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December 17, 2001
An 82-year-old Allegany County man was fatally struck by a car early yesterday as he walked along railroad tracks in his hometown of Westernport, state police reported. Police said the victim, Marvin Zais Sr., was struck at a rail crossing on Route 36 by a southbound Oldsmobile Cutlass driven by Richard Davis, 40, of LaVale. Zais stepped in front of the car, police said.
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HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
The Maryland Board of Physicians upheld on Thursday its decision to suspend Dr. William Dando's medical license based on his indictment in Allegany County for an alleged sexual assault. Dando appeared before the board Wednesday and was given the chance to argue why the suspension, issued June 5, should be lifted. A presentation from Dando and his lawyer did not dissuade the board that "there exists a substantial risk of serious harm to the public health, safety or welfare in Dr. Dando's continued practice," acting board Executive Director Christine Farrelly wrote in a letter posted to the board website Thursday.
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NEWS
By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Western Maryland Bureau of The Sun | November 23, 1994
LONACONING -- Despite rain this week, a water shortage looms for about 5,500 residents in the coal-mining region of western Allegany County, county officials said yesterday.Wally Finster, director of environmental health at the county Health Department, said a months-long drought has lowered reservoir and ground water levels in the Georges Creek Valley, prompting bans on outdoor water use and laundry in some communities.Lonaconing is by far the most populous area threatened. Many )) of the 500 or so people in most danger of losing water live in remote areas of the mountainous region.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
If patients in Maryland want to learn about complaints or concerns about their doctors, there is little that can be made public under state law. But that's not the case in all states. Complaints made to medical licensing boards are made public in nine states, according to the Federation of State Medical Boards. Here and in most of the rest of the country, complaints are kept confidential. The Maryland Board of Physicians makes allegations public only when it has taken action to discipline a doctor.
NEWS
By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1998
Saying that Allegany County residents need "immediate relief," Gov. Parris N. Glendening declared a state of emergency there yesterday because of severe drought conditions that have led to a water supply crisis throughout much of the Western Maryland subdivision.Authorities report that the water shortage is most severe in the Georges Creek and Mount Savage watershed, with the last significant rainfall -- 1.5 inches -- occurring in mid-September.ZTC Virtually no rain fell west of Cumberland in November.
NEWS
By David L. Greene and David L. Greene,SUN STAFF | October 29, 2000
Jodie Goldsworthy Gordon, president of the Allegany County school board, was charged with driving while intoxicated and negligent driving Thursday evening in Cumberland after driving her pickup truck into a concrete bridge with her friend's 11-year-old daughter in the passenger's seat, police said. Gordon, who is up for re-election Nov. 7, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said last night. The passenger, whose name was withheld because she is a juvenile, was picked up at the scene by her father.
NEWS
By Alice Lukens and Alice Lukens,SUN STAFF | July 13, 2001
WESTERNPORT - If Wisha Guinn follows in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother, she'll live in rural Western Maryland her whole life, have a baby in her teens and forgo prescription medicine so she can spend the money on food instead. She might find a job, but she'll be lucky if she receives good benefits. And she will have will little or no chance to set anything aside for retirement. Six-year-old Wisha lives in rural Allegany County, where nearly 50 percent of the children, like her, qualify for free and reduced-price lunches in school.
NEWS
By Joel McCord and Joel McCord,SUN STAFF | November 9, 2001
WESTERNPORT - As firefighters mopped up the remains of a wind-driven brush fire that scorched the steep slopes southeast of this Western Maryland hamlet for two days, another broke out yesterday about 25 miles away, near Corriganville. The second blaze - like the first stoked by dry leaves and grasses that have received little more than a sprinkling of rain in the past month - was burning out of control over 55 acres of steeply wooded terrain, said Dick Devore, the acting emergency management director for Allegany County.
NEWS
May 7, 1996
HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS when gambling gets its tentacles around a community: The local prosecutor refuses to crack down on those who are breaking the law for fear of political retribution.This isn't hypothetical. It is reality in Maryland's Allegany County. Illegal slot machines are all over the place in bars, restaurants and fraternal clubs, with illegal payoffs of $10 to $300. And what is the top prosecutor's reaction? "It would be sending all the wrong messages" to go after violators, says Lawrence V. Kelly, the county's elected state's attorney.
