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CHARLESTON — West Virginia has entered into a concealed handgun reciprocity agreement with Idaho.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey made the announcement Friday. Under the agreement, each state will honor a valid concealed carry permit issued by the other.

Morrisey says West Virginia now has full reciprocity agreements with 25 states. Seven additional states honor West Virginia permits, but concealed carry licenses issued by those states are not currently recognized by West Virginia.



Grand jury indicts doctor on drug charge: A north-central West Virginia doctor accused of overprescribing painkillers to patients has been indicted on a federal drug charge.

A federal grand jury in Martinsburg charged Dr. Edita Milan of Fairmont last Wednesday with one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

The indictment charges that Milan prescribed the drugs without any legitimate medical reason.

Milan was arrested earlier this month. She voluntarily surrendered her Drug Enforcement Administration registration number. That means she can no longer prescribe controlled substances.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II has said that Milan was treating more than twice as many patients as she was permitted to treat with narcotics at her practice in Bridgeport.

Milan’s office was closed and there was no telephone listing for her in the Fairmont area.


Man charged with tampering with caskets: A Hedgesville man faces charges of tampering with caskets inside two mausoleums at a cemetery.

Media outlets report that David P. Bowers III was arraigned last Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on charges of destruction of property and disinterment or displacement of a body.

State police say Bowers told investigators that he and two other men broke into the mausoleums at Rosedale Cemetery near Martinsburg to take jewelry from bodies.

The other men haven’t been charged.

The break-ins were discovered May 12.

State police say several dozen caskets had to be replaced at a total cost of nearly $40,000.



Marshall’s mascot to get makeover: Marco the Marshall University mascot is getting another makeover, and the school is asking fans to decide on the bison’s new look.

Voting will take place on Marshall’s Facebook page through Aug. 10. Fans can choose to keep the mascot’s current design or make limited or complete changes.

Marshall chief of staff Matt Turner says Marco’s 5-year-old costume has undergone extensive wear and repairs, so it’s time to replace it.

Turner says the new costume is expected to be finished in time for Marshall’s home game on Oct. 5 against Texas-San Antonio.



2 escaped inmates captured in Nicholas County: State police say two inmates who escaped from Denmar Correctional Center are back in custody.

State police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous says Thomas Pennington and Larry Morehead were captured Monday morning in the Richwood area of Nicholas County.

Pennington and Morehead escaped from the medium-security prison in Pocahontas County early Sunday morning.

Warden Mark Williamson says prison officials believe the inmates scaled a chain-link fence at the rear of the prison.

The 40-year-old Pennington was serving a sentence for first-degree murder and arson charges in Kanawha County. The 48-year-old Morehead was serving a sentence for sexual assault in Nicholas County.



Legislators plan natgas tax trip to ND: Eighteen members of the West Virginia legislature will spend three days in North Dakota next month to learn about a permanent natural gas severance tax fund.

Senate President Jeff Kessler organized the late August trip to see how a similar so-called legacy fund could be established in West Virginia to tap into rising natural gas production.

Kessler has advocated using natural gas severance taxes to create a permanent fund that could be used for infrastructure improvements, tax relief or investments.

In Kessler’s Marshall County alone, Williams Energy has invested more than $4.5 billion on three facilities.

Kessler said West Virginia will only see gas severance tax collections grow. If that money is not set aside soon, he said, it never will be.

— Compiled with information from the Associated Press

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