www.wvgazette.com http://www.wvgazette.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2014, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: July 24, 2014 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT01/307249972 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT01/307249972 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:03:13 -0400 Angel, Philip Jr. 10 a.m., Temple Israel, Charleston.

Blevins, Reba Noon, Daniels Missionary Baptist Church, Daniels.

Bradley, Harry L. 11 a.m., Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

Bryant, Amber J. 2 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Davis, Royal P. 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, Hurricane.

Ferguson, Freddie J. 11 a.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Ghiz, Marian E. 11 a.m., St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Charleston.

Harless, JoAnn 11 a.m., Broyles

Heflin, James 11 a.m., Weaver Mortuary, Williamson.

Jordan, Randy A. 7 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

McElroy, Patricia 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Niemeyer, Rev. Norman 1 p.m., Bell Creek Baptist Church, Dixie.

Ramsey, Betty 1 p.m., Fraternal Cemetery, Belington.

Sams, Kathy 2 p.m., Antioch Advent Christian Church, Elkview.

Shepherd, Phillip R. 1 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Marshall D. Abshire http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249975 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249975 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:54 -0400 Marshall Dennis Abshire, 70, of Dunbar, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014.

He was born in Ashford on Nov. 23, 1943, to the late Cecil E. Abshire and Helena Hughes.

In addition to his parents, Marshall was preceded in death by his wife, Kelly Bailey Abshire, and his brother, Billy Ray Abshire.

He is survived by his daughter, Sara Bailey of Pittsburgh, Pa.; granddaughter, Evelyn Kelly Phillips of Pittsburgh, Pa; brothers, Joe E. (Regina) Abshire of Dunbar and J. Michael (Debbie) Abshire of Ocklawaha, Fla.; half-brother, Alan Abshire of Florida; half-sister, Peggy (Bobby) Little of Ashford; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Marshall proudly served in the U.S. Army and was an avid sportsman who loved to hunt and fish. He was a member of Dunbar Church of Christ. He retired from the Black & Decker Service Center with nearly 40 years of service.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar, with Minister Donnie Chapman officiating.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

William "Billy" Adkins http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249977 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249977 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:48 -0400 William G. "Billy" Adkins, 78, of South Charleston, formerly of Alum Creek, passed away July 21, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House West.

Billy retired from Royal Oldsmobile after 31 years of service. He was a charter member of the Independent Missionary Baptist Church of Alum Creek, a church he helped build and also served as a Trustee and a Sunday school teacher. In his later years, he attended Bible Center Church. Billy was an Air Force veteran.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Phyllis Roberts Adkins; his parents, W.E. "Bill" and Grace Adkins; brother, Bobby Adkins; sister, Judy Gammon; and a stillborn son, Jeffery Gordon Adkins.

Billy is survived by his sons, Michael D. Adkins and his wife, Teresa, of St. Albans and Gregory W. Adkins and his fiancee, Susan Shoemaker, of Pennsylvania; five grandchildren, Kristin, Brooke, Hannah and Adam Adkins and Ashley Harless; brother, Bert Keys and his wife, Wanda, of St. Albans; brother-in-law, Jerry Gammon of Dunbar; sister-in-law, Donna Adkins of Florida; and many cousins, nephews and nieces.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 25, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Pastors Frank Chapman and Chad Cowan officiating. Entombment will follow in Graceland Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Keller Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605 MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV 25309.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Thelma Belle Ash http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249993 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249993 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:22 -0400 Thelma Belle Thomas Ash, 84, of Alma, went to the arms of her Savior on July 19, 2014. Thelma was born Jan. 27, 1930, the first child of Emery Ervin Thomas and Carrie Augusta Wildman Thomas. She was married to James Eli Ash on July 27, 1952.

She was a beautiful, talented woman, a homemaker and the mother of six children. Thelma was a fabulous cook; a skilled quilter, accomplished seamstress and master of needlework such as knitting, crochet, tatting, embroidery and hairpin lace; she raised gardens and canned produce, taking deep satisfaction in providing for her family. For many years she baked bread and sweets and took them to neighbors when she visited.

