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LEWISBURG (AP) — An accountant in Greenbrier County faces charges of embezzling more than $800,000 from a trust. County prosecutor Patrick I. Via tells media outlets that Jeffrey E. Lewis of Renick is accused of taking the money from a trust created to benefit 73-year-old John Dawkins. Lewis was the trustee of the trust. Lewis […]

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RIPLEY (AP) — Police say a 13-year-old boy has drowned in a lake in Jackson County. Sheriff Tony Boggs tells media outlets that the accident occurred Sunday afternoon on the grounds of the Parchment Valley West Virginia Baptist Conference Center near Ripley. Boggs says the boy and another boy were in a kayak that capsized. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A week before her high school graduation, Saira Blair was barely old enough to vote when she unseated a West Virginia lawmaker almost four times her age. After Tuesday’s GOP primary, the 17-year-old is one election away from becoming the youngest state lawmaker in West Virginia history. Blair’s birthday is in July, […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia schools will start receiving report cards as well as issuing them in 2015. The West Virginia Board of Education has approved a new policy for accrediting the state’s public schools. The policy establishes a straightforward A to F grading system just like the one parents are accustomed to seeing on […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A logger accused of illegally timbering in a Kanawha County park is scheduled to appear in court next month. Media outlets report that 50-year-old David Russell Bowen of Charleston turned himself in Wednesday night. An arrest warrant was issued last week. Bowen is charged with destruction of property, wrongful injury to timber […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — Aero-Smith Inc. has bought a former aircraft assembly plant in the Eastern Regional Airport’s business park at a foreclosure auction. Aero-Smith, the fixed based operator at the airport, submitted the winning bid of $435,000 during the auction Thursday on the steps of the Berkeley County Courthouse in Martinsburg, The Journal reported. Under […]

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CLARKSBURG (AP) — A Harrison County contractor will spend at least three years in prison for defrauding customers. James Howard Holtzman was sentenced Thursday in Harrison County Circuit Court to three to 30 years in prison. The 40-year-old Mount Claire resident had been convicted on fraudulent scheme and uttering charges. Chief assistant prosecutor Susan Morris […]

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WHEELING (AP) — The spiritual leader of West Virginia’s Roman Catholics is urging state officials to restore funding that the governor cut from some social services programs. Bishop Michael J. Bransfield says the cuts will place children and families in poverty at further risk. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin had cut several social service programs in […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A meteor brighter than Venus has been reported in the sky over parts of West Virginia and several other states. The American Meteor Society’s website lists 94 reported sightings of a fireball Thursday night, including eight in West Virginia between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The fireball also was reported in Alabama, […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Law enforcement authorities say more than 50 sex offenders in Wirt and Wood counties are out of compliance with a federal registration and notification law. The offenders were identified during a three-day enforcement sweep called Operation Black Diamond. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, U.S. Marshal John D. Foster and West Virginia State Police […]

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