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Murder Suspect Apprehended in Pennsylvania

Rasshammach Roberts, who had been wanted since September in a fatal Ridgeley shooting, has been apprehended in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania by members of a U.S. marshal Service Fugitive Task Force. Roberts was wanted for the fatal shooting of Ryan Henry, and the shooting of his brother, Richard, who was critically injured. Roberts remains in the custody of Pennsylvania and is awaiting extradition to West Virginia to face the charges. All four suspects related to the shooting have now been apprehended.


Sheriff’s Office Updates Pharmacy Thefts

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office has released pictures of a breaking and entering of the Pharmacare facility on Bedford Road. On February 29th, a suspect used a large rock to break the glass in the front doors of the business to gain entry. A large amount of pain killing medication was taken. Then, again, on March 26th, the pharmacy was entered once again and a large amount of pain killing medications was stolen. The suspect is described as a white male, wearing dark clothing and gloves, covering his face in an attempt to conceal his identity. A second suspect was also believed to be outside of the business in a van, during the time of the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact local law enforcement agencies.


Former Treasurer Awaiting Sentencing

The former treasurer of the Short Gap Volunteer Fire Company, Stephen Wilson, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement and is awaiting sentencing. Wilson entered the plea last week, and he now faces a prison sentence of one to 10 years, and the state of West Virginia will seek the maximum sentence. Wilson is accused of allegedly embezzling over $242,000 from the department. A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered, and Wilson remains free on bond, pending his next court appearance.


Domestic Incident Results in Arrest

Garrett County resident Kenneth Savage is being held in the county detention center on $3,000 bond, following a weekend incident in the 2500-block of Old Frostburg Road. Savage is accused of assaulting his mother’s husband, Gary Jones. Savage allegedly struck him several times, after knocking him to the ground. Jones was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. Savage is charged with one count of first-degree assault, and a count of second-degree assault.


Man Dies in Jump From Bridge

For the third consecutive year, someone has died by leaping from the Clarysville Bridge. The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police are investigating an incident yesterday afternoon, where a man died after reportedly jumping from the bridge. There are no details on the identity of the victim, nor the circumstances surrounding the incident. In 2010, an Owings man died in a jump from the bridge, as did a 58-year old man in January of last year. 9


DHMH Warns Against Use of Baczol

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is warning against the use of an unapproved medicine, called Baczol, which contains an antibiotic that would ordinarily require a prescription and is ineffective against some of the conditions for which it is commonly purchased. This unapproved medicine, which is produced outside of the United States, has been found in a number of convenience stores that serve Latino communities and is marketed specifically for pediatric populations under the names of Baczol, Pediatric Baczol, or Baczol Antigripal.


Band Festival Set for this Week

The annual Allegany County All County Band Festival will be held on Wednesday and Thursday in the auditorium at Fort Hill High School at 7 p.m. each evening. All concerts are free and open to the public. The fifth and sixth grade All County Bands will perform Wednesday, and the junior and senior high schools will perform on Thursday.


Jobless Rate Down in West Virginia

West Virginia’s unemployment rate has been better the last three months, and that is forcing a reduction in extended unemployment benefits for some state residents. The state will reduce the amount of time under extended benefits from 20 weeks to 13 weeks. About 2,000 West Virginia residents could be impacted by the reduction. A three-month, seasonally adjusted unemployment average is at slightly less than 8 per cent.


Texting While Driving Now Illegal in West Virginia

Beginning July 1st, texting while driving will become a primary offense in the state of West Virginia; talking on a cell phone will be considered a secondary offense until July of next year, when it too, will become a primary offense. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin made three stops around the state last week, as he signed the bill into law. That becomes a primary offense in July of next year.

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