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Ten-Year-Old Boy Dead Following Accidental Shooting In Gilmer County

The Free Press WV

A ten-year-old boy is dead following an accidental shooting Wednesday morning in a small Gilmer County community.

Gilmer County Sheriff Larry D. Gerwig confirmed that two children were playing with a gun at a home in Troy, West Virginia.

The gun discharged shortly before 9 am, resulting in the child’s death.

Sheriff Gerwig was on scene earlier Wednesday morning. He said the accident was not hunting-related.

He called the shooting accidental, but still had deputies on scene as of 12:45 p.m.

The identities of both children, who are juveniles, have not been released.

In West Virginia….

The Free Press WV

►   Governor and First Lady Invite West Virginians to Submit Photos for Military, First Responder Recognition Trees

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today invite all West Virginians to honor the state’s military men and women and first responders by submitting photos to be showcased on the two recognition trees located in the Governor’s Reception Room during the upcoming holiday season.

“The recognition trees are an important part of our family’s holiday celebration, and Joanne and I are excited to continue this tradition of honoring heroic West Virginians who selflessly serve our communities and our country every day,” Governor Tomblin said. “I am thankful for our military men and women and first responders across our state who put their lives at risk to keep us safe and protect our freedoms at home and abroad. We hope West Virginians will join us in honoring those who have dedicated their lives to protecting us.”

“This time of year, it is especially important that we show our enduring gratitude to our military and first responders, and their loved ones, for continually contributing to the health, well-being and safety of our state and nation,” First Lady Tomblin said.  “The Governor and I hope these recognition trees serve as a way to honor these West Virginians throughout the holiday season and beyond.”

Those wishing to participate are asked to submit photos of their loved ones or friends who have served or are currently serving in the military or as a first responder. The recognition trees will be displayed in the Governor’s Reception Room at the State Capitol Complex during the upcoming holiday season.

Please submit photo copies. Submitted photos will not be returned. The military recognition form and tag can be downloaded here. The first responder recognition form and tag can be downloaded here .

All photos, along with the submission form and tag, must be received by Wednesday, November 30, and should be emailed to or mailed to:

West Virginia Governor’s Mansion
ATTN: Tina Amburgey
1716 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305


►   Jim Justice: Expect to See Improvements in 10 Months

Democratic Governor-elect Jim Justice says West Virginians can expect to see some noticeable enhancements to the state’s sluggish economy in his first 10 months in office.

The billionaire businessman and owner of The Greenbrier resort defeated Republican Bill Cole in Tuesday’s election.

Justice said Thursday he doesn’t have “a magic wand” for running the state. He tries to run his business dealings on a 10-month schedule, and he says residents should expect by late 2017 to see “real live significant improvements.“

Justice says state revenues need to grow significantly, and he hopes to accomplish that across several economic sectors, including agriculture, tourism and the energy industry.

First, Justice needs to get a transition team in place. He’s putting that together with consultation from ex-state Democratic Party chairman Larry Puccio.


►   GOP Leaders to Justice: Let Us Help You

Republicans who will hold a rare majority of West Virginia’s six statewide offices are already banding together to try to influence yet another Democratic governor and a GOP-controlled Legislature.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey was the lone Republican on the six-member Board of Public Works after he was elected in 2012. That number swelled to four with GOP wins in races for secretary of state, auditor and agriculture commissioner.

All four attended a news conference at the Capitol on Wednesday to put out an early plea to Governor-elect Jim Justice to let them help him fix West Virginia’s many problems. The Board of Public Works meets up to four times a year, and Morrisey said he’d like that to happen more frequently.

“I think that there’s a lot more that we can do if we tap into the great expertise that exists within these constitutional offices,“ he said. “This is a chance to work together. We have to do everything in our power to identify fraud, waste and abuse in government. I think there’s a lot more there.“

JB McCuskey is the first Republican elected as West Virginia’s auditor since 1928. Kent Leonhardt is the first GOP-elected ag commissioner since 1988. Mac Warner ousted two-term incumbent Natalie Tennant for secretary of state Tuesday night.

Republicans also maintained their majorities in the Legislature.

Besides Justice, the only other Democrat in statewide office next year will be treasurer John Perdue, who won his sixth term.

Justice, the billionaire owner of the Greenbrier resort, will inherit as governor the challenge of addressing job losses, especially in the coal industry, and ongoing state budget shortfalls.

Morrisey said the GOP leaders have not heard from Justice since his election and they looked forward to speaking with him.

A former Republican, Justice has touted himself as a political outsider with outside-the-box ideas to create jobs without big cuts or tax hikes. But he’s offered few specifics so far and didn’t immediately return a telephone message from The Associated Press on Wednesday.

He said in his victory speech Tuesday night at the Greenbrier that “we cannot possibly cut our way out of this mess, and you can’t possibly tax our people more than they have today. We have got to grow our way out of this mess.“

He promised only to surround himself with smart people to tackle the most important issues. Comparing it to figuring out how to solve a jigsaw puzzle, he said, “if there’s anything that I would tell you that I would brag about, I’m the best there is at figuring out how to put them together and make it work.“

Some of those puzzle pieces will certainly include finding jobs and addressing the state’s budget problems.

