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Penny’s One Stop Robbed

Numerous police agencies are looking for a suspect, who robbed Penny’s One Stop Convenience Store in Bel Air late Saturday night. An unarmed person asked the clerk there for change for a dollar bill. When the clerk opened the register, the suspect reached over the counter and removed an undisclosed amount of money from it. The suspect fled from the area on foot, in the direction of Bel Air Plaza. A search was conducted, utilizing a K-9 unit, but officers were unable to locate the suspect.  The investigation is continuing by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department and the C3I unit.


“Shamrock Shuffle” Results in Calls

The inaugural “Shamrock Shuffle” in Frostburg was held Saturday in Frostburg. During that time, police responded to 92 calls over the 24-hour period, not all related to the event. According to police, there were 11 traffic stops, a trespassing complaint, eight disorderly conduct complaints and 11 underage drinking violations, among others. Chief Royce Douty  noted that there were a number of vehicles parked on Main Street and in business parking lots, which indicated the some people exercised good judgment and left their cars parked.


Reward Offered In Theft Case

CrimeSolvers is offering up to a $1500 reward for information on the theft of several items from a trailer at the new Sheetz store at Nave’s Crossroads. A laser transit, cordless drill and other tools were taken. Callers may remain anonymous and do not have to appear in court. The number for CrimeSolvers is (301)-72204300.


Man Arrested in Assault

A Meyersdale man was arrested over the weekend accused of assaulting a woman along the Cumberland Highway. Duane Dale Huffman is accused of assaulting Tracy Keyser, also of Meyersdale. The Mount Savage ambulance transported her to the hospital, following the alleged incident, early Saturday morning.


Three Face Weapons Charges

The Somerset County men are facing charges in connection to an incident involving stolen weapons. Berlin resident David James Zimmers, along with Matthew Alexander Colflesh and Bradley Wayne Reedy of Somerset are accused of breaking into the Jared Meyers residence in November of last year, and stealing weapons and other items with a total value of over $3,000. The weapons were sold for drugs in Pittsburgh, according to a probable cause affidavit.


Man Charged in Baltimore Avenue Assault

Sixty-year old James Rubeck is being held on $10,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, after allegedly assaulting a family member at a residence on Baltimore Avenue. The victim sustained minor injuries during the incident. Responding to the incident were Cumberland City Police and the Cumberland Fire Department ambulance crew. Rubeck was charged with second-degree assault and  was jailed, following a hearing before a District Court Commissioner.


Health Department Urges Flu Vaccine

In an open letter to the community, Dr. Sue Raver, health officer with the Allegany County Health Department, is urging the public to get a flu vaccination. Flu season is still upon us, and the Health Department will offer flu vaccinations Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Willowbrook Office Complex. No appointment is necessary, and the vaccine will be offered on the main floor in the Physical Health area. Supplies of the vaccine are limited.


Man Arrested for Running Meth Lab

After attempting to flee from officers during a routine traffic stop, a Clear Spring man was arrested and charged with operating a methamphetamine lab at his home. Twenty-five year old Bryan Michael Davis has been wanted since February 6th, and was taken into custody after a car in which he was a passenger, was topped in the 100-block of East Main Street in Hancock. Agents from the Washington County Narcotics Task Force and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raided his home and found numerous items commonly used to manufacture meth.


Senate Approves Income Tax Increase

The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee has approved what is the broadest increase in income tax rates in about 15 years. The plan would boost rates for nearly everyone, including those who make more than $3,000 per year to those earning more than a half-million dollars per year. The bill would also include a plan to begin collecting the state’s sales tax for online purchases. In its present form, the legislation would also increase the wholesale tax on cigars and other tobacco products, equivalent to the tax imposed on cigarettes.


Texting While Driving Illegal in Pennsylvania

Texting while driving is now illegal in Pennsylvania. The fine is $50 for violating the law. The law bans using a wireless device for instant messages, email or other written communication, but drivers can still talk on the phone, while driving. Texting is also considered a primary offense, so police can pull you over for using the device. There were over 10,000 vehicle accidents due to distracted driving in 2010 alone.

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