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W.Va. lawmakers asked to honor slain troopers

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Eastern Panhandle law enforcement officers are leading an effort to rename a stretch of highway in honor of two West Virginia state troopers who were killed in 1977.

Troopers Charles Henry Johnson and Thomas Dean Hercules were gunned down by fugitive Larry Parker in Paw Paw, prompting one of the area's largest manhunts in recent history. Parker's body was found a few days later. He had committed suicide.

The Journal reports that K.C. Bohrer is leading an effort to name a portion of U.S. 522 near the state police barracks in Berkeley Springs in honor of the two troopers. The retired Berkeley County Sheriff's Department captain, who now works in Frederick County, Va., is asking West Virginia lawmakers to approve a roadside plaque and dedication ceremony honoring the officers.


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