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Changes Considered for Black Bear Hunt

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is considering the elimination of a quota system during the annual black bear hunt, which takes place primarily in Allegany and Garrett counties. Instead, the season would be of a pre-determined length. The proposal, which will be considered during a stakeholders meeting in Owings Mills next month, would help hunters plan better. Last year's hunt yielded 94 bears, and the quota was anywhere from 95 to 130.


Murder Case Dismissed

The case against Taj Green, who had been accused of fatally shooting Ryan Henry in Ridgeley in 2011, has been dismissed. The shooting also seriously injured his brother. The case was dismissed because of additonal evidence that made the state unable to prove the case against Green. Two others, Rasshammach and Rasjahnon Roberts will face trial in the near future, in connection to the murder.


Woman Charged with Child Neglect

Cumberland resident Nikita Courtney Hall faces four counts of child neglect, following her arrest on Wednesday. Cumberland City Police received a child neglect complaint in the 400-block of Baltimore Avenue. Child Protective Services was contacted. Charges were filed through Allegany County District Court, which resulted in a criminal summons.


Cumberland Man Charged in Crash

Cumberland resident Skyler Stone Atkinson was charged, following a motor vehicle crash on Bedford Street. Atkinson, who was driving a 1984 Porsche, hit a car driven by Melissa Ann Cutter, also of Cumberland. Atkinson was cited for failure to yield the right-of-way. No injuries were reported.


Charges Pending Against Somerset Man

Charges are pending against Somerset, Pennsylvania resident Ira Styerer has been charged in connection with an incident at the Sheetz there. Styerer is accused of paying for food with a counterfeit $100 bill. He claimed he received the bill from a friend. A marijuana pipe was also found on him, and charges will be filed, pending the completion of the investigation.


"Wait and See" Attitude for Canal Place

What will happen with Canal Place and the Footer Dye Works building depends on meetings to be held over the next several weeks, among the city, county, and state officials. Maryland State Senator George Edwards says if a private developer is secured for Canal Place, the situation will move forward. Senator Edwards notes that $116,000 has been set aside in next year's state budget for Canal Place. While salaries for the three employees totaled over $211,000, the state has only agreed to set aside $116,000 in Governor O'Malley's $39 billion budget. Senator Edwards says that revenues are also generated from the shop leases, and from parking at Canal Place.


Additional After School Dropoff Sites

The Allegany County Board of Education has approved three additional drop-off sites for Washington Middle School's Afterschool program. The additional drop-off sites are South Penn Elementary School, Maryland Avenue at Spring Street, and Shade's Lane at Cole Street. The bus will continue to drop off students at John Humbird and Flintstone Elementary Schools. The new drop-off sites will be implemented next Wednesday. If parents would like their children to ride the bus to one of the new drop-off locations or would like to enroll their child in the after school program at Washington Middle School, please notify Kevin Williams, coordinator of Extended Learning, at (301)-759-2403.


Cumberland NAC To Hold Meeting

The first monthly meeting of the recently reorganized Cumberland Neighborhood Advisory Commission will be held Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. The Commission will be working to coordinate the efforts of city program, neighborhood  associations and other city boards and commissions to maintain and improve the quality of life in the city's neighborhoods. The meetings will be held on a monthly basis and are open to the public.


Garrett Board to Hold Special Meeting

The Garrett County Board of Education will hold a special work session meeting next Thursday at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Central Office in Oakland. The topic for the meeting is the Fiscal Year 2015 budget. The meeting will be open to the public, but there will be no public comment taken.


Safety Grants Available for Schools

There are $50 million available to school districts across the country to develop or update their school safety plans. Senator Barbara Mikulski announced the new Comprehensive School Safety Initiative this week. Another $25 million will be used for research into analyzing the causes of school violence, including the gaps in mental health for students and their exposure to violence. 

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