(11/22/2012)
By Bob Weaver

Most of the Hur Herald readers this Thanksgiving Day will be in a house or apartment enjoying some food, most likely with family and friends, celebrating the holiday of gratitude.

I often take some time to reflect on the poverty I have observed in Calhoun and our regional counties over the years, particularly as it affects children and people who can barely care for themselves.

I am well aware such has been politically polarized in recent years, and the expansion of the "welfare state" we're told has not been a good thing.

I'm still moved by looking into the faces of children who are neglected and older and disabled people who still try to have a life.

We surely must care about them this Thanksgiving day.

It is easy to politically say that such problems are self-inflicted or such people are a drain on taxpayer resources, and sometimes they are.

I was reminded of such with a press release from the Parkersburg Police Department on Thanksgiving Eve, making me grateful for having my little house at Hur, a family and food on the table.

I was reminded about "the least of these my brethren..."

HOMELESS MAN SEVERELY INJURED

Parkersburg Police Press release

A witness called 911 around 9:49 a.m. this morning, advising that a person appeared to be seriously injured near the train tracks, close to the 500 block of Camden Street (off of Staunton Avenue).

. Uniformed officers responded finding the victim, David Allen Sayers, 47, a homeless man in the weeds with his face covered in blood, and blood coming from his nose, mouth and ears.

Sayers was transported to CCMC and detectives and the Crime Scene Technician were called to the scene.

Investigators noted that Sayers appeared to have been injured and in the area where he was found for a considerable amount of time, although exactly how long is not known.

Detectives were able to develop Eric Jason McCumbers, 40, another homeless man as a suspect, eventually locating and interviewing him later in the day.

Following the interview, detectives arrested McCumbers for felony malicious wounding.

A criminal complaint filed in Wood County Magistrate Court by Detective D.A. Moody alleges that the two men got into a physical altercation, with McCumbers striking Sayers numerous times in the head causing severe injuries, including but not limited to a suspected fractured jaw and suspected brain bleed.

McCumbers was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court a short time ago and held on a $10,000.00 bond. He is set to be transported to the North Central Regional Jail.

Sayers was reportedly flown to Morgantown by medical helicopter with his status unknown at this time.


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