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Bath police k-9 program receives financial boost

August 06, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - To help fight crime in the Town of Bath, the K-9 program recently received $6,000 from State Farm Insurance.

The State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship grant was awarded through Luke Christie, the company's Morgan County agent in Berkeley Springs.

"This is the type of community need that our grant program is intended to serve. I am quite pleased it was awarded, and I know it will be put to good use," Christie said.

K-9 Officer Butch, a male German shepherd, has been with the police department since March and works with his handler, Bath Police Cpl. Craig Pearrell.

"He is such an asset to this police department and this community," Bath Police Chief James Minton said. "Since Butch has arrived, the town is much safer because enforcement of crimes has increased tremendously," he said.

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"He was not hired just for drugs; he is a dual-purpose dog," Minton said.

No matching funds were needed for the grant, and the money will be used to fund the cost of the dog, he said.

Bath Councilwoman Garnet Marsh, a member of the town finance committee, said the entire K-9 program is funded through ongoing donations.

"The program has not cost us anything," Marsh said.

"State Farm ... (has) been very supportive of many safety-related areas, especially in the schools," she said.

The Town of Bath is the local government inside Berkeley Springs.

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