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Former jeweler's property is sold

October 23, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown Public Square property from which former Hagerstown City Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein ran a jewelry store has been sold and may become a coffee shop.

Saum-Wicklein in 1998 closed the 100-year-old family business, Saum's Credit Jewelers at 2 W. Washington St. and reopened it under the name The Jeweler's Daughter.

Saum-Wicklein, who now runs Jeweler's Daughter in Gettysburg, Pa., served on the City Council from 1989 to 2001.

Saum-Wicklein refused to comment.

In 2000, the downtown Hagerstown property was sold to George H. Lomas, an associate of Saum-Wicklein's, but she continued to operate the business there.

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The property was sold to Olde Towne Development LLC, a Maryland company, on Sept. 30.

Jake Baer, the Alexandria, Va., owner of the company, said he is considering putting a coffee shop on the site.

In February 2001, Saum-Wicklein ended her run for re-election to the council, citing inappropriate coverage by the print media in recent years.

Those stories reported on matters including court judgments for alleged falling behind on federal, state and local taxes.

Court records Wednesday listed those judgment cases as closed and inactive.

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