Young Woman Found Dead
A 25-year old woman was found dead in Bedford County Sunday morning, and the Pennsylvania State Police there are investigating. The woman was found inside a mobile home at the Fillo Trailer Park, along Route 52 in Bedford Township. Both the State Police and coroner were on the scene for most of the day. Bedford County State's Attorney Bill Higgins says the cause of death is undetermined, and an autopsy is planned.
Frostburg Officer Assaulted
The Frostburg Police Department handled 127 calls over this past weekend, one of which resulted in the injury of an officer. While investigating a large party at 38 Paul Street, Patrolman Zapf was struck in the head by Deara D. Parker. She was subsequently arrested and charged with second degree assault, among other counts. Also charged was Johnny Bentley Norris. The charges were issued on a criminal summons, and they include second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. Officer Zapf was treated for minor injuries at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center Emergency Room.
WMHS CEO Comments on Alliance
The alliance among the Western Maryland Health System, Frederick Regional Health System, and Meritus Health has been in the works for some time, but now it has a name-Trivergent Health Alliance. Barry Ronan, Chief Executive Officer of the Western Maryland Health System, says the facility looked at 50 different names, and one that was not copyrighted. While the three looked at the spectrum of a loose association to a full merger, it was decided the best way to go was an alliance. Ronan says the alliance encompasses shared services, revenue, information technology, and pharmacy services, among others. The alliance affects 1100 employees, with annual expenditures of $370 million. The CEO's of each system began discussing an alliance when it became evident there would be changes in the health care system. With more risk involved, Ronan says with a reduction in revenue, it was calculated that at least a billion dollars in revenue would be needed to remain viable.
PSC Ordered to Help Utility Customers
The Maryland Public Service Commission has ordered utility companies to give customers "a break," in light of this past winter, which brought frigid temperatures. The PSC is ordering utilities to apply energy assistance grants to both the generation and distribution charges on customer bills. For its part, Potomac Edison has expressed its willingness to work with customers on late bills. P.E. offers zero interest payment plans for many customers who are behind in their bills.
Tax Sales Set
Both Allegany and Garrett Counties have set the dates for their annual tax sales. The Allegany County sale will take place on April 30th at the county office complex, beginning at 10 a.m. In Garrett County, the sale is on May 2nd, at the Garrett County commissioners public meeting room. To be removed from the tax sale in Allegany County, property owners must make full payment on all charges no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 29th.
Assault Results in Drug Charge
Twenty-four year old Leonard Lewis Livengood was issued a criminal citation, charging him with possession of CDS paraphernalia. Cumberland City Police responded to a home in the 500-block of Valley Street in reference to an assault complaint. While inside, police found a marijuana smoking device. He was released, after he was issued the citation.
Garrett County Schools Finish on June 17th
Garrett County Schools were closed a total of 20 days this school year, and the Maryland State Department of Education has granted a five-day student waiver for the system. that means the last day of school in Garrett County will be Tuesday, June 17th. June 13th, 16th, and 17th will be two-hour early dismissals. Schools will be closed on Good Friday, but the other days for Easter vacation have been designated as make up days.
Pet Vaccinations Set
The Allegany County Health Department is holding its annual Spring Vaccination Clinic on Sunday, April 27th. The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the George's Creek Elementary School. Vaccinations for cats and dogs over the age of 4 months will be $5.00. All animals must be in a carrier or on a leash. For more information, contact Misty Joy at (301)-759-5047.
State Won't Enforce Campaign Contributions
Following a landmark Supreme Court ruling, election officials in Maryland say they will no longer enforce a state law that imposes an overall $10,000 limit on campaign contributions in a four-year election cycle. They will continue to enforce a law, limiting individuals to contributing no more than $4,000 to a particular candidate during an election cycle; however, donors can give $4,000 to as many candidates as they'd like.
CareFirst Dominates Enrollments
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has signed up more than 53,000 people through the health exchange website, but even more called the carrier and enrolled directly because of online technical problems. Almost 65,200 had enrolled in private insurance3 through the four carriers selling on its website during the same time frame.