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BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. — A Lincoln County man was hit and killed along Route 10 in Cabell County Wednesday morning.
Authorities said it occurred around 5 a.m. between the EMS Station and Morrison’s Market.
Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle said the victim had been reported of walking in the road.
The victim’s name has not been released. The driver is not facing any charges.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Greg Carey and Joe Brocato take a look at the best matchups on the schedule in Class A football for Week 9.
- Williamstown (7-1) at Parkersburg Catholic (5-3) – Saturday
- East Hardy (5-2) at Pendleton County (7-0)
- South Harrison (4-3) at St. Marys (5-2)
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Police Chief Opie Smith is urging residents not to rush to judgement in connection with an arrest on the city’s West Side last week that’s resulted in an internal investigation after a “use of force” complaint was filed by the woman who was arrested.
Smith released the dash-cam video Tuesday evening from the arrest near the Family Dollar Store on Virginia Street West. It shows a female officer trying to restrain the suspect. The woman had not yet been put in handcuffs although it seems to show the initial officer reaching for those.
The officer can be heard requesting back-up in a recording from Kanawha County Metro 911. Responding officers were told the officer on the scene was in an active fight. The video shows a second officer arriving followed by punches being thrown to subdue the suspect.
Smith said the back-up officer was responding to an active scene.
“He has limited information coming into something like that. His perception was…you heard it on the radio that the officer needed assistance,” Smith told reporters Tuesday.
Smith said a video taken by a resident and posted on Facebook last week and the dash-cam video show different views of the same incident.
“I just think people should just take a step back. I understand the first video, it had a different angle but there was another angle,” Smith said. “People just need to take a step back and wait for the investigation.”
The two officers involved remain on paid administrative leave as the department’s professional standards division conducts an internal investigation. The woman arrested was not seriously injured. She’s been released on personal recognizance bond after being charged with animal cruelty and resisting arrest.
Smith, the office of Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin and the community group RESET announced plans last week to review and provide additional training for police officers in the area of arrest techniques and how to deal with people during a tense situation.
In these days of social media, there are more recordings of incidents involving police. Smith said that shouldn’t impact how officers do their jobs.
“I don’t want an officer to be put in a situation and afraid to react due to someone videoing them. You can video me all day and I’m going to do the same thing whether you put a camera in my face or you don’t,” Smith said.
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No one likes to pay taxes, but it is understood that some taxation is necessary to pay for the services that we believe the government should provide. The individual states have many different methods and rates of collecting taxes, and states use taxes to compete for business and attract new residents.
The independent (but conservative leaning) Tax Foundation is out with the 17th edition its annual guide, the State Business Tax Climate Index. The report provides an objective look at how all the states compare on business taxation.
The Index analyzed more than 120 variables in five major areas of taxation—corporate taxes, individual income taxes, sales taxes, property taxes and unemployment insurance taxes. West Virginia scores better than you might think, and we’ll get to that in a minute.
“The evidence shows that states with the best tax systems will be the most competitive at attracting new businesses and the most effective at generating economic and employment growth,” according to the Index.
The report says the top states are, in order, Wyoming, South Dakota, Alaska, Florida, Montana, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Indiana. The Index says the biggest common denominator among the ten is the absence of a major tax. For example, Wyoming, Nevada and South Dakota have no corporate or individual income tax.
The ten lowest ranked states (from 41 to 50) are Louisiana, Iowa, Maryland, Vermont, Minnesota, Arkansas, Connecticut, California, New York and New Jersey. According to the Index, these states have “complex, nonneutral taxes with comparatively high rates. New Jersey, for example, is hampered by some of the highest property tax burdens in the country.”
West Virginia scored slightly above average for business tax competitiveness. Its overall score is 23rd out of the 50 states. Notably, that’s a better score than our five neighboring states (Kentucky 24, Virginia 25, Pennsylvania 29, Ohio 38 and Maryland 43).
The Mountain State’s best score of the five categories is the corporate tax rate. The rate of 6.5 percent ranks West Virginia 15th among the states. That’s also a better ranking than any of the five contiguous states.
The state’s worst rating was 29th in the category of unemployment insurance tax. But that’s still a better ranking than Kentucky at 49th, Pennsylvania at 42nd and Maryland at 33rd.