NEWS
October 12, 2000
FIRST, DO NO HARM." This instruction from the Hippocratic oath should also guide the Maryland Racing Commission as it steps into the minefield of granting a racetrack license in Western Maryland's Allegany County. The commission's prime duty is to encourage and support the state's racing industry, a tremendous generator of jobs and revenue for the Maryland economy. But a new track could threaten the health of existing ones, including Pimlico. Ironically, it also could help Maryland's prime racing rival at Delaware Park.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
The practitioner of a now-closed Catonsville laser surgery center who was convicted of raping a woman at gunpoint in 1987 was indicted by an Allegany County grand jury last week for sexually assaulting a patient behind locked doors. Dr. William Thomas Dando, 59, faces two charges related to the alleged incident April 6 at MedExpress Urgent Care Center in LaVale, just west of Cumberland. The victim, a 41-year-old woman, told the Allegany County sheriff's office that after a nurse left the exam room, the doctor locked a door and assaulted her. Dando was released and is scheduled to appear in court next month, under an indictment filed May 23. He could not be reached for comment.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
An Allegany County jury has convicted an inmate at Western Correctional Institution in the fatal beating of his cellmate. Corgiss Ross, 45, was found guilty in the November 2012 murder of Malcolm Jerrod "Rod" Pridget, a prosecutor said Monday. Pridget was taken from the maximum-security Cumberland prison to a local hospital and then to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he died of his injuries. Pridget, 19, was serving concurrent 18-month sentences on a drug conviction and probation violation.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
Robert Joseph Shockley, a former Loch Raven Elementary School principal, died of cancer Jan. 13 at Metropolitan Hospital in Miami. The former Towson resident was 92. Born in Greensboro in Caroline County, he was the son of William Harvey Shockley, who operated a milk route, and Margaret Shockley, a teacher. Raised in Cumberland, he was a 1938 graduate of Fort Hill High School and earned a bachelor's degree at what is now Frostburg State University. Dr. Shockley served in the Army's Signal Corps and Air Forces during World War II and was assigned to Japan and the Philippines.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Two Baltimore-area schools, Western School of Technology and Environmental Science in Baltimore County and Linthicum Elementary in Anne Arundel County, were among the six named state Blue Ribbon winners on Wednesday. The designation, which is given by the state Department of Education to the highest-performing schools as well as those with a high percentage of minority and disadvantaged students who beat the odds and perform well, carries significant prestige. The six schools can now apply to become National Blue Ribbon Schools.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2013
Revenue at the state's casinos climbed to nearly $69.2 million in May, the first full month of table games at Maryland Live Casino as well as the initial days of the state's newest casino in Allegany County, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency reported Wednesday. Revenue at Maryland Live in Anne Arundel County, which celebrates its one-year anniversary Thursday, totaled $55 million in May for its 4,319 slot machines and 122 table games. The latter were introduced April 11, and officials accurately predicted they would raise the facility's revenues by more than 20 percent.
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2012
The day after Christmas morning commutes are flowing smoothly with just one traffic incident reported throughout the greater Baltimore metro area. A disabled car was affecting traffic on the Interstate 695 outer loop just before the Jones Falls Expressway in Baltimore County but it was cleared up by 8:45 a.m., the Maryland Department of Transportation reported. The Maryland State Police declared precautionary "snow emergencies" for Allegany and Garrett counties at 8:15 a.m. Once a snow emergency is declared, state law requires that drivers take certain precautions including no parking on roads and streets designated as snow emergency routes and the required use of chains or snow tires, which includes all-weather tires, the Maryland State Highway Administration website said.
NEWS
BY A Sun Reporter | June 1, 2007
The state planning department announced today that it will join with opponents seeking to block a 4,300-home planned community near a state forest in eastern Allegany County. Maryland Planning Secretary Richard E. Hall said his department will file a brief in the case, now on appeal before the state's high court. The lawsuit seeks a review of whether local officials acted properly in approving the project, called Terrapin Run, in a rural and environmentally sensitive area that is adjacent to Green Ridge State Forest.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2013
Revenue at the state's casinos climbed to nearly $69.2 million in May, the first full month of table games at Maryland Live Casino as well as the initial days of the state's newest casino in Allegany County, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency reported Wednesday. Revenue at Maryland Live in Anne Arundel County, which celebrates its one-year anniversary Thursday, totaled $55 million in May for its 4,319 slot machines and 122 table games. The latter were introduced April 11, and officials accurately predicted they would raise the facility's revenues by more than 20 percent.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan and Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2012
More than 2 feet of snow fell in parts of Garrett and Allegany counties as the remnants of Hurricane Sandy collided with a cold front backed by polar air, closing east- and westbound sections of Interstate 68 in Western Maryland until late Tuesday morning. John Darnley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Pittsburgh office, said disruptions to telephone service were hampering efforts to put together a complete picture of the snowfall. But in Oakland, at 2,500 feet above sea level, the service measured 24 inches, with more coming down Tuesday evening.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2012
Frostburg and the mountains of western Allegany County are under a freeze warning Monday night into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. It is one of Maryland's first freezes of the season, as the coming winter cold marches east and into gradually lower elevations. The timing is just about right on schedule. Temperatures are expected to reach 30-32 degrees overnight along a slice of Allegany County and the West Virginia panhandle. They won't be the first freezing temperatures seen in Maryland so far this season. Garrett County Airport hit 32 degrees early Monday morning and has barely risen warmer than that, at 36 degrees as of 2 p.m. According to a Utah State University database of frost and freeze dates, the cold temperatures are arriving more or less on time.
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