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One of Two Shooting Suspects Arrested

One of two shooting suspects in a fatal Labor Day shooting in Ridgeley was arrested over the weekend in Williamsport, Maryland. Twenty-seven year old Rasjahnon Roberts was taken into custody, and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Ryan Henry and the wounding of his brother Richard, both of New Jersey. Records indicate that Roberts is a resident of North Mechanic Street in Cumberland. He is being held at the Washington County Detention Center, pending extradition to West Virginia. His brother, Rashammach, is still being sought.


Man Arrested for Attempted Murder

A Cumberland man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder. David Antoine Lee was taken into custody in connection with an assault involving a knife, outside an establishment on Virginia Avenue. The stabbing sent two people to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Injuries were said to be non-life threatening. He was charged with one count of attempted 2nd degree murder, along with assault, reckless endangerment, affray and disorderly conduct. He is being held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Cumberland Man Held on Felony Assault Charges

Forty-six year old Cumberland resident Jeff Padgent is being held on $50,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, on charges of felony assault, in connection wqith an incident on September 9th on Virginia Avenue. He allegedly assaulted his girlfriend, dropped her off at the hospital, then fled. She sustained significant facial injuries in the incident.


Western Maryland Counties Considering Lobbyist

As the state develops a comprehensive statewide growth program, the five Western Maryland counties are considering hiring a lobbyist to promote their interests. The proposal would call for the commissioners from Allegany, Garrett, Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties to contribute $5,000 each toward a lobbyist. The comprehensive document, dubbed “PlanMaryland” has been released with revisions based on the response to the initial draft. The Maryland Planning Department is requesting public comment on the new draft through November 9th.


Somerset County Juvenile Dies From Gunshot Wound

The investigation into the fatal shooting of a Somerset County juvenile is being conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police. A juvenile male was pronounced dead at the Somerset hospital, from a single gunshot wound around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Investigators were processing the scene where the shooting occurred, and police are not searching for anyone in relation to the shooting.


Bike Ride Promotes Allegheny Trail

A group of Cumberland residents, including Cumberland City Council member Nick Scarpelli participated in a bike ride from Connellsville, Pennsylvania to Cumberland, to help promote the Allegheny Trail. The group left Cumberland on a CSX train on Thursday evening, stayed overnight in Connellsville. The first leg of the return trip ended in Rockwood, with the group’s arrival in Cumberland on Saturday.


Bedford Drug Supplier Arrested

The Bedford County Drug Task Force has arrested a 19-year old man, whom they believe was a drug supplier. Tyler Shomo faces three counts of delivery of a controlled dangerous substance and related offenses. A criminal investigation was begun earlier this year, and has included the arrest of a half-dozen criminal defendants over the course of the past two months. The allegations involve the delivery of heroin to an undercover State Police Vice Unit Trooper on three separate occasions, beginning in August of this year.


Restricted Access to Alley

The city of Cumberland Engineering Department says that, beginning Monday, and running through November 15th, there will be restricted traffic access to an alley between West Union Street and West Harrison Street. This will be at the Union Street intersection. Harbel, Incorporated is doing some work in that area. If there are any questions, contact Harbel, Incorporated at (301)-729-8303.


Health Department Holding Flu Clinics

The Allegany County Health Department has scheduled seasonal flu vaccine clinics for 2011. The next clinic will be held on Tuesday at the Midland Fire Hall from 4 to 6 p.m., and the third on Thursday, September 29th at the Oldtown Fire Hall from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information on the clinics, including the cost, call the Health Department at (301)-759-5090.

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