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f (CniJnig h Hieatma Daily News) al Volmino 06 He. 29 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday, November 17, 1987 20 Coats A police brutality charge against ate appointed for the case, called a four police officers will not be heard "pre-trial pre-trial." in Magistrate Court until next year According" to complaints filed by according to a time schedule set by Sheriff's deputy Steve Sears, Craw- the court Friday. ford was arrested on Oct. 18 when The first of what will be a string of asked to take a "field sobrety test" Magistrate Court appearances to be "threw a hot cup of coffee" into hear charges filed by four police Sears' face and "assumed a fighting officers against Ribin Crawford and stance" taking on Sears, Sheriff's counter charges by Crawford deputy Ron Hatcher and City Police against the officers was held Friday officers Larry Keaton and Tommy at 2 p.m. in what Louis E. Longan- Cobb. acre, a Greenbrier County Magistr- Although out numbered four to one and even after handcuffs were placed on him "Mr. Crawford An adjusted drop in student enroll- ment last year that cost the school system over $500,000 and the loss of 11 teaching and 4 service persdnnel positions is accurate, school officials said during a meeting of the School Board Thursday night. ! Rita Pack, one of the eleven teachers terminated due to the i student loss, claims that her study of the enrollment records show that 58 more students should have been t~iturned in for state funding and brought this argument before t.he~ State Grievance Board in an appeal to regain her teaching job, she said. But School Superintendent Jim Tassos, Business Manager Joe Kessler and James Irwin, custodian of the enrollment records said every i is to keep effort made accurate records and the enrollment records are the most scrupulous. "Do you think for one minute, with the importance that the enrollment figures have on the Summers County School System, that we would not i count every student in the schools so that we could get the most money that we could into the system," Tassos said after the meeting. Board member Bill Dillon brought the matter before the Board asking if anyone wanted to comment on Pack's claim that the adjusted enrollment fighre showing a loss of 20<tudents for the second month By Gene Davis The purpose of this article is to "Refocus" on the Focus on Educa- tion article prepared by the board office's ghost writer which appeared a: in the November 10, 1987 edition of The Hluton News. n The science teacher who was t- referred to in the article and whom d the board was ordered to reinstate at Hinton High was my wife, Wanda o i Davis. d. l i~ Since the writer was "rather loose I i with the truth" in this article, I feel e tt I~ that it is imperative to set the record --~--|~lstraight so that the public and t- It Itaxpayers can determine for them- solves, based on all the facts, what is i accurate information. I~ First, the writer talks about the [[i ~ difficulty of accomplishing what is Hi, best for the students because of the [ Iinumero~s laws favoring employees i iand theliberal interpretation of llthese laws. The reason we have ~laws to protect employees is simply Ibecause of the illegal acts commit- last year should have'shown a loss of only about 145 students. Irwin said, according to the records turned into him by the school principals last year, the student count dropped 165. He explained that his records were on the "actual student count" and not the adjusted enrollment, which would be higher. "I don't count the special ed students. That is handled by Mr. Ball and I don't know continued to kick and resist arrest until he was placed in the police cruiser," Sears states in his com- plaint. But Crawford, who was hospitaliz- ed after that arrest and treated, he said, for blackened and swollen eyes, cuts and bruises on his chest, abdomen, back and shoulders, bruis- ed, bloodied and swollen ears, bruised kidney and liver and bruised testicles, the next day filed charges against the four officers claiming that the officers took his to the County Jail where: "All of the officers then took me into the Sheriff's Office, while there, all of them beat me," he said in one of his four complaints. Motions on all charges and count- erclaims are to be filed with the court by attorney's for Crawford and the police by Nov. 27 with a "pre-trial" to dispose of the motions on the charges against Crawford sot fo 10 a.m. Dec. 8. A trial on these charges will be held 9:30 a.m. Dec. 17, Longanacre saying he wanted to "take the case as filed." A "pre-trial" on the charges against the police officers will be held 10 a.m. Dec. 22 with the date for the trial to be set in Jan. County Prosecutor Joe Aucreman- ne will prosecute the charges. anything about the adjusted enroll- , Crawford is represente~! by ment because that is handled by mr!