Arrest Made in Fire
An arson arrest has been made in an Easter morning fire on Nest Lick Acres Road in Oakland. Dayton Bolyard, co-owner of the home, is being held on $250,000 bond at the Garrett County Detention Center. He is accused of intentionally setting the fire after a domestic dispute that was ongoing, just prior to the fire being reported. The fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the one-story, wood-framed single family dwelling, owned by Bolyard and his wife, Julie. No injuries were reported, and others who lived in the house are being assisted by family and friends.
Woman Sentenced, Another Awaiting Sentencing
Forty-eight year old Flintstone resident Stacey Williamson has been sentenced to two years probation, and ordered to make restitution to the U.S. Postal Service. Ms. Williamson, who had been convicted of the felony offense of theft of government funds, must repay over $1700 to the USPS. Piedmont resident Shannon Broadwater has yet to be sentenced on a charge of illegal use of the Internet to facilitate the distribution of crack cocaine. Ms. Broadwater has also agreed to forfeit over $3900 in cash, which were proceeds from the illegal activity. She is free on bond pending sentencing. Both women appeared recently in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
Event Postponed Due to Perceived Threat
Meyersdale's Easter Egg Hunt, originally scheduled for Saturday was postponed, due to a possible threat that contaminated needles were planted at the Paul Fuller Playground and Park, along Grant Street. Parks and Recreation President Maridann Vincent said she received a phone call on 10:30 Saturday, from a concerned resident. The resident said she had received a text message earlier in the morning about the possible threat. However, following an investigation, the threat was unfounded.
Cumberland Men Arrested in Marijuana Counts
Twenty-six year old Harley Donovan Brooks, Jr., and Demedtreous Trevele Taylor were arrested following a traffic stop on Pershing Street Sunday. A small quantity of marijuana was found in the passenger compartment and about 270 grams were found in the trunk. Both were arrested; Taylor was issued a criminal citation and released pending trial. Brooks was held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $8500 bond. The marijuana had an approximate street value of over $5300.
State Superintendent Visits Thursday
Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lillian Lowery will be in the area on Thursday, on her Tour of Excellence. She will visit Frost Elementary School from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Frost has been recognized by the State Department of Education as a 2014 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, along with only five other schools in the state. More than 95 per cent of Frost students obtained proficient or advanced MSA scores in reading and math, consistently excelling in student performance on state assessments. Additionally, 100 per cent of Frost Elementary School teachers are highly qualified.
Arbor Day Observance Set
Allegany College of Maryland will celebrate Arbor Day tomorrow, with a program that centers on forest stewardship in Allegany County and concludes with a campus tree planting. The public is invited to participate. The event begins at noon in the College Center's Gilpin room. For more information, call (301)-784-5152.
C & O Canal Classroom Dedicated
A C & O Canal classroom has been established at Canal Place and will be fully operational by next year. Mia Perlozzo-Cross, of the Allegany County Board of Education, says the classroom recognizes the partnership between the Park Service and school system. Over the last year, the C&O Canal Park Service worked with the Board of Education to develop a curriculum. The classroom will be permanently based at the Canal Shoppes.
Police Concentrating on Interstate
Law enforcement agencies from three states will be concentrating safety efforts on Interstate 81, following a series of accidents there. Officers from Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania plan on increasing patrols. I-81 has also become a pipeline for drugs, especially heroin. Many drivers also use I-81 to escape the traffic of Interstate 95.
O'Malley Signs CPR Bill
Maryland students will now be required to complete a 30-minute CPR course before they graduate. Governor Martin O'Malley has signed the bill, and it is hoped that Maryland will lead the way for a nationwide requirement.
West Virginia Vehicle Renewals Online
The state of West Virginia is enabling most residents of the Mountain State to now renew vehicle registrations online. Residents of forty-three West Virginia's counties now have that option. Online renewals are an effort to make renewals more efficient; getting the registration for a new or recently purchased vehicle will still have to be done in person or through a dealership.