Martinsburg briefs

August 12, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

City honors DoJan, veteran police K-9

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A police K-9 that has been with the Martinsburg Police Department for nearly nine years received two plaques Wednesday night.

DoJan, who has worked with K-9 officer Ronald Scott Sheets since December 1995, retired on July 16.

DoJan was just as valued as any human officer and deserves the same debt of gratitude for his service, Police Chief Ted Anderson said during a City Council meeting Wednesday night. The dog often had to respond to situations a human would not, Anderson said.

Ownership of DoJan was officially transferred from the city to Sheets, who will now care for the dog not as his partner but as his pet.

Sheets said that a K-9's loyalty and drive are priceless, but that the black and tan shepherd's hips are not what they once were.


DoJan sat docilely at Sheets' side during the ceremony, his tongue hanging out.

City Council OKs Motorcycle Mania

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The roar and rumble of 9,000 to 12,000 motorcycles will be felt through downtown Martinsburg Saturday, after City Council members approved a request for the parade.

The event, Motorcycle Mania, has not been without some controversy, since it is not sponsored by the city. Bike Night, set for the following weekend, is a city-sponsored event.

Motorcycle Mania organizer Jeff Wilkins said he planned to bring the bikes downtown with or without the city's permission.

Without it, though, they would have to stop at every red light and possibly impede traffic for hours.

Council members voted 4-1 to block off 13 intersections along the route to allow an uninterrupted flow of motorcycles.

The parade will begin on Queen Street at about 5:30 p.m. and then turn right onto King Street, before heading out of the city to Poor House Farm Park.

Sheriff Randy Smith will lead the parade and is going to provide reserve deputies to help with traffic control, Wilkins said.

Councilman Roger Lewis voted against halting traffic for the parade.

Queen Street soon will get left-turn lane

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Drivers heading south on Queen Street soon will be able to turn left onto Martin Street.

City Council members on Wednesday unanimously approved adding a left-turn lane onto Queen Street on a temporary basis.

If the new traffic pattern seems to be working, the left-turn lane could be made permanent, officials have said.

A new lane for drivers wanting to head straight or turn right will be created from parking spaces and the removal of a brick planter from outside the former Shenandoah hotel, City Manager Mark Baldwin said.

A special green arrow for those wanting to turn left is not part of the plan, Baldwin said.

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