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Redistricting Hearings Underway in Maryland

The first in a series of redistricting hearings began this past weekend in Hancock. Senator George Edwards urged that the boundary of District One remain the same. Some see the process as a chance to carve the 6th District, so that it’s less favorable to 10-term incumbent Roscoe Bartlett. The redistricting committee is expected to have one more hearing this month, seven in August and two in September, before recommending a state legislative plan, which the general assembly will review, beginning in January.


Parklet Still Viable for Downtown

The idea of a welcome center at the Heritage Parklet, off  Canal Street, is still being discussed, and officials are still working on the details. Downtown Manager Ed Mullaney first discussed the idea at a June Mayor and Council meeting. The Downtown Cumberland Business Association still must address several legal issues, before a lease agreement can be executed, including liability insurance.


Bedford County Man Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident

Twenty-five year old Bedford County resident Donald Blakeslee Slout was killed early Sunday morning, in a single-vehicle accident on Point Road. He was eastbound, when he lost control of his 1998 Jeep Cherokee. It traveled off the shoulder of the road, then slid across both lanes and traveled down an embankment, overturning. The Jeep also struck a tree on the south side of the road with its roof.


Mineral County Man Walks Out of Detention Center; Father Returns Him

Mineral County inmate Jason Imes escaped from the custody of officers last week by walking out the front door of the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, but was later returned to custody by his father. Imes was initially placed into custody, after testing positively for drugs in his system. After walking out, officers alerted his parents to the situation, and told them it would benefit him if he returned immediately. His father returned him to the holding facility around 7 p.m. He is now charged with escape and probation violations.


Police Investigate Burglaries

The Maryland State Police are investigating at least three burglaries that have taken place in the Bel Air area. In one incident, a victim told police he walked into his kitchen and struggled with a suspect, who broke free and ran across his yard. Police believe a vehicle was waiting for the suspect on a side street. The two other victims did not realize their homes had been entered until they discovered property missing. Thieves are targeting both women’s purses and men’s wallets.


Woman Injured in Crash on Sunday

A 26-year old Somerset County woman was flown to Memorial Medical Center, following a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning. Brittany Brady lost control of her car along the Garrett Shortcut Road in Brothersvalley Township. The car went off the road and hit a tree. She reportedly suffered severe injuries.


Former Fire Station Burns Over Weekend

The former Maysville Volunteer Fire Company building in Grant County was destroyed by fire over the weekend. About 60 firefighters took an hour to contain the blaze. The building had been designated as an emergency evacuation center, which housed their air cascade system, kitchen, restrooms, refrigeration services, dining hall and other equipment. The cause of the fire is being investigated.


Man Charged with Assault

Cumberland resident Johnny Lee Shirner was charged with misdemeanor assault, following a fight in the area of Canal Place last week. Several people were reportedly fishing in the area of the Potomac River, when they got into an argument and began fighting. Shriner, along with two, 14-year old boys were charged with misdemeanor assault.


Plans Announced for “911” Ride

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States, and it will also mark the tenth anniversary of the ride traveling through Cumberland. More than 1700 motorcycles are expected to travel through the area at approximately 8 a.m. on Friday, August 19th. This year’s route will be slightly different, but they will still enter the city via Route 36. The riders will be on their way to Washington, D.C., then on to New York. Residents should expect several streets to be closed to vehicular traffic for a brief period of time on that day.

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