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Police Seek Robbery Suspect

The Maryland State Police are seeking a woman, in her mid-20’s, who robbed the First United Bank and Trust in Friendsville early yesterday afternoon. She entered the bank, gave the bank teller a note and demanded money. She left with an undetermined amount. The Maryland State Police Medivac helicopter and the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, along with a State Police crime scene technician. Anyone with information is asked to contact the McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police at (301)-387-1101.


Airport Manager Selected

Keyser, West Virginia resident Ryan Shaffer has been selected as the new manager of the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport. Shaffer will begin the part-time position on Sunday. Shaffer is a plane owner, commercial pilot and flight instructor for Shaffer Aviation. He replaces Terry Malone, who was fired by the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority in February.


Funding For Bedford Road Sewer Rehab Awarded

The Allegany County Commissioners have received an over $303,000 grant and a $510,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program, to help rehabilitate the Bedford Road sewer system. The sewer line replacement is necessary for the county to meet a Consent Order, which mandates a reduction of inflow and infiltration. Currently, the system is discharging raw sewage that could impact the Chesapeake Bay. The announcement was made by Maryland United States Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.


Two West Virginia Motorcyclists Killed

Two Capon Bridge, West Virginia residents were killed over the weekend, following a brief police chase on Route 11. Twenty-six year old Jared Toothman and 21-year old Jenalee McGrane crashed their motorcycle into another vehicle, while being pursued by police. Two adults and four children in the minivan were all taken to Winchester Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.


Search Warrants Executed in Garrett County

Two search and seizure warrants were executed late last week in Deer Park, one on Edgewood Drive and the other on Peach Tree Lane. The warrants were the result of an investigation into a suspected “meth” lab. The search yielded items commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, along with marijuana and paraphernalia. The investigation is continuing and criminal charges are pending at the conclusion of the investigation.


Primary Election Day in Mineral County

Today is Primary Election Day in West Virginia. Early voting ended Saturday, with a little over 300 residents turning out to cast their early ballots. County Clerk Laurin Ellifritz noted that during the last presidential election, there were about 1700 early ballots. This past Saturday was the last day to have cast an early ballot.


Suspect Arrested in Hagerstown Robberies

A suspect has been arrested in connection with two robberies which took place over the weekend in Hagerstown. In the first, an attempted robbery was reported at “Phil and Jerry’s Meats and More” in Smithsburg. The suspect, armed with a screwdriver, fled the store before obtaining any cash. In the second, the same suspect robbed Liberty Fuels, also on Jefferson Boulevard. A vehicle description was broadcast, and police quickly took Mark Edward Ernest into custody. The Maryland State Police were assisted Washington County Sheriff’s Department in apprehending the suspect.


O’Malley to Consider Gambling

While next week’s special session of the General Assembly will be held to discuss tax increases, Governor O’Malley is hinting at another session this summer to address gaming. A proposal to legalize table games and bring a sixth casino to Maryland stalled in the legislature earlier this year. There is no time frame for when the Governor may create a gaming commission.


AccuWeather Predicts Stormy Summer, Normal Temperatures is predicting several severe storms in Maryland this summer, but no prolonged heat spells. The summer weather outlook was released last week, and is calling for possible damaging winds and perhaps tornadoes in the early and middle parts of the summer. One or two significant rain events could hit in August, possibly including a tropical storm system. AccuWeather also says that current patterns will make the East Coast particularly at risk of tropical storm strikes.

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