CUMBERLAND MAN INDICTED BY MINERAL GRAND JURY
Cumberland resident Louis Joseph Harris of Cumberland has been indicted by the Mineral County grand jury on felony charges of attempted murder and malicious wounding. He allegedly attacked another man with a knife last December; The victim was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for serious wounds. Another man, Merrill Roy Shipman IV of Keyser was indicted for making terroristic threats, violation of civile rights and a misdemeanor count of disturbance of religious worship, in connection with an Easter Sunday incident at the Church of the Assumption in Keyser.
PUBLIC COMMENT ON BUDGET TO BE TAKEN
Public comment on the Fiscal Year 2015 Allegany County budget will be taken during today's commissioners' meeting. There will be a second opportunity to comment at a hearing on May 15th. The budget is scheduled to be approved by the commissioners on June 5th.
GARRETT REQUESTS ARC FUNDING
The Garrett County Commissioners are asking the Appalachian Regional Commission for $900,000 in funding for a wastewater treatment plant at the Keyser's Ridge Business Park and another quarter million dollars for the Last Mile Wireless Network Broadband Phase 3 project. The commissioners decided to make the requests during their regular meeting on Tuesday.
WMSR ACQUIRING B&O LOCOMOTIVE
The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is getting a 1949 steam locomotive from the B&O railroad museum in Baltimore. The engine will be place in service locally. The locomotive was one of the last steam engines commercially made by the Baldwin Locomotive works of Philadelphia. It is hoped the engine will be placed in service by this summer.
CLEARVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED FOR CRACK POSSESSION
Forty-two year old Clearville, Pennsylvania resident Regina Renee Moreland was arrested, but later released on charges of possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia. A disturbance brought police to a residence on Altamont Terrace; Ms. Moreland was carrying a bent metal spoon, which was burnt on the bottom. A razor blade nearby had crack cocaine residue on it. She was arrested and later taken to District Court for an appearance.
GARRETT COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR CDS POSSESSION
Nineteen year old Brandon Bennett of Friendsville was arrested for possession of CDS and paraphernalia, following a traffic stop along Route 219. Bennett was taken to the McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police and charged. He was later released from the barrack.
WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DRIVING WHILE REVOKED
Westernport resident Anne Marie Edwards has been charged with driving on a revoked license and obstructing and hindering, following a traffic stop on Bedford Street Tuesday morning. She originally provided the officer with a false name; a check of her driving status showed that her license was revoked. She was taken to District Court for her initial appearance, and later released on personal recognizance.
CUMBERLAND MAN ARRESTED ON QUEEN CITY PAVEMENT
Cumberland resident Michael Wayne Harper was charged with disorderly conduct, failure to obey a lawful order, disturbing the peace and possession of drug paraphernalia. following an incident in the area of Park and Baltimore Streets. Harper is accused of acting in a disorderly manner; he was later searched and a glass smoking device which contained marijuana residue was found in his pocket. He was taken to a District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance, and later released on personal recognizance.
WORKMEISTER NAMED BISHOP WALSH PRINCIPAL
Ann Workmeister, who had been serving as acting principal at Bishop Walsh School, was permanently appointed to that position this week. She had been assistant principal at the school since 2011. She had also held previous positions in the Allegany County School system, as well as an adjunct instructor at Frostburg State University and Allegany College of Maryland.
ESCAPEE RETURNS TO SOMERSET COUNTY
A Somerset County inmate, who had escaped from a Greene County hospital, returned there over this past weekend. Twenty-six year old Chad Flick was traced to a residence on Juniata Street in Boswell, but he left in his mother's car. He is not considered dangerous and was expected to be released from jail in June. He was serving time for forgery charges, mostly for writing bad checks.
BISHOP WALSH TO HOST SCIENCE SHOWCASE
Bishop Walsh will host its first-ever science showcase next Saturday, May 17th from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the school. The event is open to all area students, ages pre-K through 12th grade, and will feature fun, interactive science experiments. Participants will also be entered to win an I-pad mini. To pre-register, visit BishopWalsh.org, or call (301)-724-5360, extension 107. Registrations are also being accepted the day of the event.
"MELANOMA MONTH" BEING OBSERVED
The month of May is "Melanoma Month," and local dermantologist Dr. Sean McCagh is urging residents to check for moles or other suspicious lesions. He says there are three different types of skin cancer. Dr. McCagh notes that while the incidence of skin cancer is skyrocketing, the death rates are declining. An indicator of a possible problem is any change in a mole or other skin lesion. In preventing skin cancer, Dr.McCagh says a common sense approach should be taken.
PUBLISHER CUTTING JOBS
The Review and Herald Publishing Company, south of Hagerstown, is cutting 26 jobs in response to nearly $943,000 in losses for 2013 and a weak first quarter this year. Workforce reductions, according to the company's board of directors, will save a million dollars this year and more than $1.5 million in 2015. The company will also lease some of its building space on West Oak Ridge Drive.
TOW TRUCKS INCLUDED IN "MOVE OVER" LAW
A new law puts tow trucks in a category, which requires drivers to change lanes or slow down for emergency vehicles. The law was signed by Governor Martin O'Malley on Monday, and takes effect on October 1st. The move-over law for police and emergency vehicles has been in effect since 2010.
GANSLER URGES WARNINGS FOR "E-CIGS"
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is sending letters to 10 electronic cigarette manufacturers, urging warning labels for the liquid nicotine refills or "e-juice" refills that smokers of the devices use. He is asking that manufacturers stop selling liquid nicotine in flavors that might be attractive to kids. Maryland currently bans the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under 18, but the electronic devices are considered to be a safer form of nicotine, when compared to tobacco cigarettes.
BERKELEY COUNTY BANS INDOOR SMOKING
The Berkeley County Board of Health has voted 4 to 1, to adopt stricter indoor air regulations, but allows for some changes to the original ordinance. Revisions included language changes and definitions that were allowed for retail tobacco stores, and another which dealt with open areas, which allows for the development of self-enforced ordinances specific to those areas. Currently, only 84 of 650 businesses in Berkeley County allow smoking in their establishments. They will now have until July 1st to transition to smoke-free establishments.