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First Lady honors Main Street & ON TRAC communities

Awards honor community volunteers from around the state including Sutton’s Dorothy Gioulis

First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin joined Main Street West Virginia in honoring the Governor’s Main Street and ON TRAC award recipients Thursday, June 25. Main Street and ON TRAC communities which strive to help boost economic growth and revitalization on a community level.
The awards ceremony, held at the Culture Center in Charleston, honored volunteers from around the state. With this year’s theme of “Heroes on Main Street,” the program recognized the achievements of the state’s 14 accredited Main Street and 11 ON TRAC (Organization, Training, Revitalization and Capacity) communities. The state’s ON TRAC communities are Belington, Beverly, Charles Town, Kenova, Marlinton, Parkersburg, Parsons, Romney, Rowlesburg, Shinnston and Sutton. Dorothy Gioulis of Sutton was selected that community’s ON TRAC Volunteer of the Year for Sutton.
First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin and West Virginia Secretary of Commerce Keith Burdette presided over the ceremonies. Presentations included ON TRAC Volunteer and Community Awards, Main Street Volunteer Awards and Innovation Awards.
The accredited Main Street communities include Charleston East End, Charleston West Side, Elkins, Fairmont, Kingwood, Mannington, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Philippi, Point Pleasant, Ripley, Ronceverte, Wheeling and White Sulphur Springs.
A program of the West Virginia Development Office, Main Street West Virginia focuses on economic revitalization of historic commercial districts. The Main Street program provides technical services, design assistance and training in areas such as organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring. A community must be a successful member of ON TRAC for at least two years before applying for Main Street status.
Sutton’s ON TRAC Volunteer of the Year has been active in her community for a number of years. She has also held positions on the Town Council and a number of other civic organizations.
For more information about the Main Street West Virginia and ON TRAC program, visit http://www.wvcommerce.org.


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C.A.R.E Inc. opens in Sutton
News business to provide durable medical equipment

Last Thursday marked the official opening of Braxton County’s newest business: C.A.R.E., Inc. (Caregiving & Advocacy for the Rural Elderly). The new venture is the latest expanded health care service provided by Central West Virginia Aging Services. A number of local residences and medical providers had the opportunity to tour the new facility, located on the main floor of the City National Bank building on Second Street, in Sutton, during the open house held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The new company will provide in-home medical equipment and services to improve quality of life under the direction of treating physicians. They will rent and sell a wide array of equipment ranging from canes and hospital beds to wheelchairs and urological supplies.
“I am very pleased that Central WV Aging Services/Care, Inc. has added diversity to its total array of services by now providing the public with an additional provider of durable medical equipment,” explained Evelyn Post, Central WV Aging Services/Care, Inc.’s Executive Director. “As many know, West Virginia has a very high population of elderly individuals as well as a very frail population; however, our services will include all age groups - from the very young to the very old. We will be reaching out in our marketing efforts over the coming weeks and months to hospitals, home health agencies, physical therapists, doctor’s offices, urgent care clinics, sports, EMS’, nursing homes and other possible referral sources. We will strive to provide the best customer service while keeping our prices low and competitive,”
“Being a non-profit corporation and already in the service end of in-home services, it is our belief that this business will grow beyond the initial counties that we hope to serve in the beginning: Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Fayette, Gilmer, Lewis, Nicholas, Roane, Upshur and Webster,” Post stated. “We hope to add oxygen in the coming months as we believe that service is sorely needed as consumers deserve freedom of choice of providers. We already have a Certified Respiratory Therapist on staff with Julia Flint; therefore, it will be easier to add oxygen services when we are ready to do so. Julia is currently serving as our Customer Service Representative, Billing Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. Our Van Driver, Kip Moore, comes to us highly recommended and he will deliver the equipment, set it up and provide instruction on the proper use and ‘how to’s’ of the equipment.
In addition, Kip will also be working closely with Shelly Flint in marketing the durable medical equipment services. Leigh Ann Singleton, former BCSC Director, has been appointed as the interim supervisor of the program.
Several of those attending echoed the need for the new service in Central West Virginia. “We service patients daily that have needs that this facility will be able to fill without leaving the area,” said Sam Mace, Director of Braxton County Ambulance Service.
Commissioner George Skidmore and Ron Facemire also commented on the convenience of have this type of equipment readily available during their attendance to the open house.
“If we do not have an item in stock, we can have it for you the following day. Currently, we have a wide array of wheelchairs, walkers, rollators, canes, braces. incontinent supplies and other items in stock. We look forward to serving many people in the coming weeks and months as we have just become Medicaid certified. The Medicare process is taking longer than we anticipated but we will get there.” Post encouraged the public to drop by and visit if you missed the open house on Thursday,” added Post.
C.A.R.E., Inc. is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Satruday’s from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Their phone number is (304)765-2371.






