"CHANGES" MAY COME FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT
It may take five to ten years, but there could be changes coming for the Cumberland Fire Department. The majority of the $5 million budgeted for the fire department is taken up with salaries and benefits. According to the Cumberland Times-News, Fire Chief Donnie Dunn says Cumberland's department has a higher budget than other cities of comparable size.
ROUTE 36 TRAFFIC TO BE DETOURED
The Maryland State Highway Administration is closing and detouring traffic on Route 36, the Mount Savage Road, starting tomorrow. The SHA is installing new drainage pipes at three locations, and, weather permitting, the work should be finished by Friday.
CITIZENS TO INTERVIEW SUPERINTENDENT CANDIDATES
Each member of the Mineral County Board of Education has chosen members of a citizen's group who will interview applicants for the Superintendent's position. The applicants will be interviewed next Monday, and the board plans to announce its selection early next month. Current Superintendent Rob Woy is retiring in June.
MAN ENTERS PLEA AGREEMENT IN PIEDMONT CASE
Piedmont resident Curtis Smith, who had been charged with assault and disrupting a governmental process has entered into a plea agreement. Charges stem from a May, 2013 incident, where Smith confronted then-council member Ray Hall. In exchange for having the assault charge dropped, Smith entered a plea of no contest to the other charge.
KEYSER WOMAN CHARGED IN GARRETT COUNTY
Fifty-seven year old Keyser resident Paula Jean Elfritz was charged with possession of marijuana, following a traffic stop on Route 40, north of Lower New Germany Road. A search of her car was done, and she was charged with a criminal citation and released.
NEW JERSEY MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION
New Jersey resident Lucas James Natale was charged with possession of marijuana, after he was stopped on westbound Interstate 68, west of the 12 mile-marker. Natale, from Howell, New Jersey, wascharged with possession on a criminal citation and released.
GAMING SYSTEM STOLEN
Cumberland City Police are investigating a breaking and entering complaint in the 1500-block of Oldtown Road. A person or persons broke into an apartment and stole an X-Box gaming system and several games. No evidence of forcible entry was found. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police or CrimeSolvers.
WOMAN HELD ON WARRANTS
Cumberland resident Bianca Murphy was held on $3500 bond on a warrant for an original charge of harassment and the other for traffic violations. She was taken for an initial appearance in District Court, then taken to the Allegany County Detention Center.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT HOLIDING VACCINATION CLINICS
The Allegany County Health Department is holding vaccination clinics tomorrow and Wednesday for kindergartners and those entering 7th grade. There are revised immunization requirements and the clinics are being held 4 to 6 p.m. each day. Vaccines are free of charge and no appointment is necessary.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS CEO COMMENTS ON GAMES
The Maryland State Special Olympics will be held in early June at Towson State University. Jim Schmutz, the president and CEO of the state games, says the local Allegany County community has been supporting athletes for years. Schmutz says one of the biggest challenges faced by Special Olympics is growth. Schmutz also commented on the value of sports and competition for the athletes.
FSU TO HOLD GRADUATION MAY 22ND
Frostburg State University will hold its 144th commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 22nd at the Harold Cordts Physical Education Center's Main Arena. Degrees will be conferred on the Colleges of Business and Education at 9:30 a.m. The 2 p.m. ceremony will feature the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
IRON FURNACE RUN SET FOR JUNE 28TH
The 26th annual Iron Furnace 5K run is set for June 28th, in conjunction with George's Creek Days. The run begins at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is $20, and information on the run can be found at www.qcstriders.com.
FORMER ROXBURY OFFICER SENTENCED
Former Roxbury Correctional Officer Josh Hummer has been sentenced on charges of obstructing justice in connection with the beating of an inmate on March 9, 2008. Hummer was found guilty of providing "false and misleading information" to state investigators, who were conducting an inquiry into the beating of inmate Kenneth Davis.
AUTHORITIES WORK TO IDENTIFY REMAINS
Identifying the human remains found in Washington County last week could take months. A body was found last Sunday by mushroom hunters at Marsh Run. The remains did not match those of missing persons in the Hagerstown area, but it is known the remains are that of a man.
WOMAN CHARGED IN STABBING
A Hagerstown woman, Shauntika Unique Chandler, has been arrested for stabbing her boyfriend Saturday afternoon. The victim, Devonte Terrrell Morel was first taken to Meritus Medical Center, then to Shock Trauma, due to the severity of his wounds. Ms. Chandler faces numerous charges, including first and second degree assault.
DHCD ANNOUNCES FEDERAL TAX CREDIT
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has announced a $2,000 tax credit for new home buyers. The program provides eligible home buyers with a mortgage credit that they can claim on a portion of the mortgage interest rate on their federal tax return. To find out more, visit http://mmp.maryland.gov.