Suspect Arrested in CVS Pharmacy Robbery

Progress has been made in one of four robberies which have taken place in the area over the last week. On Tuesday, Keyser resident Steven Mayhew was charged with robbery, conspiracy and accessory to a robbery, in connection with the theft of painkillers from the Keyser CVS Pharmacy Saturday night. He was jailed on $100,000 bond; two additional suspects have been identified, and warrants for their arrests are expected. The painkillers Oxycodone and Fentanyl were taken around 9 p.m. Saturday. Anonymous information pointed to Mayhew as a possible suspect. Credit was given to the Keyser City Police, the Allegany County C3I unit and the Mineral County Sheriff’s office.


Many Still Without Power

A spokesperson for Potomac Edison says it could be later today, before power is restored to all customers in Western Maryland who were affected by last weekend’s snow storm. Power was restored to more than 43,000 customers in Maryland; Washington County was hit the hardest, and where restoration is expected to take the longest. Most of the outages are being attributed to tree limbs, and in some cases, entire trees, falling on power lines, knocking out power.


Man Arrested in Assault Incident

Cumberland resident Carl Skidmore III is being held on $2500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, following an assault incident Halloween evening in South Cumberland. Cumberland Police responded to an assault in progress in the 400-block of Virginia Avenue. Those involved were told to leave the area; police returned about a half an hour later to a disturbance on West Second Street. Skidmore was then arrested and charged with 2nd degree assault, disorderly conduct, failure to obey a lawful order and disturbing the peace.


Representative May Lose District

Pennsylvania State Senator John Eichelberger may no longer be a Bedford County representative, following a legislative redistricting plan passed this week in Harrisburg. The plan was approved 3 to 2, by the  Legislative Reapportionment Commission.That part of the 30th Senatorial District will now be included in the 35th Senatorial District, now represented by Democrat John Wozniak of Johnstown. The last time a Democrat represented Bedford County was in 1882.


AccuWeather Presents Winter Forecast

Some depend on the Old Farmer’s Almanac, and some the Hagerstown Almanac for their weather predictions. AccuWeather, based in State College, Pennsylvania, says that in the northeast, the long range forecast will not be as extreme as last winter. The Midwest and Great Lakes region will get the worst of the winter weather this year, with southern states getting more ice than snow. Chicago is being targeted for extremely cold temperatures and severe snowstorms.


Maryland  To Receive DOJ Grants

The state will be receiving $2.2 million in awards from the Department of Justice, to help women who are the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence. Governor Martin O’Malley’s office says that, in the state, there were 38 domestic violence-related homicides in calendar years 2009 and 2010 combined. In Fiscal Year 2010, there were over 18,000 temporary and over 9,000 final protective orders filed in the state. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Maryland is ranked 17th in terms of call volume.


Tomblin To be Sworn in November 13th

Governor-Elect Earl Ray Tomblin will be sworn into office on November 13th. Tomblin has announced that the Legislature will be called into special session at noon on that day to certify the results of the October 4th special election. Tomblin took over as acting governor on November15th of last year, when former Governor Joe Manchin resigned to take his seat in the U.S. Senate.


Natural Gas Prices to Drop

Natural gas rates are expected to drop this winter, according to the West Virginia Public Service Commission. The lower interim rates are now in effect, allowing companies to recover the cost of purchased gas. There is one natural gas company in the Mountain State that will, in fact, increase its rates, and that is Hope Gas. Their price will rise from $4.83 to $5.60 per 1,000 cubic feet.


Bedford County Sees Improvement in Unemployment Rate

Bedford County saw the greatest improvement in the unemployment rate from August to September of this year. The rate dropped from 10.4 per cent in August to 9.5 per cent in September. Employment increased by 600 jobs over the month. The state unemployment rate during that time was 8.3 per cent, and the national rate was 9.1 percent.