AG Says Election Pamphlet Prohibition Is Unconstitutional

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says in an opinion sought by the secretary of state’s office that a state law prohibiting anonymous election pamphlets is unconstitutional. Morrisey issued the opinion Tuesday. Morrisey’s office says in a news release that Secretary of State Mac Warner sought the opinion. Morrisey says the state law “violates the First Amendment because it is overbroad and not narrowly tailored to a compelling state interest.”- West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says in an opinion sought by the secretary of state’s office that a state law prohibiting anonymous election pamphlets is unconstitutional. Morrisey issued the opinion Tuesday. Morrisey’s office says in a news release that Secretary of State Mac Warner sought the opinion. Morrisey says the state law “violates the First Amendment because it is overbroad and not narrowly tailored to a compelling state interest.”

Inmates Admit Weapons Possession

Five federal inmates in West Virginia have admitted to possessing weapons. The inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Welch each pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a weapon by an inmate. Federal prosecutors say the shanks, or homemade knives, were observed or discovered during searches by staff members from March until June. The inmates each face up to an additional five years in prison

Military Retirees Wouldn’t Pay State Income Tax Under Passed Bill

The West Virginia Legislature has passed a bill to exempt military retirees from paying personal state income taxes. The bill easily passed the House of Delegates and later the Senate on Tuesday during the Legislature’s special session. Both chambers also passed bills dealing with road construction job hiring and tax credits concerning rehabilitating historic structures.

WV Ag Products Get Federal Funding

Twelve agriculture projects in West Virginia will receive federal specialty crop block grants.

State agricultural officials say in a news release that the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $230,000 in grants for projects aimed at enhancing the competiveness of specialty crops, which include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, maple syrup and Christmas trees, among others.

Among the state projects receiving funding are shiitake mushroom production in Wayne County schools, and a joint program between West Virginia University and the state to identify areas through mapping technology for the potential increase of maple syrup production.

Man Jailed After Police Say He Stole Another Man’s Car

Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a man for stealing another man’s car. It started when Richard Fisher met the alleged victim for breakfast at a diner and asked to borrow the man’s car. Close to three hours later, Fisher hadn’t come back. Police first went to Fisher’s house, then his girlfriend’s house, then back to his house where they ultimately found him hiding behind a shelf. Fisher is charged with unlawful taking of a vehicle and grand larceny. He is being held in the Southern Regional Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Raleigh County Focusing On Sex Offenders For Halloween

Raleigh County officals plan to make contact with a number of sex offenders out on probation ahead of Halloween. The county will send out some probation officers to make sure those offenders are home and abiding by the conditions of their release. Some are banned from handing out Halloween candy, going to any Halloween activity or even wearing a costume.

Court Date For Man Accused In Fiance’s Burning Death

Dwayne Lane was back in Raleigh County Court Monday facing charges in the burning death of his fiance Belinda Cox. Lane waived the heairng and is due back in court on October 27th. His case is expected to got a grand jury in January. He’s accused of pouring accelerant on the victim and setting her on fire. Lane is in the Southern Regional Jail on a $1 million cash only bond.

Justice Makes Appointment To Senate Seat

Governor Jim Justice has filled the District 10 Senate seat vacated earlier this month when Ron Miller accepted a position in the governor’s administration.

Justice appointed Stephen Baldwin of Ronceverte to represent parts of Greenbrier, Fayette, Summers, and Monroe counties.

Baldwin, a Presbyterian minister, was elected to the state House of Delegates in 2016 (District 42).

“Service is my life’s calling,” Sen. Baldwin said. “While this wasn’t something I saw coming, I agreed to serve because I can help. I’m honored and humbled to be asked. I want to get to know folks, listen to their stories, and make a positive impact. Thanks to Gov. Justice for appointing me and trusting me to serve the people faithfully.”

Two Cuffed On Drug Counts

The Greenbrier Valley Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force puts the cuffs to two men on drug counts. Police say
Richard Church Jr. and Austin Whitt are charged with drug possession with intent to distribute and were busted after a lengthy drug probe. They’ve been arraigned in court and authorities say more charges are expected to be filed against Church and more arrests are expected to be made.

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Oct. 13, 2017 11:54 AM CST
by pkilleen

Pair Cuffed On Drug Charges

The Greenbrier Valley Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force puts the cuffs to two men on drug counts. Police say
Richard Church Jr. and Austin Whitt are charged drug possession with intent to distribute and were busted after a lengthy drug probe. They’ve been arraigned in court and authorities say more charges are expected to be filed again Church and more arrests are expected to be made.