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Special Session Begins Today

The Maryland State Senate will convene in a special session today, to consider Governor O’Malley’s 56-page bill that would expand gambling in the state. The House of Delegates will meet tomorrow, to consider the legislation, which establishes games like blackjack and consideration of a sixth casino site in Prince George’s County. The bill does not name the National Harbor Resort as the sixth location; rather, the National Harbor would compete for the license with Rosecroft Raceway. Under the bill, the state would continue to own the slot machines at both the Rocky Gap and Ocean Downs facilities.

“Operation Summer Catch” Nets Seven

Seven of 17 suspected drug dealers were arrested Tuesday during a sweep in Bedford County. “Operation Summer Catch” marked the culmination of months of controlled drug purchases by the state and local police. Several confidential informants were “outed” to complete the investigation. The suspects sold everything from prescription pills, to cocaine, to heroin and synthetic marijuana. The sweep was the 10th “sting” in eight years. The most recent was “Operation Scarecrow” which nabbed 20 suspected dealers last fall.

Mount Savage Water Project to Begin

A project that is expected to take several years will begin on Monday, as construction will start on the first phase of the Mount Savage Water Project. The project was funded by a combination of sources, including the United States Department of Agriculture, the Maryland Department of the Environment, and Community Development Block Grant funding. The project includes installation of water lines, a water storage tank, and a water pressure reduction vault.

Woman Arrested on Disorderly Conduct, Drug Charges

Frostburg resident Joyce Shoemaker was arrested Tuesday morning, following two incidents on North Mechanic Street. She was first asked to leave the JFK Apartments property; after several requests, City Police escorted her from the property. Minutes later, she was found sitting in front of the entry door to a business on North Centre Street. Police found CDS paraphernalia. She was also reportedly intoxicated. She was charged with disorderly conduct, CDS possession, and failure to obey a lawful order. Following an appearance in District Court, she was released on personal recognizance.


YMCA Named Finalist


The Cumberland YMCA’s Housing Department has been named a finalist in “Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good” campaign. The “Y” will be competing against four other agencies this Tuesday to win a Toyota van, which will be used to transport residents for medical appointments, food banks, meetings and job interviews. To vote, log onto the Toyota USA or Toyota 100 Cars for Good in the search bar and click on “Vote Today.” Then click on Cumberland YMCA and confirm your vote.

Movement to Rename ARCC in Hagerstown

Allegany College of Maryland has the Bob Kirk Arena, and now four former Washington County commissioners are lobbying to have Hagerstown Community College’s Athletic, Recreation, and Community Center named after former Coach Jim Brown. The commissioners asked the current board to send a resolution to the HCC Board of Trustees. Coach Brown helped create the “ARCC,” a popular Washington County venue for sports, high school graduations and other community activities.

Maryland Offering Online Registration

The State Board of Elections is now offering online voter registration, along with using
The Internet to check the status of their registration. Eligible residents must have a valid state driver’s license or identification card to use the system. The new registration will help prevent voter fraud, because voters’ driver license numbers must match up with their names.


Trooper Returns To Duty


A West Virginia State Police Officer who was shot by a suspect is back on duty. Corporal Andrew Loudin was investigating a complaint of child sexual abuse, when he was shot by 55-year old William Dumire in Elkins. Dumire later died in a gun battle with police.

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