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of JEFFERSON AND FARMER'S ADVOCATE Find us on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 .:. 75 spiritofjefferson.com At sentencing, former sheriff gets year; feds recommended longer prison term By BRYAN CLARK bryan@spiritofjefferson.com f Former Jefferson County Sheriff Robert Shirley is shown Monday in this mugshot from Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville. WHEELING - The prison sentence handed down to former Jefferson County Sheriff Robert "Bobby" Shir- ley in U.S. District Court Monday was lighter than it could have been, despite the presence of "enhance- ments" that called for a stiffer punishment. The enhancements were for committing crimes while on duty as a law enforcement officer, and for commit- ting crimes against a "vulnerable victim." Shirley also received an obstruction of justice enhancement for at- tempting to influence witnesses to alter their testimo- ny and produce false documents, according to court testimony. Shirley is in Northern Regional Jail awaiting trans- fer to a federal facility, having been sentenced Mon- day in Wheeling to one year and one day in prison. In January, Shirley resigned as sheriff and pleaded See SHIRLEY Page A4 A look back at the Shirley-Haines saga Dec. 27, 2010: Suspected bank robber Mark Daniel Haines (dght) alleges he was beaten by his arresting officers follow- ing a high-speed chase. Medical records show he had numerous injuries when he was examined after the arrest, including a broken nose, si- nus cavity and eye socket. May 8: Sheriff Robert "Bobby" Shirley A dashboard camera captures Mark Daniel Haines' 2010 arrest. defeats Former Sheriff "Eft' Boober, in the Democratic primary election, guilty to one count of bank robbery, tentional infliction of emotional dis- 2,217 votes to 1,221. May 29: Shirley, 14 other police of- tress. May 14: Haines is sentenced to 225 ricers are sued for violating Haines' .June 5: Shirley is indicted by a feder- months in prison, three years of pro- civil rights. The charges in the corn- al grand jury, charged with one count bation plus restitution after pleading plaint include assault, battery and in- of deprivation of rights Under color of See TIMELINE Page A4 By CHRISTINE MILLER FORD christine@ spiritofjefferson.com RANSON - Healthcare leaders gath- ered Monday to announce a new name for the Eastem Panhandle's growing health system and its hospitals here and in Mar- tinsburg. In Ranson, new, temporary signage al- ready is in place christening Jefferson Me- morial Hospital as Jefferson Medical Cen- ter. City Hospital's new name is Berkeley Medical Center. At the news conference at Martins- burg's Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, Robert E Baronner Jr. - the Bank of Charles Town president who leads the WVUH-East board of directors - also re- vealed University Healthcare as the new name for West Virginia University Hospi- tals-East. The change, according to Baronner, hospital leaders and others involved, is needed to reflect the progress that's tak- en place since the 1990s when the WVU School of Medicine in'st established a presence in the Panhandle. "The next big step in this joumey was accomplished in 2005 when a new region- al health system, WVUH-East, was cre- ated to bring City Hospital and Jefferson Memorial Hospital under one manage- ment," explained Brace McClymonds, president and CEO of WVU Hospitals in Morgantown. At the time, McClymonds said it made See HOSPITAL Page A3 The hospital on Preston Street in Ranson now is officially Jefferson Medical Center. Don Clendening, Rich Bringewatt, Geary Johns and Jonathan Wertman are wing for two seats on the Charles Town City Council. Early voting continues through Saturday; the election is May 23. BELOW: Thomas S. Gannon-Miller speaks to Councilman Clendenlng during a candidate forum at St. Philip's Episcopal Church Monday. Gannon-Miller said he was upset by the negative attack ad published by Clendening. mm At forum, voters decry ugly accusations By BRYAN CLARK and ahead of next week's election, said he would represent all of ROBERT SNYDER The two open contests are be- Charles Town's residents, not bryan@spiritofjefferson.com tween Councilman Rich Bringe- just those in his ward. He said he editor@spiritofjefferson.eom watt and his opponent Gearywas not running to attack his op- Johns, who are running for the ponent. CHARLES TOWN - The City Ward Four seat and Councilman "I want to serve," Wertman of Charles Town will hold munic- Don Clendening who is seeking said. "This is not a referendum ipal elections next Thursday. On to hold onto his Ward Three seat on anyone's else's record." Monday, the candidates for the two against political newcomer Jon- Wertman touts his experience contested seats had the opportunity athan Wertman. Mayor Peggy as a lawyer, saying he would to meet one another and city voters Smith is running unopposed,make an effective advocate for as part of a forum sponsored by the At Monday's forum, the can-the city when trying to attract Jefferson County NAACP at St. didates sought to distance them- new businesses. Philip's Episcopal Church. selves from their campaign lit- "What I've been trying to tell And some voters said they erature and instead laid out what people is that we have to start weren't happy with the tone of they'd do if elected, with a vision. We have to look- the contest as evidenced by adver- Wertman, who serves on the tisements the candidates have run town's Planning Commission, See ELECTION Page A4 By LAWRENCE MESSINA Associated Press CHARLESTON -- Students should notice West VLrginia's ambitious new plan to target child hunger while improving academic performance when they arrive this fall. Expanding access to breakfast is likely the fLrSt component of the Feed to Achieve Act that will emerge following its signing by Gov. Earl Ray Tom- blin earlier this month, said Richard Goff, executive director of the Office of Child Nutrition at the state Department of Education. "The game changer for our program and for the kids in West V'wginia is the breakfast delivery strat- egy" said Goff, a 23-year veteran of the department. "For the first time in my tenure, it makes the meal program part of the educational day. It's not an inter- mption. That's where we'll see the big change." A nearly unanimous Legislature passed the new law this session. It aims to provide free, nutritious breakfast and lunch for all public school students, from prekindergatten through 12th grade. The mea- sure cited research that links healthy eating to im- proved student attendance, attentiveness, behavior, test scores and overall achievement. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed the new law during a signing cer- emony at Berkeley Heights Elementary School in Martinsburg last week. The legislative debate surrounding Feed to / See MEALS Page A3 Benched JOCELYN ROBINSON The Titus brothers, Cody, 3, Damien, 9, and 4-year-old Dylan take in the scene Saturday. 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