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JSN Update 12/8/09

Posted by JoAnn on December 8, 2009

Yikes, kids! It’s been awhile! Sorry about that. Boy has it been busy in LaLa land. Well let’s do this thing …

Power Company Scraps Plans for Meigs Plant

Citing increased construction costs, American Municipal Power has announced it will not build a planned coal-fired power plant across the Ohio River from Jackson County in Ohio. While the debate between coal and the environment is ongoing, that plant certainly would have been an economic coup for Ravenswood. Bummer to see the plans scrapped. The company says it may plan something else for the site in the future.

Man charged with causing rollover accident

Cauley

Richard “Breeze” Causey, 44, of Parkersburg was arrested on one felony count of unlawful/malicious assault on Thanksgiving after police say he injured his fiancé by jerking the wheel of their vehicle and causing her to wreck as the two were arguing while traveling down Interstate 77.  After being treated at the hospital, the fiancé also alleged that Causey had cut her wrists and face with a sword a week prior.  She alleged that Causey had beaten her several times since the two met in May, sometimes causing black eyes and broken ribs. Umm, so perhaps being single might be a better route. Just a suggestion.

Mother Charged with Intimidating Meth-Ring Witness

Crandale Sue Redman, of Cottageville, was charged with intimidating a witness, after allegedly threatening a person who provided statements against Redman’s daughter in connection with methamphetamine manufacturing charges. According to the police report, Redman used her car to block the witness’ car at a gas station. Redman allegedly approached the witness, called her names and made threats against her. These meth cases just keep getting more interesting.

Red Devils Football Season Ends in the Postseason

Unfortunately, the Ravenswood Red Devils lost the hatchet to Ripley in a close game, and followed that with a loss in the first round of playoffs to Wayne. Regardless, many congratulations to a very good season.

RHS Marching Band Showcases Talents at VikingFest

Small in number but mighty in music, the Ravenswood High school Marching Band took second place in their division at VikingFest in Ripley. In addition, the band’s field commander and percussion unit both took first place in their divisional categories. The majorettes received second place. In addition, the percussion unti took second place at the Tri-State Marching Band Competition in Huntington. Great job for a band that lost their director one week before band camp. Nathan Corathers, a young fella from Central West Virginia, took the reigns on short notice in August and appears to be doing quite well. Many congratulations to him and the band!

Recent Divorces Filed in Jackson County

In unfortunate news, several familiar couples filed for divorce in recent weeks including Josh Hupp, class of ’96, and his wife, Angela; Nathan Freshour, class of ’97, and his wife Tanya; and Tracy LeMasters, former assistant band director, and her husband Brian McCommon. Best of luck to you all.

Martino Marries

In happier news, Erika Martino, daughter of the late James Martino (everyone’s favorite little West Virginia history teacher), married Joseph Young in November. Congrats!

A Little Pease is Student of the Month

In more fun news, Kaeleen Pease, daughter of class of ’97 grads Rachel and Nicky Pease, was named Kindergarten student of the month. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you which school because I cut off that part of the newspaper when I clipped the article. Way to go, me! I’ve put in an inquiry to the tike’s lovely parents and will update when I get the information, but saw no point in holding up the JSN Update any longer, since it’s been nearly 10 years since I’ve done one. Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but I digress.

Just FYI, I’m sure many of you have amazing kids that are often featured in the Jackson County newspapers. However, I don’t know all the names and such, so if your kiddo is in the paper for doing something cool, Facebook or Myspace me to let me know, so I can keep an eye out. Thanks!

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JSN Update 10/20/09

Posted by JoAnn on October 20, 2009

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Coach Hinkle Honored

Former Ravenswood High School coach Dale Hinkle was one of six inductees into the West Virginia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame this past weekend in Charleston. Hinkle was an assistant coach for just one year and then took the helm of the Red Devil grapplers for two-and-a-half decades. During his tenure, 10 Ravenswood wrestlers won state championships while he produced 48 state placers and 94 state qualifiers. Hinkle retired from teaching five years ago and stopped substituting last year. Many congrats, coach!

