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Authorities Seek Robbery Suspect

The Maryland State Police and C3I unit are still looking for the person who robbed the Susquehanna Bank branch office on National Highway yesterday morning. The suspect approached a teller, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. In the parking lot, a dye pack with the money exploded. He was last seen fleeing on foot. He is described as a white male in his 40's, about 6 feet tall, with an average build, mustache, and a couple days growth of beard. He should also have red dye from the exploding dye pack. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police, C3I unit, of Allegany/Mineral County Crimesolvers. The investigation is ongoing by the State Police and C3I unit.


Protest Over Keyser Attendance Policy

An online petition is being circulated,  protesting the Keyser High School attendance policy, which penalizes students who must miss class because they participated in school-sanctioned activities. While principal Charles Wimer says it is meant to improve school attendance figures, it also eliminates preferential treatment often given to students who are involved with athletics and other activities that take them away from instruction time. About 200 have signed the petition, and Wimer says if the rule doesn't achieve the desired results, and if it's not working, the school system will eliminate the rule.


New Road Means Positive Economic Development

When completed, the 11-mile stretch of highway between Somerset and Meyersdale will improve safety, promote economic development and reduce travel times in that region. Somerset County Commissioner John Vatavuk says, that according to a Frostburg State University study,  completion will mean 2300 permanent jobs and nearly $305 million will be spent during  the next five years. Vatavuk adds the next step is completing the seven miles to Interstate 68. David Moe, the project coordinator for the North/South Appalachian Highway coalition says a survey was done by the state transportation departments in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, on what the corridor would mean, when completed.


Burglary In Finzel Investigated

The McHenry barrack of the Maryland State Police is investigating a burglary at a garage in the 500-block of Finzel Road. It occurred between July 27th and August 27th. Four motors were taken from the garage there. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police at (301)-387-1101.


Drug Transaction Results in Arrest

A drug transaction at the corner of Baltimore Avenue and Decatur Streets, resulted in the arrest of a Cumberland man. An officer, currently assigned to the C3I warrant fugitive unit, saw the deal take place and arrested Richard Wayne Pelham. He was issued a criminal citation for possession of marijuana. He was released from Police Headquarters, pending his trial in District Court.


Woman Turns Self In Following Alleged Assault

A Cumberland woman, who allegedly assaulted another person at a Virginia Avenue business, turned herself into Cumberland City Police and was charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct. Twenty-three year old Nicole Lee Early walked into the business, entered a room where instruction was taking place, and assaulted an adult female. She was ordered held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


No Trash Collection on Monday

There will be no trash collection on Monday, due to the Labor Day holiday. Residents of the affected areas should put their trash out on their next regularly scheduled collection day. Any questions may be directed to the Public Works Department at (301)-759-6620. Public works will close at 3 p.m. tomorrow, and will re-open on Tuesday, September 3rd.


Westernport Road to be Closed

Waverly Street in Westernport will be closed tomorrow, weather permitting, so that the street may be paved. There will be no access to through traffic. The rain date for the paving will be Tuesday, September 3rd.


Sobriety Checkpoint in Hampshire County

The West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Hampshire County tomorrow evening through Saturday morning. The checkpoint will be in Augusta, along Route 50. The Governor's Highway Safety Program, in conjunction with the State Police, will conduct events and patrols, keying on the arrest of intoxicated drivers.


Somerset Man Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges

A Jennerstown man has been accused of molesting a young girl for the past 6 years, beginning when she was 8 years old. Forty-three year old Dwight Gilbert was arraigned on felony charges of 10 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, 14 counts of aggravated indecent assault and corruption of minors. He was also charged with 18 counts of indecent assault, a misdemeanor offense. He is being held in the Somerset County Jail, in lieu of $50,000 bond.


Police Officer Dies in Catonsville Shooting

Baltimore County Police Officer Jason Schneider was killed yesterday morning, after gunfire erupted during a warrant service call at a home in Catonsville. Officer Schneider was a member of the county's police tactical team; he was shot several times. The suspect, who has not been named, was being treated at Shock Trauma for gunshot wounds. Officer Schneider leaves behind a wife and two children.


Utility Cooperating with Public Service Commission

Potomac Edison is cooperating with an investigation by the West Virginia Public Service Commission, after residents complained about irregular billing practices and a lack of meter-reading by the utility. During the investigation, the company is being required to submit data and reports for the next several months, including the numbers of customers who received two or more estimated bills, the number of meter readers, and the types of complaints received by P.E.

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