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Police Seek Strong-Armed Robber

Law enforcement agencies are looking for a man, who robbed another of a deposit he was making at the M&T Bank on Industrial Boulevard Saturday morning. The victim reported the man approached him, struck him in the face with a forearm, causing him to fall to the ground. The suspect then took an undisclosed amount of money and fled the area on foot. It appeared he had hidden behind the hedges at the outside perimeter of the bank parking lot. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police, the C3I unit or Allegany/Mineral County CrimeSolvers.


Attorney Cites Code on Disrupting Meetings

To address what is being termed a “rapidly deteriorating situation” at Keyser Mayor and City Council meetings, Prosecuting Attorney James Courrier has issued a statement, outlining a law addressing the intentional disruption of meetings. Violating the law is punishable by a fine of up to $100, and jail time of up to 6 months. While he is not discouraging citizen participation, Courrier says it is a last resort to keep order and allow the city to conduct needed business. Keyser is moving Tuesday’s meeting to a larger venue, to accommodate an expectedly large crowd, as Council will consider water and sewer rate increases.


Police Issue Reminders to Motorists

The Cumberland City Police Department is offering a few reminders to motorists, regarding the parking of their vehicles on city streets. They are asking that vehicles be parked as close to the curb as possible, and in the direction of traffic. A second area of concern is vehicles that are parked on sidewalks, blocking alleys or travel lanes. They say it’s a major safety concern, as it forces pedestrians out into the roadway. The department will continue to enforce those regulations through written warnings, citations and the possibility of having the vehicle impounded if it is a safety hazard.


Biker Hits Bear

Fifty-seven year old Morgantown resident Harry Eldred was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center Saturday, after his motorcycle hit a bear on U.S. Route 219, near Rabbit Hollow Road. He was ejected from the bike. There is no word on the extent of Eldred’s injuries, nor as to the fate of the bear. The Maryland State Police and a number of other emergency agencies responded to the accident, which was reported around4:50 p.m.


Man Issued Citation for Trespassing on CSX Property

Cumberland resident David Eugene Cooper was issued a citation, charging him with trespassing on private property Thursday night. Cooper had walked across the train tracks near the Amtrak station on Queen City Pavement. The area is marked with “no trespassing” signs. Cooper was released at the scene, pending his trial date in District Court.


Kahl Elected President of Association

Allegany County Director of Public Works, Paul Kahl has been elected as President of the County Engineers Association of Maryland for 2012-2013. The Association includes nearly 600 county, state, municipal and consulting engineers, as well as public works personnel, contractors and suppliers. Kahl has been employed by the county since 1989, having served in the Department of Public Works in a number of capacities; he was promoted to Director of Public Works in 2010.


Magruder Street To Be Closed Beginning Monday

Magruder Street, between Wallace and Lee Streets will be closed Monday through Wednesday, due to work by Columbia Gas of Maryland. Drivers are asked to use caution and obey all traffic control signs. They also should expect delays, while the closure is in effect.


Rocky Gap Memorial Day Observance Set

Rocky Gap Veterans’ Cemetery will hold its annual Veterans Day program next Monday, May 28th at 2:00 p.m. This year, the Guest Speaker will be former two-term Maryland State Senator John Bambacus. The public is invited to attend the program.


Rockwood Council Protests Train Stop

The Rockwood Borough Council is concerned about establishing a train stop in the town, partly because of safety issues, and partly because of financial concerns. One council member believes a stop would result in drugs being brought into the area. Another disagrees how the project would be funded, and who would pay for constructing and maintaining a train station. A meeting between council members and the Somerset County Commissioners is set for this Friday.


Petersburg Facility Set for Closure

The Petersburg,West Virginia postal facility has been marked for closure, making it one of four consolidations to be completed there, between now and February of next year. Petersburg’s processing work will move to Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The other three operations set to close in the Mountain State include are in Bluefield, Wheeling, and Parkersburg. Both U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin have issued statements, calling on the postal service to treat West Virginia fairly in its consolidation efforts.

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