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In (Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) Home of "IN. Water Volume 114 No. 45 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday March 21, 2017 50 Cents The grand jurors of the State of West Virginia, in and for the County of Summers, found probable cause ,: to return an indictment against Dawn Goddard, on one count ! Strangulation, one count Child Abuse Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and one count Domestic ~i Assault 1st Offense. These finding were based upon the sworn testimony of Trooper First Class, J. B. Frye, who was duly sworn in open Court to testify the truth ~ before the Grand Jury on the 7th day of March 2017. The grand jurors of the State of West Virginia, in and for the County of Summers, found probable cause to return an indictment against Joseph J. McComas, on one count Failure to Provide Notice of Registration Changes. These finding were based upon the sworn testimony of Trooper First Class, J. B. Frye who was duly sworn in open Court to testify the truth before the Grand Jury on the 7th day of March 2017. The grand jurors of the State of West Virginia, in and for the County of Summers, found probable cause to return an indictment against Jason Bennett, on one count Prohibiting Violations of an Individuals Civil Rights, one count Breaking and Entering, one count Destruction of Property. These finding were based upon the sworn testimony of Sergeant T. A. Withrow, who was duly sworn in open Court to testify the truth before the Grand Jury on the 7th day of March 2017. The grand jurors of the State of West Virginia, in and for the County of Summers, found probable cause to return an indictment against Robert R. Bowling, on one count Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver. These findings were based upon the sworn testimony of.Sergeant T. A. Withrow, who was duly sworn in open Court to testify the truth before the Grand Jury on the 7th day of March 2017. The grand jurors of the State of West Virginia, in and for the County of Summers, found probable cause to return an indictment against .James Coty Fleshman, on one count Escape. These findings were based upon the sworn testimony of Corporal A.S. Cooper, who was duly sworn in open Court to testify the truth before the Grand Jury on West Virginia's regional jail system will help make sure that criminal offenders pay their court- ordered fines and fees, through a new information-sharing agreement with the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. The agreement allows the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority to check whether newly booked inmates owe magistrate court costs. For inmates with amounts outstanding, a jail can withhold money in their possession to address these debts. The jails can also take up to one- half of all funds deposited in an inmate's commissary account. The courts will then distribute the recovered money to the various special funds that rely on these fines and fees. Court-ordered assessments play important roles in West Virginia's public safety system. They fund security measures at and improvements to the counties' courthouse facilities. They partially reimburse counties and municipalities for the per-day cost of ]ailing inmates. They also help pay off the bonds that financed the construction of the state's 10 regional jails. "The W.Va. Regional Jail Authority is happy .to assist in the process of the collection of ury the 7th day of March 2017. The grand jurors of ~he State of West Virginia, in and for the County of Summers, found probable cause to return an indictment against Mary E. McGuire, on one count Failure to Provide Notice of Registration Changes. These findings were based upon the sworn testimony of Corporal A. S. Cooper, who was duly sworn in open Court to testify the truth before the Grand Jury on the 7th day of March 2017. The grand jurors of the State of West Virginia, in and for the County of Summers, found probable cause to return an indictment against James C. Fleshman, on one count Accessory Before the Fact to Burglary, and one count Grand Larceny. These finding were based upon the sworn testimony of Sgt. D. M. McMillan, who was duly sworn to testify the truth in open Court on the 7th day of March 2017. The grand jurors of the State of West Virgima, in and for the County of Summers, found probable cause to return an indictment against Wesley Bowels, on one count Sexual Assault in the Second Degree, one count Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, one count Incest and one count Abuse of Neglect of Incapacitated Adult. These findings were based upon the sworn testimony of Sgt. T. J. Patrolman J. E. Carroll, who was duly sworn in open Court to testify the truth before the Grand Jury on the 7th day of March 2017. The grand jurors of the State of West Virginia, in and for the County of Summers, found probable cause to return an indictment against Harley Tucker Cales, on one count Escape. These finding were based upon the sworn testimony of Patrolman J. E. Carroll, who was duly sworn in open Court to testify the truth before the Grand Jury on the 7th day of March 2017. The grand jurors of the State of West Virginia, in and for the County of Summers, found probable cause to return an indictment against Donovan R. Harvey; on one count Failure to Provide Notice of Registration Changes and one count Driving Revoked for Driving Under the Influence. These findings were based upon the sworn testimony of Senior