INFANT'S BODY FOUND IN HARDY COUNTY
Thirty-two year old Colorado resident Joseph Allen Christy has been arrested in Hardy County, after he led authorities to a campsite, where he had allegedly killed and buried his 26-day old son, Ashter James Christy. West Virginia State Police at Morgantown stopped Christy and Summer Lynn Snow McDaniel, of Missouri, after they were attempting to flee from law enforcement. There were four other children in the car, ages 11, 7, 4, and 2. They then notified the Moorefield-Petersburg detachment about a possible child death. During the interview, Christy had confessed he had killed the couple's infant son at a Hardy County campsite. Christy is being held without bond in West Virginia's North Central Jail.
FATAL ACCIDENT IN HAMPSHIRE COUNTY
Thirty-five year old Ryan Smith was killed and a motorcycle sidecar passenger Sarah Taylor, was taken to the hospital, following a motorcycle accident Friday in Hampshire County. Smith was traveling south on Clarence Taylor Road, when he lost control of his 2013 Ural motorcycle; both were ejected and landed in a rocky area off the bank of the South Branch River. While the crash remains under investigation, it is believed alcohol was a factor.
VERSO RENEGOTIATING TERMS OF DEBT
The Verso Paper Corporation has renegotiated the terms of its debt, so that it can merge with New Page, which owns the Luke Paper Mill. Verso is in debt, and recently had some of its debt notes downgraded by Moody's credit rating agency. Both Verso and New Page reported losses in the first quarter of this year. Plans for the merger of the two were announced in January.
SHAFFER RETIRES FROM COUNTY SERVICE
The Allegany County Commissioners have announced they have reached an agreement with Kevin Shaffer, who has retired from his employment with the county. The terms of agreement between the two are confidential. Shaffer expressed appreciation for having served the residents in county government; in turn, the county expressed its appreciation for his service. Pursuant to the parties' written agreement, no other comments are being provided by the parties involved.
ROCKY GAP PROFIT INCREASES IN JUNE
Rocky Gap Casino resort generated over $3.7 million from slot machines and table games in June of this year, a 50 per cent increase, when compared to June of last year. The casino resort operates 577 slot machines and 16 table games. In total, the state's four casinos generated just over $72 million in combined revenue.
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY INVESTIGATED
The Allegany County Sheriff's Office is investigating a destruction of property incident at the Artmor Plastics Warehouse on Wills Mountain. Over the past several weeks, a person or persons broke numerous windows in the building, with damages estimated at $6,000. A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. The property has a "no trespassing" sign, and anyone found on the property will be charged. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (301)-777-1585 or (301)-777-5959.
ALLEGANY STUDENTS RECEIVE TOP HONORS
Allegany High students Ethan Greist and Demetri Cendo recently received top honors as the national Gold Medalist, First Place, in the National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar and History award winners at the 2014 National History Day contest, held on June 19th. Their award represents only the second time since 1999 that an entry from the state of Maryland has won the Gold Medal at National History Day.
CHAMBER ANNOUNCES NEW WEBSITE
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has launched a new version of its website, "visitdeepcreek.com," with a new branding of "Deep Creek Experience." The redesigned website makes it more user-friendly, and includes more graphics, a photo gallery, and featured specials. The site will allow members new opportunities to attract new customers and to promote their businesses.
MARYLAND JOINS MULTI-STATE LOTTERY ASSOCIATON
The Maryland Lottery has joined the Multi-State Lottery Association, a group of lotteries, based in Iowa. The association provides research and game development, and by joining, gives Maryland a seat at the table, as new games are developed, according to Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino. A new game, possibly coming to Maryland, would be the "Monopoly
Millionaires" game, with a top prize, capped at $25 million. If the top prize is not won, Martino says anything over $25 million would be added to a second-tier prize. Lottery sales are down 2 per cent, as of the end of last fiscal year. He acknowledges this is due, in part, to the impact from casinos. Martino notes the Horseshoe Casino will be the fifth in Maryland to open.
CHEAT LAKE ASSAULT INVESTIGATED
An unidentified and unresponsive man was found along the Morgan's Run road area of Cheat Lake. Police say he appeared to be the victim of an assault. He was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital. Authorities are not releasing his name nor his condition to protect the integrity of the investigation.
WEST VIRGINIA COMPUTER SWITCHOVER PLANNED
The state of West Virginia is switching over to a new computer system today, and it will affect every state agency in the way it processes its back office business functions. More than 3400 state employees will use the new system; for residents it could mean shorter lines at state offices, quicker responses to questions and concerns and less paperwork when documents need to be filed.
WEST VIRGINIA ENDS FISCAL YEAR IN THE BLACK
The state of West Virginia ended the fiscal year in the black by closing a $57 million budget gap. Additional steps were not necessary to close the gap, and it is the first time in recent years that no new tax laws took effect on July 1st.