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POLICE SEEKING ROBBER

Area law enforcement officials are looking for a man who robbed the Sunoco Gas Station in the Narrows just before noon yesterday. The robber approached an employee as he was exiting the bathroom, and struck him in the face. The robber took an undetermined amount of cash and fled. The suspect is described as a black male, about 6 feet, one inches in height and of medium build. He was wearing a black sweat jacket and black jogging pants. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Despite efforts from local law enforcement and the Trooper Five helicopter, the suspect was not located.


DAWG HOUSE DESTROYED BY FIRE

The Dawg House, formerly Duncan's Bar and Grill on East Main Street in Frostburg, was destroyed by fire yesterday morning, and the cause has been traced to overloaded wiring on the kitchen appliances. Occupants of the second floor apartments escaped, and there were no injuries. Losses have been placed at $200,000. Fire departments from Allegany, Garrett, and Mineral Counties responded to the 9:00 a.m. call.

PLANT TO CLOSE IN LATE JUNE

Clayburn, Incorporated, about four miles south of Grantsville, will close early next month, idling about 75 employees. Clayburn has been among the largest employers in Garrett County. The company manufactures products used in the steel foundry and architectural brick industries. Garrett County will look to the Western Maryland Consortium to help the employees who will be losing their jobs.


GANSLER COMMENTS ON TAXES, FRACKING

Attorney General Doug Gansler denies he wrote a letter to Govenor Martin O'Malley, criticizing his current budget, and claiming that it contained an unconstitutional provision. For his part, Gansler-who is a candidate for Governor-says he didn't write the letter. On the subject of taxes, Gansler acknowledges that the Maryland tax structure is not competitive for attracting or maintaining businesses in the state. He says the O'Malley administration has had 40 to 50 consecutive tax raises for corporations. Maryland's corporate tax rate is 8.25 per cent, as opposed to Virginia's rate of 6 per cent. This leads to businesses either leaving, who want to leave, or are going to leave Maryland for a more competitive tax rate.

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