjacent to the baseball field. The city is looking to find another location for the annual display.


Commissioners Submit ARC Projects to Tri-County Council

The Allegany County Commissioners have approved the submission of a number of prioritized projects for Appalachian Regional Commission funding. The projects will be submitted to the Tri-County Council of Western Maryland. Road projects will require no county match, but development projects will need a 50 per cent county match. Among the projects are a pilot program through Frostburg State University, a water line replacement at the Allegany County Fairgrounds and work on an access road to the Frostburg Business Park.


Emergency Dispatchers See Pay Raise

Allegany County emergency dispatchers will see an increase of three per cent for each year of a new, three-year contract, signed by the employees and the county late last week. The county had planned a 3 per cent cost of living adjustment in 2013, which would cost just over $442,000. The agreement also includes a no-strike clause. The dispatchers are represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.


CDS Arrest Near Friendsville Road

Homestead, Florida resident Benjamin Seals was arrested yesterday troopers from the McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police on Interstate 68 westbound, near Friendsville Road. Seals was initially stopped for speeding, and was found to be in possession of a glass smoking device. He was charged on a criminal citation with possession of drug paraphernalia. Seals was later released.


Woman Cited After Collision

A 31-year old Inwood, West Virginia woman was cited, after she fell asleep at the wheel of her car and hit a guardrail along Interstate 68. After striking the guardrail, the vehicle driven by Lisa Fleming overturned, blocking all lanes of Interstate 68 Eastbound, near the 60-mile marker. Both she and her 6-year old son were transported by Flintstone Ambulance to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. She was charged with both negligent driving and failure to transport a child in a child safety seat.


Man Charged With Drug Violations

An equipment violation on a car led to the arrest of a Cumberland man. Cumberland City Police stopped the car for not having any front registration. The officer saw a black digital scale, in plain view in the center console of the car, containing marijuana residue. Zakary Ray Harding was subsequently charged with possession of marijuana, possession of Clonazepam, and possession of CDS paraphernalia. He was released on personal recognizance, pending trial in District Court.


Man Charged With Destruction of Property

Eighteen year old Tyrell Aaron Morris has been charged with malicious destruction of property, following a Monday incident at Salem Children's Trust in Frostburg. Morris is accused of damaging multiple items inside of a building, belonging to Salem. He was transported to the McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police, where he was charged. He was released on a criminal citation.

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