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Changes to Cell Phone, Seatbelt Laws Now in Effect

Maryland's ban on cell phone use while driving is now in effect; another law affects drivers and passengers who don't wear seatbelts. Tickets will be issued to drivers and front-seat passengers, even if an officer observes no other violation. Back-seat passengers who aren't buckled up will be cited for a secondary violation. The fine is $50. And, the driver will be cited if passengers younger than 16 violate the seat belt law, according to the Motor Vehicle Administration.


No City, County Funding for Canal Place

Both the city and county have refused further funding for Canal Place. The Allegany County Commissioners have written a letter to the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority that agrees while it "plays a significant tourism role," Canal Place should be self-sustaining. Both the city and county have phased out hotel/motel tax funding for Canal Place.


Man Receives 70 Year Sentence for Rape, Sex Offense

Fifty-one year old Oakland resident James Leroy House has been sentenced to 70 years in the prison, following his conviction on charges of first-degree rape and sexual offense. In a June jury trial, House was also found guilty of sodomy, perverted sexual practice and false imprisonment. He was initially charged in October of 2011.


Man Found Not Guilty in Circuit Court

Forty-year old Cumberland resident Brian Russell Price was found not guilty of allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend at knife point and kidnapping her. He pleaded not guilty to 14 counts against him; five charges were dismissed.


Partial Closure of Baltimore Avenue

A portion of Baltimore Avenue continues to be closed through tomorrow, weather permitting. The street, from Goethe Street to Marion will be closed during working hours, but will be open to traffic nightly and on the weekend. The closure will allow for necessary pole relocation. The one-way traffic pattern will be delayed, due to the closure. Drivers are asked to obey all traffic control devices that are in place.  


Bedford Man Cited for Negligent Driving

A single-vehicle accident at Industrial Boulevard and Lamont Street resulted in Bedford resident Michael Kovach being cited for negligent driving. Kovach, who was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, told police he lost control of his car, which struck the median island and several signs, and eventually came to rest on the curb on Lamont Street. He was issued the citation and released.


Woman Arrested for DUI

A Confluence, Pennsylvania woman was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol, following a single-vehicle accident in Grantsville Sunday night. Thirty-eight year old Kelli Arrich crashed her 2008 Pontiac into the curb, disabling the vehicle on Main Street. The accident was reported around 8 p.m.


"Rolling Out The Future" FSU Marketing Identity

Frostburg State University experienced a 9.5 per cent increase in its freshman class this year, and President Jonathan Gibralter noted the importance of student retention during his annual Fall Convocation last week. FSU has a strategic plan to meet that goal. Dr. Gibralter says it is now a static plan, but one which is updated annually, and one on which progress is reported annually. In his remarks, Dr. Gibralter said the future offers greater opportunities at FSU; he adds that many programs offered experienced "explosive numbers" in enrollment. In order to attract more students, FSU is seeking to increase is Presidential Merit Scholarships by $2.5 million.


KKK Rally Planned for Sunday

Park officials have granted a permit to the Ku Klux Klan to hold an event this Saturday at the Gettysburg National Military Park. The afternoon event will be held on the lawn area, north of General George Meade's headquarters. A membership rally was held earlier in September at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg.


Casinos Fined for Underage Gambling

There have been 30 known violations of underage gambling at Maryland's casinos this year, and operators have been fined tens of thousands of dollars for those violations. None occurred at the newly opened Rocky Gap casino, but there have been four incidents at the Maryland Live casino, costing $20,000 in fines. The Hollywood Casino in Perryville was fined $10,000 for two similar incidents. The state can impose up to a $5,000 fine per incident.


West Virginia Residents Involved in Pennsylvania Standoff

Pennsylvania resident Donald Ray Brown is dead and Jessica Lynn Phillips is in police custody, following a chase and standoff that began at Ohiopyle State Park. After being discovered at Ohiopyle possibly manufacturing methamphetamine, they fled in a truck to North Union Township. The truck crashed into a house, and the standoff began. Phillips gave herself up to authorities, but Brown was found with a gunshot wound. It is not known whether it was self-inflicted. Ms. Phillips is being held on a million dollars bond.


WVEA Calls for Competitive Salaries

The West Virginia Education Association is calling for higher pay for its teachers, that is competitive with surrounding states. The average teacher salary in the Mountain State is about $45,000, which ranks it 48th in the nation. The national average is about $55,000. The union didn't state what it believes is a competitive salary, but it is known salaries range from $49,000 in Virginia to about $64,000 in Pennsylvania. Each $1,000 salary increase for teachers in West Virginia would cost the state about $26.4 million.

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