Armed Robbery at Pharmacy
Law enforcement authorities are looking for an armed man, who robbed the Frostburg Pharmacare Pharmacy late yesterday afternoon. The suspect showed a black handgun, and ordered the employees to the ground; he then went behind the counter and retrieved an undisclosed amount of prescription pills. He fled, and ran towards the Frostburg Plaza Shopping Center. He may have made his escape with a newer model white passenger car. The robber was not located, but is described as 5'6" to 5'9" tall, medium build, wearing dark colored pants, a black hoodie, black fleece gloves and wearing a mask. Anyone with information is asked to contact Frostburg City Police, the C3I Unit or their nearest law enforcement agency.
Rural Coalition Files Report
The Maryland Rural Counties Coalition, which includes Allegany and Washington Counties, has filed its first report, showing that it spent over $27,000 on lobbyists and over $8500 hosting events for lawmakers in a nearly two-year period. Of nine bills introduced during this year's legislative session, four either passed or failed as the coalition had hoped. Allegany County Commissioner Mike McKay says the group is focusing on how legislation passed downstate, affects rural counties.
No Injuries in Garrett County Fire
There were no injuries in a fire, reported early yesterday morning on Sugar Lane in Garrett County. Eight fire companies, along with the Southern EMS Squad responded to the call, with Potomac Edison also on the scene. All of the occupants were able to get out of the house safely. Units were still on the scene late into the morning on Thursday.
Ride Coming Through Cumberland Today
Expect some traffic tie-ups later this morning, as America's 911 Ride rolls through town. This is the 12th anniversary of the ride through Cumberland. It will come into town via the Narrows on Route 36, then continue south on Mechanic Street, turning left onto Frederick Street. The riders will then travel Frederick Street, until they reach Nave's Crossroads, then onto I-68 east to Rocky Gap. Traffic will be temporarily stopped on the main route and all intersecting routes through the downtown area, and will be in effect from approximately 8 to 9 a.m.
Criminal Summons Served on New York Man
Mount Vernon, New York resident Bryson Greene was served with a criminal summons, charging him with driving on a suspended out-of-state license and driving a motor vehicle without insurance. Both stem from a hit and run accident that occurred on July 26th in the area of Saratoga and Cumberland Streets. Greene was served with the summons and released, pending a hearing in District Court.
New Website Introduced for School System
The Allegany County School System has a new, more user-friendly website, and which is easier to navigate and less cluttered. If you've bookmarked the old site, you will automatically be re-directed to the new one. The new website address is "www.acpsmd.org." Parents and student should have an easier time finding what they are looking for, and the calendar function is much improved.
Two Arrested on Drug-Related Offenses
Two Pennsylvania men were arrested Tuesday night and charged with drug-related offenses in Somerset. Twenty-six year old Joshwa Slope, of Somerset, and Tremaine Thornhill of Penn Hills were arraigned early Wednesday morning, on charges they were selling crack cocaine at an apartment on West Main Street. Slope was placed on a $150,000 bond, with Thornhill's bail set at $100,000.
Cardin Comments on Aging Water System
Water main breaks and sewer system back ups are not unique to the Cumberland area, as they are becoming even more common across the state. Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin is supporting legislation that would offer federal matching grants to communities that modernize their water systems. Cardin is warning that in Maryland, many pipes are in dire need of repair.
Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty
A former Correctional Officer at the Baltimore County Detention Center has pleaded guilty to charges connected to the racketeering conspiracy scheme involving members of the Black Guerilla Family gang. Thirty-one year old Jennifer Owens faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the racketeering conspiracy charges. Ms. Owens has two children, fathered by BGF gang leader Tavon White, who pleaded guilty to charges lodged against him earlier this month.
O'Malley Fills PSC Vacancy
Governor Martin O'Malley has appointed Anne Hoskins to serve on the Maryland Public Service Commission, to fill a vacancy created when Commissioner Kevin Hughes was named chairman. Ms. Hoskins has served as the senior vice-president of public affairs and sustainability for the Public Service Enterprise Group in Newark, New Jersey. She also has served as senior counsel for Verizon Wireless.
Woman Arrested for Third Time
The mother of a missing West Virginia girl is back in jail for the third time this summer, and authorities want to keep her there. Lena Lunsford allegedly continues to defy a court order, and has continued to have contact with the man who fathered what will be her eighth child. Her daughter, Aliayah Lunsford has been missing since September of 2011; Lena Lunsford has also served eight months for welfare fraud after the child disappeared.