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Washington County Briefs

August 10, 2006|by TARA REILLY

Deputy honored for apprehending Morris



Deputy 1st Class Ben Jones of the Washington County Sheriff's Department was honored Tuesday by the County Commissioners for taking into custody the suspect in the Jan. 26 shooting of Roxbury Correctional Institution Officer Jeffery Alan Wroten.

Wroten died the next day.

A grand jury indicted inmate Brandon T. Morris in Wroten's death.

Wroten was guarding Morris while the inmate was at Washington County Hospital.

The County Commissioners on Tuesday presented Jones with a Certificate of Merit.

"Your apprehension of this suspect ... displayed bravery and extreme talent in the face of an armed suspect," the certificate states. "Your dedication to the citizens of Washington County is greatly appreciated."

Jones was also named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the 40 & 8 organization of the Maryland American Legion. He received that award Saturday at the Thurmont (Md.) American Legion Hall, according to the county.

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County approves applying for grant



The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the submittal of an application for a $50,000 Emergency Shelter Grant.

Sherry L. Neil, director of case management services for Washington County Community Action Council Inc., asked for the approval.

Community Action Council would receive $25,000 of the grant for shelter maintenance, operations and homelessness prevention; CASA Inc. would receive $10,000 for shelter maintenance and operation; St. John's Family Shelter would receive $10,000 for shelter maintenance and operation; and REACH Inc. would receive $5,000 for security expenses for the cold weather shelter.

The Emergency Shelter Grant, awarded by the Department of Housing and Community Development, provides money to prevent homelessness and to help improve the quality of existing emergency and transitional shelters for the homeless in Washington County, according to information included in the commissioners' meeting agenda.




Contract awarded for airport projects



C. William Hetzer Inc. of Hagerstown received a $2.36 million contract for apron rehabilitation and taxiway modifications at Hagerstown Regional Airport.

The work includes excavation and embankment construction, minor airfield electrical work, relocation of sanitary sewer line and erosion and sediment control.

Most of the project will be funded by federal and state dollars, with the local share being 2.5 percent.

County to purchase land near airport

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to buy 25.20 acres near Hagerstown Regional Airport that is in the Runway Protection Zone.

The agricultural land at 19125 Reidtown Road was purchased for $646,120 from Anna Martin. Ninety-five percent of that amount, or $613,814, was paid for by the Federal Aviation Administration. The state and the county each paid 2.5 percent.

The agreement includes a lease back of land to Martin for up to 10 years, according to information provided by the county.

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