www.wvgazette.com http://www.wvgazette.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2014, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: November 25, 2014 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT01/311259969 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT01/311259969 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:02:57 -0500 Baughman, Lenora 11 a.m., Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.


Bukovac, Frank 11 a.m., Catholic Church of the Ascension, Hurricane.


Butcher, Martha L. 11 a.m., Crawley Creek Church of God, Chapmanville.


Carte, Wade 7 p.m., Harvest Time Church of God, Charleston.


Casdorph, Darrell, Sr. 1 p.m., Stevens and Grass Funeral Home, Malden.


Guthrie, Frank 2 p.m., Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.


Hughes, Betty 2 p.m., Emmanuel Open Bible Church, Maxwelton.


Kellogg, Mitzi 3 p.m., Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.


Morgan, Sandra 2 p.m., Mount Zion Primitive Baptist Church, Ronceverte.


Mullens, Clifford K. 2 p.m., Simons


Mullins, Mary 11 a.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.


Neely, Helen Mae 1 p.m., Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel, Buckhannon.


Raines, Phyllis 1 p.m., Mt. Zion Cemetery, Leon.


Toppins, Grady 1 p.m., Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.


Wiggins, William 1 p.m., First Baptist Church, Charleston.


Zakaski, Edna Noon, Long and Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.

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Mary Ann Adkins http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT/311259985 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT/311259985 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:02:34 -0500 Mary Ann Adkins, 70, of Ashton, passed away at home after a sudden illness on Nov. 22, 2014. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, when they are available.

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David E. Blevins http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT/311259970 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT/311259970 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:02:56 -0500 David Eugene Blevins, 38, of Ansted, died Nov. 22, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Mount Hope Christian Church. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery is in charge of arrangements.

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Rebecca Sue Bowen http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT/311259994 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT/311259994 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:02:26 -0500 Rebecca Sue Bowen entered Heaven peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 23, under the angelic care of Hubbard Hospice House.

At the beautiful young age of 71, her family and friends remember her level personality, her loyalty to her husband and family, her charitable nature, her love for nature and rocks, her sharp eye for hidden treasures, her dismissal of conflict and harmful gossip, her love for music, dance and movies.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Bill; her father, Dale; her mother, Eliza; her sister, Wanda; and her brother, Dannie.

Left to mourn are sisters, Patricia Seldomridge, Connie McCormick, Mary Stinson and her husband, Willard, Verna McCallister, Valerie Little and Pamela Blake; brothers, Norman Lacy and his wife, Jean, Alfred Lacy and Delmar Lacy and his wife, Donna; forty nieces and nephews, and a host of grand and great generations to follow.

Celebration of Rebecca's life will be noon Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Pastor Shelly Bausley officiating. A reception will follow the service in the Banquet Room at the funeral home.

Gathering of family and friends will be from 10 a.m. until time of service Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, Becky would want you to donate to a charity that breathes life into children.

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Martha Lou Butcher http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT/311259998 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT/311259998 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:02:21 -0500 Mrs. Martha Lou Butcher, 65, of Chapmanville, died Nov. 22, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, atg Crawley Creek Church of God, Tims Fork Road, Chapmanville. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

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Julia L. Byers http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT/311259972 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT/311259972 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:02:54 -0500 Julia L. Byers, 73, of North Charleston, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 22, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Julia Byers; brothers, George, Charles, Tommy and Dicky Byers; and sisters, Delina Byers, Catherine Witham and Amunda Lasley.

Julia is survived by her brother, Dean Byers and his wife, Nell.

Thanks to all of the staff at Valley Center for their care of Julia in her final years.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association Animal Shelter, 1248 Greenbrier St., Charleston, WV 25311.

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

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Virginia Carden http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT/311259979 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT/311259979 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:02:42 -0500 Virginia Dare Carden, 87, of Richwood, died Nov. 23, 2014. Service will be noon Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

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Wade Carte http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT/311259973 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT/311259973 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:02:53 -0500 Wade Carte, 49, of Charleston, passed away Nov. 21, 2014.

He was a 1983 graduate of Herbert Hoover High School and worked for over 20 years at Myers Transfer and Storage as a dispatcher.

