October Safe Streets Warrant Initiative Conducted
The October Safe Streets Warrant Initiative was conducted last Monday through Friday, resulting in 37 arrests being made on 47 warrants being served. The operation was termed a success, with the cooperation of the Allegany County Sheriff's Department, the Cumberland City Police and warrant fugitive officers. Charges against those taken into custody include probation violations, failure to appear, domestic assault, motor vehicle violations, animal cruelty, and drug violations.
Girl Shot With BB Gun
Police are seeking information on who may have shot a 12-year old Frostburg girl in the head with a BB gun Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened hear her Spring Street home at around 3:40 p.m. She was taken to the hospital, and later had the BB removed at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
Backbone Mountain Wind Project Planned
A public hearing will be held later in November on a planned, 15-turbine wind farm on Backbone Mountain, six miles south of Oakland. The company, Fair Wind Power Partners, filed an application on August 19th, according to the Cumberland Times-News. The company is exempted from the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, according to the Maryland Public Service Commission.
Mullaney Honored on Retirement
Downtown Cumberland manager Ed Mullaney was honored at a retirement reception last night at the Saville Gallery. Business owners, state, city and county government representatives were on hand. Yesterday was Mullaney's last official day on the job. Mayor Brian Grim presented a proclamation, designating October 30th as "Ed Mullaney Day" in the city.
Drug Dealer Sentenced to Prison
A Coatesville, Pennsylvania man-Frank "Pops" Pugh-was sentenced to four to eight years in state prison, after entering a guilty plea to 3 counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in Bedford County. Officers from the Bedford County Drug Task Force made purchases of heroin and cocaine from a confidential informant in January of this year. Following his arrest, he was remanded to the Bedford County Jail on $600,000 bond. He will be transferred to a State Correctional Institution within the next several weeks.
FSU, Allegany College Included in Council
Frostburg State University and Allegany College of Maryland are included on a governance council to reduce college drinking and related problems. The collaborative effort is hosted by the University System of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and has produced a report and interactive website on the issue. The report indicates that Maryland college students drink at levels similar to the national average. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provided seed funding to establish the collaborative effort and its initial activities.
Man Served with Arrest Warrant
A Cumberland man was picked up on an outstanding warrant by Cumberland City Police. Twenty-three year old Dennis Leo Landis, Jr., was served in connection with an assault that took place last week at 302 Bedford Street. Landis was charged with second-degree assault. He was ordered held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.
Man Arrested for Non-Payment of Child Support
Twenty-two year old Cumberland resident Derek Christian Thomas was served with an arrest warrant, charging him with failure to appear for child support contempt from earlier this month. He was processed and taken to the Allegany County Detention Center, where he was held without bail.
"Freshman Choice Program" Announced at FSU
Frostburg State University has created a way for first year students to complete their first semester online, through an initiative called the "Freshman Choice Program." All course materials, excluding textbooks when appropriate, and activities are published and executed online, through the use of FSU's Blackboard course management system. Those interested in enrolling in the program must fill out an online form and they must come to the FSU campus for placement testing. For more information, call (301)-687-4102. The Voice Relay Operator number is 1-800-735-2258.
Financial Aid Program Coming to MPT
Maryland Public Television is featuring a program, entitled, "You Can Afford College." The program will air on Monday, November 25th at 8 p.m., and is a co-production of MPT and the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The host will explain the FAFSA form, along with public and private grants and scholarships, tax forms and other loan applications. Viewers will also be able to talk to a financial aid advisor.
Man Pleads Guilty to Murder of Hagerstown Woman
Jeffrey Eldon Miles, Sr., of State Line, Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to the 2010 murder of 29-year old Kristy Dawn Hoke of Hagerstown. A trial had been scheduled, and prosecutors had sought the death penalty, but that was removed following Miles' admission of guilt. Hoke's body was found in April of 2010. He is also charged with criminal homicide in the 1995 bludgeoning of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania teenager Angie Lynn Daley. A trial in that case has not been scheduled.
Boonsboro Town Manager Resigns
Debra Smith, the Boonsboro town manager since 2006 has resigned, saying she and the town had different goals. Her resignation was accepted earlier this week, and is effective immediately. She cited her accomplishments, such as new developments. She also pointed out a nearly $8 million debt for the town's sewer plant.
Amazon To Collect Sales Tax in Maryland
With the Amazon distribution center opening in Baltimore, the debate has begun on collecting the sales tax on internet sales. Comptroller Peter Franchot says it's not a question of "if," but "when." Amazon has not collected the sales tax due on items sold to Maryland residents. Franchot says it will be happening system-wide, and says it's a question of "fairness."As for the "fairness" of Amazon collecting the tax, Franchot says local store owners are required to collect the 6 per cent tax. Franchot says that while nobody likes to pay taxes, Amazon realizes they will be obligated to do so. At this point, he says the state has chosen not to enforce the tax on internet sales.