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Winchester Star (Newspaper) - May 14, 2009, Winchester, Virginia The Winchester Star May 14, 2009 113th YEAR No. 266 SCOn Winchester Star These are some of nearly 200 cats removed from a Frederick County mobile home in Forest Lake Estates The owner could face charges of animal 192 cats removed from trailer home By MONTY TAYLOE The Winchester Star STEPHENS CITY - Frederick County officials have found 192 live cats and seven dead ones in a mobile They said Wednesday that the home contains so much cat waste arid cat hair that it will probably be Linda L. 58, owner of the trailer in Forest Lake could face charges of animal cruelty and animal according to Sheriff's Office Major Robert It's not clear how long she kept the cats in her Eckman said officers expected to find around 40 cats in the small home after receiving complaints about the conditions The truth was five times He described the interior of the trailer as and said it was the worst such case he had ever told the bathtub was filled to the brim with cat litter and cat Eckman ammonia smell was so our officers could 99 I'm told the bathtub was filled to the brim with cat litter and cat The ammonia smell was so our officers could hardly walk in - Major Robert Eckman Spokesman for the Frederick County Sheriff's Office hardly walk in Deputies notified Frederick County Public Works about the home and Eckman said it will almost certainly be time you turned over a piece of 10 to 30 cats would come running out from under he Two officers were bitten by cats while removing them from the home and had to be treated for minor McLaughlin was not pre- See Page A6 VIRGINIA 22601 Area per capita income jumps 52% in decade By LORRAINE HALSTED The Winchester Star Residential and commercial growth during the housing boom brought a boost in personal income for the according to the latest figures released by the Bureau of Economic The annual personal income per capita in the County area jumped 52 percent over a 10-year period - to in 2007, the most recent data Some local business officials say the rise in income came as new residents moved here from Northern Virginia in search of cheaper housing more than five years when home prices were at record Though they purchased homes in the most continued commuting to their jobs in Northern got people in Northern Virginia who moved bringing Looking for some good The Star will identify one positive story each day as a that wealth with said Gene manager of the Virginia Employment Commission office in According to BEA per capita personal income for the Virginia area was in 2007, about 60 percent higher than I worked in Loudoun Loudoun was what Fairfax County was 20 years said Randy president and chief executive officer of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber and head of the Loudoun chamber until 2006. they're saying Frederick County and Winchester are what Loudoun County was 20 years Clarke which borders also caught part of the wave of Northern Virginia commuters moving westward several years As a Clarke's personal income rose 64 percent over 10 years - to in 2007. See Page A6 Will Brown resign in By JASON KANE The Winchester Star may not have a of the Month but the town seems to be jockeying for the The community's list of resignations will grow this month if Marshall J. Brown goes through with his plan to resign in a couple of His successor would be fourth mayor in a Brown's impending resignation comes just five months after he stormed into the Town Office with a personality and an even bigger plan to change the way local politics he became bogged down in Brown has been pushing an aggressive agenda to hire more develop a long-range action and boost At the same Town Council members said he was going too fast a result - began throwing so much opposition his way that Brown began calling the entire panel and just can't seem to rein them See Page A6 Mayor Marshall Brown Sales dip raises worries By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer sales fell in April for a second straight dashing hopes that consumer spending was starting to revive and would help end the Economists said families who are worried about layoffs and unpaid job furloughs are saving more and spending delaying the start of a sustained The disappointing report helped send stocks down on Wall where the Dow Jones industrial average slid 184 points - more than 2 Other major indexes fell even more Retail sales fell 0.4 percent last worse than the flat performance many economists had the Commerce Department reported Retail sales had posted gains in See Page A3 Craigslist drops By DON BABWIN Associated Press Writer classifieds site Craigslist said Wednesday it will drop its controversial category in response to law enforcers who said the ads were a front for The old category will be re- placed with one listing and a fee will be the company Employees will monitor every posting before it appears online - a precaution the site has been criticized for refusing to take in the Pressure to remove the category increased this spring after a Boston medical student was See Page A6 TODAY'S Test preparation on wheels When classes ended students at Charlotte DeHart Virginia Avenue School got down to Full story B3 ON Would you like a copy of a local photo in today's paper or one from The Visit our Web site and click on Your Favorite Winchester Star Repaid bailout funds recycled After acing their some big banks are rushing to raise capital and return billions in federal bailout Full story C5 Judges preside The Handley High School tennis team beats Millbrook to advance to today's Northwestern District Full story CI Four 28 Pages Classified TODAY'S FORECAST Mostly with a 50 percent chance of South y winds at 15 to 20 HIGH Full report A6 51 LOW Miss your Call 665-4946 from 7 to 10 a.m. 0608566000375
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