Meeting Held on Canal Place
A meeting with all parties involved in Canal Place was held in Annapolis yesterday afternoon, and the future of the entity was discussed. Delegate Kevin Kelly says the city and county will meet to come up with a plan for the promotion, maintenance and operation of Canal Place. Once that agreement is in place, they will approach the state to see what it would want to relinquish control of Canal Place. Kelly noted that the Governor has allocated $164,000 in the FY '15 budget for the continued operation.
One Dead in Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Incident
Sixty-three year old Chester Porter of Cumberland is dead, and 67-year old Ronald Eugene Mowery of Ellerslie is in critical condition, as the result of a carbon monoxide incident Tuesday on Boone Street in Cumberland. The two were working at a private residence, and were using a kerosene heater and a gas-powered generator inside the home. There were no windows or doors left open for ventilation, and both were overcome by carbon monoxide. No foul play is suspected. Porter was pronounced dead at the scene.
One Cold Weather Related Death
One Allegany County resident died during the most recent cold snap in the area. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygience did not release the identity of the victim, but did state he was 65 years old, or older. The location of the death was not released. Statewide, there have been seven cold weather-related deaths.
Traffic Disruption Possible Tonight
Traffic on Interstate 68 Eastbound, between LaVale and Cumberland and on Route 51 (Industrial Boulevard) from Lamont Street to Interstate 68 will be disrupted this evening, between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Local crews will be moving a large piece of equipment in the area. Drivers are asked to avoid those areas, if possible; otherwise, expect delays during those hours.
Two Candidates File in Mineral County
Two people filed to run for office on Monday, the first day of the official filing period. Kevin Watson has filed to run for re-election to the Mineral County Board of Education; David Webb has filed to run for Mineral County Commission. Watson's seat is one of three opening up this year. Other seats that will also be open this year will be those of Lara Courrier and Terry LaRue. The board of education race is a non-partisan one.
Two Somerset Residents Waive a Hearing
Two Somerset men have waived a hearing in a case where they are accused of robbing a man and a juvenile female at gunpoint in Somerset Borough on November 25th. Nineteen-year old Lake Ryan Koval and 18-year old Michael Allen Cullison have been charged with robbery, criminal conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, and disorderly conduct charges.
Ex-Husband of Slain Woman Indicted
The former husband of a slain Preston County woman has been indicted by a Harrison County grand jury for failing to allow the couple's daughter to visit her grandparents. fifty-four year old Shinnston resident Larry Mitchell shot and killed his former daughter-in-law, Shannon Stafford, in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in April of 2012. Her estranged husband, Nathan Edward Mitchell was indicted this month on four counts of concealment or removal of a minor child from a custodian, or from a person entitled to visitation.
No Ethics Violation for Young
The Frederick County Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint of misconduct against County Commission President Blaine Young. A political activist, Patrick Allen, made an allegation that Young was having an affair with a county employee. Harold Otis, Ethics Commission Chairman, has ruled there was no evidence of an ethics ordinance violation.
Post Article Blasts Website
In a scathing article in the Washington Post this week, the Maryland healthcare exchange website was taken to task. The article questions how such "epic bungling" could have happened in Maryland, which it says "oozes self-satisfaction" with its progressive policies, led by a Governor who considers himself a 2016 presidential contender. Attorney General Doug Gansler, who is himself running for Governor, was asked whether the state can recover any money from the North Dakota contractor who built the site.Gansler commented on his Democratic opponent for Governor, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, and how he has handled the situation. One option that had been discussed, was shutting down the state website, and simply allowing Marylanders to use the federal site.
Federal Investigation Launched in West Virginia
A federal investigation into last week's chemical spill into the Elk River in Charleston is ongoing. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says his office will throroughly investigate the timeline of what happened, and what was done-or not done-before and after the incident. He also says that if criminal laws are being violated, they will move rapidly to hold the wrongdoers accountable. The chemical leak occurred at Freedom Industries' storage facility, located less than two miles from a water treatment plant in Charleston.