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Maryland Fugitive Sought in WV

West Virginia State Police are looking for the public's help finding a man accused of sex trafficking minors from Maryland into West Virginia. Police say 22-year old William Quandre Waters of Baltimore has been indicted by a federal grand jury, and has known ties to a group distributing heroin there. Waters had been in the Berkeley County area for the past few weeks, and goes by several nicknames including Brew, Drew, Andrew and Sam. He is described as a black male, about 5 foot 10 inches tall and about 160 pounds. Anyone with information on Waters whereabouts should call the West Virginia State Police.

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Meth Lab Found at St. Albans Motel

Two people are facing drug charges after an active meth lab was found at a motel, according to St. Albans Police. 29-year old Mylissa Jennings Messer, originally of Hurricane, and 31-year old Jason M. Racer of St. Albans, both were charged with attempting to operate a clandestine meth lab and conspiracy. Meanwhile the room at the El Rancho Motel has been condemned, along with a room next door.

Opening Day for Snowshoe is Next Week

Snowshoe Mountain Resort is getting set to open for the season. The resort plans to open three lefts and ten trails, or possibly more, the day before Thanksgiving. Season passes are available, as well as same-day lift tickets for the November 27th opening.

School Consolidation Issue Tabled

A proposal to combine two elementary schools in Putnam and Mason counties has been shelved. The plan would have combined Leon Elementary in Mason County with Buffalo Elementary in Putnam County. The Charleston Gazette reports both county school boards and their superintendents had gotten together at a Putnam County board meeting last month. But Putnam County schools Superintendent Chuck Hatfield says Mason County officials decided against moving ahead with the joint school, which would have cost an estimated $13 million.

Man Detains Burglar Until Deputies Arrive

A Kanawha County man who caught a burglar in his home ended up detaining him until deputies arrived. Jason Stuart Beverly Jr. and a neighbor stood over the suspect lying on the road, until a deputy arrived Tuesday morning around 4am. Beverly told the deputy he was asleep on the couch when his girlfriend woke up because of a barking dog. Beverly caught up with a man ouside who had several items in his arms, and a fight ensued after a brief chase. Matthew Martin was arrested after being found to have missing credit cards and electronic equipment.

Man Linked to Mingo County Case Released from Prison

A convicted drug dealer who was a key figure in a federal corruption case in Mingo County is out of prison until a judge hears a petition in his case. A visiting judge ordered the release of George Reuben White of Delbarton after he posted bail. Former circuit judge Michael Thornsbury sentenced White in May to up to 15 years in prison. Last month Thornsbury resigned and pleaded guilty in a scheme to protect Sheriff Eugene Crum from revelations he'd bought drugs from White. Crum was killed in April in an unrelated shooting. According to the order signed by visiting Judge John Cummings, special prosecutor Keith Randolph didn't object to White's release.

Rep. Capito Donates Salary to Charity

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito says she tried to have her congressional pay withheld during October's partial government shutdown. But the U.S. Constitution requires members of Congress to be paid. Since she had to be paid, Capito says she donated her salary to seven charities in West Virginia. The charities received a total of more than $7,700. Capito says in a new release that these charities work to improve literacy, strengthen families, provide health care, preserve the state's history and promote the arts.

Stolen Bell Replaced at an Area School

A neighborhood association on a Charleston hilltop has replaced a school bell that was stolen three years ago. A replica of the Fernbank School bell was put in place last week along Bridge Road. The Charleston Gazette says the original bell called children to and from school each day in the early 1900s. The Bridge Road Neighborhood Association had acquired the bell in 2009. It was stolen a year later. A dedication ceremony for the new bell is scheduled for Dec. 1.

Stolen Car Investigation Underway in Marmet

A stolen vehicle investigation is underway after it was taken from Marmet on Sunday. The Buick Lucerne had OnStar installed and active, and the owner had already reported the theft to OnStar. The vehicle was found on Virginia Street in Charleston, and Onstar notified the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office soon after it was stolen. The vehicle was found abandoned, but it has been dusted for prints and released to the owner. The investigation into the theft is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call 304-357-0169.

Fromer Mingo Prosecutor Enters Plea

A former Mingo County prosecutor has pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge. Prosecutors say Michael Sparks, former commissioner David Baisden and former circuit judge Michael Thornsbury offered a lighter sentence if an alleged drug dealer fired his lawyer and hired one they preferred, in a scheme to protect former sheriff Eugene Crum. Sparks made his guilty plea in federal court in Charleston Monday. Sparks resigned in October. Crum was shot to death in April in an unrelated attack as he ate lunch in his vehicle.

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