Reyes-Cortijo Committed After Plea

By Bobby Bordelon

After a Greenbrier County murder case ended with a "not guilty by reason of mental illness" plea, the victim's mother addressed the Greenbrier County Circuit Court and the perpetrator, Edwood G. Reyes-Cortijo, was committed to a mental health institution on Thursday, March 5.

Bradley Jerome Morales-Andrades died on March 21, 2017, in Greenbrier Valley Medical Center as a result of stab wounds. In October 2017, Morales-Andrades's roommate, Reyes-Cortijo, was indicted for his murder. During the proceedings in the Greenbrier County Circuit Court, a number of mental health evaluations were performed on Reyes-Cortijo, leading to a diagnosis of schizophrenia. The Greenbrier County Prosecutor's office and Reyes-Cortijo, through defense counsel Joshua Edwards, arranged a plea bargain, one approved by Greenbrier County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dent on Monday, March 2.

Read more in the Friday, March 6, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Lady Spartans Beat Black Eagles, Clinch

By Brandon Baker

The Greenbrier East Lady Spartans seemed to lose all momentum after last Friday's tough loss to arch rival Woodrow Wilson, but they had a chance to redeem themselves Tuesday, March 3, when they traveled to face the South Charleston Black Eagles in the Region 3 cofinal.

And redeem themselves, they did.

Read more in the Thursday, March 5, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

 

Sergeant Hughes Takes Over D.A.R.E. Program For Lewisburg Elementary

By Bobby Bordelon

Fifth graders in Lewisburg Elementary School for the past several weeks have been participating in the nationally known anti-drug D.A.R.E. program, now lead by newly minted D.A.R.E. officer Sergeant Jonathan Hughes of the Lewisburg Police Department.

As explained by its website, dare.org, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) was created in the early 1980s to push back against "unparalleled drug abuse among our youth" in Los Angeles. Since then, the program expanding into schools across the country, including Lewisburg in the 1990s.

Read more in the Thursday, March 5, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Justice Presents COVID-19 Update

By Leah Tuckwiller

"Gov. Jim Justice gathered key members of his administration and medical experts from across the state on Wednesday to coordinate precautionary measures and continue preparations and planning for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)," reads a press release from the governor's office.

The roundtable meeting was closed and not made public, but in a media session immediately following the roundtable, Justice addressed the findings made and the next steps for West Virginia.

Read more in the Thursday, March 5, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Gordmans Opens With Donation To Greenbrier East High School

By Leah Tuckwiller

After a brief transition period, Peebles in Lewisburg has become Gordmans, another store in the Stage community, and opened to the public on Tuesday, March 3.

Members of the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce, Lewisburg Mayor Beverly White, Greenbrier East High School principal Ben Routson, and other community leaders gathered with Gordmans shoppers at the storefront Tuesday to celebrate the opening with a ribbon cutting, as well as to mark Gordmans' contribution to the community. At nine grand openings across the state, Gordmans donated $1,000 to a local high school; in Lewisburg, that donation was made to Greenbrier East.

Read more in the Wednesday, March 4, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Accessory After Fact To Murder Plea Entered

By Bobby Bordelon

A second plea deal and sentencing against Joshua Wiley for accessory after the fact to the murder of Shaela Lynn McCoy Abren was approved by Greenbrier County Circuit Court Judge Robert Richardson on Tuesday, March 3. Sentenced to one year of incarceration, Wiley's plea deal is the second after his first plea was thrown out by Richardson in November 2019.

The case began in early 2018, when members of the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office, the Greenbrier County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, and the West Virginia State Police responded to an empty house on Anthony Road near Route 92. Abren was found deceased inside the residence.

Read more in the Tuesday, March 4, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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