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Better Quality Surveillance Photos Obtained

The Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit has obtained better quality surveillance photos, in connection with an incident that happened in early May at the Country Club Mall in LaVale. A man approached a 71-year old man, telling the victim he was under arrest; he was able to convince him to drive to his credit union and withdraw an undisclosed amount for a cash bond, before releasing him. The suspect is described as a white male, 30 to 40 years of age, and 6-feet to 6-feet, 3 inches in height. While the investigation is continuing, law enforcement authorities are asking anyone who can identify the suspect to contact the Maryland State Police, C3I Unit, or Allegany/Mineral County CrimeSolvers.

 

Sewer Rate Increase Delayed

The Cumberland Mayor and City Council voted unanimously last night to delay a vote on raising sewer rates, pending new information received about a long-standing industry pollutant surcharge. The matter will be brought up again in two weeks, so that the increase is based on the most accurate information available, according to Councilman Dave Kauffman.

 

Incumbents Returned to Office in Keyser Election

Ed Miller and Clinton Faulk were returned to office during yesterday’s Keyser City Election. Also elected was Terry Liller. Results showed that 1,064 residents turned out to vote. The three won out over former Keyser Mayors Roger Newlin and William “Sonny” Rhodes.

 

Man Drowns in Little Cacapon

An Upper Tract, West Virginia man drowned in the Little Cacapon River Monday afternoon.. Twenty-eight year old Farid Bude died as he was swimming across the river with his two daughters, ages 3 and 11, on his back. The older child was able to get the younger one, and swim to where another man, who was able to help them out of the river.

 

Woman Arrested on CDS Possession Counts

Twenty-six year old Samantha Jo Baker was released on personal recognizance, following a traffic stop on Monday, which yielded a baggie, containing suspected heroin. Originally stopped for an equipment violation, a K-9 drug scan of her vehicle resulted in a positive alert. The vehicle and its occupants were searched, and Ms. Baker handed the officer a baggie, containing suspected heroin. She was taken to police headquarters, processed and transported to District Court for an initial appearance.

 

Group to Have Booth At Heritage Days

The city of Cumberland’s Environmental Branch will have a booth set up on Saturday at Heritage Days. City staff and members of the Allegany County Solid Waste Board will be displaying a variety of information including promotion of the City’s Urban Tree Canopy, county-wide recycling, and compost bin and rain barrel pre-sales. A limited number of trees will be given away, courtesy of the City of Cumberland and the Cumberland Shade Tree Commission. The booth will be located at the corner of Prospect Square and Johnson Street.

 

Man Killed in Logging Accident

Terra Alta resident Jason Scott Wiles was killed in a logging accident in Marion County Monday. He was cutting a tree, shortly after 11 a.m., when it fell on him and crushed him. He was an employee of Backwoods Logging, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Foul play is not suspected. Officials with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration and the Division of Forestry are investigating.

 

Amtrak Station Could Cost $4 Million

An Amtrak station in Rockwood, Pennsylvania could cost upwards of four-million dollars, according to a feasibility study commissioned by the Somerset County Planning Commission. Somerset County Commissioner Pamela Tokar-Ickes says the proposal has strong merits as an economic generator, but at the same time, they are addressing the concerns of the community. There will be a fourth public hearing on the proposal. The feasibility study addressed where the station would be located, who will pay for its maintenance and what kind of security will be needed.

 

Twice-Convicted Robber Sues Another Bank

A former Hagerstown man, who is serving 20 years for two bank robberies, is suing another bank for not preventing a woman from emptying his PNC bank account. Fifty-nine year old David Zeller filed a claim against PNC, saying it failed to properly monitor his account after he was incarcerated. A judge ruled in favor of PNC, because Zeller had given his power of attorney to the woman, so she could transfer money from his account to another at the Washington County Detention Center. Zeller still has the option to file suit against the woman.

 

Verizon Offering Buyouts to 1700 Workers

Verizon Communications is offering buyouts to 1700 workers, mainly call center employees and technicians. The offer applies to less than 1 per cent of Verizon’s overall workforce; the company is cutting its wireline costs, as households cancel their phone lines, opting to go to competitors or rely on cellphones. If not enough people accept the buyouts, there is the possibility of layoffs at Verizon.

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