-- :~e~: ~ney ~ .Adier and Kessler." Charleston attorney Theodore Dues. He said "as for accounting for the names, as Mrs. Pack did, I can account of 102. Sixty-three left over the summer time. I don't know what happened to them. Somebody knows, but I don't know because it is not reported to me." Kessler said the "net drop" last year was 112 along with over 50 students dropping in the kindergart- en classes, (counted in the adjusted enrollment at 50 percent) and a "drop of 32 in special ed," (each counted twice). "I get the feeling," he said, "from all of this that we sort of fudged the enrollment figures in order to ter- minate more people. That is Continued on page I0 Adler, following the court appear- ance, would not comment on the merits of the case only saying that it "will not be determined by an internal investigation" conducted by the Mayor's Officer or the Sheriff's Office. Nor would Adler say if a suit would be filed in Federal Court. But David White, attorney for each of the four police officers, said publicity about the case was made because "I think he (Crawford) knows that the facts won't support his claim in a federal case. We have heard a lot of talk about it but we haven't seen it." "I think the evidence will show that the police were justified in their action," he said. Front Row ( L to R) Jessica Goins, Diane Houchins, Amy Sowder, Melissa Meador, Jamle Mann, Angle Barnett. 2nd Row: Lori Fox, Susan Brown, Kim Gore, The stage was set for the finals of the Summers-Monroe County Conf- erence Tournament. The champion- [!tted against employees recently. As ship game would be a Summers ~long as administrators continue to County affair between Talcott Jr. ,tconstrue the statutes to serve their High with a record of 11 and 5 and Iltparticular purpose, you will contin- Hinton Jr. High with a record of 18 li~ue to have laws to protect employees and 0. Talcott had upset Gap Mills in Iilfrom this type of action. Theovertime 33 to 32 to advance to the itmembers of the legislature in pro- championship game. The Lady Jr. [~mulgating these statutes knew the High Bobcats had defeated Peters- l~c~.n~ under which school em- town 38 to 22 in their semi- final i] ploy ~,~] had to work in many areas game to gain a birth in the champ- l~of the state, If there had not been a ionship game. These two teams had i] need for the statute, it never would met twice ~luring the regular season l!lhave become law. " and both games had been twelve Contiu.ued on page 10 point victories for the Lady Jr. High ~~. W ........................... ~ ..... ...... SUMMERS COUNTY COMMISSIONER Helen Hedrick at work volunteering her time to provide emergency The Summers County Emergency Services C~,=:located in the Hinton Fire Station across the hall from the Hinton Emergency Services Center, is not as fancy as the center for the City "but it does the job," County Commissioner Helen Hedrick said. Hedrick has worked the center as much as 12hours a day for as long as a solid week in a volunteer effort to provide emergency communication for county citizens. As a part of American Educat- ion Week, Wednesday November IS, has been designated as Teacher and Service Personnel Appreciation Day in all of Summers County's schools. Sherrt Lilly,. Terrt Lilly, Melanle Brumit, Kristen Keateu. Back Row: Lynne Jones, Roger Hedge, Wayne Ryan and 8teven Brumit. Bobcats. That would not matter on 0. Talcott's Kim Wynes then sank this night, because the winner of this two jump shots to give Talcott a 4 to game would be the 1987 Summers - 2 lead. After the Lady Bobcats Kim Monroe Conference Champions. A Gore hit another free throw, Tal- large and enthusiastic crowd filled cott's Sharon Bonds scored to give the gym as both county schools were the Lady Pirates a 6 to 3 lead. A steal well represented by their cheering by Kim Wynes was then converted sections. The county rivalry and the into 2 points and Talcott led 8 to 3 importance of this game created a with 1:40 to play in the first period. great atmosphere and the game Hinton's Susan Brown then grabbed lived up to all expectations, an offensive rebound and out it back The Jr. High Lady Bobcats would in to bring the score to 8 to 5. Onthe draw first blood in the contest as night Brown would pull down a game Hinton's Kim Gore drove to the high 16 rebounds for the Jr. High basket and was fouled only 19 Lady Bobcats. seconds into the game. Gore sank both free throws and Hinton led 2 to Continued on page 6 services communications for the citizens of