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Additional Registrations For Thursday Candidates Night Reported

  Several candidates for the county and state elections have registered to appear before the public on Candidates Night at Philip Barbour High School this Thursday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m. in addition to those listed previously in the media.
  Chamber of Commerce Moderator, Cvechko Insurance, has confirmed the appearance of Ken Auvil, who is running for the West Virginia House of Delegates, and incumbent state Senator Bob Williams. At the county level, candidates for the Barbour County Commission will include Jedd Schola and Rusty Taylor, while Connie Kaufman will attend, running for County Clerk. Additional candidates for County Magistrate to appear include David “Chris” Mullneix, Whittney Upton-Cale, and Ashley Cutright. Incumbent Circuit Clerk Gerald Fogg will be on hand.  
  For the county Board of Education, "We expect to hear from Judy Gain and Reggie Trefethen". Adam Starks will be represented by Mrs. Emily Starks. Sheriff Phil Ferguson is running unopposed. The addition of these 12 brings the total number of candidates attending on April 28 to 27 who will be available for questions and answers under the chairmanship of Mike Cvechko.
Board Approves 16-17 School Calendar

  On Monday, April 25, the Barbour County Board of Education approved the school calendar for the 2016-2017 school year. The calendar projects the school year to begin for students on August 15, 2016, and to end on May 25, 2017.
  Commencement exercises for the 2015-2016 school year will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at a p.m. at the Barbour County Fair Grounds.
Sheriff’s And Philippi Police Departments Execute Search Warrant In North Philippi

  The Philippi Police Department has released the following statement regarding a reported drug bust in North Philippi on Friday, April 22, 2016, on the department’s Facebook page:
  “On 04-22-2016, members of the Philippi Police Department and the Barbour County Sheriff's Department served a search warrant at a residence on Beech Ave. in North Philippi. Three persons were taken into custody after controlled substances and paraphernalia were found in the residence.”
Fire On Whitman Run Road

  Fire departments in Barbour County and one department from Randolph County were alerted to a barn fire at 12:24 a.m. on Friday, April 22.
According to a spokesperson from Philippi Volunteer Fire Departed noted the structure was fully involved when they arrived on the scene.
  Fire fighters from Philippi fire department, Belington Volunteer Fire Department, Junior Volunteer Fire department, and Coalton Volunteer Fire Department were on the scene for several hours before the fire was completely extinguished.
  The structure was owned by Roger Bennett and the cause of the fire was unknown.
  A residence across the road suffered damage to the siding from radiant heat and a small   brush fire occurred.
  Also on the scene was the Barbour County Emergency Squad.
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As Early Voting Begins Wednesday, Secretary Tennant Urges West Virginians To Vote, Report Violations

  West Virginia voters will begin casting their ballot in the 2016 primary election on Wednesday, April 27. The 10-day early voting period ends May 7.
  The early voting period includes two Saturdays – April 30 and May 7 – from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voters can cast their ballot during regular business hours at their county courthouse, courthouse annex or at a community voting location designated by the county. Contact information for all 55 county clerks can be found here on the Secretary of State’s website.
Early voting has been an option for West Virginians since its implementation for the 2002 primary election.
“From president to the county board of education, every office except for U.S. Senate is up for grabs and I encourage folks to be patient when they vote in this primary election. Early voting provides a perfect opportunity to take your time and work voting into busy schedules,” Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said. “Whether voting during the early voting period or on May 10, I urge West Virginians not to get discouraged because the ballot is longer than usual. Just plan for a little bit of extra time.”
  Voters who are not registered with any political party in West Virginia – often called “No Party” or “unaffiliated” – may choose to vote in any party’s primary or a nonpartisan ballot only. To receive a Democrat, Republican or Mountain party ballot (in counties where available), unaffiliated voters must specifically ask for that ballot. If not, they will receive a nonpartisan ballot, which includes races such as judges, Board of Education, Conservation Supervisor and any county levies.
  Voters should also be aware that judges in West Virginia are nonpartisan candidates now and will be at the end of the partisan ballot.
Secretary Tennant also said that if a voter witnesses what they believe to be a violation of election law they should contact the Secretary of State’s Office at (304) 558-6000.
  Primary election day in West Virginia is Tuesday, May 10. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voters can find information about candidates, campaign finance reports, the Voter’s Bill of Rights, and information about the different voting systems used in West Virginia on the Secretary of State’s website at www.wvsos.com.
Barbour County Magistrate Court Cases Heard Before Magistrate Kathi S. McBee

