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WCI Warden to Oversee NBCI

The current warden at the Western Correctional Institution,  Frank Bishop, has been named to the position of warden at NBCI, following Monday's firing of Bobby Shearin. Richard Graham, assistant warden at WCI, has been promoted to warden at the facility. Shearin was given a letter on Monday, terminating his employment, as of February 17th. The letter contained a llist of complaints about his (Shearin's) service, including failure to provide leadership, according to department policy; allowing the chain of command to lapse the point that supervisors were ineffective; and, failure to address serious staff misconduct, among other points. For his part, Shearin says he will evaluate his legal options.


Man Held on a Total $50,000 Bond

Cumberland resident Louis Passano was arrested Monday afternoon, and is being held on a total $50,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. Passano is accused of assaulting three victims at a Knox Street residence. He was seen leaving the residence, but was stopped and officers determined he was impaired, and a small amount of marijuana was found on him. Police also discovered that there was a warrant for his arrest, for assaulting another female victim in the 1,000-block of Van Buren Avenue. Passano also stolen some U.S. Savings Bonds. He was held on $30,000 bond and on $20,000 for the arrest warrant.


Minister Named to Development Authority

The Reverend Paul Allen has been named to serve on the Mineral County Development Authority, replacing Dave Boden, who resigned last year. There are two more open seats, and nobody has come forth to fill those. The commission will continue to accept letters of interest until the positions are filled.


Adult Ed Program To Sponsor Career and College Readiness Week

The Allegany County Adult Education Program, in partnership with the YMCA Family Center, the Western Maryland Consortium and Allegany College of Maryland will sponsor a week-long Career and College Readiness event next week. Two events during the week that require registration include a seminar on hospitality and a College Goal Maryland event. To register and get more information on session times, call the Adult Education Program at (301)-687-8025.


Meritus Cutting 120 Positions

Meritus Health in Hagerstown plans to cut about 120 position, including 60 current workers by February 15th, as part of a system-wide staff reduction. The health system also plans to cut hours for 43 employees; the layoffs were blamed on shrinking revenues due to federal budget cuts and an upswing in costs due to uninsured patients.


Brinkley Calling for Investigation

Senate Minority Leader David Brinkley is renewing his call for an independent investigation on what caused the technical problems of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. Brinkley says part of that investigation should include technical staff. He says the predominant issue is how the issue is being pushed back as political.The answers, according to Brinkley, may not be known until after the primary or general election. As of late last week, nearly 27,000 individuals had bought insurance policies through the exchange. The O'Malley administration is hoping to enroll 150,000 by March 31st, the federal deadline for enrolling uninsured individuals.


West Virginia Tax Collections Up in January

Tax revenue collections in West Virginia brought in about $391 million last month, which was about $8 million above projections. However, the state remained $73 million below estimates for the fiscal year. The current state budget may require more cuts or a mid-year search for additional revenue. The personal income tax shows a current shortfall of $61.6 million.


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