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Suspect Arrested in Robberies

Law enforcement officials from Allegany and Mineral Counties, along with the Pennsylvania State Police and FBI have made an arrest in a series of bank robberies in a three state area. Forty-nine year old John Allen Talerico is being held on a half-million dollars bond, on connection with the thefts from various banks, including two from the M & T Bank on Industrial Boulevard, one in Osterburg, Pennsylvania and the BB & T bank in Fort Ashby. A tip, from a car dealer in Short Gap provided a tip on a person, who had taken a vehicle that was spotted during the BB & T robbery. Further charges against Talerico, who lives on Meder’s Lane in Cumberland, are pending.

 

CSX Plans to Hire in Maryland

CSX Corporation plans to hire more than 140 employees in Maryland this year. The new employees will be based primarily in Cumberland and Baltimore, will operate trains and maintain tracks, locomotives and rail cars. There are nearly 1400 miles of track to be maintained in the state. Applications are available at the company website. Last year, CSX hired about 4,000 employees, with nearly 350 of those positions in Maryland.

 

Two Arrested at Hospital

Winchester, Virginia resident Tara Hott and Krystal Twigg of Wiley For, were arrested at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center on Saturday. They are accused of disrupting other patients and medical staff members at the hospital. They were told to leave once, but returned a short time later, leading to another disturbance. They were both released, pending trial in Allegany County District Court.

 

Tempers Flare at Piedmont Council Meeting

A crowd which was attending the most recent meeting of the Piedmont Mayor and Council, left the meeting while elected officials argued and pointed fingers over the investigation surrounding the alleged illegal purchase of FEMA trailers by the town in 2009. Council Ray Hall, whose complaint sparked the initial investigation, claimed nothing had been done or discussed about the issue at the time, and accused Mayor Skip Clifford of choosing to, quote, “blow him off.” The consensus was, however, to put the matter behind them, and move on with the business of the city.

 

Woman Arrested for Making False Complaint

Cumberland resident Elnora Virginia Jenkins was charged with making a false statement, following an incident Thursday evening in the 100-block of Paw Paw Way. She had called 911 several times about people in her home, who were guests of another resident. She was unsatisfied that they were not removed by the police, so she called to falsely report a breaking and entering. She was additionally charged with failure to obey a lawful order. She was held on $750 bond.

 

Rawlings Man Arrested for DUI

A Rawlings resident, Robert Wesley Knisley, was arrested after nearly causing an accident on McMullen Highway, and sideswiping another Thursday evening. Knisley was charged with numerous traffic offenses, including DUI, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident. A passing motorist, who witnessed the accident, obtained the vehicle registration, which ultimately led to his arrest. He was taken to District Court for a bond hearing, and was eventually released on his own recognizance.

 

ACM Sets Open House

Allegany College of Maryland will hold an open house on Saturday, April 14th, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Prospective new students can register to win one of six, $500 tuition vouchers for credit study. They will be awarded by random drawing during the day. Prospective students can also learn about the dozens of ACM credit programs in career and transfer areas that prepare graduates for success.

 

Slain Officer’s Family Wants Service Weapon

The family of Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Nicholson, who was killed in the line of duty in 2007 would like to have his service weapon back to place in a permanent memorial. The General Assembly is deciding whether the gun will be in working order or not. It is not clear whether the family will receive the gun in working order. Nicholson was shot and killed in December of 2007 by former Cumberland resident Douglas Pryor. Along with Nicholson, Pryor is serving a life sentence for also killing Alison Munson, with whom he had two children.



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