The Times West Virginian

January 6, 2013

Focus on protection

New security measures in place at Marion County Courthouse

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — People have known for a long time that the security at the Marion County Courthouse is due for an upgrade.

Kris Cinalli, county manager, says that plans to improve the building’s security have been under way for more than a year now.

But incidents in 2012, at home and throughout the country, showed officials that steps needed to be taken to secure the workers and petitioners who use the courthouse all through the week.

As of Tuesday, the beginning of the year, the courthouse closed off eight of 11 entrances and implemented new security measures that officials hope will prevent or impede tragedies from occurring.

On July 31, a man walked into the first floor lobby of the Marion County Courthouse and pulled out a pair of handguns, pointing them in people’s faces while exclaiming that there was “a new sheriff in town.”

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