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Carbon Monoxide Victims Identified

Seventy-five year old William Miller died, and his wife, Ruth of Windber,was taken to the hospital for treatment of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning. The two had been camping at the Allegany County Fairgrounds, and had started a gas generator near their vehicle. The couple fell asleep with the generator running, and the exhaust fumes had entered the recreational vehicle. William Miller was pronounced dead at the scene, while his wife received medical treatment at the Western Maryland Health System. There is no indication of foul play, but the investigation is continuing by the Allegany County Sheriff's Department and the C3I unit.


Cumberland Woman Killed in Washington County Crash

Fifty-year old Cumberland resident Brenda Adams was killed in a single vehicle accident yesterday afternoon on Interstate 70 near St. Paul Road in Clear Spring. She was a passenger in an SUV, driven by 39-year old Raymond Butts, also of Cumberland. A tire apparently blew out, causing the vehicle to cross the roadway and strike the guardrail on the right shoulder of the road. It then overturned in the roadway. Ms. Adams was ejected through the rear of the vehicle on the roadway, while Butts was taken to Meritus Medical Center for treatment.


Legislators Join Call for Answers

Legislators are joining with union officials in demanding answers on the most recent stabbing of a correctional officer at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cresaptown. Primarily, both the chair of the Senate public safety subcommittee and the chair of the House criminal justice committee want to know who broke with policy, and allowed the officer to go unwarned. Policy dictates that the officers be made aware of threats to their personal safety before they start their next shift. A rally is scheduled for today at NBCI by AFSCME members who are correctional officers; the purpose of the rally is to call for the resignations of security personnel who they believe are directly responsible for the inmate assault of a fellow officer.


Two Arrested for Theft

A Falls Church man and one from Hyattsville have been arrested for the theft of about $4,000 worth of copper piping from the former Sacred Heart Hospital. Fifty-five year old Balvino Monteflores and 46-year old Hugo Alvarado are in custody, following their arrest yesterday. The two were working for an asbestos removal company that had access to the building. The company did not have authorization to remove or tamper with any of the copper piping in the building. Both were charged with attempted theft and malicious destruction of property.


Defense Attorney Charged with Smuggling Contraband

A Pittsburgh defense attorney, who was representing a client in Bedford County, has been arrested for handing him a cell phone in a court detention room. Thomas Crawford, representing Michael Patrick Crawley in an assault case, allegedly handed him the phone in Central Court. Pennsylvania law prohibits providing phones to prisoners as a first-degree misdemeanor. Crawford has a hearing scheduled for September 18th.


Guard Waives Hearing on Indecent Assault Charges

Former Somerset County Jail guard Ronald Edwsard Lensbouer will face trial on charges he sexually assaulted two female co-workers. Lensbouer, of Friedens, waived his right to a preliminary hearing this week in Somerset County. He had been the chief correctional officer at the jail, and is accused of making inappropriate comments to two subordinate female corrections officers; that escalated into inappropriate contact. Lensbouer is currently free on bond.


Flintstone Woman Arrested for Assault

Flintstone resident Toni Marie Washington is in the Allegany County Detention Center on $3,000 bond, following an alleged assault incident in the downtown Cumberland area. She is accused of assaulting another woman, by hitting her in the face, while the victim was still in her car,  in the area of Liberty Street. The victim applied for charges at District Court, and Ms. Washington was arrested and jailed.


Woman Charged in Stabbing

Fifty-year old Cumberland resident Brenda Dean was released on personal recognizance, following an assault incident Wednesday evening in the 100-block of Roberts Street. Cumberland Police were called to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for a report of a male victim, who had been stabbed in the throat, causing a large laceration. She has been charged with first and second-degree assault, along with reckless endangerment.


Hampshire Residents Asked to Conserve Water

Residents served by the water system in the Springfield/Greenspring, West Virginia areas are being asked to conserve water until Sunday. The request is being made, because of a water shortage caused by a commercial fire that consumed a large portion of stored water reserves.


Three Killed in Tucker County Crash

A two-vehicle crash in Tucker County this week took the life of a 20-year old Elkins man and a brother and sister who were in the car with him. Joshua Lee Watson may have fallen asleep, and tried to correct his vehicle, before hitting a large service truck on Route 219 near Thomas, West Virginia. The mother of the children, and another 6-year old child were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital. The family was returning from a funeral of the children's grandfather in Maryland.


Scam Hits Residents of Hampshire County

Hampshire County residents are being warned of another scam, this time involving Green Dot MoneyPak cards. People are asked to go to local stores to purchase the cards, then pay a "tax" or "insurance" on winnings they have supposedly won in a sweepstakes or lottery. Once the victim purchases the card and surrenders the security code, the money is transferred to untraceable accounts and the money is lost. People should never give out personal information or even verify the information, when you receive a call.


Legislator Calls for Investigation

A Montgomery County Democrat is calling on Governor  Martin O'Malley to investigate the death of a Frederick County man with Down's Syndrome, in a Frederick County movie theatre in January. Delegate Heather Mizeur who is running for Governor, says the investigation should be done through the State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In January, 26-year old Ethan Saylor died of asphyxiation after sheriff's deputies tried to forcibly remove him from a movie theatre. A grand jury decided in March not to indict the deputies, but the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the man's death.

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