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Man Killed in Route 220 Single-Vehicle Crash

Forty-three year old Brian Miller of Bedford died in a single-vehicle crash Sunday evening on Belden Road, near its intersection with Business Route 220. Miller traveled across both lanes of traffic, hit a wooden post, and went over a steep embankment. The car, a 2010 Dodge Challenger, came to rest in the parking lot of Structural Fiberglass, Incorporated. He was not wearing a seatbelt. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the 4:39 p.m. accident.


Police Seek Robbery Suspect

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a young female suspect, who tried to rob the Fair Price Market in Westernport early yesterday morning. The female handed the employee a note, stating she had a gun and the she wanted money from the cash register. The employee refused, and told her to leave the business. She fled on foot, and did not display any type of weapon during the incident. Investigators have reviewed video surveillance and photos of the suspect were obtained. Along with the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department, the C3I unit is also investigating.


Three Keyser Men Rescued from Cave

Three Keyser men were rescued  from the Bone-Norman cave system in Greenbrier County last night. The three-Grant Blaisdell, Jay Pachino, and Matthew Stephens-had intended to return home Sunday evening, after entering the cave system Saturday. Their families became concerned and contacted emergency services. The three had become lost. They were, however, able to walk out of the caves. One of the men’s vehicles was found parked near the cave entrance early yesterday morning, but had been rescued as of about 8 p.m. last night.


Woman Arrested for Assault, Child Abuse

A Cumberland woman was arrested at the Western Maryland Regional Health System, and now faces a number of charges, including child abuse. She and other family members had been arguing over suspicious injuries to a 6-year old child. An investigation, which included members of Allegany County Child Protective Services, resulted in the arrest of 34-year old Courtney Elizabeth Huff. She was charged with child abuse, misdemeanor assault, and disorderly conduct. She was held on $7500 bail at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Family Offers Reward for Return of Pups

Mount Savage residents Jim and Vicky Benjamin are offering a $1,000 reward for the safe return of two, 8-month old German Shepherd puppies that went missing from their Mile Lane property on New Year’s Eve morning. The two dogs, Molly and Rosie, have black muzzles and tan bodies. There have been a few possible sightings, one in the Mount Savage area, and the other in the Washington Street area of Frostburg. Molly has a red collar and Rosie has a blue collar. Anyone with information can call (301)-268-8190 or (301)-268-0639.


Greater Cumberland Committee Holds Membership Meeting

The Greater Cumberland Committee held its membership meeting last week at the Cumberland Country Club. The meeting, which discussed the importance of participating in Mineral County Day and the PACE Reception, featured members of the Western Maryland Delegation, and representatives from Mineral County and the state of West Virginia. Mineral County Day will be held this week in Charleston, while the annual PACE Reception will be held later this month in Annapolis.


Hagerstown Man Arrested for DUI and Auto Theft

Hagerstown resident Benjamin Frederick Nelson was arrested Sunday evening and charged with auto theft, driving under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and other counts. Nelson is accused of stealing a Jaguar Sovreign from the parking lot of a supermarket in Boonsboro; the owners had left it unattended and unlocked with the engine running. Nelson crashed the car and was arrested while walking along U.S. Route 40, near Mill Point Road. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.


Same-Sex Marriage to be Debated

Same-sex marriage legislation will be one of the main pieces of legislation to be considered by the Maryland General Assembly, when it convenes on Wednesday. A same-sex marriage bill was passed in the Senate last year, but taken off the floor of the House, when supporters determined they did not have the votes to pass it. Governor Martin O’Malley is making the issue part of his legislative agenda this year, after largely staying on the sidelines during the 2011 session.


FDA Recalls Pastry Sold in Maryland

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is recalling “Bloch’s Best” rugelach pastry sold in Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey. The company, based in New York, says some of the packaging omitted the presence of eggs as an ingredient, which can be problematic for some people with allergies. One illness has been reported. The pastry is sold in 14-ounce round containers, with a UPC code of “87062500954-8.” The pastry was distributed between November 2nd and December 22nd of last year

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