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Shearer in court for second trial

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A man charged with first degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a parent or guardian in 2014 was back in Wayne County Circuit Court Tuesday for trial proceedings after a jury was unable to unanimously convict him last year.

Herbert L. Shearer, of Alexandria, Ky., was charged with the above crimes in November 2014 and was later tried in 2015 for the charges that came from a complaint that he had committed the acts with a minor.

During 2015 proceedings another charge was added to the list when Shearer was accused of committing intimidation of a witness during the trial.

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced fines for 27 violations against Wayne Lumber & Mulch Inc. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Feds propose saftey fines at Wayne sawmill

WAYNE - Federal workplace safety officials are proposing $214,000 in fines against a West Virginia sawmill they cited just two years ago.

On Monday, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced fines for 27 violations against Wayne Lumber & Mulch Inc.

The agency cited the company for nine repeat violations from a March 2014 inspection. Some included lacking effective hazard communication training plans, having electrical hazards, lacking a conveyor or exhaust system to remove combustible sawdust, lacking procedures to prevent machines from accidentally starting up, allowing buildup of combustible material and failing to provide leg protection.

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Illegal drugs, lack of jobs focus of state Attorney General race

By FRED PACE
HD Media

HUNTINGTON - Whether it’s at public speaking forums, personal candidate statements or television commercials, the two major party candidates for West Virginia Attorney General appear to focus on two issues plaguing the state: illegal drugs and the lack of jobs.

Republican incumbent candidate Patrick Morrisey declined to be interviewed, citing his opponent being a managing partner of The Herald-Dispatch.

In his personal candidate statement to the newspaper, Morrisey said since 2013, he has completely reformed the Attorney General’s office, improving the quality of the legal work, implementing a new, transparent outside counsel policy, returning over $23 million back to the state’s general fund and successfully leading several major litigation efforts against President Obama’s illegal Power Plan and Waters of the United States rule.

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Guns stolen from Freedom Gun and Pawn over weekend

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

LAVALETTE – The owner of Freedom Gun and Pawn, located in Lavalette, is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of two people who broke into his store and stole six firearms over the weekend.

Security footage shows two people wearing masks and hoodies approaching the store and one of whom using a crowbar to break the glass front door for entrance around midnight Saturday night.

Then, the two enter the store and encounter trouble as they try to gather firearms, due to a cable locking several of them together.

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Father, daughter waive to grand jury in overdose crash

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HUNTINGTON - The case of a father and daughter charged with endangering a 3-year-old child will proceed to a Cabell County grand jury after the two waived their right to a preliminary hearing on Monday.

Mikayla Breh Hunter, 22, of Fort Gay, and Michael Shawn Hunter, 47, of Huntington, were charged with child neglect creating the risk of injury on Sept. 8 after the younger defendant allegedly crashed a car due to an apparent drug overdose. A 3-year-old child was found in the back of the vehicle.

Mikayla Hunter was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and DUI with a minor in the vehicle, and Michael Hunter also was charged with giving false information to law enforcement.

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