Warrant Sweep Conducted
A total of 21 individuals were arrested yesterday morning, and other arrests are pending, in a sweep targeting individuals wanted in the county for a variety of offenses. The charges range from violation of probation to robbery. Participating in the sweep were the Maryland State Police, the Cumberland City Police, the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, Frostburg Police, the C3I Narcotics Task Force, the Allegany County Emergency Operations Center and the C3I unit. Suspects were processed and transported to the Allegany County District Court Commissioners’ Office for their initial appearance and those who were held, were taken to the Allegany County Detention Center, where they will be held until they post bond, or until their next court appearance.
DeVault Has Past History of Robberies
The man who was arrested last Friday after allegedly robbing the Lonaconing branch of First People’s Credit Union had only been out of jail for three weeks, after allegedly holding up the First united Bank and Trust branch in Piedmont. Alexander DeVault had posted bond in connection with the February robbery of the Piedmont bank, and was returned to Mineral County on February 23rd. DeVault had also served time in connection with the July, 2010 robbery of the Midland Firemen’s Club, and the armed robbery of the Oakland branch of First United Bank in 1994. This time, State’s Attorney Michael Twigg is requesting that the court hold DeVault without bond.
Woman Killed in Weekend Accident
Seventy-six year old Springs, Pennsylvania resident Mary Miller was killed in a two-vehicle, head-on collision on Route 51 at Old Oldtown Road. A pickup truck, driven by Paw Paw resident Jason Hiett crossed the roadway while attempting to stop for a vehicle that had pulled off the roadway in front of him, and struck her vehicle around 3:06 p.m. Saturday. Heitt and a passenger in the Miller vehicle, Blaine Miller were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.
BB & T Investigation Continues
The investigation into the armed robbery of the BB & T bank in Fort Ashby is continuing. The suspect entered the bank early Friday afternoon, displayed a handgun and demanded money. He was described as a white male and fled northbound on foot and possible entered a vehicle parked in the Poland Furniture lot. The car was described as a white, four-door sedan, which may have had dealer plates and a neon price across the windshield. The money believed taken from the bank was recovered.
Five Hurt in Snow Tubing Accident
Five people were injured in a snow tubing accident over the weekend at the Wisp Ski Resort, and are recovering. The tube carrying 14 people traveled off one of the downhill tracks and struck a light pole at the Bear Claw Snow Tubing Park. Two of the victims were airlifted to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, while three others were transported there by the Northern Rescue Squad. The Carboard Box Derby was held Saturday and was sponsored by the Deep Creek Lions Club as a fundraiser for the club’s blind skier program.
Woman Charged with Breaking and Entering
A Cumberland woman has been charged with the breaking and entering of a residence in the 600-block of Bedford Street. The victim’s ex-girlfriend, Tracy Malloy, tried to gain entry to the residence by tearing the screen door off the hinges and breaking two window screens. She was arrested and charged with fourth-degree breaking and entering, disorderly conduct and destruction of property. She was taken District Court and later released on her own recognizance.
ACM Hosts Sixth Congressional District Debate
Allegany College of Maryland his hosting a candidates’ forum this Saturday for candidates in Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District. According to campaign spokespersons, all 13 of the candidates, including incumbent Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, plan to be in attendance. The Democratic session will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., while the Republican session will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the ACM Center for Continuing Education.
Missing Child Located
Somerset County authorities have located a missing three-year old girl, nearly an hour after she wandered away from her home. The girl, who is autistic, wandered away from her backyard, and walked nearly three-quarters of a mile from home before she was found. The incident appears to be accidental, but is still under investigation.
Fatal Accident in Hagerstown
A 17-year old Washington County Technical High School student was killed in a single-vehicle accident Sunday on the National Pike, west of Garrow Drive. Seventeen-year old Quinn Alec Hoover died of his injuries at Meritus Medical Center. The crash occurred as Hoover had driven off the right side of the roadway for unknown reasons, and struck a culvert and telephone pole, before his car came to rest on its roof. Hoover had to be extricated from the car, before being taken to the hospital.