Wade is survived by his mother, Judith I. (Carte) Ellard of Charleston; brothers, Mac A. Wade III and his wife, Teresa, of Elkview and Damian Ellard and his wife, Crystal, of Charleston; adopted brother, Tony Ostrander of Elkview; several nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends; and his friends and co-workers at Myers Transfer and Storage.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Harvest Time Church of God, 1704 Washington St. W., Charleston, with Pastor Jess "Rock" Inclienrock officiating. Friends and family may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to help recover the cost of the funeral expenses.

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

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Mollie Dalton http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT/311259992 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT/311259992 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:02:28 -0500 Mrs. Mollie Dalton, 89, of Harts, died Nov. 22, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at the funeral home.

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Candace J. Drennen http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT/311259989 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/OBIT/311259989 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:02:32 -0500 Candace Jean Hamer Drennen, 62, of Charleston, passed away at the home of her brothers on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Arrangements are forthcoming. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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Making cream pies from scratch is a stirring experience http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/DM06/141129513 DM06 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/DM06/141129513 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:44:28 -0500 This is the first installment in a four-week series about different kinds of pie.

By ZACK HAROLD

DAILY MAIL LIFE EDITOR

It's the busiest time of year at Sugar Pie Bakery in Kanawha City.

The bakery does custom cakes and a variety of other confections from cake balls and designer cupcakes to cheesecake brownies, white chocolate cranberry blondies, cream puffs and homemade fudge.

But right now, customers have one thing on their minds.

Pie.

The bakery is happy to help those cravings, too.

Although the shop is usually closed on Mondays, co-owners Rachel Evans and Gina Watts came in anyway to get ready for the Thanksgiving pie rush.

There are pumpkin pies, pecan pies and chocolate cream pies, as well as less popular confections like egg custard pie, graham cracker pie and butterscotch pie.

"Stuff that's not really popular, but it's like grandma used to make," Watts said.

Since everything is made from scratch, the bakery can easily make one-off dishes, as long as they can find a recipe.

"You can call and ask for pretty much anything," Evans said.

The bakery's most popular creation, however, is the "coconut dream pie."

It's a classic coconut cream pie, but with a graham cracker crust (which also includes bits of coconut). It is topped whipped cream topping and toasted coconut.

"That one's a huge seller," Watts said.

It's a recipe born of necessity.

Since the bakery makes everything from scratch, making pie crusts is an extremely labor-intensive and delicate process.

"If you overwork it, it's too rubbery. If you under work it, it will crumble," Watts said.

Watts and Evans sometimes spend whole days just making pie crusts, then freezing them for future use.

But Watts said Sugar Pie was selling so many coconut cream pies, they couldn't keep up with demand for crusts.

"We couldn't keep them on the shelf," she said.

They decided to try making a coconut cream pie with a graham cracker crust, which are easier and faster to make.

She begins the crust by mixing together graham cracker crumbs, shredded coconut and sugar, using a fork to make sure the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

She then melts butter in the microwave and adds it to the dry ingredients, stirring until the mixture looks wet and doesn't have any clumps.

The crust mixture now goes into a pie pan, where Gina shapes it with the bottom of a mixing cup.

She transfers the crust to the oven, where it bakes at 350 degrees for about seven minutes.

Watts begins assembling ingredients for the pie filling while the crust is baking.

Sugar Pie's coconut cream begins with real coconut milk, whole milk, sugar and shredded coconut, which Watts adds to a sauce pan.

She cracks three eggs in a mixing bowl and whisks in some cornstarch, which acts as a thickening agent.

Watts said it is important to get your ingredients ready - and your pie crust baked - before the cream starts cooking.

"You've got to be stirring," she said. "You just constantly stir and stir and stir."

She puts the sauce pan on the kitchen's convection range and brings the milk mixture to a simmer, stirring the whole time.

Once it has reached the appropriate temperature, Watts adds about half of the milk mixture into the bowl with the egg mixture and whisks it all together.

This "tempers" the eggs, heating them up without really cooking them. This also helps thicken the cream.

Watts pours the egg mixture back into the sauce pan with the rest of the milk mixture, put the pot back onto the heat and continues stirring.

"As you heat things back up, that's what will make our mixture thicken," she said.

After a bit more stirring, the cream begins to look like cream.

Watts takes it off the heat once it begins bubbling ­- she calls it "popping" - and adds room-temperature butter, vanilla extract and coconut flavoring.

