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/ t,. =_ ,d I i j =. The Volume 93 No. 33 HINTON NE IVS (Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) Home of the W. Va. Water Festival Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday Dec. 6, 1994 30 Cents ii Private Investigator Sought in Mize Murder Mystery By Fred Long In an effort to sort through the mystery surrounding the disappear- of the weapon that allegedly a Louisiana man, Joe Aucre- manne, attorney for Donna Jean Mize, 39, who is facing a first degree murder charge in the man's death, will file a petition with the court sometime this week asking the court to provide him with a Private Inves- tigator. =I find it highly improbable that she ran down Second Ave., dressed in nothing but a bloody sheet, and threw the gun offthe bridge," Aucre- manne said. Police arrested Mize at her 113 Park Ave. apartment shortly after the Nov. 12th shooting death of Gregory W. Breeland, 29, of Angle, La. According to court testimony, 911 on Line for E00arly 1995 By Fred Long Plans are in motion to move the emergency radio equipment, pres- ently located in the jail, to its new dispatch center in the basement of the Memorial Building and basic 911 emergency services should begin by mid-January or early February. The announcement came during the organizational meeting of the county's nine member emergency services Advisory Board, Tuesday night. Special phone lines to the new location have been installed and the room is nearly ready, Commission President Lonnie Mullins told the Board at the outset of the meeting; saying, the move could be made as early as next week; howevehe Board felt it would be better to wait until after the holidays. The 911 service, financed by a fee on county telephone bills, will later to expanded to an enhanced 911 system, Mulline said. The first check was received only the day before and came to $10,000, Mulline said. Ii's puts us right on target to meet our budget," Mullins told the group. The $1.85 fee on about 5,300 phone bills translates into a budge of about $117,000 a year. =I expected a lot of phone calls," Mullins said, when#the fee first appeared on the October phone bill, but fewer than a half a dozen com- plained. Only one person called saying they weren't =going to pay it and I'm not going to say what else he said." The Board, Mullins said, is strictly an advisory board, whose only duty is to =monitor the operation of the system and make recommendations to the Commission on how they can better operate the system." Steve Pack, a member of the Hinton volunteer fire dept. and I-Iinton's Director of Emergency Services, was named Chairman of the Board, while State Police Sgt. Lee Mullens will serve asVice-Chair- man. Matt Stalnaker, with Medic Alert Ambulance, will serve as the Board's secretary. Other members of the Board in- clude: Mike Cooper, Johnny Wygal, Scot Mitchell, Fairley White, Sheriff John Plumley and Ralph Wilson. Much of the meeting involved round table discussions concerning training, security, development of a new policy procedural manual and finial preparation of the room. Tom Clinebell, County Director of Emergency Services and Director of the Dispatch Center, (also a non- voting member of the Board) said he is presently developing a new man- ual for the center. This would be turned over to the Board for their review and suggestions prior to any official action by the County Com- mission, he explained. Clinebell also explained that three of the four full time dispatchers have already graduated from a special emergency dispatching training school. police found Breeland's nude body face up on the bedroom floor of her apartment shortly before midnight. He had been shot four times with a .22 caliber long rifle, according to a paraffin test that found gun shot residue on both of her hands. But the weapon could not be found; and, according to police, his wallet was also missing. Mize, according to Hinton Police Chief Johnny Mann, confessed to the shooting, saying she shot him =three times" because "he's a per- vert," Marm testified in Magistrate Court last week. Mize told him she threw the gun off the New River bridge, he told the court. A neighbor, Kathleen Williams, testified that Miss was in hysterics, wearing nothing but a bloody sheet, when Mize rang her doorbell that night and told her =there's a dead man in my apartment." But another person also confessed Bobcat Drive City Pays Tribute