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Police Seek “Circle K” Robber


Both the Cumberland City Police and the C3I Unit are seeking a suspect in yesterday morning’s robbery of the Circle K convenience store, formerly Dairy Mart on Oldtown Road. The suspect came into the store, just after 4 a.m., armed with a sharp metal object and demanded money from the clerk. He then forced the clerk to exit the store and walk down an alley adjacent to the store. He forced the clerk to the ground and fled on foot. He is described as a white male, in his early to late 20’s, about 5’5” to 5’6” in height. He was wearing a black, long-sleeved tee shirt, faded blue jeans and a black ski mask to conceal his identity. Law enforcement investigators are reviewing the store’s video surveillance. Anyone with information is asked to contact City Police, the C3I unit, or Crimesolvers.



Gerholt Trial Date Set in Bedford County


The trial of a Bedford County man, accused of shooting his wife to death in a McDonald’s parking lot, will be held in late April. Forty-year old John Gerholt is accused of gunning down his wife in November of 2008. The trial was to have begun next month, but his attorney has been busy with another murder trial. There have been numerous delays in beginning the Gerholt trial.


Sheriff Issues Warning


Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson is issuing a warning to local residents about a scam in the area. A man is knocking on doors, looking for money to tow a disabled vehicle, when in fact he is looking for money to obtain drugs. The Sheriff’s Office has received a number of complaints about the man, who has been identified. Complaints have been received from residents in the Cash Valley Road, Bald Knob and Bedford Road areas.



Shooting Range On Hold in Mineral County


A proposed shooting range, originally planned for Mill Meadow Park is “on hold” for now, following the protest of two residents of the area. Resident Greg Harr had planned the facility at the former tennis courts. Another possibility for a range would be at Larenim Park, and Harr hopes there may be some property owners in that area, who would be willing to lease some of their ground to the Mineral County Sportsmen’s Association.


Bedford May Close Elementary School


A public hearing will be held later this month, to discuss the closure of Hyndman-Londonderry Elementary School. Falling enrollment, along with the opening of the HOPE for Hyndman Charter School has caused the Bedford Area School District to consider closing the elementary school. Currently, the school has about 40 students in grades K through 5, while the HOPE for Hyndman school now has about 340 students.


O’Malley Delivers State of the State Address


Governor Martin O’Malley, in delivering his State of the State address yesterday, called for making difficult decisions to raise taxes to create job growth. He observed that although Maryland is moving out of the recession, the state still has not recovered all of the jobs it lost. O’Malley delivered the address to a joint session of the House of Delegates and State Senate.



Inmates Had Access to Sensitive Information


An audit, released yesterday by the Maryland Department of Legislative Services, revealed that state prison inmates had access to personal information, such as social security numbers, while working for Maryland Correctional Enterprises. Designed to provide work experience for inmates, a computer program was used to redact social security numbers, when claims were entered. However, the program did not redact all of the numbers. The audit period ranged from January of 2009 through July 31st of last year. Maryland Correctional Enterprises notified the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene they could not process the claims any more.



Act Includes Toll Credits


Although it is not a “done deal,” the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act filed this week, would allow the use of toll credits for Appalachian highway projects, such as the completion of Route 219. If the bill, in its present form, becomes law, ground could quickly be broken to finish the project. The bill is expected to go to the House next week, according to United States Representative Bill Shuster.

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