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Man Held on Crack Cocaine Charges

Cumberland City Police arrested 23-year old Bo William Palmisano Tuesday afternoon on a bench warrant, but other charges were added when he was found with crack cocaine. Palmisano walked over to an area with shrubs and bushes, and then walked back toward a Cumberland City Police Officer. A plastic baggie, containing several individual baggies of crack cocaine was found in the bushes.  He was charged with possession, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also served with a bench warrant, charging him with violating his probation. Palmisano was held on $50,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Assault with Knife Incident Ends in Arrest

Forty-six year old Winchester Road resident Troy Carlisle McClauley is being held without bail, following an assault incident in the 14,000-block of Winchester Road yesterday afternoon. He is accused of assaulting another man at the residence, after arguing over the use of a vehicle. The victim was not injured, but McClauley was charged with two counts of assault and one count of reckless endangerment.


Assault, Reckless Endangerment Charges Lodged

A 56-year old Cumberland man faces assault and reckless endangerment charges, following an incident Tuesday evening in the 500-block of Maryland Avenue. James Oliver Long is accused of lunging at one victim with a kitchen-style knife, cutting his finger. A second victim stated he tried to stop Long and that his hand was cut with a knife as well. Both were treated at the scene, while one of the victims required further treatment of a non-life threatening injury. Long was arrested a short time later on Elm Street. He was held on $20,000 bond.


Argument Between Neighbors Results in Arrest

LaVale resident Robert Lee Riggleman was arrested last night, following an incident on Asbury Avenue. He and a neighbor had been arguing, and he was ordered several times to lower his voice. When he refused, he was arrested by members of the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with both disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order. He was released pending trial, following an initial appearance in District Court.


Drowning Victim Recovered

The body of 22-year old Brian Brick of Romney, who drowned in the Tygart Valley River last weekend, has been recovered. Brick was a WVU student, and he was recovered about 7 p.m. Monday. The body was taken to the West Virginia State Medical Examiners’ Office in Charleston.  


Man Sentenced for Indecent Assault

A Conemaugh Township man has been sentenced to one to 23 months in a Somerset County Jail on indecent assault charges. Police say 48-year old James Everett Foor is accused of assaulting a young boy, who was four years old at the time. Foor is maintaining his innocence, and he will not receive credit for time served. His jail time will be followed by two years probation.


Former State Senator John Corderman Passes Away at 70

Former Maryland State Senator and Washington County Circuit judge John “Jack” Corderman has passed away at the age of 70. Corderman escaped death in 1989, when a package of pipe bombs exploded in his Hagerstown apartment. He suffered shrapnel wounds to his right hand and abdomen and partial hearing loss. Nobody was ever charged in connection with that incident.  He sat on the Circuit Court bench in Washington County for 14 years, retiring in 1993.


I-81 Southbound Closed After Fatal Accident

A woman, from Crystal River, Florida, was killed in a two vehicle collision late Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 81 Southbound, just south of State Line Road. The crash occurred when 20-year old Brandon Scott Martz made an unsafe lane change in the road, directly into the path of another car, driven by Stanley Stankiewicz, also of Crystal River. Martz’s truck turned sideways and was struck by the Stankiewicz vehicle. The right front passenger, Clara Magdalen Stankiewicz was seriously injured and later pronounced dead. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor, but charges are pending after consultation with the Washington County State’s Attorney’s office. The southbound lanes of I-81 were closed for about two hours.


“Shop Maryland” Tax Free Week Set

“Shop Maryland Week” is being held from August 12th through the 18th, meaning qualifying apparel and footwear, $100 or less, are exempt from Maryland’s 6-per cent sales tax. Accessory items are not included. Next year, there will be a tax-free weekend, during which sales and use tax will not apply to the sale of certain Energy Star products, or solar water heaters. That weekend has been set for February 16th through the 18th of 2013.

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