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Assault Reported at NBCI


The second assault since last Friday at NBCI in Cresaptown has led the minor injuries to four correctional officers and one inmate. All of the officers were treated at the hospital after the inmate attacked one, and the other three came in to help. On Friday, a dietary worker was hit in the head with a push broom by one of the inmates. The worker also required hospital treatment and a 48-year old inmate was identified as the attacker.



Board Chooses School Security Option


The Allegany County Board of Education has decided to approve a recommendation, made this week, to bolster school security by hiring a combination of retired officers and school resource officers. The program will be done on a one-year trial basis, and funding will be provided from a grant, for which Sheriff Craig Robertson will apply. County Commissioner Bill Valentine noted he would ask for legislation for funding on an annual basis, rather than relying strictly on grant funding.



Meyersdale Man Held in Meth Case


Meyersdale resident Michael Wayne Hoff is being held on $20,000 bond, for his role in a meth lab and dump site found there earlier this year. Hoff faces numerous other drug-related charges, and a preliminary hearing will be held next Thursday in Somerset County District Court.



Grantsville Assaults Result in Charges


Two residents of a National Pike home assaulted each other Tuesday evening, and now both face charges. Fifty-nine year old John Merrbach and 22-year old Steven Michael Hall assaulted each other. Merrbach was treated at the scene for his injuries. Both were taken to a Garrett County District Court Commissioner for a hearing.


Two Hurt in Accident on Route 36


Two people were taken to the hospital after an accident on Route 36 near the landfill yesterday morning. The accident was reported just before 8 a.m. There is no word on the identity, nor  the condition of those involved. The Allegany County Sheriff's Office responded, along with Midland and Shaft fire departments.



Mistaken Identity Leads to Drug Arrest


A Keyser man was charged with a serious marijuana offense, when police came to his house in response to a domestic altercation. Thirty-one year old Jamie Clark had 77 grams of marijuana at the North Main Street home. Also found were a pipe and scales, and the marijuana had been packaged for sale. Clark is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $10,000 bond.



Internet Service Interrupted to West Virginia Customers


About 20,000 customers who depend on Frontier Communications for Internet service, were without it earlier this week. A fiber cut was blamed for the interruption in service for about 11 hours. Customers affected were in Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, and Hampshire Counties. Internet service was restored after repairs were made.



Increase In Heroin Deaths in Maryland


The number of heroin-related overdose deaths had been on the decline for the past five years, but now a report says the number of fatalities is up by 15 per cent. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says there are cases where people who are addicted to painkillers are now switching to heroin.



Childhood Obesity on the Decline in West Virginia


Obesity among 5th graders in West Virginia declined considerably between 2005 and 2011. The rate of decline was 8.5 per cent and medical professionals say the Mountain State is on the right track. Health officials say a series of health policies and programs have led to the good news.


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