Archives for February 2016

Woman accused of killing Pastor

There are new details in the case against a woman accused of killing a Beckley pastor.
Camille Brown, 20, had a bond hearing in front of Judge John Hutchison yesterday. Brown was arrested and charged with Ron Browning’s murder in February of 2015. Browning was discovered by his wife beaten to death at his home on Odessa Avenue half a mile away just minutes before. Brown’s attorney said his client had taken marijuana the night before the murder and claims she had a psychotic reaction to the drug. Judge Hutchison said he would take Brown’s request for bond under advisement. Her next hearing is scheduled for March.

Federal Inmate sentenced additional time

A federal inmate in West Virginia has been sentenced to an additional year and nine months in prison for possessing a weapon. Acting U.S. Attorney Carol Casto says in a news release that 36-year-old Rafael Carrera-Fuentes was sentenced last week in federal court in Beckley.
Carrera-Fuentes admitted to having a shank, or homemade knife, last April at the Federal Correctional Institution in Beckley. Casto says the sentence will run consecutively to an 11-year sentence Carrera-Fuentes is serving for a 2011 federal drug conviction.

ATV Crash Update

Officials have confirmed that two people were killed in an accident involving a snow plow and an ATV near Beckley, WV. It happened just before midnight on Friday. The victims in the accident are 20-year-old Cody Shrewsberry and 19-year-old Nicholas Bradley.

White Sulphur Springs residents sentenced in federal court

Two White Sulphur Springs residents are among three people sentenced in federal court. 35 year old John Samuel Lowe, Jr was sentenced to four years and nine months in federal prison for using a phone to facilitate drug trafficking and for simple possession of heroin. Lowe previously pleaded guilty in October 2015 to the federal drug crimes. He admitted that on April 3 last year, he used a phone in the White Sulphur Springs area to help set up a drug deal with a confidential informant. Also sentenced, Stephanie Renee Dunsmore, 30, of White Sulphur Springs, to four years in federal prison for using a phone on two occasions to help set up drug transactions with a confidential informant. Dunsmore previously pleaded guilty in October 2015 to the federal drug crimes.

Break ins

Troopers say they have seen an increase in break-ins in the Quinwood area of Greenbrier County.
The increase has happened over the last 6 months, and troopers say they still have no leads.
Authorities are looking for any tips the community may have. If you have any information, please contact the Greenbrier County Sheriffs Department,Quinwood Police Department, or State Police.

Embezzlement verdict

A whirlwind two day trial wrapped up in Hinton, yesterday. Kimberly Huffman was facing charges of embezzling money from the Hinton Little League. The jury returned a guilty verdict on charges of Embezzlement and Fraudulent Schemes a little more than 24 hours later. Huffman was arrested in March 2015 for taking more than $5,000 from the little league between June 2008 and December 2013. She was the treasurer of the organization. Huffman faces from one to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced.

Greenbriar HS FFA

According to The West Virginia Daily News, Nine leaders of Greenbrier East High School Future Farmers of America shared with the Greenbrier County Commission why the program holds so much value. Before commissioners signed a proclamation declaring February 20-27, National FFA Week, junior and senior leaders utilized a skill many touted as an essential tool acquired through the program – public speaking.

Shooter out on bond

Henry Wright who was charged with 3 counts of attempted murder after a shooting, is out on bond. After being injured in that shooting, a Greenbrier County man had his life changed forever. Now, three years later, his family struggles to live a normal life. Justin Sawyer was shot in the head, and suffers from remaining injuries every day. For years before the shooting, Justin worked in landscaping around the area. Now, he’s unable to operate even a lawn mower, or tractor.
Justin and his family hope to see the shooter get as much jail time as possible.