State Digest


December 16, 2006



Defense jobs sought in business parks

Allegany County hopes to bring defense jobs to business parks in the Cumberland and Frostburg areas, a county official said yesterday.

Economic Development Director Matt Diaz said the Barton Business Park, about eight miles south of Cumberland along U.S. 220, would make a good location for businesses supporting the Allegheny Ballistics Laboratory, a federal weapons lab in nearby Rocket Center, W.Va., operated by Alliant Techsystems Inc.

At the Allegany Business Center, a technology incubator at Frostburg State University, an unidentified company specializing in aircraft and office security is trying to land a defense contract, Diaz said.


Mikulski doubtful on veterans facility

Prospects for establishing the state's second veterans nursing home in Cumberland are dim, says Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat.

Despite Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley's support for such a plan, it might not succeed because the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in St. Mary's County often has vacancies, Mikulski told local elected officials Thursday.

Mayor Lee Fiedler asked federal elected officials this year to help bring such a facility to Cumberland, where hospital consolidation could create a surplus of institutional care space by 2009. A hospital is being built to replace the city's two existing hospitals.

Mikulski said establishing a Veterans Administration operation at either hospital could be a stretch.

"We can guarantee you an effort, but we can't guarantee an outcome," Mikulski said.


Montgomery: Silver Spring

Men invade home of senator's relative

A group of masked men forced their way yesterday into the Silver Spring home of the daughter of Sen. Pete V. Domenici, a New Mexico Republican, causing a nanny to flee and leave a young child unattended, police said.

No one was injured, but a SWAT team came to the home to make sure the intruders had left and the child was safe, said Lucille Baur, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman.

A 42-year-old woman was taking care of the senator's 3-year-old granddaughter and 1-year-old grandson when she heard a noise at the front door. When she went to see who was there, a man wearing a mask grabbed her, and three other masked men pushed inside. It was unclear whether the men were armed.

The woman broke free, grabbed the 3-year-old, ran outside, and called police. The 1-year-old, who was asleep in his bedroom, was inside.

The SWAT team went into the home and found that the intruders had left and the child was unharmed. It was uncertain whether anything was taken from the home.

No arrests had been made by last night.


Frederick County: Frederick

Howard man arrested in killing

A Howard County man charged with killing a Frederick man has been apprehended in York, Pa., the Frederick Police Department said yesterday.

David Allen Chambers, 23, arrested Thursday, is being held in York as a fugitive from Maryland pending an extradition hearing, police said. Chambers is charged with second-degree murder and other offenses in the shooting Nov. 24 of Steffren D. Wilson, 33, who was found fatally wounded in the front seat of a Cadillac about 11 p.m..

He lived in Columbia as recently as April last year, according to court records.


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