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Man Arrested for Assaulting Father


A 48-year old Oldtown man, Joseph Dowell, is being accused of assaulting his father, Calvin, with a tire iron early yesterday morning. Joseph Dowell allegedly shattered the driver's side window of a car and repeatedly struck and stabbed his father with the iron. Calvin Dowell then used a pocket knife to defend himself, cutting his son on the hand. Both were treated for injuries, and Joseph Dowell was charged. He was ordered held on $50,000 bond; he was taken to the Allegany County Detention Center.




Everett Man Sentenced in Sex Abuse Case


A 51-year old Everett man, Kerry Smith will spend the rest of his life in prison in connection with a sex abuse case involving two young girls, who were 8 and 10 years old at the time. Smith was convicted on 69 counts of sexual misconduct, including five counts of the rape of a child, in July. In all, Smith was sentenced to 80 to 195 years in a State Correctional Institution.



Medevac Called To Assist Climbers


The Maryland State Police Medevac helicopter was called out late yesterday afternoon, to assist three climbers who had rappelled off of Lover's Leap in the Narrows. However, those three were able to make it back to the top of the mountain on their own. Direct phone contact was made with the climbers, who said they were OK, and didn't need any help. They were able to meet with emergency personnel at Piedmont and Columbia Avenues around 6:20 p.m.




Mayor Responds to Allegations


Ridgeley Mayor Jim Twigg has issued a statement, noting that he is fully cooperating with an investigation into his alleged misuse of the town’s purchase card. In his statement, Twigg acknowledged using the card, but not with the intent of being dishonest. He has since stopped using the card, and has turned it over, pending the outcome of an audit. He added that he has reimbursed the town for the purchases, and he is cooperating with the investigation. Twigg says he will take appropriate action, pending the outcome of the investigation.




Car Hits Porch on High Bedford Street


The investigation into an accident on High Bedford Street Friday, led to subsequent drug-related charges against two people. Cumberland City Police report that a car had hit the porch of a residence on High Bedford Street. The owner of the vehicle, 36-year old Jason Cistofori, was a passenger in the car, driven by 20 year old Breann Haines. Ms Haines was charged with driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol, while Cristofori was charged with possession of CDS. He was held on $5,000 bond, while Ms. Haines was released, pending trial.




Man Held on $30,000 Bond Following Incident


Eighteen year old Dajon Lopez faces numerous charges, following a Saturday incident on Maryland Avenue. He is accused of breaking and entering a residence there, grabbing the female victim, and pulling her outside of the residence into an alleyway. The victim had an active peace order against him. He was arrested and taken to the Allegany County Detention Center. The victim was not injured in the incident. Furthermore, Lopez was cited for being in possession of alcohol, while under the age of 21.




State Police Conduct Checkpoint


The Maryland State Police conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol on Maryland Routes 36 and 40 in an around the LaVale and Frostburg area late Saturday evening and early yesterday morning. As a result of the special patrol initiative, four troopers stopped 22 vehicles and issued 15 criminal citations and 21 warnings. The patrol also resulted in two DUI arrests.




State Police Slate Explorer Meeting


The Cumberland Barrack of the Maryland State Police is starting an Explorer Post for local youth. The program is designed to introduce young men and women to the world of law enforcement. Interested persons between the ages of 14 and 21 years of age are encouraged to attend a meeting tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Cumberland Barrack on National Highway.




Woman in Fatal Crash Identified


A woman, who died as the result of a single vehicle crash Friday night, has been identified. Forty-nine year old Teresa Marie Fleck of Windber, was traveling on Route 16, when she struck two trees, after failing to negotiate a curve in the roadway. She was not wearing a seatbelt, and died of blunt force trauma to the head. The crash occurred around 6:33 p.m.




U.S. Marshal’s Service Seeking Assistance


The United States Marshal’s Service is asking the public’s assistance in finding fugitives Dallas Cook and Megan Teets. They have both been charged, and have outstanding warrants by the West Virginia State Police for delivery of heroin. They are known to frequent the Baltimore area, where they get the heroin, and bring it back to West Virginia for sale. They both have family in the Berkeley County, West Virginia area. All tips are confidential and can be called into (304)-262-8615.



IRS Files Tax Lien Against State Office


The Internal Revenue Service has filed a tax lien against the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation’s Office of Unemployment Insurance. They say the state department owes the federal government about $850,000 in unpaid taxes. For its part, the DLLR has appealed its tax assessment and claims it does not owe the money the IRS has billed.

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