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The Grant County Sheriff’s Depart- ment (GCSD) released an update last week concerning new laws in place on vaping.

Vaping is a common term used for the act of inhaling vapor produced by a vaporizer or electronic cigarette (e-cigarette.) Generally, the vapor is produced from a material such as an e-liquid, concentrate, or dry herb.

Usage of these products has been heavily discussed throughout the county over the past year as the Grant County Board of Education released policy updates that placed vaping in the same category as tobacco and made using the vape products a punishable offense for students on school grounds.

Last week, the Grant County Commission received an update on courthouse cyber security and the ever-present goal of preventing hackers from accessing or stealing county documents. 

County Clerk Seymour Fisher addressed the commission, presenting an email his office had received.

The email, which claimed to be from Grant County 911 Director Peggy Bobo-Alt, requested that the clerk’s office provide her with a direct deposit form.

“Can I email or fax it back?” the email asked. “I hope I am not late for coming payroll.”

However, on closer inspection, Fisher realized the email was sent from a publicworks.me email and did not match Alt’s county address.

The Hampshire County Veterans Foundation’’s annual Veterans Appreciation Festival and Freedom Ride rolled through Petersburg last week with more than 100 cyclists stopping for a break at Tri-County Honda.

The event is a fundraiser for the program and includes food, drinks and an auction. Petersburg was one of multiple stops on the trip, others including Romney, Wardensville and Capon Springs.

On Sept. 5, multiple Grant County agencies participated in a search for a missing hiker on the North Fork Mountain Trail.

The man, Paul Fox, was hiking in the area when he became disoriented and lost his way along the trail. His absence was noticed by Ed Fischer, owner of the North Fork Mountain Inn. Fox was staying at the inn when he left for his hike.

Awards school five computers

A group of Petersburg Elementary School students show U.S. Sena- tor Shelley Moore-Capito the classroom’s new computers.

A few classrooms in Petersburg Elementary School will now be working with new technology thanks to The Computers for School program and Senator Shelley Moore-Capito.

The program allows each senate office to donate five computer systems to five schools within the state. After review, Capito selected PES as one of the five West Virginia schools to be awarded the new HP 8300 systems, complete with monitors, keyboards and mice.

Community members, organizations and faith-based groups came together over the past two weeks to spread awareness on those who have lost their lives to the drug epidemic and mental health issues.

On Aug. 31, representatives from the Potomac Highlands Guild and The Russ Hedrick Resource and Recovery Center, as well as multiple other agencies, worked to organize a day of awareness at the Landes Arts Center in Petersburg.

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State Sen. Mike Maroney was arraigned Wednesday in Marshall County Magistrate Court on charges of conspiracy, house of ill fame/assignation and prostitution over his alleged involvement in a Glen Dale-based prostitution ring.

Magistrate Mark Kerwood set Maroney’s bond at $4,500. Maroney was released on his own recognizance.

Glen Dale police on Tuesday filed an arrest warrant for Maroney, 51, a Republican from Glen Dale. The criminal complaint filed in conjunction with the arrest details text message conversations from May 14 through June 13 between who authorities allege is Maroney and Cortnie Ann Clark.

Glen Dale police arrested Clark, 30, on June 14 and charged her with operating a house of ill fame/assignation and prostitution.

According to the complaint, the first contact between Maroney and Clark happened May 14, and quickly moved into the two discussing rates for Clark’s services.

“Is tonight OK?” Maroney allegedly texted Clark on May 14.

“Yeah, it’s $120 a (half-hour), $190 for” an hour, Clark allegedly replied.

That conversation continued into the early morning hours of May 15, at which time Clark allegedly asked Maroney to text her his picture. He initially declined, and Clark allegedly told him she could not meet with him without a photo.

According to the complaint, Maroney told her, “OK, sorry, I could be a regular. ... I drive by Glen Dale on my way home and would like to have an occasional stop.”

At the close of that conversation, shortly after 1 a.m. on May 16, police said, Maroney sent her a picture. In the photo, police said he was looking directly into the camera, smiling and wearing a light blue polo shirt. After he sent the photo, he allegedly texted Clark, “Now can I stop by?”

