Man Charged With Endangerment

By Theresa Flerx

A White Sulphur Springs man was charged with the felony offense of wanton endagerment after allegedly discharging "a .38 special revolver pistol on three separate occasions" beside a victim's head "while threatening to kill" the person.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Ptlm. B.E. Grimm with the White Sulphur Springs Police Department, the victim stated that "the incident took place in the area of Tuckahoe Road."

Read more in the Tuesday, February 12, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Senate Bill 451 The Subject Of Public Hearings In House Of Delegates Today

By Leah Tuckwiller

The West Virginia House of Delegates chamber is holding public hearings on Senate Bill 451, comprehensive education reform, beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, January 11, ahead of the 11 a.m. regular House session. A second public hearing session has been added to the agenda, to be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Speakers are allowed 70 seconds to address the floor, and this morning have been largely made up of teachers and administrators of the public school system in West Virginia. Some speakers have already called for the House to hear input from experts such as teachers and other education administrators in a setting that allows them more than 70 seconds in which to speak.

Read more in the Monday, February 11, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Public Hearing To be Held On SB451

By Leah Tuckwiller

Speaker of the House of Delegates Roger Hanshaw (R – Clay) has requested a public hearing on Senate Bill 451, comprehensive education reform. The hearing is scheduled for Monday, February 11, at 8 a.m. in the House Chamber at the state Capitol.

"We said from the start of our deliberations that we would accept input from all sides in this process, and that includes hearing from our teachers, students, parents and administrators," said Speaker Hanshaw in a news release. "A public hearing will allow our citizens, and all those affected by this bill, the opportunity to have their voices heard."

Read more in the Friday, February 8, 2019, edition of The West Virgnia Daily News.

Greenbrier County Circuit Court Holds Grand Jury, Releases February Indictments

By Bobby Bordelon

The Greenbrier County Grand Jury has handed down 67 indictments for February 2019.

Among the charges are two attempted murders, several sexual assaults, and theft; most, however, are related to drug possession, distribution, manufacturing, or attempts to commit those crimes.

Read more in the Friday, February 8, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Education Committee, County Boards Consider SB 451

By Leah Tuckwiller

The House of Delegates Education Committee had its first reading of Senate Bill 451, comprehensive education reform, ahead of the House floor meeting yesterday, February 6.

The bill was introduced to the House on Tuesday, February 5, where it was met with a motion by Delegate Isaac Sponaugle (D – Pendleton, 55) to postpone the bill indefinitely. Sponaugle was countered by a motion from Delegate Amy Summers (R – Taylor, 49) to table his motion; Summers' motion passed 52-44, with four delegates absent and not voting.

Read more in the Thursday, February 7, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Mass. Lawsuit Could Inform Greenbrier County Opioid Lawsuits

By Bobby Bordelon

Governments across the country, including Greenbrier County and several of the cities within, are taking action to not only curb the opioid epidemic, but find funding for this effort by suing several of the drug manufacturers and distributors many consider responsible. One Massachusetts lawsuit filing on January 31 gives a unique look into what the future of the cases could be.

One lawsuit includes Rainelle, Quinwood, and Rupert, spearheaded by Rainelle Chief of Police J.P. Stevens, and takes the fight to drug distributors, companies supplying local pharmacies throughout the western end of Greenbrier County and across the entire state. According to numbers provided by the Rainelle Police Department, between 2007 to 2012, the distributors, including AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation, Cardinal Health, McKesson Corporation, H.D. Smith Wholesale Drug Co., and The Harvard Drug Group, stocked the western end of Greenbrier County pharmacies with 5,817,380 pills, enough for each and every of the 7,200 residents to receive 134 pills per year.

Read more in the Thursday, February 7, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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