O'MALLEY SIGNS TAX CREDIT BILL
Governor Martin O'Malley has signed a bill that will offer up to a 50 per cent tax credit to help with the redevelopment of commercial structures across the state. The bill will aid in infrastructure and rebuilding, and will bring the buildings up to requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The credit would be granted over a ten-year period in equal amounts, and will also help in marketing upper stories of commercial buildings, such as those in downtown Cumberland.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE
Cumberland resident Amanda Jane Holtman is being charged with child abuse, in connection with an incident late last week in the area of Mechanic Street and Market Street. She is accused of assaulting a nine year old victim, by putting her knee on the back of the child's neck, and scratching her face. She was charged and held on $20,000 bond.
S.H.A. RESURFACING SEVERAL COUNTY ROADS
The Maryland State Highway Administration is beginning a nearly $5 million project to resurface several county roads, and the projects should be completed by the end of summer. More than two miles of Route 40, between New George's Creek Road and Vale Summit Road will be resurfaced. Also about a mile of Route 144, from the Old Williams Road to Route 40 will be redone. The State's contractor is Carl Belt Paving.
APARTMENT BREAK-IN REPORTED
A can of black and a can of white spray paint were stolen from a college rental apartment in Frostburg Saturday, but that paint was later used to vandalize five cars in the area of Beall Street. In addition, a racial slur was written on a Maple Street House; the paint was also used to vandalize a fence at a Bowery Street business. Anyone with information is asked to contact Frostburg City Police.
INDIANA MAN ARRESTED IN CUMBERLAND
Twenty-two year old Ryan Quinton Knowlton of Bloomington, Indiana was arrested early yesterday morning in the are of Baltimore Street for erratic driving. Knowlton refused field sobriety test, became belligerent and refused to get out of his car. Police also noticed hypodermic syringes inside the car. He received a bond hearing with in District Court.
COUNTY CONSIDERING SEWER RATE HIKE
County Commissioner Creade Brodie, Jr., says it's a cost that cannot be controlled, so the county is considering what amounts to a $1 per month increase in sewer rate fees. Equipment repairs are needed at the county's five wastewater treatment plants; that, along with rising treatment costs, gasoline costs and liability costs are forcing the county to consider the increase. A final adoption of the increases is scheduled for June 5th.
TIME CAPSULE CONTENTS TO BE DISPLAYED
A time capsule, dating to May 30, 1928, was found last week , during the demolition of the former Memorial Hospital. Mayor Brian Grim says the items will be on display during tomorrow evening's Mayor and Council meeting, then will be on permanent display at the Allegany County Museum. One of the items found in the time capsule was a check. Also found was a large book, containing a history of the hospital, along with a $10 bill from the time.
MSP INVESTIGATING DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY
The Maryland State Police are investigating a destruction of property incident that happened sometime between Wednesday and Thursday of last week. Two vehicles that had been parked under the Interstate 68 bridge on the Lower New Germany Road had tires slashed. Anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry barrack.
ROCKY GAP SETS MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM
Rocky Gap Veteran's Cemetery will hold the annual Memorial Day Program next Monday at 2:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be former U.S. Marine and current Commander of the Cumberland barrack of the Maryland State Police, Lt. H.B. Martz. The public is invited to attend, and you're are asked to bring lawn chairs for your seating comfort.
JOBLESS RATE INCHES DOWN
The unemployment rate in Maryland dropped one-tenth of a percentage point in April, with the state adding 9300 jobs. Job growth was largely in the private sector, including government agencies, professional services, construction and education and health services.
FORMER RCI OFFICER SENTENCED
Former Roxbury Correctional Institution Officer Reginald Martin has been sentenced to 12 months and one day, for his involvement in the assault of inmate Kenneth Davis. Martin had pleaded guilty in January to charges lodged against him. Sixteen current or former officers have been convicted in connection with a series of assaults on Davis.
FORMER CLERK DISBARRED
The former chief deputy clerk of the Court of Special Appeals, Robert John Greenleaf, has been disbarred for soliciting sex on the Internet from a police officer, posing as a 14-year old girl. Many of the Yahoo Messenger conversations took place on his computer at the Robert C. Murphy Court of Appeal Building in Annapolis. He was arrested in January of 2011, and had served as chief deputy clerk since 2004.
W.Va. BOARD BLOCKS EXPANDED SUMMER PRACTICE
The West Virginia Board of Education has declined to include a proposal for expanded summer practice sessions for high school athletes. Teams across the state must continue to contain practices within a three-week window that starts in June. The proposed summer practice proposal would have taken effect before the 2015-2016 academic year.