  The following cases were presented by Samantha J. Sclafani, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney:
  Tara A. Lambert pled guilty to trespassing. Lambert was fined $150.00. Attorney Kourtney A. Ryan represented Lambert. The investigating officer was Sergeant P.B. Cork of the West Virginia State Police.
  Roger Lee Talkington pled guilty to trespassing. Talkington was fined $150.00. Attorney G. Phillip Davis represented Talkington. The investigating officer was Sergeant P.B. Cork of the West Virginia State Police.
  Colton Ray Dodson pled guilty to driving under the influence under 21. Dodson was fined $50.00. The investigation officer was Patrolman D.A. Cale of the Philippi Police Department.
  Heather Rae Poe has been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count possession of marijuana less than 15 grams. Poe failed to appear for her court hearing. The Court issued a CAPIAS for her arrest. Attorney Kourtney A. Ryan represented the Defendant, Heather Rae Poe. The investigating officer was Trooper F.J. Turansky of the West Virginia State Police.  
  Derek Scott Norris has been charged with possession of a controlled substance. This matter was continued by Norris. The investigating officer was Trooper F.J. Turansky of the West Virginia State Police.  
  Carl Joseph Todd, Jr. has been charged with domestic battery. This matter was continued per Todd, Jr. Furthermore, the Court reduced Todd, Jr.’s bond to personal recognizance with Barbour County Community Corrections supervision. Attorney Timothy H. Prentice represented Todd, Jr. The investigating officer was Trooper S.E. Hevener of the West Virginia State Police.
  Jarrod Todd Haddix has been charged with driving under the influence. This matter was continued per Haddix. Attorney Joseph F. Shaffer represented Haddix. The investigation officer was Deputy R.D. Hathaway of the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department.
  Charles Robert Anderson has been charged with grand larceny, conspiracy to commit a felony, and breaking and entering the court found probable cause in this matter and bound this case over to the Circuit Court of Barbour County. Attorney G. Phillip Davis represented Anderson. The investigating officer was Patrolman D.A. Cale of the Philippi Police Department.
Barbour County Circuit Court Cases Heard Before Honorable Judge Alan D. Moats

