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July 01, 1993

CUMBERLAND — Search goes on for man who fled courthouse

CUMBERLAND -- Authorities continued yesterday to look for a former Cumberland man who escaped from a second-floor window of the Bedford County District Courthouse in Pennsylvania.

When his attorney turned his back at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Ronald Eugene Matthews, 24, jumped through the open window and landed in shrubbery and bushes about 25 feet below, said Bedford County Sheriff Max Norris.

Matthews, who was in court on charges of breaking and entering and receiving stolen property, was described as a white male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing 150 to 170 pounds. He has shoulder-length brown hair and was dressed in blue jeans and a pink striped shirt, black T-shirt and black tennis shoes.

Matthews received a 32-year prison sentence in December in Allegany County Circuit Court for 11 counts of burglary.

He and two other men had been implicated in a series of burglaries that took place in 1990 and 1991 in the Cumberland area. Some of the burglaries took place after they had read obituaries in the newspaper to learn when people would be away from their homes attending funeral or memorial services.

Galen Clagett may run for Congress

FREDERICK

FREDERICK -- Galen Clagett, former president of the Frederick County Commissioners, said he is weighing a bid for Congress.

He said his mixture of government and business experience makes him a solid candidate for the 6th District seat held by freshman U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md.

Mr. Clagett, 51, said he has made courtesy calls on five Democratic county central committees and will decide by Labor Day. He has not set up a campaign committee, or developed a fund-raising strategy.

"I've told everybody I'm just considering a race," he said. "The feedback has been very positive, I'll say that."

Mr. Clagett, a self-described moderate, spent eight years as a county commissioner before losing a primary race for the House of Delegates in 1986. After his defeat, he founded Clagett Enterprises, a real estate consulting and management and sales firm.

Before he entered politics, he worked in the state prison system, taught history, was a high school principal, and worked in sales and marketing.

Wal-Mart store will bring 245 jobs

LAVALE

LAVALE -- About 245 jobs will be created for area residents when Wal-Mart Stores Inc. opens its new store this fall in LaVale, just west of Cumberland in Allegany County.

Construction is under way on the 116,832-square-foot store.

The Wal-Mart national discount chain operates 1,923 stores in 47 states and Puerto Rico. Headquartered in Bentonville, Ark., Wal-Mart also operates 287 SAM's Clubs, four HYPERMART USA units and 22 distribution centers.

John Norman enters Frederick mayoral race

FREDERICK

FREDERICK -- Self-proclaimed political activist John Norman plans to run an underdog campaign on the Democratic ticket in this year's mayoral campaign.

Mr. Norman, 56, said he had intended to run for the Board of Aldermen, but decided to seek the mayor's job after many residents expressed their indifference toward this year's elections.

He said some residents told him that they thought the mayor's race was already in the pocket of Alderman James Grimes, who is running as a Republican.

The other Democratic candidates vying for a chance to challenge Mr. Grimes are Jennifer Dougherty and Gary Hughes.

"I am offering another choice," Mr. Norman said when he announced his candidacy on Monday. "Democratic officials have said both Jennifer Dougherty and Gary Hughes lack experience, haven't paid their dues and won't win against Jim Grimes."

Mr. Norman has worked for the Frederick County Board of Education as a construction consultant. He has volunteered for Advocates for the Homeless and served on the Frederick County Sheriff's Office Detention Center Committee.

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