West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.8 percent in September was the fifth highest in the country. Tax collections for the first three months of the state’s fiscal year were $87.4 million below estimates.

Earlier this year, a sharply divided debate over higher taxes to remedy the budget woes spilled over into a special session that cost the state about $600,000. Eventually, higher taxes were passed on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

One issue on which he agreed with Justice: “We don’t need higher taxes in the state of West Virginia,“ Morrisey said.

In the state Legislature, Republicans picked up four seats in the Senate and now hold a 22-12 advantage, according to unofficial results.

Democratic incumbents who were unseated included Senator Jack Yost of Brooke County and Senator Bob Williams of Taylor County, while GOP incumbent Chris Walters of Putnam County lost.

The seat vacated by Democratic Senator Herb Snyder of Jefferson County went to Republican Patricia Rucker over Democratic Del. Stephen Skinner.

Republicans also were elected to seats vacated when Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, and Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, ran for governor, and when Senator Bill Laird, D-Fayette, didn’t seek re-election.

In the 100-member House of Delegates, Republicans entered election night with a 64-36 majority and didn’t appear to lose more than one seat, although a few races were still too close to call Wednesday, according to unofficial results.


►   WV Names Acting Labor Commissioner

A longtime director in West Virginia’s Division of Labor has been named its acting commissioner.

Mitch Woodrum’s appointment follows the retirement of former Commissioner John Junkins.

The division is part of the Department of Commerce. It oversees licensing and inspecting of businesses operating in West Virginia and enforces labor laws and workplace safety regulations.

A 24-year employee of the division, in 2002 Woodrum was named director of the manufactured housing program. He was appointed director of licensing in 2007 and has been as deputy commissioner since 2014.


►   Voter Turnout Up for WV General Election

Unofficial numbers from the secretary of state’s office show voter turnout in West Virginia was higher than the previous general election but didn’t eclipse the 2008 race.

Figures released Wednesday show 728,248 voters, or 57.2 percent, participated in Tuesday’s election. That’s up from about 55 percent in the 2012 general election and down from about 60.8 percent in 2008.

The secretary of state’s office says the figures will become official after canvassing is complete.

Lewis County had the highest turnout rate at just under 69 percent, followed by Preston County at 68.7 percent and Hardy County at 66.2 percent.

McDowell County had the lowest turnout at 36 percent.


►   11 counties pass Sunday hunting measure

Officials say voters in 11 West Virginia counties have passed ballot initiatives to allow hunting on Sunday on private property.

The Kanawha County Commission says in a news release that unofficial totals show the measure passed there by nearly 23,000 votes. The statement says Sunday hunting will go into effect after the County Commission certifies the election results, which will take at least week.

Ten other counties across the state also passed the measure: Barbour, Berkeley, Harrison, Marion, Mercer, Monongalia, Pleasants, Preston, Ritchie and Wood. It boosts the number of counties that allow hunting on Sundays to 33 out of 55.

Hunting is restricted to private property and requires the landowner’s consent.


►   School Bus Full of Children Accidentally Driven Into Ditch in Harrison County

A school bus full of children was accidentally driven into a ditch on Wilsonburg Road around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, in Harrison County.

According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, the bus driver got too close to the edge of the road, which pulled the bus into a ditch.

The children were able to get off the bus from the rear exit unharmed, according to the Harrison County Department of Transportation.

The children were able to return to Wilsonburg Elementary, which wasn’t far from the scene of the accident.

Weyerhaeuser Plant Fire Still Burning in Braxton County

The Free Press WV

Emergency crews continued to battle a fire at a lumber plant in Braxton County Tuesday night.

The fire started at around 9:45 a.m. at the Weyerhaeuser Lumber Plant in Heaters. It was still burning as of 10 p.m.

One person was hospitalized for smoke inhalation as firefighters in Braxton County battle the blaze. There are 10 volunteer fire departments on scene.

The person was later released from the hospital

There is no official word on the cause.

The plant makes compressed particle boards.

The Free Press WV

Firefighters Battling Active Fire at Weyerhaeuser Lumber Plant in Braxton County

The Free Press WV

One person has been hospitalized for smoke inhalation as firefighters in Braxton County battle a working fire at the Weyerhaeuser Lumber Plant.

Mike Baker, Braxton County’s Director of the Office of Emergency Management, said three different fire departments are on scene battling the working fire.

The fire began around 9:45 AM.

There is no official word on the cause.

The plant makes compressed particle boards.

