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Police Arrest Suspect in Robbery 

Twenty-nine year old Frostburg resident Michael Hanson has been arrested in connection with the robbery of the 7-11 there early yesterday morning. The Frostburg City Police and the C3I unit made the arrest. Hanson is accused of forcibly making the clerk remove cash from the register. He then fled on foot, with an undetermined amount of cash. Local law enforcement agencies are working to determine if Hanson robbed the same store less than a month ago.

 

Fires Reported in Region

Several fire companies responded to a house fire at 641 Henderson Avenue yesterday afternoon. The fire spread into a wall from a wood burning stove. Units were on the scene for several hours. In Short Gap, a home was destroyed along Route 28 yesterday afternoon. The cause of that fire has been determined to be electrical in nature. There were no injuries in either incident.

 

Accidents Caused By Weather

The Maryland State Police responded to at least eight accidents along Interstate 68 yesterday, as the result of the snowstorm that passed through the area. Troopers from the Hagerstown barrack provided assistance. Interstate 68 was closed down for about two hours. The accidents occurred in the area from Orleans Road to 15 Mile Creek.

 

Hearing Held for Stabbing Suspect

A preliminary hearing was held yesterday for Kendall Lowers of Garrett County, who is accused of stabbing William Sachs of Oakland last November. Probable cause was found in the case, and Lowers remains jailed at the Garrett County Detention Center, in lieu of $250,000 bond. Sachs walked into the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office to report the incident. He was later flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

 

Two Arrested on Bench Warrants

A routine traffic stop early Monday in the vicinity of North Mechanic Street resulted in the arrest of two men on outstanding warrants. The driver, 21-year old Cody Randall Feaster, was found to be driving on a suspended license, and was wanted on an outstanding warrant, charging him with theft and forgery and one charging him with failure to pay court fines. The passenger, 19-year old Matthew Jason Swick was wanted on two bench warrants for violation of probation. He gave officers a false name, resulting in additional charges of giving a false name to avoid apprehension, as well as obstructing and hindering an investigation.

 

Purse Stolen from Oldtown Road Business

A Cumberland woman was arrested for stealing a purse at an Oldtown Road business. The victim reported that the purse had been stored inside the business. Video surveillance led to the arrest of 37-year old Beverly Pendergast. She was charged with misdemeanor theft. She received a District Court hearing and was released on her personal recognizance pending trial.

 

Assistant DA position Filled

Leslie R. Childers-Potts has been appointed to fill the position of First Assistant District Attorney in Bedford County. The position was recently vacated upon the election of Travis Livengood to Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. The Bedford County Commissioners approved the hiring of Ms. Childers-Potts at yesterday’s commissioners’ meeting at an annual salary of $40,000.

 

Claysburg Man Dies in ATV Accident

Claysburg, Pennsylvania resident Gary Knisely was killed late last week while riding an ATV in Kimmel Township. At its intersection with Ben Claar Road, the ATV traveled through the intersection  when it came to rest on the shoulder of Knisely Road. Knisely was found underneath the front end of the vehicle, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Gas Prices Could Hit $5 Per Gallon

One industry analyst believes gas prices could rise to around $5 per gallon, if the political situation in Iran continues to deteriorate. Patrick DeHaan of Baltimoregasprices.com says gas prices are up by almost 7-cents in the last week and showed no signs of decreasing. Prices are up 18-cents a gallon than this time a year ago, and 6-cents higher than a month ago. Prices are reportedly around $3.23 a gallon statewide.

 

Ranger Fatally Shot Had Regional Ties

A National Park Service Ranger, shot to death in Mount Ranier National Park over the weekend, had once worked at the C & O National Historical Park. Ranger Margaret Anderson was killed Sunday, and police have now positively identified the body of a gunman, suspected of killing her. Benjamin Colton Barnes, an Iraq war veteran, had fled to the park, following a shooting near Seattle. The park was evacuated and Barnes’ body was found on Monday. She leaves a husband and two young children.

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