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South Cumberland Robbery Investigated


The Cumberland City Police Department and the C3I unit are currently investigating a strong-armed robbery that took place early Sunday morning in the 800-block of Lafayette Avenue in Cumberland. The victim in the robbery, a 38-year old woman, was taken to the Western Maryland Health System for treatment. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600.



Fires Investigated


Two recent fires are under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. The Hen House sustained about $50,000 in damage in a fire last Friday evening. The cause was traced to a propane leak, feeding the kitchen equipment. The business is temporarily closed for repairs. And, a fire Saturday evening at the Cindy Bittner residence on Mount Savage Road caused about $30,000 in damage. That blaze was determined to be accidental as the result of an overloaded extension cord.


Power Outage in Downtown Cumberland


A transformer fire near the Interstate 68 Crosstown Bridge knocked out power to the downtown Cumberland area yesterday afternoon. The outage happened around 2 p.m. and power was restored by 3:15 p.m. The outage affected traffic signals in the area.



Two Killed in Crash


Two people were killed in a crash along Old Route 220, just outside of Newry early yesterday morning, but the accident went unnoticed for several hours. Thirty-year old Dustin Claycomb and 21-year old Paige Musselman were killed in the crash. Claycomb apparently lost control of his vehicle, went off the road, struck a utility pole, crossed through a yard, and rolled the vehicle several times, before coming to rest on the bank of Poplar Run. Both were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.



Hyndman Man Charged in Assault


A Hyndman man is charged with assaulting a Bedford County fire chief at the scene of a crash early Sunday morning. Twenty-two year old Michael Sutphin allegedly assaulted 45-year old Ronald Spiker on Fairhope Road. Sutphin was not involved in the crash, but was in the area at the time. Spiker suffered a broken finger, facial injuries and back pain and was treated at the Western Maryland Health System. Sutphin was arested and released on $25,000 unsecured bond.



PACE Tickets On Sale


Tickets for the annual Allegany County PACE reception are now on sale. The event, to be held at the Loew's Annapolis hotel on January 23rd, is themed "Energizing Maryland." Tickets are also available for the PACE breakfast to be held the next day. The price for the tickets, if purchased before Friday, are $130. Checks should be made available to PACE, P.O Box 3273, LaVale, Maryland 21504-3273. Tickets may also be purchased online at" Click the tab for "tickets" on the home page.



Gansler Files Fundraising Suit


Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler has filed suit to stop his opponent's running mate in the governor's race from raising money during the General Assembly session. The suit focuses on Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, the running mate of Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown. Ulman is currently allowed to raise money, but Brown is not.



Double-Fatal Plane Crash Near Gettysburg


The NTSB and FAA are investigating a plane crash in Adams County, Pennsylvania last week, but authorities have still not released the identities of the victims. The crash happened early Thursday morning, and preliminary indications are that mechanical failure was to blame. Debris was strewn a quarter-mile across a cornfield, and the plane was demolished.



Long Term Benefits End on Saturday


Long term unemployment benefits ended for nearly 7,000 West Virginia residents on Saturday, as the House and Senate failed to approve an extension for the program that provides those benefits. Both are now on holiday break. In West Virginia, when a person loses his or her job, they are eligible for 26 weeks of unemployment benefits from the state. After that, they qualify for 28 weeks of extended benefits, paid for by the federal government. The unemployment rate in the Mountain State was 6.1 per cent in November, as compared to the national rate of 7 per cent.



Population Declines in West Virginia


West Virginia and Maine are two states losing population in the past year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The state's population declined just over 2370 residents, when compared to the 2012 census figures. Only 16 of West Virginia's 55 counties showed population growth since the 2010 census.



Warning Issued on Life Alert Scam


The attorney general for West Virginia, Patrick Morrissey, is warning senior citizens about a scam, involving Life Alert devices. Callers are told they could receive a free device, if they provide a credit card number to cover the cost of its shipping, handling, handling and activation fees. The bottom line is, consumers should verify any information requested, before making a purchase.



Delegate Proposes Legalized Medical Marijuana


West Virginia Delegate Mike Manypenny is trying, for the fourth time, to get the legislature to legalize medical marijuana. He says that last year, he had a few lawmakers on his side, but heading into the 2014 session, he says he has 18 to 20 other delegates ready to sign on to the bill. Twenty states and the District of Columbia already allow marijuana use for medicinal purposes. The West Virginia Legislature will convene a week from tomorrow, on January 8th.


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