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Correctional Officer Injured in Attack

Another correctional officer has been attacked and stabbed by an inmate at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cresaptown. The officer is simply identified as a four year veteran who suffered injuries that did not appear to be of a life-threatening nature. He was taken to the hospital by the Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department ambulance. The inmate has been identified and the weapon has been recovered. As a precaution, the prison was placed on lockdown, following the 8:40 a.m. incident yesterday.

 

Accident Leads To Charges

What began as a minor car accident, ended with a woman being arrested, but released pending trial. Cumberland City Police arrested Michelle Lee Humphress following a crash on Frederick Street. Those involved in the accident were creating a disturbance, and were told by Cumberland City Police Officers to stop yelling. Ms. Humphress was charged with disorderly conduct and received a hearing in District Court.

 

Three Cited for Operating Dirt Bikes on the Street

Three Cumberland men were issued citations for operating off-road motorcycles on Columbia Avenue Sunday evening. Thirty-eight year old Rodney Ross, along with 25-year old Glen Spencer and 28-year old David Earl Troutman were cited. The off-road bikes were also towed from the scene.

 

Keyser Man Charged in Domestic Case

Keyser resident John Lee Kuglar has been charged in the alleged assault of a woman in Keyser early Sunday. Kuglar is accused of assaulting a woman, who had visible injuries. He also allegedly became disorderly at the police station, and was pepper-sprayed before being taken to jail.

 

ACM To Go Smoke, Tobacco Free This Month

Allegany College of Maryland has instituted a smoke and tobacco-free policy, at all of its campuses, centers and sites. The policy will go into effect August 19th and will affect faculty and staff members, students and visitors on college property. The tobacco-use ban also extends to Willowbrook Woods, where smoking had previously been allowed on balconies of the student apartment complex. More information about the policy is available on the college website, www.allegany.edu.

 

Striplin Announces Candidacy

Former Allegany County Board of Education member Tom Striplin has filed to run for an Allegany County Commissioners seat. Striplin originally announced his candidacy in April. Striplin is currentlly a professor or respiratory therapy at Allegany College of Maryland. He resides in Mount Savage with his wife, Jaime.

 

Council Member to Bike Trail

In order to raise awareness of the Great Allegheny Passage, Cumberland City Council member Nicole Alt Wagoner will bike the entire 355-mile trail, beginning in September. She is currently training for the ride, riding 60 miles of the trail this past Sunday. Councilwoman Wagoner says the most difficult portion of the trail is the segment from Cumberland to Frostburg. If you would like more information on the ride, go to nicoleinspires.com on the web, or the Facebook page, "Nicole Inspires."

 

Shopping Plaza to be Auctioned

The Plank Road Shoppes Plaza in Somerset borough will be auctioned off August 19th. The plaza once housed the Bi-Lo market, but the company filed for bankruptcy three years ago. Since then, more people were interested in buying the plaza, than renting one space. There are only three tenants in the plaza, which is owned by the New York-based Chart Organization.

 

Potomac Edison: No Plans for "Smart Meters" in Western Maryland

Potomac Edison says it is not in the process of installing new, electronic "smart meters" in its Western Maryland service area. Although Maryland does not yet have permission to install the meters, they are being placed in some neighboring areas of Pennsylvania. The meter is a two-way electrical unit, that records consumption of energy usage and communicates that information to the utility for remote monitoring and billing purposes.

 

More Teens Waiting Longer to Obtain Licenses

Triple "A" Mid-Atlantic has found an interesting statistic: more teens are waiting until they're 18 to get their licenses, and the economy may be playing a major role in that decision. About 54 per cent of teens nationwide are waiting until they're 18 or older to get their driver licenses. It was once thought that strict and graduated driving laws were to blame, but a study has found it may have more to do with the economy than anything else.

 

Two Maryland Men on Trial for Falling Waters Murder

One of two men charged with killing a Falling Waters, West Virginia woman during a 2011 home robbery is on trial in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Thirty-five year old Roy Wisotzkey of Hagerstown and Joshua Stitley of Hancock are charged with the murder of 57-year old Vickie Clem, who had been beaten to death and stabbed twice. While Wistozkey is now on trial, Stitley is scheduled to go on trial October 22nd.

 

Governor O'Malley Comments on Presidential Bid

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is shifting his comments on whether he would like to run for President in 2016, to how he would run for the Democratic nomination. While attending the National Governor's Association meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Governor O'Malley says that, by the end of the year, he will have mapped out "a body of work that lays the framework of a candidacy for 2016," according to the Baltimore Sun. Half-a-million dollars have been raised during the first half of the year by his political action committee. Some of that money will also be shared with what he termed "like-minded candidates" in early primary states.

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