Thelma was active in community organizations. She and Jim were members of Valley Grange for a long time. They worked together in chairing departments at the Tyler County Fair. Thelma served on the Southern States Women's Committee and the auxiliary of the State Conservation Districts. An activity that she enjoyed for several years was meeting with "the quilting ladies" at the Middlebourne Senior Citizens Center. Being part of the Alma Senior Citizens has been treasured by both Jim and Thelma. Thelma and Jim raised their children in the knowledge of the Lord at Ripley Chapel Church.

Thelma was employed in a variety of positions over the years: she painted milk glassware for Biberthaler Glass Company; worked as a filing clerk at PPG; served as officer-in-charge of the Joseph Mills and Alma Post Offices; and later she managed the Middle Island Federal Credit Union for a number of years.

Thelma is survived by her loving husband, James Eli Ash; children, Bradley James (Linda) Ash, Paula Marie (Russell) Keplinger, Robert Bruce (Brenda) Ash, Bryan Ervin Ash, Pamela Kay (Myron) Moore and William Brent (Shirlyn) Ash; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sister, Florence Marie Schmidt; two brothers, Paul Edward (Alicia) Thomas and Lawrence Edmand (Donna Jean) Thomas; sister-in-law, Bessie (Harold) Warner; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Supporting education and helping aspiring teachers have been dear to her heart. Thelma requested, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in her memory to the WV FFA Foundation Scholarship Fund, c/o Don Michael, 860 Bar Run Road, Ravenswood, WV 26164.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Furbee Funeral Home, Alma. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, officiated by the Revs. Donald Thomas and Louise Baker. Interment follows at Beechwood Cemetery, Alma.

Thelma's family has been touched by the outpouring of kindness and generosity of friends and community during this time of illness and loss.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered at www.furbeefuneralhome.com.

Leonard Brightwell Jr. http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249979 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249979 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:44 -0400 Leonard F. "Chip" Brightwell Jr., 42, of St. Albans, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014. Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is in charge of the arrangements.

Eddie Lyle Burns http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249992 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249992 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:23 -0400 Eddie Lyle Burns, 64, of Spars Creek, formerly of Twilight, passed away July 21, 2014, at St. Mary's Hospital, Huntington, due to numerous health issues.

He was a UMWA member of District 17 and a retiree from ARMCO and Peabody No. 9 mines.

Eddie enjoyed spending time with his family, sitting on his front porch, fishing, camping, gardening and hunting squirrels, especially with his grandson, Aaron, his special buddy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Darious and Betty Burns; daughter, Michele; brother, Earnest; and sister, Betty Ball.

He is survived by his wife, Paula; sons, Eddie II (Linda) of Paint Creek, Samuel of Mills Creek and Doug (Debra) of Alkol; brothers, Gaylen (Dena) of Spars Creek and Danny (Charlotte) of Bull Creek; two sisters, Becky (Dennis) Jarrell of Twilight and Denita Miller of Bim; grandchildren, Darious, Brandon, Austin, Aaron, Derek, Dylan, Carrie, Logan, Nate and Jill; great-grandchildren, Eli, Dominic and Caleb; brother-in-law, Earl (Cathy) Workman; and sister-in-law, Gail Workman.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Tim Bailey officiating. Burial will follow in Mid-Ferrell Cemetery, Bandytown.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.

Chase Maurice Carter http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249994 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249994 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:22 -0400 In loving memory of my son, Chase Maurice Carter, who was born July 17, 1988, and passed away July 17, 2014. Arrangements for a celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

William "Jack" Coleman http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249985 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249985 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:30 -0400 William "Jack" Coleman, 90, of Smithers, formerly of Augusta, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Golden Living Center, Glasgow. Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is in charge of arrangements.

Danny Alan Cook http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249987 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249987 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:27 -0400 Danny Alan Cook, 64, of Birch River, went to his heavenly home on July 21, 2014.

He was born Aug. 11, 1949, in Gassaway, the son of Athena Tinney Cook and the late Charles Burl Cook. Also preceding him in death was his infant brother, Randy Cook.

Danny was a construction worker, served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, Birch River.

"The time has come for me to leave this life. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which is the Lord, the righteous judge will award to me on that day."

Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Athena Cook of Birch River; brother, Steve Cook of Birch River; sister, Deb Singleton and husband, Jim, of Sutton; stepson, Burke Harris of Mount Nebo; nephews, Joe Grogg of Sutton and Steven Cook of Birch River; nieces, Stefani Adkins of Charleston, S.C., and Shannon Triplett of Sutton; and several great-nieces and -nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Trinity Baptist Church, Birch River, with the Rev. Ronnie Tinney officiating. Burial will follow at Birch River Cemetery, Birch River.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the church.

Loved by all who knew him; R.I.P. Danny, until we meet again.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Cook family.

Online condolences can be sent to greene-robertsonfuneralhome.com.

Nancy E. Cottrell http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249990 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/OBIT/307249990 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:24 -0400 Nancy Elizabeth Cottrell, 88, of Robinson, born Dec. 16, 1925, to George and Ruth Fry, died July 22, 2014, at Boone Memorial Hospital, Madison.

Nancy was married to the late James Cottrell for 46 years, whom she has looked forward to seeing for the past 21 years. She will be missed by all, but she has gone home now.

She was a homemaker, born-again Christian and grandma to everyone.

She is survived by two brothers, Don (Trudy) Fry of South Carolina and Jack (Shirley) Fry of Wayne; two sons, Ernest James (Rhonda) Cottrell of Georgia and Gary (Dinah) Cottrell of Beckley; one daughter, Kathy Akers of Hewett; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews that she loved.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 25, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with the Rev. Joe Lane officiating. Burial will follow in Family Gardens, Madison.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.

UC partners with BridgeValley http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ01/140729523 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ01/140729523 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:13:19 -0400 By Mackenzie Mays Students at BridgeValley Community and Technical College who want to continue their education can now easily transition to the University of Charleston to receive their bachelor's degree.

UC and BCTC -- which merged Bridgemont Community and Technical College and Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College earlier this year -- signed an articulation agreement on Thursday to allow vocational students to transition into select bachelor degree programs while avoiding potential credit loss due to transfer.

BridgeValley students who want to specialize in accounting, finance, business administration and political science programs will now have the opportunity to tack UC classes onto their classes at BCTC and earn their bachelor's through the "2+2" program.

"What we find is that students, particularly adult students who come to us, don't have the confidence that they can get any college degree, and when they find out they're successful in the first year, then the second year, and get an associate degree and graduate, they really crave more," said Jo Harris, president of BridgeValley. "Very often, we hear them saying, 'Oh. I can do this.'"

UC's Kanawha City-based campus is the prime location for BCTC's students, who are located on two campuses in South Charleston and Montgomery, Harris said.

"Having the opportunity to be able to just articulate seamlessly to UC, I think they'll take advantage of that," she said.

Harris and UC President Ed Welch signed the articulation agreement at the UC campus on Thursday afternoon.

Welch said the new program can offer various types of opportunities for vocational students to continue their education, and he hopes it will inspire them to go on to pursue graduate programs at UC, such as a Master's in Business Administration and Leadership or a Master's in Strategic Leadership.

"In some cases, there are direct links where what happens there connects here. There are other cases in which somebody might study a vocational track at a two-year institution and then they come here and can add business courses and programs so then they're able to prepare themselves to be managers of the areas they're studying," Welch said Thursday. "The combination makes sense."

UC will also offer some of its scholarship opportunities to incoming BridgeValley students, including its Golden Eagle Scholarship for members of the West Virginia National Guard and the Yellow Ribbon Program for students who are veterans.

Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.mays@wvgazette.com, 304-348-4814 or follow @MackenzieMays on Twitter.

Boil-water advisories http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ01/140729524 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ01/140729524 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:05:50 -0400 The boil-water advisory issued for the Mount Hope Water System has been lifted.

Pineville Municipal Water Works has issued a boil-water advisory from the bulk plant on W.Va. 97 to the end of the system at Wyoming, following a water main break.

Customers in those areas should boil their water for at least one full minute prior to use until further notice.

Emergency responders reveal tales of Kanawha heroin overdoses http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ01/140729526 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ01/140729526 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:00:29 -0400 By Erin Beck Staff writer Kanawha County emergency responders have no shortage of grim stories about heroin overdoses.

