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Two Robberies Being Investigated

The Allegany County C3I unit is investigating two robberies in the area this past weekend. On Saturday night, two armed men tried to rob the Cozy Inn in Bel Air. Two men entered the bar, and demanded money from the cash register. They fled the scene, when the victim pepper-sprayed one of the two would-be robbers. Late Sunday evening, one person robbed Powell's Grocery along Route 36 in Lonaconing. The suspect did not actually display a gun, but had his hand in his pocket, as if he had one. He left the store with an unknown amount of cash. Any information on the robberies should be forwarded to either the C3I unit, or the Allegany County Sheriff's Office.


Officer Charged With CDS Counts

A newly hired correctional officer at the Detention Center has been charged with CDS counts, after he allegedly bought oxycodone from an undercover officer. Twenty-six year old William Eugene Smith was arrested following a buy at the Sheetz store in Cresaptown last Thursday morning. Sheriff Craig Robertson had contacted the C3I Narcotics Unit and asked for their assistance in determining if information regarding a newly hired officer was correct. Smith was arrested when the sale was completed.


Ridgeley May Look at Water Rate Increase

The city of Keyser has begun the process of raising water and sewer rates, and now the town of Ridgeley is looking at increasing its water rates. The town has incurred several major expenses since the beginning of the current fiscal year, and has also experienced several water leaks. Ridgeley gets its water from the city of Cumberland and the monthly bill is based on the highest monthly usage for the previous year.


YMCA Holds Ribbon Cutting for Field House

The Riverside YMCA held a ribbon-cutting yesterday for its newly renovated field house for indoor soccer. Shelly Minnigh, membership director at the "Y" says the former hockey rink had been used as an all purpose area, until there was a need for an indoor soccer facility. Immediately after the ribbon cutting, the indoor soccer season began.


Somerset County Man Dies in Single-Vehicle Accident

A Hooversville man, who was involved in a single-vehicle accident late last week, has died of his injuries. Twenty-one year old Cody Jerin lost control of his vehicle, and hit a guardrail, sending his vehicle into the air. The car hit a dirt embankment and the car rolled over several times. Jerin was ejected, and was thrown about 100 feet. Jerin hit a house on Patrick Road. Jerin died at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.


Fort Ashby Man Charged with Possession

Twenty-six year old Fort Ashby resident Joshua Ours was cited for possession of less than ten grams of marijuana, following a traffic stop on Virginia Avenue Sunday. He was taken to the Cumberland City Police station and charged with possession. He was processed and issued a Maryland Criminal Citation and released pending trial.


Flu Vaccination Could Decrease Cardiac Event

The Journal of the American Medical Association is reporting that people with a history of heart disease, and who received the flu vaccination, had their risk of suffering a major cardiac event reduced by an average of 36 per cent. Those people were also less likely to die from cardiac-related causes, and persons who obtained a more potent high-dose vaccine reduced their risk of a major cardiac event by an additional 30 per cent over those who were given the regular seasonal vaccine.


All County Chorus to Perform

The 2013 All County Junior and Senior Choruses will perform next Wednesday, November 13th, beginning at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Fort Hill High School. Admission is free and open to the public. The choral festival is the first in a series to be held during the 2013-2014 school year. Kyle Weary, the lead vocal teacher for the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, will lead the senior chorus, consisting of 80 singers, representing the three county high schools.


Woman Charged in Death of Daughter

A Washington County woman is being charged with the death of her 2-month old daughter. Twenty-two year old Yadina Morales of Hagerstown was allegedly intoxicated, and passed out while breast-feeding her daughter. When she awakened, the child was underneath her and unresponsive. The baby was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Ms. Morales was also treated at the hospital, where she was booked and charged.

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