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Woman Sentenced in Pharmacy Robbery

Westernport resident Sandra Duckworth has been sentenced to ten years in prison for the robbery of the Tri-Towns Pharmacy in August of this year. She entered the pharmacy and pepper-sprayed the employees, then proceeded to take various prescription pills. She was taken into custody shortly after that. In addition to the sentence, she was sentenced to an additional four years, which were suspended; she will also have two years supervised probation on her release from prison. The case was prosecuted by State's Attorney Michael Twigg in Allegany County Circuit Court. Michael Stankan from the Public Defender's Office represented Ms. Duckworth.

 

Two Charged with Identity Theft

Two Cumberland women have been charged with identity theft, following an incident on Monday at a Somerville Avenue residence. Both 24-year old Jakela Watkins and 22-year old Bianca Murphy are accused of stealing another person's wallet, which contained both currency and a credit card. Both were seen on video utilizing the stolen credit card for purchases. Both Ms. Watkins and Ms. Murphy were held on a $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Litigation May Go To Trial in May

The case between the city of Cumberland and the firefighters union may go to trial in May. City Administrator Jeff Rhodes was deposed for almost four hours yesterday at the Allegany County Courthouse on Washington Street. At issue is a switch in the employee health care provider from Blue Cross/Blue Shield to CIGNA insurance. The move would save the city nearly $400,000 annually. The IAFF local has so far refused, because it wants a part of the savings to be used to address department concerns, such as increased staff levels.

 

Inmate Hurt in Attack

The Allegany County 911 Center dispatched an ambulance yesterday, to transport an inmate at the Western Correctional Institution to the hospital. The inmate had been injured in a fight with his cellmate. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries.

 

Waverly Terrace to Close on Friday

Waverly Terrace, from Baltimore Street to Ridgeway Terrace, will be closed to all traffic, beginning on Friday. The closure will also happen next Tuesday and Wednesday for milling and paving. On those dates, all vehicles must be off the street from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vehicles not moved will be towed. No parking signs will be posted on the street, in advance of the work. During the street improvement work, traffic will be detoured onto Ridgeway Terrace. The schedule will be adjusted because of the weather, if necessary.

 

Frostburg Eagles Closed as Investigation Continues

The Frostburg Eagles Club has been closed since May, and when it will reopen remains unclear. There is an ongoing investigation by the Allegany County States' Attorney's Office into missing funds; an officer in the organization is currently a person of interest in the ongoing investigation.

 

Delegate Myers Announces Candidacy for County Commission

Current Western Maryland Delegate Leroy Myers has announced he will run for a seat on the Washington County Board of Commissioners next year. He had previously announced he would not seek re-election to the Maryland House of Delegates. Myers announced 12 years ago he would run for a seat in the House of Delegates, which led to the defeat of former Speaker of the House, Casper Taylor.

 

Commissioners' Meeting Cancelled

The Allegany County Commissioners will not have a public business meeting this week. The next public business meeting is set for next Thursday, November 14th at 5 p.m., at the Allegany County Office Building on Kelly Road.

 

SHA Ready for Winter

The Maryland State Highway Administration is ready for another Western Maryland winter. Tony Crawford, District Six Engineer, says the SHA's goals while keeping the roads safe, are to reduce salt use, and protect the environment. Crawford says the spring of 2014 will see the reconstruction of the Keyser's Ridge SHA facility. In order to reduce salt use, Crawford says the SHA uses a technique called "sensible salting," by calculating pounds per inch, per land-mile. And, Crawford commented on a pilot program at the District 7 facility in Frederick County, in which crews used a 20 per cent beet juice mixture to pre-treat roads. The beet juice/brine combination had a freezing point of below zero. There were drawbacks to using that solution, and Crawford says the SHA uses a mixture of salt, brine and anti-skid aggregate on the roads.

 

Maryland Carriers To Drop 73,000 Members

The Maryland Insurance Administration says carriers have told the state they plan to discontinue non-grandfathered individual health benefit plans, affecting more than 73,000 members in Maryland next year. Individual health insurance policies are being canceled for millions of people nationwide; some are being discontinued because they don't meet the higher benefit requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Some of the companies canceling policies include CareFirst of Maryland; Aetna Life Insurance Company; and, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Incorporated.

 

Rite Aid Pulls Certain Cold Medications

Rite Aid has pulled several cold medications that contain only pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The company will continue to sell medications that contain a combination of pseudo and other ingredients. The Rite Aid chain in West Virginia is among the top sellers of medicines containing pseudoephedrine; there are more than 100 Rite Aid stores in West Virginia.

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