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Lakes Entertainment Receives Rocky Gap Financing

Lakes Entertainment, Incorporated has announced that Evitts Resort, LLC has closed on $17.5 million in financing with Centennial Bank. The money will be used to finance a portion of the conversion of existing convention space into a gaming facility, to provide replacement meeting room space, and refurbish the hotel lobby and guest rooms at Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort. The new gaming facility will feature approximately 550 video lottery terminals, a casino bar and a new lobby, and a food and beverage outlet.

 

Meth Lab Discovered in Keyser

Two Keyser residents were arrested and two children were placed in the custody of a relative, after a "meth" lab was discovered at their North Church Street home. Twenty-six year old Tyler King and Kristina McKone were arrested late Monday afternoon, after police executed a search warrant at the residence. King was held on $21,500 bond, while Ms. McKone's bond was set at $18,800 by a magistrate. This is the first "meth" lab discovered in the city of Keyser.

 

Oldtown Man Sentenced in Manslaughter Case

An Oldtown man was sentenced to eight years in prison, in connection with the March shooting death of a neighbor. Seventy-year old Alexander Malaska was sentenced yesterday, in connection with the death of 43-year old Dennis Liller. Malaska was convicted on a charge of voluntary manslaughter in September. The shooting took place in the 23,000-block of Pack Horse Trail.

 

Woman Faces Traffic Charges Following Stop

Twenty-nine year old Westernport resident Candice Smith faces several traffic charges, following a stop there yesterday morning. She was traveling on Church Street, and a Deputy Sheriff noticed she was not wearing a seat belt and using a cell phone. Her driver's license was also suspended in the state of West Virginia. She will be tried for driving on a suspended license, driving without a license, not wearing a seat belt, and  using a cell phone while driving. She was released following her arrest.

 

Man Arrested for Protective Order Violation

A Cumberland man was arrested in the 300-block of Frederick Street for a reported assault. Twenty-one year old Leonard Britton approached the victim walking with her infant daughter. Britton, the child's father, approached them and picked up the child. He refused to return the child and walked inside a nearby residence. When the victim went to the door, Britton pushed her out of the way. A Final Protective Order had been granted, preventing Britton from having any contact with the victim. He was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and violation of a Protective Order. He was held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.

 

School System Stresses Student Safety

The Allegany County Public School System is stressing to parents, students, faculty and staff, and the community at large, that numerous security procedures are in place in schools in an effort to prevent a tragedy, similar to last Friday's shootings in Connecticut. The county's public schools have very stringent policies and procedures in place to help maintain school security . Superintendent David Cox has asked staff members to re-familiarize themselves with their school's security plan, and if they see or hear something, to say something.

 

Fewer Deer Killed This Season

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reports that fewer deer were killed during this year's two-week firearm season than last year. There was a 13 per cent drop in the number of deer killed during the season, which ended on December 8th. Overall warmer weather and a better acorn crop this year contributed to the drop. Deer rely heavily on acorns for food; deer do not have to move as much for food, which, in turn, makes hunting a little more difficult.

 

 West Virginia Electric Customers May Pay Less

For West Virginia residents who are customers of Mon Power and Potomac Edison, there will be a slight rate decrease in the coming year. The state Public Service Commission has ordered rate reductions totaling more than $65 million; for the typical residential customer, the decrease will amount to about $4.80 per month. While company officials had asked for a delay in that decision, the PSC decided to move forward. The new rates will take effect on January 1st. The companies serve about 520,000 customers in 37 of West Virginia's 55 counties.

 

Preston County Church Fire Investigated

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office continues to investigate a fire at the Shay's Chapel United Methodist Church, that happened early Monday morning. The church was fully engulfed in flames, as fire departments arrived on the scene. There were no injuries. Firefighters called the blaze "suspicious," as other fires have broken out in that same area recently.

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