Canal Place gets $325,000 boost
CUMBERLAND -- The Appalachian Regional Commission gave a $325,000 boost yesterday to Canal Place, a new tourist attraction being developed around Cumberland's western terminus of the C&O; Canal.
The commission, meeting at the National Governors Association summer conference in Boston, tentatively approved the expenditure at the request of Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer.
Administration officials said the money could be available within 60 days. It is to be used to design Canal Parkway, a thoroughfare extending south from Cumberland past the canal and to the area's regional airport across the Potomac River in West Virginia.
House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., an Allegany County Democrat who has been a principal backer of the project, said the commission funds join money already appropriated by the state and federal governments for a project that one day may represent a $200 million public and private investment.
He said the project will eventually include a federal park in Cumberland, a re-watering of the final few miles of the canal, and connections with the region's restored train station and scenic steam-powered railroad.
Laurel man charged with cutting girlfriend
OCEAN CITY -- A Laurel man was charged with attempted first-degree murder after he allegedly slashed the neck of his 21-year-old girlfriend during an argument, police said yesterday.
Officer Barry Neeb of the Ocean City Police Department said that the man met Gloria Stahl of Ephrata, Pa., in her room at the Polynesian Condominiums, 301 N. Boardwalk, early yesterday afternoon.
Friends in the room saw the man holding Ms. Stahl by the neck, intervened and saw that she was bleeding profusely from the neck, police said. The man then allegedly cut Jeff Crawford, 20, of Cleveland on the arm and fled from the room. Two people chased and caught him, Officer Neeb said. Ms. Stahl was flown by helicopter to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where she was treated and released, said nursing supervisor Trena Powell.
Alan R. Sealock Jr., 28, of Laurel was charged with attempted first-degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of assault and battery.