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Police Continue to Investigate Robbery

The Maryland State Police, the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department,  and Frostburg City Police are continuing to investigate the armed robbery of the 7-11 store, along Main Street early yesterday morning. The suspect is described as a white male, about 5’8” or 5’9” tall and wearing a white shirt and blue jeans. The suspect also wore a plastic bag over his head to conceal his identity.  He entered the store around 4 a.m. and fled with an undetermined amount of money.


Another Convenience Store Robbery Reported

Law enforcement authorities are investigating a second armed robbery last night at Billie’s Gas-N-Go in Flintstone. Around 7:30 p.m., two men entered the business and threatened the cashier with a handgun, then left with an undetermined amount of money. Those suspects have not been apprehended, and the investigation is continuing.


Keyser Residents Arrested on Drug Charges

Three Keyser residents have been arrested on drug charges in Frederick County. Their car was pulled over Saturday, for lack of a working rear tag light. After a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs, they found both heroin and cocaine. Taken into custody were 44-year old Joletta Rebovich; 35-year old Celesta Jamison; and, 26-year old Chad Lewis. All are charged with possession of heroin; additionally, Lewis was charged with possession of cocaine.


Woman Pleads Guilty in Infant Death

Moorefield resident Vicki Hawks has pleaded guilty in the death of her infant son last May. She will undergo an evaluation, after which the court could accept the plea, or not. She could be sentenced to life in prison with or without mercy. She was charged with first-degree murder in the case; she reportedly told a co-worker before the baby was born, that the infant would not live very long. She gave birth on May 1st, and the child had been alive about two hours. The body was discovered in a plastic bag outside a residence on Jenkin’s Run Road in Hardy County.


Thirty Workers May Be Affected by Processing Closure

If the United States Postal Service consolidates mail processing operations in Cumberland, up to 30 jobs would be eliminated, and first class mail that now takes a day could take two to three days to be delivered. As proposed, the mail processing operation could be moved to Johnstown. The Postal Service has scheduled a public hearing on the changes for December 19th at 6 p.m. at Fort Hill High School. The public will then have the opportunity to make comments, ask questions and register their feedback, according to the Cumberland Times-News.


Frostburg Man Has Hearing on Assault, Kidnap Charges

Twenty-nine year old Jonathan Bittner is scheduled for a hearing on charges he beat and kidnapped his 71-year old neighbor in a robbery attempt last April 28th. Bittner entered the victim’s home, beat him about the face and head, while demanding cash. He also forced the man into the victim’s car, got behind the wheel, and crashed it on Interstate 68. He fled the scene, and the victim was found by a passerby.


Chamber Hosts Pre-Legislative Breakfast

Three of four members of the Western Maryland delegation to the General Assembly attended yesterday morning’s pre-legislative breakfast at the downtown Cumberland Holiday Inn. In his remarks, Senator George Edwards says that some of the major issues of the upcoming session will be the gas tax, Marcellus Shale legislation, and Plan Maryland, a new land use plan for the state. Delegate Kevin Kelly says that the state may get involved in the “panhandling” issue. And, Delegate LeRoy Myers that while state government debates raising any number of fees, there is little to no discussion on how to streamline government and reduce spending.


Keyser Man Charged with Burglary, Theft

Keyser  resident Joshua Delawder has been arrested on charges of burglary, theft and destruction of property, in connection with the robbery of the Loch Lynn Church of God in October. He is accused of stealing money and damaging church property.


Bedford County Raises Taxes; Hyndman Holds Line

The Bedford Borough Council voted this week to raise property taxes, and to make substantial cuts in a budget that will require drawing from reserves. Meanwhile, Hyndman borough is keeping its property tax rate steady for 2012, even though spending is expected to increase by a few percentage points. Hyndman Council president Stanley Robinson noted that he would not take a look at any tax increases, while the borough still has a surplus in its accounts.


Hagerstown Man Held on $1.2 Million Bond

Fifty-six year old Hagerstown resident Joseph Charles Peer had his bail increased from $650,000 to $1.2 million, following his arrest on charges of child sexual abuse and making child pornography.  He has a preliminary hearing on December 28th. The victim, who is around 12 years old, told investigators that Peer had her perform sexual acts with him over a period of four years, and that he took 50 to 100 photographs of her in the nude, on at least three separate occasions.


Woman Found to be At Fault in Collision

Ninety-year old Carlisle, Pennsylvania resident Dolores Ryan was found to be at fault in a collision early Monday evening on Route 340 in Washington County. Ms. Ryan was eastbound in the westbound lanes of the road, and struck two vehicles, head-on. Thirty-five year old Amy Fowler of Middletown and 42-year old Harper’s Ferry resident Richard Reynolds were taken to the hospital. Ms. Ryan was transported to the hospital for treatment of a serious head injury. All three vehicles were towed from the scene.

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