MAN ARRESTED AT LA VALE WAL- MART
The Maryland State Police arrested 26-year old Michael Lucas of Fort Ashby at Wal Mart in LaVale yesterday morning. Lucas reportedly had a handgun in the rest room area of the store, and was spotted by a Wal Mart employee. He exited the bathroom, placing the .45-calibre handgun in a store bag. He walked to the pharmacy area, where he created a disturbance before returning to the bathroom. He was quickly taken into custody by the Maryland State Police. He was jailed in lieu of $35,000 bond, pending a bail review in District Court.
RAILROAD RECEIVES $85,000 IN FUNDING
The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Development Corporation is the recipient of $85,000 from the Maryland Historical Trust. The money will be used to restore a former Western Maryland Railway Office Car. The car was built in 1918 as a private railroad car for New York's Peter Rouss, featuring an observation room, four bedrooms, a shower and bathrooms, and other amenities.
W.VA. STATE POLICE TO SET UP CHECKPOINT
The West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint along Route 28 the weekend of August 8th and 9th. The checkpoint will be in effect from 8 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday, and is being done to increase awareness of the hazards of intoxicated driving.
AUTOCROSS DISCUSSED BY MCDA
The Mineral County Development authority made the recent ban on autocross events at the Cumberland Airport an agenda item at this week's meeting. It was reiterated that the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority did not want to jeopardize federal funds by hosting "non-aerial" events, but it was pointed out that no fewer than eight autocross-type events were hosted on one day by county airports. A meeting between MCDA and the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority would be held in the future, to discuss the potential of future Autocross events here.
MAPLEHURST AUCTION CANCELED
An auction, scheduled Wednesday, of the Maplehurst Country Club in Frostburg was canceled, as a businessman there proposed buying the mortgage from First United Bank & Trust. Maplehurst is negotiating terms of the agreement, and the golf course continues to be open for play. Clubhouse events will be honored, as they are scheduled.
KELLY OPPOSES FREDERICK STREET BIKE PLAN
Delegate Kevin Kelly is opposing a plan from the city, to add a bike lane on Frederick Street, after receiving input from several neighborhood residents. Delegate Kelly is, however, in favor of "Share the Road" signs in that area, and has questioned Mayor Brian Grim on the logic of a proposed bike lane. Kelly believes that using a bike lane, which would presumably slow traffic in the area, should not be a factor in any decisions.
OWNER MAY SELL GREEN SPRING BUSINESS
The most recent "washout" of the Oldtown Bridge may force Green Spring Pub owner Ray Emerick to sell his business. The timeline for repairing the bridge is several months long and it future is uncertain. Many of its customers rely on the bridge to get to and from work. Emerick, who has owned the pub since 2005, cites toll increases and the times the bridge has been washed out, as two reasons for his reason to considering selling the business.
POLICE INVESTIGATE BREAKING AND ENTERING
Cumberland City Police are investigating a breaking and entering in the 500-block of Cromwell Terrace, in which about $10,000 worth of items were taken. Among the stolen items were an Applie i-Pad and a significant amount of jewelry. A person or persons gained entry to the home by kicking in the rear door, during the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:38 p.m. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600.
DEPARTMENT IMPROVES RATING
The Central City Fire Department in Somerset County was recently upgraded in its Public Protection Classification, from a class 4 to a class 3. Fire companies are graded on a scale of one to 10,with one being the highest classification; a grade of 10 means departments aren't meeting the minimum criteria. The improved rating helps to decrease insurance premiums for the department.
REGIONAL AIRPORTS RECEIVE STATE FUNDING
Both the Bedford and Somerset County Airports will be receiving state and federal funding, to improve safety operations. In Bedford County, the airport will receive over $316,000 to buy additional land and to rehabilitate the weather observation system. In Somerset County, that facility will receive nearly $377,000 to remove obstructions and finish an apron rehabilitation. Statewide, the Keystone State will receive over $18 million for 35 airports there.
O'MALLEY DEFENDS CRITICISM OF IMMIGRATION POLICY
Even though Governor Martin O'Malley agrees with President Obama that sending thousands of unaccompanied children back across the U.S. border to Central America would lead to "certain death," the Governor is opposed to locating a shelter for the children in Carroll County. The Governor believes that congregate living should not be our first choice, and that the children should be housed in the least restrictive setting possible. The Governor believes that when children come here as refugees, they should be treated compassionately; the state, he says, has a long tradition of providing protection for refugees. O'Malley said he "didn't care" that some people believe the White House "threw him under the bus." Governor O'Malley says he believes sometime issues are made more complicated than they need to be.
HIGH SCHOOLS TO OFFER FREE I.T. CERTIFICATION
Students across the Mountain State will now have the chance to graduate with an informational technology certification, thanks to a collaboration between the West Virginia Department of Education and Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft's I.T. Academy will be used for West Virginia's high schools and career and technical schools, the virtual high school and the WVDE. The gap in the demand for I.T. professionals and the supply of qualified employees is predicted to be as high as 40 per cent over the next five to ten years.
W.VA. MEDICAL EXAMINER UNDERSTAFFED
Three of the six medical examiner's office positions in West Virginia are vacant, and a backlog of autopsy reports are creating problems in the judicial system. Autopsies are being prioritized, depending on the timetable for certain cases; two pathologists have been hired at the Medical Examiner's Office in Charleston, and will start by August 1st. But a current pathologist is leaving, and that will create two vacant positions.