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Billie’s Gas-N-Grub Robbery Investigated

The Maryland State Police and the C3I unit continue to investigate the armed robbery of Billie’s Gas-N-Grub in Flintstone Tuesday evening. Just before 7:30 p.m., two armed men entered the store, threatened the cashier with a handgun, then fled with money from the cash register. There were no injuries and the suspects have not been apprehended.


Home Heating Program Up in the Air

The Maryland Energy Assistance Program in Western Maryland is in jeopardy this winter, unless the federal government agrees to a final budget decision on benefits or provides those benefits while waiting on the decision. The Cumberland Times-News reports that in Garrett County alone, MEAP provides services to about a quarter of the households there, but they have not been given permission to release any of the money. Community action agencies have about a million dollars in benefits, and is waiting for permission to release the money.


Fees To Rise in City

The Cumberland City Council is looking at raising fees for eight services, in connection to construction projects. The rise in fees includes site plan review, zoning map amendments and Board of Appeals applications. It has been fifteen years since any of the fees have been updated, and some may go up as much as 900 per cent.


County Naming New Emergency Services Director

Allegany County is expected to name a new director of the Department of Emergency Services. Dick DeVore is the acting director of the department, which includes the Animal Shelter and Animal Control, 911 Joint Communications, Emergency Management Division, and the Emergency Medical Services Division.


Man Served with Arrest Warrant

A Cresaptown man has been served with an arrest warrant, charging him with first-degree burglary and misdemeanor theft. Twenty-one year old Antonio Maurice Smith is charged with an incident on November 25th, where he allegedly entered a Fort Cumberland Homes residence. The tenants saw Smith fleeing out the back door. He was taken to District Court, where he was held on $7500 bail.


Bedford Tables Reassessment Bid

The new board of Bedford County Commissioners will be sworn in on December 21st, so the current board voted to table the 2012 property reassessment bid, sending the matter to the new incoming commissioners. The only bid received was from Tyler Technologies, which conducted the 2009 reassessment. Bedford County’s nearly $14.5 million budget is also being revealed, and does not include capital expenditure requests or revenue from housing state inmates, who were withdrawn from the county jail last February with no explanation.


Schurick Guilty on All Counts

Former aide to Governor Robert Ehrlich has been found guilty on all counts for authorizing so-called “robo-calls” on Election Day, 2010. Paul Schurick had been the campaign manager for then-Governor Robert Ehrlich, and had authorized the calls suggesting that Governor Martin O’Malley had won before the polls had actually closed. Schurick’s lawyers say they will appeal the verdict.


State Senator May Consider Run for Congress

Maryland State Senator Nancy Jacobs is forming an exploratory committee, as she considers a run for Congress in the state’s second district. She would challenge Democrat Dutch Ruppersberger. A deciding factor in whether she will run is how much support she will get now that she has announced she is considering a run. She believes she will need to raise around $2 million to run for the seat, and says she has received support and pledges of financial help.


Gun Thefts Reported in Somerset County

Several gun thefts have been reported in Somerset County, between Monday night and Tuesday morning of this week. Two guns were stolen from cars, and another, from a home in Hooversville. There was also a report of a stolen weapon from a car, belonging to a person in Stoystown, which is about 10 to 15 minutes from the Hooversville area. It’s not clear if those thefts are connected.

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