It's important to wait to add the vanilla and coconut, she said. If you add it while the mixture is still cooking, the flavors will dissipate.

Watts pours the cream into the crust while it is still warm, but must wait until it cools before adding the whipped cream topping.

She wraps the crust with plastic wrap and puts it in the refrigerator.

The plastic wrap is a surprisingly important step. Watts said the wrap must be touching the cream, or else a gooey film will form on top of the pie as it cools.

Once the pie has cooled, she tops it with whipped cream from a pastry bag and toasted coconut.

It's too late to order a coconut dream pie for Thanksgiving, but Sugar Pie Bakery plans to have some extra pies available for last-minute shoppers. The bakery also will have cookies and cupcakes available, since customers usually like to pick up something extra.

"It doesn't hurt to call," Watts said.

You can contact Sugar Pie Bakery at 304-205-7753.

Evans and Watts also will teach a pie-making class at Uncork and Create on Quarrier Street on Dec. 13, where they will help students make a pecan pie and a graham cracker pie.

Visit www.uncorkandcreate.com or call 304-552-3331 for more information.

Contact writer Zack Harold at 304-348-4830 or zack.harold@dailymailwv.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZackHarold.

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And the band plays on http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/GZ05/141129514 GZ05 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/GZ05/141129514 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:31:18 -0500 By Marta Tankersley Hays Staff writer As a kid growing up, Laura Wilson danced to the sounds of The Esquires, and developed a love for rhythm and blues music from the 1960s. She's been a lead singer in the band since 2005 and loves every minute of it.

"I jumped at the chance to audition for the band," she said. "It's a blast. I love it.

"I've always said, 'When you stop having fun at something like this, it's time to hang it up.'"

Fat chance of that happening anytime soon!

The Esquires, who began at a Stonewall Jackson High School assembly and talent show in 1964, are still going strong 50 years later, averaging 18 shows a year.

They are showcasing their music and band members - past and present - at a 50th anniversary dance, Saturday, Dec. 27 at the Charleston Civic Center.

At least a dozen of the artists who've played with the band over the years will be there, said Butch Evans, a spokesman for the band and one of the original lead guitarists.

He billed the event as a "grand reunion."

"Last count that I had is there's 20 people," Evans said. "Eight of them are in the band now, so we have 12 people coming in at this time."

Current band members include: Norris Lyton on bass guitar, Butch Evans as lead guitar, Larry Leedy on keyboard, David Nestmann on drums, lead singers Kevin Mullins and Laura Wilson,

Saxophone: Larry Kopelman on saxophone and Bob Smith on trumpet.

Past members who have committed to the reunion performance are singers

Dudley Petry and

Richard "Frog" Glaspell,

Jack Bumgarner on keyboards, bass guitarist Carl Nestmann, and the brothers who started it all, Art and John Osborne who play saxophone and trombone; all traveling in from out-of-state.

Seven past members who live here in the area and plan to perform include vocalists Mary Hankins, Randy Crouser and Mark Hopkins; Bobby Harold on saxophone; organist Mack Kenny; and Phil Martin and Giles Watson on keyboards.

Through 1971, The Esquires built a reputation and a following that took them from local high school dances, to college campuses up and down the East Coast, clubs, an appearance on a local television show, a couple summers performing in Myrtle Beach, S. C., cutting a single and more.

After that, "everyone kind of went their separate ways and had to raise their families," said Evans.

The band picked up where they left off in 1982 when they decided to host a dance to bring in some of their old groupies at the South Charleston Recreation Center.

That venue only held 200 and wouldn't accommodate the crowd, so they decided to rent the National Guard Armory at Coonskin, which held 600, Evans said.

"We sold 1,000 tickets, so we went to the Charleston Civic Center," he explained.

They've been entertaining area audiences ever since, and even did an 11-day musical tour in Moscow in 1995.

"It doesn't feel like [it's been] 50 years," Evans laughed. "It feels like about a week."

Standing the test of time isn't just a matter of nostalgia, he said. The Esquires just play good music.

"We do the Motown sound, Stacks records, Sam and Dave, the Four Tops," Evans said. "It's dance music. It's really great dance music."

"It's some of the best music ever," Wilson agreed.

