March 6th, 2014 by WCBC Radio
On Wednesday March 5, 2014, two Cumberland residents were served with Criminal Summonses. The charges in this matter were filed by a private citizen who alleged that between February 28th and March 2, 2014, Sherry Johnson and Joseph Ansel repeatedly harassed and threatened to assault the victim at his residence on Park Street. The victim also alleged that Johnson and Ansel trespassed on his property. On March 2, 2014, Johnson and Ansel were repeatedly knocking on the door of the victim’s residence and began yelling at him. When the victim confronted them, Hansel allegedly spat on him. Johnson and Ansel were served and released pending trial at the Allegany County District Court.
Joseph Ansel, age 41. Cumberland, Maryland.
CHARGES: Disturbing the Peace (3 counts), Trespass, Assault 2nd Degree.
Sherry Johnson, age 42. Cumberland, Maryland.
CHARGES: Disturbing the Peace (4 counts), Assault 2nd Degree (2 counts), Trespass
February 20th, 2014 by WCBC Radio
On Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at approximately 3:00 p.m., the Cumberland Police Department responded to a residence located in the 400 block of Independence Street in reference to disturbance. Upon the officers arrival to the scene as they exited their patrol vehicles they could hear a male voice yelling and screaming. Officers also observed multiple neighbors in close proximity to the residence looking to see where the disturbance was coming from. Officers made contact with the female complainant who stated that she just arrived home from work and found that when she got home her boyfriend, Travis Edward Cecil was intoxicated. She advised that as soon as she entered the residence Cecil began to yell at her. She also stated that Cecil did not assault her. Officer's then tried to speak with Cecil but all he would do is yell and scream. Cecil then went outside and continued to yell and scream which disturbed the neighborhood. Cecil was finally calmed down and advised not to create any further disturbances or he would be placed under arrest.
Approximately one hour later officers were again called to the same residence in reference to another reported disturbance. Several witnesses stated that Cecil arrived back on the porch of the residence and was kicking the front door, yelling and screaming which disturbed the neighborhood again. Cecil was contacted and placed under arrest for his continued actions. Cecil was transported to Police Headquarters for processing. Cecil was then issued two criminal citations for disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct and was released from Police Headquarters pending further action at District Court at a later date.
Travis Edward Cecil – age 25 – Cumberland, MD
Criminal citations for disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.
On Wednesday, February 19, 2014 the Cumberland Police Department arrested Joseph Brian Shaffer on a bench warrant. The bench warrant stems from a domestic assault complaint which was reported to the Cumberland Police Department on February 16, 2014. On that date the officers responded to a residence located in the 500 block of Diley Street. Upon the officers arrival contact was made with the female victim who advised that she was assaulted by her husband, Joseph Shaffer. The victim stated that Shaffer pushed her down onto a sofa and then tried to suffocate her with a pillow. The victim did not lose consciousness and after a brief struggle she was able to get away from Shaffer. Officers observed scratch marks on the victims face and neck. Shaffer fled the residence prior to officer's arrival. Charges against Shaffer were applied for through District Court.
Shaffer was served with the warrant then taken to District Court for his initial appearance and held on $10,000.00 at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Joseph Brian Shaffer – age 50 – Cumberland, MD
Arrest warrant charging Shaffer with second degree assault.
Breaking and Entering
On Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at approximately 7:00 a.m., the Cumberland Police Department responded to a residence located in the first block of Boone Street in reference to a breaking and entering. Upon the officers arrival contact was made with a male resident who stated that this morning at approximately 6:30 a.m.; he was woken up by a loud banging noise. This subject stated that he then heard a male subject say that if you stay in your room you won't get hurt. The complainant stated that he then opened his door and was struck on his forehead. The complainant stated that he briefly saw the suspect and described him as a W/M, clean shaven, approximately 6'3" tall, wearing a black toboggan, dark shirt and pants. The complainant stated that the suspect fled out the back door of the residence, while carrying a safe which was stolen from the residence. The safe contained a large amount of currency.
The suspect gained entry into the residence by forcing open the rear door. The victim refused to be treated by EMS. Officers canvassed the area and were not able to locate the suspect. A police K-9 was called in and conducted a track but was unsuccessful. Maryland State Police Crime Lab Technician responded and processed the scene for any evidence. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Cumberland Police Department at 301-777-1600; anonymous callers may also call Crime Solvers at 301-722-4300.
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