Lawmakers May Consider Internet Gambling
Lawmakers may consider the possibility of developing internet games in Maryland, when they meet this week in special session in Annapolis. House Speaker Michael Busch says that a key consideration in gambling legislation will be to ensure Maryland has a sustainable gambling program that is competitive with surrounding areas. Delaware’s Governor, Jack Markell, recently signed into law, legislation that would authorize online betting in the state. Any gambling expansion in Maryland would require voter approval in November.
Robbery Suspect Souught
Area law enforcement authorities are seeking the person who robbed the Tri-Towns Pharmacy in Westernport last Thursday afternoon. The suspect came into the business, and demanded narcotics; he was possibly armed. Several law enforcement agencies aided in the search for the suspect, including the Trooper Five Medevac helicopter. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, the C3I unit, or Allegany/Mineral County CrimeSolvers.
Girl Taken to Morgantown Following Accident
Lonaconing resident Jason Morris faces several charges in an accident on Saturday, which sent a 13-year old girl to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Morris was operating a 4-wheeler in the Lonaconing area, with the girl as a passenger; she was possibly struck by a tree branch, and ejected from the vehicle. He was charged with DUI, DWI, and trespassing with an off-road vehicle on government property. He was held on $7500 bond, and additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.
Driver in Fatal Crash Identified
The driver who was killed late last week on West Virginia Route 127 has been identified as 27-year old Jacob Adam Smith of Clearbrook, Virginia. He was driving eastbound when he lost control of the car, causing it to exit the road, striking several trees and catching fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Hampshire County Medical Examiner Penny Hartman.
Truck Fire on I-68 Sunday
A truck fire on Interstate 68 eastbound, between the Moose Curve and the Industrial Boulevard Exit caused the roadway to be shut down for more than three hours yesterday. The rig, loaded with 42,000 pound of cooking oil, caught fire shortly after 12:30 yesterday afternoon. The tractor-trailer originated in Illinois, but police were not sure of its destination. There were no injuries in the accident.
More Than Half of Maryland Experiencing Drought
More than half of the state of Maryland is experiencing some degree of drought, as 63 per cent of the nation is having a moderate drought. Much of the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland entered what the drought monitor considers “severe” drought last week, with 29 per cent of the state desperately needing rainfall. Conditions should improve in the coming months. Conditions across the nation’s midsection, however, are expected to persist or worsen. In a weather-related story, federal aid has been made available to the Maryland to supplement state and local recovery efforts affected by severe storms and straight-line winds during the period of June 29th through July 8th.
Two Arrested After Assault Incident
Two women, who were involved in an altercation with one another on Thursday, have been arrested in connection with the incident. Forty-five year old Teri Shroyer and 25-year old Brittany Barrows were charged with assault, following the incident on Decatur Street Thursday morning. Each was held on $20,000 bond.
Officers Honored for Training Completion
The Cumberland Mayor and Council recently honored two Police Department lieutenants for their completion of law enforcement executive training programs. Lieutenant Robert Reed graduated from the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University and Lieutenant Brian Lepley graduated from the FBI National Academy. There was no cost to the officer, nor the police department for the training.
West Virginia Reports Surplus
The state of West Virginia is reporting a surplus of just over $101 million for the fiscal year that just ended. State officials had predicted a surplus three months ago. While FY 2012 ended with a surplus, revenues for the first month of FY 2013 were $2.5 million below expectations. Overall, Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow believes that the state will find out this month, what effect the storm of June 29th will have on tax collections.
Group Requests Chick-Fil-A Be Removed from WVU
A statewide civil rights group is requesting that West Virginia University remove Chick-Fil-A from the Mountainlair Student Union at the school. Fairness West Virginia says that, because it believes the company donates millions of dollars to anti-gay groups, it violates WVU’s own anti-discrimination policies. The nationwide chain has been in the middle of a controversy, since CEO Dan Cathy expressed his support of the traditional, biblical definition of marriage.