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Spirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE News Wednesday, March 28, 2012 A3 MARLA PISCIOTTA Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN -- A Harp- ers Ferry man has been arrested in connection to the theft of cop- per materials that caused exten- sive damage tO the roof of South Jefferson Elementary School. Gary Heflin, Jr of 34 Spring Court, was arrested without in- cident at his home on Satur- day by Jefferson County Sher- iff's deputy Cpl. Ben Williams and Detective Steven Holz, and charged with felony destruction of property and grand larceny in connection with the theft, which occurred at the school sometime between 10 p.m. Feb. 17 and 7 a.m. Feb. 18. Sheriff Bobby Shirley said Heflin confessed to his involve- ment in the incident, during which copper material was re- moved from nine HVAC units on top of South Jefferson and two classroom trailers. The val- ue of the copper was between $800 and $1,000. The damage to the HVAC equip- ment was estimated at $300,000. Bail has been set at $25.000. Shirley said the investigation is continuing and that additional Damage to an HVAC unit'at South Jefferson Elementary School in February was estimated to be about $300,000. Last week, the Jefferson County sheriff's office charged Gary Heflin, 34, of Harpers Ferry, in the incident. charges and arrests are anticipat- ed. "I am thankful for the hard work and dedication that De- tective Holz and Corporal Wil- liams put forth to bring these re- sponsible for such a devastating crime against one of our public schools," Shirley said. "It goes without saying that nothing is off limits when it comes to the theft of property and the destruction caused during its removal with these senseless acts." SHEPHERDSTOWN -- A 19-year old man was injured during a brawl early this morn- mg at an eatery in Shepherd- stown, according to a press re- lease from the Shepherdstown Police Department. Terrell Leonard, 19, of Na- trona, Pa was taken to Jef- ferson Memorial Hospital af- ter being stabbed in his upper left arm inside Tony's Pizza at 126 E. German St. at about 1 a.m. Friday. Leonard, who had gone to the hospital before police ar- rived at the scene, told police the fight broke out after he was stabbed. His injury was not life-threatening, police said. Three people were arrested in the incident and 'taken to Eastern Regional.Jail in Mar- tinsburg. According to police, a Jef- fersoh County deputy sher- iff and a Shepherd Univer- sity police officer also sus- tained minor injuries in the incident. Officers from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Shepherd University Police Department, and West Virginia Sate Police also re- sponded. Morgan Anthony Muskel- ly, 21, was charged with two counts of battery of a police officer, and one count each of obstructing, trespassing and destruction of property. Trayvon Tarrell Hoy, 18. and Stephany Carolina Chavez, 21, were each charged with disor- derly conduct. Shepherdstown Police are seeking a person of interest in the stabbing. If anyone has in- formation regarding the stab- bing, please contact the Shep- herdstown Police Department at 304-876-6036 or by email at tips @ shepherdstown.us. ~t S CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff CHARLESTON - Barbara Bayes asks potential donors to think back to how they got their first Car. For many in West Virgin- ia, Mom and Dad lent a hand - if not buying the vehicle out- right, then in providing food and shelter while you toiled to save up for the big purchase. "In most of West Virginia, it's awfully hard to hold down a job if you don't have a car to get back and forth to work," explains Bayes, the executive director, of the nonprofit Good News Mountaineer Garage, a statewide effort headquartered in Charleston. "When West Virginia University did a study on why low-income residents have trouble keeping a job, the No. 1 reason was a lack of reli- then cars are matched to in-need families identified by the state Department of Health and Hu- man Resources. "We've been very fortunate because there are so many peo- ple in West Virginia who want to help their neighbors," Bayes said. "Rather than sell a car or trade it in, they'll give the car to us. They know this is a way to break the cycle of poverty in West Virginia - to help people help themselves." In exchange for a vehicle, do- nors get. not only a federal in- come tax deduction but may also qualify for a direct state tax cred- it for half the value of thecar or truck. get good gas mileage to those who have to drive the most miles to work and the gas guzzlers to those who don't drive as far. "We offer them help in paying for six months of liability insur- ance so that they're starting off with a solid foundation." Good News has been honored by the state's Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission with its "Living the Dream" service award and by governors and oth- er leaders, "We don't toot our own horn a lot, but we're very proud of the work we're doing to help people struggling to get out of poverty," Bayes said. "So often, West Vir- ginia has this image as so far be- "Most of our cars come from hind the rest of the country, but in everyday people," Bayes said. this respect we're ahead of most "A lot of times, the total tax ben- other states. We've found a way efit ends up being very close to to get people off welfare and to what they would have gotten become taxpayers. And it's West from selling the car or trading Virginians helping other West able transportation." it in. This way, even middle-in- Virginians. It's a win-win for all For those whose parents lack come people are financially able of us." the means to help with a first car to help." or for anyone living on a budget Bayes said the donations lit- in a rural area without access to erally change lives. "One wom- transportation, a vicious cycle an we recently worked with had can quickly take hold. been walking along a railroad to "If you don't have a car. you takeherbaby to her sitter and then can't work and if you're not her older child to preschool," working, you're sure not able she said. "Then she caught a bus to save up to buy a car," said to go to school to get her GED Bayes, a former social work- and.then repeated the whole pro- er who heads Good News, a cess every evening. comprehensive program that "After she got her car, she since its founding in 1999 has called and said, 'You have no help Good News helped more than 700 West Vir- idea how much I appreciate this.' gmia residents with the drive to Having a car has made her life so Mountaineer Ga- work but no wheels to get them much better and already opened rage by donating ve- there, up so many possibilities for her The Good News Mountaineer family." hicles, money for Garage has a office in Hedges- No car lasts forever, of course, cal" repairs or their ville. The number there is 304- but Bayes' organization provides time. For informa- 754-8359. recipients with low-cost mainte- Bayes said the program has nance and repairs to help the ve- ILion on ways to help, been described as "econom- hicles stay on the road as long as go online to www, ic development - one job at a possible, goodnewsmountain- time." "We want our recipients to be The program works this Way: able to work for a couple of years eergarage.com or Individuals and businesses do- without worrying about a car pay- call 1-866-GIVE- nate vehicles that are working or ment." she said. "Everyone we CAR. can be repaired without a big in- work with has gone through job vestment. Good News mechan- training. They get help with bud- ics get them road-ready, and geting. We try to give cars that PRE-SEASON All 2011 Models Only *79700 19 x 31 x 4 Includes: Dr. Richard Rebuck R&A Eye Care, PLLC ::~ii:i!iii'i 304-725 Marlene I nk " Cl' les Town When it comes to loans, we finish what we start. community service & criminal law experience. 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