E-Subscriber Login   Advertise   Contact Us
  Change Address   Subscribe   Pay Bill

Devoted to Braxton County -- Responsive to its citizens' needs

Main           Editorial            Classifieds            Obituaries            Sports           Featured Stories           Subscribe           Links

 

Have your ad seen by over 6,500 households locally and countless others, by advertising over the Internet!

Our website receives over 60,000 hits per month !!

Place Your Commercial Ad
Here !!

** Call For Details **

304-765-5193

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twenty people appear in Braxton
Circuit Court

Braxton County Circuit Court Judge Richard A. Facemire recently completed various court orders for twenty individuals.
On March 28, attorney Clinton Bischoff appeared before Judge Facemire representing Jessica Denise Nicholson. The defendant was not present for her plea hearing; therefore the court ordered a bench warrant for her arrest. The state was represented by Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney William A. McCourt, Jr.
Nathaniel Wood and his attorney, Kevin Hughart, came before the court for a plea hearing. The state was represented by PA McCourt. Both parties announced that a plea agreement had been reached in which the defendant agreed to plead guilty to the felony offense of cultivation of a controlled substance-marijuana. The state agreed to dismiss the remaining charges in the indictment and to remain silent at the sentencing. Judge Facemire moved to delay sentencing for a pre-sentence investigation report to be completed. Sentencing is scheduled for May 11, beginning at 9:15 am.
James Brett Wright along with his attorney, Bischoff and PA McCourt appeared before the court for a plea hearing on the felony charge of delivery of a controlled substance-methamphetamine. Wright entered a guilty plea per the plea agreement with the state. The state agreed to dismiss the remaining charges and to remain silent at sentencing. The court moved to delay sentencing for a pre-sentence investigation report to be completed. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 11, beginning at 9:00 am.
On March 23, Harry William Alderman and attorney, Eric Wildman came before Judge Facemire for a plea hearing with the state represented by PA McCourt. The defendant agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and grand larceny with the state agreeing to dismiss remaining charges in the indictment. The state also agreed to recommend that any sentence imposed upon Alderman run concurrent with the sentence he is currently serving. Judge Facemire moved to delay sentencing for a pre-sentence investigation report to be completed. The sentencing is scheduled for May 8, beginning at 3:15 pm.
Frankie Dewayne Clowser, II, his attorney, Wildman and PA McCourt came before the court for a plea hearing. A plea agreement between both parties had been reached. Clowser agreed to plead guilty to the felony count of conspiracy and the state agreed to dismiss the other charges in the indictment. The state also agreed to remain silent at sentencing. The court moved to delay sentencing for a pre-sentence investigation report to be completed. The sentencing is scheduled for May 8, beginning at 3:00 pm.
Richard Cory Barker and his attorney, Timothy Gentilozzi, appeared before Judge Facemire for a plea hearing with the state represented by PA McCourt. The defendant was prepared to offer a plea to the felony charge of delivery of a controlled substance-oxycodone but he had not received certain discovery in the matter. The defense moved to allow Barker to enter the plea dependent upon the state providing the discovery. The court ordered the plea would be dependent upon the state providing the discovery to the defense by 4:00 pm on March 24. The state agreed to dismiss the remaining counts in the indictment and to recommend probation at sentencing. Judge Facemire moved to delay sentencing for a pre-sentence investigation report to be completed. The sentencing is scheduled for May 8, beginning at 2:45 pm.
Ronald Duffield and attorney, Andrew Shumate, came before the court for the purpose of a plea hearing. The state was represented by PA McCourt. Both parties had reached a plea agreement in which the defendant agreed to plead guilty to the charges of burglary and grand larceny. The state agreed to dismiss remaining counts and remain silent at sentencing. The court moved to delay sentencing for a pre-sentence investigation report to be completed. The sentencing is scheduled for May 8, beginning at 3:30 pm.
Mary Ellis, attorney, Tyler Mason, and PA McCourt came before Judge Facemire for a plea hearing. Ellis agreed to enter a guilty plea to the felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-marijuana and the state agreed to dismiss other charges in the indictment. The state also agreed to recommend probation at sentencing. Judge Facemire moved to delay sentencing for a pre-sentence investigation report to be completed. The sentencing is scheduled for May 8, beginning at 2:00 pm.
Melissa Shawntell Graham appeared before the court along with her attorney, Bryan Hinkle and PA McCourt. Graham was prepared to offer a plea to the felony charge of conspiracy but she had not received certain discovery in the matter. The defense moved to allow the defendant to enter the plea dependent upon the state providing the discovery. The court ordered the plea would be dependent upon the state providing the discovery to the defense by 4:00 pm on March 24. The state agreed to dismiss the remaining counts in the indictment and to recommend probation at sentencing. Judge Facemire moved to delay sentencing for a pre-sentence investigation report to be completed. The sentencing is scheduled for May 8, beginning at 2:30 pm.
