Judge Delays Final Acceptance Of Plea Deal For Sexual Assault Case

By Bobby Bordelon

An indictment for sexual assault expecting to go to trial reached a preliminary deal for a plea on Thursday, December 6, but final acceptance of sentence, consisting of probation, and the no contest plea has been delayed by the judge.

Wilburn Lawrence Baldwin Jr. was indicted on one count of felony sexual assault in the third degree in February. According to the prosecutor's office during Thursday's hearing, nearly 30 years ago Baldwin allegedly initialed sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl, his minor by 15 years. Baldwin was 29 when the incident reportedly occurred.

Read more in the Friday, December 7, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Lions Clubs Offer Annual Christmas Tree Sales, Foster Holiday Traditions

By Leah Tuckwiller

Anyone looking to buy their Christmas tree from the Lewisburg Lions Club may be disappointed. The club's annual Christmas tree sale had far more traffic than usual, in a year that happens to be the sale's 40th anniversary.

The Lewisburg Lions Club opened their tree sales on Friday, November 30, with 265 Fraser fir and white pine trees ready for the holidays. Sales usually run shomewhere around two and a half weeks, when the club typically runs out of trees.

Read more in the Thursday, December 6, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

 

Stellar Show Will Peak December 14

By Leah Tuckwiller

If the weather holds, those with an eye to the sky may have some luck making Christmas wishes on shooting stars.

The Geminid meteor shower began Tuesday, December 4, and while the shower won't peak until December 13-14, the new moon on December 7 and the waxing crescent leadin gup to the shower's peak make for ideal view conditions. The shower will also be most active well after moonset, which gets later each night and will hover around 10:50 p.m. on December 13 and 11:50 p.m. on December 14.

Read more in the Wednesday, December 5, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Child And Youth Advocacy Center Streamlines Child Victim's Reporting Experience

By Bobby Bordelon

Between Greenbrier, Pocahontas, and Monroe counties, an average annual 200 cases of endangered or abused children emerge. Although this number can fluctuate, ranging from 150 to 300, the number of cases and investigations is one of several reasons for the formation of the Child and Youth Advocacy Center (CYAC).

The purpose of CYAC is to streamline and minimize the involvement of children in process of investigating abuse cases. Before the CYAC's involvement, when a child disclosed abuse to someone in a position of authority, such as a teacher, they would often have to tell this same story to multiple people, who would then build a case based on their respective interview. This sometimes led to cases where the child could have to retell their story over a dozen times, for police, social workers, nurses, doctors, a forensic nurse or doctor, child protection investigators, lawyers, counselors, and more, each of which handles a different aspect of a child abuse case.

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

Eagle Sentenced To 15 Days Following October Guilty Plea

By Bobby Bordelon

A former home health worker was sentenced Monday, December 3, before Greenbrier County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dent.

Donna Eagle, 54, of Fairlea was indicted in February for the felony offense of financial exploitation of an elderly person in excess of $1,000, and recently agreed to a plea deal that would convict her of the offense.

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

Greenbrier County CVB Votes To Paricipate In Upcoming Market Study

By Leah Tuckwiller

The Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau held their regular meeting last nigh tin the Rahall Conference Room of the CVb Visitors Center.

During the meeting, much of the discussion centered on a market study recently pitched to the Greenbrier Valley Airport Authority by a representative from The Greenbrier.

Read more in the Friday, November 30, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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