The rankings are important because, even though the economy is now global, most of the competition for jobs is between the states. As the Index reports, “They (the states) need to be more concerned with companies moving from Detroit, Michigan, to Dayton, Ohio, than from Detroit to New Delhi, India.”
“That means that state lawmakers must be aware of how their states’ business climates match up against their immediate neighbors and to other regional competitor states.”
The anti-competitive property tax on inventory, machinery and equipment remains a significant challenge to businesses operating profitably or relocating to West Virginia. That may change next year if the Justice administration follows through with plans for a constitutional amendment to phase that out.
But beyond that, at least according to the Tax Foundation, the state’s business tax rating is competitive, especially with our surrounding states.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A Huntington lawyer representing scores of communities, including Cabell County, in challenging opioid manufacturers says he wants “a reckoning” for the drug crisis affecting his community and others across the country.
“The origins and the fueling of this epidemic were manmade, and they were made by people who made decisions that are just unforgivable,” Paul Farrell said on Tuesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”
“I want the world to understand what they did to our hometown and what the longterm consequences are. This is not something they can run from.”
Thousands of communities are arguing the nation’s top drug companies acted improperly by shipping pills to various communities, thus starting and fanning the national opioid crisis.
Two Ohio counties announced Monday a settlement with distributors McKesson Corp., AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health, as well as manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals. The announcement came before the trial was set to begin in a federal courtroom in Cleveland.
Farrell said there was an effort to settle the case on Friday, but his clients want a legal proceeding after waiting 22 months for their case to be heard.
“We have communicated in as blunt language as we can that they sold 10 million pills of opium into our hometown every year for 15 years,” Farrell said. “They broke it, and now they have to fix it.”
Farrell said there is evidence showing irresponsibility by drug companies, noting internal documents detailing how company officials were aware of significant shipments to Huntington pharmacies.
“The amount of pills they sent was unforgivable,” he said.
According to Farrell, 50 attorneys general are working on a settlement in which West Virginia would receive 0.5% of funds needed for recovery efforts.
“Based on population,” Farrell said of the funding proposal. He noted West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is opposed to the idea.
“We’re going to take those communities that are underserved, those that are most impacted and we’re going to fix them first,” Farrell added.
Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said Monday he is opposed to a settlement as well.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — More than a month before she and others will travel to Canada, Delegate Barbara Fleischauer, D-Morgantown, spoke about the trip to raise awareness about the cost of insulin.
Fleischauer, Delegate Jordan Hill, R-Nicholas, and West Virginia Insulin for All are planning a one-day trip to Niagara Falls so people can purchase insulin. The cost of insulin in the United States doubled between 2012 and 2016.
“Everybody knows somebody who has it. We just didn’t realize people were dying from it because of the cost,” Fleischauer said. “I think it’s particularly important in West Virginia that our congressional delegation works together on this.”
Liz Rossi, a Morgantown resident, said a friend died after running out of insulin. Rossi said her friend rationed insulin while waiting for Medicaid benefits. She died from a diabetic coma.
“Even though there are safety nets there’s still failure within the system,” she said. “If insulin is not easy to access that’s cheap and affordable, people will die. People do die.”
Fleischauer said she and Hill are working on legislation to limit the co-pay for insulin. The measure is modeled after a Colorado law limiting the co-pay to $50. Fleischauer also noted she previously co-sponsored legislation allowing pharmacies to fill emergency prescriptions for life-saving medicine.
The trip is planned for Dec. 8; passports are needed to travel into Canada.
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WHEELING, W.Va. — Traffic patterns on the busy Interstate-70 in Ohio County are set to take a drastic change.
Wheeling Police said on Tuesday that the office was advised by the West Virginia Division of Highways that work on Phase I of the I-70 Bridges Project will begin Wednesday.
In a release, Wheeling PD said Swank Construction will begin to divert I-70 westbound traffic on I-70 eastbound, from the Marion Street exit in Bridgeport, Ohio to the Wheeling Tunnel.
The work for Phase I, which is expected to take around 18 months, will limit one lane of traffic in each direction. According to Wheeling PD, the construction company must have lanes limited to perform crossover construction and shoulder reconstruction for the project.
The speed limit through the work zones is 35 mph and the Wheeling Island on and off-ramp will remain open.
The department said motorists are advised to be alert for changing traffic patterns and expect delays. Any questions or concerns regarding the project can be directed to Wheeling PD’s hotline at 304-810-3214 or by visiting www.i70forward.com.
Inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances can change the project schedule.
TOMORROW: Traffic pattern changes from Ohio state line to Wheeling Tunnel.
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— Wheeling, WV Police (@WheelingPolice) October 22, 2019
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Trey Lowe will continue being utilized within West Virginia’s offense on a situational basis, but there is no question about which quarterback remains in charge of the show.
West Virginia coach Neal Brown reemphasized that junior Austin Kendall is the team’s starter moving forward this season.
“Austin Kendall’s our starter,” Brown said. “I thought he played well in the first half on Saturday. The second half, he did not perform as well as he needs to. He understands that. First half, he handled the noise around that game pretty well. It’s a unique situation, he has to go back and play his home team in their stadium.
“I thought he threw the ball really well. We had three, maybe four dropped passes in the first half. I thought he made really good decisions. The second half, his decision-making wasn’t as good. He missed on several deep throws we needed to hit to be competitive in that game. But he’s our starter. And that’s how we’ll move forward.”
Kendall was 13-for-22 for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. He went just 2-for-9 for 74 yards in the second half, including a miss on a fourth-down swing pass that Leddie Brown could have walked into the end zone for a score.
“That’s going to haunt me for a couple days,” Kendall said after the game. “That’s just an easy throw. To see him run scot-free into the end zone without the ball in his hands is disappointing. That’s the little things I’ve got to fix. Because those can be big, game-changing plays in the long run.”
Brown said the Mountaineers will continue to use Lowe depending on opponent and situation.
“We’ve got to be more productive when we’re in those sets,” Brown said. “We had a couple clear runs where we didn’t get as many yards as we’d like to. I think Trey’s getting better. It was good to get him in the game. We’d have liked to use him a little more. He had one really nice run late in the game and he was able to get a completion, so that will help him from a confidence standpoint.
“It’s going to be week-to-week how much he’s involved.”
Notably, the Mountaineers included Jarret Doege on their Oklahoma travel roster — an unusual move for a team’s fourth-string quarterback. Doege is a possible candidate for playing time in up to four games this year, but Brown said his inclusion on the travel roster had more to do with long-term planning.
“It was important for him to go and be in that venue and get a feel for a Big 12 atmosphere at a high level,” Brown said. “We have aspirations that he could be a really good player for us. He’s going to have to perform in those venues if he wants to be a high-level quarterback.”
Brown is placing Doege in the same class as other players who are redshirting this season.
“Whether we’ll play him or not is to be determined,” Brown said. “But we will take advantage of the [redshirt] rule. It won’t necessarily just be the last four games of the season, especially in areas where we have some injuries. We will take advantage of that rule.”
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— By Eric Little
Two small school rivals meet, several showdown games are set at both the big and small school levels and a Class AAA school returns home to face a worthy challenger.
GAMES TO WATCH
No. 7 Greenbrier East (5-2) at No. 3 Parkersburg South (7-0)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Week: Parkersburg South stayed perfect with a 35-28 win over Morgantown. The Patriots rallied from a one-point fourth-quarter deficit to hold on for the win after scoring early in the fourth to take the lead. Greenbrier East dealt a harsh blow to Ripley’s playoff hopes in a 34-28 overtime win. The Spartans scored the game’s last 20 points to erase a 14-point fourth quarter deficit.
Why It’s Important: Parkersburg South is looking to stay perfect, but they’ve got a difficult close to their schedule — Greenbrier East, at Wheeling Park and home against crosstown rival Parkersburg. The Spartans are gaining momentum after Friday’s overtime win was their third straight.
Who to Watch for Parkersburg South: Devin Gaines was a one-man wrecking crew for the Patriots in Morgantown last Friday. Gaines scored four touchdowns on a night where he picked up 214 yards on 23 carries. One of those touchdowns was a punishing, 90-yard run reminiscent of the exploits of Herschel Walker or Earl Campbell, or for contemporary audiences, perhaps Owen Schmitt. It’s a shame Gaines won’t be old enough to run for Governor next year, because he already checks off two major boxes: Paves roads and gets things done.
No. 10 Spring Mills (4-3) at No. 12 Parkersburg (4-3)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last Week: In a game it badly needed to win to boost playoff hopes, Parkersburg defeated Hurricane 42-28. Spring Mills defeated Albert Gallatin, Pa., 22-19 to end its own two-game losing skid.