Trooper N. C. Boothe, who was. duly sworn in open court to testify the truth before the Grand Jury on the 7th day of March 2017. The grand jurors of the State of West Virginia, in and for the County of Summers, found probable cause to return an indictment against Robert Junior Adkins, on one count Burglary and one count Petit Larceny. These findings were based upon the sworn testimony of Cochran, duly sworn to testify to SheriffG. E. Wheeler who was duly the truth in open Court before the--sworn in open Court to testify the Grand Jury on the 7th day of March truth before the Grand.Jury on-the 2017. The grand jurors of the State of West Virginia, in and for the County of Summers, found probable cause to return an indictment against Dustin Nothern, on one 7th day of March 2017. The grand jurors of the State of West Virginia, in and for the County of Summers, found probable cause to return an indictment against David W. Kellison, on one count count Animal Cruelty, one count Forgery and one count Uttering. Shooting from Public Roadway, one count Shooting within 500 Feet of Dwelling, one count Uncased Firearm in Vehicle, one count Littering and one count Deposit of a Dead Animal. These finding were based upon the sworn testimony of NRPO J.D. Lambert, who was duly sworn to testify the truth in open Court before the Grand Jury on the 7th day of March 2017. The grand jurors of the State of West Virginia, in and for the County of Summers, found vrobable cause to return an indictment against David N. Gill, on one count These findings were based upon the sworn testimony of Sheriff G. E. Wheeler who was duly sworn to testify the truth in open Court before the Grand Jury on the 7th day of March 2017. The grand jurors of the State of West Virginia, in and for the County of Summers, found probable cause to return an indictment against Brandon Lucas, on one count Burglary and one count Destruction of Property. These findings were based upon the sworn testimony of Sheriff G. E. Wheeler, who was duly sworn to testify the truth in Grand Larceny. These finding were open Court before the Grand Jury based upon the sworn testimony of on the 7th day of March 2017. jail system targeting Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a Christian ministry open to all people, that inspires hope and service through .volunteer home repair in Central Appalachia. ASP will repair homes FREE of charge again this summer for Summers County families in need. Using volunteer labor and the leadership of summer staff, ASP hopes to work for ~2 or more families in the area- so take action to apply now. Appalachia .Service Project will be working actively in Summers County from early June through late July. All applications submitted throughout the year will be evaluated by ASP Staff, and candidates will selected based on scale of the projects, skill level needed from volunteers, ASP's budget, and safety of the work site. Poj ;rvlce r ect The City of Hinton welcomed Marc Harshman, West Virginia Poet Laureate, on Thursday, March 9 as he spent the day conducting multiple writing workshops and a well-received book signing. Marc Harshman is a professional writer and storyteller, and author of One Big Family, Believe What You Can, All the Way to Morning, and his most popular WV tale of Rocks in My Pockets. His stories are set primarily in rural West Virginia and Indiana, the areas where he has lived and worked. Mr. Harshman began the day outstanding court fees that will benefit all receiving entities," said Director David Farmer of the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, which is part of West Virginia Regional Jails and In a verbal discussion, students the Department of Military Affairs the 55 West Virginia counties that participated as Mr. Harshman and Public Safety. fund them, said Secretary Sandy. guidbd them in how to begin with The regional jails seek to "The agreement comes at a time a general detail, like "glove", and improve the collection rate because when the regional jails are currently brainstorming until they ended Returns to revenues from court-related fines, fees and other assessments ha~e eroded dramatically over the last decade. The portion that pays off the jail construction bonds plummeted by $4.1 million, or more than one-third, from $11 million to $6.9 million between 2006 and last year. As a result, these revenues have failed to cover the required $8.9 million annual bond payments since 2007. The regional jarls must increasingly divert other revenues to make the payments. The fund that reimburses counties for their jail costs, meanwhile, has shrunk by a similar margin. Alsorelyingoncourt assessments, it provided more than $4.1 million to counties to offset their jail bills in 2007 but was only able to refund $2.8 million to counties last year. Types of projects include porches, wheelchair ramps, foundations, insulation, 'roof replacement or repair, weatherization, new doors, and more. The goal of the ASP summer program is to help make homes warmer, safer, and drier across 30 counties in Central Appalachia. The Home Repair Application can be found online a~ asphome. org/apply, and can also be found at the following locations for Summers County residents: REACHH Family Resource Center, 411 Temple St. Hinton, WV Summers County DHHR Office, 320 Summers St A, Hinton, WV; 304-466-2807 Summers County High School, One Bobcat Drive, Hinton, WV You can also request an application by calling ASP with a specific, rich image like "sweat-stained, leather mitt." Then in a free writing