Sunday, July 03, 2011
EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...7-4-'11
- During a preliminary hearing Friday, a trooper testified that Boone County Career and Technical Center teacher Jack Turley confessed to buying Sudafed to trade for finished meth that was smoked in the office of school principal Keith Phipps, who faces misdemeanor charges related to the investigation. Police say Turley bought in several counties, but is only charged with four buys in Boone County. Phipps is accused of buying too much psuedoephrine in Kanawha County. Turley's lawyer argued that even though he admitted buying Sudafed for meth making, the state police can't prove the Boone buys were used to do it. The magistrate said he felt probable cause had been shown but decided to withhold ruling and continued the hearing, but no date was set for the next part of the hearing.
- William Chapman 'Chap' Cook was a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War. Saturday, state, county and local officials gathered with the Cook family along Route 26 in the Van area of Boone County to dedicate a stretch of the highway to Cook and other Civil War heros. Signs now bear a new name on the stretch of highway from Van to Twilight in Cook's honor. The Cooks, who lived in Virginia, which was controlled by the confederacy at the time of the war, were a family of union sympathizers.
- Senate President Jeff Kessler announced Friday that a joint state Senate and House of Delegates committee, composed of five delegates and five senators, will hold its first meeting July 12th to look at Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling regulations, including the issue of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." Fracking, a process by which drillers use high-pressured water to crack and get through rock, has become a controversial method to reach natural gas. Last month, Morgantown City Council banned the process within one mile of city limits. Critics of fracking claim it can pollute city water supplies.
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