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By BRYAN CLARK bryan@spiritofjefferson.com CHARLES TOWN – The Jefferson County Commission today fixed the residential level of its proposed ambulance fee to $40, less than half the amount proposed by the county’s Emergency Services Agency. The commission will vote next week on whether to adopt the proposed fee. The move drew the ire of local volunteer […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN – Today FirstEnergy reached a settlement with several groups who had opposed intra-company sale of the Harrison Power Station, that is projected to lead to an immediate decrease of $1.50 per month in residents’ electric bills. Critics of the sale argue those costs will rise in the future, however. […]

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Jack Germond, columnist and commentator, dies at 85

Jack Germond, “The McLaughlin Group” staple and longtime political columnist for The Sun of Baltimore, passed away this morning at his home along the Shenandoah in Kabletown. He was 85 and had just finished his first novel. A fan of horse racing, Germond first came to Jefferson County to visit the Charles Town Races and […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN – A Jefferson County assistant prosecuting attorney was arraigned on federal charges of selling prescription narcotics yesterday. James Casimiro, III, who works as a felony and misdemeanor prosecutor, is charged with twice selling $300 worth of oxycodone – an opiate which is the active ingredient in several types of […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff HARPERS FERRY – The body of a 30-year-old Winchester, Va., man who fell into the Shenandoah River during a holiday gathering Thursday was recovered by rescuers today, according to Jefferson County Sheriff Pete Dougherty. The man’s name has not yet been released by officials. Dougherty said the man fell into the […]

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Two arrested in bank robbery

Darius Wayne Cook was found by police in the trunk of a car covered in red dye after police responded to a robbery at the Bank of Charles Town in Kearneysville ROBERT SMITH Spirit staff CHARLES TOWN — A man and a woman were arrested Tuesday shortly after robbing a bank in Kearneysville, according to […]

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Staff reports CHARLES TOWN — Three people, one of them a Jefferson County emergency medical technician, were charged with selling prescription drugs following a lengthy investigation by area law enforcement officers. Justice Jones, 26, of the 7800 block of Leetown Road, was charged with two counts of delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance. Jones, […]

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CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff HARPERS FERRY – Saturday’s auction of a landscape by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir – bought in a box for $7 at a flea market here two years ago – has been postponed, with the auction house citing concerns that the painting have been stolen from a Baltimore museum in 1951. […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin invoked President Harry Truman on Thursday in a rebuke against fellow lawmakers, who are preparing to vote on a resolution to fund the government until after the November election with no major changes in taxes or spending. The measure, called a ‘continuing resolution,’ is expected to […]

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