Monday, April 25, 2011
EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...4-26-'11
- Shawn Thomas Lester, the 35 year old man charged with the 2003 sniper-style shooting of Jeannie Patton, appeared in front of a Kanawha County Magistrate for a preliminary hearing Monday. Patton, who was found outside a Speedway in Campbell's Creek in Charleston August 14, 2003, was one of three victims who were killed in similar shootings in 2003. Police say the killer, or killers, used the same gun in each shooting. However, Lester has been charged only in connection to Patton's death. Prosecutors called Charleston Police Investigator Steve Cooper and Charles Roberts, a former inmate who "became close" with Lester while incarcerated. Roberts testified that Lester confided in him and detailed his part in the shooting death of Patton. The case has been sent to the grand jury.
- Monday, 27 year old Brent Davis pleaded guilty to a charge of DUI causing death. Police say, in September, Davis was drunk when he crashed into a motorcycle on MacCorkle Avenue in South Charleston and didn't stop to help. The driver of the motorcycle, Mike Frame, lived for 6 days following the accident. Davis faces 2-10 years in prison when sentenced in June.
- Mercer County Sheriff Don Meadows says Emanuel Ray Jackson, 22, of Montcalm, was arrested Monday morning and charged with the first-degree murder of Erika Goad, 21, of Princeton who has been missing since April 12th. Her body was found in a remote wooded area between Lashmeet and Spanishburg on Sunday. Jackson has also been charged with the theft of her car. Sheriff Meadows says Jackson was a distant cousin of Goad's husband.
- Earl Albert Moore, 65, formerly from Glen Rogers in Wyoming County, West Virginia, is the subject of a nationwide manhunt. The FBI is searching for Moore in connection with an attempted bombing at a mall in Littleton, Colorado. The incident occurred on the anniversary of the Columbine tragedy. Moore pleaded guilty in June 2005 to robbing the Whitesville State Bank in Crab Orchard and was originally sentenced to 15 to 19 years in prison, but a federal appeals court reduced his sentence to seven years. He was released from jail a week before the attempted bombing.
- Gregory Seftick, 31, of Afton, Wyoming, a former emergency room doctor at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon until around February 2011, has been found dead after being reported missing for more than a week in Grand Teton National Park. Seftick and his friend, Walker Kuhl, were found by park officials under 13 feet of snow, still inside their sleeping bags in a tent. The pair had planned to climb Grand Teton, then ski back down, but severe weather caused an avalanche that killed them both.
- Second District Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito says Congress must develop an energy plan to address gas prices that are near $4 per gallon in West Virginia. Capito says the U.S. should be drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and using our own resources. She says the ongoing debate over an energy plan has been pushed aside, and, as Congress debates issues like spending cuts and tax policy, West Virginians have seen gas prices climb by nearly $1 per gallon over the past year.
- It's been nearly 30 years since the West Virginia State Police rode motorcycles, the agency will soon have two BRP Can-Am Spyders. One is already at State Police headquarters in South Charleston. They're blue with the gold stripes, much like current cruisers. There will be a total of nine Can-Am Spyders distributed statewide to various police agencies through a state program. State Police Director of Traffic Records Sgt. Jerry Dornburg says using the three-wheeled motorcycles for anything from patrols to parades will heighten public awareness when it comes to driver safety.
- John King II, the director of operations for the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority has been suspended without pay after his arrest on DUI charges Sunday morning. Police in South Charleston charged King with aggravated DUI after his blood alcohol level was measured at 0.239. Regional Jail Authority spokesman Joe DeLong says King has been suspended without pay pending the completion of the criminal and internal investigations, which is standard procedure. John Lopez, director of programs, will take King's position on an interim basis.
- Early voting for the May 14th special gubernatorial election begins Friday and continues through May 11th. The special general election to fill the remainder of former Governor Joe Manchin’s term is October 4th. Six Democrats and eight Republicans are running in the primary. Two Mountain Party candidates are seeking their party’s nomination, which will be decided by convention in May.
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