US Senator Joe Manchin visits
BCHS via Skype
On September 14, a group of Braxton County High School students from 10th through 12th grades had the opportunity to Skype with Senator Joe Manchin.
Justin Ray, from Senator Manchin’s office, contacted, Assistant Principal Jessica Pierson last week to ask to schedule the session with one of the school’s classes.
Lori Stover’s fourth period Civics class was the one chosen. Other students from other classes were able to come to the classroom to participate in the event.
Five students asked Senator Manchin questions on different topics, ranging from the current drug epidemic to American patriotism. Senator Manchin answered the student’s questions and talked to them about their future endeavors.
Clara Wymer selected CRJ
Employee of the Year
CRJ Administrator James Shaver (left) congratulates Clara Wymere on being selected 2016 Central Regional Jail Employee of the Year.
Central Regional Jail Administrator James Shaver recently announced the awarding of the facility’s prestigious Employee of the Year recognition. The 2016 honor has been presented to Clara Wymer. The employee of the year is nominated by their supervisor then selected by the vote of the CRJ staff.
Wymer currently holds the position of Correctional Councilor. However she was a Correctional Officer II during the evaluation period that resulted in the award.
“Clara is a very hard worker. She is professional; has a wonderful work ethic and is very deserving of this special recognition,” says Shaver.
When asked how she felt about receiving the award, Wymer humbly commented, “I was very honored to be nominated and totally humbled to be selected. This is just an amazing honor for me. I have truly thankful to my brothers and sisters here at the CRJ who thought enough of me to select me for this honor.”
Wyner is a 2012 graduate of Braxton County High School. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in phycology.
When not working at the CRJ, Wymer enjoys hunting and working out.
The Employee of the Year will be honored with a staff luncheon at the local Regional Jail. She will also receive a Director’s Accommodation Medal from Regional Jail Executive Director David Farmer in recognition of his selection as Employee of the Year.
Commission accepts grant for PRO-Officer
Sheriff Eddie Williams (left) presented Commissioners, Gary Ellyson, Ron Facemire and George Skidmore, the certificate of final approval for a grant that will keep PRO-Officer/Deputy Luke Johnson (right) at Braxton County High School.
One of the actions that highlighted last Friday’s regular meeting of the Braxton County Commission was Sheriff Eddie Williams presenting the Commission with the formal acceptance of another year’s funding for the Prevention Recourse Officer (PRO-Officer) stationed at Braxton County High School. Sheriff Williams told the Commission that it had been one of his objectives to return the PRO Officer to the school system when he was elected and he was pleased that he was able to obtain grant runs to fund the position.
Amber Lunceford a teacher at Sutton Elementary School was first to address the Commissioners once President Ron Facemire called the meeting to order. She told the Commission about her plans to promote and educational distance run she tentatively has named the Harry Potter or Hogwarts 5K. She stated that her research and planning had left her confident that the event scheduled for November 12 would attract a number of competitors locally and from surrounding states. She said all proceeds would go to the Mountaineer Food Bank. Following a brief discussion, Gary Ellyson made a motion to contribute $500 from the Hotel/Motel Tax to help sponsor the event.
Vicki Lemon with Braxton County Testing Services gave a report to the Commission. She stated that her agency had conducted 270 drug screenings during the month of August.
Sheriff Williams requested that Felisha Watson’s employment status be changed from part-time to full time. Her salary will be $21,000 per year will full county benefits. Permission was grant on a motion George Skidmore.
The Sheriff also told the Commission that the bullet proof vests worn by the law enforcement deputies was approaching the end of its usable life and he and Commission needed to look for funding to replace them. Sheriff Williams also told the Commission that Law Enforcement Secretary Linda James would be retiring after 31 years with the department in October. He requested permission to advertise for a part-time replacement which was granted.
Mike Baker, OES/9-1-1 Director requested permission to change the status of Fay Parson who retired last week from full-time to part-time. That request was granted on a motion by George Skidmore.
Gary Ellyson made a motion to hire Brent Allen Moore and Kenneth Allen Zirkle as part-time dispatchers at the 9-1-1 Center.
