Monday, January 31, 2011
EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...2-1-11
- Jason E. Horne, 28, from Logan, died at Charleston Area Medical Center after being found with a gunshot wound to the head at a home at Godbey Heights in Chapmanville. Police believe Chad Neil Williams was the shooter. State Police are asking anyone with information on Williams’ location to contact the nearest State Police detachment. Williams should be considered armed and dangerous.
- Twenty-one year old Deanna Crawford was brutally beaten and strangled to death, then found in a remote area of Salt Rock in Cabell County in August 2002. Monday, Philip Barnett was ordered to serve a seven- to 25-year prison sentence. His brother received a 15-year prison sentence.
- Darrell S. Reed, 26, of Detriot, was sentenced Monday to 11 years and one month in prison for possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of cocaine base in Huntington in 2010.
- Melinda Wade Davis, 30, of Poca, was killed in a trailer fire in Davis Creek in Kanawha County early Monday morning. The trailer, located near a 500-gallon propane tank, was destroyed.
- In October, Terri Lynette Burns, 43. pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge of of aiding and abetting members of a Detroit drug organization known as the “Cash Out Crips” in the distribution of 5 grams or more of crack cocaine in May 2009 in Huntington. Monday, Burns was sentenced to 71 months in federal prison.
- A Monroe County magistrate found probable cause during a preliminary hearing Monday morning for Gerald Allison, 70, of Greenville, sending his double murder case to circuit court. Allison is accused of fatally shooting his wife, Dorothy Lambert Allison, 65, and step-daughter Melissa Wills, 42, on January 21, 2011.
- The trial for James Downey of St. Albans has been delayed until April 8th to allow attorneys more time to prepare. Downey is accused of murder in the shooting death of his daughter's boyfriend, Brandon Hall, 27, of St. Albans, on July 4, 2010.
- Dominic Lamont Cesar, 22, of Charleston was in court Monday when his trial, scheduled to begin this week, was postponed until April 11th. Prosecutors say, on May 10th, robbed Chin's Chinese restaurant in Kanawha City at gunpoint.
- Jerry Dismukes, 39, of Charleston, has been sentenced to 105 months in prison after being found guilty of distributing approximately 220 grams of cocaine base as well as being in possession of a firearm.
- Raleigh County Sheriff’s Deputies say a young white male entered the Little General Store in Daniels Sunday, wielded a box cutter and demanded the clerk open the register, then escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
- A Huntington couple, 48 year old Scott Bell and 48 year old Carla Bell, were treated and released from the St. Mary's Medical Center Sunday afternoon after being involved in a plane crash near the Lawrence County Airpark, along the Ohio River.
- Edward M. Skaggs Jr., 31, of South Charleston was sentenced to one year probation for hitting his 9-year-old daughter with a belt in June 2009, causing severe bruising on her buttocks and thighs.
- MSHA announced Monday that a proposed rule would revise its pattern of violations regulation. The proposal would eliminate the procedure which involves written notification that a potential POV exists at a particular mining operation and the existing requirement that only citations and orders that have become final orders can be used in MSHA's POV reviews. The proposed rule will be out for a 60-day comment period to end April 4th.
- The House Judiciary Committee has passed House Bill 2853, which would create a primary election on May 14th and a general election on September 13th. The Senate Finance Committee on Monday had endorsed a timetable proposed by Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin with a June 20th primary and an October 4th general election for governor.
- The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved a new statewide transportation improvement program that will span four years. Nine counties in the Eastern Panhandle are slated to receive more than $380 million for road and bridge work assisted with federal aid through 2016. Berkeley County has the most projects listed on the improvement program with 45 for a total cost of more than $83.8 million. The federal aid on the projects totals $66.7 million.
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