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Woman Held on $250,000 Bond in Robbery

Barton resident Sandra Susann Duckworth is jailed on a quarter million dollars bond, following the robbery of the Tri-Towns Pharmacy in Westernport yesterday morning. She allegedly sprayed employees with pepper spray, before running from the business. She was located a short time later in Lonaconing. An anonymous tip led to the Allegany County Sheriff's Office locating her.


Three Officers Hired for Security

Three law enforcement veterans have been hired by the Allegany County School System to provide security when classes begin on August 26th. They include State Police veterans Steve Wininger and Brian Hughes along with Timothy Stevens, a 28-year veteran from the Frostburg State University police department. The officers will wear a uniform and badge, and will carry a concealed weapon.


Groundbreaking Set for Route 219

The groundbreaking ceremony for a four-lane route between Meyersdale and Somerset will be held on August 27th at 11 a.m. A Tareuntum company was the low bidder for the earth-moving phase of the project. That portion has a pricetag of just over $110.6 million, and was about $8 million under budget. The earth moving project will take about three years, and the next step will be to accept bids for the structural work.


Friendsville Motorcycle Wreck Injures Two

A motorcycle accident in Friendsville has sent two people to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. The bike was being driven by Mark Appleby, with passenger Tracy Appleby, when it struck a deer on Blooming Rose Road. They were both thrown from the motorcycle, and were flown to the hospital. The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating.


Man Arrested for Assault

A Cumberland man faces second-degree assault charges, following an incident late last week at a private residence on South Street. William Lester Walker was arrested this week, after being accused of trying to choke a woman during an argument. Walker was served and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court. The victim did not require medical attention.


Man Held on Theft Charge

A 21-year old Cumberland man is being held on $3,000 bond, following an incident on Monday. Pat McGriff allegedly rented an electronic item from a business on Queen City drive in late July. He later sold the item at another business on Baltimore Street. He received a bond review at the Allegany County District Court Commissioner's Office.


Man Charged with Statutory Sexual Assault

A Salisbury, Pennsylvania man has been charged with statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors. The victim was a 14-year old girl, who Michael Gene Cooper met at Garrett County Memorial Hospital; the assault occurred on August 6th. Police interviewed Cooper on August 10th. His preliminary hearing will be held a week from tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Meyersdale.


Two Arrested on Drug Charges

Two Preston County residents have been charged with possession of 6 stamps of heroin and 35 Clonazepam, with intent to distribute. Forty-one year old James Lee Glover and 29-year old Holly Brent were arrested following a traffic stop. Brent is also wanted here in Maryland on similar charges; Both are being held at the North Central Regional Jail on separate bond of $10,000 each.


Power Outages Expected to Increase

Maryland residents know the headaches that come with prolonged power outages. A federal report warns of more to come. Severe weather is the primary cause of power outages in the country. The White House says is wants to strengthen the power grid as climate change increases the intensity and severity of storms. Josh Saks, legislative director for the National Wildlife Federation, says new protections are critical.


Lyme Disease on the Upswing in Maryland

Lyme disease is on the rise in Maryland, according to a recent Center for Disease Control study. The increase is prompting health officials to work on treating symptoms-which are similar to the flu-earlier. Preventative measures are checking the sleeves of your shirt, behind the ears, and even check your hair, because that is where ticks are most likely to hide. Also, wearing long pants, tucking them into boots and using insect repellent can help you stay protected. With pets, check around the collar or under the ear, and in places that are not highly visible.


West Virginia Attorney Fires Shots, Shoots Self

Attorney Mark Bramble had surgery Monday night for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head following a stand-off with police. Mark Bramble, who had recently submitted his resignation from the state attorney general's office was firing random shots inside his house in Charleston. Once on the scene, police fired only one round. The investigation is continuing; Bramble was the only person to have sustained injuries.

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