Tri-State briefs

April 07, 2006

Committee formed to study jail uses

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commission members decided Thursday to appoint a committee to determine ways to do historical interpretation in the old Jefferson County Jail.

The committee could look at efforts such as wall displays in the old jail at the corner of George and Liberty streets, said Commission member Jane Tabb.

The committee will develop recommendations and present them to the commission for consideration, said commission member Dale Manuel.

The commission is looking at renovating the jail and using it for functions such as county office space.

During a recent public hearing to gather public input on uses of the jail, speakers said they would like part of the building set aside for history and perhaps other functions such as a bookstore and tavern.

A series of trials were held in Charles Town in 1922 for miners involved in a labor uprising referred to as the Battle of Blair Mountain in southern West Virginia and some have suggested having a historical interpretation area in the jail to tell the story about the trials.


Support sought for W.Va. child center

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Michael D. Thompson was looking for financial support Thursday for a facility in Martinsburg, W.Va., that will be used to interview children who have been victims of crimes like sexual abuse.

When such cases are investigated, children are often "revictimized" because they have to recount the incident over and over, Thompson said.

Through the Child Advocacy Center in Martinsburg, children would be interviewed one time and in a friendly environment, Thompson said.

Thompson told the Jefferson County Commission he wanted to submit a purchase order for $2,500 to help support the center.

Commission members were supportive of the idea.

The center at 201 N. High St. is just getting started and is operating through contributions, officials said.

- Dave McMillion

Lifeguards needed for Waynesboro pool

WAYNESBORO, PA. - Lifeguards are still needed for the coming season at Northside Pool, according to Waynesboro Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger.

"We have seven guards. We should have about 15," Hamberger said.

Interested applicants may contact Hamberger's office at 717-762-2101.

Healthy Kids Day events this weekend

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The two YMCAs in Franklin County will host Healthy Kids Days this weekend.

On Saturday, the Waynesboro YMCA will host its event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the YMCA on East Main Street. Dozens of events, activities and displays will be featured.

On Sunday, the Chambersburg YMCA will host its Healthy Kids Day from 1 to 4 p.m. at the YMCA on McKinley Street.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Frederick man sentenced in bank robbery

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A Frederick man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 12 years in prison for robbing a bank in Bethesda in 2004, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

George Saunders, 40, was sentenced to 151 months in U.S. District Court. Judge Roger W. Titus also ordered Saunders to serve three years of supervised and to pay $12,700 in restitution to Chevy Chase Bank.

Saunders pleaded guilty in January to robbing Chevy Chase Bank on Sept. 14, 2004. According to a statement of facts presented in court, Saunders first tried to rob An M&T Bank in Potomac. Saunders gave the teller a note threatening to shoot, but the teller activated an alarm and Saunders fled.

Twenty-three minutes later, according to the statement, Saunders went into the Chevy Chase Bank and handed a note to a teller demanding money. He fled with $12,700.

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