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FROSTBURG MAN HELD WITHOUT BOND

Frostburg resident Dakota Lee Castro is being held without bond, after an alleged home invasion and assault last weekend at a Frostburg home. He was arrested at a LaVale residence on Wednesday. Castro was charged with felony home invasion and first-degree assault charges. The Frostburg Police arrested Castro, following an investigation that led them to…

MAN HELD ON TWO COUNTS

Cumberland resident Zakkery Sebastian Grady was arrested earlier this week on two bench warrants for violation of probation. As he was being arrested in the vicinity of Fairview Avenue at Pear Street, police found crack cocaine on him. He had previously been convicted of CDS possession and had been sentenced in District Court; in a…

TRESPASSING, ASSAULT CHARGES INCLUDE DRUG COUNTS

A Cumberland man who had originally been charged with trespassing, assault, and other counts, was also charged with drug counts on Wednesday. Gary Ray Bookheimer had allegedly refused to leave a Queen City Drive business; as he was being arrested, police also found suspected methamphetamine and CDS paraphernalia. He was later remanded to the Allegany…

MARYLAND LAWMAKERS HEAR TESTIMONY ON CLOSING DUI LOOPHOLE

Families who have lost loved ones to drunk drivers are calling on lawmakers in Annapolis to close a loophole in the state’s DUI ignition interlock law.  Noah’s Law is named for Montgomery County police officer who was killed by a drunk driver in 2015. The law requires someone convicted of alcohol-related driving offenses to have…

HOGAN LEADS DEMS IN NEW SENATE RACE POLL

A new poll on the Maryland U.S. Senate race shows former Republican Governor Larry Hogan leading two Democratic opponents in hypothetical matchups.  The Ragnar Research Partners poll of 600 likely voters found that Hogan is favored over Congressman David Trone by a margin of 49 to 33-percent with 18-percent undecided. In a matchup with Prince…

MARYLAND JOBLESS CLAIMS FALL

Fewer people are filing for unemployment in Maryland.  The U.S. Labor Department reports an estimated 22-hundred initial jobless claims were filed in Maryland.  That’s down from the revised count of more than 31-hundred for the week ending February 10th.  Nationally, 201-thousand claims were filed last week, a decrease of 12-thousand from the previous week.

MARYLAND ROLLS OUT SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS

Maryland leaders are taking steps to help small businesses throughout the state.  The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is setting aside 10-million-dollars for small business and community development grants.  It’s part of the Project Restore 2.0 and Business Boost grant programs.  Small business owners may start applying for the funds in March.

TRIP ADVISOR NAMES O.C. 10TH BEST BEACH IN UNITED STATES

Ocean City is being named one of the best beaches in the U.S.  TripAdvisor released its World’s Best Beaches for 2024 and Ocean City was ranked tenth-best beach in the country.  The travel website highlighted Ocean City’s family-friendly atmosphere, wide shoreline, availability of lifeguards, plentiful food options and the boardwalk.  The rankings are based on…

MARYLAND REPRESENTATIVE LOOKING FOR YOUTH ARTISTS

One Maryland leader is calling on all young artists.  Congressman Steny Hoyer wants children between the ages of five-and-17 to participate in the Earth Day youth art competition.  Children are urged to get creative about the earth and winners could see their art displayed on an MTA bus.  All submissions will be accepted until March…

PAY RAISE BILL FOR SPECIAL ED TEACHERS, AIDES

A bill in the West Virginia House which would provide a pay increase for special education teachers and their aides is passed by the House Education Committee.  House Bill 4902 would match the salary to the Third Grade Success Act and an additional five-percent increase, and teachers would receive a ten-percent bump in pay.  A…

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