REGIONAL BRIEFING

REGIONAL BRIEFING

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Monday, June 11, 2007

PRINCE GEORGE'S CRIME

Silver Spring Man Shot to Death

A man was fatally shot early Saturday in Prince George's County, a police spokesman said yesterday.

Police, responding to reports of gunfire, found Eric Girard Jones, 36, lying on the steps of an apartment building near the 3800 block of Regency Parkway in the Suitland area with gunshot wounds to his upper body, police said. Jones, of Silver Spring, died at a hospital, police said.

"We have no motive right now," Cpl. Clinton Copeland said, adding that he hoped for more information today.

-- Michael Laris

JEFFERSON COUNTY, W.VA.

Voters Reject Table Gambling

Concerns over too little local tax revenue and too much traffic doomed a proposal Saturday to put blackjack, poker and other table games alongside slots at a racetrack in Jefferson County, W.Va.

With all 30 precincts reporting, Jefferson County voters rejected the table games option for Charles Town Races & Slots on Saturday, 56 percent to 44 percent. The defeat means Penn National Gaming Inc. must wait two years before putting the issue before voters again.

"We are obviously disappointed with the results, but we look forward to continuing to work with state, local and community officials in order to find a way to keep Charles Town Races & Slots competitive as gaming continues to expand in nearby states," said John Finamore of Penn National.

Kevin McCoy, director of the Christian group West Virginia Family Foundation, was thrilled to hear that Penn National had conceded defeat, calling it "excellent news for the citizens."


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