When the Lady Bobcats returned home Sat. night, Mayor Leslie turned out in "tails and top hat" to escort them in a parade through the City. Mayor Leslie had just.concluded the Christmas Homes Tour and 8PM, for which he was dressed in full English frock, when he rushed to the intersection at Woods Store to lead the Victory Celebration Parade. Summers County High School Assistant Principal Harry Keaton noted that it was the longest parade in the ciJ:y's history. Beginning at Woods Store, the parade went up the By-Pass, through Bellepoint, back to Avis via Stokes Drive, on through downtown and onto Bobcat Drive to the new high school at Barkedale. "The Lady Bobcats were the first Champions to celebrate a Victory Parade Celebration Down Bobcat Drive," stated Mayor Leslie. =It was quite a sight to see when I looked back toward Hinton from C W Cabin and saw the hundreds of car lights that were following the celebration on Bobcat Drive. I wish I had a picture of that sight." to the shooting. A man, identified in open court as R. W., gave a taped confession say- ing he fired the fatal shots and dis- posed of the gun, Mann's testimony also revealed. Aucremanne's request for a pri- vate investigator also includes a request for a copy of R. W's. taped statement. The ietition will also seek copies of all scientific tests performed, including the autopsy report and the gunshot residue test. At the same time, County Prose- cutor Michael Turner, yesterday, asked the State Police and the Sheriffs Department to assist Chief Johnny Mann in his investigation. Mann has =collected an enormous amount of information concerning this case," Turner said. =The inves- tigation is still on going." Mize remains jailed in lieu of $50,000 bond. 1994 Christmas Window Decor Contest Winner Congratulations to Derrick Music Company for winning the 1st. place prize of $50.00 in the 1994 Christmas Window Decor Contest for Downtown Hinton Businesses. Congratu. lations to Cliff's Barber Shop for winning the 2nd place prize of $25.00 and Greenbrier Respiratory for winning the 3rd. place prize of $15.00. To each business that participated, Derrick Music Company, The OHve Tree, Cliff's Barber Shop, Pack's Jewelry, Green- brier Respiratory, Heilems Cash Store and Massie Insurance, we extend a special 'Thank You" for your spirit of giving. ies. She also graduated from the WV Graduate College in 1979, with MA in Reading Education and Virginia Tech in 1989, with MA in English. She has twenty-eight years of teach- ing experience working with elemen- tary, junior high, high school and college level students. She has been an Adjunct Profeesor of English since 1990 with the College of West Vir- ginia in Backley. One of the founding members and past president of Friends of the Library, Barbara is presently serv- ing as vice-dent. She is chair- man of the Homes and Church Tour for 1994, and a charter member and past president of Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers Honor Society. Other community aervioes in- clude, member and past president of the Service Club, member of the Board of Di of the Hinton Area Foundation. She has been president of the Business and Pro- fessional Women (BPW) sin 1992, District I chairman, BPW 1994, and Credentials Chairman, BPW Stato Convention 1994. Barbara enjoy traveling, collect- ing antiques, and gardening. Many people have been able to enjoy her antique collection when her home was featured in the Home Tour. Her summer home on the Oreenbrier River reflects her garden erearimm. By IAn Coins Summers County Lady Bobcats have won the State AA Girls Crown in 1994. After finishing the season with an overall record of 15-5 the Lady Bobcats started the 6 game schedule to the rifle. Coaches Ron Williams and Wayne Ryan have taken seven teams in a row to Char- leston but none have been more determined to bring back the title. Coach Ron Williams has announced his retirement after this year as the varsity coach and the Ladies played their hearts out in rmpeet for this man. Coach Williams has won thr state championship in th seven years and earned the  tate wide for the Summers County Ba kethall program. Coaching for 18 years ng at Talcott JH, Hintert High, and Summers County High. Ron has won many honors him- self. Named coach of the year in W. Va. in 1988, Regimud coach of the year in 1991, and State AA Runner Up in 1989. Most of all hie awards are the fact that he coached three daughters Dawn, MieheUe, andKriea