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Rocky Gap Opening Tomorrow

The Rocky Gap Casino officially opens tomorrow, offering 558 slot machines and 10 table games in converted conference space at the Rocky Gap Lodge. A "test run" of sorts was completed yesterday; Rocky Gap will be Maryland's fourth casino, and will add 250 jobs. Private bondholders agreed to write off about $26 million to help Lakes Entertainment buy the resort for about $10 million. The lodge and golf course incurred an operating loss of $4.3 million in 2011.


Foreman Enters Guilty Plea

John Shingler, foreman for the town of Piedmont, has pleaded guilty to a charge of conversion of government property in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg. Shingler represented the town of Piedmont when he obtained six surplus travel trailers from the West Virginia State Agency for Surplus Property in 2009. Shingler claimed the property was being obtained for use by the city; the trailers were to be used for specific purposes, but were instead claimed by private citizens who paid for them. The value of the trailers was placed at $111,000. Shingler is facing a prison term of up to ten years and a fine of up to $250,000. He may also be ordered by the court to make restitution.


Garrett County Fire Determined to be Arson

A Sunday morning fire on Sanders Lane in Garrett County was deliberately set, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. There were no injuries, and damages totaled $70,000. The origin of the fire was inside the home and was discovered by the owner, Ashley Spady. Along with several fire companies, both the Garrett County Sheriff's Office and Potomac Edison responded. Anyone with information is asked to contact the fire marshal's office at (301)-766-3888.


Teen Victim Identified

Fifteen year old Kaleb John Rightenour has been identified as the victim of last Saturday's crash, involving his all-terrain vehicle at the Bedford County dirt track near New Enterprise. Rightenour, of Martinsburg, Pennsylvania was a sophomore at Northern Bedford High School, and was enrolled in the school's welding and technical program. His death was the first in 30 years at the track. President of the Blair-Bedford Dirt Drags, Bill Ickes, says he is devastated by Saturday's events. Grief counselors and local ministers are being made available to the students at his school.


Ridgeley Woman Jailed on $2500 Bond

Thirty-five year old Ridgeley resident Crystal Smith was jailed on $2500 bond, following an incident on Maryland Street in Keyser. She was charged with domestic assault for threatening to slam her two-week old baby onto the sidewalk, if the child's father did not come out of his residence to talk to her. She was additionally charged with domestic battery for grabbing the father during the incident. He was given temporary custody of the child, and was also granted a temporary restraining order against Ms. Smith, which, in effect, bars her from regaining custody.


Man Charged With Malicious Burning

A nineteen-year old Cumberland man was arrested and faces a number of charges in connection with an incident in the vicinity of the Sunshine Laundry at Greene and Chase Streets. Patrick Norman Younger was arrested on Allegany Street. He is accused of setting a trash can on fire at 20 Chase Street. He was positively identified by a witness, was arrested and held on $2500 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center.


Domestic Dispute Results in Arrest

A Grantsville man was taken into custody and charged, in connection with a domestic incident Sunday evening on Castle Ridge Road in Grantsville. Maryland State Police determined that a domestic assault occurred between Stephen Wilt and hit live-in girlfriend, Sherry Lynny Fike. It was also learned that Wilt had also assaulted Brady Lynn Fike, who resides with the suspect. Wilt was charged with second-degree domestic assault. He was taken to a Garrett County Court Commissioner for a bond hearing.


Service Interruption Planned in Hampshire County Area

Potomac Edison is planning a service interruption tomorrow from 9:30 to 12 noon in the Hampshire County area. Crews will be working on lines, beginning at the Verizon Building in Burlington to Russeldale Road and down Williamsport Road to the Hampshire County Line.


Shooting Reported in Meyersdale

The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a shooting incident on Broadway Street in Meyersdale Borough Sunday evening. The original call was for a domestic dispute; on e person was taken to Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center for treatment. It is not known if the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.


Head of State Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Leaving

A 26-year veteran of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is leaving for a federal job. The head of the unit, Jesse Ballard, is going to work for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. DPSCS handles investigations of inmates, detainees, employees and others. The Department has recently come under fire after a federal indictment, charging 25 people in a contraband conspiracy was handed down. The indictment included 13 correctional officers.

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