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Prison Murder Remains Under Investigation


The Maryland State Police continue the investigation into the murder of an inmate who died from injuries sustained in an assault last November at the Western Correctional Institution. The victim has been identified as 19-year old Jerod Pridget; he was assaulted in his cell on November 26th and died two days later at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. A suspect, who is an inmate at WCI, has been identified and charges are pending against him, pending a presentation to an Allegany County Grand Jury.




C3I Attempting to Contact Theft Victims


As part of the continuing investigation into a rash of recent burglaries in the Frostburg area, C3I investigators are attempting to contact victims and have them identify stolen property that has been recovered. Twenty-year old Cole Michael McCormick of Mount Savage, along with three 17-year old juveniles-all from the Frostburg area-have been arrested. Investigators are urging victims, if they have not already been contacted, to call the C3I unit to make arrangements to recover their property. The number is (301)-777-0326.




Man Flees Police, But Later Captured


Oldtown Road resident Brandon McMillen was arrested late Sunday night, after fleeing from police. McMillen continued through a red light at the intersection of Baltimore and Front Street, and attempted to speed away from the officer. The driver then got out of the car and fled the area on foot. He was captured after a brief foot chase. McMillen was charged with driving while his license was suspended, fleeing and eluding on foot, and failure to stop at a light. He was released after posting $1,000 bond.




Bond Revoked for Frostburg Man


Bond has been revoked for a Frostburg man, who is charged in Garrett County with drug distribution. Thirty-three year old Anthony Racic has already pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, clonazepam and to possession of heroin. Sentencing has been postponed, but Racic’s Bond has been revoked.




Firefighter Suffers Smoke Inhalation


A Pennsylvania firefighter suffered smoke inhalation during a fire in Somerset County over the weekend. Robert Wain, Sr. was treated at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center and was released Sunday night. The home, in Hooversville, was completed destroyed by the fire. The family in the house escaped safely, but lost everything in the fire. The cause is under investigation, but is not suspicious in nature.




Welcome Home for Jake Reynolds


A special “Welcome Home” celebration is planned this evening for Jake Reynolds, winner of the gold medal in the Alpine SkiingSuper Giant Slalom category of the 2013 World Winter Special Olympics in South Korea. It will begin at 5 p.m. at the Liberty Street Stage in Downtown Cumberland. Jake lives with his mother, Pam and is a participant in the Allegany County Special Olympics.




First Energy Warns of Scam


First Energy is warning its customers of the latest scam, in which a telephone caller, posing as an electric utility company employee, threatens to shut off power, unless an immediate payment is made using a prepaid debit card, such as a Green Dot card. Those cards are prepaid debit cards, and some use them to pay bills or add money to online accounts. Green Dot cards are not officially sanctioned by First Energy as a bill-payment method.



O’Malley To Testify on Wind Energy, Death Penalty


Governor Martin O’Malley will testify this week on off-shore wind energy turbines off the coast of Ocean City. On Thursday, he will appear before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, which is considering his bill to repeal the death penalty. The committee, however, is also considering a bill that would impose the death penalty on those who commit murder on the grounds of a school or child care center. Governor O’Malley has been a vocal opponent of the death penalty.




Judge Grants Motion on Maryland/Virginia Border


A judge recently ruled that Maryland’s border ends, and Virginia’s begins, at the water’s edge on the south side of the Potomac River. A motion by river-ride operators of Rail and Trail Outfitters of Knoxville, Maryland and River riders of Harper’s Ferry to dismiss a lawsuit by Potomac Shores, Incorporated, which owns a section of the river bottom was granted. Potomac Shores claimed that river-rafting operators were using land on the Virginia shore that was within the boundary of Maryland, due to changes in the river’s level and course over the years. That dry land would, therefore, belong to Potomac Shores.

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