City of Glenville Police Report - April 2016

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report - April 2016
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
Motor Vehicle Crash Huffman Accident Report Completed Warnings Issued for Failure to Maintain Control and Failure to Carry Operators N. Lewis Street
Active Domestic Huffman/Garrett One female subject arrested for Domestic Assault and Brandishing Center Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning Issued x2 N. Lewis Street
Trash Complaint Huffman Cited for failure to have trash pickup Howard Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and No Proof of registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Assist Cps Huffman Assisted CPS on a home visit Kanawha Street
Expired Registration Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
No Seat belt Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Reckless Driver Huffman Negative Contact N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited College Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, Expired registration, Unsigned Registration, and Failure to Carry Operators College Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance Warning For No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Alarm Investigation Huffman Everything secure Family Dollar
Funeral detail Huffman Assisted with Traffic Control for a funeral Stoplight
Speeding Huffman Cited College Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Assist another agency Huffman/Garrett Assisted Gilmer County Sheriffs Department with house search N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Talking on Cell phone while driving Garrett Cited for Cell phone while driving and No Proof of Operators Mineral Road
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance Warning issued for Unsigned Registration College Street
Burglar alarm Huffman Everything ok owner didn’t get the alarm shut off Whiting Ave.
Expired Registration Huffman Warnings Issued for Improper Display and Unsigned Registration College Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Expired Registration Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garret Warning N. Lewis Street
Assist Ems Garrett Assisted EMS with Lifting Whiting Ave.
Assist Another Agency Garrett Assisted WVSP with Motor Vehicle Crash US Hwy 33 W
Altercation Garrett All Subjects had left area Sycamore Trailer Court
Assist another Agency Garrett Assisted WVSP with altercation Pioneer Grille
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Failure to have trash pickup Huffman Cited Howard Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Assist Another Agency Huffman Assisted Gilmer County Sheriffs Department with an Active Domestic WV HWY 33 W
Speeding Huffman Warnings for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street.
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street.
Active Domestic Garrett No Domestic took place CI started for Destruction of property and one cited for Possession of <15 grams Dolliver Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Nursing Home
Hit and Run Huffman Ci Started unable to locate vehicle Morris Drive
Leaving the Scene of an accident Huffman Report completed subject cited for Leaving the scene and failure to report Conrad Motel
DOS Huffman Report Completed Kanawha Street
Cell Pone while driving Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Altercation Garrett/GCSD Approximately 40 people in altercation GCSD investigating Pioneer Grille
Shots Fired Garrett Fireworks  going off outside of city limits Sycamore
Loose dog Garrett Citation Issued Whiting Ave
Noise Complaint Garrett Spoke to owner and advised them to turn music down Howard Street
Vehicle Unlock Garrett Vehicle Unlocked Pizza Hut
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Loud Music Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Cell phone while driving Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Cell phone while driving Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
MVC Garrett Accident Report Completed S. Lewis Street
Cell phone Huffman Cited for Cell phone and no proof f insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Cell phone Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Assist Another Agency Huffman/Garrett Assisted WVSP with active Domestic parties separated WV HWY 5E
Underage Consumption Garrett Everyone at the parties ID was checked no underage drinking party was shut down Walnut Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked College Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
MVC Garrett Accident Report Completed Warnings Issued for Improper Backing and No Proof of Registration N. Court Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Foodland
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning Issued for No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning College Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Failure to Carry Operators W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited College Street
Assist Another Agency Garrett Assisted WVSP with welfare check everything ok Panther Run
Speak to an officer Garrett Spoke to subject everything ok Whiting Ave
Assist another agency Garrett Assisted WVSP with Active domestic Joes Run
911 hang-up call Garrett Everything all secure doesn’t appear to be anyone there Board of Education
Motor Vehicle Accident Garrett Accident Report Completed Go Mart
Warrant Service Huffman 1 subject arrested N. Lewis Street
Expired Registration Huffman Cited for No Proof of Insurance warnings issued for Improper Display and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Warrant Service Huffman 1 subject arrested Linn St
Alarm Investigation Huffman Everything ok home owner set off the alarm N. Lewis Street
Assist another Agency Garrett Assisted WVSP with Active Domestic Moore St
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Mandatory trash Disposal Huffman Cited for Failure to have Trash pickup Warning Issued for High Grass Howard Street
No Seat belt Huffman Cited for No Seat belt and Stop Sign Violation Conrad Court
High Grass Huffman Warning College Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for speeding Warning for Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Alarm investigation Huffman Owners set off alarm everything ok N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Foodland Plaza
Transformer fire Huffman Transformer caught on fire on Playground everything ok no one injured and fire was extinguished Glenville Elementary
Speak to an officer Garrett Spoke to female advised crime occurred out of city limits contacted WVSP for victim Glenville
Stolen Property Garrett Alleged Stolen property was located at residence Walnut Street
Alarm Investigation Garrett Everything secure Senior Center

Fatal Accident in Lewis County Backs Up I-79 North

The Free Press WV

LEWIS COUNTY, WV — The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal accident along I-79 Thursday evening.

First responders were at the scene just after 3 PM.

The Lewis County 911 Center reports one person is dead, and an unknown number of people were transported to hospitals.

The accident occurred in between mile markers 85 and 86 going north bound.

Traffic is said to be backed up for several miles.