At a meeting of the county's Heroin Eradication Associated Taskforce, or HEAT, on Thursday, emergency responders and health-care providers talked about the extent of the problem in the county.

Since the problem has exploded over the last few years, participants from Kanawha County emergency services, the Charleston Fire Department and CAMC General Hospital said treating heroin overdoses is a daily occurrence.

Charleston firefighters are often called when the patient has been driving around after using heroin, according to Capt. Mark Strickland, a paramedic with the Charleston Fire Department.

"We've had people pass out at stoplights," he said. "We've had people pass out at drive-thru windows. We've had people pass out with their kids in car seats. It's not just home-based recreation."

Strickland said he started working for the fire department in 2000 and saw his first heroin overdose in 2001, then didn't see another for almost a decade.

"It's plateaued awful high," he said. "Over the last three years, there has been this off-the-charts spike in the number of heroin-related cases."

Strickland said a lack of regularity in the purity of the heroin or what it's cut with can make the drug more dangerous.

"Not all of them are overdoses," he said. "Not everyone that shoots up is dropping dead right there. Several do, and they're the first time user. They're the Vietnam veteran that's been on it for decades and the new stuff they're getting in - they've shot up a certain dose their whole life to keep them okay and controlled - they go get that dose and that's the one that kills them."

Emergency responders have been able to track approximately how often emergency services are needed for heroin overdoses through records of the use of Narcan, a drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose of opioids, a group that includes heroin.

Charleston firefighters administered Narcan 230 times between June 1, 2013, and June 13, 2014, according to Strickland.

From June 1 to July 22, there were 36 instances in Charleston.

"You find it in very poor houses," Strickland said. "You find it in the homeless. You find it in middle class workers' homes, and you find it in the mansions."

After administering the drug, what happens next is "50/50," according to David Hodges, director of EMS operations for the Charleston Fire Department.

"A lot of people will sit down and absolutely open up to you," he said. "Then you have the ones that not only did just take away that high, you put their body in a state they're not used to. It's that fight or flight mode. That's when the increased violence against us is coming into play."

CAMC General is averaging one heroin overdose patient per day but has seen as many as eight in a day, according to Marianne Richardson, registered nurse and emergency department director.

Users come in with a range of symptoms, from a decreased level of consciousness and an altered mental status to cardiac arrest.

Participants also talked about new efforts in the county to track the depth of the problem.

County and city emergency responders, as well as CAMC, have all begun or plan to begin specifically tracking heroin overdoses, versus tracking drug overdoses without naming the specific drug.

Strickland praised the U.S. attorney's office and local enforcement for their efforts, but noted the solution is still a long way away because demand is still high.

"It's cheap and it's readily available," he said. "People are using it."

Chaplain Mike Jarrett of the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority also brought up demand as the core problem.

"These people need help," he said. "It needs to go deeper than responders. It needs to go into social services and our churches. Everyone needs to get on board with this, because these guys are on the forefront."

Taskforce chairman Terry Sayre conceded that efforts to get heroin off the streets aren't targeting the root of the problem.

"I don't think there's enough money for us to do that," he said. "If you're talking about why people do drugs, it's like trying to figure out why people drink too much alcohol. We're dealing with what we can deal with right now."

The meeting was the second for the taskforce, which is funded by $250,000 from the Kanawha County Commission.

Right now the focus is raising awareness, according to Sayre.

He asked those aware of heroin sales in the county to contact law enforcement.

He also urged those with friends or family who use heroin to encourage their loved one to seek help.

Reach Erin Beck at erin.beck@wvgazette.com, 304-348-5163 or follow @erinbeckwv on Twitter.

Man gets 35 years in robbery and shooting case http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/DM02/140729527 DM02 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/DM02/140729527 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:58:21 -0400 By Andrea Lannom A Kanawha judge sentenced a South Charleston man to 35 years for attempting to rob a Southmoor Hills Apartments resident and then shooting at police who responded to the scene.

