Drug charges are being filed against a high school football coach in Fayette County. Larry McCommack works at Valley High School. He allegedly sold drugs and was arrested earlier this week. The 38-year-old is free on bond. The sheriff’s department says the drug deal did not happen on school property.
Governor Jim Justice is asking Congress for more than 450-million-dollars in flood recovery funding. Justice joinedgGovernors and lawmakers from other states Wednesday to ask that Community Development Block Grant disaster funding be included in the Continuing Resolution being considered by Congress. The five states involved in the request would get close to four-billion-dollars if approved, with West Virginia’s share hitting 461-million-dollars. Justice wants the money to help recover from last year’s massive flooding.
The tide is turning as more impaired drivers on the road are on drugs, not alcohol. Because of that changing trend, West Virginia is one of five states that will be getting grant money to help officers identify and test drugged drivers. Right now, less than three dozen officers in the state have special training to identify drivers on drugs.
Could old airplanes be part of some new plans at the Greenbrier County Airport? The man who runs the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad says he’s talked with officials there about such a prospect. John Smith says he can envision vintage plans carrying rail fans between the airport and his operation in Pocahontas County as part of some special mini-vacation packages.
Gov. Jim Justice will call lawmakers in for a special session May 4 to deal with the budget. He says he thinks the budget should include a 1 percent increase in consumer sales tax and a “very, very, very modest business-type tax, which he said doesn’t necessarily have to be a commercial activities tax.
A man is cuffed in Raleigh County after he was spotted loading-up his truck with stolen items. 43 year old Mark Nunn Jr. was arrested at Eastern Concrete on Market Road on Tuesday. Police say they also think he’s a suspect in two other ripoffs at the same place on April 20th and the 22nd. Nunn is currently being held in Southern Regional Jail on $50,000 bond charged with grand larceny.
Christopher Brian Rogers, 27, a Greenbrier county man, was arrested by the Lewisburg Police for firing gunshots at the Super 8 motel near the I 64 Interchange on Tuesday. Rogers thought someone was trying to get him. It is thought that the incident appears to be drug related.
The deadline to submit applications for West Virginia’s Low Income Emergency Assistance Program is this Friday. The program helps those in need pay home heating bills. Eligibility is based on income, household size, whether or not the household is responsible for paying its home heating bill, and if a home heating emergency exists. This program requires a face-to-face interview with a state worker and documentation is required.
Sunday hunting on private land will now extend to the entire state. Governor Justice signed legislation that allows private land hunting in all 55 counties. Prior to that, 33 counties allowed hunting on Sunday. The new law will go into effect on July 6th, and does not pertain to public property.
Sentencing is set for August 23rd in the case of a Raleigh County doctor charged with over prescribing narcotics. Police say Michael Kostenko entered a plea to charges of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. Testimony from a former employee of Kostenko’s lead to the plea. When sentenced, Kostenko could face 20 years behind bars and up to $1 million in penalties.