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.

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.


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