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Maryland Casinos Generate $67 Million in October
Maryland's four casinos generated $67 million in revenue in October, including $3.4 million from Rocky Gap, which recently added table games. In comparison, total revenue for September was $65 million. Gaming officials will be deciding in the next couple of weeks which company will win the sixth casino license, which has been designated for Prince George's County. Another casino is currently being constructed in Baltimore City.

Man Arrested for Assault
Twenty-seven year old Cumberland resident Tracy Williams has been released, pending trial, following an assault incident earlier this week. Williams is accused of assaulting a person on Cecilia Street. When another person tried to intervene, he allegedly pushed her down the steps of the residence. The first victim did not require medical attention, while the female victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of a minor head injury. Williams left the area, but was later served with a criminal summons. He was released, pending trial in District Court.

Man Assaults Live-In Girlfriend
Thirty-four year old Levi Norris has been charged with second-degree assault, in connection with an incident on Greene Street earlier this week. Norris allegedly struck a woman, and pushed her into a wall. Norris received a bond hearing and was ordered held on $10,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. The victim did not require medical attention.

Garrett Raises Water Rates
Garrett, Pennsylvania is the latest town in our region to raise water rates. The borough council voted to hike the flat monthly water rates by $5.00. Some of the residents expressed a concern about inconsistent quality of the water. The rate increase will help pay off a half-million dollar debt from previous water projects, and complete another quarter-million dollar water improvement project.

Runaway Girl Being Sought
The West Virginia State Police are looking to locate a 14-year old runaway, who was last seen in the Terra Alta area. Betty Jo Price was last seen at a home on Afton Road last Friday, November 1st. She may be with a man, named Kenneth Forsythe, who drives a black 1995 Ford Ranger with purple stripes. The vehicle has Pennsylvania registration. Any information should be passed on to Trooper C. J. Eastridge at the Kingwood detachment of the West Virginia State Police at (304)-329-1101.

December Sentencing for Jefferson County Psychiatrist
Sentencing has been set on December 9th for Jefferson County psychiatrist Joseph Anthony Jurand, who has been convicted of misdemeanor sexual abuse. He had pleaded guilty in September to third-degree sexual abuse. With a proposed plea agreement, Jurand would receive a 90-day suspended sentence and five years probation. Jurand had been charged with having inappropriate sexual contact with a 15-yera old girl in April of last year.

"Tribute to Ed Mullaney" on Saturday
The area will be paying tribute and publicly thanking downtown Cumberland Mall manager Ed Mullaney Saturday evening at Windsor Castle. Becky McClarran, one of the organizers of the event, says Ed was either solely, or partly responsible for many innovative activities in downtown Cumberland, including Friday After Five, the New Year's Ball Drop, and the Community Christmas Tree Lighting. "Forty West" will be providing the music, which gets underway at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Man Given Suspended Sentence for Distribution
A Hagerstown man was given a five-year suspended sentence for providing a woman he later married with painkillers, that nearly led to her death. Twenty-eight year old Christopher Alan Boden was accused of providing the woman with Percocet. Boden bought six tablets from a dealer, and each had swallowed one and snorted two of them. The woman had also taken several other drugs, including Xanax and cocaine. Boden was also sentenced to supervised probation for three years.
Berkeley Teachers Support Salary Increase
West Virginia currently ranks 48th in teacher salaries, and dozens of educators turned out in Berkeley County this week to support a petition, asking school board officials to sign a resolution in support of a salary increase. The average teacher in the Mountain State earns about $45,000 per year, while in Maryland and Pennsylvania the figure is closer to $60,000. A decision to increase salaries could keep the state from losing skilled teachers to other, higher-paying states.

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