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Public Comment To Be Taken on Cleanup

Public comment is being taken on a plan to clean up toxic waste around Allegany Ballistics Laboratory, with a local meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the South Cumberland Library meeting room. Action is being taken to reduce the threat of contamination to ground water and the North Branch of the Potomac River. The remediation work is being scheduled during this fiscal year, according to a public affairs officer for the Mid-Atlantic Naval Facilities Engineering Command.


Water Problems Temporarily Resolved

A leak and broken pump that led to the early dismissal of Hampshire County Schools yesterday, has been, at least, temporarily resolved. The leak in the water line was discovered yesterday morning, and  the main pump in the Grassy Lick area then broke, which led to the problems. The Central Hampshire Public Service District has begun the process of getting a new pump, but it's not known how long that will take.


West Virginia Officials May Receive Pay Raise

Even though the Mineral County Commissioners opposed it, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin may sign a bill that would raise the pay of county elected officials by 12 per cent. The bill was passed during a special session of the Legislature last Friday. The local commissioners felt a raise would put an unfair burden on already strained county budgets.


Man Acquitted of Incest

Seventy-nine year old Bedford resident Richard Maine has been acquitted on all 29 charges of child rape and incest, involving his young family members. His defense attorney claimed there had been several inconsistencies in the stories of the alleged victims, and that an apparent admission of guilt from Maine was offered to stop what he termed "badgering questions." Following the acquittal, Maine was set to be released after more than a year in the Bedford County Correctional Facility.


Edwards Testifies on Behalf of Bill

Maryland State Senator George Edwards testified before a House Committee this week, on behalf of a bill he is sponsoring, that would allow bow hunters to carry guns in some areas of Western Maryland. The bill would allow that, while hunting deer, and would affect western Washington County, as well as Allegany and Garrett.


Man Charged in Henderson Avenue Accident

A two-vehicle accident, on Henderson Avenue near Knox Street on Monday, resulted in charges for Lawrence Sanner. Both he and Shanise Louise Dunn were traveling northbound on Henderson Avenue, when Dunn stopped at a light; Sanner could not stop in time and hit the Dunn vehicle. She was taken to the hospital for treatment and Sanner was cited for failure to control speed to avoid a collision.


Stoystown Man Jailed on Assault Charges

Somerset County resident Robert Rigo is in jail, accused of severely beating another man at a party this past weekend. The victim, who is also a Marine, suffered a broken jaw, a broken cheekbone and other fractures. Witnesses told police the fight was over a woman, who was also at the party. Rigo has been charged with assault and a number of other counts in the past. He currently has two active cases against him.


House Considers Minimum Wage Bill

The Maryland House of Delegates is putting the final touches on a minimum wage bill that will be considered by the Senate in the coming days.  As was reported earlier in the week, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mac Middleton says a possible smaller increase in the minimum wage could be considered, but with an increase in the earned income tax credit.


General Assembly Considering Common Core

The Maryland legislature is doing its homework on Common Core, with action on three bills recently to ease the transition. Maryland State Education Association President Betty Weller says it's encouraging to see that concerns about Common Core are being addressed, from ensuring that misaligned state standardized test scores aren't used punitively for a couple of years. Legislators are also looking to provide feedback on how to improve Common Core implementation. Weller points out that Common Core isn't what's being debated, but rather the need for other types of support, to help make the change to Common Core and that new evaluation systems happen smoothly.


Marijuana Decriminalization Law May Be in Trouble

House Judiciary Committee Chair Joe Vallario is opposing both the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana, and may not let the bill out of committee. The next step in the process could be to amend the language of the Senate bill into another one. The Senate bill proposes reducing the penalty to possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana from 90 days in jail to a $100 fine. A similar bill passed the Senate last year, but never made it out of committee in the House.


Trooper Dragged by Vehicle, Suspect Fatally Shot

Details are sketchy, but Maryland State Police are investigated a fatal, trooper-involved shooting at the Salisbury barracks Tuesday night. A man went into the barrack to ask the duty officer to check on a vehicle repair, after he received a safety equipment repair order. The duty officer soon called for backup, and had reportedly been dragged by the vehicle. One of the backup officers and the duty officer fired their weapons, fatally wounding the suspect. More details are expected to be released, including the identities of those involved.

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