Deputies Prevent Suicide Attempt
Allegany County Sheriff's Deputies kept a 23-year old man from running in front of an oncoming train, before originally threatening to kill himself with a butcher knife. The incident happened on Monday about 3 p.m. The man was tasered when running toward the train, but did stab himself in the chest. Deputies tasered him again, and officers were able to subdue him and get the knife. He was transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment and mental evaluation.
Phase Out of Tax Money Bad News for Canal Place
Canal Place faces a loss of more than $100,000 for Fiscal Year 2015, as its revenue from the hotel/motel tax is being phased out by Allegany County and the city of Cumberland. Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority members are projecting a loss of $27,000 for the current fiscal year. The $100,000 loss coincides with the phase out of the tax; the Fairfield Inn now receives that tax money.
WVSDB To Remain in Hampshire County
The cost of keeping the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Romney is preferable to moving it to another West Virginia location, and for that reason, Superintendent Dr. Lynn Boyer is recommending that it stay in Romney. State officials were reportedly looking for a new location, and a final decision on the move was tabled until January of 2014. Community support for the school was overwhelming, according to Dr. Boyer, and several businesses there have indicated they would be willing to partner with the school to provide opportunities for the students. Dr. Boyer's findings will be presented to the West Virginia Board of Education at its January board meeting.
Seized Money Will Benefit Sheriff, Attorney's Office
More than $150,000 seized in a drug raid from a person, called the biggest drug dealer in Hampshire County, will benefit both the Hampshire County Sheriff and Prosecuting Attorney's offices. The money was seized from Keith Edward Phelps, who has been sentenced to 40 years in prison on felony drug and stolen property charges. Seven vehicles and several motorcycles were also seized. For his part, Hampshire County Prosecuting Attorney Dan James says his office's portion of the money will be used to purchase a computer filing system.
Executive Session Sparks Controversy in Piedmont
A vote that was taken during an executive session of the Piedmont City Council sparked some controversy last week. According to the West Virginia Open Meetings Act, no action can be taken during and executive session; officials must go back into open session to take any votes. The issues concerned a defense for the against the cost of storage for the FEMA trailers, and whether or not to approve a request for a leave of absence for Town Foreman John Shingler, who is about to begin serving a jail sentence for embezzlement of federal property.
Western Maryland Initiative Seeks Secession
The Western Maryland Initiative is seeking to secede from the rest of the state. The story has made national news, including Fox News, citing activist Scott Strzelczyk starting a social media movement toward that end. Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay says that while he understands the frustrations with government, felt in Western Maryland, the reality is that it's simply not going to happen. Commissioner McKay feels this movement will eventually die down and the area should get back to the business of renewing relationships. For his part, Maryland State Senator George Edwards also feels secession is not realistic, even though not all of Maryland is considered liberal, which is how it is portrayed.
Health Department Schedules Volunteer Orientation
The Allegany County Health Department and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Office of Preparedness and Response will host an informational session at the Willowbrook Office Complex, to provide an overview of the Maryland Responds Volunteer database. The meeting will take place on the ground floor of the building in Conference Room #2, at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow evening. The session is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Individuals are asked to call the ACHD Office of Preparedness at (301)-759-5015 if they plan to attend.
Suspect Sought in Business Burglaries
A suspect is being sought by Somerset County authorities, in a series of business burglaries. The Pennsylvania State Police can't say for sure he committed all 19 burglaries, but they do believe he committed some of them. All of the burglaries occurred during the last two months. Some of the businesses, which were victims, include the Coalfield Mini Market in Berlin, Mostoller's Country Corral and Restaurant in Friedens, and the Oakhurst Tea Room in Somerset. While police have released a photograph, anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at (814)-445-4104.
Councilman Charged with Discrimination
A Berkeley County, West Virginia Councilman has been charged with discriminating against a tenant of a mobile home community he manages by allegedly refusing to allow the resident to keep his emotional-support dog. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development charged the owners of Whitacre's Mobile Home Community in Inwood with Fair Housing Act violations, and cited Jim Whitacre in an 8-page complaint filed in late August.
FedEx Plans Massive Expansion
FedEx ground is getting ready for a massive expansion in Washington County, increasing its Hagerstown facility by 180,000 square feet. And, that means the company is looking to add 400 to 500 employees to its payroll. Both full and part-time positions will be available. For more information to be considered for a job, send an email to Rebecca Jackson of FedEx Ground at "firstname.lastname@example.org."
VA Director Leaving Martinsburg Facility
The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that Ann R. Brown has been selected for the position of Medical Center Director of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Ann Brown has served as the Martinsburg VA Medical Center Director since January of 2008. Her expected departure date is September 27th. An acting medical center director will be named prior to her departure.