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Pair Arrested in Robberies

Two people have been arrested in connection with a series of bank robberies in Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, including the robbery of a bank in Friendsville. Nichole Durst of Meyersdale and Corbin Will of Garrett,  have been taken into custody, in connection with the five thefts in May. Will is alleged to have driven the getaway car, while Ms. Durst robbed the banks. The bank heists took place in Tyrone and Salix, Pennsylvania; Friendsville, Maryland; and in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. The two were picked up after getting tips matching a car description.


Pair Arrested in Drug Bust

One of “Cumberland’s Most Wanted,” Brian Russell Price, was arrested Tuesday evening at the B.P. Gas Station on Hillcrest Drive, off of Interstate 68. Price had been wanted on several warrants, and an anonymous tip was received from a citizen, who saw Price at the station. He was taken into custody without incident. A search resulted in the discovery of suspected CDS material. Another person with Price, Tammy Sue Shoemaker, was also found to have CDS and paraphernalia in her possession. Both were taken for a District Court hearing.


Board Increases Meal Fee

The Allegany County Board of Education has approved a five-cent increase in the cost of school meals, due to a federally mandated shift to healthier school menus. Costs are being driven up by the requirement of fresh fruits, vegetables and other changes required by the federal government. Lunches must also include fewer favorites, such as tater tots and macaroni and cheese. The increase was approved as part of the consent agenda at this week’s Board of Education meeting.


Pennsylvania Man Killed in Farming Accident

A 62-year old Somerset County man was killed Monday when he was accidentally struck by a hay bale that fell ten feet from a loader. Glenn Lee Miller died just before 2 p.m. The fatal accident occurred as Miller was working on a farm; he was standing nearby, when a 700-pound hay bale fell off the loader, hitting Miller. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


Panel Deadline Extended

The panel studying the impact of natural gas drilling in Western Maryland is getting more time to produce its second set of recommendations. Governor O’Malley has extended the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission’s deadline until December 31st to produce a draft report. Public comment will follow, and a final report will be issued on August 1st of 2013. The group’s third report is due August 1, 2014.


More Details on Orr Resignation

There are more details emerging on the resignation of Bedford County Jail Warden Donald Orr. Orr is said to have turned in his badge and keys about an hour before the county commissioners’ meeting. He had been on paid suspension since May 17th, after being placed under investigation for a May 14th incident that might never be fully explained to the public. The incident was a personnel issue, and not a criminal matter.


Man Arrested for Theft

Twenty-seven year old Jeffrey Allen Gallen was released on personal recognizance, after being charged with three counts of theft of less than $1,000. A theft complaint in April alleged that Gallen stole and pawned an item that was rented by the complainant in the case. He was taken to Allegany County District Court for an initial appearance.


Man Charged with Failure to Appear

Cumberland resident Brian John Hatlapatka was charged with failure to appear for a hearing on May 11th of this year. The original charges brought against the 40-year old Hatlapatka were the result of an incident in March, in which he allegedly stole a debit card and made several purchases and withdrawals from the victim’s account. He was held on a pre-set $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detetnion Center.


Wind Farm Plans Halted

The Shaffer Mountain Wind Farm project in Somerset County has been halted. The Gamesa Company’s six-year battle for a wind turbine farm there is over. The Shaffer Mountain decision won’t affect Gamesa’s local employees, in that it has a blade manufacturing plant in Ebensburg and several wind farms already developed in the region.

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