Route 219 Groundbreaking Held
The U.S. Route 219 Somerset to Meyersdale Groundbreaking took place yesterday, and involves the construction of about 11 miles of new four-lane, limited access highway in Somerset County. Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley says the roadway is important to Somerset County, the region, and ultimately, the nation. The Lieutenant Governor cited the hard work of one person in particular-Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District Representative. Lieutenant Governor Cawley says he has had conversations with his Maryland counterpart, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, regarding the completion of the road to the Maryland state line along Interstate 68.
Retirement, Reassignments "A Good Start"
The retirement of Jon Galley, executive director of the region for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, and the reassignment of Keith Arnold are unrelated to the recent stabbing of a correctional officer, but AFSME representatives don't see it that way. The Department is expected to announce additional disciplinary action. It has also been suggested that a "controlled movement" policy be established, with the most dangerous inmates required to wear restraints and be escorted by correctional officers.
PSC Agrees To Week Delay
The Maryland Public Service Commission has put off action, for a week, on a request from Dan's Mountain Wind Force, LLC, that its deadline be extended until December 31st of 2014. The company cannot comply with a September 12th start date, and has asked for more time. The Exelon company will fund turbine construction, and eventually purchase the project from the Dan's Mountain group.
Resident Sentenced for Bank Robberies
Fifty-year old Cumberland resident John Talerico has been sentenced to a total of nine years in prison for a series of bank robberies in the area, dating back to 2011. Talerico will be on probation following his release, and he has been ordered to pay over $31,000 in restitution. He was convicted of robbing the M & T Bank on Industrial Boulevard twice, and the Susquehanna Bank, also on the Boulevard. He is also accused of committing robberies in both Osterburg, Pennsylvania and in Fort Ashby.
Family of FSU Player Files Suit
The family of Derek Sheely, a Frostburg State University football player who died after sustaining successive head injuries during practice, has filed suit, alleging "reckless disregard for player health and safety, that led to his death." The suit was filed against two FSU coaches, the assistant athletic trainer, the NCAA and helmet maker Schutt Sports. Sheely had complained of a headache, and collapsed during practice on August 22, 2011; he died six days later.
"Suspicious Activity" Reported in Grantsville
Some suspicious activity has been reported in the Grantsville area, and it may be linked to other incidents in Virginia and West Virginia. A woman approached a resident of a home, offering a free cleaning product, if they agreed to complete a survey inside the home. There were several other people in a van outside. The people, using different vehicles and traveling around Maryland and West Virginia, are trying to gain entry to homes through the offer. Anyone who has been approached, and has experienced a similar situation, is asked to contact their local law enforcement authorities.
Health Department Awarded Grant
The Allegany County Health Planning Coalition has announced it has received $185,000 in grant funding to support health initiatives outlined in the county's Local Health Improvement Plan. The grant to Allegany County is one of seven grant awards, provided by the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission to help promote the activities of Local Health Improvement Coalitions and the State Health Improvement Process. The local grant project will work to improve health outcomes for high-riski populations, address social issues affecting health outcomes and interconnect systems of care to improve the health of Allegany County residents.
Groups To Oppose Smoking Ban
Several groups opposing the Mineral County smoking ban, appeared yesterday during the meeting of the Mineral County Commission. The ban, set to go into effect on October 1st, is being opposed by a large number of citizens, including those representing American Legions, VFW posts, and Moose lodges from throughout the area. Members of the Keyser VFW had circulated petitions against passage of the regulation.
Swanton Man Arrested on Drug Charges
Swanton resident Joseph David Dale Moyer was arrested on several drug charges by the Maryland State Police. During the investigation of a suspicious vehicle in Deer Park, Moyer was found with marijuana and prescription pills. He was charged with illegal possession of prescription pills, possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest was made late Friday night.
Complaint Against Higgins Dismissed
A complaint against Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins has been dismissed. Everett Borough council member Charles Karns had accused Higgins of illegally releasing sealed court records. State prosecutors answered by saying the case is closed and his request for an investigation has been declined. Higgins himself has commented that the accusations against him were frivolous and questioned the case's news value.
Disturbance Results in Arrest
A Cumberland man was arrested following a disturbance at a Greene Street business early Tuesday morning. Robert Michael Joesph Evans entered the store, and got involved with another man, creating a disturbance inside the business. He was taken to Police Headquarters, issued a criminal citation, and released pending trial at District Court.
Wall Along Route 219 Set for Repairs
The Maryland State Highway Administration is planning to repair a deteriorated concrete wall along Route 219, the Garrett Highway. The $1.6 million project will "spruce up" the area in anticipation of the International Canoe Federation's Canoe Slalom World Championships at Deep Creek Lake next September.
Keyser VFD Earns Award
The Keyser Volunteer Fire Department was recently named the winner of the State Fireman's Association Gail Ash Fire Prevention Award. The announcement was made during this year's convention at Canaan Valley. This is the sixth year the Keyser VFD has earned the award since 1992. Each department submits a scrapbook detailing programs held throughout the year, and a winner is then chosen, according to the Mineral News-Tribune.