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June 18, 2008

Ranson Police Department officer honored for rescue



RANSON, W.Va. -- A Ranson Police Department officer has been honored by the American Police Hall of Fame for working with other officers to rescue a Jefferson County Sheriff's Department deputy from a house in 2007 after the deputy was shot.

Ranson Police Chief Bill Roper announced the recognition for Keith Sigulinksy during the Ranson City Council meeting Tuesday night. A plaque and pin were presented.

Sigulinksy, paramedic Sean McCarthy, Roper and Charles Town Police Department officer Sam Smith rescued Ron Fletcher after Fletcher was shot in a house in the Orchard Hills subdivision on Feb. 19, 2007.

Fletcher survived.

The American Police Hall of Fame and Museum was founded in 1960. The Titusville, Fla., facility is the nation's first national police museum and memorial dedicated to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

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Rezoning for development approved



RANSON, W.Va. -- Ranson City Council members Tuesday night approved a rezoning request for a 274-acre commercial and residential development at Curry Road and W.Va. 115 in Ranson.

The project, know as Clay Hill Farm, would reserve about 2 percent of its lots for affordable housing, City Attorney Andy Blake said Tuesday night.

City officials have said they cannot give specifics about the commercial and residential use since the project is in its early stages. Developers will have to seek additional approval to begin construction, Blake said.




Ranson City Council considers banning guns in recreation areas



RANSON, W.Va. -- Ranson City Council members are considering passing a law prohibiting people from bringing guns to recreational areas after someone recently brought a gun to the Charles C. Marcus Field behind The Marketplace at Potomac Towne Center along the Charles Town Bypass, city officials said Tuesday night.

The man brought a gun to a football game about a month ago, City Attorney Andy Blake said after a council meeting Tuesday.

Although the man had a permit to carry the gun, state law allows the city to pass a law prohibiting guns to be brought to public facilities, said Mayor David Hamill.

City officials are concerned about the safety of people, particularly children, at public facilities, said Council member Duke Pierson.

Council members tabled action on the proposed law after Ranson Police Chief Bill Roper said the proposal's wording was vague.

-- Dave McMillion

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