House Approves State Budget
The Maryland House of Delegates has preliminarily approved a $38.7 billion state budget. The budget includes raises for state workers, but does not include any new taxes. Differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget must be resolved, and approved by both, before the General Assembly session ends on April 7th.
Students Taken To Hospitals
Thirteen high school students, returning from a bus trip from Washington, D.C., were taken to area hospitals Saturday night. The students, from Uniontown, complained of being sick, and the bus made an emergency stop at the Marathon Gas Station in Friendsville. They were Junior ROTC students. The preliminary cause of the sickness was food poisoning, and they were taken to Uniontown, Ruby Memorial, and Garrett Memorial hospitals for treatment.
Two Charged with Vehicle Theft
Dylan Schrock and Levi Crosby of Oakland have been charged with stealing a pickup truck from Martin's Auto Salvage. The truck was stopped when Garrett County Sheriff's deputies noticed the vehicle had no license plates. Both are in the Garrett County Detention Center on $5,000 bond each. The arrest was made 20 minutes after the truck was reported stolen.
Maplehurst Pays Back Taxes
The Maplehurst Country Club in Frostburg paid its back taxes on Friday, and will not be sold at a tax sale. The club had owed Allegany County nearly $70,000 in back taxes, dating back to 2010. The golf course is due to open on April 6th.
Clarksburg Woman Injured in Wreck
Clarksburg, West Virginia resident Johanna Bang Tam Nguyen was injured in a single vehicle accident Saturday morning. He car traveled over an embankment an overturned, at the intersection of Paradise Point and Zeddock Miller roads. She was taken to Garrett Memorial Hospital for treatment.
State's Attorney Asking for Funding Increase
Allegany County State's Attorney Michael Twigg is asking the Allegany County Commissioners to fund a staff increase; staffing at his office has been unchanged for years. A growing caseload and a Maryland Court of Appeals ruling prompted Twigg to make the request. The decision mandates that people accused of crimes have attorneys at bail hearings. Last year alone, the State's Attorney's office handled 3,045 cases in District Court, which operates four days per week for criminal cases.
Stolen Vehicle Recovered
An Indiana, Pennsylvania man was arrested on Saturday, and charged with stealing a vehicle from Morgan County, West Virginia. Twenty-five year old Mathew Deyarmin was stopped on Industrial Boulevard, and it was discovered the vehicle he was driving, was stolen. He was eventually released on his own recognizance, pending trial. Additional charges are pending against him in Morgan County, West Virginia.
Man Charged with Child Abuse
Cumberland resident Charles George has been charged with both second-degree child abuse and second-degree assault, following a complaint on Pennsylvania Avenue. George is accused of striking the child in the buttocks with a canvas material-type dog leash. George was placed in custody and taken to the Cumberland City Police Department. He was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond, pending trial in Allegany County District Court.
Cumberland Man Accused of Assault
Cumberland resident Brian Shipway was held on a $5,000 bond, following an incident Saturday evening at a business on Industrial Boulevard. Ship is accused of grabbing a woman by the hair, and allegedly slapping her in the face. He received a bond hearing in District Court, charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct. The victim did not require medical attention.
Crimesolvers Offers Cash Rewards for Information
Allegany and Mineral County Crimesolvers is still going strong, 33 years after its inception. Corporal Kevin Detrick, of the Maryland State Police, says Crimesolvers is used by law enforcement officers to generate tips on unsolved crimes. Cash rewards for information, anywhere from $100 to $1500, are given. Corporal Detrick says that law enforcement officials have benefited greatly from citizen input. Information can be shared by phone, at (301)-722-4300 or on the website, "alleganymineralcountycrimesolvers.com."
Commission Rules on Flight 93 Site
The value of the Flight 93 site in Stonycreek Township is $1.5 million. That assessment was confirmed by a U.S. District Judge in Pittsburgh. The previous property owner, Michael Svonavec argued that the property was worth about $23 million. The federal government paid $611,000 for the site, after condemning it under eminent domain in 2009.
GCC To Host Program on "TIF"
The Greater Cumberland Committee will meet on Thursday at Frostburg State University. The subject of the meeting will be the Tax Incremental Funding from PES Consulting. PES (Partners for Economic Solutions) is based in Washington, D.C., and will highlight the availability of TIF, as it already exists and help answer questions about why our region has been slow or stagnant as compared to areas to the east and west.
Enrollment Declines Expected
Enrollment at the University System of Maryland is expected to decline in the coming academic year, the first projected drop since the 1990's. The Baltimore Sun says that the University of Maryland-College Park, the University of Maryland-Baltimore, and Frostburg State University specifically, do not plan to expand greatly in the next decade.