City of Glenville Police Report - January 2016

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report - January 2016
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Huffman Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, No Proof of Registration, and Improper Display N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning Issued for Speeding  and Cited for No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning S. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited for No Seatbelt Warning Issued for No Proof of Insurance and Arrested for Driving while Suspended 3rd Offense N. Lewis Street
Loose Dog Complaint Huffman Unable to locate dog Center Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning issued for No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning Issued for No Proof of Insurance W. Main Street
DOS Huffman Unattended Death, Death notification delivered to Webster County Sheriff’s Department to be delivered to next of Kin Academy Drive.
Diesel Fuel in Roadway Huffman Fire Department had already contacted DOH and were taking care of Traffic control W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited College Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Leaving the Scene of an Accident Garrett Criminal Investigation Started Sunoco
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Inmate Transport Huffman/Williams Transported inmate from CRJ to Circuit Court for Sentencing Flatwoods
Warrant Service Huffman/Williams Warrant Served female transferred to CRJ custody at courthouse Magistrate Court
Assist EMS Garrett Lifting Assistance River Street
To Fast for Roadway Conditions Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Assist GSC Public Safety Garrett Assisted Public Safety with a room Search Goodwin Hall
Alarm Investigation Huffman/Williams Everything ok Employee didn’t get alarm turned off in time Calhoun Banks
Speak to an officer Huffman/Williams Wanted to discuss a civil matter McDonalds
Parking Complaint Garrett Owner was located and vehicle was moved W. Main Street
Speak to an officer Garrett CI Started for Stolen License Plate W. Main Street
Assist another Agency Garrett Assisted Sheriffs Department with Active Domestic Vanhorn Dr.
Alarm Investigation Huffman Everything Ok owner was having trouble with key pad Ramsey Associates
Speak to an Officer Huffman Spoke to female about the issue she was having with a rooster advised her to contact her landlord and see if they would block the area where the rooster was getting in under her house W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Motor Vehicle Crash Huffman/Williams Accident Report Completed Warning Issued for failure to Maintain Control N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited Mineral Road
Speak to an officer Huffman Spoke to subject about damage to her truck done by stray cats incident report filed for insurance purposes Howard Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning for Defective Equipment and Cited for failure to produce operators N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Welfare check Garrett Located female and transported her back to callers residence W. Main Street
Motor Vehicle Crash Garrett Accident Report Completed Howard Street
Stop Sign Violation Huffman Cited for Stop Sign Violation and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Expired Registration Huffman Warnings Issued for Expired Registration, Failure to Produce Operators, and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Alarm Investigation Huffman Everything Ok Owner didn’t get the alarm shut off in time W. Main Street
Assist another Agency Huffman Assisted WVSP and GCSO on Active Domestic Elm Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Vehicle Unlock Garrett Vehicle Unlocked Nursing Home
Expired Registration Huffman Warnings Issued for Expired Registration and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning for Speeding and unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Talking on Cellphone while driving Huffman Cited for talking on a Cellphone while driving and No Seatbelt Warning Issued for Failure to Carry operators N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Talking on Cellphone while driving Huffman Cited for Talking on Cellphone while driving and No Proof of Insurance Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Assist WVSP Huffman/Williams Deployed K9 for vehicle Search Dollar General
Remove a Subject Garrett Subject left residence without incident Dolliver Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Talking on Cellphone while driving Garrett Cited Mineral Road
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, No Proof of Registration, and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Intoxicated Subject Huffman/Williams Located Subject on Walnut St and transported him to the Conrad Motel Walnut Street
Assist another Agency Huffman/Williams Assisted WVSP and GCSD with an Active domestic one female was arrested by GCSD Rocky Fork
Cellphone while driving Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Stop Sign Violation Garrett Cited for Stop sign Violation and Failure to Produce Operators Walnut Street

City of Glenville Police Report - December 2015

The Gilmer Free Press
City of Glenville, WV Police Report - December 2015
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
Speak to an officer Huffman Crime occurred outside of City limits instructed the subject to contact Sheriffs Department or State Police Glenville
Property Removal Huffman Assist subject in getting their property Whiting Ave
Alarm Investigation Huffman Everything Secure Family Dollar
Juvenile with tobacco Huffman 2 juveniles Cited for Minor in Possession of Tobacco Gilmer County High School
Front Door to a house open Huffman Door was opened I checked the house no one was there I Secured the house and cleared the scene Dolliver Street
Speak to an officer Huffman Advised the subject that I don’t have a criminal investigation open on the case so I couldn’t give her an answer she needed to talk to the investigating agency South Street
Juvenile in Possession of Tobacco Huffman Subject Cited for Minor in Possession of an E-Cig Gilmer County High School
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked W. Main Street
Panic Alarm Huffman Was Stood down Prior to my arrival Magistrates Office
Parking Complaint Huffman Vehicles moved from area College Street
Parking Complaint Huffman Vehicle moved off Sidewalk College Street
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Cell Phone while Driving Huffman Cited for texting while driving and Warnings Issued for Expired Registration and Unsigned Registration S. Lewis Street
Motor Vehicle Accident Huffman Accident Report Completed Mineral Road
Warrant Service Huffman Arrested subject on 31 warrants Circuit Court
Speeding Garrett Cited for Speeding, Driving While Suspended 1st Offense, No Proof of Insurance, and No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited for Speeding and Driving while Suspended 1st offense N. Lewis Street.
Speak to an officer Huffman Spoke to subject and they advised they didn’t want to file criminal charges yet but would if the issue continued W. Main Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Lilly Pond Lane
Speeding Garrett Waring N. Lewis Street
Motor Vehicle Accident Garrett Accident Report Completed and Warning Issued for Failure to Maintain Control E. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings issued for Defective Equipment and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings issued for Defective Equipment and Unsigned Registration College Street
Man in roadway Garrett Subject had already gotten out of the roadway prior to my arrival N. Lewis Street
Speak to an officer Huffman Advised subject it was a civil matter that he needed to speak to a lawyer about Go Mart
Speak to an officer Garrett Subject refused to come to Glenville to give a statement and file a police report about possible sexting from a juvenile Glenville
Inactive B&E Garrett CI started Sycamore Road
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, Improper Display, and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Huffman Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, Defective Equipment, and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Huffman Warning Issued for Defective Equipment x2 N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street

