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Man Shot; Police Seek Suspect

The Cumberland City Police are investigating a shooting incident in the 200-block of Columbia Street early yesterday evening. Twenty-four year old Rodricus Wilkes was running down the street, and was found near Bond Street. He was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. Police say he was involved in an altercation at 11 Independence Street, which led to the shooting.


Two Arrested in Frostburg Altercation

Two Frostburg residents were arrested early Sunday morning, following a fight in the parking lot of the 7-11. Twenty-eight year old Markos Limenih and 25-year old Nicholas Barrett Payne were arrested by Frostburg Police for disorderly conduct. Twenty-five year old Richard Keller was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.


Operation "Takedown VI" Announced for this Week

"Operation Takedown VI" is underway, and will conclude Friday. Law enforcement authorities are seeking the public's help in locating seventeen individuals, who have open arrest warrants. Charges range from theft, to drug charges to failure to appear. The Cumberland Police Department's Safe Streets Program is requesting citizens, and those in the surrounding communities, to assist in the apprehension of numerous individuals wanted for criminal activities.


Cumberland Man Taken To WMRMC Following Arrest

Twenty-six year old William Nathaniel Cox was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, following his arrest on Sunday. He initially assaulted a woman in the 100-block of Grand Avenue, and was arrested with the assistance of several police units. He struck an officer at that location and as he was being processed at police headquarters. Cox also tried to harm himself with an ink pen, and was taken to the hospital for evaluation. He faces several assault counts, along with resisting arrest, destruction of property and failure to obey a lawful order. He was held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Man Held on $7500 Bond Following Arrest

Forty-one year old Brooks Broze Warner of Cumberland was charged with second degree assault and possession of a dangerous weapon, following an incident in the 300-block of Baltimore Avenue Sunday. Warner assaulted a woman there, and was also served with an arrest warrant, which charged him with being in possession of a dangerous weapon. He was held on $7500 bond.


Second Cancellation for Piedmont Town Meeting

For the second time, three Piedmont town council members were absent, and the latest meeting was cancelled. There were only two other council members and the Mayor present for the meeting. There was also talk of petitioning a Circuit Court Judge to remove the three members from office, if they are absent from the next meeting. The next council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24th at 6 p.m. There is a meeting for council members, set for today.


Attorney General Announces Social Media Campaign

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler has announced plans for a social media campaign to educate teens, parents, and others about how to protect their privacy while using social media. The campaign is being launched in cooperation with Facebook, and will be launched at a summit being held with other attorneys general at the National Harbor convention center in Prince George's county. Gansler is president of the National Association of Attorneys General.


Pennsylvania May Become "Right to Work" State

Pennsylvania legislators have drafted a bill for the Keystone State to become a "right to work" state. If passed, every employee can choose whether or not to become a union member. Critics call it a "union busting" tactic; those in favor see it as an economic generator. House Bill 50 has the support of 32 legislators, and it is hoped the bill will be introduced to the House Speaker very soon.


Fairmont Woman Sentenced in Federal Court

A Fairmont woman was sentenced to a year in jail, followed by four years of supervised release, in recent action is U.S. District Court in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Rita Watkins entered a guilty plea to distributing hydrocodone within 1,00 feet of an elementary school in December of 2011. She was placed in the custody of federal marshals until she is assigned to a federal correctional institution.

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