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Gaming Revenue Continues Decline

Gaming revenue, from tip jars and other similar games continue to decline in Allegany County. Gaming officials had estimated revenue at $434,000 for the fiscal year; instead actual receipts were set at just over $407,000. This represents a continuing decline over the past couple of fiscal years. Allegany County utilizes gaming funds to support volunteer fire and rescue companies and the Board of Education. Allegany and Washington Counties are the only two in Maryland to have legally regulated paper gaming.


Marijuana Growing Operation Discovered in Hardy County

 What is described as an “elaborate” marijuana growing operation has been discovered in the Meadow Hills subdivision of Baker, West Virginia. It is estimated to be worth $50,000, according to the West Virginia State Police at Moorefield/Petersburg. A search warrant led to the seizure of 54 marijuana plants located near a home there, and charges are pending in the case.


Route 220 Presentation Set

A presentation on the upgrades to Route 220 will be presented by city planner Dave Umling at tonight’s Cumberland Mayor and City Council meeting. The meeting is set for 6:15 p.m. The Route 220 presentation will include studies for improving the capacity and operational safety of the U.S. 220 National Highway System, between Corridor “H” in West Virginia and Interstate 68 in Cumberland.


Man Transported to Hospital, Causes Disturbance

A Cumberland man was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center this past weekend, and was later arrested for causing a disturbance there. Richard Lee Lloyd II was charged with disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order. He was taken to Allegany County District Court, and later to the detention center, where he was held on $2500 bond.


Man Held on $25,000 Bond

A Cumberland resident is being held on $25,000, following a robbery on the downtown Cumberland Mall. Eric Jason Burley is accused of yelling at his victims, and threatening to harm them. He went through both victims’ pockets. The female victim began to run and Burley allegedly hit her several times in the back of the head. Burley was later arrested on several counts, including armed robbery, theft, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and assault.


Car Fire Ruled Arson

Two car fires at Queen City Motors have been ruled arson by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The vehicles, a 1994 Mercury Grand marquis and a 1995 Ford Taurus, were parked on Fulton Street. The total loss has been set at $2,000. The fires began in the interior of the vehicles. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 877-890-0199.


Former Hospital To Be Used for Dorms

The former Potomac Valley Hospital on Mineral Street in Keyser will soon be used for Potomac State College student housing. The West Virginia University Board of Governors has approved the acquisition and renovation of the former hospital and property. The total cost of the 44,000 square-foot facility is $600,000. Renovation will begin this fall, and will most likely be completed in August of next year.


Electronic Recycling Set

Allegany County Government will have a collection of electronics on Saturday, October 1st, behind the Allegany County Office Complex from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. JVS Environmental, a recycling company based in Rockwood, Pennsylvania will be responsible for the disposition of the electronics. There is no charge to dispose of certain items, such as microwave ovens, cell phones, scanners and the like. However, there are charges for other items. Not included in the recycling event are any items with Freon, appliances/white goods, wooden speakers or vacuum cleaners.


Bedford Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident

A Bedford man was killed Saturday afternoon in an accident on mill Street in Schellsburg. Thirty-six year old Mark Keller did a “burnout” with his motorcycle, and lost control, going off the road and striking a pickup truck. He was not wearing a helmet, and died of injuries sustained in the crash. He had just left the parking lot of Judy’s Bar. The incident was reported around 2:12 p.m. Saturday.

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