Plan for Rocky Gap Updated
The new Rocky Gap casino will have 558 slot machines and 10 table games, and is slated to open in late May. Construction of new meeting space should be completed by late fall. Tim Cope, president of Evitts Resort LLC-Rocky Gap’s owner-says construction on the new meeting space will begin about the time the casino opens. There will be slightly more meeting space at the facility, and the casino itself is licensed for up to 850 machines.
Two Arrested in Credit Card Theft
Twenty-six year old Brandon Allen Matthew Rotruck and 24-year old Brandi Diane Mathis of Cumberland have been arrested by the C3I unit and charged with several counts of fraud in connection with the use of a stolen credit card at the LaVale WalMart. The card was taken from a person at the Star Lite Roller Rink in LaVale. After it was learned the card had been used, surveillance video was obtained from WalMart, and Rotruck and Mathis were developed as suspects. A search warrant was obtained for a residence on Memorial Avenue; a large amount of items were found at the home. Rotruck was held on $8500 bond, while Ms. Mathis was held on $5,000 bond. Both are currently incarcerated at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Prosecutor To Determine Legal Action
Mineral County Prosecutor Jay Courrier has 60 days to determine whether legal action is warranted against Ridgeley Mayor Jim Twigg. The audit report has been delivered to the prosecutor’s office, and it is known the “review discloses the existence of certain potential instances of malfeasance.” For his part, Mayor Twigg has reimbursed the town, and has issued an order that all charges and receipts be reconciled.
Chamber Requests Unfavorable Report on Fracking Prohibition
The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce has written to Maggie McIntosh, the chair of the House Environmental Matters Committee, requesting an unfavorable report to House Bill 337, entitled, “Natural Gas-Hydraulic Fracking-Prohibition.” The letter, signed by Legislative Committee Chair Bill DuVall and Executive Director Stu Czapski, urges the Maryland Legislature to allow the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission to complete its work as scheduled by August 1st of next year, and to present its findings and recommendations before proceeding with applicable legislation.
Man Arrested on Outstanding Warrant
A 25-year old District of Columbia man was arrested on an outsanding warrant from Virginia over the weekend on Interstate 68 near Finzel. Brandon Akira Yoshimura was initially stopped for a traffic violation. A “wanted check” revealed that he was, in fact, wanted on an extraditable warrant from Virginia. A search also produced a quantity of marijuana. He was arrested and received a bond hearing at District Court.
Giant Recalls Crab Spread
Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Markets have voluntarily recalled Gold Coast Fresh Crab Spread, due to possible contamination by lysteria. The Gold Coast Fresh Crab Spread is in the eight ounce container; customers should throw away the spread and bring their purchase receipt back to the store where they bought it, to receive a refund. So far, there have been no illnesses reported.
Nearly Half of West Virginians Lack Needed Savings
Nearly half of the residents in the Mountain State have almost no savings to carry them through crises such as the loss of a job or a serious health problem. The Corporation for Enterprise Development says about 47 per cent of West Virginians have no financial cushion, including a majority of residents who live below the federal poverty level of just over $23,000 for a family of four. On average, a family of four needs$5,762 in savings to meet basic needs for three months. West Virginia was ranked 23rd among the states and the District of Columbia for residents’ ability to become financially secure.