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Susquehanna Bank Robbed Again; Suspects Apprehended


For the second time in six days, the Susquehanna Bank branch on National Highway was robbed, but the suspects are in custody, and there is evidence that ties to last week's robbery at that location. Taken into custody following a brief chase yesterday was 47-year old William Carl Miller, of Shade Gap, Pennsylvania and 27-year old Chelsea Maye Morrison-Mikolajczyk of North East, Maryland. A man walked in to the bank, telling them he had a gun and demanded money. The two fled in a vehicle down National Highway and turned onto Route 36. The two got out of their vehicle near Motor City, but were apprehended after a brief foot chase. In addition, William Miller was charged with the August 28th robbery at the same bank location.



Leads Developed in Convenience Store Robbery


The Keyser Police Department has developed several leads in a daytime robbery Saturday at the Main Street Convenience Store. An employee of the business was injured in the incident, but did not require medical treatment. The suspect got an unspecified amount of cash from the business; no weapon was shown. Evidence related to the robbery was recovered in the area of the business.



Lonaconing Man Hurt in Hit and Run


Lonaconing resident Onas Hanekamp was injured yesterday, when he was struck by a van while riding his bicycle on the Upper George's Creek Road near Shaft. The incident happened just before 2 p.m.  Police are seeking a white van that was northbound toward Frostburg. Hanekamp, 60 years of age, suffered non-life threatening injuries. The vehicle had no rear windows, and a side mirror of the van was broken. Anyone with information should contact the LaVale Barrack of the Maryland State Police.



Arrest Warrant Served on Cumberland Man


The Cumberland City Police served an arrest warrant on 36 year old Chad Edward Ball on charges of second degree assault and threat of arson. The charges were applied for, by a private citizen at District Court. He was served the warrant, received a hearing at District Court and later released on $4,000 unsecured bond.



Man Held on $5,000 Bond


Cumberland City Police arrested 21-year old Zakary Ryan Harding following a traffic stop on Monday. Officers detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, which had been stopped on Centre Street. He and three other passengers were in the car. Marijuana, digital scales, and numerous plastic baggies were found. Also, officers located a smoking pipe and more marijuana on Harding. It was also learned he had been driving on a suspended license, and was served with a criminal summons in an unrelated matter. He was taken for a bond review, and ordered held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detetnion Center.



Teacher of the Year Selected as State Finalist


Carol Garner, an environmental science teacher at the Center for Career and Technical Education, has been selected as one of seven finalists in the Maryland State Teacher of the Year program. Ms. Garner was selected as Allegany County's Teacher of the Year last year, and has been invited to attend the 23rd annual Teacher of the Year gala on October 11th at Martin's West in Woodlawn, Maryland, where the 2014 Maryland State Teacher of the Year will be announced.



Love's Travel Stops Part of Economic Development Plan


The Love's Travel Stops project has been a few years in the making, but construction is underway. Matt Diaz, economic development director for the county, says Love's is a great company, a good operation. It has been talking with Rocky Gap about a possible shuttle bus operation to the casino, to help alleviate the limited parking there now. Diaz also says the idea of a parking garage at Rocky Gap has been discussed.



Hidden Valley Resort Sold to Seven Springs


Months of speculation ended yesterday, when the official announcement was made that Seven Springs purchased Hidden Valley Four Seasons Resort. There was no word on the purchase price, but the Pittsburgh-based Buncher group paid $12.4 million for the resort six years ago, and spend additional money in renovations. Bob Nutting, chairman of Seven Springs, also owns the Pittsburgh Pirates and Ogden Newspaper, Inc.



Somerset Looking to Hire Consultant


Somerset County and several partners are looking to hire a consulting firm, that will conduct a feasibility study on the best was to extend the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail in Rockwood, north to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stonycreek Township. The ultimate goal is to create a loop that links the Passage to the C & O Canal Towpath and the East Coast Greenway. This would then be an 1100 mile trail, triangulating the crash sites in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Somerset County.



KKK Plans Rally at Antietam


The Rosedale, Maryland-based Confederate White Knights, a part of the Ku Klux Klan, is planning a membership rally on Saturday at the Antietam National Battlefield. Imperial Wizard Richard Preston says he expects to bring nine members, some in white robes and hoods to the event. The white separatist group was granted a permit last week to hold the gathering. The park implemented free-speech permits in 2006, the last time a Klan unit demonstrated on the battlefield. Thousands died at Antietam in a battle that set the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation.

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