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"Operation Takedown VII" Underway

The Cumberland Safe Streets Program is conducting its June Warrant Initiative through Friday. The Cumberland Police Department's Safe Streets Program is requesting citizens to assist in the apprehension of approximately 16 individuals on open arrest warrants, ranging from failure to appear, to violation of probation, burglary and assault charges and drug counts. The initiative began yesterday, and citizens are asked to contact the Cumberland City Police Department, the Sheriff's Office, the Maryland State Police or the Allegany/Mineral County CrimeSolvers line at (301)-722-4300.


Suspect Arrested in Tri-Town Pharmacy Burglary

A 27-year old Westernport man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into the Tri-Town Pharmacy, and stealing a large amount of hydrocodone. Zachary Russell Jones was identified from security camera footage, and he was arrested a short time later at his Donna Street residence. Stolen property was also recovered. He is being held on a $150,000 bond. He also confessed to a prior burglary at the pharmacy on May 17th. Additional charges are pending.


Roads Workers To Receive Raise

A new contract with county roads workers would give them a three per cent cost of living increase over each of the next three years. The Allegany County Commissioners will consider the raise at Thursday's meeting. County employees have not seen a raise for four years, but a three percent across the board increase was written into the FY 2014 budget, which begins July 1st.


Woman Arrested Following Assault

A 37-year old Cumberland woman was arrested late Sunday morning, after allegedly assaulting her boyfriend. Katherine Marie Bryant and her boyfriend had been arguing over money , when she allegedly grabbed him and struck him in the head several times. The victim received minor injuries and did not require medical attention. She was located in an alley near the residence in the 500-block of Maryland Avenue. She was charged with second-degree assault and held on $2500 bond.


Masontown Man Drowns in Cheat River

A 29-year old Masontown man drowned in the Cheat River this past weekend. Jimmy Taylor had been swimming with his brother on Saturday, when swift waters carried him away. His brother, Robert, tried twice to get him out of the water, but couldn't. He left to get help, but was involved in a car accident on the way. Robert Taylor said the two had been drinking. Jimmy Taylor's body was recovered about a half-mile down the river, in an area known as "party rock." The investigation is still ongoing.


Gansler Won't Run for Re-Election

Attorney General Douglas Gansler says he won't run for another term, but aides have assured members of the media he is running for Governor. His campaign is planning a formal announcement in the fall. Lieutenant Governor Anthony  Brown announced his candidacy last month, and has also chosen Howard County Executive Ken Ulman as his running mate.


Electric Customers Share Energy Opinions

AARP West Virginia wants Mon Power and Potomac Edison electric customers to give their opinion on the purchase of a power plant by First Energy. If First Energy is allowed to purchase 80 per cent of the Harrison Power Station, electric bills will go up. AARP says the proposal could have a $63 million impact in the first year alone. In the Eastern Panhandle, there is concern over what that could mean for a senior on a fixed income. Hearings were held last week in Charleston.


West Virginia Lottery Revenue Down in  April

West Virginia lottery revenues fell in April, but not as severely as was expected by the Lottery Commission. Lottery revenues totaled about $109 million, down nearly 12 per cent from the same month last year. Revenues for the fiscal year have totaled about $1.1 billion, compared to $1.2 billion in the previous fiscal year. The fiscal year ends June 30th.

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