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Rocky Gap Proposal Revised

A state commission has approved a scaled-back proposal for the Rocky Gap casino, because the developer could not get financing needed for the $65 million addition to the lodge, which would house 850 slot machines. Evitts Resort, LLC will now place 500 machines in meeting space inside the current building, and will create additional meeting space within three years. The revised plan will cost between $25 and $30 million, and could open in the second quarter of next year.

 

Lawsuit Against Prison System Thrown Out

A Western Correctional Institution inmate, who had filed suit against the state prison system, has had that lawsuit denied. Inmate Roger Dale Terry says he was denied due process and subjected to cruel and unusual punishment during a 189-day stint in disciplinary segregation. He was sentenced to 200 days for possession of a “black, tar-like substance, wrapped in Saran Wrap” that initially tested positively as a controlled dangerous substance. He added that officials waited too long to retest the substance, which was determined to be drug-free. Terry had asked to be compensated $75 for each day that he spent in disciplinary segregation and $150,000 in punitive damages, which was denied by a U.S. District Judge.

 

Washington Street Bridge to be Closed

The eastbound lane of the Washington Street bridge will be closing soon, as a safety precaution. There is a “bump” on the eastern side of the bridge and the blacktop is beginning to deteriorate, according to a news release from the city’s engineering department. The bridge will be inspected and a decision concerning the bridge will be made after that. Although the bridge is owned by CSX Corporation, the city has the responsibility for public safety.

 

Hagerstown Man Arrested for Drug Possession, Outstanding Warrant

Hagerstown resident Daymein Malik Brown is currently being held on $70,000 bond in the Allegany County Detention Center, following a traffic stop near Lonaconing on Monday. Brown was initially stopped for a minor traffic violation; it was later learned that he had an outstanding arrest warrant in Washington County. Troopers also found marijuana and crack cocaine, packaged in a manner and quantity that indicated the intent to distribute the substances.

 

Romney Man Drowns in Tygart Valley River

The Barbour County Sheriff’s Office says a Romney man has drowned in the Tygart Valley River. The accident occurred over the weekend and the victim’s name won’t be released until his body is recovered. Four men were swimming in the river, when one was pulled into a whirlpool; the other three escaped. Rescue efforts were stopped by high, swift waters in the river on Saturday and Sunday. The river claimed another victim a week earlier; that person’s body wasn’t recovered for four days.

 

Two Arrested in Monday Afternoon Incident

Twenty-year old Nicholas Andrew Kneisley of Cumberland and 32-year old Michael Allen Lawson of New Orleans were arrested Monday afternoon near the trestle bridge of the Western Maryland Railroad. The Cumberland Fire Department had been called to the scene, as had the Cumberland City Police Department. Kneisley and Lawson were on the bridge, which was clearly marked with “No Trespassing” signs. When a firefighter tried to speak to Kneisley about the fire call, he was assaulted. When arrested, he began acting out of control, damaging a window of the cruiser. He was held on $4,000 bond, while Lawson was released on personal recognizance.

 

“Born To Lose” Wins Award

Author Jim Hollock’s book, “Born To Lose: Stanley B. Hoss and the Crime Spree That Gripped a Nation” has won a gold medal in the category of true crime from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. The “IPPY” award recognizes excellence in literature throughout the country and around the world. Two of four of Stanley Hoss’ murder victims were from this area: Linda Stewart Peugot and her two-year old daughter, Lori Mae, who were kidnapped by Hoss from the former King’s parking lot on September 22, 1969. Hollock was in Cumberland in April for a book signing, and plans a return visit in the upcoming months.

 

Braddock Holds Orientation

Braddock Middle School is holding 6th grade orientation on Wednesday, August 15th and Thursday, August 16th from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Students with last names beginning with “A” through “L” will meet on Wednesday, and those with the last names of “M” to “Z” will meet on Thursday. Students will have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the school building in small groups with selected 8th grade students.

 

Trial for Sheriff Postponed Until After Election

The trial of Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley has been continued until after the November 6th general election. Shirley is accused of violating the city rights and falsifying records, following the arrest of Mark Daniel Haines in December of 2010. Haines had been an inmate at the Allegany County Detention Center. Shirley is up for re-election in Jefferson County in November.

 

Pittsburgh Man Charged with Drug Possession

Pittsburgh resident Jaymont Powell has been charged with possessing 140 bags of heroin at a North Center Avenue residence in Somerset Borough. The heroin that was taken from the residence is valued at about $2800 on the street. Powell was incarcerated in the Somerset County Jail, in lieu of $15,000 bond.

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