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Authorities Looking for Missing Teens


Authorities are looking for two teenagers, who have apparently run away. Police say Janelle Helmick and James Long are boyfriend and girlfriend, and are both special needs children who need medication. They may be traveling in a gray Honda Element car. Both are wearing jeans. Janelle Helmick was also wearing an orange hunting jacket, a gray American Eagle sweatshirt and black snow boots. James Long was wearing a black Carhart coat with a hood. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to contact any police department.



Waiver Granted for President's Day


Students will have to go to school on Monday, which was, for them, the President's Day holiday. The Thursday before Easter and the Monday after, are also being used as make up days. Dr. David Cox, School Superintendent, has requested a waiver for Monday, as the result of 11 missed days of school, due to bad weather. The Board of Education will vote on Dr.Cox's recommendations at its February 18th meeting. While Maryland requires a minimum 180-day calendar, State Superintendent Dr. Lillian Lowery may consider waivers from local school districts later this year.



Bikeway Open House Scheduled


The city of Cumberland has been awarded a grant from the Maryland Bikeways Program to create a partial, dedicated bike lane/partial shared lane bikeway along Bedford and Frederick Streets from the Cumberland city limits to Mechanic Street. In order to explain the project, an OpenHouse has been scheduled to present design plans and receive public comment. The Open House has been set for Thursday, February 20th from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church, at 930 Bedford Street.



Cumberland Man Files for County Commission Seat


Cumberland resident Jake Shade, the legislative director to Delegates LeRoy Myers and Andrew Serafini in the Maryland House of Delegates has filed his candidacy for Allegany County Commissioner. Shade, a Republican says he sees two major issues facing the county; those include economic development and growth, along with the Allegany County budget. He is a graduate of Allegany High School and the University of Maryland-College Park.



Keyser Man Arrested on Felony Charges


Keyser resident Roscoe Redman has been jailed under felony charges, for stealing liquor numerous times from a Keyser Pharmacy. REdman had been held for one shoplifting offense, but a review of video surveillance showed he had stolen an additional six bottles of liquor over a period of time. Shoplifting becomes a felony offense in West Virginia for three or more incidents. 



Beitzel Receives Pro Business Award


Delegate Wendell Beitzel has received the prestigious John Shaw Award for what is being called his "exemplary track record of supporting pro-business legislation in 2013." He received the award at a ceremony in Annapolis on February 5th. Delegate Beitzel received a score of 83 per cent, based on the scorecard standards set by Maryland Business for Responsive Government.



County Sets Budget Process


The county's budgeting timetable for Fiscal Year 2015 has been set, with the first hearings scheduled for March 20th. Various groups, such as the library system, circuit court, and the Allegany County Narcotics Task Force will present budget requests that day. After all requests have been received, preliminary hearings will begin in May, with the adoption of the budget set for Thursday, June 5, 2014.



"Financial Aid Days" at ACM


Financial aid officials at Allegany College of Maryland will share their knowledge with students and parents at the second annual Financial Aid Days on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Graduating high school seniors and community members planning to enroll at the college next fall are encouraged to attend. The event is being held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ACM College Center. For more information, contact the ACM Student Financial Aid Office at (301)-784-5213.



Officers Facing Trial in Brutality Probe


The last two defendants in a federal probe of brutality at the Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown. Jury selection began yesterday for the trial of former Lieutenant Jason Weicht and former correctional officer James Kalbflesh. The have denied allegations they conspired to violate the civil rights of inmate Kenneth Davis, after he punched at guard at Roxbury in 2008. Kalbflesh allegedly participated in Davis' beating, while Weicht is accused of taking part in the cover-up.


Two Arrested in Drug Bust


Frederick resident, Steven Todd Bowie and Jermaine Reed from Walkersville were arrested by Maryland State Police in Washington County over the weekend. They were stopped and Maryland State Police detected an odor of marijuana coming from the car. Bowie attempted to swallow some evidence in the car, and was taken to Meritus Medical Center for treatment. Doctors were able to remove a plastic bag from his mouth, which contained 12 individual bags of crack cocaine and four individual bags of heroin. Both have been charged with possession with intent to distribute, along with marijuana, cocaine and heroin possession.



Report Outlines Reading Challenges for Maryland Fourth-Graders


Overall, Maryland fourth-graders are more likely to be on track with reading proficiency, as compared to ten years ago. However, the story changes for low-income students, according to a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. David Beard, at Advocates for Children and Youth says 76 per cent of low-income students are behind, as compared with 42 per cent of higher-income students. Beard says absenteeism often is a problem in the early years of a child's education, and there are a lot of reasons why children miss school.




West Virginia DMV Worker Pleads Guilty


A former West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles worker has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge, stemming from a driver's license scheme. Kermit Miller of Martinsburg was accused of accepting cash from 18 people in exhcnage for driver's licenses from February through August of 2010. People who received the licenses weren't required to submit applications or pass tests. H e faces up to 15 years in prison and a quarter-million dollar fine.



Bomb Case Moves to Federal Court


The case of a Penn State-Altoona student will be prosecuted by federal authorities, rather than at the state level. Charges against Vladislav Miftakhov include possession of bombs and bomb-making materials; if convicted he could be sentenced to ten years in prison. A preliminary hearing in federal court is planned for later today.

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