Sutton woman charged with meth sell

State Police have arrested a 37 year old Sutton woman on charges of delivery of a controlled substance. Troopers of the Sutton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police arrested Christina Diane Cutlip of Byrne Street, Sutton last Sunday.
Earlier in the week Trooper First Class L.D. Mohr obtained a warrant for Cutlip’s arrest following a controlled purchase of illegal drugs. During an investigation, Trooper Mohr obtained reliable information that “Ice” or methamphetamine could be purchased from Cutlip. The officer and Sr. Trooper J.M. Tallman utilized a confidential informate to purchase the illegal drug which consequently let to Cutlip’s arrest.
Cutlip was arraigned before Braxton County Magistrate Beth Smith on charges of delivery of a controlled substance. Her bond was set at $75,000. At press-time Cutlip was currently lodged in the Central Regional Jail awaiting further Court proceedings.
Trooper J.O. Hensley also assisted TFC Mohr. The investigation is continuing.


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Out of county warrant leads to more charges for Exchange woman


Troopers were attempting to locate Kari Lynn Frame last Friday, June 26 to service her with a Capias Warrant from Roane County. Information led Trooper First Class P.A. Huff and Trooper E.D. Schoolcraft to a residence at 5244 Scotts Fork Road, near Exchange.
During questioning, five individuals told the officers that had not seen Frame. After hearing a loud noise at the rear of the residence, Trooper School-craft witnessed someone, ultimately identified as Kari Frame, under the house. The officer ordered Frame to come out from under the structure several times, but she refused and had to be forcible removed before her arrest.
In addition to the Roane County charges, Frame now faces charges of obstructing an officer and possession of prescription medication without a prescription.
Frame, 40, was arraigned before Braxton County Magistrate David Singleton where her bond was set at $4,000 cash. Frame is currently lodged in the Central Regional Jail awaiting future count proceedings.


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Circuit Court host arraignments


