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Hancock briefs

August 15, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

Hancock Police handling more calls than usual

HANCOCK - The Hancock Police Department has been handling more calls than usual with a bare-bones staff, Hancock Police Chief T.J. Buskirk told the Hancock Town Council Wednesday.

Before the town's new officer, James Woods, began work Aug. 1, the town was operating with essentially one full-time and one part-time officer available to respond to calls, said Buskirk, who has been limited in his ability to respond to calls due to an injury.

In July, the department responded to 315 calls for service and made 18 arrests, Buskirk said. More than a third of those calls were handled by the Washington County Sheriff's Department, which he said has been a great help while the town dealt with its smaller staff.

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Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said the recent layoffs at Rayloc might have contributed to the extra police workload.

"We all have theories about what's going on with the economy and people's stress levels," Murphy said.

1,500 swim free at Hancock pool

HANCOCK - About 1,500 people took advantage of a free week at the Hancock Municipal Swimming Pool after it opened last month, Hancock Town Manager David Smith said.

Visitors came from as far away as Martinsburg, W.Va., McConnellsburg, Pa., and Cumberland, Md., Smith said.

The pool opened July 19 after being delayed for more than a month for repairs. Operations at the pool have run smoothly with the exception of a break-in last week, Smith said. Three juveniles involved in the break-in were caught with the help of a witness's report, Hancock Police Chief T.J. Buskirk said.

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