Vol. 44, No. 12

March 20, 2018

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Robert Boyce wins trophy in
state speech tournament

Braxton senior Robert Boyce earned the fifth-place trophy in Broadcasting in the West Virginia Speech and Debate Association State Tournament at Davis and Elkins College last weekend. Boyce also reached the semi-final round in Prose Interpretation.
One of two seniors on the team, Boyce has competed in speech since his freshman year and has won several trophies during that time. In addition to Prose and Broadcasting, he also competed in Humorous Interpretation and Dramatic Duo at the state meet. The other senior, Logan Rose, competed in Poetry Interpretation and Broadcasting. Rose has also been on the team since his freshman year. He, too, has earned trophies, especially in Extemporaneous Speaking.
The other members of the team who competed Friday and Saturday were Siarah Conrad, Jack Boyce, Michael Lemon, Troy Stover, Shay-Lyn Brown, and Karlena Boyce. The team earned a sixth-place sweepstakes trophy.



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Gassaway man faces multitude of charges

A Gassaway man is facing numerous charges resulting from an internet relationship with what he believed to be a 13 year old female. In reality the 43 year old man was corresponding with an undercover agent of Homeland Security.
Based on a four month investigation, Sgt. Andrew Shingler of the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children’s unit arrested David Gilbert Riffle of 338 State Street, Gassaway on Thursday, March 15. The officers’ investigation revealed that between November and December 2017 Riffle, had multiple conversations via KIK messenger as “Davidg324” and text messaging with what he believed to be a 13 year old female in the Minnesota area which in reality was an undercover Homeland Security Special Agent.
Riffle’s conversations with the “13 year old” included him identifying himself as a volunteer fireman and sending approximate-ly 60 images, mostly of himself; some containing partial nudity according to the criminal complaint. According to one communication Riffle planned to travel to see the “female” on or about the second week of January with the intent of having sexual relations with her, but that trip never materialized.

Braxton County High School 2018 Top Ten

Drina Kearns, ranked ninth in the 2018 BCHS graduating class, appears to have no time to waste. The daughter of Susan and Darian Kearns, she is involved in many activities in and out of school and has varied interests.
In school, Kearns has been drum major for the marching band for two years. She also belongs to Future Farmers of America, Future Business Leaders of America, and National Honor Society. The young woman serves as vice president of the local FFA and president of the high school’s FBLA chapter. She is also the parliamentarian for the state organization. In addition to all that, she wrestles and runs track. Outside of school, Kearns is active in 4-H.
One of her hobbies, rifle shooting, has actually led to a college scholarship. She plans to attend the University of Akron, where she will major in Multidisci-plinary Studies “with a focus in hospitality management, then child and family development, and sports recreation.”


Jury finds Kerr guilty; others have day in court

Two hearings and a jury trial have recently been held in Braxton County Circuit Court with the Honorable Judge Richard A. Facemire presiding.
On February 15, Johnny Lee Kerr and his attorney Timothy Gentilozzi appeared before the court for a jury trial. Braxton County Prosecuting Attorney Jasmine R.H. Morton presented the evidence for the state. The state called witnesses to the stand after opening statements to provide sworn testimony to the events that occurred in May 2017. After cross-examination by the defense, the state rested its case. The defense requested that Judge Facemire issue a direct verdict as the state failed to prove Kerr’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The motion was denied. The defendant then took the stand to testify on his own behalf. The state cross-examined the defendant, who was the only witness for the defense. Once the defense rested its case, a motion for direct verdict was again denied. The jury then heard the closing arguments from both the state and the defense before retiring to the jury room for deliberations. The jury came back with two guilty verdicts for brandishing and two guilty verdicts for domestic assault.


Commission hears proposal for quarantine
facility at animal shelter

Luke Nettles and Megan Cottrill were among the first to appear before the Braxton County Commission at their regular meeting last Friday. Nettles presented a materials estimate to construct a 24’ by 24’ quarantine facility at the Animal Shelter. He explained the need for the facility which would eliminate the closing of the shelter when an animal arrives with a contagious disease. He said with the addition, infected animals would receive the treatment they need without exposing other animals to the illness and allow for continued normal operation of the main facility. Nettles’ estimate was just over $18,000 for materials. No labor estimates were included at this time. He explained that fund raising efforts are ongoing and realized the realization of the facility, though much needed, would not happen instantly.
The Commission reviewed the estimate and affirmed their support for the expansion and encouraged Nettles and his team to continue to develop the plan.
First to speak to the Commission at the March 16 meeting was Laura Wilson. She informed the Commission that Braxton Testing/Day Report Center had conducted 117 drug screenings during the month of February. She added that five individuals had successfully completed their requirements for home confinement and had been released.






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