Tickets for the anniversary dance are $30 and may be purchased at the Civic Center box office or Ticket Master. To get in on the conversation about the upcoming dance, find them on Facebook at facebook.com/pages/The-Esquires/169846276365810.

Reach Marta Tankersley Hays at marta.tankersley@wvgazette.com, 304-348-1249 or follow @MartaRee on Twitter.

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Charleston man found dead in car in Huntington http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/GZ01/141129520 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/GZ01/141129520 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:35:26 -0500 Staff reports HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man was found dead in a car in Huntington this weekend, and a second man found in the car was in critical condition Tuesday.

Thomas Horn III, 52, was found dead in a Mercedes that belongs to Jon Velasquez, also of Charleston, police said. Velasquez was in critical condition at Cabell Huntington Hospital on Tuesday.

There were no obvious signs at foul play, police said. Horn was not shot or stabbed, and showed no signs of physical trauma.

Police are testing for carbon monoxide poisoning, but don't view it as the likely cause.

The car was found near the intersection of 19th Street and 9th Avenue. It was not wrecked.

The Huntington Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information should call the detectives bureau at 304-696-4420.

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FBI seizes nearly $28,000 from W.Va. gambling club http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/GZ01/141129522 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/GZ01/141129522 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:04:06 -0500 The Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Federal authorities have seized nearly $28,000 from an allegedly illegal gambling operation in Martinsburg.

A complaint filed Monday says the FBI seized the funds as part of an investigation into illegal gambling.

The complaint says Big Bucks Bingo operated a charitable bingo license for FOP Lodge 83, which represents police in Morgan, Jefferson, and Berkeley Counties. The FOP lodge had its nonprofit status revoked in 2010, the complaint says, which rendered Big Bucks' charitable operation illegal.

The complaint says the FBI seized cash from Big Bucks Bingo in June. It says the proprietors of Big Bucks Bingo failed to inform the FOP that their nonprofit status had been revoked. It also says the bingo shop tried to conceal charitable proceeds to avoid reporting them.

No criminal charges have been filed.

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Judge OKs exam for W.Va. doctor facing charges http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/GZ01/141129523 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/GZ01/141129523 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:02:11 -0500 The Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A doctor charged with distributing prescription pain pills has been granted the right to spend court funds on a neurological evaluation.

Dr. Edita Milan requested a court-funded examination in July to determine whether she suffers from dementia. Milan is 75. Her lawyers argue that dementia or other similar progressive diseases could impact her ability to have a fair trial.

A judge granted the request Monday.

Milan has been charged in federal court with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute schedule II and III drugs. Milan ran a pain management office out of Bridgeport. An indictment says she conspired with employees and other connected individuals to illegally distribute hydrocodone, buprenorphine, and other prescription drugs.

Six other defendants previously pleaded guilty to related charges.

Milan's trial is scheduled for Jan. 5.

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Kanawha County clerk accuses Tennant of electioneering http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/GZ01/141129524 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/GZ01/141129524 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:53:00 -0500 By Eric Eyre Two days after West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant led a march of supporters to the steps of the Kanawha County Voter Registration office in October, County Clerk Vera McCormick filed a complaint against Tennant, alleging she violated election laws by holding a political rally on public property.

McCormick, a Republican, kept the election complaint confidential for an entire month. She released a copy of the complaint today, after the Gazette requested the document under the state Freedom of Information Act.

In the Oct. 24 complaint, McCormick described Tennant's march as a "brief rally" on the steps of the Voter Registration office, where early voting was taking place. As county clerk, McCormick oversees elections and voting in Kanawha County.

"Mrs. Tennant even began a round of loud clapping among the group, which is typical at any political rally," McCormick said in the complaint, "This activity was filmed by local television stations and broadcast in the area."

McCormick filed the formal complaint with Lanya Brown, director of elections at the Secretary of State's Office, which investigates election complaints. Brown reports directly to Tennant. The case has been forwarded to the West Virginia Attorney General's Office.

Tennant was a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. She lost the race to U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito earlier this month.

McCormick's complaint says state law prohibits electioneering "on the property of the county courthouse, any annex facilities, or any other designated early voting location within the county, during the entire period of regular in-person absentee voting."

The election complaint also explains why McCormick and her staff didn't stop Tennant's Oct. 22 event, if they knew the secretary of state was violating election law.

