CAPON VALLEY BANK ROBBED
The investigation into the robbery of the Capon Valley Bank is continuing. The robbery happened just after 11 a.m. Wednesday, when two suspects entered the bank, brandished a firearm and then fled with an undisclosed amount of money. Their getaway vehicle was found, on fire, a short time later, not far from the bank. One of the suspects was wearing a clown mask with orange hair and a large cloth suit. It is believed the second suspect was possibly a female.
BOARD MEETING POSTPONED
A special meeting of the Allegany County Board of Education, to consider awarding a contract for the demolition of the former Braddock campus of the Western Maryland Health System, has been postponed. The meeting was to have been held this morning at the Board office on Washington Street. Staff is still going over the demolition bids.
EDUCATORS, STUDENTS SPEAK AGAINST FUNDING CUTS
Several members of the Allegany County Teachers' Association, along with several students addressed the County Commissioners yesterday on cuts to education funding for the coming fiscal year. Funding is being reduced by $352,000; if the current budget is passed, this will be the third year of minimum funding.
CUMBERLAND WOMAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
Twenty-two year old Cumberland resident Ellarose Alice Cheek was served with a criminal summons, stemming from an assault investigation, which took place in the 300-block of Race Street earlier in the month. She allegedly pulled a knife on a male victim, threatening to stab him. Charges were applied for in District Court.
DISTURBANCE COMPLAINT LODGED AGAINST MAN
Forty-year old Cumberland resident Johnny Lee Fields was charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. He is accused of going to a residence in the 200-block of Baltimore Avenue and chased, yelled at, and threatened another person. The victim applied for charges in District Court, and Fields was later issued the summons.
GARRETT COUNTY MAN JAILED IN GEORGIA
McHenry resident Taurus Centaur has been arrested in Georgia, on charges he purchased a diamond ring at a downtown Pittsburg store with a forged cashier's check. Centaur had faked blindness, and had gained the jewelry store employee's trust by asking specific, educated questions about his purchase. Centaur is also suspected of crimes in other states.
VIRGINIA MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
Delaplane, Virginia resident Derek Mackenzie Clark was charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, following a traffic stop on Interstate 68, west of the 12-mile marker. A search of his car yielded the CDS. He was released on a criminal citation.
ROMNEY RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN GARRETT COUNTY
Romney residents Marie Raines and Edward Dickenson were arrested in Garrett County and charged with possession of marijuana and other CDS paraphernalia. They were charged and processed at the McHenry barrack, before being released.
VIDEO BEING REVIEWED IN THEFT CASE
The Pennsylvania State Police at Somerset are currently reviewing surveillance video at the "Moo Echo" store on Glades Pike in Somerset. They say a person broke into the business, looking for money. After finding none, the burglar reportedly took several food items instead. The investigation is continuing.
RESIDENTS ASKED TO BOIL WATER
Residents and businesses in certain areas are being told to boil water before using it, after a contractor broke a water line along Christian Church Road. Results showing the water is safe are due within 48 hours. They are also being told they can use bottled water without risk.
SILICA LEAK REPAIRED IN MORGAN COUNTY
Repairs have been made to the U.S. Silica Plant in Morgan County, West Virginia. A mix of sulfuric acid, sodium hydroxide, and petroleum sulfonate leaked from the plant on Tuesday. Route 522 was shut down briefly Tuesday, but hazmat crews determined it was safe to open the road, and the spill was quickly repaired.
O'Malley Signs Transgender Bill Into Law
Despite opposition, Governor Martin O'Malley signed a bill, designed to stop discrimination against transgender people. Delegate Neil Parrott, of "MD Petitions.com" wants to see the bill go to referendum. He says the majority of the group believes the bill should be decided by the voters. Delegate Kathy Szleiga says it's a poorly crafted law, which allows transgendered people access to women's rest rooms. Delegate Parrott says that although supporter say 18 states now have such a bill, the reality is that only three have the law. He had recently spoken to a woman, who experienced the transgender law first-hand.
WOMAN HIT BY TRAIN IDENTIFIED
A Jefferson County, West Virginia woman who was struck and killed by a train this week has been identified as Lisa Webb. She had been walking down the tracks with her back to the train when she was struck. Roads around Crane's Lane were shut down for about two hours. Friends and family members say she suffered from seizures and short-term memory loss, which may have contributed to slow reaction time, but that hasn't been confirmed yet.