Archives for December 2016

Bones Found

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that someone who was searching for arrowheads in the Kanawha Falls area on Tuesday afternoon found a human skull instead.
Based on the fact that the bones appear to be between 30 and 40 years old, Capt. Jim Sizemore says the remains may belong to Sue Roop, a mother who went missing 37 years ago. Medical examiners will work to determine the victim’s identity and the cause of death.

Drug Companies

Legal action between West Virginia and two of the country’s biggest prescription drug companies is being settled. Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen had been accused of contributing to the state’s opioid epidemic by selling a large amount of drugs in West Virginia. However, a Boone County circuit court this week announced a settlement in the case but details haven’t been released.

Grant Herring

Gov.-elect Jim Justice says his campaign spokesman will be the press secretary in his administration when he takes office in January. Grant Herring has also been handling communications for the incoming governor’s transition team. Herring previously worked for U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam. He’s a 2010 graduate of George Mason University. Inauguration is scheduled Jan. 16 for Justice, who owns the Greenbrier Resort, several coal mines and other businesses.

Teen Found

Police say a 16-year-old girl who was reported missing has been found in Raleigh County.
According to media reports, Beckley police said Jaddah Rodgers was found safe Thursday in the town of Raleigh. According to an Amber Alert posted on the website for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, police said they believed Rodgers was assaulted and forced into a vehicle Wednesday evening by man at a pharmacy in Beckley. Authorities are searching for a suspect who fled from police.

Making silencer

A West Virginia man is in trouble after admitting to making a silencer for a gun. Jonathan Wienke of Martinsburg pleaded guilty to the charge that could land him in prison for ten years. The National Firearms Act requires gun silencers have a serial number and a manufacturer’s mark, and Wienke’s homemade silencer had neither.

Nick Casey

Nick Casey will become Governor-elect Jim Justice’s press secretary. Casey was the spokesperson for Justice during the campaign. Chief of Staff Grant Herring says Casey will bring both “ability and optimism” to the administration.

Sewer Rate

Steel of West Virginia is challenging a sewer rate hike by the city of Huntington, saying it lacks legally required public notice. The Huntington-based supplier of structural steel wants an injunction in Cabell County Circuit Court to block a 57 percent rate increase by the Huntington Sanitary Board and the City Council

Weather this Year

If you thought it seemed a little warm for Christmas time in West Virginia, you were not imagining things. According to the National Weather Service, a few high temperature records were set on Monday. In Charleston, the 1942 record of 70 degrees was shattered by the 73-degree reading on the day after Christmas. Huntington’s 74 degrees topped the previous record of 69 set back on 1940. And Parkersburg also set an all-time high for December 26th, with the 70-degree reading topping the 65 degrees set in 2015.

Pamela Ramsey Taylor

The woman who referred to First Lady Michelle Obama as an “ape in heels” will not be returning to her job. The Clay County Development Corporation director made the comment soon after the November election on her Facebook page. The Appalachian Area Agency on Aging will take over Pamela Ramsey Taylor’s duties for the next six months.

Hike this Sunday!

Eight state parks across the state want you to take a hike on New Year’s Day. The First Day Hikes tradition began a quarter of a century ago. Since then thousands have started the new year off with a hike in a state park. In West Virginia last year more than 100 people participated in hikes. There will be eight parks participating this coming Sunday.