Charges Dropped Against Sullivan … For Now

Remember the 50+ people arrested in July for an alleged Jackson County meth ring? (https://jirl.wordpress.com/2009/07/22/jsn-update-72209/). Local attorney Jessica Sullivan, class of ’96, was due to stand trial Oct. 13 on eight felony counts of possession of substances to be used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine and eight felony counts of conspiracy to commit a felony. However, charges were dismissed without prejudice because not all evidence had been turned over in time to Sullivan’s defense attorneys. At issue is a statement made by one of the other folks arrested which allegedly is very damaging to those facing prosecution. James Coiner, who was charged with nine counts each of the charges Sullivan also faced, agreed to testify against 51 other people, including Sullivan, in exchange for a plea deal. Sullivan’s lawyer had moved for the charges to be dropped with prejudice. However, because Coiner’s statement had not yet been transcribed and, therefore, could not be delivered to the defense in time, the judge decided it was not a gross violation of the law and would not dismiss with prejudice. A dismissal without prejudice means the prosecution can introduce new charges in the case against Sullivan, which it is expected to do later this month.

Naked Man Arrested at Fire Scene

Wamsley

Wamsley

Well here’s a doozie. Apparently, Jackson County law enforcement officers had to use a K-9 officer to gain control of a naked man who was disturbing the scene  of a camper fire in Millwood. According to the police report, a call was made to 911 reporting a camper on fire along Front Street in Millwood on the night of Oct. 5. Shortly after, another call came in with a resident saying there was an individual near the fire scene threatening him and two others. When police arrived, they found Mason resident Guy Wamsley, 39, naked and leaning against a camper trailer watching firefighters put out the fire. Police order Wamsley on the ground, an order which he apparently ignored. The order was given again, this time with the threat of releasing the polic dog if he failed to comply. Wamsley did not, and the K-9 was released. Fortunately for Wamsley, he was only bitten on the calves before being subdued and placed under arrest. According to Justin Griffith and Jared Varney, after seeing the fire break out from their residence, they went to the scene where they observed Wamsley going to a residence near them.  After telling him not to bother the residence, Wamsley allegedly became irate toward Griffith and Varney and began chasing the two with a large plastic jug containing gasoline.  Wamsley also allegedly punched Varney in the face. Witnesses backed up the statements and Wamsley was charged with assault and obstructing an officer.

Red Devils Fall to Pt. Pleasant

Pt. Pleasant’s Big Blacks upset Ravenswood 31-19 on the football field last week. The boys host winless Clay County this Friday at Flinn Field. The Devils fell from 2nd to 5th in this week’s Class AA rankings.

School Lunch Menu for Tuesday, Oct. 20

Today, the kiddies will be dining on chicken and noodles, tossed salad, whole wheat roll, peaches, Jell-O and milk.

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JSN Update 7/22/09

Posted by JoAnn on July 22, 2009

At Least 50 Indicted on Meth Charges in Jackson County, Arraignments Begin This Week

wsaz_jacksondrugindictments_02It will be an interesting day tomorrow at the Jackson County Courthouse as the arraignments begin for the more than 50 people who were indicted last week on a combined total of more than 1,000 charges involving meth. The charges include counts of conspiracy, manufacturing and distribution. For some of us RHS kids from the 1990s, you’ll recognize a few names in the major crackdown including local criminal attorney and class of ’96 grad Jessica Sullivan. Also arrested among the 50 indictments are Andrea Stutler, class of ’96 as well as Tiffany Stalnaker and Michael Stone, both class of ’98. Another familiar name among the bunch is Clifford Easthom, though I’m not really sure of his graduation year. For some of you younger folks, you might recognize the names of Megan and Danielle LaCava, who were also arrested. What I find particularly sad is that while the arrests spanned the entire county, the majority were in Ravenswood.

Obviously, its easy to rush to judgment but remember, these folks have only been charged and not convicted at this time. Therefore, they are presumed innocent until proven otherwise. Having said that, if you’re making regular visits to the local Rite Aid and stocking up on the maximum allotment of Sudafed each month, it’s easy to see why some folks might be the target of an investigation. When you also proceed to buy other common ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine, I’m sure that does not bode well.  I’m glad to see local law enforcement is working to try and clean up the drug problem in Jackson County. Below are mug shots of Stutler, Stone and the LaCava girls. I’m working on obtaining the mug shot of Stalnaker. As for Sullivan, she posted bond right after booking and never went to the regional jail so no mug shot is available. A complete list of those arrested is available online at the Jackson Newspapers Web site.

Andrea Stutler

Andrea Stutler

Michael Stone

Michael Stone

Megan LaCava

Megan LaCava

Danielle LaCava

Danielle LaCava

Tiffany Stalnaker

Tiffany Stalnaker

Clifford Easthom

Clifford Easthom

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