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Police Chief Provides Updates on recent Murder Cases

July 22nd, 2022 by WCBC Radio

A string of homicides in Cumberland during 2021 kept local law enforcement agencies busy- but fortunately arrests were made in short order and those cases and indivuals are now in the hands of the courts. The deadly crimes in the city began on Sept. 10 when 34-year-old Krystal Gallen was stabbed at her Gay Street apartment. A two-day crime spree that was apparently sparked by a Cumberland man’s issues with the COVID-19 vaccine led to the deaths of an elderly woman in South Cumberland on Sept. 29. A crime that rocked the community occurred Oct. 28 when Fort Hill High School junior Saiquan Jenkins was stabbed in an alley near the school. Jenkins, a junior football player, collapsed on a front sidewalk of the Greenway Avenue school just two days before the annual Homecoming game between Fort Hill and Allegany. The fourth incident of 2021 occurred on Pennsylvania Avenue  Dec. 2 and resulted in the death of a 25-year-old  Baltimore man. He was found dead of two gunshots inside the apartment, which was reportedly set on fire. In May of this year, a  fatal shooting of a Cumberland man took place in front of his mother and at the hands of another city man at the Jane Frazier Village housing complex.  Cumberland Police Chief Chuck Ternent provided a brief update to the city council this week on  each of those cases as they wind their way through the judicial system…