Cecil Co Exec Pulls ‘Nuisance’ Property Bill as Landlords Object; McCarthy Calls Poorly Drafted Bill an ‘Embarrassment’

March 23, 2017

Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy has withdrawn a proposed “criminal nuisance” ordinance, aimed at cleaning up run-down properties and removing criminal tenants in some communities, after landlords highlighted flaws in the bill and potential conflicts with state landlord-tenant law during a public hearing. But McCarthy said a key factor in his decision was the...
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McCarthy Pushes New I-95 Exit to Aid Biz Development, Reinstates Rail Priorities; Puts Moore Bus ‘Hub’ in Back Seat

March 22, 2017

Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy wants a new Interstate 95 interchange to serve new businesses coming to the Principio business park and has reinstated commuter rail expansion in Cecil County as top priorities, in contrast to a puzzling push last year by former county executive Tari Moore to make a bus garage and pie-in-the-sky...
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Cecil County Chicken War: McCarthy Boosts Buffers; Councilor Patchell Urges Zoning Review, with Farm Rights Respect

March 7, 2017

NEWS ANALYSIS Which came first: the chicken or the executive order? After months of loud citizens versus farmers feuding over the future of large chicken farms in Cecil County with no clear resolution in sight, there are now some menu alternatives on the county government’s plate: a largely symbolic “executive order” proposed by County...
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CECIL CHATTER: County Council Considers Crime Cluster Crackdown; Ready for Their Close-ups; Barn Brides Brouhaha

February 22, 2017

“CRIMINAL NUISANCE” PROPERTIES FACE COUNTY CRACKDOWN For years, Cecil County government, law enforcement and neighbors have been trying to clean up run-down properties, especially in trailer parks, that have become home to drug dealing and criminal activity. Now the county government is looking to crack down on absentee landlords with proposed legislation that could...
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Rollins Gets Probation, Fine, Psych Review for Sex Charge Convictions; No Restitution to Taxpayers?

February 14, 2017

COMMENTARY Cecil County State’s Attorney Edward D.E. “Ellis” Rollins III was sentenced to probation, a fine, community service and a mandatory psychological evaluation on Tuesday (2/14/2017) for his conviction on charges of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct in a sex-related case. But Cecil County taxpayers have yet to get justice for the salary and...
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Rollins Resigns as Cecil County State’s Attorney, After Conviction on Sex-Related Charges; Kept Collecting Salary for Months

February 13, 2017

Edward D.E. “Ellis” Rollins III has resigned as Cecil County State’s Attorney, after clinging to his job and its nearly $150,000 taxpayer-paid salary and benefits for months after he was charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct stemming from alleged sex-related incidents in Ocean City. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday 2/14/2017...
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Cecil County Shows Big Gain in Health Insurance Coverage; State Faces Rising Costs Even Before Expected Trump Health Law Repeal

February 9, 2017

A CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT About 96 percent of Cecil County residents are now covered by health insurance, a substantial gain since the federal Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014. But uncertainty over the fate of the federal law, which the Trump administration has vowed to repeal, poses fiscal concerns for the Maryland...
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Cecil County Sheriff: 9 Drug Deaths in a Month, Lethal Strain Feared; Indian Acres Fight Flares

February 2, 2017

CECILTON—In just the first month of the new year, there have been nine fatal drug overdoses in Cecil County, amid concerns that new strains of deadly fentanyl is being mixed with heroin to create a serious new threat, Sheriff Scott Adams told a community “town hall” meeting in Cecilton Wednesday evening. (2/1/2017) “We’re really...
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Gov. Hogan Proposes $4million Drug Abuse Program, New Treatment Clinic Opens in Cecil County; Trump Health Plan Changes Could Limit Coverage

January 24, 2017

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan proposed an anti-drug initiative Tuesday 1/24/2017 that would boost spending by $4 million on treatment and monitoring programs, along with tougher laws aimed at drug traffickers and over-prescribing of opioids by physicians. At the same time, a new out-patient detox and treatment center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in conjunction with...
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COMMENTARY: Trump Plays Politics with Dead CIA Heroes, Anonymous Wall Stars

January 21, 2017

COMMENTARY There are no words to express the appropriate level of shock and revulsion at new President Donald Trump’s Saturday (1/21/17) appearance and speech, using the hallowed ground of the CIA’s tribute wall to the anonymous heroes who sacrificed their lives in service to the nation, as a political prop to launch yet another...
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Cecil County Economy: Two Employers Contrasts, Florklifters vs. Skilled Tech Jobs; Store Cashiers Top Future Job Growth

January 20, 2017

NEWS ANALYSIS Cecil County had some good economic development news this week, for a change, with the formal announcement of 700 jobs with online retailer Amazon coming to a mega-warehouse near Perryville. But enthusiasm should be tempered with a dose of economic reality on the shortcomings of the local workforce and the paucity of...
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Amazon to Open Huge Warehouse in Principio Park; 700 Jobs Expected in Cecil County

January 14, 2017

“Alexa, bring 700 jobs to Cecil County, ASAP.”—Cecil County government “Of course. My Pleasure.”—Amazon Echo’s “Alexa” virtual assistant Online retailer Amazon will open a $90 million mega-warehouse, employing up to 700 full-time workers, in the Principio Business Park off Route 40 near Perryville. State loan/grants of over $1.2 million and a Cecil County government...
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Cecil County Crime Stats Drop in 2015, but Drug OD Deaths Still High in 2016

January 8, 2017

Major crimes in Cecil County declined significantly in 2015, according to new data submitted to state and federal authorities, but the number of murders increased and separate health reports showed drug overdose deaths continued to be a serious problem in the county for most of 2016. The Maryland State Police compiled data from its...
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Cecil County State’s Attorney Rollins Clings to Job, Files for New Trial on Sex Case Convictions; Court Record Raises Questions

January 3, 2017

NEWS ANAYLSIS Cecil County State’s Attorney Edward D.E. “Ellis” Rollins III has filed a motion for a new trial after his jury conviction on two sexual misconduct-related charges– thus prolonging the taxpayer-funded agony and embarrassment of having to continue to pay a salary and benefits to a disgraced prosecutor who hasn’t appeared in Cecil...
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Property Values Rise 6% in New State Assessments; Some Help for Cecil County Budget, Home Sellers

January 2, 2017

Cecil County home and business property values rose by a combined rate of about 6 percent in new state property tax assessments in northern areas of the county in 2016, providing some welcome news for homeowners looking to sell their houses as well as a potential boost in revenues to the Cecil County government...
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ALAN McCARTHY for COUNTY EXEC

*THANK YOU, CECIL COUNTY VOTERS!

* I am grateful for your support and I heard your voices on issues that concern you. I will work hard to create jobs, expand economic development, back our law enforcement officers in the fight against crime and drugs, and support strong schools..

*We will work together to make Cecil County "The Best It Can Be."

(Auth: Friends of Alan McCarthy, Roger Owens, Treas.)

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