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No Bill Yet, But Special Session To Be Held

There is no expanded gambling bill yet, but Governor O’Malley is expected to introduce it in the next couple of days. The Senate will convene in Annapolis on Thursday, while House members return on Friday. While it was only expected to take two days, it is now thought the session may extend into Wednesday of next week, when the Maryland Association of Counties convention begins in Ocean City. If the bill is to be on the ballot in November, lawmakers must approve a bill, so that the state elections board can finalize ballot language by August 20th.  In a related story, revenue at a casino in Perryville dropped by 32 per cent in July. The casino has indicated it wants to cut the number of slot machines by about a third, because of increased competition.


Third Victim Identified in Bedford Crash

The third victim of a July 29th crash on Route 4009 in East St. Clair Township, Bedford County, has been identified as Osterburg resident Devin Milburn. The accident also claimed the lives of 84-year old Robert Broad and 54-year old Ronda Reighard, both of Beaverdale. The crash occurred as Milburn’s Jeep crossed over the double-yellow center line and struck the card, driven by Broad.


Man Arrested for June Breaking and Entering

A twenty-five year old Cumberland resident is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $30,000 bond, in connection with two breaking and entering incidents in June of this year. Kevin Paul Bailey, who was allegedly under the influence of “bath salts” broke into two houses, one located in the 500-block of Shriver Avenue and the other in the 400-block of Pulaski Street. The owner of the Pulaski Street residence was able to hold Bailey down until officers arrived. Charges were applied for, and Bailey was arrested this past Sunday.


Woman Arrested for Trespassing on Mall

Fifty-six year old Janice Youmans was arrested early yesterday morning for trespassing on the downtown Cumberland Mall. She had been seen in a city-owned parklet around 11:00 p.m., when the parklet closes at 11:00 p.m. She was advised to leave, and not to return before 7 a.m. She was seen a second time around 12:30 a.m., at which time she was arrested, and held on $1,000 bond.


Two Arrested on Drug Charges in Keyser

Eighteen year old Anthony Amoruso, of Westernport,  and 23-year old Piedmont resident Selena Snyder have been arrested on drug charges, following a traffic stop in Keyser. About three grams of cocaine and over 200 Oxycotin and Oxycodone pills were found in the car, when it was stopped just outside of the Keyser city limits. Both have been jailed on $25,000 bond each, and remain in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta.


Third Rabies Case in Garrett County

The third rabies case of the year has been confirmed in Garrett County; the most recent incident happened on July 31st on North Glade Road, in the vicinity of state Route 495. An aggressive raccoon fought with an unvaccinated dog. The property owner shot the raccoon, which tested positively for the disease. There was no human contact with the animal. The unvaccinated dog had to be euthanized.


Part of U.S. 40 Alternate to Close

U.S. 40 Alternate, between Keyser’s Ridge and the western limits of Grantsville near Springs Road, will be closed, beginning next Monday, August 13th. The road will reopen before August 27th, the day Garrett County Schools open. The closure is part of an over $2 million safety and resurfacing project on U.S. 40 Alternate and will allow crews to replace a drainage pipe that crosses the road about 50 feet east of Spring Valley Farm Lane. Detours will be in place, while the work is underway.


Preston County Resident Arrested on Drug Charges

Fifty-year old Preston County resident Mark Calvert has been arrested on three counts of possession with intent to deliver illegal narcotics. A search warrant was executed at Calvert’s Reedsville residence; after being arraigned, he was held on $50,000 bond. Anyone with information relevant to the investigation is asked to contact the Preston County Sheriff’s Department at (304)-329-1611.


Washington County Armed Robbery Reported

The Hagerstown City Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Chipotle Mexican Grill on Garland Groh Boulevard Sunday night. Two armed suspects entered the restaurant through an open back door; they forced one employee to open a safe and remove an undisclosed amount of money. They ordered the other employees to stay on the ground until the suspects were gone. A K-9 track revealed they fled northbound, to the end of the shopping center, where they may have entered a vehicle. No suspects were located or identified. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hagerstown Police Department at (301)-790-3700.

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