Ronceverte City Council Holds Light Meeting

By Bobby Bordelon

A light meeting of the Ronceverte City Council heard updates on the water project, the announcement of Make It Shine Day, reports from several meetings city officials attended, and more on Monday, March 2.

Progress on the water infrastructure improvement is ongoing, with Bob Hazelwood, a representative of E.L. Robinson, giving a timeline update.

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

Murder Case Ends In Not Guilty By Reason Of Mental Illness Plea

By Bobby Bordelon

A Greenbrier County murder case came to a close after a plea deal on Monday, March 2. Edwood G. Reyes-Cortijo plead "not guilty by reason of mental illness, but guilty to murder in the first degree in regard to the facts" before Greenbrier County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dent.

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.

Read more in the Tuesday, March 3, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

I-64 Escape Attempt Leads To Injuries

By Bobby Bordelon

An escape attempt by an individual wanted for murder lead to an hours-long shut down of I-64 on Friday, February 28.

The incident began when members of the Lewisburg Police Department were notified Steven Joseph Lojek and Matthew Stephen Anderson could possibly be in the Lewisburg area. Lojek and Anderson were wanted by authorities in Maricopa County, AZ, charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and tampering with physical evidence.

Read more in the Tuesday, March 3, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Carter Sexual Assault Case Dismissed

By Bobby Bordelon

The case against Donald Carter was dismissed in the Greenbrier County Circuit Court on Thursday, February 27, by Judge Jennifer Dent. Carter had been indicted for sexual abuse and assault.

Previously, former Greenbrier County Assistant Prosecutor Britt Ludwig headed the case, with Prosecuting Attorney Patrick Via taking over in later 2019 after her departure from the position. In what was expected to be a status hearing on Thursday, Via introduced a motion calling for the case's dismissal without prejudice.

Read more in the Monday, March 2, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Lewisburg Overwhelmingly Approves Fire, Police Levy

By Bobby Bordelon

Residents in Lewisburg chose to continue the city's over 50-year-old property levy after Saturday, February 29's special election.

The unofficial results total:
• For the levy: 123
• Against the levy: 13

Read more in the Monday, March 2, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Greenbrier County Looks To Long-Term Tourism

By Leah Tuckwiller

A market study funded and spearheaded by four Greenbrier County entities has yielded results, revealed to the four partners on Wednesday, February 26.

The Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Greenbrier, the State Fair of West Virginia, and the Greenbrier Valley Airport Authority came together in late 2018 and early 2019, each agreeing to put $10,000 toward the fee of a market and research firm, Streetsense, in order to gain a better understanding of visitors and tourism to Greenbrier County. Initial results were delivered to the funding partners in late 2019, with a final vibrancy assessment delivered and publicly revealed on Wednesday.

Read more in the Friday, February 28, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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