Vol. 43, No. 42

October 17, 2017

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Tip leads to arrest of Sutton pair on multiple drug charges

Lacie Marie Rose, 37 and William Charles Wright, 35, both of Sutton, are facing numerous drug related charges, following two separate incidents.
On October 7, Braxton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy A.L. Groves and Deputy C.E. Westfall conducted a traffic stop in Flatwoods. The driver of the vehicle informed the officers that Rose and Wright were on their way back from Charleston with drugs in their vehicle. The officers, along with Deputy J.D. Jenkins conducted a patrol of the Flatwoods area to try to locate them.
Deputy Jenkins was flagged down by a Go-Mart employee stating that two females were in the store dumping needles in the trash can of the bathroom. The officer located Wright in a vehicle in the parking lot. He was very lethargic and nodding out in the passenger seat. Deputy Jenkins went into the store and saw Rose along with another female exiting the store. He then proceeded to the female bathroom and found approximately 10 needles in a trash can with three of them loaded with some kind of substance. The officer collected the needles and walked back out to the vehicle in question.

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Grand Jury indicts 31 on 122 charges

On Tuesday, October 3, the October term of the Braxton County Grand Jury convened with the Honorable Richard A. Facemire, Circuit Court Judge presiding. The jury returned indictments against 31 individuals on a total of 122 various charges.
Melinda Dawn Randall, 37 of Sutton was indicted on two felony counts of child abuse resulting in injury. The investigating officer, West Virginia State Police SGT A.J. Shingler presented the evidence to the grand jury. On December 5, 2016, a local school reported to the police two young children had come to their facility with handprints on their faces. Randall is the mother of these children and they had told school personnel their mother had slapped them in the face.
Gregory Bryant Stewart, 28 of Wilsie is facing two felony charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-methamphetamine and fleeing with reckless indifference. On September 24, 2016, WVSP CPL P.A. Huff was in pursuit of a motorcycle driven by Stewart that was going at a high rate of speed in the city limits of Gassaway.

Traffic stop leads to arrest of PA fugitive

Joshua Adam Demnyan, 37, of Bridgeville, PA, is facing numerous charges after a traffic stop on October 6.
West Virginia State Police CPL F.L. Raynor was performing road patrol on Scott’s Fork when he observed a vehicle exiting I-79 and drive through the stop sign almost striking another vehicle. The officer followed the vehicle with lights and sirens onto Days Drive. The suspect stopped the vehicle in the Central Regional Jail parking lot. The driver, Demnyan, was asked to exit the vehicle by the officer who noticed the odor of alcohol emitting from the individual’s breath. CPL Raynor also observed the suspect to have glassy and bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.
Demnyan was asked and consented to a series of field sobriety test, which he failed. When the officer requested a driver check through Braxton 9-1-1, he discovered the suspect’s license was suspended.
CPL Raynor arrested Demnyan and charged him with aggravated DUI (BAC greater than .15), failure to stop at sign and driving suspended-DUI. He was arraigned by Braxton County Magistrate David Singleton and placed on a $5,000 cash or surety bond.
The following day, WVSP SFT K.W.


Football seating topic of Board of Ed meeting

The most recent meeting of the Braxton County Board of Education was held on Tuesday, October 10. The meeting was called to order by President Jill Cooper at 6:00 pm. She led those in attendance to the Pledge and Vice-President David Hoover provided a non-denominational prayer. Shane Brown, Van Carr, and Bradley Shingler were also present.
Ovis Rose had signed in as a delegation to speak to the board. He brought up three items to discuss. First, he wanted to know why the home football teams for both the high school and middle had switched sides at the football field. Athletic Director Keith Green, BCMS Head Football Coach James King, and BCHS Assistant Coaches Shane and Chase Oney were all on hand to discuss the benefits to the students of the move to the opposite side. Rose then also asked about why the high school colors are the green and gold theY are currently, when that was not the original colors for the school. He stated the school colors were originally approved to be the same as the Green Bay Packers colors, not the Forest Green and Vegas Gold they are now.


FCRPSD gets $1,478,000 grant

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced $8,335,145 in funding from Economic Development Administration (EDA) to assist in economic development projects in Mingo, Braxton, Randolph, Kanawha, Monongalia, Marion, Hancock and Mercer Counties. The grants are estimated to impact 1,289 jobs and leverage $75,750,000 in private investments.
Flatwoods Canoe Run Public Service District was awarded $1,478,100 to support the replacement and extension of a water line and related infrastructure in the Exchange area. The completion of this project will provide adequate water supply to local businesses in the area especially during an emergency, help retain jobs, attract new businesses to the area and promote initiatives that expand the competitiveness of the region.
Also included for funding were: Randolph County Development Authority will receive $2,500,000 to fund the expansion of an existing manufacturing plant in Randolph County, West Virginia.





Custard Stand to offer Freedom Day USA special October 12

The Custard Stand restaurants in Flatwoods, Summersville, and Webster Springs will join other businesses Oct. 12 in honoring active military and veterans with a Freedom Day USA special.
Active members of the military and veterans can enjoy a free hot dog with Custard Stand Hot Dog Chili, a free small drink and a free small cone on Thursday, Oct. 12.
“We believe that making the choice to serve our country for any amount of time makes one elite.

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