Rocky Gap License Approved
A slot machine license was approved by the Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission yesterday, during its meeting in Annapolis. The vote was unanimous, and a slots facility could employ 400 workers during construction and about 520 once it is opened. Lakes Maryland Development was awarded the 850-machine license. That number should grow to 1,000 machines in the second year of operation.
Man Sentenced for Armed Robberies
Cumberland resident Torrey Lamont Love has been sentenced to 77 years in prison for a series of armed robberies in the area. He was convicted on multiple counts of armed robbery, assaults and several other offenses, occurring during the first six months of last year. Due to alleged gang ties, State’s Attorney Michael Twigg requested the assistance of the Maryland Attorney General’s Gang Unit. Both Judges Timonthy Finan and Gary Leasure presided over the trials and sentencing of Love.
Husband, Wife Die in Garrett County Collision
Eighty-three year old Ralph Keefer and his 84-year old wife, Beatrice, are dead, following a collision with a utility truck on Route 135, near its intersection with Sand Flat Road. The truck was performing work on the side of the road. None of the utility company workers was injured, but the roadway was closed for a little over two hours. Charges are pending the final results of the crash investigation.
Moorefield Woman Sentenced to Life in Prison
Moorefield, West Virginia resident Vicki Mae Hawks has been sentenced to life in prison, with mercy, for killing her infant son last May. She pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in December of 2011. Last May 12th, the West Virginia State Police responded to her residence and found an infant in a plastic bag. The State Police Crime Scene Team determined the baby’s death was intentional.
Cardin Votes In Favor of Postal Act
Maryland United States Senator Ben Cardin was a member of the majority to pass the 21st Century Postal Service Act; the final vote in the Senate was 62 to 37. Senate Bill 1789 was termed a “victory for individuals and businesses throughout our nation that depend on timely mail delivery.” To maintain those delivery standards, the U.S. Postmaster General has informed Senator Cardin that the Cumberland and Easton processing facilities will need to remain open.
Major Construction Activity Around I-68
Major construction activity is being undertaken below the I-68 overpass on Route 220. The Maryland State Highway Administration is working on that interchange to enhance safety and improve traffic operations. Weather permitting, work will be complete this fall. The work will require temporary traffic detours that will allow crews to construct a partial roundabout on Route 220. On Tuesday, crews will close the ramp from Route 220 and Greene Street to Westbound Interstate 68.
Commissioners Schedule Public Informational Meeting
The Allegany County Commissioners have scheduled a public informational meeting for Tuesday, May 8th, on the bridge replacement project on Potomac Hollow Road over Moore’s Run, just east of Barton. The meeting will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. While no formal presentation will be given, individuals may arrive at any time to discuss the project with personnel from the Allegany County Department of Public Works.
Woman Charged with Trying to Bribe Officer
A Somerset County woman was arrested earlier this week, for trying to bribe a borough police officer. Lindsay Burrows allegedly offered Officer Christopher Pile a bribe, to keep from having her vehicle towed. Ms. Burrows also was driving under suspension without having a license. Her preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m.