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Police Seek Food Lion Robber

Area authorities are still searching for the person who robbed the Food Lion market in Bel Air Friday evening. The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m., as a man displayed a handgun, and demanded money from the register. He then left the store and possibly got into a vehicle and fled the area. This is the second armed robbery in the Bel Air/Cresaptown area, as two others are being sought for taking prescription medication from Steve’s Pharmacy last week. Anyone with information on either crime, or the identity of the subject is asked to contact the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office or the C3I unit.


Keyser CVS Pharmacy Robbed

West Virginia law enforcement authorities are seeking the person who robbed the CVS Pharmacy Saturday night; this is the second robbery of a pharmacy in Keyser within four days. There are few details about this robbery, and Keyser Police say they will provide more information as the investigation continues. It is known the robbery took place around 9:04 p.m., and there are surveillance photographs available. Not only is this the second robbery of a pharmacy in Keyser, it is the fourth robbery in the area in the last several days.


Keyser Memorial Bridge Work on Schedule

The new Keyser Memorial Bridge is on target to open by the end of next year. According to the Mineral News-Tribune, crews are beginning to lay forms between the steel girders that will hold steel reinforcements and the concrete deck itself. The deck concrete will be poured early next spring. During the winter, construction crews will be focusing on other aspects of the project.


Cumberland Man Arrested During Halloween Parade

Forty-nine year old Cumberland resident Gary Claus was arrested during last week’s South Cumberland Halloween parade. He was accused of pouring a chemical cleaner out of a second-floor window of an apartment in the 300-block of Virginia Avenue. It was determined this was a safety concern, and after several attempts to enter the apartment, officers arrested Claus. He was charged with disorderly conduct, and later released pending trial. There were no injuries during the incident.


Man Files Redistricting Suit

A Smithsburg resident has filed suit in U.S. District Court of the redistricting map, approved last week. In the suit, Howard Gorrell contends the map dilutes the voting power of agriculture-related electorates in the 6th Congressional District. The map moves a large portion of Montgomery County into the Western Maryland District; Governor O’Malley says it reflects changing demographics along the Interstate 270 Corridor. The courts must rule on the case by January 11th, the filing deadline for candidates in the April 3rd primary.


Contractor Faces Charges in Somerset County

A roofing contractor has been charged with conspiracy, and theft by deception, after accepting an over $28,000 deposit for work that was not completed at the Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church. Jason Lee Diirner received the down payment in increments from April 25th to July 7th; he had been employed by Specialty Roofing Company of Windber. The company did complete the work for just over $19,000, according to police.


Wounds Found on Body in Jefferson County

The case involving a body found in Jefferson County on Wednesday is now being treated as suspicious, as several wounds have been found on the body. The identity has not been released, but it is known he is a 41-year old white male from Fairfax County, Virginia. The body was found about 300 to 400 yards off Mission Road, and an autopsy will determine the cause and manner of death.

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