COUNTY BUDGET BALANCED
Allegany County's budget includes a cost of living increase for county staff, with a slight increase for a few county-affiliated agencies. Education remains the single largest expenditure for Fiscal Year 2015. The budget is balanced, despite dropping income tax revenue and a small reduction in the property tax rate. Nearly half the budget, almost $37 million, has been dedicated to education.
WOMAN RE-ARRESTED AFTER ESCAPE
Cumberland resident Elizabeth Martz was re-arrested Saturday, after having been arrested on Friday for removing equipment from the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. On the transport to the Allegany County Detention Center, she allegedly removed a handcuff from her wrist and opened the door to the police car and ran from the area. She was found in the 300-block of Pulaski Street, where she was taken into custody. She was held without bail, pending her next appearance in District Court.
CARDIN TOURS WESTERN MARYLAND
United State Senator Ben Cardin was in Allegany County on Friday, to visit with businesses and programs which are creating jobs today, for Marylanders, and training the workforce of tomorrow. Senator Cardin visited Hunter-Douglas Window Fashions, Frostburg State University's state-of-the-art Center for Communications and Information Technology, and the FSU "Grow It Local" greenhouse project.
GARRETT COUNTY ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION
A single-vehicle motorcycle accident on the Savage River Road Saturday afternoon sent a Westernport resident to the hospital with injuries. Twenty-two year old Thomas Seth Marple lost control of his motorcycle near the intersection of Wildland Drive. He was airlifted to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center and the accident remains under investigation.
'DAY OF CARING AND SHARING" CELEBRATION FRIDAY
As a way of thanking volunteers, businesses and their employees, there will be a celebration at Windsor Castle Friday evening capping off the annual Day of Caring and Sharing. This is the 17th year for the event, and Ed Mullaney of the "Let's Beautify Cumberland" Committee says the evening will feature the Mountain Ridge Jazz Orchestra at 5 p.m., followed by music from the Chinese Bandits. Ginny Decker, also of the Let's Beautify Cumberland Committee, says her group is responsible for many of the flowers planted around town, along with the signs, welcoming visitors to each area of Cumberland.
TWELVE OVERDOSE IN CAMBRIA, SOMERSET COUNTIES
In just three days last week, a dozen people were taken to Pennsylvania hospitals for drug overdoses, and police suspect heroin, laced with fentanyl, is the cause. Of the 12, four overdoses were reported in Somerset County. Law enforcement raided the home of one of the suspected drug dealers in Johnstown, while they are looking for Aaron Wade Walters, who also may have supplied the heroin. Three of the victims say they purchased what was labeled "7 of Hearts" for $15 per bag.
SOMERSET MAN JAILED FOR STALKING
Seventy-nine year old William McTonic of Somerset County has been jailed on charges he stalked a woman who testified against him in a murder case. McTonic was charged with killing his second wife in 2009, after only three weeks of marriage. The charges were dropped after a Somerset County judge threw out a statement McTonic gave police. He is now charged with driving past her home for at least the fifth time in recent weeks.
GRANT ELECTED CHAIR OF LEADERSHIP MARYLAND
William B. Grant, Chairman and CEO of First United Bank and Trust, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for Leadership Maryland. It is an independent, educational, non-profit organization, designed to inform accomplished top-level executives from he public and private sectors about critical issues, challenges and opportunities facing the state of Maryland and its regions.
STUDENT BROUGHT KNIVES, LIST TO SCHOOL
A 16-year old Boonsboro high school student is being charged with second degree assault, after he was discovered with two knives and a "kill list" at the school in January. The case was sent to juvenile court, where records are not made available to the public. Along with the knives, the list included explanations for why the potential victims were on it.
MARYLAND FALLS SHORT ON INSURANCE SIGN-UPS
The state of Maryland fell far short of projections for enrolling its residents for private insurance through the troubled health exchange website. Through mid-April, nearly 68,000 were able to sign up, which is a little over one-third of the projected 150,000. State officials are blaming contractors for failing to deliver what they had promised with the website, and it is being replaced with technology being used to power Connecticut's health exchange.