Vol. 40, No. 46

November 25, 2014

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Braxton murder suspect arrested in Calhoun Co.

In the early morning hours of Saturday, November 22, the West Virginia State Police arrested fugitive Jeremy Allen Wolfe. Authorities have been searching for Wolfe since discovering the body of Crystal E. Dean, 36, of Orlando in a rural area near Burnsville. Following his arrest, Wolfe was charged with Murder in the 1st Degree and other felony charges.
The extensive investigation, which led to Wolfe’s arrest was headed by Trooper First Class Philip A. Huff of the Sutton Detachment. During this investigation, which included members of the Sutton and Gilmer Detachments, TFC Huff enlisted the assistance of Sgt. Andrew J. Shingler of the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit who in conjunction with the United States Marshal’s Service was able to track down the movements and whereabouts of Mr. Wolfe.


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New assessor to hire personnel

Newly elected Assessor Brenda Mollohan requested that the County Commission allow her to advertise to fill two full-time positions that will soon be available in her new office. She explained that long-time employee David Kuhl would be retiring at the end of the year and another employee was leaving about the same time. After hearing the explanation, Ron Facemire made a motion to allow Mollohan to solicited applicants for the positions.
The Assessor also requested that the Commission approve the dates to convene as a board of equalization in 2015 so they could be reported to the state. Permission was granted by way of a motion introduced by Gary Ellyson.

County native honored for coaching achievements

The Pt. Pleasant High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee selected Lennie Barnette to be inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame. He was presented prior to the start of the PPHS vs. Gallipolis football game. The official induction ceremony dinner took place in the high school commons area.
Lennie Barnette graduated from Sutton High School in 1962 where he was involved in all sports. His senior year the basketball team won 20 straight games. He graduated from Fairmont State College where he spent a lot of time with Joe Retton who is the winningest college coach in the nation percentage wise.























Inclement weather procedures released for school system

As possible inclement weather nears there are many things parents and students should be aware of related to emergency closings of the school system, says David Dilly, Superintendent of Braxton County Schools.
Delays/closings will be done as early as possible, but there are often circumstances such as late arriving storms that may necessitate a closing or delay later than usual. “The goal is to have school but the conditions must be safe for transportation,” says Dilly. Parents may always exercise their judgment and keep their student(s) home when they feel the conditions are unsafe. If this occurs, please call the school principal and inform them as such. He/she will in turn contact the County Attendance Director with this information.

Several appear in Circuit Court

On October 15, Stormy Dawn Dean appeared in Braxton County Circuit Court, with the honorable Richard A. Facemire presiding, for a hearing on a petition for revocation of probation on the felonious offense of reckless indifference. Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Hamon McLaughlin represented the state. Dean, through counsel Bernard Mauser, addressed the court and moved to be readmitted to probation.
The Court granted Dean’s motion for alternative sentence, therefore ordering Dean be readmitted to probation for a period of five years. During probation Dean shall abide by a strict set of terms and regulations. It further ordered that Dean shall successfully complete an outpatient treatment program and receive individual therapy every two weeks for alcohol and substance abuse. He is further ordered to attend alcoholics anonymous and narcotics anonymous meetings and provide verification of these on a monthly basis.


























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