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Man Guilty of Bank Robbery

A Mineral County jury deliberated for about a half-hour yesterday, before it found Charles Bruffey guilty of robbing the Fort Ashby branch of M & T Bank in December of 2009. Following the verdict, Bruffey’s bail was revoked and he was returned to the Potomac Highlands Jail. He is facing additional charges for robbing the same bank, just eight weeks before the first robbery. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered.

 

Midland Man Arrested in Motor Vehicle Theft

Nineteen-year old Midland resident Shawn Brooks Spiker was arrested Monday, for stealing a motor vehicle from a parking area behind Baltimore Street. Spiker had allegedly tried to steal another car earlier in the day. The Allegany County Sheriff’s Department located him in a wooded area in Westernport. He was then taken to the Cumberland City Police Department for processing. He was held on charges of motor vehicle theft, two counts of destruction of property, and two counts of being a rogue and vagabond. Bail was set at $30,000.

 

Postal Workers Rally in Baltimore

Postal workers from across the state rallied in Baltimore yesterday in support of a bill that could revive the U.S. Postal Service. The legislation would allow the agency access to $21 billion paid into its retirement fund, and allow the agency to become self-sufficient. Currently, the U.S. Postal Service is proposing to cut costs by laying off more than 110,000 workers and possibly closing 42 post offices and four processing facilities in the state.

 

Power Outage Affects Area

Several areas were affected by yesterday morning’s strong storms in the area. The power was disrupted at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Allegany College of Maryland, and even the county’s 911 Emergency Operations Center. Power was restored by late morning.

 

Hunter Won’t Be Charged

A deer hunter, who used his crossbow to kill a bear in Garrett County this month, won’t be charged in the incident. The Maryland Natural Resources Police say the hunter was in a tree, when the sow started to climb into the tree. The bear climbed the tree again, coming within a few feet of the hunter, who was in fear of his life. He shot the female, and immediately called the wildlife office in Cumberland. Evidence found at the scene, near the Will O’ The Wisp, substantiated the hunters’ claim, and he was not charged.

 

Route 220 Work To Be Finished This Week

Improvement work along Business Route 220 at its intersection with the Bedford Grange Hall should be completed this week. The work, which includes widening a turning lane and improved sight distance and a traffic signal cost more than $2.5 million. The work began last November.

 

Former Senator Abandons Lobbyist Plan

Former State Senator Donald Munson of Washington County, whose goal was to join a lobbying firm, has abandoned those plans. Munson, who lost in the primary election against Christopher Shank, had been working on health care issues for Delegate John P. Donoghue, will close his Hagerstown office at the end of the year. However, he says he may run for office again, and hasn’t “ruled anything out.”

 

Robber Shot and Killed in Hostage Situation

A man, who had been wanted in connection with the robbery of the F & M Bank in Chambersburg, was shot and killed Monday, following a hostage situation near the Martinsburg Mall. Michael Silver, who was also wanted in West Virginia and Virginia, took a woman and her child hostage. Police had intercepted the car, and when Silver opened fire, officers fired back. He died at City Hospital in Martinsburg. The identity of the woman and child is not known.

 

Mountain State Tries to Jump-Start Housing Market

The state of West Virginia is offering loans with the lowest interest rate in its history to families with low to medium incomes. The West Virginia Housing Development Fund’s loans are at 3.125 per cent. The development fund’s money comes from selling bonds, borrowing money at an interest rate of about 2 per cent. The fund has about $25 million to loan at the 3.125 per cent rate.

 

Meyersdale Receives $50,000 Technology Grant

The Meyersdale Area School District will be able expand online course offerings, thanks to a $50,000 federal grant. The money will be used to fund professional development, increase course offerings and to purchase additional computers for the high school. Six new online courses were offered this year, and officials would like to add 15 more, including a military history class, sports and literature class and office procedures class.

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