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Officer Assaulted, Inmate Recaptured

A WCI inmate is back in custody, following the stabbing of a correctional officer and assault of a motorist yesterday morning on Interstate 68 near Grantsville. Inmate Larry Johnson used a pair of pliers to stab Correctional Officer Robert E. Goss and escaped in the prison van. The vehicle and attached trailer jackknifed, and Johnson flagged down passing motorist Alan Gnegy of Morgantown. He was assaulted by Johnson, who drove off in his car. After a brief car chase, Johnson was recaptured, and will be charged with numerous counts, including two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

 

Capon Bridge Man Goes on Shooting Spree

Capon Bridge resident Chris Fleming, apparently angry at his wife, went on a shooting spree in Hampshire County Monday night. Firing several shots outside his home at the Bear Garden Trailer Park, Fleming left in a black Jeep. Along the way he allegedly pointed a gun at a woman and threatened to shoot her. Fleming eventually crashed into the side of a police cruiser. He then pointed the rifle at law enforcement authorities, who fired a round at him, and he immediately surrendered. He is currently being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail at Augusta on $125,000 bond.

 

Man Held on $5,000 Bond Following Hospital Incident

A Cumberland resident was held on $5,000 bond, following an incident Monday evening at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Twenty-nine year old Frank Germaine MacDonald is accused of creating a disturbance in the emergency department; he is also accused of stealing several items from there. He was not a patient at the facility. MacDonald was charged with theft of less than $100, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.

 

Charges Pending Against Rig Driver

Charges are pending against a Texas truck driver, following an accident Monday afternoon in Friendsville. Thirty-year old George Allen Frost was traveling northbound on Route 42 at Second Avenue, when his truck which was hauling paper, went out of control and went off the roadway. The fuel tank ruptured, causing about 100 gallons of fuel to spill. A residence, located at 903 Second Avenue, was also damaged by flying debris from the truck. Frost was uninjured, and the investigation is continuing.

 

Almanack Predicts Heavy Winter Snowstorms

The first snow of the season could fall as early as November 28th, and could continue to hit the area until the end of March. The Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack is also predicting two December nor’easters. The forecast is calling for about 15 possible heavy snow days. The amount of snow and temperatures depend on the size of a developing El Nino. If it is weak to moderate, snow could be in the range of 50 or more inches. If it is strong, then the winter will be wet and warm.

 

O’Malley Addresses DNC

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley addressed the Democrats on the first night of the national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Governor O’Malley seemingly contradicted himself over the weekend. On “Face the Nation” this weekend, Governor O’Malley was asked if people are better off now than they were four years ago. He answered in the negative, but clarified his comments by blaming the policies of the Bush administration for the current economic climate.

 

Database Helps Track Pawn Shop Sales

The Regional Automated Property Information Database was launched in Maryland about two years ago, and it has become a valuable tool in catching thieves. Every stolen item that goes into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center’s database can be checked against the “RAPID” database, allowing law enforcement authorities to find items pawned in Maryland, no matter where they were stolen. Montgomery County was the last to sign onto the program, joining in December of last year.

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