Vol. 43, No. 32

August 8, 2017

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Braxton Memorial marks decade of independence

On July 1, 2007 the de-merger process was complete and Braxton County Memorial Hospital once again became an independent, not-for-profit healthcare facility, marking the end of a partnership with CAMC. Although independence may have been in the best interest of the hospital and the staff, it did not come without a price tag. On a monthly basis a sizeable check is written to CAMC in compliance with the terms of a 20 year payment agreement. This agreement was necessary to provide some stability for the future of the hospital, which was vastly uncertain at that time.
For over a decade Braxton County Memorial Hospital has continuously strived to make progress and improve the level of services offered to their patients. In 2008 the final payment was made on a nearly $2.5 million dollar inter-company debt owed to CAMC.
In 2009 a Capital Campaign Foundation was established and the first goal set at $800,000 was targeted towards the purchase of a new Computerized Tomography (CT) scanner.

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Hammon crown Senior Majorette Queen

Grace Hammon won the title of Senior Majorette Queen at the Drum Majorettes of America National Competition at Fairmont State University on July 19. Grace competed in solo, strut, talent, modeling, and interview to win the title. She placed 1st in solo, 1st in strut, and 1st in talent. With this prestigious title Grace will represent Drum Majorettes of America by traveling to different competitions throughout the year. Grace is the 18 year old daughter of Rick and Jennifer Hammon of Flatwoods.

Several offenders have day in
Braxton Circuit Court

Several Braxton County Circuit Court hearings have recently been completed by the Honorable Judge Richard A. Facemire. The state was represented by Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Jasmine R.H Morton for these hearings.
On July 10, RJ Dobbins and attorney, Teresa Monk came before Judge Facemire for a pre-trial hearing. Also present was WVSP TFC Baier. The state had offered a plea agreement, but the parties needed to put it in writing. The court ordered a plea hearing to be scheduled for August 8, beginning at 2:00 pm.
Melinda Louise Carter appeared before the court with attorney Timothy Gentilozzi for a pre-trial hearing. The state was ready for trial, but the defense requested a delay to allow for an opportunity for a plea as the defendant had acquired new charges. Judge Facemire ordered the pre-trial hearing set for August 15 at 9:00 am to remain on the docket and any pleas had to be submitted to the court by August 8.
Keith Poteete and his attorney Bryan Hinkle came before the court along with Tyler Morlan on behalf of the Braxton County Probation Office for a plea hearing.


Moose bestows highest honor on local member

Charles Claypoole of Gassaway, a member of Sutton Lodge No. 825, was summoned to receive the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the Loyal Order of Moose. The conferral was held in the House of God at Mooseheart, IL earlier this year.
The degree, currently held by less than one-half of the one percent of the members of the fraternity throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Bermuda, is the Order’s ultimate reward for exceptional devotion to the principles and ideals of caring for children and senior members, and is earned only be members who have given years of ‘above-the-call-of-duty’ service to the Loyal Order of Moose and its principle philanthropic endeavors of Mooseheart, a city for children in need, located forty miles west of Chicago, and Moosehaven, a retirement community for senior members, located on the banks of the St. Johns River, in Orange Park, FL.


Flatwoods man’s confrontation
with police leads to multiple charges

Albert Lee Fuhrmaneck, 62 of Flatwoods was arrested after an incident at the Braxton County Magistrate office complex on August 10.
Per the police report, West Virginia State Police TFC G.H. Jones was at the Magistrate’s office with another male individual under arrest, when he heard someone knocking on main door. He spoke to the individual, later identified as Fuhrmaneck, about DMV paperwork. The officer explained he was not able to help him with the DMV, and the suspect would need to talk with them. At this point, the suspect became agitated and began using obscene language, then left the Magistrate’s office.
TFC Jones remembered a possible warrant for Fuhrmaneck arrest and was able to confirm an active felony arrest warrant for failure to register as a sex offender. The officer went outside to the passenger side of the vehicle where the suspect was sitting. He advised Fuhrmaneck of the active warrant.





I-79 road rage incident leads to two arrests

Two men, including one suspected of being an illegal immigrant, were arrested in a shots-fired incident that happened Friday August 4 on I-79 near the 51 mile marker south bound in Braxton County. The two men, Yesle Torres-Lamas and Armando Castro-Perez, from Louisville, Kentucky, have been charged with wanton endangerment with a firearm.

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