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Rocky Gap License Not Yet Issued

A slots license for Rocky Gap has yet to be issued, because of an agreement on payment in lieu of taxes has not been reached. The Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission met on March 27th, but did not award the slots license, but it is hoped an agreement can be worked out as soon as possible. There is no time frame or deadline to work out the agreement, although the anticipated award date was last December.


Two Acknowledge Guilt in Robbery

Two West Virginia residents have admitted their involvement in a robbery of the FNB Hampshire Square bank last month. Twenty-two year old Mark Yost of Shanks and Shannon Martin of Romney have acknowledged their part in the incident, in the robbery of a woman, trying to make a night deposit at the bank. She was uninjured and no weapon was displayed. Twenty-two year old Romney resident Justin Brown was charged in connection with the incident; he allegedly provided a false statement to officers in connection with the investigation.  


Trial in Stabbing Case Set for June

A trial date of June 6th has been set for an Oakland man, charged with attempted murder. Forty-year old Kendall Shane Lowers is charged in the case. The victim, 52-year old William Sachs, needs to be located and is not in the Oakland jurisdiction. Lowers is charged with attempted first and second-degree murder and first-degree assault. Lowers remains at the Garrett County Detention Center, in default of $250,000 bond.


Panhandling Law Moves Through General Assembly

A bill to outlaw pandhandling in the county is moving through the General Assembly, having passed the House of Delegates on a vote of 130 to 1. It also received a favorable report by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. No date has been set for the Senate vote, but the General Assembly is scheduled to end this Monday.


Lonaconing Fired Ruled Accidental in Nature

A fire at 16 Island Street in Lonaconing has been ruled accidental and electrical in nature. The call was received at 3:47 p.m. Tuesday, bringing out seven fire companies and the George’s Creek Ambulance to the scene. The house is owned by Joe Rowen III, Timothy Rowan and Mary Louise Muir. At the time of the fire, Joe Rowan, Jr., Joe Rowan IV, and Timothy Rowan were at the home. It originated in the first floor kitchen. There were no injuries and the family is being assisted by other family members.


Two New Jersey Men Arrested in Garrett County

Two New Jersey men were arrested by the Maryland State Police on Interstate 68 near Grantsville Tuesday morning. Originally stopped for a traffic violation, the troopers smelled an odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. After searching the vehicle, troopers located a baggie of prescription pills and suspected marijuana. Also hidden in the car were parts for two assault rifles. Taken into custody were 33-year old Renante Alisbo Mangaya and 30-year old Edwin Lee Class. Both received a bond hearing in District Court.


Cardin to Attend TGCC Membership Meeting

Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin is scheduled to attend the membership meeting of the Greater Cumberland Committee on Thursday, April 12th at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Cumberland Country Club. Recently, Senator Cardin helped end the seven year prohibition of the states’ use of toll credits on the Appalachian Development Highway system projects and assured federal support for access roads in the three westernmost counties of Maryland.


Schools Awarded Literacy Grant

The Allegany County Public School System is the only one in the state of Maryalnd to have been awarded the Chesapeake Bay Trust, three-year environmental literacy grant. The grant, in excess of $100,000, will fund the work of the Allegany County Collaboration for Environmental Literacy, which includes Allegany County Public Schools, the Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.


General Assembly Session May Be Extended

Governor Martin O’Malley has signed an executive order, extending the current legislative session, if lawmakers cannot resolve budget proposal differences. Legislators are still at odds over differences in two versions of the budget legislation. Governor O’Malley is also urging lawmakers to approve some form of increased transportation funding. Senate President Thomas “Mike” Miller calls an idea of an increased sales tax, “dead in the water.” In a special session called by O’Malley in 2007, the sales tax rate was increased from 5 to 6 per cent.

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