Tri-State briefs

August 25, 2010

Committee formed in Jefferson director search

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A four-member search committee has been appointed to find a replacement for longtime executive director Tim Barr, according to Paul Marshall, president of the Jefferson County Parks & Recreation Commission.

Barr, who led the agency since the mid-1990s, was dismissed from his position during an executive session earlier this month.

The search committee consists of commission members Heather Morgan, Louis Tiano, Jim Pierson and Gene Taylor. The commission's board has 11 members, Marshall said Monday.

Lauren Thurston, operations manager for the agency, is serving as acting director until a replacement for Barr is found.

During the same executive session, the commission voted to suspend with pay Jennifer Myers, assistant director of the JCPRC.

The members also voted to ask West Virginia State Police to look into the agency's books.

Barr's salary was listed "at around $60,000 a year" and Myers earns about $40,000, a board member has said.


Thurston is the commission's third full-time employee.

- Richard F. Belisle

Berkeley Co. man faces child porn charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Falling Waters, W.Va., man was arraigned Tuesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on 10 felony counts of possession of child pornography, according to court records.

James William Wiles of 458 Cunningham Drive, was released from custody after bail was posted for a $100,000 bond set by Magistrate Harry L. Snow, according to court records.

In a meeting with West Virginia State Police Sgt. D.E. Boober in April, Wiles admitted that he downloaded materials from the Internet that would constitute child pornography, "but that he only did so in an effort to investigate the origination of said contraband himself," the officer said in a complaint filed with the court.

Upon completion of digital forensic examinations of computers and two external hard drives, more than 100 files containing child pornography were found, according to court records.

Police were told in February 2010 that Wiles was in possession of child pornography and was sharing it over the Internet, according to court records.

Pa. emergency services to host open house

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County (Pa.) Center for Emergency Services announced it will hold an open house Friday to commemorate the opening of its new emergency operations and communications center.

Tours for the public will begin at 3 p.m. and will conclude at 6 p.m. The facility is on New York Avenue, across from Opportunity Avenue north of Chambersburg.

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