PHYSICIAN'S LICENSE SUSPENDED; MED CHI CONSIDERS BACKGROUND CHECKS
The Maryland Physician's Licensing Board, Med Chi, may consider, sooner than later, background checks for physicians applying for a medical license in the state. Actions are being prompted by the late-May indictment of Dr. William Thomas Dando, a physician at the LaVale MedExpress. Dando had previously been convicted of breaking into a woman's home and raping her at gunpoint in Florida in the 1980's; a second female has claimed that Dando molested her at MedExpress. He disclosed on his 1996 Maryland application that he had been previously incarcerated, but did not specify the crime. The Maryland Board of Physicians announced yesterday that Dando's license has been suspended. Maryland is one of 13 states that did not conduct background checks on physicians, as of September, 2013.
FIRE DEPARTMENT MEMBER SENTENCED
Corriganville resident Douglas Kiser-a member and trustee of the fire department there-was sentenced to three years in prison, with 18 months suspended. Kiser had been accused of stealing $5,000 in cash and gift cards from the safe room, and had staged the theft to look like a burglary. When released, Kiser will be placed on supervised probation for two years, and has been ordered to remain off the Corriganville Fire Department's property.
COMMISSIONERS ADOPT $120.3 MILLION BUDGET
The Allegany County Commissioners have adopted an over $120 million operating and capital budget for Fiscal Year 2015; the budget is $525,000 less than last year's budget, and addresses what they call "fiscal realities." The county, as did others across the state, came up short on Highway Revenue User Funds. A statement read by the commissioners noted that the state of Maryland retained a portion of those funds to be used for new mass transit systems in areas other than Allegany County.
DETOUR IN EFFECT, BEGINNING TOMORROW
The Maryland State Highway Administration continues its work below the Interstate 68 Crosstown Bridge, and beginning tomorrow, Salem Street will be closed to traffic for about three months. Salem Street connects Queen City Drive to South Centre Street and the on-ramp to westbound Interstate 68. The I-68 rehabilitation project should be finished early next year.
DELEGATES INTRODUCE COAL LEGISLATION
Mineral County Delegate Gary Howell is among a group of representatives who have introduced legislation ahead of last week's EPA regulations, regarding coal-fired power plant emissions. The Intrastate Coal and Use Act is being introduced, along with an effort to repeal West Virginia's Cap and Trade bill. The feeling among the delegates is that elected officials are in a better position to make decisions for West Virginia than unelected Washington bureaucrats.
COUNTY RESIDENT HAS RESTITUTION HEARING
Allegany County resident Curtis Pietro, formerly of Washington County, received a hearing in the Hub City this week, on charges he embezzled $800,000 from his former employer, Glessner Alarm and Communications. Pietro was the former chief financial officer for the company, who pleaded guilty in 2010 to felony theft scheme charges, as well as forgery and uttering counts. Pietro was not represented by counsel at the hearing, but rather wanted to begin making restitution to the company.
FIVE AREA RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN SEPARATE CASES
Five Keyser residents have been arrested in connection with several breaking and entering and theft cases. Among those taken into custody include Thomas Wright, who was arrested in connection with the burglary of a private residents on Main Street. Others arrested include Amanda Lewis and Jesse Cote; in the same case, Wiley Ford resident Jonathan R. Cook was arrested. And, Cumberland resident Douglas Black was arrested in connection with the alleged theft of newspapers at the Keyser Mall. He is also wanted in Pennsylvania, but that state has declined to extradite him.
OAKLAND RESIDENT COMMEMORATES D-DAY
Today is the 70th anniversary of the invasion of France, or D-Day. Oakland resident George Perrine was one of thirty men selected from over 1200 applicants to return to Normandy Beach for the celebrations commemorating the liberation of France. He and his group is traveling with The Greatest Generation Foundation, based in Denver, Colorado. Brian Williams, of NBC News and a film crew are traveling with the veterans, and will be airing a one-hour special this evening.
BISHOP WALSH TO HOLD ORIENTATION
Bishop Walsh School will hold a special kindergarten orientation on Monday, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Parents and children are invited to visit the classroom to learn about a typical kindergarten day at BW. For more information, contact the school at (301)-724-5360.
INVESTIGATORS WORKING TO IDENTIFY REMAINS
Investigators in Hagerstown are asking for the public's help in identifying skeletal remains found last month in the Marsh Run area. It is known the remains are those of a white male, approximately 6 feet in height. They are turning to the National Crime Information Center for help, and are also running DNA samples in other identification software.
PAPER COMPANY EXPANDING IN WASHINGTON COUNTY
National Golden Tissue of Hagerstown will be expanding next year, and is expected to hire about 120 new employees. Washington County's Commissioners have approved a $300,000 loan for the company, which will enable it to move into a new facility on Longmeadow Road. The space will be needed, as the company plans to open a storefront to sell their line of products to the community at a discounted price.
VETERANS MENTOR MARYLAND KIDS ON EDUCATION, HEALTH
A group of retired military leaders says it's a matter of national security to improve the health and education of children. "Mission: Readiness" is a group of some 400 retired generals, admirals and senior military leaders, including retired Brigadier General Denny Schulstad. Schulstad says one way to reverse the trend and to help get kids moving toward a healthier lifestyle is to promote and support programs that help provide them with safe routes to school.
ACCUSED KILLER HEADED TO ADULT PRISON
Rachel Shoaf, who has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Star City teenager Skylar Neese, will spend her 30-year prison sentence in an adult prison. Ms. Shoaf will turn 18 next Tuesday, but was sent back to a juvenile facility until she turned 18. She will be sent to Lakin Prison for women in Mason County sometime after July 25th; co-defendant Sheila Eddy is already a prisoner there, having pleaded guilty to first degree murder with mercy.