Ten Years Of Somber Reflection: WVU Faculty, Staff Recall Sago Mine Disaster

The Free Press WV

MORGANTOWN, WV — One of the worst mining disasters ever in the United States rocked a tiny community about an hour-and-a-half south of Morgantown 10 years ago.

In a flash, Sago, an unincorporated, unassuming and picturesque town nestled along the banks of the Buckhannon River, became an international epicenter.

Hundreds of reporters, camera crews and satellite trucks from around the country descended upon the Upshur County community to report on the tragedy that arose from the pit of one of the most dangerous professions - an explosion that trapped 13 coal miners in the Sago Mine on January 02, 2006.

After two days of prayers, weariness and anxiety, only one of the 13 miners came out alive.

As we embark on the 10th anniversary of the disaster, West Virginia University experts are available to reflect and discuss the issues - ranging from mine safety, legal ramifications, emergency response, trauma care and media coverage - related to the tragedy.

The decade has seen its share of improvements in the mining field, yet there’s still work to do.


The mining industry

Mine disasters such as Sago helped lead to the formation of a key component of WVU’s Mining Extension program - the opening of a simulated underground coal mine in 2009. The WVU facility, located at the Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies in Core, was unique when it opened as the only facility in the state to offer live fire training in an underground atmosphere. This effort was a collaboration of mining companies, state entities and various vendors across the country.

But the Mining Extension program’s dedication to the safety of coal miners is not some new, run-of-the-mill mission statement. In 2014, the program itself, housed in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, celebrated its 100th anniversary of providing hands-on safety and health instruction to members of the mining industry. The program has worked cooperatively with state and federal agencies, academic departments at WVU, mining associations, labor and mining companies in West Virginia and across the country.

Any injury or loss of life in a mine is one too many, and serves as a reminder that safety and training procedures can always be enhanced; the difficulty is often variability in people’s performance, said Jim Dean, director of Mining and Industrial Extension (Dean can be reached at ).

“The legislation and increased training that came after Sago was one of the factors leading to our simulated mine,“ Dean said. “We created opportunities to deliver high-quality, hands-on, experiential training, which is better in developing skills than in traditional classrooms.“

The simulated mine includes three entries with one entry having a continuous conveyor belt. Other features include a mine fan and models of mining equipment. It also contains a National Fire Protection Association-compliant burn room, which is extensively used for firefighting training.

In addition to the simulated mine, Mining Extension offers training in a self-contained self-rescuer trailer. SCSRs are portable oxygen sources, or breathing apparatuses, that provide breathable air. They are designed to facilitate escape from mines after a fire or explosion.

Dean said SCSR training is crucial following Sago. Dean was appointed by then-Gov. Joe Manchin in 2006 to serve as acting director of the West Virginia Office of Miners Health, Safety and Training following the Sago and Aracoma accidents. Throughout the investigation, it was thought that the SCSRs used at Sago did not work. However, analysis by NIOSH showed that the SCSRs contained sufficient air. One theory was that the miners had not been properly trained to use the devices and did not recognize the heat and restriction when using the device.

“Prior to 2006, each individual miner did not have the opportunity to experience the heat and restrictive nature of wearing an SCSR,“ Dean said. The SCSR trailer is intended to familiarize miners with using the potentially life-saving apparatus.

“We don’t simply show them a video or tell them how to use it,“ said Josh Brady, associate director of Mining Extension ( Brady can be reached at ). “We take them to the unit, have them deploy it, understand it and use it.

“You can have the greatest equipment and technology, but if you don’t have the skillset to use them correctly, you won’t succeed.“

Other improvements to emerge after Sago include the development of refuge chambers, emergency underground shelters intended to provide four days of air, food and water for multiple workers. Further enhancements in communications and tracking devices also followed suit, all of which are taken into account in Mining Extension’s training programs.

“We have a history of working collaboratively with diverse groups of people to develop or update curriculum for miners,“ Dean said. “The department really pioneered that years ago, long before I came along in 1994.“

Last year, Mining Extension trained more than 3,755 miners from seven different states.

Others in the Statler College have also made strides in mine safety research. In 2011, mining engineering professor Keith Heasley received a $110,511 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a seismic system for locating trapped miners(Heasley can be reached at 304-293-3842 or ).

The system is portable and can be set up within minutes of arriving at the accident site.

That particular project stemmed from Sago. The 13 men were trapped two miles inside the mine at about 280 feet below the ground. The only survivor, Randal McCloy Jr., later recounted how he and his fellow miners took turns pounding at the mine bolts and plates underground with a sledgehammer, in hopes that rescuers above ground would hear those pleas for help.

