Police Identify Shooting Victim
Cumberland City Police have released the identity of the man who took his own life last Saturday in the Maryland Avenue area. Fifty-one year old William Bruce Swift turned a gun on himself, after being stopped by a Cumberland City Police officer. Swift had been wanted on an outstanding bench warrant for failure to appear on original charges of obstructing firefighters, second-degree assault, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest. Swift is believed to have been from the Prince George's County area. Law enforcement officials have been unable to locate or notify any next of kin, and are asking anyone who may have information that would assist them, to call. The investigation and circumstances surrounding the incident is continuing.
Rocky Gap Manager Named
The current vice-president of Lakes Entertainment has been named the general manager of Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort. Scott Just will assume that position in the new year. As was reported last week, Lakes Entertainment announced it had secured the financing to convert convention space at Rocky Gap into a casino, create new meeting rooms at the lodge, and refurbish the lobby and guest rooms. The casino should be opening in the second quarter of the new year with 550 slot machines.
No Injuries in M.V. Smith Road Fire
There were no injuries in a fire early yesterday morning in the 10,000-block of the M.V. Smith road. The home had working smoke alarms, and all three occupants of the home had evacuated the structure safely. The home is owned by Marla Hudgins. The fire was confined to the flue area, and the residents were instructed to have that inspected before using their woodburner. The home has electric heat as well. The original call came in around 4 a.m., and the last unit cleared the scene by 6 a.m.
Juvenile Arrested for Assaulting Family Member
A male juvenile was transferred to the Western Maryland Children Center in Washington County, after breaking out a window of a family member's vehicle, and then assaulting a male family member by punching them in the head. The incident happened in the 800-block of Mount Royal Avenue. The juvenile was initially taken to the Cumberland Police Department for processing, before being transferred to Washington County.
Man Arrested for Marijuana Possession, DUI
A Wiley Ford man was arrested early Christmas morning for driving while impaired by alcohol and possession of marijuana. Forty-nine year old Lane Louis Edwards was stopped on Greene Street, after he allegedly committed several traffic violations. The arresting officer detected an odor of alcohol, and spotted a clear, plastic baggie, containing suspected marijuana. He received a hearing before a District Court Commissioner and was released, pending trial in District Court.
Bedford Approves Budget
Slashing costs where they can, the Bedford County Commissioners approved the 2013 budget, during a meeting yesterday. The final budget is largely identical to the $15 million spending plan, presented to the public on December 7th. Most landowners in Bedford County will be paying more, due to higher assessed values in place this year.
Somerset Man Faces Up to 80 Years in Prison
Twenty-year old Somerset County resident Zechariah Spencer could spend up to 80 years in prison and nearly $196,000 in fines, after pleading guilty to his involvement in multiple theft cases, some of which involved the theft of firearms, a felony. A pre-trial scheduling conference is set for the January criminal trial term. He had been charged in three districts, Somerset, Boswell, and Confluence, in a rash of thefts that involved adult co-defendants. Some of those thefts also involved a 16-year old male juvenile.
Round-the-Clock Gambling Underway in Maryland
The only gambling facility in the state to operate 24-hours a day, opened yesterday at Arundel Mills. The Maryland Live Casino operation received approval from the state gambling commission to do so earlier this month. Two other casinos in the state-one in Perryville and another near Ocean City-will only offer 24-hour operations on weekends, starting today. The management at Ocean Downs may ask for permission to operate 'round the clock during the summer months.
Unemployment Fund Stable Through 2013
The West Virginia Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund should continue to be stable in the coming year, according to the executive director of WORKFORCE West Virginia, Russell Fry. The fund has a balance of $117 million, despite recent layoffs in the coal industry; it collected $241 million from employers this year, and paid out nearly $230 million in unemployment compensation. Traditionally, Fry says, December and January are the hardest months on the trust fund.