Pharmacy Robbed in Bel Air
Police are continuing to look for two suspects who robbed Steve’s Pharmacy in the Bel Air Plaza, then fled on foot. One of the suspects, who displayed a handgun in the waistband of his pants, demanded prescription medication. The other suspect, apparently acting as a lookout, was seen outside the business, Both fled with an unspecified amount of medication. The suspect who robbed the pharmacy is described as a white male in his twenties, 5’10” to 6-feet tall, thin build and short brown hair. He was wearing a blue and white checked flannel shirt, blue jeans, gloves, and a pair of sunglasses to conceal his identity. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police, the C3I unit, or Allegany/Mineral County CrimeSolvers.
Black Bear Hunt Closed
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has closed the 2011 black bear hunting season. It was closed at 9 p.m. last night with hunters reporting 65 bears to mandatory check stations in Western Maryland. Of that number, 59 were taken from Garrett County and 6 from Allegany County.
Sheriff’s Office Investigates Two Accidents
The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office investigated two separate motor vehicle accidents on McMullen Highway on Wednesday. In the first, at 6:48 a.m., Ellerslie resident Scott Simpson hit the back of a car driven by 51-year old Bedford resident Terry Ruby. In the second, Gayle Storer hydroplaned on the wet roadway and hit a car driven by Michelle Westfall of Cumberland. A third car, driven by Krystal Linaweaver hit the rear of the Westfall vehicle. No charges were filed in either accident; Gayle Yost was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Hunters Rescued by DNR, Police
As they were participating in the annual black bear hunt in Western Maryland, Robert and Scott Metheny became disoriented and were rescued by law enforcement authorities and members of the Department of Natural Resources on Monday. The rescue took place in far Western Maryland, near its border with West Virginia. For their part, the Metheneys bagged a black bear, weighing in at over 200 pounds.
Woman Held on $10,000 Bond for Breaking and Entering
A Baltimore Avenue woman was being held on $10,000 bond, after being charged with breaking into another apartment there, and taking a shower. Cumberland City Police had contacted the property management agency, and were told nobody had permission to be in the apartment. As a result, Dawn Marie Quinones was charged with 1st, 3rd, and 4th degree burglary and theft.
State Police Investigate Destruction of Property Case
The Maryland State Police are investigating the destruction of contribution boxes and the theft of items from St. Ambrose Catholic Church off of Winchester Road. The incident occurred sometime between 11 a.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. Tuesday. There was no sign of forced entry. The damage and losses totaled $200, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Cumberland barrack of the Maryland State Police at (301)-729-2101.
Keyser Man Found Guilty of Sexual Assault
Thirty-nine year old Keyser resident Robert Rhodes was found guilty of sexually assaulting six female minors, with over 30 counts of sexual abuse and related charges lodged against him. The trial concluded yesterday, as the jury announced the guilty verdict. Rhodes was taken to the Potomac Highlands Jail, after his bond was revoked. Rhodes could be sentenced to up to 200 years in jail, on the 34 counts of which he was convicted.
Cumberland Schedules Leaf Collections
The city of Cumberland will begin leaf collection on Monday. Residents may bag leaves and place them at the curb on their regular collection days. Beginning on Monday, through November 4th, leaves will be collected on the Upper West Side of Cumberland. From November 7th through the 10th, leaves will be collected on the Lower West Side. Then, over the course of the next several weeks, collection will take place in North End, East Side, Mapleside, and South End.
Mission of Mercy Set for This Weekend
The Western Maryland Mission of Mercy, providing free dental care for Allegany County residents, is this weekend at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. More than one hundred had pre-registered for the clinic, with more than 50 dentists set up for the event. Doors open at 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday. If certain procedures cannot be done at the Mission of Mercy clinic, patients will be given advice on what can be done. Also, X-rays will be done during the clinic.
TGCC Presents “Truth and Challenges” with Marcellus Shale
Members of the Greater Cumberland Committee will be presented with the most current information about environmental impacts and land issues in conjunction with harvesting for Marcellus Shale throughout the region. The presentation will take place on Thursday, November 3rd. The guest speaker will be Tejas Gosai of KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh. Gosai hosts the “Marcellus Shale and You” weekend talk show.
Body Found in Jefferson County
The body of a 41-year old white male, reportedly from Fairfax County, Virginia was found in a wooded area of Mission Road in Jefferson County on Wednesday. The body was found by a man, walking his dog, who then contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Little information is being released. The investigation is ongoing, and authorities have not said if it is a suicide.