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Fire Destroys Barber Shop

A fire, reported just before 5:30 p.m. destroyed a two-story, wood-framed structure at 267 Williams Street,  just around the corner from Maryland Avenue. The city of Cumberland Fire Department was assisted by several volunteer companies, who worked in 90-degree heat to battle the blaze, which was finally controlled around 8:40 p.m. The fire began in an air conditioning unit in an apartment above Russ’ Barber Shop. The occupant of the apartment, William Kaylor, was reportedly taken to the hospital. Russell Bittner, who owned the barber shop, would have marked 52 years in the same spot this August.


Goad Among Guests Evacuated Following Explosion

Former Allegany County Sheriff David Goad and his family were among more than 5,000 guests who were evacuated at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville Tuesday evening. There were no injuries in the explosion, which occurred around 8:15 p.m. Guests were allowed back into the hotel around 3 a.m. yesterday. Hundreds of sheriff’s from around the country were staying at the convention center for the National Sheriff’s Association, and Goad is on the National Sheriff’s Association Board of Directors. Suspicious activity was ruled out, but the building incurred up to $750,000 in damages to an escalator, walls and the ceiling.


Board Votes to Approve Sale of Rocky Gap

The Maryland Board of Public Works voted 3-0 to approve the sale of Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort, and to establish a slots parlor at the facility. Meanwhile, a group looking to expand gambling in the state has not been able to reach a consensus on adding a casino in Prince George’s County. Senator George Edwards is an alternate member of the group discussing the expansion of gambling in the state.


Woman Arrested for Assault

Cumberland resident Vicky Melvin was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, following an incident Tuesday in the vicinity of Baltimore and Front Streets. Ms. Melvin allegedly hit another person on the head several times with a glass bottle. She was later located at her residence and placed under arrest. She was held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. The victim did not require medical attention.


County and Chamber Form Partnership

The Allegany County Commissioners and Chamber of Commerce have announced the creation of a strategic partnership to further the shared economic development interests of Allegany County and the business community. The partnership will provide an opportunity for collaboration in the development of future strategic initiatives. The group’s efforts will parallel the County’s preparation of an economic development for the new land use Comprehensive Plan, currently underway.


New Council Member Sworn In

New Keyser City Council member Terry Liller has been sworn in, as its newest member. Liller won election to the council during this month’s election, but was not supposed to take office until July 1st. Council member Bill Roy, however, resigned, and the Council decided to fill the vacancy immediately by appointing Liller to Roy’s seat. Liller will serve as Streets Commissioner. Also elected were incumbents Clint Faulk and Ed Miller, who will join “Sonny” Alt and Herman Judy on the five-member council.


Domestic Violence Shelter Closes in Bedford County

Bedford County’s Mary Jane Mitchell House-the county’s only domestic violence victims’ shelter-closed this month, due to budget cuts. The facility had been operated in Everett by the Your Safe Haven victim’s center, and its lease was scheduled to expire in several weeks. Its last two paid employees were laid off, and its residents have been moved to out-of-county facilities.


Somerset County Man Found After Leaving Personal Care Home

Sixty-nine year old Hillel Seymour Chigev, a resident of a personal care home in Somerset County, was found unharmed on Tuesday, after he wandered away from the facility on Monday. He had been last seen around 1 p.m. Monday, and was found when he walked into an unspecified business in Fayette County on Tuesday morning. The owner of the business then called police. While it is not being identified, the personal care home is located in Lower Turkeyfoot Township, near Confluence.


Woman To Go To Trial on Bribery Charges

Thirty-year old Somerset County resident Lindsay Burrows will go to trial on charges she threatened to bribe a police officer. She allegedly offered Somerset Borough Police Officer Christopher Pile money to keep from having her car towed on April 24th of this year. She was charged with bribery in official and political matters, and lesser charges of disorderly conduct and driving while a license is suspended or revoked.

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