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Lonaconing Robbery Suspect Sought

The Maryland State Police and the C3I unit are investigating a robbery early yesterday morning at the Pit-N-Go gas station in Lonaconing. A suspect reached over the counter of the business while the register was opened and removed an undisclosed amount of cash. He then fled on foot, and authorities believe he had a vehicle parked in the area, in which he fled the scene. Video surveillance in the store was reviewed and photos of the suspect were obtained. The investigation is continuing and the scene was processed by the Maryland State Police Crime Lab.


Bus Accident In North End

An Allegany County public school bus was involved in a minor accident yesterday morning in the North End of Cumberland. The bus, en route to Braddock Middle School, was hit by a passenger vehicle running a stop sign. Emergency personnel responded to the scene, and the bus continued onto Braddock Middle School. Two students sustained minor injuries; one student was treated and released from the hospital.


Two Officials Won’t Run for Re-Election

Two officials in Allegany County politics don’t plan to run for re-election this year. Allegany County School Board member Jeff Metz says he doesn’t intend to seek a third term. Cumberland City Council member Mary Beth Pirolozzi says she won’t seek re-election either. The deadline for filing for office in the 2012 Presidential primary is this coming Wednesday at 9 p.m. The Primary Election is set for April 3rd, while the General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6th.


Possible Vehicle ID in Fatal Hit and Run

The Garrett County Sheriff’s Office may have identified the vehicle that struck and killed Kenneth Wayne Friend of Swanton on December 8th along state route 495. Friend was on the way to shovel snow at a neighbor’s residence when he was hit. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sheriff’s Office says they don’t know when to expect results from the analysis of evidence gathered at the scene.


Man Sentenced for Raping Infant

Salisbury resident Rodney Thomas has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years in state prison for raping a 9-month old infant. Thomas had been charged with two counts of rape and one count of aggravated indecent assault. Thomas will be classified as a sexually violent predator, and carries a lifetime address registration requirement. Thomas was also fined $1,000 and credited for 636 days served.


Meyersdale Lays Off  Two Officers

The Meyersdale Borough Council has voted to temporarily lay off two borough policemen for a period of 14 weeks, because of the town’s financial issues. Officers Dave Holler and Matt Wright will be furloughed, effective Monday. Meyersdale also has two part-time officers. The layoffs will save anywhere from $25,000 to $30,000.


Pyles Re-elected President of Mineral County Commission

Cindy Pyles has been elected to a second year as president of the Mineral County Commission. She is entering the lsst year of her second, six-year term as a Mineral County Commissioner. At a special meeting, the commissioners went over a stack of bills the commissioners had not addressed, and handed out committee and agency assignments.


Financial Aid Workshops To Be Held

The Allegany County Public School System will host several financial aid workshops in the near future, including one on Wednesday, January 11th at Allegany High School. Another will be held on Wednesday, January 18th at Mountain Ridge High School. A third will be held at the Career Center on Wednesday, January 25th. In addition to parent-teacher conferences on February 1st, a representative from ACM or FSU will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. in each school’s computer lab to assist with filling out the FAFSA online.


Five Schools Make Kiplinger’s “Best Value” List

Five Maryland schools are among the top 100 values in public colleges and universities, according to Kiplinger’s magazine. They include the University of Maryland, Towson University, Salisbury University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The University of North Carolina ranked the best value overall.


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