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Tri-State briefs

March 13, 2002

W.Va. men sentenced in U.S. District court


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Eastern Panhandle residents were sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia by Judge W. Craig Broadwater.

Nereo Contreras-Reyes, 23, of 215 N. Forrest St., Ranson, W.Va., was sentenced to five months imprisonment, following an earlier guilty plea, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston said Monday.

Contreras-Reyes entered a plea of guilty in December 2001, to one count of an indictment charging that in June of 2000, Contreras-Reyes, an illegal alien from Mexico who had been deported, was found to be in Jefferson and Berkeley counties, having not applied for re-entry into the United States, Johnston said.

Contreras-Reyes was given credit for time served and turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service for immediate deportation, Johnston said.

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Max Oglesbee Oates, 24, of 1003 Wilkins Court, Martinsburg, was sentenced to 59 months imprisonment to be followed by five years supervised release, pursuant to an earlier entered plea of guilty, Johnston said.

In addition, Oates was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $500 to the West Virginia State Police for destruction of property.

Oates entered a plea of guilty in December 2001 to one count of an indictment charging him with possessing with intent to distribute approximately .71 grams of heroin on Feb. 1, 2001, in Martinsburg, Johnston said.

Four corners downtown to get special attention


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The four corners in Charles Town that founder Charles Washington envisioned for public use will get special attention in a $1.3 million revitalization of downtown.

Charles Town Mayor Randy Hilton told the Jefferson County Commissioners last week that new sidewalks around the corner of George and Washington Streets will have granite curbs.

The sidewalks at the four corners will be made up of concrete pavers that resemble red brick, said Hilton.

Hilton said the corner deserves something special given its historical context.

Charles Washington, brother of George Washington, determined that the four corners would be reserved for public use when he started laying out the town.

"We want to capitalize on our history," said Hilton.

The downtown revitalization, which will include new sidewalks, trees, benches and historical interpretive areas, could start as early as June, city officials said.

Spaghetti dinner tonight to benefit church youth


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A spaghetti dinner to benefit the youth program will be held tonight at St. John's United Church of Christ, 1811 Lincoln Way East.

The dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Tickets are available in advance at the church office or at the door. Tickets for adults are $6, children 3-12 are $3 and children 2 and under are free.

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