Tyquan Antonio Livermon, 21, was arrested last August for breaking into the apartment with a resident and her young son inside. Prosecutors also said he shot through a wall into a neighbor's apartment and later fired at officers who responded.

In Thursday's sentencing hearing, Melissa Coffman recalled the robbery, telling Kanawha Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman that Livermon "traumatized" her and her 2-year-old son.

Coffman said she didn't know Livermon before that night and said her life and her children's lives changed that night. Coffman said her 7-year-old was asleep during the incident but unfortunately, her 2-year-old was not.

"Still to this day, he asks me if the mean man is coming back. ... He has traumatized my toddler more than he will ever know," Coffman said.

Coffman said she no longer feels safe and asked the judge to give him the maximum sentence.

Livermon's attorney, John Sullivan, asked the court for leniency, saying because of Livermon's age, there are different options available.

He said Livermon has been in jail for a year and if he went into a youthful offenders program such as one at the Anthony Center, then it would prepare him for getting out into the community.

Livermon apologized to Coffman and his family. He also asked the court to send him to the Anthony Center, saying he wanted to do something with his life, learn a trade and come back and make something of himself.

Assistant Kanawha Prosecutor Adam Campbell asked the court for the maximum sentence, saying Livermon "is a dangerous man."

Kaufman sentenced Livermon to five years on each of Livermon's five counts of wanton endangerment and those sentences would run consecutively.

Kaufman also sentenced Livermon to 10 years on his first degree robbery charge, which also would run consecutively to his wanton endangerment charges. Livermon is eligible to see the parole board in about 10 years, prosecutors said.

Contact writer Andrea Lannom at Andrea.Lannom@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-5148. Follow her at www.twitter.com/AndreaLannom.

Lawmakers offer advice to child advocacy group on effective lobbying http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/DM0104/140729528 DM0104 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/DM0104/140729528 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:57:46 -0400 By Whitney Burdette As the Our Children, Our Future campaign grows in size and scope, area lawmakers reminded them it's important to remember a few things when lobbying the group's agenda.

Sens. Ron Stollings, D-Boone, and Bob Plymale, D-Wayne, and Delegates Nancy Guthrie, D-Kanawha and John McCuskey, R-Kanawha, spoke Thursday at the West Virginia Regional Policy Workshop held in Hurricane. The workshops and training sessions were open to community volunteers and advocates who work on behalf of the Our Children, Our Future campaign, a coalition of statewide groups and organizations working to reduce poverty in West Virginia. Founded in 2011, the group develops a policy agenda each year and lobbies the Legislature to write and pass bills in support of that agenda. The lawmakers offered several pieces of advice applicable to other nonprofit organizations as well as individuals.

"My personal opinion is the best way you can have a good session in terms of trying to accomplish things, is don't pick one champion, don't pick two people, pick multiple people," Plymale said. "Be sure you get your word out to multiple people, not just one or two. I think that was part of the reason some things stalled this past year in the Legislature."

Guthrie echoed that advice, saying it's important to have a group of advocates who support the issue at hand.

"They need to know what's on your mind," she said.

McCuskey, the newest lawmaker on the panel, said he's realized over the past two years that sometimes advocates allow disagreements to get in the way of progress. He pointed out that a lawmaker isn't necessarily wrong if he or she disagrees with a strategy or issue.

"It makes it hard to work and makes it hard to communicate with people who want change," he said. "It's better to think in my opinion that a disagreement is more along the lines of a different way to get to the same goal. Everybody cares. Everybody wants West Virginia to be phenomenal."

Disagreements between lawmakers and advocates sometimes leads to a "breakdown of mutual respect," McCuskey said.

"We're all working toward the same thing," he said. "I think we can break that cycle if we can start understanding that just because someone has a different idea to reach a different place doesn't necessarily make them wrong. You might think they're wrong, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are. Opening a dialogue will create more avenues for us to find successes."

Stollings suggested advocates get to know their local representatives and form a relationship with them.

"You can ask the advice on how you percolate up whatever it is you're doing," he said. "That's very important."

Advocates also should know both sides of the issue and be able to play devil's advocate. That will better prepare them to argue the issue and understand how a legislator might perceive it.

