CASINO REVENUES TOP $4 MILLION IN JULY
Casino revenues at the Rocky Gap Casino Resort topped the $4 million mark in July, up 19.7 per cent from July of last year. Local shares of the revenue for Allegany County have been projected at $700,000 annually; for July, that number was just over $100,600. Much of the money now goes to a scholarship fund for Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg State University. But the local funding use could change, and may be spent for infrastructure improvements, economic and community development, public services and improvements, among other items.
MURDER SUSPECT SURRENDERS IN LA VALE
A North Carolina man, who is wanted in connection with a murder there, turned himself in to the Maryland State Police in LaVale earlier this week. Twenty-six year old Brandon Jawon Pompey of Greensboro was arrested at the local barrack. He is wanted on first-degree murder charges, stemming from a July 11th shooting in which Clarence Eugene Toran was killed, and 22-year old Terrance Allen Toran was wounded. Pompey was in Maryland because he has family ties here.
DEALER SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS
Baltimore resident Daniel McQueen was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison on drug possession and distribution charges, and for assaulting a Cumberland Police officer. McQ ueen was arrested when officers discovered some evidence of drug trafficking. During the arrest, one officer was assaulted.
FLOOD STUDY OF BOWLING GREEN TO BE DONE
Delegate Kevin Kelly has request a study of flooding problems in Bowling Green, and the State Highway Administration will look at the water runoff situation over the next several months. The study will begin in about a month, and should be completed by the end of t the year.
PHAA NOT IN DANGER OF LOSING FUNDS
The Potomac Highlands Airport Authority is not in danger of losing airport development funding from the Federal Aviation Administration, if approved by the agency. The FAA has the ultimate say on whether to permit non-aeronautical events on airport property. It had been decided earlier this summer to allow autocross races outside of the fence at the airport, but National Road Autosport members say there isn't a place to hold the races, outside of the fence.
MINERAL BOARD CONSIDERS LINE OF CREDIT
The Mineral County Board of Education is considering a line of credit, in the amount of $16,000 for the Keyser Primary School to install play equipment for the second, third and fourth grade sections of the school. Two pieces of equipment have already been constructed, with that money coming from fundraising efforts by the PTO and the school itself. Boy Scout Nicholas Miller, is currently building some sandboxes at the school, as part of his Eagle Scout project.
NEARLY 4,000 CASES FILED IN MINERAL COUNTY IN 2013
According to the West Virginia State Supreme Court of Appeals, over 500 cases were filed in Mineral County Circuit Court last year. Along with that, 3490 cases were filed in Magistrate Court during the same time period. The majority of cases filed in Circuit Court were civil cases; of the criminal cases filed, 135 were felony cases.
TRESPASSING NEAR WASHINGTON'S HEADQUARTERS
A Cumberland resident, 48-year old Nicky Lee Linn, was arrested Wednesday for trespassing at George Washington's Headquarters on Greene Street. Linn attracted the attention of a passerby, due to his acting in a disorderly manner. He was placed under arrest, issued two criminal citations, and released pending trial in District Court.
FORMER FIRE CHIEF FILES TO WITHDRAW PLEAS
The former administrator and chief of the Halfway Volunteer Fire Company in Washington County has filed a motion to withdraw Alford pleas on two counts of misdemeanor theft. This latest development came after Jeffrey Ringer had been sentenced to a year in jail for misusing department funds. His attorney says that the Alford plea would never have been entered had he known Judge Dana Moylan Wright had a "policy" to incarcerate all prople convicted of theft from a non-profit organization. An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt, but acknowledgement that the prosecution had sufficient evidence to gain a conviction.
HOGAN COMMENTS ON IMMIGRATION, ECONOMY
Republican Gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan believes Governor Martin O'Malley is "way off base" in dealing with the current immigration crisis, involving children. Hogan says that the state can't even take care of its own children, and that there is a difference in being here legally and breaking the law. He termed the situation, "total anarchy."
HOGAN ADDRESSES MARYLAND BUSINESS CLIMATE
Many have said the climate is not conducive for business, and Hogan cited the Beretta gun manufacturing operation as a prime example. He calls Beretta the "latest victim of the O'Malley-Brown" policies. Hogan himself has met with Beretta leadership. Hogan says Governor O'Malley's attitude about the company moving its manufacturing operation elsewhere was "flippant," and Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown-Hogan's opponent-said he was glad they were leaving. Hogan notes that he has heard that nearly half of the residents in the state said they would leave...if they could.
HOPKINS PREPARES TO MANAGE EBOLA RISK
Johns Hopkins Hospital is taking the necessary steps to manage the risk of Ebola. There is a growing concern that it could spread to the United States, and while the possibility, no matter how remote, still exists. The fatality rate of the virus is 90 per cent, and can be spread through bodily fluids. The likelihood of an Ebola patient coming to Hopkins is nearly impossible, but they want to make sure they are ready.
UTILITY REQUESTING RATE INCREASE IN PA.
First Energy Corporation, the parent company of Potomac Edison in Maryland, is requesting an increase in Pennsylvania, to help pay for infrastructure improvements. In a request filed Monday, First Energy is requesting an 8.6 per cent increase, translating into revenues of $119.8 million. For example, a customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month, would see his or her bill increase $19.58, or a total of just over $140 per month.
W.VA. REVENUE COLLECTIONS BELOW PROJECTIONS
The West Virginia Department of Revenue says collections are more than $17 million below estimates for July, the first month of the fiscal year. To balance the budget, the state's economy needs to grow by about 4 per cent. The two largest sources of revenue, consumer sales tax and personal income taxes both came in below estimates.