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Woman Robs Pharmacy of Drugs

The Rite Aid Pharmacy on Bishop Murphy Drive in Frostburg was robbed of an undisclosed quantity of pills by a lone female suspect Wednesday evening. The woman handed a note to an employee, stating there was a bomb in the bathroom, and it would be detonated if the employee did not comply. She received the drugs and fled the store on foot. It was determined there was no bomb on the premises. While the investigation is continuing, law enforcement authorities are asking anyone with information to contact the Frostburg City Police, the C3I unit, or Allegany and Mineral County Crime Solvers.


Liberty Gas Station Robbed

Another  robbery has been reported in the area…this time, it happened at the Liberty Gas Station, at the intersection of Maryland Highway and Weber Road, just before 8:30 Wednesday night. The suspect is described as a white male, in his 60’s; he entered the station, showed the employee a gun and got away with an undetermined amount of cash. The employee at the station was not injured. If you have any information, you’re asked to call the McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police.


Mayor Eliminates Public Comment; Council Member Resigns

Keyser Mayor Randy Amtower has removed the citizen complaint items from the Keyser City Council agenda, but that didn’t stop a number of residents who spoke during Wednesday’s meeting. Several recent meetings have seen shouting matches, accusations of sexual harassment at City Hall and standing-room-only crowds. In a related story, Councilman Bill Roy resigned during an executive session, held after the meeting Wednesday night. The council will now have to decide who to appoint to fill the position until the city election next month.


Modifications to School Calendar Approved

The Allegany County Board of Education has approved several modifications to the 2012-2013 academic calendar, based on recommendations from the superintendent. Key changes include the addition of the 190th day for teachers at the beginning of the school year, staggering elementary and secondary parent conference times, opening schools on days they were originally scheduled to be closed and creating a spring break after the Easter holiday. To see the revised calendar, visit the school systems website at


Valley Street Man Arrested

Fifty-one year old Eric Taylor was arrested on Baltimore Avenue Wednesday afternoon, after exhibiting signs of driving while impaired. A police officer detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath; his speech was slurred and he acknowledged having two mixed drinks prior to driving. His privilege to drive in the state is currently revoked, and the officer also located 8 suspected controlled narcotics pills. The pills will be tested. Taylor was charged with DUI, DWI, driving to the right of center and driving while his license was revoked. He was released pending trial.


Cardin to Participate in Health Care Reform Forum

Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin will participate in a forum Monday at the HRDC building on Virginia Avenue. The subject will be health care, and it is being sponsored by the Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission, the Western Maryland Central Labor Council and the Alliance for retired Americans. The Affordable Care Act Forum begins at 10 a.m.


Marketing Airport Top Priority for Hagerstown

Marketing the Hagerstown Regional Airport is Washington County’s top priority for grant funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The three Western Maryland counties are expected to share an anticipated $1.3 million for the 2013 fiscal year. Other projects Washington County would like to see funded are a fiber-optic line extension at Hancock; money for the development of programs for Leadership Washington County; and funding for a wastewater-collection system project by the city of Hagerstown.


Macy’s Distribution Center finished

The Macy’s Distribution Center in Martinsburg has been finished; construction on the 1.3 million square foot building began in May of last year, and will serve as a distribution site for Macy’s online orders. The first phase of hiring is underway, with about 400 employees starting at the center; hopefully, that number will increase to 1,000 with an annual payroll of $32 million. It will be open for business in late June or early July.

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