"Think about who would be against it," he said. "If you're advocating something, ask yourself who would be against this and what would be their argument."

Contact writer Whitney Burdette at 304-348-7939 or whitney.burdette@dailymailwv.com. Follow her at www.Twitter.com/wburdette_DM.

Groups urge HPV vaccine to prevent cancer http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ01/140729531 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ01/140729531 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:55:10 -0400 By David Gutman Kids are much more likely to get vaccinated if their doctor recommends it. That's why a group of 14 health organizations, including the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health and the American Cancer Society, are writing to doctors around the state urging them to strongly recommend the vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV) to their patients.

HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that often carries no symptoms but in some cases can lead to cervical cancer and other kinds of cancer.

Health care providers around the state currently recommend that 11 and 12-year-olds receive vaccines for meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough. About 77 percent of West Virginia teenagers have received those vaccines.

But only 38 percent of girls and 15 percent of boys in West Virginia have been vaccinated for HPV by the time they're 17.

Those rates are slightly above the national average, but West Virginia still has the highest rate of cervical cancer in the nation, according to the National Cancer Institute.

"You have the power to change this by making sure children and teens receive this life-saving vaccine," the health groups write in their letter to doctors. "In HPV vaccine we have a tool that can prevent several thousand cases of HPV-related cancers per year if we just use it."

The letter is being sent out now, in the hopes that doctors will recommend the vaccine when they see kids before school starts in the fall. When doctors recommend the HPV vaccine, a patient is four to five times more likely to receive it, the letter says.

"A strong recommendation coming from the health care provider, that's what's most successful in improving immunizations," said Elaine Darling, program manager with the West Virginia Immunization Network. "Physicians, nurses, all across the state, hospitals, primary care clinics, school-based health clinics, we're hoping to reach the vast majority of physicians in the state."

Although HPV is primarily sexually transmitted, the vaccine is recommended for 11 and 12-year-olds because it is a vaccine not a cure, and thus needs to be given before possible exposure to the virus.

Dr. Stephen Sondike, a specialist in adolescent medicine at WVU Physicians of Charleston, said that parents are sometimes concerned that the vaccine could act as a kind of tacit approval for teenagers to have sex.

But he said that studies have shown the vaccine does not make kids more likely to be sexually active.

He also had a more tongue in cheek critique of that line of thinking.

"If you think you can get a teenager to do or not do anything, as an adult, as a parent, as a caregiver," Sondike said, "you are extremely naive or extremely arrogant."

Shelly Dusic fought cervical cancer for 10 years, and fought through tears describing her experience to other health professionals on Thursday.

"If there is anything I can do to encourage you as a parent to protect your child," Dusic said, "then I encourage you to please, please get your children vaccinated."

Reach David Gutman at david.gutman@wvgazette.com, 304-348-5119 or follow @davidlgutman on Twitter.

Three accused of Nitro woman's robbery at gunpoint http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/DM02/140729532 DM02 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/DM02/140729532 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:54:04 -0400 Three people were arrested after allegedly robbing a Nitro area woman at gunpoint.

Nitro police began investigating after a woman reported Wednesday that she'd been robbed by three people who put a sawed off shotgun to her head. She said a friend from high school, Megan Long, 21, called her earlier in the day and asked for a ride. The woman agreed and went to the place her friend asked her to meet her. When she arrived she saw Long with Kayla Levitt, 23, and Kaleb Johnson, 19, according to a statement from Nitro police.

She said the three had her drive to another place where Johnson got out of the car for a few moments before returning. Then they drove to another place. She said she was stopped at the stop sign on Lock Street at Main Avenue when Levitt told her "This is how its going to happen, and there is a gun," the statement said.

The woman said she turned and saw Johnson holding a sawed off shotgun at the back of her head. Long told the woman they wanted everything she had, the woman told police.

The three went through her purse and were said to have felt along her bra to see if she had money hidden there. She told police the gun was held to the back of her head the entire time.

She said they got out of the car and left when they couldn't find anything.

Nitro officers found the three near Levitt's Main Avenue home in Nitro. The three were arrested and all confessed to armed robbery. Officers also found the gun, which had been hidden in the bushes near the railroad tracks in the 400 block of Main Avenue.

