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Baltimore Man Dies in Accidental Shooting

 

The Allegany County Sheriff's Office and the C3I unit are investigating an apparent accidental shooting, that resulted in the death of a Baltimore man early Saturday evening near Shaft. The body of thirty-five year old Marvin Edward Bickling was found in a storage shed facility, along the Shaft Road. The original report was received just before 7 p.m.

 

 

Investigation Continues into Death of Mother & Son

 

Somerset County authorities continue to investigate the death of a mother and son, whose bodies were found in two different locations. Fifty-eight year old Walter Ernst was found along Walters Mill Road in Black Township, while the body of his mother, 79-year old Dorothy Ernst was found in Brothersvalley Township. State Police say the deaths appear to be related, and it may be a while before the investigation is complete.

 

 

Man Assaulted by Stepson

 

A twenty-five year old Cumberland man is in jail on $5,000 bond, accused of assaulting his stepfather early yesterday morning on Columbia Avenue. Patrick Kenneth Conners is accused of hitting his stepfather in the forehead; he did not require medical treatment. Conners was charged with second degree assault, during his appearance in Allegany County District Court.

 

 

Rocky Gap Reports $2.5 Million In Its First Month

 

The Rocky Gap Casino Resort is reporting earnings of $2.5 million in its first full month of operation. the casino began operations on May 22nd, and County Commissioner Bill Valentine believes the Rocky Gap project won't be complete until the conference center opens in November. Rocky Gap has 558 slot machines and 10 gaming tables. Slots accounted for an average of just over $128 per day, while table games accounted for just over $1100 in revenue for its first month.

 

 

It's Fair Time!

 

The Allegany County Fair and Ag Expo opens this Saturday, with a week of entertainment, rides, fireworks and concerts. Fair Manager Kevin Kamauff says that once again, Reithoffer Shows will be providing a great selection of rides for adults and kids alike.There will be fireworks this year on Monday, July 15th at 10:30 p.m. and on Friday, July 19th at 10:45 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, go to alleganycofair.org.

 

 

FrostburgFirst Welcomes Manager, Assistant Manager

 

FrostburgFirst has welcomed a new manager and assistant manager in Christine Werner and Daniel Witter. Werner has replaced Maureen Brewer, who has accepted another position. Previously, FrostburgFirst had been known as the Frostburg Main Street Program, and it networks with grassroots-based revitalization organizations, state and city-wide coordinating programs and the National Trust Main Street Center.

 

Mineral Moves to Expand Smoke-Free Environments

 

The Mineral County Board of Health will hold a second reading of a new ordinance, designed to expand current no smoking regulations. The original ban prohibits smoking in all public and private places of employment, but the updated ordinance will also eliminate smoking outdoors in public places, such as playgrounds, parks, ballfields and the like. The second reading is scheduled for August 26th.

 

 

Fresh Air Kids Arrive Today

 

A group of 17 children from New York City will arrive today, as part of the Fresh Air program. The children will spend a week or two with families in Accident, Swanton, Meyersdale, Cumberland, LaVale and Ellerslie, among others. They will arrive today at 3 p.m. at the Hampton Inn in Frostburg. Each year, over 4,000 children visit volunteer families in small town communities, in states from Virginia to Maine and Canada.

 

 

Myers Receives 100 Per Cent Economic Grade

 

Western Maryland Delegate LeRoy Myers is among three regional lawmakers who received a score of 100 per cent on key measures, related to the economic environment during the 2013 session of the Maryland General Assembly. Senator George Edwards received a score of 83 per cent. The "scorecard" was released by the Maryland Business for Responsive Government, a non-partisan group.

 

 

Potomac Edison Hearings Could Come in October

 

Hearings could be held sometime in October on a Maryland Public Service Commission case, involving Potomac Edison. A PSC investigation stems from formal complaints, filed by several Western Maryland utility customers, who claim they had been overbilled by Potomac Edison, because it failed to read their meters as often as required by law. A list of nine issues has been accepted by all parties involved, and the timeline for the hearings is now being negotiated.

 

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