DOCTOR CHARGED WITH SEX OFFENSES
Fifty-nine year old Dr. William Thomas Dando has been charged with fourth-degree sex offense and unnatural or perverted practice, following a complaint from a patient in April. Dando, a physician at the LaVale MedExpress is accused of sexually assaulting a patient. Following an investigation, the case was presented to the Allegany County Grand Jury. Dando is free on his own recognizance, pending his next court appearance.
NEW TRASH COLLECTION CONTRACTOR, RECYCLING BEGIN JULY 1ST
Trash collection service and recycling with Burgmeier's Hauling of Altoona will begin in Cumberland on July 1st. There will be no changes in service days. A 32-gallon, burgundy-colored trash container, for recycling, along with instructions, will be distributed to each residential unit between now and then. The recycling service is at no additional charge to customers.
MINERAL COUNTY SUFFERS SRIRACHA SETBACK
Even though Mineral County has suffered a setback in its goal of attracting Huy Fong Foods to the area, the group is not completely discouraged. There is a concern that the company that manufactures Sriracha hot sauce would not experience a long enough growing season in Mineral County. Three sites have been chosen to test pepper seedlings for the sauce, including a location run by Potomac State College of West Virginia University.
COMMISSIONERS DEBATE PASSPORT ISSUE
The Mineral County Commissioners want to continue to issue passports in Mineral County, but the circuit court clerk continues to oppose it. Clerk Krista Dixon says her office is already working overtime to keep up with everyday tasks, and is currently short staffed. However, about $4,000 are generated from the issuance of passports, and the commissioners want to resume and continue that service.
POLICE INVESTIGATE HIT AND RUN
Cumberland City Police are investigating a hit and run accident that happened Tuesday afternoon. The victim told police her vehicle was parked in a lot between McDonald's and M & T Bank; the car was hit sometime during the day. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600.
WOMAN NOT CHARGED IN ACCIDENT
Caroline Clark was taken to the hospital, but not charged, following a single-vehicle accident in the 200-block of Centre Street Tuesday afternoon. She had driven off an elevated parking lot onto a courtyard about 15 feet below. She then tried to move forward and the car drifted out of control, and went into a building, through a fence, and over the wall, where it came to rest. She was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
MINERAL CONTRACT WITH DILLY APPROVED
The Mineral County Board of Education has unanimously approved Shawn Dilly as its new superintendent; the appointment will be for a two-year term, with an annual salary of $100,000. The effective date is July 1st, and will be signed by board president Kevin Watson, on behalf of the board, and Dilly, before May 31st.
POTOMAC EDISON TRIMMING TREES TO PREVENT OUTAGES
Potomac Edison will be conducting its tree-trimming program over the next several months in Garrett and Allegany counties, and several West Virginia counties. Todd Meyers, a spokesperson for Potomac Edison, says they conduct the program in a five year cycle in their service area. The company is spending $18 million this year, and to date, has trimmed about 700 miles of trees along the roads. They expect to finish a total of 1900 miles by years' end. If a tree that may endanger service is located on private property, the company will ask permission of the property owner, to cut the tree back, or remove it. Meyers adds that Potomac Edison does its best, but outages can never completely be prevented.
O'MALLEY CREATES PRE-TRIAL COMMISSION
Governor Martin O'Malley has ordered that a panel study pre-trial reform. The state is facing a court-ordered deadline to begin providing defendants in criminal cases with a lawyer at every bail hearing. The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled that having an attorney at the initial bail hearing is a constitutional right; recommendations for reform will be issued to O'Malley by December 1st.
BROWN, HOGAN LEAD MONEY RACE
Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown has about $4.2 million in cash on hand, in advance of the June 24th gubernatorial primary. On the Republican side, Larry Hogan has about $389,200 in cash on hand, in part due to public campaign financing. The latest fundraising reporting period was from January 9th through May 20th.
DEFIBRILLATORS NOW REQUIRED AT POOLS
A new law that took effect this year requires AED's or automated external defibrillators, at swimming pools in the state. All lifeguards now must be trained to use the devices. Costs of AED's range from $1500 to $2,000. The law came about after five year old Connor Freed drowned at a Crofton pool in 2006.
F.D.A. LOOKS TO REGULATE ADDITIONAL TOBACCO PRODUCTS
The Food and Drug Administration is looking to expand its authority to regulate additional tobacco products such as electronic cigarettes water pipe or hookah tobacco and dissolvables. Public comment on the proposed regulatory expansion will be open until July 9th. A spokesperson for the FDA Center for Tobacco Policies says that in West Virginia, for example, smoking rates are way above the normal average, and remains a major health problem.