Archives for March 2017

Motorcycle Helmets

If you ride a motorcycle, do not pack that helmet away just yet. Yesterday, the state Senate defeated a bill that would have done away with the motorcycle helmet law in the state. After several debates over the issue of public safety and individual rights, Senate Bill 549 failed by just a handful of votes.

Legalize Marijuana

West Virginia’s Senate has voted to legalize the use of marijuana to treat certain medical conditions. The bill, approved 28-6, now goes to the House for consideration.

Miner Killed by Falling rock

A miner killed by falling rock at a Kentucky coal mine early yesterday, is Kentucky’s second mining fatality this year and the fourth nationwide in 2017. Authorities say Joseph W. Partin died when a 15-foot-tall section of exposed rock fell on him at Green Hill Mining’s No. 51 surface mine in the state’s southeast.

Man who wounded State Trooper

The man accused of shooting and wounding a state trooper is calling it a “big mistake” and a “horrible accident.” After being released from the hospital yesterday, 40-year-old Jeremiah Yeager met with a Lincoln County Magistrate. His bond has been set at two million dollars. He is facing several charges, included attempted murder on a police officer. Corporal David Fry was hit in the wrist and the upper body, and is recovering.

Greenbrier Man faces up to 180 yrs

Greenbrier County man faces up to 180 years in prison following a sentencing hearing Wednesday. A Fayette County judge sentenced Charles E. Terry, 34, of Rainelle, WV, to a minimum of 75 years and a maximum of 180 years in prison on convictions of sex crimes against a family member. A jury convicted Terry in December 2016 following a three-day trial on 39 felony counts. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department investigated the crimes.

Right to Work

– Gov. Jim Justice has vetoed legislation intended to clarify the West Virginia right-to-work law enacted last year, saying it’s currently before the courts and that process shouldn’t be interfered with. The bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature would remove provisions from the law enacted last year that would seem to exempt building and construction trade unions.

Mountain Valley Pipeline

West Virginia environmental authorities have issued a water quality certification for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would carry natural gas down the center of West Virginia for 195 miles. The certification required by the Federal Clean Water Act concerns impact on West Virginia waters.

Trooper Recovering

A West Virginia state trooper is recovering after getting shot during a domestic violence call. Corporal David Fry was shot twice yesterday morning after going to an Alum Creek apartment. Officers say Jeremiah Yeager was threatening to kill a woman who lived the home and then fired at Fry when he got there. Yeager was arrested after putting up some resistance and Fry is expected to fully recover.

Greenbrier 911 Text

Technology is advancing in Greenbrier County. Their 911 Center is starting a texting system that will help save lives. Al Whitaker, the Greenbrier County Emergency Management Director said that folks who don’t want to be heard calling in, perhaps if it’s domestic violence, can text with 911 to receive assisstance. Emergency management still encourages the public to call, if possible, since the system is still fairly new. WVVA TV reports that other counties have the 911 system, including Kanawha County has it, Fayette County, Mason County, and a couple of others.

Greenbrier Park

Greenbrier needs a new park for kids to play, but it looks like most residents just want the old park repaired, and not a new one. According to WVVA TV, yesterday morning, Greenbrier County Commissioners approved a contract for a new park, but it would be in Lewisburg off of Harper Road. Residents of White Sulpher Springs just want their old park repaired, but the cost of doing so, may be just be too expensive. Memorial Park was contaminated last year from the June Flood, and the price tag for the new park wil be 300 thousand dollars.