"Due to the employees in the Voter Registration office being busy handling voters who were voting early, they were unable to address the situation at the time it occurred," McCormick wrote.

McCormick declined to comment on her complaint this week, but she criticized Tennant in interviews with several media outlets on the day of Tennant's march with supporters.

"She should know better," McCormick said at the time.

As secretary of state, Tennant oversees voting and elections.

On the morning of Oct. 22, Tennant led a group of supporters from the Charleston Town Center mall to the steps of the Kanawha Judicial Annex on the first day of early voting in West Virginia.

Once she reached the steps, she turned to address the crowd, led a round of applause, and then thanked her supporters before walking into the building to vote.

Tennant has said her march and speech wasn't a political rally. She said she was simply thanking volunteers for helping her through a "tough campaign." Her supporters left their signs and election materials across the street from the polling place, she said.

As criticism intensified after the march last month, Tennant asked West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to start an independent review.

In 2009, Tennant signed an agreement with former Attorney General Darrell McGraw that his office would investigate any election complaints that "pose a conflict of interest" for Tennant. Morrisey inherited the agreement.

Morrisey has refused to say whether he's investigating Tennant.

Reach Eric Eyre at ericeyre@wvgazette.com, 304-348-4869 or follow @ericeyre on Twitter.

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W.Va. Turnpike prepares for holiday travel surge http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/GZ01/141129525 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/GZ01/141129525 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:45:55 -0500 The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Turnpike is preparing for its busiest travel period.

The turnpike's governing agency, the West Virginia Parkways Authority, plans to fully staff all three toll plazas along the 88-mile highway during the Thanksgiving travel period's peak hours. There also will be temporary toll booths with additional collectors.

But Parkways general manager Greg Barr tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the extra help might not be enough.

Barr says a toll plaza might be able to handle about 2,000 transactions an hour. During peak hours, traffic is typically heavier.

The turnpike typically has two peak periods. One is between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday. The other is between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Barr advises motorists to avoid traveling during the peak periods.

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W.Va. woman pleads no contest to embezzlement http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/GZ01/141129526 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/GZ01/141129526 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:42:49 -0500 The Associated Press WINCHESTER, Va. - A West Virginia woman has agreed to pay $91,000 in restitution after pleading no contest to embezzling from a Winchester company.

Georgia Perry-Ray, also known as Georgia Jenkins, entered the plea Monday in Winchester Circuit Court to embezzlement, forgery and uttering charges.

Police say the 59-year-old resident of Wardensville, West Virginia, took money from Ministering Angels between 2012 and 2013. She was a contract employee of the home health care company at the time.

Winchester senior assistant commonwealth's attorney Derek Aston tells The Winchester Star that Perry-Ray has paid $75,000 in restitution so far.

Aston says Perry-Ray will be convicted of a reduced misdemeanor embezzlement count if she pays the remainder of the restitution and doesn't have further trouble with the law. The other charges will be suspended.

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Winter storm expected in parts of W.Va. http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/GZ01/141129527 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/GZ01/141129527 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:40:17 -0500 The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The National Weather Service says parts of West Virginia could get up to 7 inches of snow for the start of the busy Thanksgiving travel period.

The weather service has issued a storm warning effective Wednesday in Greenbrier County. A storm watch is in place for 11 other counties, mostly in the northeastern part of the state.

Forecasters say a nor'easter is expected to develop along the East Coast. Travel could become hazardous Wednesday on portions of Interstates 68, 64 and 81.

The storm comes on the heels of high winds that knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses Monday. About 4,800 customers of American Electric Power and FirstEnergy remain without power Tuesday, including more than 1,000 each in Monongalia and Upshur counties.

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NJ man dies while hunting in W.Va. http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/GZ01/141129528 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141125/GZ01/141129528 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:38:20 -0500 The Associated Press SISTERSVILLE, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is investigating the death of a New Jersey hunter on the opening day of the buck firearms season.

Agency spokesman Hoy Murphy says Fran Joseph Esposito, 62, of Pleasantville, New Jersey, was found Monday morning by another member of his hunting party in an elevated hunting shack.

Murphy says there were no visible injuries. The DNR's Law Enforcement Section is investigating Esposito's death as an unattended death.

Esposito was hunting near Clark Ridge south of Sistersville in Tyler County.

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