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Va. men sue over police shooting

MARTINSBURG — The family of a Virginia man shot to death by police in March is suing the city of Martinsburg for $200 million.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court by two brothers of 50-year-old Wayne Arnold Jones of Stephens City, Va.

It says police used unreasonable, excessive force, shooting Jones 15-25 times while he was on the ground.

Police said they’d stopped Jones while he walking on a city street. He said he had a weapon but not what it was, then allegedly grew angry and fled.

A scuffle ensued, and police used stun guns on Jones. He allegedly stabbed an officer, and police then shot him repeatedly.

 

CHARLESTON

Film on drugs in southern W.Va. goes public July 1: A film that has worried one southern West Virginia community for months will be available to the public through DVD sales and rental downloads July 1.

The documentary “Oxyana” by director Sean Dunne won a special jury mention at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year.

No one in the Wyoming County town of Oceana has seen it yet. But local residents, some state officials, a federal prosecutor and two congressmen have already denounced it.

The film focuses on the region’s well-documented prescription drug abuse epidemic. Its website calls Oceana a “nightmarish dystopia” and “one of God’s blind spots.”

Dunne says there’s an urgent need to spread awareness of the problem. He hopes the film triggers a national conversation about it.

 

Hicks named Preston schools superintendent: Rick Hicks has been selected as superintendent of Preston County schools.

The state Board of Education approved Hicks’ appointment Thursday. Hicks will replace Larry Parsons, who is retiring.

The state took over Preston County schools in March 2009 after discovering problems with finances, facilities, personnel and other areas.

Hicks serves as executive director for the West Virginia Association of School Administrators. He has spent 33 years as a teacher, guidance counselor and in school administration.

State school board vice president Gayle Manchin says Hicks was selected because of his experience in rural settings as in managing a system with limited funds.

 

Backlash emerging over education standards: West Virginia is sticking with new math and English standards for public schools, but is also seeing opposition arise from the tea party movement.

The state Board of Education remains on track to phase in what are known as the Common Core State Standards by the 2014-2015 school year. The board voted at its meeting last week to open a 30-day public comment period for some of the policies changed as a result of these emerging standards.

But the board also heard from a delegation led by state Sen. Donna Boley that wants the standards scrapped. Their concerns include a nationalized education system.

So far 45 states have adopted the Common Core standards.

 

HUNTINGTON

Man killed trying to stop rolling van: Police say a Huntington man as killed when he tried to stop a minivan as it rolled down his steep driveway.

Huntington Police Cpl. Gary Queen said that the man’s wife had just arrived home and exited the vehicle last Thursday afternoon when it started to roll toward the street. The man, who had been home waiting for his wife to arrive, got stuck under the minivan when he tried to stop it. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

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