Sunday, May 22, 2011
EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...5-23-'11
- South Central Regional Jail officials found 41 year old Matthew Jarrell of Terrell, Texas in his cell late Saturday night where they say he tried to hang himself. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead early Sunday morning. The Mesquite, Texas pastor was accused of raping a Sissonville woman he picked up from a Charleston bar. Kanawha County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Jarrell Thursday and charged him with second-degree sexual assault.
- Bluefield Police are continuing to investigate a murder which involves their biggest lead, a Facebook page posted just hours before the body was found. Marcus "Swiss" McKinley, 26, of Bluefield, was arrested Thursday night in Charlotte, North Carolina and charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 18 year old Ayana Patton, the mother of his child. Police are trying to pin down exactly when Patton was shot and whether it was before McKinley made a post on the social networking website Facebook. Less than four hours before Patton's body was found -- McKinley wrote, "to the ones that dont know me go ahead and call names say what u like.. and to the ones tha kno me knows it was a reason behind it . . . one can only tolerate so much and the lord was my witness.. only god can judge me now.." Police say, in the days leading up to Patton's killing, several of McKinley's Facebook messages appear to be about domestic problems.
- The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $1.7 million in grants to two West Virginia agencies for job training programs for young people. The grants include nearly $1 million for the Southern Appalachian Labor School in Kincaid, Fayette County, and $704,000 for the West Virginia Housing Authority in Huntington.
- Senator Jay Rockefeller announced Sunday West Virginia is getting more than $1.1 million from the Corporation for National and Community Service to support the work of AmeriCorps in the state. The AmeriCorps funds will be used to help local nonprofit, faith-based and community organizations in West Virginia to recruit, train and place AmeriCorps members. Their work will support education, veterans and military families, public safety, health and the environment.
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