On March 13, Johnny Jacob Patterson with his attorney, Hinkle and PA McCourt, came before Judge Facemire for sentencing. David Sales was also present on behalf of the Braxton County Probation Office. The defendant entered a no contest plea to the allegations in the probation revocation petition and moved to be placed on probation. The state remained silent as to the sentencing. Judge Facemire stated Patterson had been given the opportunity for alternative sentencing before and he had not benefited from it. The court denied the motion for alternative sentencing. The defendant was sentenced to one to five years in the state penitentiary for the felony offense sexual assault in the third degree.
Edwin O’Neal and attorney Steven Nanners appeared before the court for sentencing. Jacob Foster was representing the Braxton County Probation Office and the state was represented by PA McCourt. O’Neal requested some type of alternative sentencing and the state remained silent per the plea agreement. Judge Facemire denied the request and sentenced the defendant to one to five years on the felony charge of manufacturing a controlled substance-methamphetamine.
Kendal Jo Jones appeared before the court with attorney David Karickhoff for a sentencing hearing. This sentencing hearing followed her plea hearing from January 31, where she had agreed to enter a guilty plea to the charge of fraudulent schemes and the state agreed to dismiss other charges and remain silent at sentencing. The defense moved for alternative sentencing and had individuals present to speak on her behalf. The court ordered Jones to one to ten years in the state penitentiary, but granted the motion for alternative sentencing. Her sentence was suspended and she was placed on probation for five years. Jones was also ordered to serve sixty days in the Central Regional Jail.
Rachel Davis and attorney Blyler came before Judge Facemire for sentencing on the charge of conspiracy. The state was represented by PA McCourt. Davis requested alternative sentencing and the state remained silent per the plea agreement. The court granted the motion and suspended the sentence of one to three years. The defendant is to be admitted to five years probation.
On March 2, Monica Jarvis and her attorney, Johathan Fittro appeared for a sentencing hearing before the court. The state was represented by PA Kelly Hamon McLaughlin. A motion was made by the defendant for alternative sentencing and the state remained silent per the plea agreement. On the felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-clonazepam, Jarvis was sentenced to one to three years. However, Judge Facemire did grant the motion for probation and suspended the sentence. The defendant was admitted to probation for a period of five years.
On February 21, Teddy Campbell appeared before Judge Facemire for sentencing on the charge of fraudulent schemes. He was represented by Attorney Mason and the state was represented by PA McLaughlin. The defense moved for alternative sentencing and the state remained silent per the plea agreement. An individual spoke on behalf of the victim in this matter. Campbell was sentenced to one to five years in the state penitentiary, but the court granted the request for probation. He was admitted to probation for a period of five years.
Jason Davenport and his attorney, Mason, along with PA McLaughlin representing the state came before the court for a probation revocation hearing. Foster was also present from the probation office. The defendant admitted to the allegations in the petition and asked to be placed on probation. The state resisted the request for probation as this was his second violation and he has new charges pending as well. Therefore the court denied the request and sentenced Davenport to one to ten years in the state penitentiary for the felony charge of grand larceny.
Robert Hudson along with his attorney Bischoff appeared for a probation revocation hearing with the state represented by PA McLaughlin. The probation office was represented by Foster. Hudson admitted to various allegations listed in the probation revocation petition and moved to be placed back on probation. The state resisted the request as he had no plan for rehabilitation. This was the second probation revocation hearing with the first held on September 13, where he was granted placement back on probation. Judge Facemire denied the motion for probation and sentenced Hudson to one to five years for conspiracy to attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.
On February 9, Tony Lee Jarrell and attorney, Andrew Chattin, along with PA McLaughlin appeared before Judge Facemire for sentencing on the charge of manufacturing a controlled substance-methamphetamine. Foster represented the probation office. The defense moved for this sentence to run concurrent with the sentence he is currently serving. The states also recommend this per the plea agreement. The court denied this request due to the defendant’s criminal history and possession of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest. Jarrell was sentenced to one to five years to run consecutive with his current sentence for a parole violation.
Samuel Howard Veasey and attorney, Gentilozzi, appeared before the judge foe sentencing on the felony count of breaking and entering a building. The state was represented by PA McLaughlin and the probation office was represented by Foster. The defense requested that Veasey be allowed to attend drug rehabilitation with the state remaining silent per the plea agreement. The court admitted the defendant was in need of drug rehabilitation. Veasey was sentenced to one to ten years in the state penitentiary and if the defense filed a formal motion to allow him to attend intensive in-patient drug rehabilitation the court would consider it.
On December 19, Tanya Prater and her attorney Hinkle appeared before Judge Facemire for sentencing on the charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-alprazolam. PA McLaughlin represented the state in this hearing and the probation office was represented by Foster. The defense moved for alternative sentencing with the state remaining silent per the plea agreement. Judge Facemire denied the motion based on the seriousness of the offense and her issues with alcohol and controlled substances. Prater was sentenced to the state penitentiary for a period of one to three years.



