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Hershberger Appointed DPCSC Executive Director


Gregg Hershberger, most recently the warden at the Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown, has been appointed executive director of the North Region of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. He replaces John Galley, who is retiring November 1st, after 46 years of service. The North Region includes Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, Montgomery, Carroll, Howard and Harford counties. He will begin his new position on Wednesday.



Edwards Receives Awards


Maryland Senator George Edwards has been named the 2013 Outstanding Rural Legislator by the Rural Maryland Council and Maryland Rural Health Association. Senator Edwards was cited for his dedication to helping rural communities in Western Maryland and across the state. The awards ceremony and dinner will take place Thursday at Ripken Stadium. Senator Edwards was also named the Maryland Salem Children's Trust person of the year for 2013 for his loyalty and support of their organization, which provides residential care to children in need.



Edwards Appointed to Special Committees


Maryland Senator George Edwards has been appointed to the Local and Regional Transportation Funding Task Force. The committee is charged with the task of finding means to raise funds for local and regional transportation systems. He has also been appointed to the Special Joint Commission on Public Safety and Security in State and Local Correctional Facilities. The commission is conducting a comprehensive study of laws, regulations, policies and practices that affect safety and security in correctional institutions. And, it will make recommendations for budgetary and legislative changes that address issues facing the state's correctional system.



McKay Offers to Intervene in Loan Denial


Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay has offered to "make a call" to a local credit union, to intervene in a loan denial dispute between the credit union and an employee of the Federal Correctional Institution. McKay responded to a citizen, who explained the loan was denied to a member of her union because of the federal government shutdown. Sommer Roy, legislative coordinator of Local 410 of AFSCME explained that some federal employees aren't getting paid, even though they are required to report for work. McKay offered to make a call, but did not say to whom.



Man Arrested for Attempted Burglary


Twenty-six year old Sykesville resident Jonathan Hutslar was arrested early Saturday morning, for trying to break into two different homes in the 200-block of Pennsylvania Avenue. He had been banging on the doors of two different homes, with significant damage to both doors. He received a bond hearing in District Court, and was ordered held on $20,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.



Accident Results in Additional Charges


Cumberland resident Robert Hernanadez faces a number of charges, following a single-vehicle accident on Park Street Saturday evening. He hit a parked vehicle on the street, and was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. A quantity of marijuana and a set of brass knuckles were also found. Following a hearing, he was released on personal recognizance.



Woman Arrested for Furnishing Alcohol to Minors


Forty-year old Cumberland resident Rosemary Hazard was arrested late Saturday night, and charged with furnishing alcohol to minors. Cumberland City Police arrived at a home on Independence Street, and found beer cans throughout the home. Several individuals at the residence were under the age of 21. She also became unruly and spat in the direction of one officer. She now faces assault and disorderly conduct charges, as well as counts of providing alcohol to a person under the age of 21.



Bill's Marine victim of Burglary


The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating a burglary at Bill's Marine on Harvey's Peninsula Road in Swanton. A person or persons broke a window at the business, gained entry, and removed about $400.00 in cash. If anyone has any information on the case, they are urged to contact the Maryland State Police at (301)-387-1101.



Garrett County To Hear Results of Survey


Short and long-term education facility plans for Garrett County Schools will be discussed at a meeting, to be held on October 28th at the Community Aquatic and Recreational Complex at Garrett College. The doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the presentation starts at 7:00 p.m. Facility Engineering Associates has done a study on elementary school facility needs assessment and a master plan for Garrett County schools, in light of projected losses of $1.5 million for Fiscal Year 2015. Additionally, the school system will not have available $700,000 it received from a Legislative "Hold Harmless" initiative used to balance the current year's budget.



Improved Signage Program to Support Tourism


The Maryland State Highway Administration, along with the Department of Business and Economic Development, and local communities, are improving tourism with highway signs, featuring significant local destinations. Known as Tourist Area and Corridor signing, the program provides a network of guide signs to qualifying attractions along designated corridors. The TAC program is now new, but the SHA has improved it, and awarded a multi-year statewide contract to review existing attraction and tourism signing. Nearly $650,000 is allocated to implement the TAC program in Allegany, Caroline, Cecil, and Harford Counties.



Somerset and Conemaugh Discuss Collaboration


Somerset Hospital and Conemaugh Health System have announced they have signed a letter of intent to develop a collaborative relationship. Neither hospital is purchasing the other, nor are they merging. Two of the larger aspects of the collaboration are shared ownership of physician practices, followed by electronic health record sharing. No employees will be furloughed, as a direct result of the agreement.



Task Force Arrests "Most Wanted"


Sierran Banks, who had been on the Eastern Panhandle's Most Wanted List since September, was arrested Friday in Frederick, Maryland. Banks had been wanted on multiple warrants, charging him with distribution of crack cocaine, distribution of marijuana and assault. He will be extradited back to West Virginia to face the charges. The arrest was the result of a cooperative effort from the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force, the Shepherdstown Police Department, the Maryland State Police, Frederick County's Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement agency.

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