MAN CHARGED WITH SEX OFFENSES
Richard Alan Blank of LaVale is being charged with eight counts of third-degree sex offense, eight counts of sexual abuse of a minor and related charges. Blank, 43, is accused of an ongoing sexual relationship with a 15-year old female victim. He is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on a half-million dollars bond, pending his next court appearance, and authorities say the investigation is continuing and additional charges are anticipated.
GARRETT COUNTY MAN ARRESTED IN DOMESTIC INCIDENT
Garrett County resident Donald Guy has been arrested, and a female victim was taken to the hospital for treatment, following a domestic assault complaint on the Wilhelm Farm Road. He was charged with first and second-degree assault, malicious destruction of property, resisting arrest and second-degree escape. Guy was arrested at the scene and briefly escaped, before being taken into custody. He is being held without bond.
FROSTBURG ELECTIONS HELD
The city of Frostburg held its municipal election yesterday, and Mayor Robert Flanigan was re-elected with 357 votes of the total 446 cast. Donald Carter will once again serve as Finance Commissioner. Others elected were Walter "Bill" Mackay, as Commissioner of Public Safety; Woody Getz will serve as Commissioner of Public Works; and, Brian Alderton received a total of 354 votes for Commissioner of Water, Parks and Recreation.
BOARD CONSIDERING DRASTIC BUDGET CUTS
The Allegany County Board of Education met for three hours yesterday, to consider $3.4 million in budget cuts, due to a dwindling general fund, and funding below optimum levels. The measures range from not filling vacated positions, cutting student programs, and adding a $25 athletic participation fee to offset rising transportation costs. The Board had asked for a three per cent funding increase from the Allegany County Commissioners; however, the Commissioners did not approve the increase, and cut $313,000 from the Fiscal Year5 2015 budget.
FROSTBURG MAN ARRESTED ON THEFT CHARGES
Frostburg resident Daniel Rhyan Gomer has been charged with eight counts of theft, with two being felony counts. Gomer was identified, through video surveillance, stealing a credit/debit card at the Frostburg Sheetz, then using it to buy $100 worth of gas at the Valero station; he also used the card in an attempt to buy a membership, valued at $119.95, to a private organization. He has confessed to the crime and was released, pending trial.
SOMERSET MAN SAYS SHOOTING WAS AN "ACCIDENT"
Somerset County resident Denver Blough says the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend was an "accident." Doctors delivered the unborn child prematurely, and the baby is now fighting for her life. Blough remains in the Somerset County Jail, accused in the first-degree murder of 23-year old Caressa Kovalcik.
PIEMONT OFFICIALLY ENDS TRASH SERVICE
The city of Piedmont is officially out of the trash business, and residents there will have to make their own arrangements for garbage collection by July 1st. It was pointed out that Piedmont is the only community in Mineral County that has garbage collection, and the costs to continue to operate the garbage truck were "not feasible."
CUMBERLAND MAN ACCUSED OF THEFT, POSSESSION OF CDS
Cumberland resident James Rossell is accused of not only stealing another person's cell phone, but also of CDS possession. He was found walking on Canal Street, but fled toward the bridges that lead to Ridgeley. He was also seen dropping a plastic baggie into Wills Creek. The baggie was recovered. He was charged, received a hearing in District Court, and was later released on personal recognizance.
PENNSYLVANIA MEN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION
McDonald, Pennsylvania residents Thomas Guyaux and Robedrt Corrick were arrested by troopers from the McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police in Friendsville, and charged with marijuana possession and possession of CDS paraphernalia. The truck in which they were riding, was stopped for traffic violations.
ATTORNEY GENERAL COMMENTS ON EPA DIRECTIVE
While Governor Martin O'Malley has praised a new federal plan for reducing pollutants blamed for global warming, West Virginia-to say the least-is not "on board" with the plan, which targets coal-fired power plant carbon dioxide emissions. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey says the ruling, delivered Monday, is very "disturbing," and called it an "unprecedented federal overreach in the state."Attorney General Morrissey says that the federal effort would have a negative effect on jobs, and could lead to skyrocketing electricity bills...and, he says, that's a problem.If adopted, the federal plan for reducing emissions will have a negative effect across the country. He says it will particularly affect states which rely on coal for 50 per cent or more of their energy input.