4-H/FFA members earn top honors
at WV Beef Expo



Braxton County 4-H and FFA members at the WV Beef Expo Stockman’s Judging Contest. (Front row left to right) Samantha Rexroad, Ellen Collins, Lane Friend, Alex Collins, Bradley Meadows, and Maggie Meadows. (Back row left to right) Brady Bender, Julianna Rexroad, Drina Kearns, Raven Friend, Katlyn Moss, Debbie Friend, Sadie Rader, Shawn Singleton, and Jamie Yoder. Not pictured: Emilly Miller and Jada Spinks.

Sixteen 4-H and FFA members from Braxton County traveled to the WV Beef Expo to participate in the Stockman’s Contest April 7. They were among a total of 311 seniors and 125 juniors; 69 complete senior teams (4 members) and 24 junior teams that participated in the contest.
Braxton County was represented by seven 4-H members in the junior age division (younger than 14 years old). The Braxton County 4-H junior team of Ellen Collins, Lane Friend, Maggie Meadows, and Julianna Rexroad finished 2nd in the junior competition. Individually in the Junior Division, Ellen Collins finished in 2nd place, Julianna Rexroad was 16th and Lane Friend was 32nd. Other junior participants were Alex Collins, Bradley Meadows, and Samantha Rexroad.
Nine Braxton County 4-H and FFA members participated in the Senior Division (14 to 18 years old). First place honors were awarded to the team of Raven Friend, Drina Kearns, Emilly Miller, and Katlyn Moss. The 3rd place team was Brady Bender, Sadie Rader, Shawn Singleton and Jada Spinks. Jamie Yoder also participated as an individual.
Emilly Miller finished in the top spot with Katlyn Moss close behind in 2nd place. Jada Spinks finished 6th, Raven Friend was 10th, Sadie Rader was 14th, Brady Bender was 23rd and Shawn Singleton was 34th.
The youth were coached by Debbie Friend, WVU-Braxton County Extension Agent. At the Stockman’s Contest, participants rank classes of 4 beef cattle in order from best to worst; grade 5 feeder cattle; identify equipment used in beef production, retail cuts of beef, forages and feeds; answer 10 questions about the beef cattle they judged and 10 questions about the beef industry. The Stockman’s Contest is held annually at the WV Beef Expo at Jackson’s Mill.
The participants and their coach would like to thank the local farmers who supported them by hosting practices at their farms: Buck and Debbie Hamric, Roger Brown and Victor Friend.




