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Former Firefighter Convicted of Theft

Douglas Kiser, a former Corriganville Volunteer Fire Department firefighter has been convicted in Allegany County Circuit Court of both theft and destruction of property. Judge Tim Finan presided over the trial.  Kiser was accused of staging a burglary at the fire department in March of last year, and stealing $5,000 in cash and gift cards from the organization's safe. He was only one of five people who had access to the safe room, and had used the gift card at a local convenience store. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered; Kiser remains free on bond.


County Receives Legacy Funding

Allegany County will benefit from an over $400,000 Community Legacy Award from the state of Maryland. The money will be used for four programs and a renovation project. The state recently awarded $5.5 million. The money will be used locally for the Upper Story Redevelopment Program and for renovation efforts at Friends Aware, among other projects.


Changes Approved for Romney School

The West Virginia Board of Education has accepted the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind Superintendent Lynn Boyer's recommendations regarding child care workers. She wants to further the education of child care workers by requiring workers to have an associate of arts degree in child development or a related field, or to make a written commitment to obtain the degree at personal expense within three years of the date of hire. Another recommendation is that employees would have to be interviewed for the positions they now hold. The board also approved an amendment to the schools' 2012-2022 comprehensive education facilities plan.


Sheriff Seeks Theft Suspects

The Allegany County Sheriff's Office is looking for two people who stole a large quantity of scrap metal from a home on Messick Road in Cumberland early Tuesday afternoon. The man, who was accompanied by a woman,  was caught on video. He was driving a white, older model GMC full-sized truck with West Virgina tags. There was also a small child inside the vehicle, in what appeared to be a pink car seat. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (301)-777-5959.


Commissioners Approve Water Loan for Rawlings

The Allegany County Commissioners approved a $190,000 loan for the Rawlings Water project; additionally, a bid for roof renovation at the South Cumberland library was approved at yesterday's meeting. The water loan was for 40 years with a 1.875 interest rate. The library project was awarded to C & M Construction and Renovation in Barton, for just under $155,000.


Fracking Bill Defeated

A bill that could have delayed drilling for Marcellus Shale gas in Garrett and Allegany Counties was given an unfavorable report in Annapolis yesterday. The vote in the House Environmental Matters Committee was 23-0. Meanwhile, an environmental report on fracking may not be finished in time for the August 1st deadline. The report would determine how extracting natural gas from the region could be done safely.


Man Cited for Motor Vehicle Violations

Valley Road resident Benjamin James Covalt was cited for driving on a suspended license, and driving without insurance, following a traffic stop early Wednesday afternoon. A positive alert from a K-9 scan led Covalt to admit he had smoked marijuana in the car earlier in the day. It was also confirmed that the MVA had issued an order to pick up the tags on the car for suspended insurance. He was issued several citations and released pending trial in District Court.


Teeenager Assaulted in Somerset WalMart

Somerset police are investigating a possible assault that happened in the electronics department of the WalMart store there. The teenager described the man as a white male in his 40's, about 6-feet tall and with a "chubby" build. He was wearing sweatpants that could have been navy blue in color, a navy blue zip up "hoodie," with a plain gray shirt and a camouflage hat. The teen said that he had been touch inappropriately by the man. It was also noted he may have had a speech impediment and a possible abnormality to the right hand.


B-52 Memorial Planned

The 50th anniversary observance of the B-52 bomber crash in Garrett County has been set for July 12th at the Little Crossings Memorial. About 40 family members of the crew of that plane plan to attend the ceremony. A number of upgrades and repairs are being made at memorials there, and they will be ready in time for the memorial service in July.


Bowling Greene Water Project Meeting Set

The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting on the upcoming water projects in Bowling Green. the meeting is set for this Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Bowling Green Fire Department. Residents and all interested citizens are invited and encouraged to attend. Allegany County Department of Public Works officials will also be at the meeting to discuss the projects and answer questions.


Senate Moving on State Budget

The Maryland Senate has advanced the state's $39 billion budget, finding a quick solution to fill a drop in projected revenues by using money in a long-term plan to strengthen the state's pension system. Senate Budget and Taxation Committee Chairman Ed Kasemeyer says that each year, the state makes a $1.9 billion contribution to the fund, which is required. additionally, the state pays extra, supplementary money so that it can be more fully funded, and funded earlier. Kasemeyer notes there are over $43 billion in the pension fund.


Mother Faces Child Abuse Charges

The 47-year old mother of a Washington County girl who went missing for more than 12 hours last month is facing child abuse charges. The woman is charged with neglect of a minor and second-degree abuse in reference to an incident on February 24th that happened before the girl ran away. She was found near Robinwood Drive, after being outside all night. The mother is also facing a count of second-degree child abuse in an unrelated incident from June of last year.

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