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HARPERS FERRY – The former town clerk of Harpers Ferry has filed a lawsuit alleging that the former mayor and treasurer made “deliberately false statements” that she had misappropriated the town’s funds. Brenda Smith is seeking as-yet undetermined damages from the town of Harpers Ferry, and from former Mayor James Addy, and former Treasurer Shauna […]

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Broadband increases take the fast lane

SHEPHERDSTOWN — There’s a new infrastructure requirement and West Virginia is meeting it, according to Sen. Joe Manchin, who lauded an announcement by Frontier Communications this week that 400 more households in Martinsburg had been added to the company’s high-speed broadband service network. That amount brings to about 10,000 the number of households and businesses […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley will be arraigned on federal charges in Martinsburg on Monday at 2 p.m. before Magistrate Judge David Joel. Shirley is accused of using excessive force during the 2010 arrest of Mark Daniel Haines, who later pleaded guilty to bank robbery and is currently serving a 19-year sentence, and […]

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Gearing up for CATF
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Langlet’s legacy
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Defense to rest in trial of Southern States shooter

CHARLES TOWN – The defense is expected to rest its case Wednesday in the trial of Ray Dwayne Cook, who is accused of first-degree murder for slaying his ex-fiancee Jenny Lou Perrine last summer. Cook, 37, of Harpers Ferry, admits to killing Perrine, 36, of Martinsburg, on July 15, 2011 in the parking lot of […]

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Shirley indicted by feds

He could face 30 years in prison, hefty fines BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN – Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday afternoon on charges related to the arrest of bank robber Mark Daniel Haines, the Associated Press reported Tuesday night. Shirley has been charged with one count of […]

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Snyder: W.Va. must push for MARC input

CHARLES TOWN – State Sen. Herb Snyder hopes Maryland transportation officials will abandon their plan for big schedule changes for those who commute by train to D.C. and its suburbs, but he’s also focusing on the long haul. “We can’t have this threat to disrupt service every few years,” explained Snyder, a Democrat who represents […]

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Apple Tree assailant roomed with victim

RANSON – The Baltimore woman charged with involvement in the April shooting of Apple Tree Gardens that left one man dead and a woman injured was a former roommate of one of the victims. Carletta “Cee” Watson, 29, will appear before Magistrate William Senseney on Wednesday, June 6 for a preliminary hearing. She was arrested […]

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Bold bike ideas could boost tourism, health

SHEPHERDSTOWN – It’s been nearly two years since the 10-mile W.Va. 9 Bike Path opened to the public, and some community leaders say it’s time to do more to attract cyclists to the Panhandle. Nationwide, bicyclists compose one of the fastest-growing segments of the tourism industry, explains Lois Turco, the co-creator of Freedom’s Run, the […]

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