Police said they compared the photo sent to Clark to one from Maroney’s driver’s license, and believe it to be the same person.

On June 5, according to the complaint, Maroney texted Clark shortly before midnight and asked, “Can I stop by for a massage? Quick in-and-out.”

The two also discussed engaging in sex in a car, with Clark allegedly telling Maroney she could do a “car date” for $120. After the alleged encounter, Maroney texted Clark that he was “very nervous about (having sex) in a car.” He also discussed a later meeting date with her at her rental house.

The last text between the two allegedly happened June 13, when Clark sent a suggestive photograph to Maroney.

Attempts Wednesday to reach Maroney were unsuccessful, as his cell phone remains in possession of Glen Dale authorities. Paul Harris, Maroney’s attorney, was in court Wednesday and not immediately available for comment.

Seven men have also been charged with conspiracy, house of ill fame/assignation and prostitution in connection with the investigation. They are Albert Richard Ingram, 80, of Moundsville; Eugene Joseph McClure, 52, of Moundsville; Spencer Phillip Atkinson, 30, of Wheeling; Justin Matthew Stocklask, 29, of Moundsville; Christopher Ryan Bartsch, 36, of McMechen; Seth Anthony Renzella, 41, of McMechen; and Zackory Slade McGee, 43, of Wheeling.

Ingram pleaded guilty Tuesday to the prostitution charge and received a $170 fine and was put on probation for one year, while the house of ill fame and conspiracy charges were dismissed.

On Aug. 22, Chief Deputy S. Wratchford of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call at Sheetz in Petersburg in reference to two possible overdose victims.

Norman and Mary Kile hold sheets of pictures from her family’s collection of memories, including the Jordan’s Taxi Station, family photos and images from the 1949 flood.

Dating back more than half a century, Mary Kile’s carefully preserved family photos have survived not only the wear and tear of time but also major flooding. The daughter of Frank and Olive Jordan, Kile is a true Bayard native, being a graduate from Bayard Elementary School and Bayard High School.

Her grandparents were homesteaders in the area in the 1800s and laid roots in Grant County that have lasted for generations.

In her collection of memories, Kile has a fascinating look back into the history of the county, including a look at the last taxi service in Petersburg.

Last week, the Grant County Commission signed a proclamation with representatives from th Potomac Highlands Guild and the Russ Hedrick Recovery Resource Center recognizing Interna- tional Overdose Awareness Day, which was last Saturday.

Grant County’s ongoing struggle with the drug epidemic and its cost topped the agenda in last week’s commission meeting, with both the Mineral County Community Correction Program and the Russ Hedrick Recovery Resource Center (RHRRC) speaking about their efforts.

In their regularly scheduled Aug. 27 meeting, the commission received an update on the Mineral County Community Corrections Program and its efforts to offer drug recovery services to justice-involved residents.

The program, which is based out of Mineral County, moved a full-time case manager from Keyser to Petersburg in April at the request of the commission. At the time, the goal was to reduce the amount of travel for participants in the program and to allow the county to be more involved in its efforts.

Funding goals to focus on additional money for student safety and facility infrastructure repairs

In an unanimous vote, the Grant County Board of Education has agreed to move forward with a levy that will appear on local ballots next year.

A levy is an adjustment to county taxes in which the funds are earmarked for a specific use, in this case, for the schools.

According to the West Virginia Department of Education, currently 42 of the 55 counties in West Virginia have at least one excess levy currently in effect, including Mineral County. In 2015, Mineral County passed their levy with a vote of 1,731 citizens for the levy and 232 against it.

Grant County currently has no additional levies in place to fund schools.

In these early stages of discussion, Grant County has yet to set a specific tax rate increase. The board did provide preliminary information on their goals, which appear will focus heavily on facility repairs and school safety.

Cody Swick, 34, of Petersburg, was sentenced to 25 months in prison for a firearms charge, according to a release from the United States Attorney Bill Powell’s office, Swick pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in April. He was prohibited from owning a firearm due to a previous conviction of domestic battery. In another charge, Swick admitted to having a .22 caliber revolver in October 2018 in Grant County.

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