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Bruchey, Nigh pay tickets

March 16, 2006|by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ

Getting a ticket in the City of Hagerstown - and paying it - has become a point of pride for at least one city councilwoman.

"The mayor and I each received a ticket and we were doing city business," Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh said Tuesday during closing comments at the council's work session.

Nigh said she and Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II went to a city board of public safety meeting recently, and both were given tickets for parking at expired meters at the Market House. She noted she and Bruchey each paid their $10 tickets. Bruchey provided The Herald-Mail with a copy of his receipt.

Receiving and paying parking tickets became an issue earlier this year when Councilwoman Alesia Parson-McBean was not given a $60 ticket after being pulled over Jan. 20 for driving a vehicle with expired registration. At her request, police Lt. William C. Wright drove Parson-McBean to the state Motor Vehicle Administration office off Sharpsburg Pike. She said she was on city business at the time.

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A Hagerstown resident filed a complaint with the Washington County Ethics Commission last week alleging Parson-McBean violated the city's ethics code by allowing the police department not to give her a ticket and by asking Wright to drive her to the MVA. The commission is expected to issue an opinion in the matter this week.

Parson-McBean was attending a National League of Cities event and did not attend Tuesday's council meeting, Bruchey said.

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