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Police Search For Robbery Suspect

Cumberland City Police and other law enforcement units are investigating a robbery around 10:34 a.m. at the M & T Bank on Industrial Boulevard in South Cumberland Wednesday morning. This is the second robbery at the M & T Bank since March 11th. The suspect is described as a heavy-set white man, wearing a black hat, blue shorts and a gray tee-shirt. A black handgun was reportedly used in the robbery, and police believe this is the same suspect that robbed the bank earlier this year. The Maryland State Police Trooper Five helicopter and a K-9 unit were also utilized in the search for the suspect. As a precaution, the Allegany County Board of Education ordered a lock-in or Fort Hill, Washington Middle School, South Penn and John Humbird schools.


Man, Woman Treated Following Accident in Hyndman

Thirty-seven year old Cumberland resident Jason Bender and an unidentified 21-year old woman were treated at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, after Pennsylvania State Police  stopped them for speeding Monday evening. Both were found to have suffered major injuries. Bender told police he had crashed and was on his way to the hospital in Cumberland for medical treatment. It was also noted that Bender did not have a valid drivers’ license and was allegedly intoxicated. A legal blood draw was performed as part of the investigation.


Marijuana Recovered After Traffic Stop

Three people were arrested following a traffic stop on Industrial Boulevard Sunday evening, and charged with possession of marijuana. Forty-four year old Peggy Williams and 19-year old Andrew Cook of Cumberland, along with 22-year old Ridgeley resident Tyler Hoover were taken into custody. Following a hearing in Allegany County District Court, all three were released on personal recognizance.


Potomac Edison Schedules Service Interruption

Potomac Edison is scheduling a planned service interruption this Sunday from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.; the rain date is Sunday, September 25th at the same time. The outage encompasses a large area of Baker, Mathias and Rio. It will take place in the vicinity of Route 259, including Branch Mountain. Another area affected will be Route 55, to Camp Pinnacle.


PVTA Restructuring Schedule

The Potomac Valley Transit Authority is restructuring its schedule between Romney and Cumberland. Effective October 31st, the service will only operate between the two points on Thursdays. The PVTA has recently introduced a reservation-based demand response transportation service, called “Romney Ready Ride.”


ACM To Host College Night

Allegany College of Maryland will once again host the Annual Tri-State College Night on Tuesday, October 11th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the gymnasium. This is the 44th year for the event, sponsored by the Allegany County Guidance Counselors’ Association, strives to help high school students make educated decisions about post-secondary plans. Numerous colleges, universities and technical schools will participate. For more information on the 44th Annual Tri-State College Night, contact Beth Nightengale at Allegany College of Maryland via e-mail at


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