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Fireworks Set for Tonight-At Park
The city of Cumberland is having fireworks tonight, weather permitting; however, they're now back at Constitution Park. Mayor Brian Grim says that by relocating to another area of the park, the annual display can be set off from there. However, the Park Pool will be closed today, so that preparations can be made for tonight. The fireworks will be set off from the parking lot adjacent to the baseball field, so there will be no parking in that area. Insurance and liability issues have been resolved, clearing the way for a long-standing city tradition.

Mor For Less Announces Consolidation
The consolidation of the Cumberland locations of Mor For Less has been in the works for some time, according to owner and President of MFL Foods, Barry McGinnis. While Mor for Less located in the Cumberland region over a decade ago, it was decided to maintain the White Oaks location, feeling that the goals of the business are better met there. There had been word that the grocery retailer was unable to negotiate a new lease for the downtown location.

Bear Euthanized in Westernport
A well-known black bear in the Westernport area was euthanized earlier this week, after attempts to sedate and move it were unsuccessful. Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service personnel had originally planned to use dogs to chase it out of town, but because of the residential setting, that idea was abandoned. However a group of dogs "treed" the bear, and it was euthanized. Intentionally feeding a bear can result in a hefty fine. This was the first bear euthanized in Maryland this year; last year, a half-dozen were put down.

Man Arrested for Assaulting Code Enforcement Officer
A Rawlings resident faces several charges, including assault and disturbing the peace, along with a criminal citation for possession of marijuana, following an incident on the downtown Cumberland Mall. Aubrey Leon Woosley is accused of riding his bicycle on the mall, and when advised by a code enforcement officer not to do so, began arguing and cursing at a code enforcement officer there. He then struck the officer with his bicycle and threatened to punch the officer. A small amount of marijuana was also found on him. He was held on $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

July Designated as "Lakes Appreciation Month"
This month has been proclaimed "Lakes Appreciation Month" by Governor Martin O'Malley, encouraging Marylanders to visit and enjoy their favorite lake, pond or reservoir, and discover ways to protect these vital resources. Maryland has 60 lakes of more than 5 acres in size, including the state's largest, Deep Creek Lake. A recent test there showed the water's clarity is very similar to how it was in 1953.

Jail Investigation Finished
An investigation of the Somerset County jail is complete. In early June, a correctional officer from Friedens was charged with indecent assault and harassment. A preliminary hearing for Ronald Edward Lensbouer is scheduled for early August. Two other issues were brought to the attention of the prison board at its May 31st meeting. It has been suggested that all jail employees receive mandatory sexual harassment training. The board will again meet on August 13th.

Hagerstown Finance Director Resigns
The finance director for the city of Hagerstown has resigned, following an alleged "misuse of city funds." There have been no charges against Michelle Burker to date, and the amount of money in question is less than $1,000. Hagerstown's Mayor, David S. Gysberts, says it was her decision to resign, but couldn't say much more, because it is a personnel matter.

First Female Chief Judge Appointed to Court of Appeals
Governor Martin O'Malley has appointed the first female chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals. Judge Mary Ellen Barbera has been on the bench since 2008, and will replace current Chief Judge Robert Bell, who will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 on Saturday. Before her appointment, Judge Barbera represented Montgomery County on the Court of Appeals.

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