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Pending Applicants Won't Need Qualification License

Marylanders who have submitted handgun purchase applications on or before September 30th will not be required to obtain a handgun qualification license, as required by the new law that is set to take effect on Tuesday. The new law states that a handgun may not be sold, rented, or transferred unless the purchaser, lessee, or transferee has a valid handgun qualification license.


Inmate Sentenced in Death of Cellmate

A North Branch Correctional Institution inmate has been sentenced for the death of his cellmate last September. Wesley Curtis was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Charles Richardson, a fellow inmate at the correctional facility. Curtis was sentenced to 25 years, to be run consecutively with the 50 year sentenced previously imposed. Curtis had strangled Richardson to death, and he was found dead in his cell the next day.


Mayor Grim Frustrated with Canal Place Leadership

Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim is frustrated about what he perceives as a continuing pattern of Canal Place leadership blaming the city and county for financial problems. A Cumberland Times-News article states that the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority expects to lose $27,000 this fiscal year, with deeper losses of around $100,000 in Fiscal Year 2015. For their part, Canal Place officials are unhappy that the city and county have decided to phase out all funding to the facility through the hotel/motel tax.


One Person Hospitalized Following Accident

One person was flown to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, following a two-vehicle accident early Tuesday evening on Interstate 68 Westbound, near the Route 219/Chestnut Ridge ramp. Oakland resident Irma Sanders crossed into the lane, in front of a Ford F250 truck, driven by Herbert Richter of Normalville, Pennsylvania. The truck hit the rear of Ms. Sanders' car, causing it spin across the highway and into an embankment, at which point it overturned. The investigation, by the Maryland State Police, is continuing.


Cumberland Man Held on $5,000 Bond

Cumberland resident Ron Stephen Claggett, Sr. is being held on $5,000 bond, following a domestic incident  in the 200-block of Pennsylvania Avenue. His wife accused him of slapping her in the face. The officer observed redness to the victim's nose and face, and Claggett was then arrested. He was charged with second-degree assault.


CDS/Bench Warrant Arrest Made

Cumberland resident Timothy Hart Winkler was arrested following a disturbance complaint in the  300-block of Waverly Terrace on Tuesday. Winkler, who had also been wanted on three arrest warrants for failure to appear, was searched, and a pipe used to smoke controlled dangerous substances was found on him. He was held on a total of $7500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Keyser Mayor, Council Approve New Fire Chief

The Keyser Mayor and City Council approved the appointment of Taylor Stewart as the newly appointed fire chief of the town's Volunteer Fire Department. Outgoing Chief Chris Paitsel says Stewart is one of the few members of the department who has completed the extensive training to qualify for the chief's position.


Parent/Teacher Conferences Set for Next Week

It's parent/teacher conference time for Allegany County Schools, and Mia Perlozzo-Cross notes that next Thursday is the date. Ms. Cross says it gives parents the opportunity to meet their children's' teachers. Secondary conferences will be held from 10 to 1 and from 2 to 5:30 p.m.


Update On Board's Capital Improvements Program

The Allegany County Board of Education received an update on the FY '15 Capital Improvements Program at this month's meeting. Mia Perlozzo-Cross from the Board, says the request for the second year of funding was approved, and that the design committee met recently to discuss layouts and adjacencies of the academic classrooms at the site.


Morgan County Returns Money to WVSBA

The Morgan County School System is returning about $3 million to the West Virginia School Building Authority, because it can't provide its share of the cost for improvements at Berkeley Springs High School. Voters rejected a school levy in May, but it will be resubmitted during the May, 2014 primary election. The money will be given to other school projects in the state. The authority would likely fund the project again, if the levy is passed, but its future may be jeopardized if voters reject the levy again.


Brinkley Appointed Minority Leader

Frederick County Senator David Brinkley has been unanimously elected Senate Minority leader, replacing former Senator E.J. Pipkin, who has since moved to Texas. Brinkely is now the top Republican in the Maryland Senate, with almost 20 years of experience in the General Assembly. He was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1994. Brinkley hopes his position will benefit this part of the state,  and his top priorities are job creation and job retention.


West Virginia DMV Employee Charged

A former employee of the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has been indicted on 19 counts of fraud, in connection with identification documents. Sixty-year old Kermit Miller is accused of fraudulently producing and distributing West Virginia driver's licenses, without requiring the recipients complete the required applications or testing. He received cash, in exchange for the identifications he provided. He faces up to 15 years in prison on a conspiracy count, and up to five years in prison for each of the fraud charges.

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