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Pennsylvania State Police Looking for Child Abductor

The Pennsylvania State Police are looking for a man who abducted a ten-year old girl in Somerset County late last week. The girl has since been released. Police used air support to look for an older model, dark-colored mini-van with several dents. The driver is described as a male with a thin build, a full beard and grey hair. He was last seen wearing a dirty-orange shirt, dirty, ripped jeans and no socks. State Police are asking anyone with information to call them at (814)-445-4104.


Man Indicted for Attempted Murder

Among the indictments returned last week by a Mineral County Grand Jury involves a case, where a man conspired with another man’s wife to kill him. Robert Tappia is currently housed in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, and was arrested in November, when a man told the Keyser Police Department he was the potential victim in a murder-for-hire scheme. Among the charges lodged against Tappia were attempted first-degree murder, attempted malicious wounding, and conspiracy.


Accident Injures Three

Three people were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center on Saturday, following a crash in Interstate 68 at approximately 11:34 a.m. Flintstone resident James Stokes was traveling in the wrong direction on the Interstate, when he collided with a truck, driven by 51-year old Sean McCagh of Cumberland. In his truck was 19-year old Corey McCagh. The crash took place on Interstate 68 eastbound, near the 52-mile marker. None of the injuries was life-threatening, but Stokes was cited for negligent driving.


Pharmacy Break-In Probed

The Cumberland City Police and the C3I unit are investigating a breaking and entering that occurred at South Cumberland Pharmacy on Industrial Boulevard over the weekend. Police say several suspects forced open an entrance door at about 3:00 a.m. Saturday and stole a quantity of prescription medication pills. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumberland City Police or CrimeSolvers.


Woman Severely Wounded in Attack

A Cumberland woman sustained severe head trauma in a baseball-bat attack in the 400-block of Grand Avenue Thursday evening. Arrested and charged with first and second degree assault, along with reckless endangerment was 23-year old Courtney Marie Wills Collins. The victim was struck in the head with the bat, and was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. Ms. Collins was held on $100,000 bond, following a District Court hearing.


Five Arrested on Marijuana Charges

Five Garrett County residents were arrested late last week, after breaking into a model home in the 100-block of Hailee’s Lane in the Red Bush subdivision in the McHenry area. Several tried to flee on foot, but were apprehended. The five broke into the home with the purpose of smoking marijuana. Arrested were 19-year old Nichole Tichinel of Friendsville; Grantsville residents Cody Humberson and Zachary Merrill; and, McHenry residents Jorge Marquez and Nicholas Owens.


Senators Call for Moratorium Extension

Maryland United States Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are joining with a group of 41 senators in calling on the United States Postal Service to extend the current moratorium on the closing of post offices or processing facilities until enactment of postal reform legislation. The current moratorium is scheduled to end May 15th. The Cumberland Area Mail Processing Center had been targeted for closure. In extending the moratorium, no closures would occur until the final postal reform legislation, which is expected to be considered by the U.S. House of Representatives soon.


Two Sentenced in Fatal Shooting

Two Michigan men were sentenced in Somerset County Court last week for their part in the fatal shooting of Brooklyn, New York resident Bryant Adderly near Bakersville nearly three years ago. Toriano McCray was sentenced from 10 to 30 years in prison, while Roland Washington II received a 7-1/2 to 30 year sentence. The two were sent to “teach one of their own” a lesson for stealing from a drug organization. Another man involved in the shooting, Calvin Mallory, headed the organization and ordered the “hit” on Adderly.

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