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Checkpoint Yields 25 Drug Arrests


A weekend checkpoint, conducted by the Maryland State Police, resulted in the arrest of over two dozen individuals. The stops were conducted along Interstate 68 in the eastern portion of Allegany County. Also participating were officers from the C3I Narcotics Task Force, the Allegany County Sheriff's Office, and a representative from the Allegany County State's Attorney's Office. A large quantity of marijuana, along with numerous drug paraphernalia items were seized during the checkpoint.




New Warrant Initiative Announced


The Safe Streets Program is conducting a new warrant initiative beginning today, and concluding on Friday of this week. Charges against the individuals being sought include a variety of drug charges, failure to appear, assault and violation of probation warrants. The Cumberland City Police Safe Streets program is asking residents, and those of the surrounding areas, to assist in the apprehension of those wanted for criminal activities. There are 16 people being sought in this most recent Safe Streets warrant initiative.




Senator Edwards Named to Transportation Task Force


Governor Martin O'Malley has named Maryland Senator George Edwards, along with ten others, to serve on a task force to explore new and different ways to fund local and regional transportation projects. Senator Edwards voted against the gasoline tax increase that was approved earlier this year, and is now in effect. During a speech at the Maryland Association of Counties meeting, Governor O'Malley noted the task force will study options available to county and municipal governments to fund transit and highway projects. The recommendations and finding will be submitted to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 15th.




Woman Jailed on Assault Charges


A Ridgeley woman was jailed on $10,000 bond, following a weekend incident Race Street. Twenty-four year old Whitney Nicole Hollingsworth allegedly assaulted a person in the 100-block of Race Street and also is accused of assaulting the arresting officers. She tried to kick out a window of the police cruiser, spit on the arresting officers, and is also accused of kicking an officer during the arrest proceedings. Records indicate she was also arrested earlier this year, after robbing a taxi driver on West Industrial Boulevard. She also tried to kick the windows out of the cruiser when she was arrested in that incident, as well.




Assault Victims Treated; Man in Custody


The Garrett County Sheriff's Department has arrested 20-year old Zachary James Fultz in connection with the alleged assault of a 22-year old woman and 21-month old child. The incident happened at a Pysell Road residence. Fultz is accused of second-degree assault, child abuse, possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and alcohol endangerment. Fultz was carrying metal knuckles and suboxone when he was searched. The victims were treated at Garrett Memorial Hospital.




Man Arrested on Eight Outstanding Warrants


A Cumberland man was held without bond, following his arrest last week. Joseph William Wood had eight active warrants for his arrest. When police tried to arrest him late Thursday, Wood fled the area. Early Friday morning, he was taken into custody. He was charged with eight counts of violation of probation and one of failure to appear.




School System Launches New Website


The Allegany County School System went public with a new website last week, and is designed and hosted by Schoolwires, Inc. It provides a suite of technology products and services to more than 1500 educational entities, including several in Maryland. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, public relations specialist with the school system, says that if you use the former site, it will redirect you to the new one. The new address is




Truck Show Set for Next Weekend


The Western Maryland Truck show is set for this coming weekend in Grantsville. The show is being held at the Grantsville Town Park from Friday through Sunday. There will be festival seating in place for the Saturday night concerts. For more information, go to




Somerset Man Held on $75,000 Bond


Twenty-three year old Somerset resident Anthony Leo Williamson is being held on $75,000 bond, on charges he sold heroin to a confidential informant three times this past June. Williamson faces 15 felony counts, accused of delivering a total of 29 stamp bags of heroin in June. His preliminary hearing is set for August 27th.




Drug Abuse on the Rise in Morgan County


Heroin-related deaths were on the rise in 2012, in Morgan County, West Virginia, and there is an overall increase in opiate use. Sheriff Vince Shambaugh says it seems that everyone in the county is, in one way or another, connected to the problem. Many teens and young adults are using Oxycontin, Percocet and other opiates. He commented that when kids start using by the age of 15, they are more likely to have an addiciton or dependency on drugs and alcohol as adults.




Franchot Calls for Later School Start


Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says that if schools were to start after Labor Day, the state's economy could result in an additional $74.3 million in direct economic activity.

Franchot says that beginning school a week to ten days before Labor Day robs families of the chance to spend that end-of-summer vacation together. The Bureau of Revenue Estimates projects that delaying the first day of school would result in $3.7 million in new wages and a separate $7.7 million in state and local revenue.




Demand for Guns Creates Unprecedented Backlog


What has been called an "unprecedented" demand for firearms has led to an average 100-day backlog for the Maryland State Police. New, restrictive gun laws are set to take effect on October 1st; as a result of the delay, some gun shops are releasing the weapons to the buyers after a seven-day waiting period, without the results of background checks, which is permitted by state law.




West Virginia BOE Approves Hiring Policy


The West Virginia Board of Education approved a new teacher hiring policy, which gives teachers a strong voice in hiring a school teaching team. The vote to approve the policy was taken after a 30-day public comment period. There were nearly 400 responses, which were taken into consideration, and updates made. The policy would allow schools to establish a faculty senate recommendation process, whereby the teachers on the committee can review job applicants for a position within their learning facility, and make joint recommendations to the principal and county school superintendent.




West Virginia State Workers Can Opt for "Paperless Pay"


Some West Virginia state workers will soon be able to change how they will receive their pay. Beginning October 1st, the state is giving workers the option of being issued a pre-paid debit card, on which their pay will be loaded on payday. The new cards will save the state about a half-million dollars annually for checks, printing costs, and employee time. The first pay to go onto the new cards will be October 31st, and workers will be able to withdraw their money for free from several different ATM systems.



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