The three are charged with armed robbery and are being held at South Central Regional Jail.

Break-in suspects nabbed clad only in underpants http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/DM02/140729533 DM02 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/DM02/140729533 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:53:27 -0400 CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A pair of Fayette County teens could be facing charges after deputies found them clad in only their underpants near two Mount Hope businesses that had been broken into.

Fayette sheriff's deputies were dispatched at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday to investigate after a break-in alarm was sounded at Dollar General on the Mount Hope Bypass.

When deputies arrived, they found a window at the store had been broken. A look around the area showed Kizer's Corner, a small restaurant near the store, also had been broken into, according to a statement issued by Fayette Sheriff's Office.

Deputies then found two boys, aged 16 and 15, hiding in the bushes wearing only their underclothes. The boys, both of Page, were released to their parents while deputies investigated the break-ins.

Deputies said it appeared as if nothing had been taken from Dollar General and that the thieves may have been scared off by the alarm. Officers found the only things taken from Kizer's were food and a small amount of change.

"It is not clear at this time how these two juveniles made their way from the Page area to Mount Hope," Sheriff Steve Kessler said in the statement. "We are also unsure as to why they were running around dressed only in their underclothing."

Deputies were in the process of filing juvenile petitions against the teens for two counts of felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor petty larceny and destruction of property. Neither boy had been charged or arrested as of Thursday.

Deputies still are investigating. Anyone with information can contact the sheriff's office at 304-576-4216 or submit a tip through the department's Facebook page "Fayette County Sheriff's Department."

Trial date set in kidnapping and sexual assault case http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/DM02/140729534 DM02 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/DM02/140729534 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:50:20 -0400 By Andrea Lannom A Charleston man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her house and threatening to kill her and her children if she didn't comply with his demands is set for a September trial.

Michael Dale Salisbury, 30, of Pennsylvania Avenue, faces charges of kidnapping, burglary, first degree robbery and nine counts of second degree sexual assault.

Salisbury appeared Thursday before Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster for a pretrial hearing. His attorney John Sullivan said a State Police lab test had not yet been completed and asked the judge to continue to the trial from Aug. 11 to wait for the results to come back.

Webster agreed and set the trial for Sept. 8.

The criminal complaint alleges in the early morning hours of March 6, the female victim woke up to find Salisbury, whom she didn't know, wearing a ski mask sitting on her bed rubbing her breasts.

The criminal complaint alleged he recorded some of the sexual acts, and threatened her, saying if she didn't do things to his liking, then it would be easy to make it look like she became drunk and drowned. At one point, when she tried to run away, the criminal complaint alleges he chased her, pushed her down on the road and walked her back to her house.

He later took her inside her car to go to an ATM, where he withdrew money from her account, the criminal complaint alleges.

Salisbury was supposed to be in jail at that time since he failed to complete a program at a treatment facility. Previously, Webster said she wasn't informed about him not completing the program until later and that's why she didn't issue a warrant for his arrest.

Contact writer Andrea Lannom at Andrea.Lannom@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-5148. Follow her at www.twitter.com/AndreaLannom.

Bulletin board http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ01/140729535 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140724/GZ01/140729535 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:49:16 -0400 Alpha Theta Chapter

Alpha Theta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa will have its 3 P's meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at Panera Bread, Charleston Town Center Mall. For information, contact Ethel Rooper at 304-562-3121.

Library program

Kanawha County Public Library will feature "The King of Little Things," by storyteller Bil Lepp on Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and July 29. The schedule is Monday: 10:30 a.m., Sissonville Branch Library; 2 p.m. Dunbar Branch Library; and 6 p.m., St. Albans Branch Library. Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. at Riverside Public Library and 2 p.m. at the Main Library on Capitol Street. For information, call 304-343-4646.

Youth conference

The 2014 West Virginia Youth Self-Advocacy Conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at Fairmont State University, 1201 Locust Ave., Fairmont. The conference is for students in grades 9-12 and 2014 high school graduates with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. For information, contact People First of WV, 912 Market St., Parkersburg, WV 26101 or call 304-422-3151 or 1-877-334-6581.

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