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Protest Held for Recent Inmate Attack


A demonstration was held Friday to protest the most recent inmate attacks at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cresaptown. In the past month, 15 officers have been injured after being attacked by inmates, and in the most recent incident, an inmate stabbed an officer with a homemade weapon. That officer-Herbert Hilliard-was identified by the Saturday Cumberland Times-News. He claims he was never warned of the impending attack, even though prison officials received a letter from an inmate, indicating one was coming.



Suspect Arrested in LaVale


The man accused of stabbing a 15-year old boy early Friday morning, was apprehended at a private residence in the 500-block of "A" Street in LaVale soon after the assault. Twenty-nine year old Victor White of Cumberland was taken into custody about 12 hours after the attack. The victim was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment. White has been charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault. White received a bond hearing at District Court.



Two Arrested on Drug Charges


Subhan Vahora of Thumbull, Connecticutt and Aqib Khan of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania were arrested along Interstate 68 near Pigs Ear Road in Grantsville by the Maryland State Police. The MSP Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team conducted a K9 scan of a 2003 Lexus and found marijuana, ecstacy, and prescription medication. While Vahora received a District Court hearing, Khan was charged with possession of marijuana and released.



Four Meth Lab Suspects To Stand Trial


Four people, charged by Meyersdale Borough Police with running a meth lab, will go to trial. The four-Michael Hoff of Ohio and Meyersdale residents Larry Wilt, James Betz, and Cheryl Finzel of Berlin-have waived their rights to a preliminary hearing. The investigation began in March on Celtic Lane, when a neighbor said he believed someone was manufacturing methamphetamine. Police obtained permission to search the trailer and found ingredients used to make the drug.



No Timeline for Sheriff's Facility


The contract for the "shell" portion of the new Allegany County Sheriff's Department building will be let within two weeks, and the county is saving money by utilizing its maintenance division to finish the interior. Sheriff Craig Robertson says the facility, on the grounds of the Allegany County Office Complex, will be finished during the maintenance division's "down time." The present Furnace Street location was never designed to be a law enforcement building. The current Sheriff's Department building will be turned over to the Animal Welfare Society, to be used as administrative offices.



It's Tax Free Week!


Maryland's Tax Free shopping week is being compared to Black Friday sales, when it comes to boosting sales in the state. The annual tax-free week, through Saturday, gives consumers a break on the state's six per cent sales tax on most apparel and footwear, priced up to $100. Critics of the tax free week say the state stands to forego approximately $5 million in tax revenue.



Gambling Revenue Increases in Maryland


During the last fiscal year, Maryland experienced a 27.6 per cent increase in lottery and casino revenues. Lottery revenue, which goes to Maryland's general fund, dipped $11 million, but that drop was not unexpected because of casino industry growth. Maryland now has four casinos, and two more are planned. One will be located in the vicinity of M & T Bank Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The sixth will be located near Washington, D.C., in Price George's County.



Attorney Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charges


The Jefferson County Assistant Prosecutor has pleaded not guilty to selling Oxycodone, and his trial has been set for September 24th. James Casimiro is accused of selling an undetermined amount of the drug to another individual on two separate occasions. Casimiro, who has been in the prosecuting attorney's office for five years, was suspended without pay after his July 24th arrest.



W. Va. Agencies Could Face Budget Cuts


For the second time in as many years, the West Virginia Department of Revenue is telling state agencies to prepare two budgets: one, a base budget, and the other, a budget that reflects a 7-1/2 per cent cut. State Budget Director Mike McKown says agencies should anticipate that much of a budget reduction. West Virginia faces a more than $300 million budget gap for the fiscal year that begins on July 1st of next year. The shortfall is being attributed to several factors, including a slowdown in the coal industry, declining lottery revenues because of competition in border states and a sluggish national economy.



Law Slows Sales of Meth Components


The West Virginia Retailers Association says a new law, cracking down on the sale of key ingredients used to make methamphetamine, seems to be working. A new, real-time tracing system has stopped the sale of nearly 10,000 boxes of pseudoephedrine. Legislation recently passed in the Mountain State, requires retailers to enter all cold-remedy sales in the National Precursor Log Exchange, a system now used in at least 27 other states. It also sets limits on how much pseudoephedrine can be sold. Balancing the need to fight drug abuse with access for law-abiding citizens, it reduces pressure on retailers by automatically blocking transactions at the point of sale.


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