Several factors inhibited responders’ ability to locate and rescue the miners. Traditional seismic systems used to locate trapped miners are limited in depth, Heasley explained. Most systems can’t locate miners more than 400 feet underground. Although the Sago miners were trapped within 280 feet, a seismic system was never tried because rescuers assumed that background noise would interfere with the miners’ signals.

Background noise, which can be anything from the wind, chatter or trees rustling, can interfere with the signals that determine a miner’s exact location.

The system tested by Heasley has special hardware and software filters to remove the background noise. It has been tested at two local mine sites: The 4 West Mine in Greene County, Pennsylvania, and the Federal No. 2 Mine in Fairview. It was even recently tested in Australia.

“The technology is not foolproof,“ Heasley said. “It takes an educated person to run them. They’re complex and expensive.“

Heasley has partnered with SureWave Technology, a United Kingdom-based company that has further developed the seismic system.

“The good thing is that the technology is out there. If we did have an event, we’d know who to call.“

Emergency response and trauma care

Serving as state EMS medical director of West Virginia, Dr. Bill Ramsey received a page during a conference in Morgantown (Ramsey can be reached at ). He was informed there was an accident at the Sago Mine.

Ramsey had responded to several mine accidents over the years, so this one, in particular, didn’t seem too unusual, just yet.

“The magnitude and the international attention it would receive was unknown at this point,“ said Ramsey, who is now chief collaboration officer and director of coordination and logistics for WVU Health Sciences. “Looking back, Sago unfolded in a sequential fashion, like a snowball rolling down a hill.“

Ramsey soon caught word that this was no ordinary mine accident, though he says no one mine incident is necessarily “routine.“ After receiving confirmation that 13 miners were trapped, Ramsey called in the cavalry of emergency medical responders from local and state levels.

In his role as state EMS medical director, Ramsey was responsible for overseeing the medical operation outside the mine while mine rescue teams tended to the situation underground. Those duties included keeping hospitals and medical command teams informed and providing consultation and medical updates to Gov. Manchin and other state agencies.

One of the greatest takeaways from Sago is the importance of accurate information and communication, Ramsey said. Communication errors and incomplete information are common in the early phases of any emergency response, he said. However, the gravity of Sago led to an emotionally intense atmosphere for not only rescue personnel and victims’ families, but also the media.

Media outlets and news services, including The Associated Press and Reuters, reported shortly before midnight Jan. 4, 2006, that 12 of the 13 miners survived. A few hours later, it was reported that a miscommunication had taken place and that only one of the 13 miners was, in fact, alive.

“It’s not uncommon in rescue situations for communication to be imperfect,“ Ramsey said. “For example, when emergency responders are first dispatched to a car wreck, the information they initially receive is frequently partially wrong, but initial communication always requires confirmation and clarification. In the hostile and hazardous environment of the mine, the rescuers are talking with air masks on and folks on the outside are waiting and wanting badly a positive outcome. In this particular situation, because of the magnitude and the hypersensitivity, it spread like lighting a match to a gas tank.“

Case in point: When Dr. Alison Wilson and other trauma specialists at WVU were first alerted about the mine disaster, they were told that 30 miners were trapped - not 13 (Wilson can be reached at ).

Nonetheless, WVU activated its trauma teams and the intensive care unit was ready to treat any incoming patients.

“There was a lot of concern about whether we could absorb 30 people, but we were ready,“ Wilson said.

Since the 9/11 attacks, emergency and healthcare readiness had been heightened on state and federal levels, she said. Responders and hospital personnel were better equipped to handle large-scale emergencies.

“Planning ahead with the mentality of ‘when it happens’ instead of ‘if it’s going to happen’ has helped us with the processes,“ Wilson said.

Sago served as an additional wake-up call for the trauma care profession.

“It made us think about how we set up a statewide trauma system and utilize the various healthcare facilities, so you don’t have everyone with a broken arm going to the main hospitals,“ Wilson said. “What we learned from Sago is that it’s crucial to prepare and build communication between the hospitals and emergency responders to identify the severely-injured patients and get them to the level one centers as fast as possible. The patients with less critical injuries can be transported elsewhere - like a smaller, regional hospital - to receive care.“

Wilson currently serves as director of WVU’s Institute for Critical Care and Trauma, which aims to promote research, education, outreach, injury prevention and improved patient care in areas of trauma.

WVU handles several patients of mining and gas and oil industry accidents, Wilson said.

“They’re hard, high-risk jobs,“ she said. “They’re in tight quarters and, unfortunately, we have seen some substantial injuries that are disabling. Of mining accidents, many are crush injuries, like a crushed back or pelvis.“

One global medical improvement since Sago is the development of new technologies that aid patients with lung issues and low-oxygen levels, Wilson said. In intensive care medicine, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation is a newer technique that provides both cardiac and respiratory support to persons whose heart and lungs are unable to garner enough gas exchange to sustain life. ECMO works by removing blood from the body and artificially removing the carbon dioxide and oxygenating red blood cells.