throughout their basketlxdl carmrs as Lady Bobcats. Coach Williams is very quick to let everyone know hie hard work in basimtball i fer the hundreds of young ladies he has coached over the 13 years. This years road to the champion. ship started with the sectional play against Graenbrier West. The Lady Bobcatrs won the game 75-33. Lead- ing Summers was Patricia Sea with 16 points and Stophanie Meadows added 14 of her own. Other scorers were Lindeay Keaton 7, Laura Rol- lyson 7, Valerie Hedrick 7, Sharon Yopp 6, Beth Farley 4, Farrah Lilly 3, Erin Cox 3, and Kristi Clark 2. The championship game of the sectional would be played against James Monroe. The Lady Cats won 79- 48 behind the scoring of Patricia Sea with 15 points. Lindeay Keaton with 12 and Laura Rollyson with 11 mers County. The bench strength of the Lady Bobcats proved to be too much as Summers advanced by wirming 82.49 over Mullene. Stepha- nie Meadows scored 17 points with 4 three point goals. Farrah Lilly added 13 points in the victory. Others were Laura Rollyson 9, Patricia Sea 9, Sharon Yopp 8, Lindoay Keaton 8, Erin Cox 8, Valerie Hedrick 5, Kristi Clark 3, and Beth Parley 2. Sum- mers County hd 61 rebounds, Pa- tricia Sea had I2 to lead the team. With the win the Lady Bobcats went to 19-5 on the year. The next team to take on Sum- also scoredindoubleflgures.Farrah mers County would be Chapman. Lilly 9 pnte, Sharon Yopp 9, Erica ville. This game would go down to Williams 4, Stephanie Meadows 5, the last few seconds before the win- Vaierie Hedrick 6, Erin Cox 4, and net would be known. Chapmanville Krieri Clark 4. The Regional Fins] was against Shady Spring, score 88-36. This was the 7th. straight regional victory for the Lady Bobte. Valerie Hedrick led the team with 21 points. Kristi Clark had 14 and Erica Williams 10. Others scoring were Sharon Yopp 9, Farrsh Lilly 8, Patricia Sea 6, Lind- say Keaton 5, Laura Roll yon 5, Erin Cox 4, Amy Eller 4, Stephanie Mead- ows 2, and Beth Farley 2. Game number 4 on the read to the title would be against Mullens. Mullerm th a record of 20-3 seemed to be a worthy opponent for Sum- was ahead by 4 points with 33 see- onds left when Senior Sharon Yopp made a 3 point shot and put on the defensive pressure to help teammate Junior Stephanie Meadows pick off a pass and score the go ahead basket with 20 seconds left to play. Sharon Yopp along with.Patricia Sea each made a foul shot to put the Lady Cats up by 3. Chapmanville tried a 3 point shot as the buzzer went offbut fell short on their attempt to tie. Final score was 61-58 moving the Lady Bobcats into the final game against Tucker County. Patricia Sea led the way with 17 points and Laura Ro!lyson had 15 points. Farrah Lilly had 11 points, Stephanie Meadows 7, Sharon Yopp 6, Erica Williams 3 and Lindeay Keaton 2. Chapmanville team members were much taller than Summers, but the Lady Cats had 44 rebounds to 34 for Chapmanville. Laura Rollyson had 3 three point goals in the game. The title game for the W. Va. AA championship would place Number I ranked Tucker County with a rec- ord of 24.1against Summers County 20-5. The Lady Bobcats came out strong leading 17 - 9 atr one quar- ter and 30-17 after the half. Tucker County, known asasecondhalfteam, same back in the third quarter out scoring Bummers 21 - 15, and put- ting the margin only a 7 point differ- ence between the teams. Tucker pulled to within 2 points before the Lady Cats put a stop to the come back and went on to the win by 13 points 65-52. Patricia Sea scored 23 points in the win. Farrah Lilly had 12 points and 12 rebounds in the game. Both Patricia and Farrah were chosen on the All Tournament Team for 1994. Laura Rollyson had 8 points, Stephanie Meadows 7, Sharon Yopp 2, Erica Williams I, Erin Cox 3, Krisri Clark 2. Summers County had 53 rebounds and Tucker Continued on page 2 ::;::::::::: :::::::: Mrs. Barbara Purmer, of Hinton, was named Woman of the Year by the Hinton Business and Profes- sional Women's Club. Barbara, a native of Orlando, WV, has been a teacher of the gifud stu- dents in Summers County Schools since 1979. She and her husband David L. Partner, Attorney, reside on Ballengee St. in Hinton. Her son, Jason, is a senior at Concord Col- lege. Barbara graduated from Burneville High School in Braxton County and Glenville State College in 1963, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Social Stud- BARBARA PARMER Woman of the Year The Road to the 1994 State Championship