Rocky Gap Plans Discussed
The Rocky Gap Casino is tentatively set for a June 1st opening, but the opening of new meeting space at the Lodge and Golf Resort won't probably happen until the fourth quarter of this year. During a conference call from Annapolis yesterday, the Western Maryland delegation to the General Assembly and representatives from Lakes Entertainment discussed the next step of the process in developing Rocky Gap into a gaming facility, conference center, and hotel. The gaming facility will open in the present meeting space at Rocky Gap, but there are plans to construct an addition to the lodge with even larger rooms for gatherings. Several job fairs are planned in late winter and early spring; the workforce will then more than double. When the issue of using local contractors was raised by Delegate Kevin Kelly, a Lakes Entertainment representative noted that about 50 workers will be on site at any one time, when construction of the meeting facilities begins.
Senate President Believes Death Penalty Repeal Will Pass
Maryland Senate President Mike Miller believes there will be an appeal of the death penalty in the state. He is a supporter of capital punishment, but, if Governor Martin O'Malley gets enough votes for it, Miller will find a way to get the bill to the full Senate. O'Malley says he believes he is within two votes of banning the death penalty; Miller believes it will pass both the Senate and House of Delegates, but proponents of capital punishment may try to bring the issue to referendum.
State Police Seek Missing Adult
The Maryland State Police are looking for a man who has been missing since yesterday afternoon. Eighty-six year old Billie Eugene Smith, of Cash Valley Road, was supposed to have picked up a family member at the Country Club Mall. Police were notified when he did not arrive as scheduled. It is unknown where he might have gone, possibly to gather firewood. Possible locations include Green Ridge State Forest, Artemas, Pennsylvania or Springs, Pennsylvania. He is 5 feet, 11 inches tall, and was last seen wearing a blue windbreaker jacket. If you have any information, please contact the LaVale barrack at (301)-729-2101.
Pennsylvania Man Charged With Failure to Yield
An Easton, Pennsylvania man was charged with failure to yield right of way, following a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of National Highway and Winchester Road yesterday morning. Fifty-one year old Robert Howell turned left into the path of a vehicle driven by William Weimer of Lonaconing. Weimer and his wife Delores were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The LaVale Fire Department responded to the 7 a.m. accident.
Foreman To Stand Trial
Piedmont Town Foreman John Shingler will stand trial on March 19th in U.S. District Court on six charges of embezzlement of federal stolen property. The counts stem from the alleged illegal purchase of six FEMA trailers through the town of Piedmont. The trailers were to have been used by the town at least a year or 18 months, before they could be transferred to any other entity. The transfer of the property was to have been approved by the West Virginia State Agency for Surplus Property. Former Piedmont Mayor and council member Pat Amoroso noted that he had not seen the trailers used by the city for any purpose.
Keyser Man Faces a Host of Charges
A 20-year old Keyser man faces numerous charges following an altercation on the Memorial Bridge. Dustin Loy was arrested, following an incident on the Keyser end of the bridge. Loy allegedly had stolen a bottle of liquor from the CVS Pharmacy there. Loy also was found to have a switchblade knife and a syringe, containing an unknown substance, which later found to be suboxone, an opiate similar to heroin. He was held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, in lieu of $3,000 bond.
Alley To Be Closed Through Tuesday
Beginning today through Tuesday, the alley between West Union Street and the exit of the Center City Parking Garage will be closed. When exiting the parking garage, traffic should turn left and exit onto West Harrison Street during this time. The alley should reopen after 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The change in the traffic pattern and closure will allow a new gas main to be installed in the alley.
Bedford Food Pantries Feel Effect of Financial Struggle
Six food banks in Bedford County have taken in more than 100 tons of food from two primary food providers. However, because of the county's financial struggle, the suppliers have not been paid for several months. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Bedford-based Blackburn-Russell have extended credit to the food banks say they won't cut off the food bank's supply. The food bank owes around $25,000, with just one $12,000 check delivered in December. Slow state payments and higher-level bureaucracy are being blamed for the lapse in payments.
Preston County Man Arrested on Arson Charges
A Preston County, West Virginia man has been jailed on $50,000 bond, charged with first-degree arson. Forty-nine year old David Ridenour is accused of setting a mobile home on fire last October, and additional charges are pending in connection with other fires in Preston County that occurred in 2011 and 2012. The investigation is ongoing and involves several law enforcement agencies in Preston County. Ridenour is in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.