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PAGE A2 Wednesda~ October 31, 2018 NEWS SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and t)gJ CIER'S ADVOCATE By TIM COOK Special to the Spirit MARTINSBURG - Police here are inves- tigating the death of Amadou Mounliom, the 19-year-old Ranson man who lost both legs when a train struck him in July. Mounliom's parents, who live in Ranson, learned of their son's death early Tuesday, according to a family friend. He was found dead in Martinsburg, accord- ing to city police there, who would provide no additional information. His body was sent to the West Virgin- ia's Office of Chief Medical Examiner in Charleston for an autopsy, the family friend said. Mounliom had been severely injured on July 13 when a freight train struck him on the Norfolk-Southern Railroad railroad tracks, according to police and emergency medical officials. That incident occurred in the vicinity of West Fifth Avenue and McDonald Street in Ranson. Martinsburg City Police would not com- ment on the circumstances of his death or where or when his body was discovered. Born in Cameroon, Mounliom grew up in Jefferson County and was living with his parents. He was taking physical therapy to fully recover from the train accident. In ad- dition to his parents, he had two sisters and a brother, according to the family friend. Mounliom was a popular student at Jeffer- son High and was involved in sports. He held a school track record at Wildwood Middle School when he was part of a hurdle relay event in 2014. RIGHT: Amadou Mounliom is shown in this photo posted by a friend on his Facebook page Tuesday as news of his death spread on social media. t " ir Ethics FROM PAGE A1 son County Vision - send out the letters, a mov.e Bruning says "seems like a conflict of interest." He writes that the use of the Charles Town seal "makes it look as if this is the town's position." The letter didn't come before the Charles Town City Council for dis- cussion. Rogers be- came mayor last year, elected to a four-year term after running for the office without oppo- sition. Ray Bruning (above) flied a com- plaint (near right) with the West Vir- ginia Ethics Commission over a let- ter sent by Charles Town Mayor Scott Rogers (far right) in which he called Rockwool "the wrong fit for Jeffer- son County." Rebecca Stepto, the ex- ecutive director of the Ethics Com- mission, said Tuesday that the com- mission has yet to weigh the merits of any recently filed complaints. I aa tm um aM a nt tMv Bnapa ml ian OFFICE OF THE MAYOR SCOTT ROGERS Dear Charles Town Property Owner: As Mayor of Charles Town, I am opposed to the proposed Rockwool Industrial facility. Rockwool's traffic and toxic pollution near our schools make R the wrong fit for Jefferson County. Charles Town freeholders, or property owners, have the rtBht to sign a petition to increase the votes required for Rorkwool to be able to use Charles Town's sewer system. I think that's a good idea. We need to make sure that there's a strong consensus in Charles Town before building any infrastructure for Rockwool. Tha/~s for considering and signing the Chades Town sewer petition. Mayor Safety FRo PAGE A1 The county's voting machines - touch- screen paper ballot generators and sepa- rate ballot readers - are designed to rely on paper ballots generated by the voters themselves at the polling stations, she said. The stand-alone electronics within those machines are digitally isolated from any Internet connection or other device, which cuts off any remote-access avenue for a computer hacker, she added. "They are completely self-contained," Painter said of the voting machines, which were first used in May's primary. "They don't go out on any kind of net- works. They don't touch anything." For a hacker to make election mis- chief, he or she would have physical ac- cess to a county voter machine to deposit any malware on a ballot generator or bal- lot reader, Painter said. For that reason, the county's voting machines are also kept daily under con- stant lock and key and under video sur- veillance by the Jefferson County Sher- iff's Office. On Election Day, those machines are continuously watched over by multiple election officials, Painter said. Each of the county's 32 voting precincts have five poll workers. Importantly, if not critically, the coun- ty's voting system produces paper bal- lots back up any digital vote tallies, and those paper ballots are used to conduct random hand counts of precinct results, Painter.said. State law requires each county election to count the paper ballots of at least one random precinct to check the integrity of vote tabulated by the other ballot box- es, Painter said. The paper ballots must match the overall digital totals. "If it doesn't [match], we have to hand count the entire election," she explained. "So there are things in place. If someone tried to mess with the results, we would be able to catch them." Painter has worked on Jefferson Coun- ty elections and ballot referendums for the County Clerk's office for 13 years. With the numerous headlines about elec- tronic vote tampering by domestic and international hackers, she said she under- stands how everyday voters would won- der how their ballots were protected as they pad to the polls. "Now it just seems that there's such an emphasis on [digital] security that it's just part of the process," she said. MICHAEL ZAGARELLA Remembering lives lost A poster with the names and ages of those killed Saturday when a gunman opened fire In a syna- gogue In Pittsburgh is shown on German Street in Shepherdstown where a candlelight vigil was held on Monday night. of JEFFE,RSoON "No government ought to be without censors and where the press is free, no one ever will." THOMAS JEFFERSON Serving our community since 1844 Published Wednesdays by The Jefferson Publishing Co. Inc a local, family-owned company Winner, West Virginia Press Association 2017 General Excellence (Third place) 304-725-2046 1 Fax 304-728-6856 spiritofjefferson.com DIDN'T GET YOUR PAPER? Call office manager Cara Young, 304-725-2046, ext. 221. SEE A MISTAKE? The Spirit of Jefferson wants to promptly and thoroughly correct all errors that appear in these pages or our website online. Bring such matters to the attention of Christine Snyder as quickly as possible. Visit us at 114 N. Charles St. in .Charles Town or send mail to P.O. Box 966, Charles Town 25414 Publisher/advertising director ROBERT SNYDER rob@ spiritofjefferson.com 304-725-2046, ext. 223 Managing editor CHRISTINE SNYDER editor@ spiritofjefferson .com 304-725-2046, ext. 222 Sports ANDREW SPELLMAN sports@spiritofjefferson.com 304-725-2046, ext. 226 Graphic designer SHARON SNYDER 304-725-2046, ext. 227 Office manager CARA YOUNG sojofflcemanager@grnail.com 304-725-2046, ext. 221 Distribution DONNY OWENS WHAT'S INSIDE THIS WEEK Obituaries A5 Opinion . A6, A7 Community Calendar B1 Tax List B2--B5 Sports C1 Classifieds C2 Xochitl & Ximena C2 Crossword C2 Out & About C4 Legals C5 Life 1)1 Sample ballot D2 Voting precincts D2 State news 1)5 |SS [] In-stute S36 for 52 weeks [] Out-of-state $38 for 52 weeks iSS ! [] E-edition $19.95 for 52 weeks Mail to Spirit of Jefferson RO. Box 966, Charles Town 25414 or contact Office manager Cara Young (sojofficemanager@gmail.com or 304-725-2046, ext. 221)