W.Va. bill forces blood tests on arrested drivers CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Under legislation debated on Tuesday, West Virginia drivers could have their licenses revoked for refusing to take a blood test after they’re arrested.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed the bill to try to crack down on drugged driving in the state.
The bill allows police officers to test for drugs as well as alcohol after an arrest for driving under the influence.
Driving while under the influence of drugs has alwa...
Ex steals checks An arrest was made by Logan City Police after a warrant was served on a man who wrote two stolen checks for purchases at Wal-Mart.
The incident occurred on April 1 and April 11 of 2010. Officer M. E. Dickerson obtained video surveillance for the dates the checks were written.
The man shown writing the checks was later identified as Kennith Raymond Browning II, 42, of Holden, who was the ex-husband of the victim.
Allegedly, Browning made...
W.Va. Senate panel tweaks gov’s ed bill CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin saw his proposed overhaul of public schools clear its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, when the Senate Education Committee endorsed the bill with modest changes to language addressing teacher hiring and the school calendar.
Advanced to Senate Finance on a non-unanimous voice vote, the bill would now also require the Department of Education to cut personnel spending by 5 percent during each of ...
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Danville man alleges misconduct by several county officials MADISON — About a year and a half ago, David Richard Stollings was charged by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department in connection with a shooting of another Boone County man as well as for assaulting another local woman.
In January of this year, Stollings said all the charges were dismissed.
“I acted in self-defense and they had no case against me,” Stollings said. “The deputy charged me with drug dealing because his girlfriend was involv...
Boone Co. man sentenced in shooting death CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Boone County man will spend 20 years in prison for shooting his friend.
Media outlets report that 39-year-old John Hudson claimed he accidentally shot Michelle Gillispie in January 2012. He said he panicked, took her car, some electronics and tools and pawned the items to get money to leave town.
Hudson was staying with Gillispie and her boyfriend. He said she had pulled a gun and threatened to kill her boyfrien...
School bus goes off road Logan County School officials have yet to comment on the bus accident that took place this morning. The bus was making its morning run on a one-lane road at Hainer Branch when it veered off the road onto the site of some new construction. Witnesses said injuries appear to be minor. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Mother and son face multiple charges A mother was arrested and charged with conspiracy to take property and accessory before the fact; her son was arrested and charged with grand larceny, robbery and impersonating an officer.
The criminal complaint filed in the Logan County Magistrate Court says West Virginia State Police officers responded to a robbery call from the Mt. Gay area on Sunday night. As they were en route, 911 advised the officers a man, later identified as Brando...
Fight lands Litteral in jail Chapmanville Police Cpl. Lee Preece Jr. responded to a call about a fight on Tomblin Drive and found two men fighting when they got there.
Cpl. Preece pulled one of the participants in the fight away, handcuffed and placed him in the back of the cruiser.
Brian M. Litteral, 35, the other man involved in the fight began screaming and threatening to kill several people in the area. The officer took him by the arm, then handcuffed him and sat...
Big debate on bill to ban insurance cancellations CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In West Virginia and most other states, an insurer can choose not to renew people’s property insurance policy if a claim is filed over weather damage.
A West Virginia Senate bill that would ban that practice was heavily debated on Monday as lobbyists for trial lawyers and the insurance industry made their cases before the Banking and Insurance Committee.
There are strict regulations governing when an insurance com...
W.Va. House votes to repeal local gun laws CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A nearly unanimous West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday approved a measure that would repeal a handful of municipal gun control ordinances, affirming the Legislature’s supremacy over that area of law.
The bill and its 94-4 passage to the Senate with two absences also signals lawmaker support of Second Amendment rights amid a debate renewed by horrific mass shootings in Connecticut, Colorado and elsewhere.
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Pro-ownership view dominates W.Va. gun legislation CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Legislature has had a few partisan clashes this session, but one issue seems to be uniting Democrats and Republicans: gun rights.
Congress and some states are considering assault weapon bans and similar measures in response to recent mass shootings in Connecticut, Colorado and elsewhere. But in West Virginia, lawmakers seek to allow firearms in schools and at the state Capitol, block enforcement of...
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W.Va. marks colorful milestone in state history CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is marking a colorful milestone in its history.
Fifty years ago this week, the state’s 56th Legislature passed a resolution adopting old gold and blue as the Mountain State’s official state colors.
Members of the West Virginia Legislature passed the unanimous resolution in the hectic final hours of the 1963 session in which lawmakers warring over “blue laws” and election procedures.
The Charleston ...
Feds plan plea, forfeiture in W.Va. pill mill case CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Kentucky woman will plead guilty and her husband will forfeit nearly $500,000 in an investigation of a West Virginia pain clinic.
Court filings suggest Myra Miller is ready to admit to misusing the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration registration number of a doctor at the Mountain Medical Care Center.
