BALTIMORE MAN SENTENCED ON DRUG CHARGES

Baltimore resident John James Howard has been sentenced on drug distribution charges. Howard pleaded guilty in Allegany County Circuit Court to charges of distributing large amounts of heroin and fentanyl in Allegany County, West Virginia, along with Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Howard was sentenced to 55 years in prison, with all but 30 years…

POLICE INVESTIGATE DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY AT PARK

The Cumberland City Police Department is investigating damages done to a public restroom at Constitution Park. The damage was found in the early morning hours of May 8th. Anyone with information about who may be responsible is urged to contact the Cumberland City Police Department at (301)-777-1600. Callers can remain anonymous.  

DUNKIN’ EXPECTING FALL OPENING

The area will see a Dunkin’ Donuts, or now simply “Dunkin,” locate in LaVale by the fall of this year. The chain has firmed up plans and will operate out of the former First People’s Community Federal Credit Union location in LaVale Plaza. The new store will employ 20 to 25 people and be branded…

SOMERSET PHYSICIAN FACES FELONY THEFT CHARGES

Somerset County physician Dr. Philip Basala is facing felony theft charges after a former employee accused him of not depositing funds into her IRA account. The criminal complaint states the woman had been working for the doctor at Georgian Place; she later discovered that the funds, totaling $7,272 had not been deposited into her account.…

JUSTICE CONSIDERING ELIMINATION OF ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice is considering the elimination of the $300 additional weekly unemployment benefit before the September expiration date. Governor Justice says he has had input from employers, who say they can’t fill jobs. He adds that while some people still need the benefits, others do not. Governors in more and more states…

GAS SHOULD BE STORED IN APPROVED CONTAINERS

The Maryland State Fire Marshal says gasoline should be stored in approved containers.  The Colonial Pipeline cyber attack has caused some gas shortages even though the pipeline is back online as of Wednesday.  The State Fire Marshal’s office issued safety tips as some residents were seen filling up Rubbermaid bins and plastic bags with gasoline.…

HOGAN ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF ASIAN-AMERICAN HATE CRIMES GROUP

There are still reports of violent attacks on Asian Americans across Maryland and the country.  Governor Larry Hogan is looking to put a stop to the issue here in Maryland.  He announced the members of the new Asian American Hate Crimes Workgroup.  It will be led by former U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur.  Other members…

REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT DELAYED UNTIL NEXT YEAR

The start date for the Baltimore Street Redevelopment Project won’t get underway until next year. The delay in the $9.7 million project was announced at Tuesday’s meeting of the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation. Groundbreaking will be next spring, as the project must undergo a bid process to select a construction company, once all plans for…

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CORONA RELATED NEWS

LODGING AND ACCOMMODATIONS RELIEF GRANT TO OPEN

The county is accepting applications for the Lodging and Accommodations COVID Relief Grant. It provides grants to qualifying lodging partners in Allegany County, to promote and encourage stabilization within Maryland’s hospitality industry. The county will receive nearly $115,000 in funding. Applications are being accepted today through Wednesday, May 26th. Applications can be found on the…

MARYLAND SURPASSES TEN MILLION COVID TESTS

Maryland is surpassing a new coronavirus response milestone.  The state health department says more than ten-million COVID-19 tests have been administered since the beginning of the pandemic.  Governor Larry Hogan noted the state continues to evolve its testing strategy with the recent expansion of mobile testing.  The health department recommends that even fully-vaccinated people be…

INMATES OFFERED INCENTIVES FOR VACCINATIONS

Some inmates across the state are being offered an incentive for getting the COVID-19 vaccine.  The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has created the program that would offer stuff like snacks and commissary packages for those who get inoculated.  The program has been running for a few weeks now, and officials say that…

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