AL/GAR SCHOOL BOARDS COLLABORATE
The Allegany County School Board announced at their regular monthly meeting yesterday that they have collaborated with the Garrett County School system to come up with a nine issue wish list, which is to be presented to the state General Assembly in the upcoming session. The list includes funding requests and reduced regulations. Both school boards plan to officially present their wish list to the District 1 legislative delegation during a joint meeting with the lawmakers on Monday.
RIDGELY COMMUNITY CENTER CLOSED
Ridgely’s Community Center will be closed until March. The Town Council made the decision yesterday, adding that a committee will be formed to determine ways to make the center financially solvent. From Jan. 2011 to November 2013, the community center lost more than 24 thousand dollars. Council members had asked for volunteers to serve on a committee, but no one showed interest at yesterday’s Town Council Meeting.
BRUCETON MILLS BANK ROBBERY
The Preston County Sheriff's Department and WV State Police are looking for a suspect that robbed the Wesbanco Bank in Bruceton Mills. It was reported an unknown male entered the bank, demanding money from bank employees at about 2:47PM Monday. The suspect then fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. Officers are asking anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the Preston County Sheriff's office at 304-329-1611 or the West Virginia State Police at 304-329-1101.
BEDFORD DRUG RAID
Police in Bedford County arrested at least 18 of 23 people accused of low-level drug dealing Tuesday in a countywide sweep that targeted suspects as young as 17 and as far away as Altoona. The early morning arrests, dubbed "Operation Stocking Stuffer" for the holiday season, hit alleged dealers who, according to police affidavits, sold heroin, prescription pills and counterfeit drugs to undercover officers and their informants. One is accused of illicitly selling a handgun, while at least two allegedly involved children in deals. District Attorney Bill Higgins said at a press conference that "Taking these people off the streets will make Christmastime in Bedford County a lot happier,". Higgins acknowledged that there were "no major players in this arrest," which followed a similar operation in March. All the targets in that sweep have since been convicted, Higgins said.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN HAMPSHIRE CO SEEKS TO UPGRADE
Emergency Management in Hampshire County is seeking aid to move a 1 million dollar hazardous materials command module from Hardy County to Hampshire County. Brian Malcom, Homeland Security and Emergency Management director in Hampshire county, told the county commission that the high tech defense against weapons of mass destruction tractor trailer, is scheduled to be pulled from the region due to lack of funding. The commissioners agreed to set aside 10 thousand dollars to get the equipment ready.
Maynard Steps Down
After more than six years on the job, Gary Maynard is stepping down as the Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. The announcement was made late yesterday afternoon in a news release. Governor Martin O'Malley credited Maynard with closing the House of Correction in Jessup in just 12 days, shortly after taking the job in 2007. The nearly 130 year old prison had been plagued by inmate violence, including the stabbing death of a corrections officer in 2006. Maynard is expected to leave his job by the end of the month, and will become senior vice president of the Criminal Justice Institute. It's a non-profit consulting firm for prisons. The governor has named Gregg Hershberger, Acting Secretary of Public Safety and Corrections. He is currently the Deputy Secretary for Operations.