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NBCI Warden Fired


The warden at the North Branch Correctional Institution, Bobby Shearin, was reportedly fired yesterday morning. Shearin says that two officials from the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services delivered a letter of termination to him around 10 a.m. He was placed on administrative leave, and will be terminated from state service on February 17th.



Two More File for City Election


Two more candidates have filed for a spot on the Cumberland Mayor and City Council. Seth Bernard and Dustin Freas have filed for election, as the two council seats up for election are currently occupied by Nick Scarpelli and David Kauffman. Scarpelli has announced his candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 1-C.



Bank Consolidating Locations


M & T Bank on Baltimore Street is closing May 2nd, and will be consolidating with the drive-up M & T bank at 166 Baltimore Street. The downtown Cumberland Mall location at 118 Baltimore Street will no longer offer banking services, but will house some of the institution's offices, including the manager's office. All employees are being transferred to either the consolidated location or to other branch locations in South Cumberland and LaVale.



Edwards Files Bills for Animal Shelters


Maryland State Senator George Edwards has filed bills for funding both the Allegany County Animal Shelter and HART for Animals in Garrett County. As for Allegany County the amount is $250,000 and the Garrett County amount is $150,000. If passed, the effective date on both pieces of legislation would be June 1st.



Man Threatens Family in Somerset County


Somerset County Police have arrested a Stoystown man, who they say threatened family members with a gun. Several children were also involved in the incident.  Richard Kelly, Jr. is a convicted felon, and wasn't supposed to own a gun. Neighbors called 911 after they heard semi-automatic gunfire. Several law enforcement agencies arrived on the scene, and took Kelly into custody.



Greater Cumberland Committee To Meet


The Greater Cumberland Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday at the Cumberland Country Club. A review of both the Mineral County Day events in Charleston and the PACE reception will be held. Other updates will also be given. The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m.



Maryland Biodiversity Seminar To Be Held


A free seminar is being held Thursday at Frostburg State University on the Maryland Biodiversity project, which is cataloging all living thins in Maryland. The seminar will be held at 7 p.m. at the Compton Science Center, Room 224. For more information, visit the website at



Worker Killed By Exploding Tire


A Hagerstown-area machine shop worker died Sunday, after a tractor tire he was inflating exploded. Thitry-one year old Pablo Juan Martinez was killed at Eastern Trailer Sales on Mount Lena Road. The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Agency is investigating the accident.



O'Malley Running for President in 2016


Governor Martin O'Malley has told the Washington Post that he is preparing a possible run for President. Not waiting for former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, O'Malley says he needs to get started on the groundwork for a national campaign. O'Malley has raised nearly $1.7 million last year with his political action committee.



Maryland Ranks 14th in School Breakfast


Maryland's school breakfast ranking in a scorecard released from the Food Research and Action Center shows that more low-income students are participating in school breakfast programs and the state is ranked 14th in the nation for its participation rate. Michael J. Wilson, executive director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, says while nearly 162,000 students are receiving nutritious breakfasts, thousands more need to be served. Wilson says parents should talk with school officials if breakfast is not available, or readily available. He points out the benefits.

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