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Suspect Arrested in 7-11 Robbery

Twenty-nine year old Frostburg resident Michael Hanson has been arrested in connection with the robbery of the 7-11 on Main Street early Tuesday  morning. The Frostburg City Police and the C3I unit made the arrest. Hanson is accused of forcibly taking the clerk to the cash register to remove the money. He then fled on foot, with an undetermined amount of cash. Law enforcement authorities say that this case is unrelated to last month’s robbery at the same location. Hanson was arrested at his home and is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.


Delegation Holds Pre-Session Meeting

The Western Maryland Delegation to the General Assembly held its annual pre-legislative meeting last night at Allegany College of Maryland. Among the groups expressing concerns were teachers and personnel, along with members of veterans’ groups. The teachers thanked the legislators for their continued support and asked them to continue fighting for education funding. The veterans groups turned out to lobby for slots for local VFW posts and help for the Cumberland Office of the Maryland Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The General Assembly session begins next week in Annapolis.


Pair Receives Preliminary Hearing in Death of Toddler

A Somerset County couple received a preliminary hearing, in connection to the smothering death of 18-month old Baylee Svenungsen. Her mother, Amanda, and Cody Schartiger have been charged. Ms. Svenungsen has been released from jail for a nominal bail, which is uncommon in a homicide case where bail isn’t an option. Schartiger remains jailed. The child was found dead in her crib in August; at the time she and her mother had been living with Schartiger at his home along Park Street in Ursina, which is in Somerset County.


Man Arrested in Breaking and Entering

Twenty-eight year old Carl Raymond Skidmore was found hiding in a bathtub at a Virginia Avenue residence, after allegedly breaking into the property. The property owner directed Cumberland City Police Officers to a set of footprints that led to an open door in the 300-block of Virginia Avenue. Skidmore was placed into custody, and officers found 9 individually wrapped baggies, containing suspected marijuana. He was charged with possession, possession with intent to distribute and fourth-degree burglary. He was held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Bedford Commissioners Hold First Meeting

The new board of Bedford County Commissioners held their first meeting this week, and-as is tradition-the highest vote recipient, Republican Kirt Morris, was elected as chair. Republican Steve Howsare will serve as vice-chairman and Democrat Paul Crooks will be secretary. While the commissioners follow the previous board’s guidelines on public input, they have agreed to answer questions at meetings, something that the previous board stopped doing, after clashes with the public. The commissioners are also reviewing the budget adopted by the outgoing board, and have until the end of the month to make any changes.


Special Olympics Basketball Getting Underway

The Allegany County Special Olympics will be holding basketball practice Friday at 5:00 p.m. in the gymnasium at Second Baptist Church in Cumberland. Participating athletes will be taught dribbling, shooting, and rebounding skills. They will then be placed on teams for the upcoming season. All participants with all skill levels are welcome to try out for the team. For more information, contact Julian Thomas at (301)-724-1088 or Dottie Turner at (301)-689-5590.


Cold Weather Shelter Drive

GO-106 Radio and the DelFest Foundation are sponsoring a Cold Weather Shelter Drive on Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The goal of the drive, with a drop-off point at Braddock Square,  is to assist homeless people in the community by donating items to the community’s cold weather shelter, located at the Union Rescue Mission. Representatives are accepting cash (with checks payable to the DelFest Foundation), travel-sized toiletry items, baby products, baby formula and diapers and wet wipes.


Concert Planned to Benefit Scholarship Fund

A concert, by local performer Ricky Howsare, will be held at the Fort Hill High School auditorium on February 4th, to benefit the Fort Hill Scholarship Fund. Howsare is the winner of both the 2010 Canal Place “Cumberland’s Got Talent” competition and the 2011 Rising Star talen show in Bedford. The event will be held at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are available through any Fort Hill Scholarship Fund board member, or by visiting the Book Center, D’Atri’s on Columbia Street, Oscar’s Restaurant, Roy Rogers or Fort Hill’s main office.


West Virginia Map Voided

A three-judge panel has announced the current West Virginia redistricting map is unconstitutional, because it does not provide equal representation in each district. The ruling was 2 to 1. West Virginia candidates are scheduled to begin filing for the 2012 elections in less than two weeks, but the ruling could change that. Lawmakers must either redraw the state’s three congressional districts or submit proposed alternative plans.



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