  The following cases were presented before the Honorable Judge Alan D. Moats by Leckta L. Poling, Prosecuting Attorney:
  David Alan Pine appeared for a sentencing hearing. Pine previously pled guilty on January 28, 2016, to one count of felony soliciting, etc. a minor via computer. The Court sentenced Pine to the Department of Corrections for placement at the Anthony Correctional Center not to exceed two years. Upon successful completion of the Anthony Correctional Center, Pine shall be released from the Anthony Correctional Center onto probation with supervision.The Court ordered that if Pine is deemed unfit for the Anthony Correctional Center he shall be incarcerated in prison. Attorney Gregory G. Michael represented Pine. The investigating officer is Patrolman D.A. Cale of the Philippi Police Department.
  Ryan Austin Graham appeared for a sentencing hearing. Graham previously pled guilty on January 13, 2016, to one count felony operate or attempt to operate clandestine lab and one count of misdemeanor petit larceny. The Court sentenced Graham to the Department of Corrections for placement at the Anthony Correctional Center. It was further ordered that if Graham creates any further disturbances, he will be sentenced to prison and the Court will rescind the order for the Anthony Correctional Center. Attorney Gregory G. Michael represented Graham. The investigating officers were Trooper A.H. Clark of the West Virginia State Police and Patrolman D.A. Cale of the Philippi Police Department.
  Amanda Jo Boni appeared for a revocation hearing. The Court found Boni violated the terms and conditions of the Barbour County Community Corrections Program by bringing a false bladder filled with urine to mask a drug test and violated the No Contact Order by having contact with Jerry Beohm. The court reinstated Boni’s underlying jail sentence of one to five years in the West Virginia State Correctional Facility. The Court denied the defendant’s request for a 60 day sentence and deemed Boni not a suitable candidate for the graduated sentence because of her willingness to violate the law and subject others to danger. Attorney Jamella L. Lockwood represented the Defendant, Amanda Jo Boni. The investigating officer was Trooper F.J. Turansky of the West Virginia State Police.
  Susan Lee Coontz appeared for a revocation hearing. The Court found Coontz violated the terms and conditions of the Barbour County Community Corrections Program. The court sentenced Coontz confined to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail under the Department of Corrections for 120 days as a second offense violation upon completion Coontz shall return to the Barbour County Community Corrections Program after her 120 days incarceration. The Court further ordered Coontz to have no contact with Tonya Bowers. Attorney Franklin D. Cornette represented Lee Coontz. The investigating officer was Sergeant B.A. Miller of the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department.
  James Richard Cutright pled guilty to felony driving under the influence third offense. Cutright was sentenced to one to three years to the West Virginia State Correctional Facility. The Court held the sentence in abeyance and placed Cutright on the Barbour County Community Corrections Program to attend counseling, substance abuse classes, AA meetings and participate on SCRAM electronic monitoring. Attorney Gregory G. Michael represented Cutright. The investigating officer was Patrolman J.L. Hymes of the Belington Police Department.
  Jon Travis Yost appeared for a plea hearing. Yost pled guilty to two felony counts of sexual assault third degree. Yost executed the Sexual Offender Notice of Registry in open Court. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered. A sentencing hearing will be held at a later date. Attorney Jerry Blair represented Yost. The investigating officer was Patrolman D.A. Cale of the Philippi Police Department.
  Carl Joseph Todd, Jr. appeared for a revocation and plea hearing. Todd pled guilty to felony burglary and was sentenced to one to 10 years to the West Virginia State Penitentiary. The Court held the sentence in abeyance and placed Todd on the Barbour County Community Corrections Program. Attorney Timothy H. Prentice represented the defendant. The investigating officer was Trooper A.H. Clark of the West Virginia State Police.
  Jarrod Todd Haddix appeared for a plea hearing. Haddix pled Guilty to two counts of battery. Haddix was sentenced to the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority for one year for each count to run consecutively. Said sentences were held in abeyance and the defendant was placed on probation. Haddix was ordered to pay restitution and attend classes in this matter. Attorney Joseph Shaffer represented Haddix. The investigating Officer was Deputy R.D. Hathaway of the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department.
  Roxanna Eugene Poling appeared for a revocation hearing. The Court found Poling violated the terms and conditions of the Barbour County Community Corrections Program. The court sentenced Poling confined to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail under the Department of Corrections for 60 days. Upon release, Poling shall be return to the Barbour County Community Corrections Program after her 60 days incarceration. Attorney Jamella L. Lockwood represented Poling. The investigating officer was Chief D.J. Harris of the Belington Police Department.
  William Lee Marsh, III appeared for a status/motion hearing. This matter has been set for jury selection and trial on June 27, 2016, at 9 a.m. Attorney Perry Jones represented Marsh. The investigating officer was Chief D.J. Harris of the Belington Police Department and Cpl. M. P. Dennison of the West Virginia State Police.
  Robert Lee Durnal appeared for a motion hearing. This matter has been set for jury selection and trial on June 27, 2016 AT 9 a.m. Attorney Gregory G. Michael represented Durnal. The investigating officer was Sergeant B.S. Gillis of the Philippi Police Department.
  Kenneth Venoy Beverly appeared for a motion hearing. The Court denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss and the Court ordered the State to obtain and produce copies of the Parole Office revocation documentation. Attorney Aaron Yoho represented Beverly. The investigating officer was Sergeant P.B. Cork of the West Virginia State Police.

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