WOMAN HELD ON $500,000 BOND
Twenty-eight year old Jessyca Kimble is being held on $500,000 bond, in connection with the stabbing death of her husband, Edward, late Tuesday afternoon. She is being charged with second-degree murder and related counts, after the two had an argument, which turned physical. Edward Kimble was stabbed in the upper left chest area, and he was pronounced dead at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center early Tuesday evening.
ALLEGANY, GARRETT RECEIVE WATER FUNDING
Allegany County will receive the bulk of funding for water projects, as announced by Maryland United States Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin. Locally, nearly $4 million in loans and $762,000 in grants are being obtained through the U.S. Department of Agriculture rural Development Water and Wastewater Disposal Program. Much of that funding will be used to replace the Wright's Crossing pump station, which is in danger of failing and presents a public health risk. LaVale will receive a loan to install a water tank, and Oakland is being granted $30,000 to help fund the cost of a preliminary engineering report and environmental report to make improvements to its water facilities.
MAPLEHURST AUCTION ON HOLD AGAIN
A planned auction of the Maplehurst Country Club and golf course was canceled yesterday, so that a new loan contract could be finalized. The lien holder, First United Bank and Trust, foreclosed on the club due to two unpaid debts. An auction was canceled last month when an unnamed Frostburg businessman was given time to consider purchasing the mortgage. The club is still open for business.
HOPE REMAINS FOR FROSTBURG CINEMAS
There is hope for re-opening the Frostburg Cinemas 1-2-3, as the former R/C Theatres are trying to affiliate with California-based Movie Heroes. The first thing residents need to do, is to log on to the site at "moviesheroes.com/frostburg," and sign up for a $19.95 per month subscription service. There are other rates for couples and families. Once the theatre re-opens, subscribers could see as many movies as they would like, without additional charges.
MCDA DELAYS AUTOCROSS LETTER
The Mineral County Development Authority has decided to delay sending a letter, supporting the Autocross event at the airport, until legal issues are resolved with the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey has ruled that the airport authority should follow that state's open meetings law, not Maryland law, and that should be included in the by-laws.
FAILURE TO APPEAR WARRANT ISSUED
A Cumberland man, Edgar David Johnson, was arrested on a failure to appear warrant in Allegany County District Court. Johnson allegedly threatened to burn down a property on Altamont Terrace in May of this year. He was taken to District Court and held on $3,000 bond.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL CONVOCATION HELD
The 5th annual Back-to-School Convocation was held this week at Fort Hill High School. The Fort Hill show choir, The Sentinel Sounds, sang the National Anthem; the Fort Hill Marching Band provided the pre-program entertainment. One of the highlights of this years' program featured a memorial tribute video to former ACPS Teacher of the Year, Lee Ann Zlomek, who recently lost her battle with cancer. The winners of the 2014 "You Raise Me Up" awards were Susan Sommers, instructional assistant at Mountain Ridge High School, and Olin Perkins, recently retired physical education teacher at Cash Valley and West Side Elementary Schools.
PENNSYLVANIA TO UPGRADE AIRPORT FACILITIES
The Bedford County airport will benefit from a $3.4 million statewide investment, as announced by Governor Tom Corbett. Bedford will receive $187,500 to expand public parking at the facility. The statewide upgrades will provide more than 8400 jobs at 20 Pennsylvania airports. The state funding comes from the state's jet fuel tzx, and leverages $1.5 million in local matching funds.
COAL MARKET IN PENNSYLVANIA DISCUSSED
The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance recently held a summit in Somerset County to talk about coal production potential, and its future sustainability. The local economy in Somerset could take a huge hit, if the local mines idle for good. PBS Coals has laid off 255 workers since 2012; and, just last year, 134 more were out of work. Coal executives have noted that coal's biggest opponent is the federal government.
BERKELEY SPRINGS MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER
Berkeley Springs, West Virginia resident Wesley Andrew McCoy has been arrested and charged with murder, following the stabbing death of Justin Harold Buell of Great Cacapon. McCoy and his girlfriend had been arguing inside a residence on Route 522; Buell and at least three other mane arrived at the home, where McCoy and Buell began to scuffle. Buell ran, and McCoy chased him, and allegedly stabbed him in the neck. McCoy is being held without bond.
AUDIT FINIDS FAULT WITH STATE MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE
The Maryland Department of Legislative Services Office of Legislative Audits has found that the Office of the State Medical Examiner failed to comply with regulations, requiring competitive bidding in procuring medical supplies. The OCME says it will make the changes, to make sure state rules are followed. The Chief Medical Examiner's Office also says it will conduct an internal audit of all corporate purchasing card expenditures.
BINGE DRINKING REPORT RELEASED
The Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems has found that nearly half of Maryland's college students engaged in binge drinking during the past month. While the study shows Maryland campuses or no better or worse than other colleges, officials are determined to be better. University of Maryland Professor Amelia Arria says existing strategies are being refined as a result of the latest data received.