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Delegation Withdraws Funding Request

In a letter to the Allegany County Commissioners, Senator George Edwards noted that bills in both the Senate and House which would have benefitted the Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization, are being withdrawn. Funding for the group, according to the bill, would have come from Allegany County Marriage License Fees. Senator Edwards says the bill was not given a public hearing in Allegany County, nor did the three commissioners vote on the submission of the legislative request. The bill may be resubmitted when a hearing and vote are held.


Arguments in FSU Football Player Death to be Heard

The lawyers for Frostburg State University's football coaches and helmet-maker Kranos Corporation are seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the family of Derek Sheely, who collapsed following football practice, and later died.  The Sheely family contends that FSU ran drills that caused players to suffer repeated head blows, and that Derek Sheely was never checked for a concussion or to see if his helmet was properly fitted. For their part, lawyers for the coaches claim the injuries that led to his death were not foreseeable. Arguments on the dismissal are being heard today in Montgomery County.


Unpaid Taxes Being Sought in Mineral County

The Mineral County Assessor's Office will be trying to collect over $100,000 in unpaid personal property taxes. They were given the "green light" by the Mineral County Commissioners recently. The Assessor has a list of unpaid personal property taxes, and property owned by businesses, which add up to over $100,000. Property taxes in West Virginia are assessed on mobile homes, and also equipment, machinery, vehicles and inventory owned by area businesses.


South Cumberland Breaking and Entering Reported

A Boone Street resident was slightly injured in a breaking and entering incident on Wednesday. The victim told police that he heard a loud banging noise in his home, and the suspect advised him to stay in his room, and "you won't get hurt." The suspect hit the resident on the forehead, and later fled with a safe, containing a large amount of currency. Cumberland City Police, a K-9 unit, and the Maryland State Police Crime Lab was on the scene. However, the suspect remains at large.

Mineral School Superintendent To Retire

Superintendent of Mineral County Schools Rob Woy is retiring. Woy submitted a letter to the Mineral County Board of Education, noting his intent to retire at the end of the present school year. Woy replaced then-Superintendent Skip Hackworth in 2011; Woy's contract was renewed just last year, but that contract expires at the end of June. There was no announcement on the search for the next Mineral County School Superintendent


Secession Movement Not Gaining Traction

There has been a movement among some residents in the state's five westernmost counties to secede from the state of Maryland, but Senator George Edwards says that idea hasn't gained much "traction" to date. In fact, he says he has heard nothing in Annapolis on the proposal, although some representatives from the eastern portion of the state have asked about it. Senator Edwards says the present legislature won't allow for a portion of the state to secede. The legislature would have to vote on it, and the federal government also has to approve the creation of what would be the 51st state.


Tax Credit for Pet Adoptions Sought

Harford County Delegate Glen Glass is proposing a bill that would give residents a $100 tax credit for adopting a dog or cat from an animal shelter. His bill would also make it easier to provide homes for pit bulls, who were deemed "inherently dangerous" by the Maryland Court of Appeals. Lawmakers are also considering legislation to overturn that ruling. Another bill being considered would give police officers who adopt a retired police dog a $1,000 state tax credit.

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