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Man Arrested in Philippi in Connection to Lumberport Stabbing

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The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force and the Philippi Police Department have arrested a man in connection to a Feb. 11 stabbing in Lumberport, Harrison County.

Joshua Bland was arrested and charged with malicious wounding. The Harrison County Sheriff's Department alleges that Bland stabbed another man on Gregory Run Road. He was also arrested on outstanding warrants for violating his parole.

The Mountain State Task Force began working on the case on Feb. 18 and pinpointed Bland's location to an apartment complex in Philippi. He was arrested without incident. Bland will be arraigned by a Barbour County Magistrate before returning to Harrison County to face his charges.

"The long arm of the law reaches out and grabs another violent fugitive. This was excellent work by our fugitive task force. It reinforces the old saying, you can run but you can't hide," said U.S. Marshal Gary Gaskins in a news release.

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The Harrison County Sheriff's Department is searching for a suspect after a stabbing Tuesday night in Harrison County.

Sheriff Albert Marano said that at approximately 6:10 p.m., two men got into a fight at a home on Gregory Run Road near Lumberport. A man then stabbed another man, identified at James Bruce Bell, who is in his mid-40's, of Wallace, said Chief Deputy Steve Johnson.

The victim then drove himself to United Hospital Center. The victim had been treated and released as of Wednesday morning, said Chief Deputy Johnson.

Investigators believe they know who committed the stabbing and are conducting interviews. That person could potentially face charges, said Chief Johnson.

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