Pilot employee charged with embezzlement

Justin Patrick Cooper, 35 of Calvin, has been arrested and charged with embezzlement.
He was employed at the Pilot Truck Stop in Flatwoods as a Manager where he allegedly took money from the cash register. West Virginia State Police CPL J.D. Jordan II of the Sutton Detachment was the investigating officer.
According to the incident report, the suspect was working at Pilot from January 11 to February 5. During that time, Cooper would get into the cash register by showing he was taking in winning lottery tickets and then pull the money from the register and put it in his pockets.
When he was confronted by the Regional Manager of Pilot, he stated he would pay the money back. He never returned to do so.
Cooper was arraigned by Braxton County Magistrate David Singleton and released on a $10,000 cash or surety bond.




Braxton County High School 2017 Top Ten

By Shirley Shuman
The wide variety of Quinn Hopen’s interests surely guarantee that she seldom faces boredom. These interests range from the physical—tennis, hiking, and kayaking, through hobbies such as photography to other activities such as reading. Obviously, Hopen is a very busy young woman.
In her first season playing interscholastic tennis, Hopen is one of the top girls on the team. Among her less physical pursuits, she enjoys photographing scenes in nature and likes “to have people model” for her. Her reading interests lie mostly in science fiction and what she terms “the mythological, like Harry Potter,” she said.
At school, Hopen has been quite busy, especially this year. President of the local chapter of the National Honor Society and active in the student council, she has been highly active in Inspire West Virginia. Explaining the purpose of this organization, she said, “We try to register 85 percent of eligible students to vote.” This year the group met that goal.
The daughter of Gabriel Hopen and Jamie Quinn, this young woman reported that her favorite high-school memory is “playing games of truth or dare with friends when the lifestyle of straight-A high school seniors becomes too much.”
On the serious side of being a straight-A high school senior, Hopen declined naming just one favorite teacher. “I couldn’t possibly name just one,” she said. She actually chose three—Charles Toumazos, Janis Collins, and Sharon Desper, “for their wit, patience, and utmost devotion.”
“Mr. Toumazos is extremely dedicated,” she noted, adding, “He likes teaching, he likes to see students be successful, and he enjoys letting them know that.” Referring to Collins, Hopen said, “Everything she does has a purpose. She is super dedicated, and I like to think of her as a friend as well as a teacher.” When explaining why she admires her third choice, she replied, “Mrs. Desper is a great teacher. Not only that, she is also a great person to ask for advice.”
As with most of the other Top 10 graduates, Hopen has definite plans following her graduation. “I plan to major in biochemistry at WVU and go to medical school in order to become an OB/GYN,” she explained. If her management of the many pursuits she has had during high school are any indication, Quinn Hopen should have no problem achieving success in whatever area she has chosen.

 

Melvin Wine Tribute Concert set for April 22

The Landmark Studio for the Arts, Main Street Sutton will again host a traditional music concert honoring Braxton fiddler Melvin Wine and the many traditional musicians who have nurtured and handed down the old tunes. Join some of them on Saturday April 22, at 4:30pm. Donations at the door will provide a small scholarship to a traditional musician.
Melvin Wine was from the Copen area of Braxton County and a well known fiddler. He loved to play and to share his knowledge with other musicians and young people. With the assistance of Gerry Milnes from the Augusta Heritage Center at Davis and Elkins College, more than ten Birthday Concerts were held at the Landmark Studio. They began in order to honor Melvin’s 80th birthday and continued for many years after that.
As in year’s past, musicians are invited to perform on the Landmark Stage during the Concert. Once there, they can sign up to play two or three tunes, as time allows. Musicians are always welcome to come a little early and to stay afterwards to jam with each other. There will be a square dance as part of the Heritage Dance Trail at the Sutton Community building starting at 7 pm, so bring your dancing shoes.
The Landmark Studio for the Arts is a not for profit community theater and arts organization founded in 1988. They are always looking for volunteers and welcome participation and donations. Anyone requiring seating assistance should call 304-644-3166. Visit Landmark Studio on Facebook and the web.