Baker also requested permission to transfer Jack Jenkins from a part-time position as grounds keeper at Holly Gray Park to the 9-1-1 complex. That request was also granted.
Baker also stated that the Braxton County Fire Fighters Association had recommend Trever Harper to be added to the 9-1-1 Advisory Board. That request was granted on a motion by George Skidmore.
Scott Curry of A&S Recovery was on hand to question the Commission about his application to be placed on the county’s wrecker rotation system. Mike Baker told the Commissioners that the application was not complete and that he had not visited the impoundment site. Gary Ellyson made a motion to table action on the request pending the additional information.
The short form settlements submitted for the following by the Fiduciary Supervisor were approved: Larry J. Allen, Lester Bishop, Virginia Lee Carr, Timothy Wayne Clifton, Roy E. Cogar, John Robert Cox, Linda L. Cox, Patricia Alice Green, Richard H. Perkins, Ray Robison, Mary Lou Smith, Retta F. Taylor and Okey Ernest Truman.
An application for correction of an erroneous assessment for Guy and Wilma Smith was approved on a motion by George Skidmore.
A single purchase order was approved. The Sheriff was authorized to purchase a computer workstation form Teletech Voice/Data System in the amount of $809.00.
General budget revisions were approved on a motion by Gary Ellyson.
It was also Ellyson who introduced action to hold a work session on September 27 & 28 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
The County Clerk submitted a list of Poll Workers for the November General Election which were approved as presented.
Gary Ellyson made a motion to reappoint Keith Dancy and Ed Given to the Braxton County Development Authority. It was also Ellyson who made a motion to release $3,000 from Fund 39 to BCDA.
Following a review, the county’s invoices P-card vouchers and EMS bills were approved for payment.
The final order of business was the minutes of the previous Commission meeting which were approved as presented. The meeting adjourned at 10:03 AM on a motion by Gary Ellyson.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Braxton County Commission will convene on October 7 beginning at 9:00 AM.
St Albans man charged in
connection with dating juvenile
On Wednesday, September 14, Braxton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy L. Johnson was assisting a Braxton County DHHR worker on a referral in Sutton.
According to the criminal complaint, the referral was based on information that the mother of a juvenile was allowing her daughter to date the suspect, Matthew Scott Cavallier. Once on scene, the suspect tried to evade the officer by hiding in the woods near the residence on Sycamore Street.
The suspect gave false information to Deputy Johnson and denied his age of 22 years old once he was apprehended. Cavallier was arrested and charged with sexual abuse, third degree sexual assault and three counts of obstructing an officer. The investigation is continuing at this time.
Cavallier was placed in the Central Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash only bond set by Braxton County Magistrate David R. Singleton.
The Landmark Studio opens the 2016-17 season with a Murder
Mystery Dinner fundraiser
The Landmark Studio for the Arts will open its 2016-2017 Season at 6:00 p.m., on Saturday, October 8 with a murder mystery dinner party on the lawn at the residence of Merleen Campbell, located at 100 Curtain Avenue in Sutton.
The evening is set for a reception to celebrate the nuptials of Dillon & Linda Jackson, complete with a four-course dinner, but things begin to go awry early on. Who would choose such a joyous occasion to bump off somebody? Who? You decide and if you’re correct you win a season ticket.
Seating is limited so send the ticket request with your check to Landmark Fundraiser, PO Box 565, Sutton, WV 26601. Seats are not reserved until the tickets are purchased. Single ticket: $25, Couples: $40. Please provide you email and/or cell phone for confirm of your seats by email or text upon receipt of payment.
“This is definitely an adult evening as we certainly wouldn’t want our children to witness a murder most foul,” stated an organizer.
The First Course of cocktails and appetizers begins promptly at 6:00 with the Second Course consisting of Crab & Corn Bisque shortly thereafter. The Third Course of Pork Medallions, Sauce of Fall Apples, Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Mashed White Potatoes, Salad from the Garden and Hot Rolls is next. And the Fourth Course will delight your palate and conclude the evening with individual Pumpkin and Cherry Cheesecakes. Beverages included are Iced Tea, Water & Coffee. Parking is at a premium, so invite others to ride with you.
