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CVS ROBBERS IDENTIFIED

The man and woman who robbed the CVS Pharmacy in Keyser early Monday afternoon have been identified as 31-year old Lucien Paxton of Keyser and 29-year old Nicole Linaburg of New Creek. Video surveillance of the two led to their arrests. Paxton is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $10,000 bond, while Ms. Linaburg is being held on $6500 bond.

 

SAFE STREETS INITIATIVE CONDUCTED

The latest "Safe Streets Initiative" was conducted last week, resulting in 28 individuals being served 32 arrest warrants. Safe Streets reduces backlogged arrest warrants on charges, ranging from failure to comply, probation violations, burglary, traffic offenses, and one man who was arrested on a sex offense warrant. The Cumberland City Police Department has expressed its thanks to allied law enforcement agencies, along with the general public, in apprehending the wanted individuals.

 

GARRETT ANNOUNCES FIRST RABIES CASE OF THE YEAR

The Garrett County Health Department has announced its first case of laboratory-confirmed rabies cases of the year. A raccoon came in contact with a pet owner and two pets in the Harvey's Peninsula area. Garrett County will be having a series of rabies clinics, schedule from June 9th through the 12th. The number for Environmental Health Services is (301)-334-7760.

 

FIREFIGHTERS ADDRESS MAYOR AND COUNCIL

Numerous city firefighters attended the Cumberland Mayor and Council meeting last night, to talk about the ongoing stalemate between the city and Local 1715. Grant funding for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response ends on June 30th, and the city has not budgeted any funding for the "SAFER" program for the coming fiscal year. For its part, the city has claimed it has tried to keep firefighters hired through the program employed, but that the union has refused the offers from the city of Cumberland.

 

VOTING REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHING

The deadline for registering to vote, changing party affiliation or updating addresses for the upcoming primary election is 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. This will be the last chance for registered voters to update addresses with their local board of election or to change party affiliation. Voter registration applications are available at several locations, including the MVA, marriage license bureaus, public libraries and post offices.

 

FOUR FINALISTS FOR SUPERINTENDENT SPOT

Four finalists have been selected for the soon to open Mineral County School Superintendent spot. They will be taking questions from a Citizen's Advisory Committee and the five members of the Board of Education on Monday. They include Susan Ray of Keyser, who is already affiliated with the school system; Shawn Dilly, the current administrative director of the South Branch Career and Technical Center in Petersburg; David Tupper, middle/high school principal at Bruceton School in Preston County; and, Michael Lewis, former principal at a residential school for youths in Cumberland. Interviews begin at 4 p.m. Monday.

 

MAN ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO PAY FOR FOOD

Cumberland resident Paul Harman was arrested by Cumberland City Police for failing to pay for food at a Baltimore Street business. He was quickly located and taken in to custody. Harman was charged with theft of less than $100, and released pending trial in District Court.

 

BUSINESS NOMINATIONS DUE JUNE 13TH

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominees for its 2014 Outstanding Business Recognition Awards, to be held on Thursday, October 2nd at Frostburg State University's Lane Center. Nominees are being accepted for Business of the Year, the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and Community Service Award. Nomination packages are available at the Chamber, and are due on Friday, June 13th.

 

BOMBER CRASH OBSERVANCE SET

This past January 13th marked the 50th anniversary of the B-52 crash near Grantsville. On July 12th, there will be a memorial service and gathering, to observe the anniversary. Jerry Beachy, the acting chair of the "Buzz One Four" Committee and secretary of the Grantsville Museum, says the grandson of one of the crew members is producing a video of the event, including interviews with people who were part of the search and rescue party. Beachy says there had been problems with the B-52 aircraft, where the vertical stabilizer could become dislodged from the planes. This happened several times with that aircraft.He adds the military was hesitant to ground the B-52 fleet, because of the "Cold War" with Russia.

The website, recounting the incident and previewing the 50th anniversary observance is "www.buzzonefour.org."

 

JURY DUTY SCAM REPORTED

The latest "for profit" scam involves jury duty. A caller, claiming to work for the circuit court, tells the potential victim they are being charged with contempt for missing jury duty, and asks for payment over the phone, using a pre-paid card. Maryland courts do not call people to get payment for a fine. You can check your status or report suspicious activity going to the Maryland Courts website.

 

SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE GRADES

West Virginia schools will be receiving report cards, as well as issuing them in 2015. The West Virginia Board of Education has approved a policy where the schools will be graded on an "A" to "F" scale, which will increase the focus on student and school performance.

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