Man accused of assaulting his brother


A 37-year-old Mount Airy man accused of stabbing his brother in the chest was released on $20,000 unsecured bond after he was charged with assault and a deadly weapons count Saturday.

Jackie Ray Spencer of the 1100 block of N. Main St. was arrested at his home about 11 p.m. after state police were called to the area to investigate a stabbing.

Joseph P. Spencer, 32, of the same address was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment of a 1-inch-wide stab wound in his lower chest. He was released about 4:45 p.m. Sunday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Police said Joseph Spencer was stabbed at the Main Street address, but ran to his mother's home on Ellis Road, about 300 feet away, and troopers were called to that home.

Troopers said in charging documents that Jackie Spencer told them he stabbed his brother to prevent the brother from attacking him.

Legion auxiliary joins in celebrating 75 years

American Legion Gold Star Post 191 Auxiliary of Mount Airy, along with other American Legion auxiliaries around the country, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

The American Legion auxiliary was formed shortly after World War I to assist the nation's veterans. The American Legion authorized the formation of an auxiliary unit at its first convention in 1919.

The auxiliary's objective is to have members who "broaden the appeal of the organization to provide efficient programs for veterans." Efforts focus on rehabilitation, child welfare, Americanism, community service, Poppy sales, junior activities and patriotic youth competitions.

The Mount Airy auxiliary will focus on increasing its membership during its anniversary year.

Post 191 auxiliary officers for 1995 are: president, Paulette Beall; vice president, Pat Keaton; secretary, Grace Mason; treasurer, Mary Schmidt; chaplain, Joan Collins; historian, Evaleen Leon.

The auxiliary welcomes new members. For information, call the post home at (301) 829-9161.


* Mount Airy: Firefighters from the Mount Airy station responded to a house fire on West Ridge Circle in Frederick County at 4:14 p.m. Saturday. They were out for 32 minutes.

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