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Jury: No mercy for shooter

CHARLES TOWN — A jury brought a two-week trial to a close Friday by finding the man who shot his shot estranged girlfriend in a Ranson parking lot guilty of first-degree murder. The jurors — eight women and four men— deliberated for just under three hours in Jefferson County Circuit Court before returning with a […]

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Cook trial continues

BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN – The trial of a Harpers Ferry man who is accused of killing a Martinsburg woman last year continued into its eighth day Thursday without entering into closing arguments. Ray Dwayne Cook, 38, admits to shooting Jenny Lou Perrine, 36, on July 15, 2011 in the parking lot of […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Ask MARC spokesman Terry Owens if the latest changes for Eastern Panhandle train commuters are indeed final, and you get something close to a straight answer. The revised schedule will be presented next week to the MARC Advisory Council, Owens explained in a phone interview on Friday. The new schedule, made public […]

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SHEPHERDSTOWN — Frontier has put its rodent attack behind it, said the company’s Eastern Panhandle General Manager Paul Espinosa. Telephone and data circuits ground to a halt last week after the company suffered damage to its fiber optic network in two separate locations in the county, presumably the work of a squirrel and a groundhog, […]

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The annual Ranson Festival/Car Show is this weekend from 6:30a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This years’ events will be held on Fairfax Boulevard, South Mildred Street and East Third Avenue. Events will be held rain or shine. The car show will be held on Fairfax Boulevard and East Third Avenue. Registration begins 8 to 10 a.m. […]

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MARTINSBURG — A Martinsburg attorney will lose his license to practice law for a year, following a ruling from the state Supreme Court, which sided with a state disciplinary board over a challenge by the lawyer. The 23-page opinion, filed Thursday, orders Michael S. Santa Barbara to undergo psychological counseling or psychiatric care for depression […]

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WHEELING (AP) — Chesapeake Energy is proposing a natural gas well about 1,300 feet from a high school in Wheeling. Ohio County school officials have filed objections to the well planned near Wheeling Park High School with state environmental officials. They cite the possibility of an explosion, a spill, and other threats. In an interview […]

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BECKLEY (AP) — Hundreds of Fayette County acres have been purchased by a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. The Register-Herald of Beckley reports that the purchase includes the 259-acre Whittaker property, which was owned by the former wife of record Powerball winner Jack Whittaker. The purchase by Boy Scouts subsidiary Arrow West Virginia […]

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BECKLEY (AP) — Bluefield State College and New River Community and Technical College are collaborating to help students obtain a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. The schools’ presidents signed a memorandum of understanding for an elementary education collaborative program on Monday. Under the agreement, New River students can transfer to Bluefield State’s School of Education […]

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