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VASES STOLEN FROM REST LAWN CEMETERY
The Allegany County C3I Unit is investigating the theft of 71 bronze and brass cemetery vases from Rest Lawn Memorial Garden on Cash Valley Road. The thefts occurred last Memorial Day weekend, and anyone with information is asked to contact the C3I unit at (301)-777-0326.

ATTORNEYS APPOINTED TO BOARDS
Attorneys J. Matthew Gilmore and James C. Eberly have been appointed to two county hearing boards. The Allegany County Commissioners appointed them to hear appeals of paper gaming decisions by the Allegany County Gaming office. They also were appointed to the Board of Appeals for Classified Employees, which deals with employee grievances. The appointments were made at last month's meeting at the Oldtown Fire Hall.

KEYSER RELAXES RESIDENCY POLICY FOR OFFICERS
It will now be possible for a resident of Cumberland or Frostburg to be a Keyser City Police Officer. The City Council there has revised its policy to include potential candidates within a 30-mile radius, in all directions, to Keyser. The old policy allowed for officers to be hired from Maryland, but they had to agree to relocate to Mineral County. New hires must now remain on the force for an extended period of time, or provide compensation to the city for training expenses.

MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING HIT AND RUN
Cumberland resident Michael Saunders were arrested for DUI and failing to stop for an unattended property damage accident in South Cumberland Wednesday evening. Officers responded to the 100-block of Blackiston Avenue for a hit and run complaint, and were given a description of the suspect vehicle. The driver was stopped on Maryland Avenue, and failed a series of Standardized Field Sobriety tests. He was charged, and later released, pending trial in District Court.

KEYSER MOVING FIREWORKS LOCATION
The city of Keyser, much like Cumberland, is changing the location of tonight's fireworks...but only slightly. The fireworks there will be set off on the Potomac State College Farm, about two blocks south of the previous location. Keyser's fireworks should get underway somewhere around 9:30 p.m. this evening.

PORTION OF ROUTE 40 TO CLOSE NEXT SATURDAY
Route 40, from New Germany Road to First Street in Grantsville, will be closed for about two hours next Saturday, for the 50th anniversary observance of the B-52 bomber crash there. The memorial service will be held at the B-52 monument at Little Crossings at River Road, about a mile east of the town. For more information on the event, visit, "www.BuzzOneFour.org."

BEDFORD BUSINESS OWNER CHARGED
Bedford business owner Armando Saldana, owner of Salsa's Mexican Grille, is being held on an immigration detainer, after he was charged with assaulting his wife, Sabrina. The incident allegedly occurred last Sunday morning, and Pennsylvania State Police responded at 8 p.m. There was evidence of an assault. Saldana is being charged with simple assault and harassment. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for next Wednesday.

ROUTE 26 RESURFACING BEGINS MONDAY
Work will begin Monday on a project to resurface nearly 11 miles of Route 26, the Clear Ridge Road, in Mann, Soputhhampton and Monroe Townships in Bedford County. Work will consist of milling, shoulder upgrades, paving, and guardrail improvements. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane during working hours, and will be controlled by flaggers. Depending on the weather, the project should be finished by October 15th.

"REVENGE PORN" COULD BRING TWO YEARS IN PRISON
The crime of posting "revenge porn" on the Internet could bring two years in prison and up to a $500 fine. Effective October 1st, the Maryland legislature passed the law during this General Assembly session, "revenge porn" is posting a compromising or sexually-suggestive picture on the Internet, with the intent of harming someone.

RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO FLY FLAG
Marylanders are being encouraged to fly the American flag for the  Fourth of July holiday. U.S. flag code directs that flags on display 24 hours a day, be illuminated at night. Mike Buss with the American Legion National Headquarters says the flag is a symbol of unity that can be honored by all citizens, regardless of their political views. Buss encourages all Americans to fly the flag every day of the year.

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