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MORGANTOWN – A new survey has found one in five West Virginia veterans is at risk for suicide. The research by West Virginia University psychology professor Joseph Scotti was commissioned by the Legislature. It found half of veterans surveyed showing signs of post-traumatic-stress disorder, depression or both. Scotti and other researchers analyzed responses from more […]

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CHARLES TOWN — A man and a woman were arrested last Tuesday shortly after robbing a bank in Kearneysville, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. Darius Wayne Cook, 27, of Martinsburg, and 28-year-old Candace Brooke Leber were taken into custody after being stopped by sheriff’s deputies at Wiltshire and Charles Town roads soon after […]

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CHARLES TOWN — Total court costs in Jefferson County were 17th highest in the state for fiscal year 2012. Expenditures in the county came to almost $2.6 million, with the county circuit court costs totaling $1,234,932, magistrate court costs equaling, $797,818, and family court adding up to $555,869. There were 1,087 cases filed in Jefferson […]

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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. Justice, who has […]

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Jan. 6 12:05 a.m. Belvedere Drive, disturbance, advised of options/subject transported 3:20 p.m. U.S. 340, welfare check, area checked/unable to locate 5:30 p.m. East Washington Street, alarm, residence secure 5:30 p.m. North Mildred Street — Ranson, warrant service, arrest made (active warrant) 10:10 p.m. Davis Street, parking complaint, citation issued   Jan. 7 3:25 a.m. […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Jefferson County saw a voter turnout rate of about 63 percent in the 2012 General Election. Only four counties in West Virginia had higher turnout rates, according to a news release from Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office. West Virginia’s overall turnout rate was 55 percent, well below the national rate of […]

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Tomblin takes oath

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Tomblin takes oath
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Democrats look for replacements following sheriff’s resignation

Shirley is expected to change his plea on Monday BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff EDITOR’S NOTE: Following the publication of this article, the Jefferson County Commission has altered the process by which it will choose a replacement for ex-Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley. The County Commission will now directly advertize the position and accept applications. Though applicants […]

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‘Buckwild’: Wonderful or another ding on W.Va.’s image?

CHARLES TOWN – Weeks after previews of “Buckwild” led U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin to call the new reality show set in West Virginia “a travesty,” viewers in the Mountain State and elsewhere had the chance to see for themselves the MTV spectacle. This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to view it in full. The rest […]

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CHARLES TOWN – The Jefferson County Commission has opted to add two new members to the steering committee for Envision Jefferson 2035, which will help to produce a new Comprehensive Plan to guide future development. Commission members cited the election of Commissioner Jane Tabb as the motivation for seeking new applicants. The commission is seeking […]

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