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NBCI Security Chief Reassigned

The Chief of Security at the North Branch Correctional Institution has been removed and reassigned in the wake of the latest attack on a correctional officer. The Cumberland Times-News named Keith Arnold as the chief of security, although he was not named in the official release. Chief of Corrections Gary Maynard made the announcement in advance of a meeting between state correctional officials and officers.


Route 219 Groundbreaking Set for Today

The groundbreaking ceremonies for the four lane, limited access highway from Somerset to Meyersdale will take place today. Work on the 11-mile stretch of superhighway will begin in the fall, with traffic expected to be running on it within five years. The highway fills a gap in the north-south corridor, which will hopefully complete the stretch of highway south of Meyersdale to the Maryland line and Interstate 68. Several hundred people are expected to attend the ceremony.


Safe Streets Initiative Results in 36 Arrests

The Operation Safe Streets program resulted in the arrest of 36 people on 42 arrest warrants last week. The suspects were arrested on a variety of warrants, including assaults, probation violations, drug charges, thefts, and failure to appear.


Massachusetts Man Arrested at Grantsville Hotel

A Massachusetts man who had been wanted on a charge of assaulting a person in Las Vegas, was arrested early Sunday morning, and charged with assaulting another man there. The arrest of Michael O'Brien was made at the Casselman Inn around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The Las Vegas, Nevada police department also has a warrant out on O'Brien, of Middleborough, Massachusetts.


Car Fire Investigated

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a car fire this past weekend, along Green Ridge Road. The 2004 Hyundai Elantra was owned by Heidi Fancsali, and sustained $3200 damage. The car fire was discovered by a passerby; both the preliminary cause and area of origin are under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal at (301)-766-3888.


Kruk Misses Dodger-Red Sox Broadcast

Keyser native and ESPN announcer John Kruk was taken out of the press dining room at Dodger Stadium on a stretcher before Sunday's game with the Boston Red Sox. Kruk was dizzy and suffering from dehydration; his vital signs were stable, and he was said to be in good spirits. Kruk has been announcing major league baseball games for ESPN since 2004.


Keyser Looking to Cut Insurance Costs

The city of Keyser is looking to cut insurance coverage costs, following a six-figure increase in annual premiums. The News Tribune says Mayor Randy Amtower has had some luck in cutting worker's compensation costs, but saving relatively little in cost savings for building, vehicle, and other coverage. There has been a $100,000 increase in insurance costs, due in part to a series of accidents, including the loss of a ladder truck after it fell through a small bridge earlier this year.


Edwards Comments on Myers Decision

When voters go to the polls next year, a familiar name won't be on the ballot. District 1-C Delegate LeRoy Myers has opted not to run in the next election, as he announced several months ago.  Maryland State Senator George Edwards says, from his perspective, Delegate Myers has felt the frustrations that sometimes accompany political office.


Roommates Assault One Another

An argument between roommates turned physical, and one of the two remains in the Allegany County Jail on $2500 bond. Matthew Scott Miller and Logan Drake Dodson had been arguing over damage to property and over money. Miller was released on personal recognizance, while Dodson was held in the Allegany County Detention Center. Both of the Cecilia Street residents were charged with second-degree assault.


One Woman Arrested, Another Being Sought

One woman is in custody and another is being sought in Preston County on charges of running a clandestine drug lab. Fifty-year old Margaret Rugg was arrested and is being held on $25,000 bail. Police are still looking for 39-year old Kristy Sue McGraw. The inactive lab was found in Rugg's home in Reedsville.


Hagerstown Man Missing

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is looking for 83-year old Donald Klick, who is missing from his Antietam Drive home. Klick also reportedly suffers from dementia. He is described as 5'11" tall, weighing 175 pounds, with white hair and damage to the left side of his nose, due to cancer surgery. He could possibly be driving a green1999 Toyota pickup truck. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (240)-313-2910.


Young Drops Out of Governor's Race

Frederick County Commissioner Blaine Young says he is no longer running for Governor; data suggests he could win the primary, but would have little chance in the general election. He has not decided, however, whether he'll run for Frederick County executive. Young has endorsed Charles Lollar in his bid to become Maryland's next Governor.


Children of Government Workers To Be Eligible for CHIP Program

The children of state government employees may soon eligible for health insurance coverage with the West Virginia's Children's Health Insurance Program. Previously, dependents of state government employees were not eligible to apply for "CHIP" due to the program's eligibility restrictions. A decision on allowing for enrollment should be made by January 1st, while the enrollment itself can begin on July 1st of next year.


Mold Found in VAMC Building

Mold has been found in the fan coils of stand-alone air conditioning units at the Martinsburg Veterans'  Affairs Medical Center. The mold was found in the Domiciliary building, and it was closed last Friday. Those who reside in the affected buildings are being temporarily relocated. The process to remove the mold is expected to take about 60 days, after the process began over this past weekend.

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