David Fraley appeared in Braxton County Circuit Court on June 8 for an arraignment order with the honorable Richard A Facemire presiding. Andrew Chattin stood by the defendant as counsel. Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Hamon McLaughlin represented the state. The Court called upon Fraley to enter a plea, to which he entered a plea of not guilty to one count of conspiracy and three counts of attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.
The state of WV announced that is was ready for trial; Fraley, by and through counsel requested for the case to be set for trial in this term of court. The court therefore ordered the trial scheduled for the 25th day of August, 2015 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The court further ordered that the State shall provide the defendant with discovery within seven days of this date. A pre-trial hearing will be held by the court on August 10, 2015 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Fraley shall remain incarcerated pending posting bond. Should he make bond, he shall abide by a strict set of terms and conditions.
Betty Katherine Hays made an appearance in court on June 8, 2015 for arraignment. Hays was accompanied by attorney Andrew Chattin. Kelly Hamon McLaughlin represented the state. When called upon to enter a plea, Hays entered a plea of not guilty to one count of fraudulent schemes.
The State stated it was ready for trial and the defendant requested the case to be set this term of court. The Court ordered the case for trail on August 25, 2015 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Further, the Court ordered that the State shall provide Hays with discovery. A pre-trial hearing will be held by this court on the 10th day of August, 2015, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The bond posted in this matter shall remain in full force and effect, and Hays is to abide by a strict set of terms and conditions.
On June 8, Lisa Ellison came before the Court for an arraignment order. Accompanying Ellison was attorney Timothy Gentilozzi. Kelly Hamon McLaughlin represented the state. Ellison entered a plea of not guilty to two counts of conspiracy and two counts of child neglect creating bodily injury.
Ellison, through her counsel, requested for the case to be set for trial this term of court. The court ordered that the trial be will be set for August 18, 2015 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The Court further ordered that the State shall provide the defendant with discovery and a pre-trial hearing will be held on August 10, 2015 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Ellison will remain incarcerated pending posting bond. Her motion for a personal recognizance bond shall be denied and the bond shall be reduced to $10,000 cash or surety.
Jason Ellison also appeared in court on June 8, for arraignment. Eric Wildman stood by the defendant, and Kelly Hamon McLaughlin represented the state. Ellison entered a plea of not guilty to two counts of conspiracy and two counts of child neglect creating bodily injury.
After the State announced it was ready for trial, Ellison, through counsel, requested for this case to be set for trial during this term of court. The Court ordered that the trial shall be set for the 18th day of August, 2015 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The Court further ordered that the State shall provide the defendant with discovery and that a pre-trial hearing be held on August 10, 2015 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Ellison shall remain incarcerated pending posting bond. His motion for a personal recognizance bond was denied and the bond was reduced to $10,000 cash or surety.
Jason Davenport appeared before the court on June 8th for arraignment. Counsel Kevin Hughart represented the defendant and Kelly Hamon McLaughlin represented the state. Davenport entered a plea of not guilty to one count of burglary and one count of grand larceny.
The Court ordered that the trial be set for September 1, 2015 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The Court further set a pre-trial hearing shall be held by this Court on the 10th day of August, 2015 beginning at 2:30 p.m. The Court also ordered that the bond posted shall remain in full effect, and Davenport shall abide by a strict set of terms and conditions.
William Hacker appeared in Court on April 27 to answer a revocation for probation petition. Andrew Chattin represented the defendant and Kelly Hamon McLaughlin represented the state. Michael Haley was also present on behalf of the Braxton County Probation Office. After consideration, the Court ordered that the probation previously granted is to be revoked. Hacker then addressed the Court by and through counsel, moving to be readmitted to probation, and the State made a motion for probation to be revoked and for Hacker to be sentenced to the state penitentiary based on his underlying felony.
The Court found that Hacker violated his probation in 2013, served ninety days in jail, and was readmitted to probation. Further findings showed the defendant has not availed himself on several opportunities while on probation and is likely to further violate the terms of probation. The Court ordered Hacker be imprisoned in a state correctional facility for not less than one year nor more than five years regarding his felonious offense of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, to-wit: marijuana. He will serve time in a state correctional facility for not less than one year nor more than three years upon his conviction to the felonious offense of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, to-wit: diazepam. The two sentences shall run consecutively to each other for a total period of incarceration of not less than two years nor more than eight years. Hacker will be given credit for time served awaiting disposition in this matter, being 109 days at Central Regional Jail.
Rebecca Larch made an appearance in court on June 8 pursuant to the Court setting this date for an arraignment. Attorney David Karickhoff represented the defendant, with Kelly Hamon McLaughlin representing the state. Larch entered a plea of not guilty to three counts of attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory and one count of conspiracy.
Karickhoff addressed the court on behalf of Larch and requested the case be set for trial in this term of court. The Court ordered that the trial of this case shall be set for August 25, 2015 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The Court further ordered that the State shall provide the defendant with discovery within seven days. A pre-trial hearing shall be held on August 10, 2015 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Larch will remain incarcerated pending posting bond, and bond shall remain at $10,000 cash or surety. Should she post bond, she will be placed on home confinement upon being released from Central Regional Jail and shall reside in a home where there are no lethal weapons. Larch will be responsible for the home confinement fees and the home must have a working telephone. Should she make bond she is required to abide by a strict set of terms and conditions provided to her.
Scott Hutchinson came before the court on June 8 in regards an arraignment order. Eric Wildman stood in as attorney for the defendant and Kelly Hamon McLaughlin represented the state. Hutchinson entered a plea of not guilty to two counts of obtaining money, property, and or services under false pretenses and one count of conspiracy.
The Court set a trial for August 18, 2015 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The State shall provide the defendant with discovery within seven days and a pre-trial hearing shall be held on August 10, 2015 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Hutchinson shall remain incarcerated pending posting bond. If he makes bond, he will be required to abide by a strict set of terms and conditions provided to him.
On June 4, 2015 Paul Pritt came before the court for the purpose of the calling of the criminal docket. Counsel David Karickhoff stood in for Bernard Mauser. The court ordered that this matter will be scheduled for a plea hearing on June 23rd beginning at 9:00 a.m.
David Tinney appeared in court on June 4 also for the purpose of the calling of the criminal docket. Tinney was represented by attorney Clinton Bischoff, and Kelly Hamon McLaughlin represented the state. The Court ordered that this matter will be scheduled for a plea hearing on June 23rd beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Jeremy Wolfe made an appearance in court on June 8 pursuant to the Court setting this date for arraignment. Kevin Hughart represented the defendant, and Kelly Hamon McLaughlin represented the state. Wolfe entered a plea of not guilty to one count of murder.
The Court set a trial for September 1, 2015 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The Court further ordered that the State shall provide the defendant with discovery within seven days and scheduled pre-trial hearing for August 10, 2015 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Wolfe shall remain incarcerated pending posting bond. Should he post bond, he shall abide by a strict set of terms and conditions provided to him.
Allan Parker Heath on April 30, Petition for a Writ of Mandamus. On May 11 Heath and his counsel Daniel Grindo appeared in court for the hearing on the Petition. The Respondent, Magistrate Beth Smith and the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Jasmine Morton appeared before the court as well. Both Parties submitted their proposed orders for the Court’s consideration.
The Court ordered that the Petition for Write of Mandamus be denied and the case dismissed and stricken from the record. Magistrate Case No. 15-M04M-39 shall proceed before Magistrate Smith.
On May 27 John Anthony Nottingham and his counsel, David Karickhoff were in court for a plea hearing. A plea agreement had been reached wherein Nottingham will plead guilty of the felonious offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, to-wit: Oxycodone, a felony. As such the state will agree to stand silent at the sentencing and dismiss the remaining indictment.
Nottingham was judged guilty of the felonious offense and sentencing was set for July at 11:00 am.



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