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Westernport Business Robbed; Suspect Sought

The Fair Price Market on Church Street in Westernport was robbed Monday evening, and law enforcement authorities are looking for a suspect. The suspect brought two items to the counter, and asked for another item; when the cashier turned to retrieve it, he reached over the counter and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. He left the store, got into a small, dark-colored car, and fled. The Allegany County Sheriff's Office responded, and a crime scene technician with the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division processed the scene for evidence. A follow-up investigation is being conducted by the C3I unit.


Man Sentenced on Cocaine Distribution Charge

Twenty-six year old Cumberland resident Derrick Todd Bray was sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison, with six suspended, following his conviction on a charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He will be on supervised probation for a period of five years, following his release from prison. A search and seizure warrant was conducted in Cumberland last July, during which both crack cocaine and other related materials were discovered. Judge W. Timothy Finan presided over the case, which was heard in Allegany County Circuit Court.


Accident Closes Maryland Highway

A single vehicle accident yesterday morning closed Route 135, west of Sand Flat Road. Traffic was diverted around the accident, according to the Garrett County Office of Public Safety. A car backed onto the Maryland Highway just before 4 a.m., and was struck by a tractor-trailer that overturned on impact. Sixty-six year old Grantsville resident Harold Greene and 20-year old Stephen Storch of Oakland were taken to Garrett Memorial Hospital for treatment. Greene was driving the 2013 International truck, and struck an SUV, driven by Storch. Charges are pending. Maryland Highway was closed for several hours following the accident, with traffic being diverted around the scene.


First Degree Assault Arrest in Accident

Robert Daniel Smith, Jr., of Accident was charged with both first and second degree assault, after becoming involved in a verbal confrontation, which later turned physical. He got into an argument with Rebecca Lee Smith, and he is alleged to have hit her in the head and throwing her to the ground. He also allegedly choked her until she lost consciousness. The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police responded to Monday evening's incident.


Two Arrested in Theft Case

Sixty-one year old Keyser resident Joseph Edward Haines, and 39-year old  Justin Edward Haines were arrested by Cumberland City Police, in connection with a theft investigation which took place in the area of Westernport between April 14th and 21st of last year. Both were charged with theft and conspiracy to commit theft. Additionally, Joseph Haines was charged with failure to have a scrap metal processor license.


Chamber To Present Business Awards

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and the Rotary Club of Cumberland will present the annual Outstanding Business Student Awards at a noon luncheon on Tuesday at the Cumberland Country Club. This is the 25th year outstanding area business students will be recognized for their achievement in business courses in the county's public and private high schools, Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg State University. The luncheon will be attended by members of the Rotary Club of Cumberland and the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. Each honoree will receive an inscribed plaque, signifying their dedication to business education and outstanding work in that area.

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