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City man sought in W.Va. stabbing

March 24, 2009

RIDGELEY, W.Va. -- A Hagerstown man was being sought by police Tuesday on an attempted murder charge in connection with the alleged stabbing of a Cumberland man early Sunday at the Legz Club.

A warrant charging one count of attempted second-degree murder was issued for Blair Stephen Carter, according to Mineral County, W.Va., Magistrate Sue Roby.

Roby issued the warrant the day after the 3 a.m. incident, which resulted in stab wounds to the face, neck and chest of a 21-year-old Cumberland man, according to the Mineral County Sheriff's Department.

The warrant was sought after police consulted with Mineral County Prosecuting Attorney Jay Courrier who was unavailable for comment Tuesday morning.

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"We were notified in case he should show up in Hagerstown," Sgt. Paul. J. Kifer of the Hagerstown City Police said Tuesday morning.

Police in Mineral County would not release the identity of the victim, who reportedly was taken to Memorial Hospital by private vehicle.

A check Tuesday morning with the office of Mineral County Sheriff Craig Fraley failed to turn up additional information on Carter or the incident. A spokeswoman said she had no information that Carter had been apprehended.

Carter, who is 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs approximately 205 pounds, was last seen in Cumberland on Sunday afternoon, according to Mineral County Deputy Seth Weakley, who is leading the investigation.

A knife was seized at the scene and was being processed as possible evidence, police said.

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