Two Proposals Offered for Footer Building
The Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority has two proposals on hand for the development of the Footer Dye Works building. However, those names will not be released for now. The proposals were due last Friday, and a committee of state-level officials has been formed to examine the offers. More details on the offers will be released as regulations permit.
Safe Streets Warrant Initiative
A total of 33 people were served with 36 arrest warrants, during last week's April Safe Streets Initiative, conducted by the Cumberland City Police Department. The public and other police agencies were responsible for the roundup, with charges ranging from failure to appear, to violation of court orders, to more serious offenses, including assault and sex offenses. The operation took place last Monday through Friday.
Woman Pleads Guilty in Fraudulent Fundraising Case
Somerset, Pennsylvania resident Mandy Lee Klinkner has pleaded guilty of holding a fraudulent fundraiser for a four-year old cancer patient. Ms. Klinkner had been charged with felony counts of theft by deception, theft, and receiving stolen property. She actually had pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct, a third-degree misdemeanor.
Student Charged in Tech Center Incident
Juvenile petition charges have been filed against a 17-year old student at the Mineral County Technical Center, following an incident on Monday. The student threw a 21-year old into a wall. The students, who are both mentally challenged were, "horsing around," according to Keyser Police Chief Karen Shoemaker. The victim was taken to the hospital with injuries to his face and other lacerations.
Keyser Approves FY 2015 Budget
The city of Keyser has approved its 2015 Fiscal Year budget, which includes expenditures of $1.5 million, or $23,000 less than the current fiscal year. The budget, which was submitted to the State Auditor's Office last month, will be adjusted in early summer as the city receives final numbers from its current budget. Some areas that received a reduction in funding are public safety, the street department, and funding for the city attorney.
Groups Opposing Sunday Hunting
Governor Martin O'Malley had been urged to veto legislation that would expand hunting on Sundays here in Western Maryland. The Maryland Ornithological Society and the Maryland Horse Council both opposed the move. Until the bills that would authorize hunting deer and other game on private and public lands in Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick counties were passed, the practice has generally been prohibited in the state, though numerous exceptions have been made.
Cumberland To Begin Recycling Program
As part of a new, three-year deal with Burgmeier Hauling of Altoona, the city of Cumberland will begin a recycling program. Burgmeier is being paid $750,000 per year for three years, and Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim says recycling will help the city reach its goal of waste stream reduction, as mandated by the state of Maryland.Mayor Grim says the public will be provided with educational materials prior to the start of recycling; the intent is to offer recycling pickup on the first trash pickup of the week in the various neighborhoods. Mayor Grim commented on recycling types of paper materials.
Easter Egg Hunt Set
The city of Cumberland, with the help of Frostburg State University Recreation Program students and 4-H will host the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Constitution Park on Friday. Activities start at noon, with the actual egg hunt at 1 p.m., in the area of the tennis courts. The kids should bring a basket or bag for eggs, and prizes will be awarded in each age group.
Fracking Film, Discussion Set Monday
Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," will be discussed this Monday at Allegany College of Maryland. A film, entitled, "Gasland, Part II" will be shown, and a panel discussion on the subject will follow. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Zimmer Theatre in the College Center. The panel discussion will follow the film. Admission is free and open to the public.
Chamber Hosts Legislative Wrap Up
The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce will host a Legislative Wrap Up breakfast next Tuesday at the Ali Ghan Shrine Club. The breakfast begins at 7:30 p.m., with members of the Western Maryland Delegation providing a recap of business legislation and issues addressed during the 2014 Legislative Session in Annapolis. A question and answer period will follow.
Two Year Old Dies After Drowning
A two-year old boy was found face down in standing water on a pool cover in Maugansville died this past weekend at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The unidentified toddler wandered away from family members, and was found about 2 p.m. on the cover of an above-ground pool.
Homeland Security Official Charged
A former supervisor with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been charged with misusing his government-issued credit card at the Charles Town casino. Fifty-five year old Gene Protogiannis of Lovettsville, Virginia was indicted on 45 counts of wire fraud; the offenses allegedly occurred last year, when he used the card to receive cash advances at the Hollywood Casino. Nearly $116,000 were withdrawn. He faces up to 20 years in prison, along with a $250,000 fine on each of the 45 counts against him.