Several Circuit Court orders signed by Judge Facemire
Joshua Wilson with his attorney, Andrew Chattin, appeared before the Honorable Judge Richard A. Facemire on August 8 for sentencing. The state was represented by Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Hamon McLaughlin. The defense moved for alternative sentencing and the state had no objection and recommended probation per the plea agreement. Judge Facemire sentenced Wilson to no less than one year but no more than three years in the state penitentiary for the felony charge of third degree arson. However, the court did grant the motion for probation and Wilson was placed on probation for five years.
Also on August 8, David Veasey appeared before Judge Facemire for a probation revocation petition. The defendant was represented by Tyler Mason appearing on behalf of Kevin Hughart. Jacob Foster from the Braxton County Probation Office was present as was PA McLauglin representing the state. Veasey admitted to the allegations contained in the petition and the court order his probation revoked. The defendant requested to be readmitted to probation and be required to serve 120 days in the Central Regional Jail. Judge Facemire ordered Veasey to state penitentiary for a period of not less than one year but no more than five years for the felony count of possession of controlled substance, hydrocodone. He also granted the request for probation and the sentence of 120 days in CRJ. Veasey was admitted to probation for a period of five years.
On July 6, Robbie Lee McKinney came before Judge Facemire with his attorney, Jonathan Fritto. PA McLaughlin represented the state and Foster appeared on behalf of the Braxton County Probation Office. McKinney’s attorney moved for alternative sentencing. The state recommended probation as he had successfully completed the Anthony Center. The court ordered the defendant on the felony charge of grand larceny to the penitentiary for a period of no less than one year but no more than ten years, but suspended the sentence and placed him on five years probation.
Willard Jeffers appeared before the court for a sentencing hearing on June 21. He was represented by Bernard Mauser and PA McLaughlin represented the state. Foster was also present for the probation office. The defense moved for alternative sentencing and the state recommended probation as per the plea agreement. For the felony count of third degree arson, the court sentenced Jeffers to the state penitentiary for a period of three years. However, Judge Facemire did grant the motion for alternative sentencing and placed him to five years probation.
On May 9, Jeffery Eugene Agee came before Judge Facemire for sentencing along with his attorney, Hughart and PA McLaughlin representing the state. The defense moved for alternative sentencing but the state argued for the maximum sentence in the state penitentiary. The court denied the motion for alternative sentencing and sentenced Agee to not less than ten years but no more than 20 years in the penitentiary on the charge of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian, or person in position of trust. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life once released.
Amber Thompson and her attorney, Fritto, along with PA McLauglin and Foster appeared before the court for a status hearing. The court had previously suspended sentencing to permit the defendant to attend in-patient rehabilitation. The defendant was found to have a serious drug problem and was at risk to reoffend. The court stated she had not benefited from probation in the past and was not an appropriate candidate for probation. Therefore, Thompson was sentenced to not less than one year but no more than ten years for the felony charge of grand larceny and not less than one year but no more than ten years on the felony count of forgery to run consecutively.
Frametown man charged with
On September 4, Braxton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy C.E. Westfall, West Virginia State Police TRP E.D. Schoolcraft, TRP T.O. Hensley, and CPL P.A. Huff served a search warrant at the home of James Veasey in Frametown.
According to the criminal complaint, Deputy Westfall found one small bag of a white crystal like substance in the suspect’s bedroom. Veasey stated that it was his meth. The contents of the bag field tested positive for methamphetamine. Also, recovered by the officer was a stolen Husqvarna weed eater.
Veasey told the officers, after receiving his Miranda rights, that he had traded the weed eater for a bag of meth and some cash. He also stated he regularly sold and traded meth.
Veasey was charged with possession of methamphetamine and delivery of methamphetamine, He was placed in the Central Regional Jail on a $15,000 cash only bond set by Braxton County Magistrate David R. Singleton.