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Weekend Stabbing on Maryland Avenue

One person is in custody in connection with a stabbing that took place on Maryland Avenue Friday evening. Erik Damon Baker is being held on $10,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. An argument in the 400-block of Maryland Avenue spilled into the parking lot of a nearby convenience store. A male victim had been stabbed with scissors, and additional puncture wounds from a knife, as the fight continued outside. The victim was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment.


Tenants at Memorial Being Evicted

The city of Cumberland has given tenants at the site of the former Memorial Hospital six months to relocate. The city is trying to get rid of the facility, which has cost taxpayers $2.5 million over the past two-and-one-half years. Among the dozen tenants at the facility are the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center and the J. Green Foods company. The city terminated an agreement last month with Ridgecrest Investments. So far, there have been no offers on the property.


Man Arrested at Mall

Springfield, West Virginia resident Jason Barber was arrested at the Country Club Mall Friday night. The Maryland State Police say a “suspicious” man was walking in the mall, wearing a badge, black uniform boots, and an empty pistol holster. Barber was paged to return to his vehicle, where police found a .22-calibre rifle and a loaded .22-calibre pistol in his vehicle, concealed under a rag between the front seats.


Water Shut Off at Big Run

The drinking water spigot at Big Run State Park has been shut off for six months, when Maryland Park Service officials learned that permanent residents of the area were using most of the water. People were found to be filling containers and taking the water to use elsewhere. The annual cost to Maryland Environmental Services is $15,000 for the treated water, and the park only made $11,000 on fees for camping. The shut off notice was placed on the park service website, and a signed was displayed at the campground.


No Liability for Keyser in Bankruptcy Lawsuit

The city of Keyser shouldn’t have any liability in a lawsuit filed over the residential Keyser House Building on Main Street. The owners of the building had defaulted on a $1.5 million bond, levied for the construction of the building, which is situated on three city-owned lots. An alternative payment plan was developed, and the ownership again defaulted on payments due, prompting the lawsuit. The city of Keyser is being represented by a Huntington attorney, whose fee is covered by Keyser’s insurance carrier.


Salisbury Cemetery Hit By Vandals

The Salisbury Cemetery was vandalized last week. A person or persons tore down flags and defaced a veteran’s monument. The cemetery has been around since the early 1800’s. One of the American flags was completely shredded, and authorities are asking anyone with information to contact the Somerset Barrack of the Pennsylvania State Police.


Construction Begins on Keyser Primary School

Work has begun on the construction of the $13 million Keyser Primary School, near the site of the current Primary-Middle School. Construction will take about 14 months. The new school will open in time for the start of school next fall.


Man Arrested on Burglary Charges

Nineteen-year old Brady Aaron Twigg has been charged with burglary and theft of items valued at less than $1,000 in value. The arrest stems from an incident that happened  in the 300-block of Footer Place in late May. The victim said she found both her purse and television were missing. Twigg was developed as a suspect; during questioning, he admitted to having knowledge of the whereabouts of the television. He was taken to District Court for an initial appearance, and held on $15,000 at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Former Secretary/Treasurer Faces Theft Charges

A former Somerset County Secretary and Treasurer is facing forgery, theft and related charges in a case where she is accused of taking over $9800 during her time with Ursina Borough. Sixty-two year old Loretta Jean Thomas is accused of taking money from the borough’s liquid fuels tax fund, creating fraudulent invoices and altering checks to get the money. Ms. Thomas’ attorney says she wants to make restitution. She is currently free on an unsecured bond.



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