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Mineral County Attorney Accused of Misconduct

Mineral County attorney Chad B. Cissel has been cited by the West Virginia Lawyer Disciplinary Board, for allegedly not communicating with his clients on numerous occasions. He has also been administratively suspended from practicing law for either failing to pay his annual Bar dues, or disclosing if he has malpractice insurance. A statement of seven charges alleges that Cissel kept four clients in the dark about their cases, including a Mineral County man, accused of robbing a Fort Ashby bank, and another accused of murder in the death of an infant girl. An ethics investigation is underway.

 

Injuries Reported in Corriganville Crash

Several people were hurt in a traffic accident yesterday afternoon at the Mount Savage and Ellerslie Roads. Three people were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Corriganville Fire and Rescue units, along with a Cumberland Fire Department ambulance responded to the scene. There were reports of an overturned vehicle, as the result of the accident. There is no word on the identity, nor the conditions, of those involved.

 

Domestic Assault Results in Arrest

A McHenry man was jailed on $2500 bond, following a domestic incident on Pysell Road Wednesday morning. Justin Alan Sines is accused of entering the bedroom in which his girlfriend was sleeping, and hit her in the head several times. She sustained minor injuries, and Sines was charged with one count of misdemeanor assault. The Maryland State Police responded to the incident, which occurred, just after 5 a.m.

 

Allegany, Garrett Counties to Benefit from POS Funding

Allegany and Garrett counties will benefit from the latest round of Program Open Space funding. The city of Cumberland will receive $3,150 to replace signage at Washington Headquarters/Riverside Park to include custom artwork embedded in fiberglass, and finished with a waterproof topcoat. In Garrett County, the town of Loch Lynn Heights will receive over $25,000 to pave the existing gravel and compacted dust walking trail at the Loch Lynn Heights Athletic Complex. The trail is about 2,640 feet long by 4-feet wide, and provides ADA access to the softball fields, soccer fields, and the concession/restroom building.

 

Man Charged With Killing Bear Out of Season

LaVale resident Charles Frederick Evans is being charged with killing bears out of season, in an incident where one was killed, and another shot, but not recovered. The Cumberland Times-News states that a court appearance for Evans has been set for February 28th at 1 p.m. The incident took place on November 24th, the opening day of the Maryland deer firearms season, at the Green Ridge State Forest, near Daily Road.

 

Pennsylvania Man Held on Drug Charges

Schellsburg, Pennsylvania resident Alex  Gerald Morris was held on $3500 bond, following his arrest Wednesday afternoon in the 400-block of Maryland Avenue. He was originally issued a warning for a traffic violation, but during a consent search of his car, a Cumberland City Police officer discovered various items of CDS paraphernalia and suspected heroin. He is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

Westernport Works To Repair Sewer Line

The town of Westernport will be working on a sewer line on Greene Street this coming Monday. That street, from Central Avenue south, will be blocked intermittently throughout the day. An alternate route will be on Ross Street. the work will begin at about 7:30 a.m. Monday.

 

Health Department Urges Flu Vaccination

The Allegany County Health Department, noting increasing flu activity throughout the state and locally, is urging residents to get a flu shot. All area residents, 6 months of age and older, are urged to get the vaccine, and supplies are limited. The Health Department administers the flu shot every Wednesday from 1 to 4, in the Physical Health clinic area on the main floor of the Willowbrook Office Complex. No appointment is necessary.

 

Woman Wanted in Hit and Run Incident Turns Herself In

A St. Albans, West Virginia woman, who struck and injured a West Virginia State Police Trooper with her car earlier in the week, has turned herself in to authorities. Jennifer Garretson is in custody; the West Virginia State Police say Sgt. Aaron Nichols, who was off duty and out of uniform, but chased Ms. Garretson, who was suspected of shoplifting from a Goody's store. Sgt. Nichols sustained a serious head injury. Her vehicle was initially recovered shortly after the incident. She is on parole for two fraud convictions in 2011 in Kanawha and Putnam counties.

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