Summers County at the county dispatching center located in the Hinton Fire Station. n With donated time and equipment, He~H~lt~a-iong with former dispatC: ers for the City and members of the Fireman's Association have vol- unteered to work the communica- tions system for the county until some arrangements can be made to provide personnel to cover the operation 24 hours a day. "We are donating our time," Hedrick said, "trying to save what little money the Fireman's Associa- tion has" until the former City dispatchers, Judy Miller, Janice This day is a time when we can say " Thank You" to our staff of teach- ers, support personnel, bus drivers and mechanics, aides and monitors, secretaries, cooks, custodians, maintenance personnel, principals and administrators, past, present and future. Summers County is very fort- unate that a great majority of school personnel are dedicated to the responsibility of providing an ed- ucation for every boy and girl in our county, and we take that res- ponsibility very seriously. In all facets of the school community, men and women perform a labor of love in their various jobs, each vital to a smooth-running system. Our transportation system is among the best in the entire state. Our aides, tutors and monitors provide their special one - on - one attention that makes a difference for many students. Our secretaries courteously and efficiently handle their day - by - day duties. Our cooks provide a delicious and nutritious hot lunch and breakfast each day to all students who wish to take part in the programs. And our custodial and maintenance personnel work hard to maintain our buildings for a safe and comfortable environment. As we would put our profess- ional staff of teachers, support personnel and administrators up against any in the state. They work long hours, grading papers, sponsor- hug extra - curricular activities, participating in classes and semi- nars to improve themselves. And most must balance this with the overwhelming responsibilities of sp- ouse and parent. But they continue to provide a quality education to our children, our future. In honor of our school,-person- nel, we reprint this article by noted educational author and lecturer, Ivan Fitzwater, " Only A Teacher " and we know that the sentiments expres_sed can include all of our school community. Continued on page tO ughe ur Stennett can train C.W.E.P. workers from the Dept. of Human Services. "We want to see this thing work," Judy Miller said. But even with C.W.E.P. workers, 24 hour coverage, month in and month out, will not be posible without volunteer help because the hours each C.W.E.P. worker can work is restricted. "What we are trying to do is keep this operation on an even keel for at least six months so we will have time to investigate our options to keep this center open," Hedrick explain- ed. "We want to try to find some way so this operation can bring in its own money so we can hire workers to do what the volunteers are doing now." Toward this goal several plans have been made that include bake sales and fund drivers, but the goal to reach $60,000 a year is far away. "It's a big goal but it's not an imposible goal," Hedrick said optimistically. Explaining that just getting the 'center open seemed impossible at first, but on a shoe string and a prayer they managed to save the county dispatching center before the City stopped providing the service. "when we moved in here we didn't have an anti" to transmit to the station on the mountain. "We had to use a Maxwell House coffee can for an anti. It wasn't fancy, l~ut it worked," she said. The phone isn't a top line phone but with it they can contact 20 different emergency centers with the push of a button. They also have a recording device to record incoming messages. The total capital expenditure-"about $I,200 a year," she said. And with this system during the three weeks that the new county emergency dispatching center has been upen "42 calls have required action," Virginia Stennett said. "And some of them have been biggies," Judy added. "what most people don't under- stand," Hedrick said, "is that fire departments are a first respander. Everytime there is a car wreck you have to dispatch the fire depart- ment. You don't know if there is gas on the road that has to be washed down, or what. The f;~,'emen, most of them, know CPR. They know what to do to stop the bleeding. Our fire departments in Summers County are probably some of the best in West Virginia. But they have to get the message." With the Coun~ dispatching center the firemen are getting the message but Hedrick could not say how long the center could operate with out financial support. "I'll be here as long as I hold out," she said.