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Ellerslie Robbery Suspect Sought

The Maryland State Police and C3I unit are on the lookout for a female suspect, who tried to rob Mr. T’s market in Ellerslie Sunday night. A woman wearing a mask and all dark clothing displayed a handgun; a customer entered the store and tried to intervene, causing her to run from the store in an unknown direction. A search of the immediate Ellerslie area and a wooded area outside residential neighborhoods was conducted on the ground and in the air. The C3I unit is continuing to investigate.


Sheriff Seeking Breaking and Entering Suspect

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a suspect who entered a Douglas Avenue home in Lonaconing, and assaulted a woman inside her residence Sunday night. The victim described her attacker as a black male, with a dark hoodie, and dark jeans. He was in her bathroom when she entered the residence; he then allegedly assaulted her and ran out the back door of the house. A search, with the help of K-9 units and the Medivac helicopter, was unsuccessful. Home owners in the area say he may have been in the area over a two-hour period. He may also have left in a dark-colored Jeep. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (301)-777-1585.


Panhandling Bill Effective June 1st

A bill designed to impose tighter controls on panhandlers has been signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley, and will become effective June 1st. The bill, sponsored by the Allegany County Delegation, passed both the House and Senate. The legislation allows Allegany County to begin a permit program for roadside solicitations, and can be issued for one calendar day per year.


Two Vehicle Accident in Lonaconing

A Barton woman is facing charges as the result of a two car accident on Route 36 in Lonaconing in the area of Jeff’s Tire. Twenty-seven year old Tarah Leigh Fazenbaker crossed the center line of the road and struck another vehicle, driven by 51-year old Thomas Jeff Reed of Frostburg. An Allegany County Sheriff’s deputy was following the Fazenbaker vehicle, and witnessed the accident. The road was closed for about 45 minutes. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.


Woman Pleads Guilty to Arson

Kelly Bradley, co-owner and manager of the Polish Pines restaurant, has pleaded guilty to second-degree arson in connection with the blaze that destroyed the restaurant and two other businesses in Keyser. Ms. Bradley entered an Alford plea, and a co-defendant, April Graham is still awaiting trial. Ms. Bradley’s trial was to have begun later this month, and the plea was entered during scheduled pre-trial motions yesterday.


Man Arrested on Assault Charge

A Whiteford, Maryland man was released on personal recognizance, following an assault incident early Sunday morning in the 100-block of South Centre Street. Twenty-seven year old William Joseph Rafferty was allegedly on top of another person, striking him in the head with his fist. He was also charged with disorderly conduct.


Mount Savage Principal Receives Honor

Mount Savage Elementary School Principal Gary Llewellyn has been selected as  the 2012 Maryland National Distinguished Principal. A surprise assembly was held yesterday at the school. The program recognizes excellence in elementary and middle-school level leaders who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character and climate for the students, families and staffs of their schools.


Gibralter To Stay at FSU

Frostburg State University President Dr. Jonathan Gibralter is staying at the school. He had been a finalist in presidential searches at both Northern Kentucky University and University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. He has withdrawn his name from contention. In a statement, Dr. Gibralter said that while he was honored to be considered for the positions, now would not be a good time to leave Frostburg State University.


Author Visits Cumberland

Author Jim Hollock was the guest speaker at the LaVale Book Club meeting this past weekend. Hollock is the author of “Born To Lose,” the story of Stanley Hoss. Hollock recounted the tale of Hoss, who kidnapped Linda Mae Peugot and her daughter Lori from the-then King’s Department Store along National Highway.  Their bodies have never been found, and Hoss hanged himself several years after the crime at a penitentiary in Pennsylvania. On hand for the presentation were former Judge James S. Getty and former County Investigator Bill Baker, who were both directly involved in the Peugot kidnapping case.


 Inmate Receives Additional Sentence

An inmate at the State Correctional Institution in Fayette County was sentenced to 33-1/2 to 70 years, after being convicted of rape and other related charges. Lark Allen Ramsey was convicted of raping a nursing assistant in June of 2008, while he was a prisoner at the State Correctional Institution-Laurel Highlands. He was also ordered to pay fines, a DNA testing fee and restitution to the district attorney’s office.


Woman Declared Dead

A woman who was found hanging in a cell at the Washington County Detention Center has been declared dead. An autopsy was performed this past weekend on the body of Kristy Dawn Jenkins who was arrested last week for a violation of probation. She allegedly stole a $1300 guitar last year and pawned it for $50.00. An internal investigation at the facility is underway.


Special Session Could Cost Taxpayers

A special session of the Maryland General Assembly could cost taxpayers more than $20,000 per day. The daily costs include lodging, meals and mileage for lawmakers, as well as staff time, postage and printing charges. While the most recent special session on redistricting lasted only four days, the 2007 special session spanned 17 different days.


Court of Appeals to Decide on Dream Act

The Maryland Court of Appeals will decide if the so-called “Dream Act” will be on the ballot this fall. A group, known as CASA de Maryland, is appealing a judge’s decision to allow the referendum on the 2010 law. Arguments have been scheduled for June 12th on the issue. The measure provides college tuition discounts to certain illegal immigrants, but opponents blocked the law from taking effect last year by obtaining enough signatures to bring it to a referendum.


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