Mountaineer Food Bank to host logo
design contest

Mountaineer Food Bank, based in Gassaway, needs help coming up with a new visual identity. The nonprofit organization invites state residents to take part in a contest to design a new logo that will symbolize Mountaineer Food Bank and its mission, “To feed West Virginia’s hungry and engage our state in the fight to end hunger.”
The contest begins April 17, and submissions will be accepted until June 1. Winners will be contacted directly and announced on the Mountaineer Food Bank website and social media sites, as well as in area media. The winning logo may be used in all media – including television, online, print, apparel and other visual collateral throughout the region. Artist are asked to submit a high resolution pdf with 300 dpi or higher, if possible.
All contest entries must be submitted directly to Jim Shock by email at Jim@ mountaineerfoodbank.org. To avoid confusion with other state symbols, entries should not include blue or gold colors, the state of West Virginia or mountaineers. To be considered, submissions must contain three visual elements; mountains, country roads and the color orange should be used somehow. Logos must look good in color or black and white. Previously published, copyrighted or licensed material, including images, cannot be used in the logo and it must be reproducible and scalable for large or small formatting. Entries should complement existing logos used for different feeding programs provided at Mountaineer Food Bank.
Winners will be selected by the Mountaineer Food Bank Executive Director in conjunction with the Board of Directors. Contestants agree to assign all ownership rights, including all intellectual property rights to the logo, to Mountaineer Food Bank. Additionally, Mountaineer Food Bank may alter, modify or revise the logo as necessary to achieve the organization’s goals. Mountaineer Food Bank reserves the right to not select a winner if, no suitable entries are received. Along with bragging rights and recognition for their talent, the contest winner will also receive $100 Visa Gift Card.

 

State Police charge 4 with drug crimes

Four individuals are facing drug charges after controlled buys were executed by the West Virginia State Police. Kathleen Nunes, 48 of Sutton, has been charge with two counts each conspiracy and delivery of a controlled substance. Mark Green, 54 of Sutton, was charged with two counts of conspiracy. Katelyn Gentile, 25 of Sutton and Daniel Stufflet, 59 of Frametown, have both been charged with one count of conspiracy.
WVSP TPR E.D. Schoolcraft used a co-operating individual to purchase methamphetamine from Nunes on two different occasions, March 26 and April 6.
On March 26, TPR Schoolcraft was assisted by WVSP CPL P.A. Huff on the control buy on Franklin Street in Sutton from Nunes and Green.
During the control buy on April 6, the co-operating individual purchased the methamphetamine from Nunes at her residence on South Stonewall Street in Sutton. Green, Stufflet, and Gentile were present and witnessed the buy. TRP Schoolcraft was assisted by SR TRP G. Jones and Braxton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy J. Jenkins.
Nunes is in the Central Regional Jail on a $40,000 cash only bond issued by Braxton County Magistrate David Singleton.
Magistrate Singleton set Green’s bond at $10,000 cash only and Gentile’s and Stufflet’s at $5,000 cash only. All three are also incarcerated at CRJ.

 
















 




















 












 

Main   |   Editorial   |    Classifieds   |   Obituaries   |  Sports   |   Featured Stories 
Contact Us  |   Advertise   |   Subscribe   |   Pay Bill   |   Change Address

Copyright © Braxton Citizens' News, 2007. All Rights Reserved
Web Site Hosted and Designed by Ramco Technologies Online