City pays $60,000 to settle profiling suit

CHARLES TOWN — The city of Charles Town has reportedly paid $30,000 each to two men who accused the town’s police department of engaging in racial profiling and false arrest.

Indony and Drix Jean Baptiste said in their lawsuit that they were detained and taken to the Charles Town Police Department, had their car searched, and were not allowed to leave until they had been finger printed and photographed on March 30, 2011.

The Baptistes, both Haitian immigrants, say they were arrested because a manager at the Bank of Charles Town had suggested that they were “with” a third black man who had attempted to pass a bad check.

Indony Jean Baptiste is a former Virginia sheriff’s deputy.

Shepherd to move into Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG – When classes begin next semester at Shepherd University, students can choose from the main campus or a new satellite campus here.

The school has announced plans to expand to a new site at Martinsburg Center, in the new Berkeley Commons building at 261 Aikens Center just off Edwin Miller Boulevard.

School officials say the Martinsburg campus will meet the needs of working adults, with programs to include the Regents Bachelor of Arts experience-for-credit, MBA, other master’s programs with concentrations in accounting, health care administration, public administration, curriculum and instruction, and special education.

Said Shepherd President Suzanne Shipley: “As the Eastern Panhandle’s longtime public university, Shepherd is well positioned to address the business community’s need for employees with bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

“Our new Martinsburg Center will effectively serve the area’s non-traditional students. The center will deliver Shepherd’s outstanding academic instruction to the region while offering a convenient location, flexible hours and affordable price.”

Shepherd officials now are soliciting input from businesses in the Panhandle to identify the most-needed offerings.

School leaders also have said the university’s long-term radar includes offering courses for adult workers in Charles Town, though no site has been selected.

Deadline near for Lunch with Legislators

CHARLES TOWN – Tuesday is the deadline to sign up for next month’s Lunch with the Legislators, the annual event sponsored by the non-partisan League of Women Voters of Jefferson County.

The lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 2 at Dish at 213 W. Washington St. in Charles Town.

Organizers say the program will include remarks from local representatives set to serve in the upcoming session of the Legislature. There also will be time for members of the public to pose questions to the state Senators and House of Delegates members.

Lunch costs $13, and may be paid at the door. The event is free to those who want to attend without taking part in the meal, though space is limited.

To reserve a spot, contact Renny Smith by Tuesday (304-876-2583,, or on Facebook).

The League of Women Voters’ mission is to boost informed and active participation in government. Members also work to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.

9 musicians honored

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – Nine musicians who are members of the Jefferson High School Band have been named to West Virginia All-State Ensemble, the highest honor an individual high school musician can achieve.

J.P. Lynch, the school’s band director, said six students were awarded spots in the West Virginia All-State Band: Samantha Yates and Ahry Green, both clarinet; Emilie Myers, bass clarinet; Devin Torbidni and Katherine Harvey, both trumpet; and Brad Myers, trombone (first chair).

Three other students were named to the All-State Orchestra: Josie Valentine, oboe (first chair); Maura Ross, bassoon; and Thomas Gavert, trumpet.

Rotary raises $22,500+ for 16 nonprofits

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Sixteen local non-profits will share the $22,570 raised last month by the Shepherdstown Rotary Club with its annual Christmas Charity Ball.

Individual Rotarians underwrite “Our Ball, Your Charity” by sponsoring tables and contributing funds toward the costs of food, beverages, music and decorations. Sponsoring organizations cover other costs and proceeds from ticket sales then are donated to charities selected by the table’s host.

The latest ball, held Dec. 7 at the Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department Hall, benefitted American Diabetes Association, American Red Cross, Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County, CASA of the Eastern Panhandle, Friends of Music, Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle, Historic Shepherdstown, Jennifer Barlow Foundation, Potomac Valley Audubon Society, Shepherdstown Area Independent Living, Shepherdstown Day Care, Shepherdstown Middle School Jazz Band, Shepherdstown Public Library, Shepherdstown Rotary Foundation and the Shepherdstown Welcome Sign Project.

The lead sponsor of the event was The Peterson Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Other sponsors were the Bavarian Inn, the Contemporary American Theater Festival and Everything Linen.

Filings due Saturday

HARPERS FERRY— Elections for mayor, recorder and five town council members for Harpers Ferry will be held on June 11. The filing period for candidates is open. If filing in person, all candidacy applications must be filed with the recorder’s office at the Harpers Ferry Town Hall by 4:30 p.m. Friday. Applications filed by mail must be postmarked no later than Saturday.

Candidates also may file for the June 4 Bolivar municipal election for mayor, recorder and five town council member seats.

Applications may be picked up at the Bolivar Town Hall during regular working hours through Thursday. Applications being mailed must be postmarked no later than Thursday.

Questions should be directed to Jean Reed or Laura Whittington at Bolivar Town Hall.

– Staff reports

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