Law

Pat McGinley has kept a watchful eye over the effectiveness of coal mine safety regulation over much of the last four decades (McGinley can be reached at 304-552-2631 or ). He joined the WVU College of Law in 1975 after serving as a special assistant attorney general in Pennsylvania who was heavily engaged in mine safety litigation.

Following Sago, he was called upon to serve as an investigator to an independent, mine disaster investigation commissioned by West Virginia’s governor. Five years later, he served as a member of Gov. Manchin’s independent panel investigating the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, a coal mine explosion in southern West Virginia that killed 29 miners.

McGinley believes that a series of mine disasters, beginning with Sago, has led to tougher mine safety enforcement by MSHA and a few improvements to mine safety laws.

In the same month as the Sago disaster, the West Virginia Legislature passed a bill creating a new mine emergency response system that required coal companies to provide miners with additional emergency air supplies, communications equipment and tracking devices.

Federal regulations also went into effect in 2006 that would require additional and improved SCSRs, lifelines (ropes) to help guide underground miners in poor visibility and additional trainings.

In addition to Sago, McGinley cited the Aracoma Alma Mine accident in Logan County, which killed two miners; the Darby Mine No. 1 disaster in Kentucky, which killed five miners; the Crandall Canyon Mine disaster in Utah, which killed six miners and three rescuers; and Upper Big Branch, as the series of accidents that contributed to regulatory changes.

“Sago began the process of turning a spotlight on coal mine health and safety,“ McGinley said. “Upper Big Branch was the culmination of that. These events made clear the inadequacy of mine safety enforcement for at least a decade.“

McGinley believes that investigators learned from Sago that it was important to initiate more thorough, comprehensive and professional reviews of mine disasters.

“Unlike Sago and mine disaster investigations over the entire 20th century, the Upper Big Branch investigation was the most thorough and professionally-done,“ he said. “Several hundred witnesses who worked the Upper Big Branch mine received subpoenas and testified under oath concerning conditions at the mine, violations of mine safety rules and the manner in which the was managed. For the first time, mine disaster investigators knew how to ask the right questions and probe for the truth. That didn’t quite happen at Sago or in other prior disaster investigations.

“The significant changes in mine safety enforcement since Sago has largely been a result of a regulators rejection of the very sorry history of enforcement by federal and state governments in the first decade of the 21st century,“ McGinley continued. “However, neither state nor federal legislators have used what was learned from recent post-Sago mine disaster investigations to enact needed amendments to existing law. That is extremely disappointing.“


Media

No one media outlet, whether it be CNN, The New York Times or local television news crews, was immune to reporting what became wildly inaccurate information about the fate of the Sago miners.

Still, it was not the fault of the media.

“Everyone was getting the same information,“ said April Kaull, assistant director of University Relations-News at WVU (Kaull can be reached at 304-293-3990 or ). “Multiple news organizations were reporting this and we had to start walking this information back as we learned more from the individuals giving us briefings.“

Many newspapers, including USA Today, The Washington Post and The New York Times, erroneously ran stories on their Jan. 4, 2006 front pages that 12 miners were found alive. Of course, that information was recanted in the early hours of that day due to poor communication between responders underground and officials above ground.

Kaull, who, at the time, was working at WBOY-TV and West Virginia Media as an anchor and executive producer, believed several valuable lessons in journalism were learned from Sago.

“We all became much more cautious,“ she said. “In our newsroom, the younger reporters learned to navigate a very delicate situation. They learned to be journalists.“

Amongst the national media circus, the local journalists, at times, had to outmaneuver the more domineering national outlets like CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Hundreds of media set up outside the Sago Baptist Church, where families had gathered to await news of the miners. That atmosphere showed the importance of local journalism, Kaull said.

“Being a local journalist means building relationships with people in the same community you live and work, and to call upon those people in a time of crisis,“ Kaull said. “The media from out of town - they don’t have to be held accountable. They’re gone after they get the story. For local journalists, it revealed to them the importance of doing a good job, being fair and being compassionate while at the same time digging for truth.“

Kaull covered several of the miners’ funerals, however, she respected the families’ space.

“I remember being in Buckhannon and Tennerton and the surrounding communities, going from funeral home to funeral home,“ she said. “I did not talk to the families on that day. I felt it needed to be their time to grieve on their own.“

As an adjunct professor in the Reed College of Media, Kaull discusses her experiences with her students. Kaull also covered the Upper Big Branch mine disaster, which is another lesson in relationship-building and responsible journalism.

“As a journalist, you are granted great access to people, places, issues and events that the average person doesn’t have,“ she said. “With that great access comes great responsibility.

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BREAKING NEWS: Multiple Deaths Reported from Shooting Rampage at UCC

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ROSEBURG, OR — A shooter described as a 20-year-old man opened fire on a rural community college campus in Oregon on Thursday morning, killing multiple people and injuring even more.

Ellen F. Rosenblum, the Oregon attorney general, said her office believed that 13 people were killed in the shooting and another 20 people were injured.

“We are just heartbroken here in Oregon that an act of this magnitude has occurred in our state,” Rosenblum said in an interview on MSNBC. She said the figures were from the Oregon Department of Justice’s Criminal Justice division. She cautioned that the situation was still developing, and other officials confirmed few details.