exercise, the students developed the first draft of a story on how they got a scar or a day they were sick. Mr. Harshman ended the workshops by guiding them on how to add details like smells and tastes to their story. The Summers County Public Library then welcomed Mr. Harshman with light refreshments and lots of interesting conversation as he signed copies of books. His busy day concluded that evening with a creative writing workshop for adults, which followed a similar format to the school workshops. Mr. Harshman traveled the next Headquarters at (423)854-8800, and send it to Appalachia Service Project, 4523 Bristol Highway, Johnson City, TN 37601. To be considered for this summer's ASP Home Repair Program, residents must complete the Application and mail it in by May 29. After May 29, applications shoutd be returned to the ASP staff at Summers County High School, One Bobcat Drive, Hinton, WV. Since it's founding in 1969., ASP has repaired more than 16,693 homes throughout Central Appalachian Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia through the hard work of more than 358, 216 volunteers from across the nation. Check ASPhome." org for additional information 'about ASP. Office of the Courts Director Gary teaching four creative writing L. Johnson. workshops to each of the fourth '~This agreement means more grade classes at Hinton Area than the public can imagine for the Elementary. day from Hinton to Blacksburg owed more than $4.3 million from several West Virginia counties. This agreement was several years in the making." The alternative revenues diverted to keep bond payments current do not include the per-day fees for housing inmate, as state law prohibits their use for that purpose. Regional jails also receive no funding from the state's general tax revenue budget. "~Ve are happy to give the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority access to outstanding magistrate court fees," said Administrative Director Johnson. '~ith the "development of computerized systems throughout each branch of government, I see many more information sharing projects in the state's future. I believe this agreement will the best Appalachian Poetry Book. We look forward to his new book, Falling Water, "coming out this fall with co-author, Anna Egan Smucker, who visited Hinton last year. All of the activities with our Poet Laureate are thanks to the City of Hinton, the Hinten Area Foundation Jones Writing Fund, the Hinton Area Elementary Pro, the Friends of the Summers County Public Library, and the Kula Family. To donate to future writing workshops and book signing events, please send donations to the Hinton Area Foundation, Jones Writing Fund at PO Box 217, Hinton, WV 25951. If you have ideas, author contacts, or wish to participate in future Where the Appalachian Studieswriting events, please contact Association (ASA) awarded hisCheryl Kula at creek2river@gmail. book of poetry, Believe What You corn or through Facebook at From Can, the Weatherford Award for Creek to River Writing Workshops. FEMA Region III Expands Private- Public Sector Engagement Farmer and Regional Jail help alleviate the financial burden officials worked alongside Cabinet placed on regional jails and the Secretary Jeff Sandy and his counties who use them? leadership team to develop the agreement with Administrative capabilities, as well as two-way information sharing, the RBEOC fills a critical role in our operational exercises. FEMA provides opportunities for virtual and in-person participation, and it represents an essential component in FEMA's improved collaboration with industry. Our next exercise is in early May 2017, so private sector organizations who have not joined the RBEOC yet need to do so swiftly !n order to receive important exercise information. The RBEOC website includes' links to two critical documents, including a link to the Overview and Membership Form. Membership in the RBEOC is completely voluntary. Please visit https://www, fema.gov/region-iii- rbeoc for more information. FEMA Region III continues to improve upon its' engagement with the private sector, an important partner in responding to and recovering from disasters. In support of this partnership, FEMA Region III has created a new webpage dedicated to the Regional Business Emergency Operations Center (RBEOC), a regional capability for engaging with industry representatives and sharing information between public and private sectors. The mission of the RBEOC is to formalize and enhance two-way information sharing between public & private sector stakeholders regarding emergency management matters during the disasters. 'Tne RBEOC provides a crucial mechanism to coordinate with the private sector during disasters,". stated FEMA Region III Regional Administrator MaryAnn Tierney, "allowing us to engage directly with industry, Share information, and work together to help survivors and communities recover faster." By providing information on the RBEOC and ways to get involved, Region III continues to expand it's capabilities to work with and in support of the private sector. The main goal of the RBEOC is to coordinate with companies with .regional interests in the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia during disaster response and recovery and other events on a regional level. The Papal Visit to the United States in 2015 represented the first activation of the RBEOC and participation by our members, and served to validate its functions. In addition to the benefits of coordinating resources and f