Howell Proposes Economic Development Plan
West Virginia Delegate Gary Howell is proposing an economic development plan, resulting in what he hopes are more jobs, with a focus on Mineral County Delegate Howell is proposing a commercial park in Carpendale, as well as the much-discussed bridge to Allegany County. Howell also says he was to propose a change to the Interstate Coal and Use Act, which would allow coal companies to apply for mining permits with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, instead of the EPA.
Sheriff's Office Nears Completion
The new Sheriff's Office, adjacent to the Allegany County Office Complex on Kelly Road is nearly complete, and could be opening sometime in the spring. Nearly all of the concrete has been poured on the interior of the building, and the timetable depends on the amount of time county employees have to outfit the inside of the building. The complex will replace what has been termed "cramped quarters" on Furnace Street. The groundbreaking for the new Sheriff's Office took place last August.
Police Warn of Scam
Cumberland City Police are warning residents of a scam in which a caller asks for money because a family member being incarcerated. The Cumberland City Police say, obviously the calls are false, and that no money or account information be given over the phone.
Woman Arrested for Threats
Cumberland resident Jacquelyn Graham has been charged in connection with a New Year's Eve incident on Lafayette Avenue. She went to the victim's home, got into an argument and pulled a knife from her purse, pointing it at the victim. The person was able to flee and was not harmed. Ms. Graham left in her vehicle, but was served and released pending trial in District Court.
Teen Sexually Assaulted on Towpath
A 14-year old was sexually assaulted while walking along the C & O Canal towpath in the Big Pool area on Monday. Police say the juvenile was taken to Meritus Medical Center for treatment of injuries, non of which was life-threatening. They are not releasing the gender of the teen. The suspect, who fled on foot, was described as a male wearing a dark-colored jacket with a hood.
Local Governments Want Highway Funding
For years, local governments received about 30 per cent of money raised from the gas tax and vehicle registrations for local transportation projects, but now receive only about 10 per cent. The other 20 per cent has been used to balance the state budget. One legislator says he doubts the local funding will be restored this year. Michael Sanderson, president of the Maryland Association of Counties believes that, with the increased gas tax, the legislature should return a greater share to local governments.
Top Paid State Employees Revealed
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley earned $150,000 in 2012, but that was nowhere near the salary of Maryland football coach Randy Edsall and basketball coach Mark Turgeon earned-more than $2 million each. A salary database shows that by 2018, the governor's salary will increase to $180,000 and the state's legislators will see their pay jump to more than $50,000 under a state salary commission survey. The top wage earners in the state, other than college coaches, were University of Maryland doctors.
Officers Killed in the Line of Duty Down
In 2013, only one police officer in Maryland was shot and killed in the line of duty, and that is Officer Jason Schneider. Sue Nickerson, president of Maryland Concerns for Police Survivors, says the trend of officers killed was also down nationally. She says the goal of her organization is to support families of those officers during what she called their "journey of grief." Her group provides financial and emotional support, along with scholarships for the children of slain officers, along with line of duty death benefits. The biggest needs, according to Ms. Nickerson, are emotional and material support, the largest of which is emotional support.