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Garrett County Sheriff’s Department Probes Fatal Hit and Run

The Garrett County Sheriff’s Department is looking for information on a fatal hit and run, between 6 and 6:30 a.m. Thursday. Fifty-two year old Kenneth Wayne Friend was struck and killed when walking along the shoulder of Route 495; he was going to a neighbor’s house to help shovel snow. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Garrett County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact them by calling (301)-334-1911.


Man Robs Steve’s Pharmacy

The third robbery in two days occurred last night at Steve’s Pharmacy in Bel Air Plaza. The suspect is described as a white male, 5 feet, eight inches tall, and wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers sweatshirt. He walked into the pharmacy, armed with a knife, and fled southbound on U.S. Route 220. This is the second time Steve’s Pharmacy has been robbed in three months; earlier this week, both the Frostburg 7-11 Store and Billies Gas-N-Grub in Flintstone were robbed at gunpoint.


Planes Destroyed by Fire At Airport

Indications are that damages, as the result of a fire at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport late Wednesday evening, could exceed a million dollars. The fire swept through at 16-unit hangar at the airport, just before 11 p.m., and destroyed nine airplanes, motorcycles, and other vehicle stored in the single-story multi-hangar building. Eight fire companies responded to the call from the Mineral County Emergency Center. Investigators from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office were on the scene to determine the cause and origin of the fire. There were no injuries.


Devore Named Head of Emergency Services

Richard DeVore  has been permanently named to the position of Director of Emergency Services, effective Monday, December 12th. He has served as Acting Director since July of this past year. The appointment was made during last night’s Allegany County Commissioners’ meeting. DeVore originally served as a dispatcher for Civil Defense, now the 911 Joint Communications Center. He has held a number of key positions during his 26 years serving the citizens of Allegany County. Most recently, he held the position of Emergency Management Division Chief.


Cardin Sponsors Home Heating Legislation

Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin is co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation to provide more help for low income Maryland families in paying their heating bills this winter. The LIHEAP Protection Act would maintain last year’s funding level of $4.7 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Co-sponsors of the bill include U.S. Senator Jack Reid of Rhode Island and Olympia Snow of Maine. Senator Cardin also signed a letter to Senate appropriators, urging continued funding for the Weatherization Assistance Program and State Energy Program, at adequate levels.


New Speedway Promoter Named

Joe Padula, the promoter at Thunder Valley Raceway in Central City, is now the new promoter of the Bedford Speedway. Padula will take over promotion from J.R. Keifer and Jim Maybury, who recently stepped aside, following the track’s 75th anniversary season. The Bedford Speedway is the oldest continuously operating race track in Pennsylvania. The 2012 racing schedule at Bedford is being finalized, and Padula is hoping to coordinate Friday shows at Bedford with Saturday racing at Thunder Valley.


Audit Reveals Payments to Deceased

A state legislative audit says Maryland pay approximately $426,000 in Medicaid to ten people who were, in fact, dead. The audit was released this week, and also found that between January of 2008 and August of 2011, $2.5 million in erroneous payments were made for 323 people who may have already been dead. Auditors matched Social Security death records to the names of people for whom payments were made.

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