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Inmate Allegedly Threatened Officer Before Assault

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is now looking into an alleged threat against the correctional officer who was stabbed Monday at the North Branch Correctional Institution. The threat, in a letter,  was allegedly received four days prior to the attack, and-according to the Cumberland Times-News-authorities failed to notify the officer of the information. AFSCME leaders released documents they say prove that Division of Correction authorities knew of a specific, credible threat against the officer.


Juvenile Escapees Caught By Deputy

Two juvenile escapees from the Backbone Mountain facility in Garrett County were apprehended yesterday morning in the Westernport area. The search began in Mineral County, as the two were spotted in Piedmont. After a brief search, the two were found in Maryland and taken into custody by an Allegany County Sheriff's Deputy. Involved in the incident were the Allegany County Sheriff's Office, the Mineral County Sheriff's Office and the Keyser City Police.


Smoking Ban To Affect Two Housing Units

The Cumberland Housing Authority, along with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are moving forward with plans to eliminate smoking inside units at both Queen City Tower and the John F. Kennedy apartments. The ban will go into effect on November 1st. the ban will be an addendum to the tenant lease. The ban will not affect electronic cigarettes.


Former Manager Barred from Airport Grounds

The former manager of the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport will remain banned from the facility, following the dismissal of a suit in Mineral County Circuit Court. Terry Malone was attempting to gain access to the airport. Malone will not be allowed on the property without expressed written consent, and would be charged with trespassing if he did not comply with the request.


Two Arrested After Police Chase

A New Market, Maryland man and one from Boswell, Pennsylvania are in custody, in a chase that began in Somerset, and ended along Beachdale Road and East Mud Pike in Brothersvalley Township. Gregory Wills, from Maryland, and Wayne Jarvis were in a stolen Toyota Tacoma truck in Somerset; a motorcycle officer tried to stop the two for speeding, and the chase began. Wills, the driver, tried to run over the officer. They were eventually apprehended and are in the Somerset County jail.


Resurfacing Project Begins in Garrett County

The Maryland State Highway Administration has begun a resurfacing project between Route 135, between route 495, the Swanton Road and Route 38, the Kitzmiller Road in Garrett County. Weather permitting, the project will be complete in early November. The project, which has a price tag of $2.1 million includes drainage improvements, guardrail upgrades, patching, resurfacing, and installing new pavement markings, and rumble strips with a 3-1/2 mile segment of roadway. Motorists in that area should anticipate single-lane closures with flagging, Monday through Friday, from sunrise to sunset.


Man Arrested Following Assault Incident

Cumberland resident Bradley Allan French was arrested and charged with second degree assault, following an incident on Wempe Drive on Monday. French allegedly threw a bottle at a woman, and she was struck in the head, causing minor injuries. French received a hearing at District Court, and was released on personal recognizance.


Man Faces Four Assault Counts

A Cumberland resident faces four counts of second-degree assault, along with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Officers were called to 425 Arch Street, where an assault was taking place. Thomas Keith O'Neill was taken into custody, but assaulted a total of three Cumberland City Police Officers as they were trying to take him to Police Headquarters for processing. Following a hearing in District Court, he was held on $10,000 bond.


Chamber Announces Business Awards

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Business Recognition Awards in October, but it has already announced the winners. The Business of the Year is Care Ventures, Incorporated. The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award will go to Bennett, Brewer and Associates, and James "Snake" Robertson will receive the Community Service Award. The dinner will be held October 24th at Frostburg State University.


Pedestrian Deaths Increase in Maryland, Nationwide

With the start of school just weeks away, there's news on an increase in the number of pedestrian deaths in the state rising for the second year in a row. A new report from the Federal Department of Transportation finds 21-per cent of traffic fatalities in the state involve pedestrians, compared to less than 10 per cent in neighboring Virginia. Montgomery County School Safety Director Terry Guilday says pedestrians are taking too many risks.


Donovan Funeral Set for Friday

Funeral arrangements have been completed for Baltimore Colt great Artie Donovan. The funeral will be held Friday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore at 11 a.m. Donovan played on the Baltimore Colt team in 1958, in a game many consider to be the greatest NFL game ever played. Donovan also had a local connection, having been a guest at the annual Dapper Dan dinner, and had also been known to frequent Curtiss' Coney Island Weiners in downtown Cumberland.


Senator Pipkin Resigning

Maryland Republican State Senator E. J. Pipkin is resigning next Monday. Pipkin, who represents the Upper Eastern Shore, is moving his family to Texas, where he will pursue a Master's Degree in Sports Management at Southern Methodist University. Pipkin's term would have ended in January of 2015.


WV Senator Switching Parties, Running for Rahall Seat

West Virginia Senator Evan Jenkins is switching to the Republican Party, and will run for Democratic Representative Nick Rahall's seat in Congress. Jenkins, from Cabell County, was removed from his leadership positions in the State Senate Tuesday evening. That action was taken because Jenkins had allegedly refused to dispel rumors that he, in fact, was switching parties to possibly run for Congress.

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