Investigators raided the Williamson clinic three years ago this month. They allege the ...
Boil water advisory issued The Logan County Public Service District has issued a boil water advisory for their customers in the McConnell area due to leaks in the main line on Monday, March 11.
The LCPSD recommends bringing the water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water.
Customers of the area will be notified when they will no longer need to boil their water.
Customers are also asked share this information with...
Further investigation ongoing in baby’s death Police are reportedly looking into the death of another child of Timothy, 25, and Bessie Marcum, 21.
The couple was arrested on Wednesday, March 6, following the death of their youngest child, 1-month-old Alexander. Both were charged with child neglect resulting in death.
Another child of the couple, Timothy Jr., died May 28, 2010. The child was only a few months old, being born Feb. 8, 2010.
The Marcums told officers that both had take...
O’Briant among Leadership West Virginia Class of 2013 Erica O’Briant of Logan was one of 52 leaders from across the state who accepted invitations to participate in the 2013 Class of Leadership West Virginia. Candidates were selected from a list of nominations that was submitted in late 2012. O’Briant is with the Hatfield-McCoy CVB and Logan Chamber of Commerce
Leadership West Virginia (LWV) is now in its 22nd year as the premier statewide education and leadership development program in West V...
Erica O’Briant Martha Sparks Society EditorLogan Banner
Did you remember to set clocks ahead? Daylight Savings Time began at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10. Clocks were to be “sprung” forward one hour.
This is also a good time to put new batteries in warning devices such as smoke detectors and hazard warning radios.
Some places don’t observe daylight saving time. Those include Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.
Daylight saving time ends Nov. 3.
Boil water advisory lifted The Logan County Public Service District lifted a boil water advisory on Friday, March 8, for the areas of Cow Creek, Barnabus, Stirrat and Sarah Ann.
The advisory had been issued on Wednesday, March 6.
For more information, call the LCPSD at 304-946-2641.
More indictments from the grand jury Vincent Blackmon was indicted on sexual assault in the second degree and kidnapping during a special session of the grand jury that met Wednesday, March 6, in the Logan County Courthouse.
Blackmon is accused of “intentionally engaging in sexual intercourse with another person with that person’s consent and with such a lack of consent resulting from forcible compulsion” on March 18, 2012. Count two of the indictment states that Blackmon “com...
Survey: Many conflicted on gov’t spending cuts WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama and lawmakers spar over huge federal deficits, they’re confronted by a classic contradiction: Most Americans want government austerity, a survey shows, but they also want increased spending on a host of popular programs: education, crime fighting, health care, Social Security, the environment and more. Less for defense, space and foreign aid.
The newly released General Social Survey asked people w...
Holden 22 lost miners remembered March 8 marks the anniversary of one of the darkest days in Logan County history. Stories of that day can be found from many different sources and perspectives, but no matter how the story is told, the effect on the close-knit mining community remains the same.
On that cold, snowy Tuesday morning 53 years ago, 20 unsuspecting miners went into the Holden Mine at Island Creek No. 22, at 7 a.m., ready to work their shift just like any other da...
Recent arrests in the county Recent arrests in Logan County include:
• Kara Williams, 32, of Verdunville, accused of taking Crystal Ball’s wallet and writing checks totaling $1,383.96 and using Ball’s credit cards for a total of $1,430.10. Williams is charged with six counts of forgery and six counts of uttering. Her bond was set at $7,500.
• Buddy Griffith, 40, of Matewan, accused of positioning his vehicle covering both turn lanes at an intersection and not signali...
Debbie Rolen and Martha Sparks Staff WritersLogan Banner
Commission approves funds for communities The regular meeting of the Logan County Commission consisted of a series of funding approvals for various community functions and organizations.
Commission President Danny Godby began the meeting with a moment of silence for Carl Adkins, the Logan attorney who was killed after a tree crashed into his vehicle. Adkins was listed on the meeting agenda to be appointed Fiduciary Commissioner. Godby had known Adkins since his days as a high schoo...
Senate committee OKs bill curbing gun purchases WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation Thursday toughening laws against people who illegally buy guns for others as lawmakers cast the first votes in Congress to curb firearms since December’s horrific shootings at a Connecticut elementary school.
The panel was also debating bills banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines, requiring background checks for nearly all gun purchases, and providing more m...
2 $1M Powerball tickets sold in W.Va. CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two $1 million Powerball tickets have been sold in West Virginia.
The West Virginia Lottery said Thursday that both tickets matched the first five numbers drawn Wednesday evening but missed the Powerball.
The winning numbers were 06-10-23-41-45. The Powerball was 1.
Lottery officials say one ticket was purchased in Huntington and the other in Julian. It’s the first time in West Virginia that two $1 million ticke...