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Morgan complains about river

Jefferson Co. commissioner calls Shenandoah situation 'horrendous'

Jefferson Co. commissioner calls Shenandoah situation 'horrendous'

January 26, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A "horrendous situation" is occurring on the banks of the Shenandoah River near Bloomery, W.Va., where trash, deer carcasses, condoms, syringes and signs of gang graffiti are being found, Jefferson County Commissioner Rusty Morgan said Thursday.

Allegheny Power is required to create access areas to the river, but there is no program for maintaining parklike areas, Morgan said.

The Bloomery area runs along the Shenandoah River where W.Va. 9 crosses the river.

Morgan said he has been to the area and people are using it as a dumping ground.

Morgan said there were about a dozen syringes on the ground in one spot, as well as condoms.

"It's just appalling," Morgan said. "We're going to have to find a way to manage it."

Morgan said one way of correcting the problem could be forming a volunteer organization that would manage the access areas.

Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober said debris on the Shenandoah River always has been a problem, but he is not sure what the "big alarm now" is.

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There is a building north of the intersection with W.Va. 9 and Bloomery Road that is owned by Allegheny Power that has had graffiti on it, Boober said.

Boober said he asked Allegheny Power to paint the building so if any new graffiti appeared, police could determine if it was gang-related.

More graffiti appeared, but it was not gang-related, Boober said.

"It was more mischievous stuff," Boober said.

Police have said that there has been gang activity in the Bloomery Road area. Boober said Thursday that his department has increased its presence at times along the river in an attempt to reduce gang activity.

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