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Lakes Entertainment Buys Out Evitts for $590,000

The Cumberland Times-News is reporting that documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission show that Lakes Entertainment paid $590,000 to buy out its partner Evitts Resort, LLC, the firm that will build a slots parlor at Rocky Gap. The closing of the repurchase was May 14th. The State Video Lottery Facility Location Commission awarded the license of April 26th, and the proposal is on the Board of Public Works agenda for its June 20th meeting.


Accident Closes Interstate Exit

A tractor-trailer accident closed Exit 50, the Pleasant Valley Exit, of  Interstate 68 westbound near Rocky Gap State Park on Sunday.  The Maryland Department of the Environment was on the scene to offload what were termed “explosives and corrosives” from the trailer. A spokesperson for the Allegany County Office of Emergency Management said the truck was hauling potassium hydroxide and sodium hydroxide. There were no injuries, and the driver refused medical treatment. The incident was reported around 1:44 p.m.


Garrett County Fire Causes $50,000 Damage

A fire on Hill Street in Grantsville Saturday caused about $50,000 damage. The fire was ruled accidental in nature, with the failure of an attic gable vent fan at the home of Mark Diehl. The fire was discovered by a neighbor about 5:13 p.m. Saturday. About 30 firefighters from Grantsville, Bittinger, Deep Creek and Salisbury had the fire under control in about 20 minutes.


No Criminal Intent on Part of Councilman

Keyser City Councilman Clinton Faulk will not be charged in the disappearance of an ATV from the city of Keyser Streets Department. The vehicle had been stored at the garage for some time and Faulk-who is the city’s streets commissioner-moved the ATV to get it out of the way. Fellow council member Herman Judy reported the ATV missing; Faulk had taken it to the city’s sewer plant.


Lock Haven Man Jailed on Drug Charges

Lock Haven, Pennsylvania resident Russell Lee Domitrovich faces numerous drug charges, following a stop on Interstate 68 Sunday. Domitrovich was stopped after he was seen driving with a cracked windshield. A K-9 unit alerted officers to drugs in the vehicle. A quantity of marijuana and cocaine was found, and he was arrested and held on $6500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Moorefield Area Man Sentenced

Moorefield-area resident Walter Richard Pritts has been sentenced in connection with the brutal beating of a Hardy County businesswoman. Pritts was sentenced to no less than one, but no more than 5 years. He is technically eligible for parole with his current time served. Pritts had pled guilty to unlawful assault, and was because prosecutors tried to salvage what they could of the investigation and the case. The victim allegedly impeded the criminal investigation and commented that she would be willing to lie under oath about the allegations in order to keep Pritts from going to jail.


Police Schedule Youth Camp

The fourth annual Cumberland Police Department Summer Youth Camp will take place Monday, June 11th through Friday, June 15th. The camp will be held at the Salvation Army on Somerville Avenue. The Cumberland Police Department will once again partner with the Salvation Army in the effort. The cost to attend will be $25, and checks may be made payable to the Salvation Army. For more information, contact Sgt. Jim Hott at (301)-759-6501. Applications can also be accessed through the City of Cumberland Police Department website.


Fatal Accident in Hagerstown Area

A 22-year old Cascade, Maryland man lost his life over the weekend in a collision with a Federal Express tractor trailer in Washington County. For an unknown reason, Jon Gauss crossed the center line of Route 491, north of Route 64, and collided with the rig, driven by 50-year old James Frey of Boonsboro. Gauss was ejected from the vehicle. Route 491 was closed to traffic for about four hours. The Hagerstown barrack of the Maryland State Police continues to investigate the accident.


Man Found Safe in Potomac River

A Frederick-area man was treated and released from Frederick Memorial Hospital, after clinging to a rock in the Potomac River. The man, who had been tubing on Saturday, became separated from his friends, and was discovered by some fishermen Sunday morning. He was last seen by his friends about 6 p.m. Saturday. His tube crashed against a rock. Once found by the fishermen, the victim was given food and water, while he warmed up in a vehicle.

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