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Armed Robbery in LaVale

The Maryland State Police are looking for a suspect who robbed the Kwik and EZ Gas Station on National Highway last night. The suspect went inside, showed a knife and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as a white male, about 6 feet tall, and wearing a white, long-sleeved tee shirt, camouflage hat, ripped jeans and carrying a black backpack. State Police dispatched Trooper Five, and utilized a K-9 unit, but were unable to locate the suspect. Anyone with information should contact the Maryland State Police at (301)-729-2101.


Woman Missing From South Cumberland

The Cumberland City Police, with assistance from the C3I unit, are investigating the disappearance of 43-year old Lisa Ann Simmons, of Browning Street in Cumberland. She has been missing since last Thursday, when she was last seen at the downtown McDonald's Restaurant. Family members say it is unusual that she would be gone this long without making contact with family or friends. The disappearance is being treated as suspicious. She is described as a white female, 5 to 5'2" tall weighing approximately 100 to 110 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She does not own a vehicle, and had no known form of transportation available to her. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police or the C3I unit.


Kelly Questions Background Checks

Delegate Kevin Kelly, who vehemently opposed  Maryland's Firearm Safety Act, says it will do nothing to reduce crime; rather, it will make it difficult for citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights. By law, Kelly says, background checks should take no more than 7 days. However, it is taking upwards of 120 days to be completed, because of the number of applications submitted, ahead of the October 1st effective date of the law.  In an effort to reduce the backlog, Delegate Kelly says the Governor is bringing in about 200 employees from five state agencies, to examine the data on the forms, which includes not only basic information, but also driver license numbers, Social Security numbers and home addresses.


Minor Fire Reported at FSU Dining Hall

Aramark employees were able to quickly extinguish a fire at Frostburg State University's Chesapeake Hall early Tuesday evening. The dining hall was evacuated, after a fire was discovered in the area of the grill. The fire alarm was present and activated, but the sprinkler system did not. About $250 damage was done. Responding were several regional fire companies from both Maryland and West Virginia. The cause has been ruled accidental, due to an accumulation of grease within the grill.


Baltimore Avenue Project Begins Monday

The Baltimore Avenue project gets underway Monday, and traffic will become one way in the eastbound direction, from downtown to Willowbrook Road for the duration of the project. Flaggers will be present in the area, and drivers are urged to use caution while traveling in the construction area. Any questions should be directed to the City of Cumberland Engineering Department at (301)-759-6600.


Pennsylvania Motorcyclist Killed in Crash

A motorcyclist was killed in Tuesday afternoon, after allegedly running a red light along Dunnings Highway. The unidentified motorcyclist collided with a burgundy-colored SUV. Despite witness accounts to the contrary, the man had been wearing a helmet. The SUV was trying to cross Dunnings Highway from Freedom Street, having been waved across the intersection by another driver, who was trying to turn onto the highway's northbound lane.


Man Issued Summons in Theft Scheme

A Cumberland man was served a criminal summons in connection with a theft scheme. A complaint was filed by a private citizen against 25-year old John Kitzmiller, who had requested partial payment for repairs on a rental property. It is alleged he bought over $1,000 in materials to do the work, but later returned the items to the store and kept the money, in addition to labor fees he had requested. He was released pending trial in District Court.


Man Arrested Following Accident

A Cumberland man was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana possession, following a single-car accident on Washington Street just after midnight yesterday. Thirty-one year old Dustin Freas was initially arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol; he was later found to have a small quantity of marijuana. He was eventually released to a family member.


Flu Vaccinations Available at Health Department

The Allegany County Health Department is conducting an immunization clinic every Wednesday from 1 to 4 at its Willowbrook Road location. No appointment is necessary. The cost this year is $30 for the regular flu vaccine, $50 for the high-dose for those 65 and older and $82 for the pneumococcal vaccine. A large scale vaccination clinic is planned for November 7th at the Allegany County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Health Department at (301)-759-5082.


One of Panhandle's "Most Wanted" Arrested

One of the Eastern Panhandle's "Most Wanted" has been arrested by U.S. Marshals and the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force. Brian Nickens was charged with violation of  his bond conditions, stemming from an ATF case, where Nickens was charged with being a drug user in possession of a firearm. Nickens was found in a car in the parking lot of Long John Silver's Restaurant in Charles Town, West Virginia. He was remanded to the Eastern Regional Jail, awaiting his federal trial.


Nemacolin Casino Lays off Part of Work Force

The Lady Luck Casino at Nemacolin has laid off 15 per cent of its employees. The exact number of employees was not revealed by Jill Alexander, spokesperson for the Isle of Capri Casinos of St. Louis, Missouri, the owner/operator of the facility. Slow revenue growth since its July opening  was blamed for the layoffs. While players are required to spend at least $10 at the resort to enter the Category 3 casinos, customers have been resistant to the access plan, according to the company.


Former Hagerstown City Council Member Indicted

Former Hagerstown City Councilwoman and attorney Kelly S. Cromer has been indicted by a Washington County grand jury. She is charged with three counts of felony theft and two counts of perjury. Court records indicated Cromer allegedly took money from the estate of a woman, who died in 2011 and from two of her grandchildren. Over $6300 was stolen from each of the woman's grandchildren; she also allegedly filed false affirmations in an affidavit to an account.

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