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State Police Investigate Attempted Theft
The LaVale Barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating a theft from Kohl’s Department Store on Winchester Road. A suspect had taken some items from the store, and was approached, outside, by a loss prevention employee. The suspect dropped the merchandise and fled in a burgundy Plymouth Voyager van. Troopers are asking for information or the identity of the subject. You are urged to contact the LaVale barrack at (301)-729-2101. The merchandise was recovered. The investigation is being conducted by TFC. T. Brown.

Drug Bust in Bedford County
There has been a major drug bust in Bedford County. In what is being called “Summer Catch,” the Bedford County Drug Task Force and Pennsylvania State Police are attempting to serve arrest warrants on approximately 17 local drug dealers. The suspects were arraigned throughout the day yesterday by at the Office of Magisterial District Judge Kathy Calhoun. Names and charges will be released, once the defendants are processed. District Attorney Bill Higgins is cautioning that charges against these individuals are merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Hyattaville Man Arrested in Drug Bust
Hyattsville resident Tavares Kiyum Rudolph is in the Allegany County Detention Center on a total of $265,000 bond after being arrested Monday afternoon. Rudolph was initially stopped for a speeding violation; a K-9 scan of his car resulted in a positive alert and the vehicle was search. Officers found suspected marijuana, suspected crack cocaine and suspected PCP. Rudolph also provided a false identity to officers and had several active arrest warrants from Allegany and Washington counties. He was held on $250,000 bond on the drug charges, as well as a total $15,000 bond on the arrest warrants that were served.

Marietta Street Set for Paving
The city of Cumberland Engineering Department is notifying residents that Marietta Street at Frederick Street will be paved today. The hours of the work are from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The contractor is Shaffer Construction, with I.A. Construction acting as subcontractor. Flagging operations will be in effect while the work is being done. Residents of Marietta Street are asked to obey all no parking signs in place.

West Virginia State Police Announce Sobriety Checkpoint
The West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Hardy County on Friday, from 6 p.m. to midnight. The checkpoint will be conducted along U.S. Route 220 in Moorefield. The Governor’s Highway Safety Program, in conjunction with the West Virginia State Police, are conducting events and patrols concentrating on the arrest of intoxicated drivers.

Business Fundamentals Workshop Set
A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22nd in Petersburg. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center training and business coaching program, “Three Step Jump Start” to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the Region 8 Planning and Development Council building in Petersburg. Registration is required by Thursday, August 16th. To register, call (304)-530-4964.

Reminder of Tax-Free Week
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot traveled to Washington County this week to remind Marylanders of the “Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week” August 12th through the 18th. During the week, there will be no sales tax on footwear and apparel costing less than $100. Franchot notes that the tax-free week comes before schools go back into session, and causes a 10 per cent increase in retail sales.

West Virginia Looking to Promote Casinos
The West Virginia Lottery ended the past fiscal year with an $81 million surplus, and Lottery Executive Director John Musgrave says they’re already bracing for a much different story. The Mountain State is facing competition from Pennsylvania; as for Maryland, there are plans for a new, large casino at the Inner Harbor, which could easily attract players from the state’s most profitable site, the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

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