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One of Two Rocky Gap Bids Rejected

A bid from former state Democratic Party Chairman Nathan Landow to build a casino at Rocky Gap was rejected by the Maryland Slots Commission, leaving only one group in the running. Landow’s group failed to provide the necessary financial and business data to support the bid, and the proposal was unanimously rejected. Evitts Resort, LLC, is the lone bidder now on the project. The group consists of a joint venture of three businesses, and has offered to open a casino with 850 slot machines. A final decision on that proposal will be made either late next month or in early March.


Czapski Questions Inflation Numbers

The Executive Director of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, Stu Czapski,  is questioning a report from Moody’s Analytics that the Cumberland Metro Area has the highest inflation rate in the nation. This report comes on the heels of last week’s news that the area is one of the cheapest places in the nation to live, which represents an obvious conflict. The inflation rate was quoted at 5.3 per cent, and the metro area includes Cumberland, Allegany County and Mineral County, West Virginia. Czapski says he questions how experts arrived at the conclusion, rather than the rate itself.


ACM Considers Smoking Ban

Allegany College of Maryland, in response to faculty and student requests, is considering a campus-wide smoking ban, similar to the one at Frostburg State University. A task force has been appointed to study the opportunities and obstacles associated with such a ban. As of this month, statistics show that 639 college campuses nationwide, were smoke-free. FSU implemented a college-wide smoking ban in August of last year, according to the Cumberland Times-News.


Man Dies Jumping From Car

An Osterburg man was fatally injured last week, when he jumped from a moving vehicle in East St. Clair Township. Fifty-six year old Jay Altman was a passenger in a car, and intentionally jumped out of the vehicle, while it was in motion. He suffered a head injury, and later died at the Altoona Regional Health System. Police did not identify the driver of the vehicle, nor did they provide a reason Altman jumped.


Bedford Man Sentenced in Arson Case

Twenty-one year old Charles Keith Horsh was sentenced to 12 to 24 years in prison, in connection with the arson fire at the Trinity Lutheran Church property in Bedford County last year. Firefighters were called on June 8th to the parish house of the church; the blaze was contained, but damage was estimated at $250,000.


Mineral County Searches for Wanted Man

Keyser City Police, along with other law enforcement agencies, are searching for a man who fled the Mineral County Probation Offices last week. Thirty-year old Corbin Stone was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and also faces violation of probation charges in Maryland. Stone was nearly apprehended at his Orchard Street home, but fled there, and law enforcement authorities are still searching for him.


Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide

A Bedford County man has been charged with vehicular homicide, in connection with a crash in October that killed a Six Mile Run firefighter. Fifty-two year old Eddie Singer was killed when his car was hit head-on, by another driven by 45-year old Joseph Beltz. The accident happened on Main Street in Coaldale. Singer’s wife, Diane was also in the car with him. Charges were filed against Beltz in December. He was released on $100,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing will be held Wednesday in Bedford County.


Fire Deaths Decreased in 2011

The Maryland State Fire Marshal has announced a preliminary report, revealing 67 Maryland residents died in 56 fatal fires during 2011. Those fire deaths represent a 6 per cent decrease, compared o the 71 fire deaths occurring in 50 fatal fires in 2010. The number of fatal fires in 2011, however, represents a 12 per cent increase as compared to 2010. Garrett County was among those not experiencing fatal fires in 2011.

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