Tri-state briefs

October 18, 2002

Changes made to vicious dog ordinance

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Changes were made to Berkeley County's proposed vicious dog ordinance, including the removal of a mandate that a dog be declared vicious if it bites someone after being provoked.

County attorney Norwood Bentley III made the changes.

Added to the ordinance was a paragraph noting that dogs will not be declared vicious simply because of their breed.

Also, dogs will not be declared vicious if they attack someone who is committing a crime or trespassing on the dog owner's property, or if the dog is being tormented or abused.

Dogs that are declared vicious by a five-person appeal board will be euthanized.

The ordinance is expected to take effect Jan. 1, 2003, County Commission President Howard Strauss said.

County gives farm wagon to museum

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - One of the many items Berkeley County got when it bought the former Blue Ridge Outlet Center was a farm wagon.


Since that would be of no use to the judicial center or community college planned for the facility, the county commission officially gave it away at their meeting Thursday morning.

The wagon, called a spring wagon because of a spring underneath the seat, will now be housed at the Dillon Farm Museum in Hedgesville, W.Va.

Commissioner: County won't buy gum, candy

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commissioners became irate Thursday morning when they saw someone in a county office use county money to but a 75-cent pack of gum and candy for $1.67.

The items showed up on a purchase order from Wal-Mart.

The items, along with other office supplies, were purchased on Aug. 16. After Commissioner Robert Burkhart repeatedly said taxpayer money will not be used for such purposes, County Administrator Deborah Hammond said the person who bought the gum and candy wrote a check out to the county on Wednesday for reimbursement.

Absentee voting starts next week

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Absentee voting for the Nov. 5 general election will take place Oct. 21 to 26, Oct. 28 to Nov. 2, and Nov. 4 until 1 p.m. at the Berkeley County Courthouse, at the intersection of King and Queen streets.

Five new deputies sworn in

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Five new Berkeley County deputies were sworn in Thursday morning at the Berkeley County Commission meeting, bringing the sheriff's department nearly up to full staff.

Sheriff Randy Smith said these are not new positions, but openings that were filled.

Sworn in were:

  • Roger E. "J.R." Butcher, 23, who worked for three years with the Martinsburg Police Department.

  • Trampus E. Boyles, 22, a former military police officer in the Marine Corps who was assigned to presidential security detail.

  • Thomas Wade Carroll, 27, who recently moved here from Virginia.

  • Scott Douglas Myers, 41, who worked with the Air National Guard's 157th Military Police unit and as a reserve deputy.

  • Darrell Reynolds Jr., 26, a former corrections officer and member of the military.

Butcher has already been to the West Virginia State Police academy in Charleston. Until Boyles, Carroll, Myers and Reynolds graduate from the academy, they will always work with another officer, Smith said.

One vacancy still exists at the department, Smith said.

Also at the meeting, two certified officers who finished their 90-day provisional period were recognized. They were Steven Crites, 31, who worked for the Martinsburg Police Department for more than two years, and Timothy Sherman, 34.

Jefferson commissioner warns on Bay woes

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Jefferson County Commissioner is concerned that ongoing pollution problems in the Chesapeake Bay could equate to big expenses for Jefferson County governments.

Commissioner Al Hooper was reading from a Washington Post story Thursday that said the bay's health is so poor that the Environmental Protection Agency has threatened to take over the cleanup.

One of the ideas for cleaning up the bay is upgrading 300 sewage treatment plants, which is estimated to cost $4.4 billion, Hooper said.

Because Jefferson County is in the watershed that feeds the bay, the county could be facing high sewage treatment facility costs if such efforts move ahead, Hooper said.

Hooper said that according to the newspaper story, about 300 million pounds of nitrogen a year are flowing into the bay, which is changing the balance of plant and animal life.

Conservation Center to host open house

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center will hold its sixth annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The NCTC opens its gates each year for the public to explore the campus and learn more about fish and wildlife conservation. A number of programs are planned, including wildlife celebrities, educational programs, music, plenty of wild animals and the second annual This Race is for the Birds, presented with the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy of West Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley Runners.

Admission is free and all are invited.

The Open House will feature conservationist and animal expert Larry Battson, who has appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Today," Animal Planet, and has worked with the crew of The Wildlife Kingdom.

Lunch will be available in the NCTC commons.

Registration for This Race is for the Birds will be at 8 a.m. with the race beginning at 9 a.m. There is a registration fee for race participants.

Call 304-263-8624, or log into for more information on the race.

The NCTC campus is located four miles north of Shepherdstown on Shepherd Grade.

For more information and directions, call 304-876-1600.

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