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Man Arrested on Assault Charge
A Cumberland man is being charged with second degree assault, following a weekend incident. Twenty-five year old Brandon Spruell allegedly attacked another person over a stolen computer. The victim was treated at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for facial injuries. Spruell, following a hearing at the District Court Commissioners' office, was held on $2500 bond.

Man Accused of Destroying Christmas Decorations
Twenty-one year old Polk Street resident Michael Wayne Harper was charged with destruction of property and possession of CDS paraphernalia, following a Friday incident on the downtown Cumberland Mall. Michael Wayne Harris allegedly pulled down a large Christmas wreath in the area of Baltimore and Mechanic Streets. He was also found to have a CDS smoking device, along with marijuana residue. He was charged and processed, following his arrest.

State Police Conduct DUI Saturation Patrol
A DUI saturation patrol, conducted by the Maryland State Police over the weekend, netted 12 citations and 37 warnings. The patrol was conducted in the area of Route 36 and 40 in an around the LaVale and Frostburg areas. There was also one DUI arrest, one violation of a protective order and one seized firearm. Motorists are encouraged to report possibly intoxicated drivers by calling (301)-729-2101 or #77.

Fire Ruled Accidental
A fire on Valley Road, at a home owned by Daniel Tanasescu has been ruled accidental. The one-story, wood-framed home sustained about $2500 to the structure and contents. Damage was limited to the basement of the home. A flue, extended out of the basement cleanout, spread to combustible storage. The occupant of the home has been temporarily displaced due to the fire.

Keyser Cuts Budget
Financial figures in Keyser do not match up with revenue estimates, so Mayor Randy Amtower has decided to make cuts now, rather than waiting until the end of the calendar year. General fund revenue estimates have been cut by $80,000, with the city compensating by tapping into the sewer fund. The Mayor noted that there is less fiscal flexibility at the end of the year.

State of Emergency Cancelled in Some West Virginia Counties
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has extended the state of emergency to 22 West Virginia counties affected by Hurricane Sandy. Several nearby West Virginia counties, including Grant, Pendleton, Preston, and Tucker counties have had the declaration extended until December 21st. The counties will continue to receive state and federal funding for debris removal and other needs. Thirty-three counties have had state of emergency status removed, and they include Berkeley, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, and Morgan counties.  

Man Sentenced in Berlin Robbery
Berlin, Pennsylvania resident Joshua Dean Foy has been sentenced to three to six years in prison for trying to steal a bank deposit from a woman who was taking it to First National Bank in Berlin last July. Foy pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, a felony, in September. The victim, Lorrie Shaw, was injured in the robbery and had broken her hip. Foy will be also required to make restitution of over $20,000; he was also ordered to prison as soon as possible.

Man Arrested for Murder of Wife
After ten years, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania resident Thomas Tait has been charged with his wife, Karen. The two met in the Republic of the Philippines, her native land and married in 1998. She came to the United States, and lived with Tait until 2002, when she went missing. Her body was found in 2002 in the Greenbrier State Forest in West Virginia, but had remained unidentified until October of this year, when a DNA match was made. Thomas Tait is currently in jail in Staunton, Virginia on 20 counts of possession of child pornography, and is awaiting sentencing on those charges.

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