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Two Assaults in Two Days At Prisons

There have been two assaults in two days at each of the Cumberland area prisons. In the most recent incident, a 52-year old inmate serving a life sentence for first-degree sexual assault was wounded Tuesday at North Branch Correctional Institution. Another inmate, serving a life sentence, has been identified as the suspect. The victim was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. On Monday, an inmate was found unresponsive in his cell at the Western Correctional Institution, with serious head and facial injuries. He was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Another inmate is being questioned in that case.


Driver Charged Following Tuesday Accident

A fifty-seven year old Cumberland man was charged, following a two-vehicle crash near the entrance to Braddock Square. John Munday allegedly failed to stop for a red light and hit another car, driven by 19-year old Sutton Apsey of Cresaptown. Munday failed to stop at the scene of the collision, but was quickly apprehended. Both he and Apsey were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Munday was charged with DUI, fleeing the scene of a personal injury collision, and related traffic charges. He was also found to be in possession of a small amount of suspected marijuana. He was issued a criminal citation for that and was released on his signature, after being charged.


Mayor Under Investigation

Although he says there is none, the Mineral County Sheriff says there is, in fact, an investigation underway, of Ridgeley Mayor Jim Twigg. Sheriff Craig Fraley says that if there are charges, they will come during the January term of the Mineral County grand jury. The mayor is accused of misuse of a government credit card, known as a "P-card," and the investigation is centered around trips the mayor has taken. for his part, Twigg has paid back $407 to the town for "questionable" charges.


Fort Hill Incident Reported

Law enforcement officials are continuing to investigate an incident at Fort Hill yesterday, in which a threatening message was discovered at the school. It was evacuated and searched for any signs of danger. Law enforcement officials and bomb-detecting K-9 units determined the threat was unfounded, and staff and students were allowed to return to the building. School and system administrators are working to determine who was responsible for the threat.


Man Held on  $45,000 Bond

Thirty-year old Westernport resident Joseph Melvin Kyle III was held on $45,000 bond, after allegedly breaking into a Barton residence. Kyle allegedly was in the kitchen area, eating food belonging to the home owner. He was later found lying on the bedroom floor. The victim left her home, and called the Sheriff's Department. He faces various burglary charges and theft of under $100.00.


Woman Arrested in November 15th Incident

Thirty-year old Brenda Lene Ogden has been arrested in connection with an incident on November 15th on Union Street. She allegedly attacked a female victim, while in a vehicle and stole $40 from her. Cumberland " City Police were able to identify her, and apply for charges against her. Following a hearing in District Court, she was held on $20,000 bond in the Allegany County Detention Center.


Somerset County Receives State Grants

Somerset County, Pennsylvania will benefit from over $122,000 in grants from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The first grant of over $118,000 will be used by the Somerset County Conservancy Charitable Trust to acquire property and infrastructure to provide public access to the Kimberly Run Natural Area. Maple Summit Snowmobilers, Inc., will receive a $4,000 grant to purchase a trailer to transport equipment used to maintain the 65-mile Laurel Highlands Snowmobile Trail System in Somerset County.


West Virginia Escapes Worst of Foreclosure Crisis

West Virginians can boast the nation's highest rate of home ownership, a title it has held for more than two decades. Additionally, the state has largely escaped the worst of the foreclosure crisis experienced in other parts of the country. Counties in the Eastern Panhandle were the only ones to experience any substantial loss of home value as mortgages plunged. There was also a lack of sub-prime lending in West Virginia.



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