The lone gunman was killed following an exchange of fire with police, said Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin during a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Hanlin said he could not confirm accounts from other officials regarding the number of people who were killed and injured. “We have confirmed that there are confirmed injuries and there are confirmed fatalities,” he said. “At this point, it’s a very active scene.”

No officers were believed to be injured, he added.

He said it was too soon to know if anyone else was involved in the shooting.

Between 20 and 25 people may have been injured and as many as 15 people may have been killed, according to Mike Lane, assistant chief of the fire department in Roseburg.

The scene was chaotic at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Ambulances ferried victims to local hospitals, and students reported on social media that they had been trapped inside classrooms.

The shooting was first reported before 10:40 a.m. local time, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Students and faculty were evacuated from campus to the county’s fairgrounds, the sheriff’s office said.

Jasmyne Davis, 19, was in class when the gunfire began. She said she heard one shot, followed by a 30-second pause, before she heard an argument and eight more gunshots from the classroom next door.

Two students ran out the door of her classroom, but a female student who tried to run out was shot in the right arm, Davis said. “Close the door!” the student yelled as she fell back into the classroom.

“I’ve lived in Douglas County my whole life and I never thought I’d see anything like this,” said Danny Medak, 20, a basketball player at Umpqua. He said he heard a loud noise, a pause and then a round of gunshots..

After being released, they boarded a bus for the 13-minute drive to the Douglas County Fairgrounds, where Red Cross volunteers handed out food and water.

Kenneth Ungerman, 25, a Navy veteran and student at the college, was just outside of Snyder Hall when the shooting started. Ungerman said he and a National Guard recruiter heard the pop of gunshots. “We’re both veterans. We know what a gunshot sounds like,” Ungerman said.

He added that the shooter was walking towards Snyder hall on the left side of the building. “It looked like a male, I saw him with a handgun. He was shooting outside at the windows of Snyder Hall,” Ungerman recounted. According to Ungerman, the man was wearing a dark shirt and jeans.

As 15 to 20 shots rang out, students began running out of the right side of the hall yelling: “There’s a shooter! Run, run! Get out of there!”

“We got underneath my jeep rolled on top, and took off,” Ungerman said. They stopped at the entrance to the campus to stop traffic.

The News-Review newspaper in Douglas County quoted a student, Kortney Moore, saying the shooter had asked people their religion before opening fire. Moore could not be immediately reached for comment.

Federal authorities joined officials from Oregon in swarming the rural community college, located about three hours south of Portland. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms had arrived in the morning and additional agents were also being dispatched. The FBI field office in Portland also said it was sending agents to the scene.

Students were told to stay in locked-down classes after the gunfire. Ryan Rundell, 18, said he was told to stay for about two hours. Students were allowed to leave after being told the gunman was dead.

During a series of news conferences Thursday afternoon, officials cautioned that it was still relatively early and confirmed few details.

“These scenes are very dynamic and they change,” said Richard Evans Jr., superintendent of the Oregon State Police. “Our no. 1 priority is making sure that all victims are safe.”

Umpqua, one of 17 community colleges in Oregon, has about 2,000 students and about 200 full- and part-time faculty members. Federal data suggest Umpqua is a quiet campus, with the only crimes reported there in recent years being an occasional burglary and, in 2013, an aggravated assault.

The rampage was the latest in a series of mass shootings that have produced national revulsion, even as they have left Republicans and Democrats divided over whether the violence should lead to stricter gun laws. The campus shootings on Thursday came about three months after the nine people were gunned down at a historic African American church in Charleston, S.C.

School shootings have figured prominently in this series of tragedies, including the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, and the deaths of 20 children in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.


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Police in Oregon are responding to reports of a shooter on a rural community college campus Thursday, authorities said.

A fire official from one of the agencies responding to the reported shooting said that an initial account from the scene indicated a very serious incident. The assistant chief of the Roseburg, Ore., Fire Department said that a fire official reported over a dispatch radio that between 20 and 25 people were injured and as many as 15 people were killed, though he cautioned that the numbers were not confirmed yet.

“As you can imagine, it was chaos. that’s what he said on the radio,” Mike Lane, assistant chief of the fire department in nearby Roseburg, said in a telephone interview with The Washington Post on Thursday.

Reports on social media suggested a serious incident at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

Livestream reporting from KOIN 6 TV  and KATU.

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Early Morning Shooting in Baldwin

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Baldwin, WV –  West Virginia State Police Corporal F. L. Raynor from the Glenville Detachment responded to 911 call in reference to a shooting at 793 Messenger Road, in Baldwin, West Virginia at about 4:00 AM on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Upon arrival Corporal Raynor discovered the victim, Mr. David Asa Finley, 43 in the living room of his residence.

Mr. Finley had been shot multiple times with a shotgun.

He is being treated at Ruby Memorial Hospital for his wounds.

Upon investigation It was determined that the shooter shot through the living room window at Mr. Finley.

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During the course of the investigation, Corporal Raynor developed probable cause to arrest William Raymond Hardman II, 18 from Glenville, WV for attempted murder and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Hardman will be arraigned in Gilmer County Magistrate Court.

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