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Bids For Baltimore, Rocky Gap Rejected

One of two plans for a casino in Baltimore and one of three proposals for Rocky Gap have been rejected by Maryland’s slot machine commission. At Rocky Gap, a proposal by Allegany Entertainment Group and Potts Gaming, LLC to put 200 slot machines there, was rejected by the commission. There are still two other bids to consider, and they are from Landow Partners, LLC and Evitts Resort, LLC as two viable proposals.


One of Two Sets of Charges in “Ducky” Case Dropped

One person will go to trial and the other will not in the case of “Ducky,” the dog whose mouth was duct-taped shut last spring. Charges against Frederick Newton Lease have been dropped, due to a lack of evidence. However, the counts against Ricky Allen Adams will proceed as scheduled. The case against Adams is set for November 9th in Allegany County Circuit Court. Assistant State’s Attorney Sam Lane commented that as a prosecutor, he is only allowed to present cases where there is legally sufficient evidence that can be introduced at trial, and added that only hearsay evidence was presented against Lease.


Two Charged in Several Deep Creek Lake Burglaries

Two Grant County residents have been arrested, in connection with a string of burglary and theft charges, stemming from incidents at Deep Creek Lake residences. The burglaries occurred over a seven-month period. Taken into custody were Joshua Todd Culp and Jessica Dawn Picou. Both remain at the Garrett County Detention Center on bond; Culp is being held on $450,000, while Picou’s bail was set at $70,000. Taken in the thefts were DVD players, flat-screen televisions and other electronic items. They were arrested while in a campground area in Grantsville.


Allegany Museum Receives Grant

The Applachian Regional Commission has awarded a $150,000 grant to the Allegany museum, to carry out extensive renovations. The award was announced by Maryland United States Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin. The renovation project is expected to attract an extra 1,000 tourists annually, create six new tourism jobs and increase tourism revenue by just over $162,000. State sources will provide $150,000, bringing the total project funding to $300,000.


North End Domestic Dispute Results in Arrest

Thirty-four year old Cumberland resident Lester Lambert was charged with second-degree assault, following a domestic incident on Franklin Street early Wednesday morning. According to Cumberland City Police, Lambert and a female had been arguing, when he shoved a door to the residence open, striking the female in the face. She did not require medical attention. Lambert was taken for a District Court hearing and released on his own recognizance.


Three Injured in Route 50 Collision

Two Hampshire High School students and an Augusta woman were injured in a collision just before 7 a.m. yesterday on Route 50 at Hanging Rock. All three were taken to the Winchester Medical Center, with injuries to the teenagers described as “serious.” The crash happened as the students were enroute to school, when their car struck a 2011 Toyota Highlander, driven by 37-year old Rebecca Werner. The crash remains under investigation, and happened on a wet road surface because of rain.


Two Arrested in Keyser For Marijuana Possession

Two men, from Davis, West Virginia were arrested earlier this week, and charged with marijuana-related offenses. The two-Brandyn Hamrick and Brian Quattro, both 18 years old-were found to be in possession of marijuana in the parking lot of the Keyser Primary Middle School parking lot. As an officer approached the vehicle, the car pulled out, and the two were seen throwing items out the window. When recovered, about 24 grams of marijuana were found in the car and by the roadside.


Attempted Burglary Investigated

The Maryland State Police Barrack at McHenry is investigating an attempted burglary I the 200-block of Brant Road in Swanton. Sometime between September 18th and 21st, a person or persons tried to enter a garage attached to the house. Nothing appeared to be stolen or disturbed. Anyone with information is asked to contact Senior Trooper J.B. Schlossnagle at the McHenry Barrack. That number is (301)-387-1101.


Domestic Incident in Rockwood Results in Stabbing

Preliminary hearings are set for early next month in an incident that resulted in a stabbing in Rockwood, Pennsylvania. Fifty-three year old John Edwin Staton is accused of stabbing 51-year old Gregory Dane Wagner at Staton’s residence. As troopers arrived, they found Wagner holding an ax. Wagner also allegedly threatened everybody in the house, on Water Street. Staton is free on a $15,000 unsecured monetary bond, while Wagner was jailed, in lieu of $2,000 bond.

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