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Two Local Companies Adding Workers

Hunter Douglas fabrication plant in the North Branch Industrial Park has announced it will be adding 250 jobs by July. The company has scheduled an open house and job fair next Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hunter Douglas is expecting a greater demand for its products, and is anticipating this by adding the extra workers. Hamilton Relay of Frostburg has also announced it is expanding its workforce. It wants to fill more than 20 new captioning assistant positions. Hamilton also has additional openings for other positions.

 

Clarysville Chief Indicted

The chief of the Clarysville Volunteer Fire Company, Eric Clark, was indicted last July for misuse of fire company funds. Clark faces various charges involving theft, embezzlement, and the misappropriation of funds involving the county's bar operation. Clark was the manager of that as well. He is scheduled to appear in court on December 18th to face the charges. Clarysville is not the only fire company that has recently experienced difficulties; the Baltimore Pike and McCoole Fire Departments have also experienced financial difficulties.

 

Accident Man Jailed on $25,000 Bond

Accident resident Ben E. Nicol is being held at the Garrett County Detention Center on $25,000 bond, following an incident involving his estranged wife and her male companion. Nicol is accused of threatening the couple with a shotgun, which was found in the residence in the 10,000-block of Bittinger Road. He faces numerous charges in connection with the incident. There were no physical injuries sustained by either of the two adult victims.

 

"Scam Artists" Hit Keyser

Two people are being sought by Keyser Police for scamming at least two businesses with what is being called a "quick talking shell game," that has netted them $100 or more in cash. The Mineral News-Tribune says the two-an African American couple-went into a restaurant and paid with their food with a $50 bill. They then argue over the amount of change provided, and following the confrontation, there are loud exchanges with restaurant staff. Money is passed back and forth and the two leave with extra money. One incident occurred on November 23rd and the other just this past Monday.

 

Drug Dealers Sentenced

A Baltimore resident and a woman from Windsor Mill, Maryland have been sentenced on drug distribution charges. In the first case, Cornelius Boyd Allmond was sentenced to 14 years in prison, with four years suspended,  for heroin distribution. In the second, Windsor Mill resident Qiona Rashawn Davis was sentenced on similar charges. Davis had tried to deliver heroin to an inmate housed at the Federal Correctional Institution. She was sentenced to three years in prison, with two suspended. She will serve her sentence on home detention.

 

Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Marijuana Possession

Thirty-six year old Cumberland resident Donald Ray Devore is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center, following an incident Wednesday in the area of East Oldtown Road and Grand Avenue. He was outside yelling and screaming profanities near a church there. He continually refused to lower his voice, and a search revealed a baggie of marijuana. He was taken to the District Court Commissioners' Office for a bond hearing. He was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

 

County Looking to Cut Jail Costs

Mineral County is looking for ways to cut costs, and to cut down on ways to keep non-violent offenders out of jail. The county now must pay over $48 per day each, to house inmates. Mineral County has not paid its bill since February. Among the options are home confinement, and not jailing non-violent offenders between court appearances. County Commissioners across West Virginia have also tried, through legislation, to remove the burden of paying for inmates from the counties.

 

Kelly Comments on Legislative Process

Even though the Maryland Sheriff's Association and the state Fraternal Order of Police opposed it, Maryland still passed one of the strictest gun control measures in the country. Delegate Kevin Kelly says 71 votes are required to pass any type of legislation. Of that number, the majority of representation comes from the larger metropolitan areas. And Governor Martin O'Malley has little trouble in mustering the votes he needs. Delegate Kelly adds bills cannot be amended from the floor of the House. Delegate Kelly sits on the House Judiciary Committee, and he says there were two major issues it encountered during the last legislative session. And, Delegate Kelly says he received about 27,000 emails, primarily on gun control. He says there are major flaws in the gun control laws; he commented on the rush to buy handguns and assault-type rifles, before the law went into effect on October 1st.

 

Teacher Earns Certification

Forth Hill High School Honors and AP biology teacher Ann  Stark recently achieved National Board Certification. She now joins 23 other county teachers who have earned this advanced teaching credential, which is achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers.

 

Opening of Keyser Primary School Undetermined

A problem with the curing process for concrete floors at the new Keyser Primary School, and some other minor issues have prevented the facility from opening, and there is no definite date on when that will happen. It was announced last July that the school was not ready for use, and primary school students are currently attending the Keyser Middle School. Officials there say they want all the items on what they called a "punch list" to be addressed, before the school can open.

 

Financial Disclosure Rate for Judges High in Maryland

The Center for Public Integrity rates Maryland highly, when it comes to judges who disclose financial information at the state's highest court level. The Center did an investigation into personal financial disclosures where they found judges who oversaw cases where they had a financial interest. The Maryland Court of Appeals received a score of 72.5 out of 100, second only to California. However, the state does not allow financial disclosure information to be made easily accessible by the public. Citizens must visit a court's offices in person for that information.

 

Marylanders Second Most Likely to Swear

Marylanders came in second to Ohio, in a survey of states in which people are most likely to curse. But, interestingly, Maryland is the third most courteous state in the country. The Marchex Institute conducted the survey, which showed that, beside Ohio and Maryland, the most likely residents who cursed were found in New Jersey, Louisiana and Illinois. The most courteous states, in order, were South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Louisiana, and Georgia.

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