Law Enforcement Seeks Robbers; Cases May Be Related
Federal, state and local law enforcement efforts are being combined to apprehend a couple, connected to numerous bank robberies in the Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia region. Another robbery was reported Thursday afternoon near Morgantown, and the suspect vehicle matches the description of one used in a recent robbery in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. The two armed robbers are also believed to be connected to a similar crime in Friendsville. The couple, a man and a woman, are believed to be driving a light blue 1990’s-GMC or Chevrolet pickup truck.
Tornado Confirmed in Allegany County
An F-1 tornado, with winds of between 86 and 110 miles-per-hour, was confirmed in Eastern Allegany County, during severe storms on June 1st. The tornado occurred shortly after 6:30 p.m. about two miles to the west/southwest of Belle Grove, near the intersection of Orleans Road and Turkey Farm Road. The tornado was on the ground for just over a mile, and it snapped numerous hardwood trees and uprooted several others. There was no structural damage. A total of at least a dozen tornadoes were reported during the storm.
Woman Arrested in Disturbance
Twenty-nine year old Cumberland resident Melody Melvin was arrested in connection with a
disturbance near the Baltimore Street railroad crossing. She had been cursing and yelling and customers entering a business. She was previously contacted in the 200-block of Baltimore Street, where she was told to leave the area and create no further disturbances. She faces a number of charges, including disturbing the peace. Ms. Melvin was released on personal recognizance.
Residents Warned of Mail Scam
Residents are being warned of a mail scam, from a Canadian company, called Novation Capital Settlement. Residents are being told by letter, they have won a $150,000 sweepstakes, with a check enclosed. They are then asked to send $4,000 to help cover expenses. Residents are instructed to cash the check, and to send the expenses check from their own account. The enclosed check is bogus, and the entire sweepstakes is a scam. As they say, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.”
Beall Elementary Wins Recycling Contest
Beall Elementary School’s 436 students collected nearly 6,000 telephone books for recycling, a ratio of nearly 14 books per student. Flintstone’s 217 students collected just over a thousand books. The campaign is designed to enhance awareness of the importance of recycling. The campaign was organized and managed by the Allegany County Commissioners, the Allegany County Solid Waste Management Board and the Allegany County Board of Education.
Route 220 Work Begins Wednesday
Resurfacing and bridge rehabilitation work will take place on Route 220 on Wednesday. Specifically, bridge rehabilitation will take place on the structure over Route 869; the paving of approximately 4 miles of road will take place from Route 4009 to the Route 3021 overpass. The contractor for the $1.6 million project is New Enterprise Stone and Lime, and all work should be completed by October of this year.
Companies Respond to Barn Fire in Romney
Several fire companies responded to a barn fire on Grassy Lick Road in Hampshire County on Wednesday evening. The barn had been used as a house, but was vacant at the time of the fire. The property owner, who was not identified, is requesting an investigation. The call was received around 9:52 p.m., and by the time firefighters arrived, the structure was fully involved. There were no injuries.
Utility Company Warns of Scam
First Energy Corporation is warning customers of its 10 electric distribution companies to be wary of bogus claims that President Obama will help pay utility bills for residential customers through a special federal program. One of the companies is Potomac Edison. Customers are being asked to provide sensitive information, such as social security numbers, which presents an identity theft risk. The scammers then supply customers with a phony bank routing number to pay their bills. However, no government dollars are applied to customer accounts and the full balance remains due.
Former Maryland Treasurer Richard Dixon Dies at 74
Former Maryland Treasurer Richard Dixon died Thursday at the age of 74. Dixon was Maryland’s first African-American treasurer. He suffered a stroke earlier in the week. He served as treasurer from 1996 to 2002, and had previously served in the House of Delegates before becoming treasurer.
Texting Ban To Take Effect July 1
A texting while driving ban will take effect in West Virginia on July 1st. Texting while driving will become a primary offense in the state, and using a handheld cell phone while driving will become a secondary offense. The cell phone offense will become a primary offense on July 1st of next year.