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April 19, 2002

Traffic light coming to busy 340 intersection

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - The intersection of U.S. 340 and Country Club Road, which has been difficult for motorists to negotiate, is getting a traffic light, Jefferson County Commissioner James G. Knode said.

It has been difficult for motorists to turn onto busy U.S. 340 from Country Club Road, Knode said.

The state Division of Highways will spend $30,000 to install traffic lights at the intersection, Knode said.

Trial set for man charged with murder

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The trial date for 33-year-old Miguel Delgado, of 1034 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg, who is charged with murder in the June 16, 2001, fatal stabbing of his girlfriend is set for April 30 with jury selection beginning at 9 a.m., the Berkeley County prosecuting attorney said.

Pamela Games-Neely said during a pre-trial hearing Thursday the defense and prosecution reviewed witness lists and evidence.

She said DNA samples and a knife are some of the articles that will be submitted as evidence in the trial.


A state medical examiner concluded that four of the 22 stab wounds to the body of Robyn Renee Richardson, 29, were fatal, Games-Neely said.

Police allege a fight began inside Richardson's East Moler Avenue apartment and continued outside. Her body was found in a grassy area at her apartment complex.

Planning commission fee increases still on hold

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Commissioner John Wright said Thursday he will not vote on the proposed planning commission fee increases until Commissioner Robert Burkhart returns.

Burkhart is undergoing rehabilitation at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va., following a stroke on April 7 while watching a grandson's basketball game.

Commission President Howard Strauss said he spoke with Burkhart on Monday about the increases and both of them are in favor of the increases.

"I am not of the opinion that we should hold back decisions. I believe we should move forward in areas we have agreement and items of disagreement should be tabled," Strauss said.

Wright stood his ground and said he would not make a motion on the issue, therefore tabling it until Burkhart returns.

NASCAR to be issue at Commission meeting

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Commission President Howard Strauss said State Sen. Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson, will be at the May 2 County Commission meeting to answer the public's questions regarding Snyder's proposal for a racetrack to be located in the county.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the planning commission building at 119 W. King St.

Snyder told a state motorsports council on Wednesday that he hopes to convince investors to locate a racetrack in Berkeley County.

Berkeley County primary election

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The last day to register to vote for the May 14 West Virginia primary or to request a change of address is April 24, according to Berkeley County officials.

Circuit Clerk Virginia Sine said absentee voting for the May 14 primary election will begin April 29 and end May 13 at 1 p.m. The voting will take place at the Berkeley County Court House at 100 W. King St.

There will also be an opportunity to cast absentee votes on Saturday, May 11, at the courthouse.

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