Why It’s Important: Both teams are looking to solidify playoff berths and/or positioning, and a win Friday would boost the rankings for both.
Who to Watch for Parkersburg: Bryson Singer threw for 234 yards and four touchdowns for Parkersburg, connecting with Braeden Mason for three of those scoring plays. Singer also ran for a touchdown as part of a 171-yard rushing performance, so all told, 405 yards of offense from Singer. Not a shabby night for the Big Red signal caller.
No. 16 Ripley (3-4) at Princeton (1-6)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Week: Ripley suffered a heartbreaking 34-28 loss in overtime to Greenbrier East in a game the Vikings led by 14 entering the fourth quarter. Princeton fell 42-28 to James Monroe — the Tigers’ fifth straight loss.
Why It’s Important: The Vikings are running out of time if they want to get into the playoffs for a second straight season. They have a chance to win out, and that’s just what they might need to do to get in.
Who to Watch for Ripley: Noah Westfall ran for a Ripley score and threw for another. Westfall was one of four different players to rush for Viking touchdowns. Cameron Ramsey, Jacob Fouty and Kadin Hall provided the other three. It’s this diversity in the running game — successfully using multiple threats — that makes the Vikings a tough team to stop. It’s also what they’ll need to lean on during the season’s final three games.
No. 4 Williamstown (7-1) at No. 14 Parkersburg Catholic (5-3)
When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Last Week: In a game that was tied at 16 halfway through the second quarter, Williamstown pulled away with a shutdown effort in the second half to earn a 46-28 win over Tyler Consolidated — its seventh straight. Parkersburg Catholic fell 26-20 to Pendleton County in a neutral site game contested in Fairmont.
Why It’s Important: Parkersburg Catholic wants badly to re-establish this game as a rivalry by taking a win from the Yellowjackets. Williamstown did a fine job last year of showing the Crusaders who was boss, dealing the upstart club a 48-6 setback a year ago. The Crusaders want to take some of the sting away from that loss while Williamstown wants to keep rolling toward the postseason.
Who to Watch for Williamstown: Against a team who’s already faced their fair share of the state’s best Class A running backs, Ty Moore posted 288 yards and five touchdowns on 29 carries against Tyler Consolidated. Though Hunter America of Doddridge County gets all the credit he deserves, Moore outproduced America in terms of yards and points against the Silver Knights.
Eric Brown caught three passes from Brayden Modesitt, including a 21-yard touchdown pass.
Who to Watch for Parkersburg Catholic: Ethan Lang had a big game, catching four passes – including a touchdown – for 131 yards. Jeb Boice caught a touchdown pass and threw two others. When you combine his passing, rushing and receiving totals, Boice accounted for 249 of Parkersburg Catholic’s 275 yards of total offense.
No. 12 South Harrison (4-3) at No. 8 St. Marys (5-2)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last Week: St. Marys easily handled Magnolia 40-6 – the third win in the last four weeks for the Blue Devils. South Harrison bounced back from a loss to defeat Tygarts Valley 34-13. The Hawks have won four of their last five games after an 0-2 start and are now firmly within the Class A playoff discussion.
Why It’s Important: Every team left on the St. Marys schedule – South Harrison, Ravenswood and Tyler Consolidated – still stands a chance to get into the playoffs, and will be motivated to give their best. So for the Blue Devils, their playoffs essentially started with a 3-2 record after their shutout loss to Williamstown. South Harrison faces Sherman and Tucker County this week, so they’re in the same boat.
Who to Watch for St. Marys: Richard Dornan, William Steele and Brennan Boron all ran for scores for the Blue Devils in their win last week against Magnolia. Boron also threw for 252 yards, including a pair of touchdown passes to Lucas Lipscomb.
Wirt County (3-5) at No. 3 Ritchie County (6-1)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Week: Ritchie County ran their winning streak to three games with a 62-34 win over Webster County. Wirt County snapped a four-game losing skid in a 61-0 loss to Hannan.
Why It’s Important: Ritchie County needs to keep focused on the possibility for greater things ahead, while Wirt County likely views this sort of like a bowl game – one big shot to pick off a really good football team.
Who to Watch for Ritchie County: Both of Gus Morrison’s catches went for touchdowns in last week’s win against Webster County. Tre Moss ran 11 times for 149 yards and a score for the Rebels. Seth Hardy and Garrett Owens also had two touchdown runs each, while Kayden Procacina also tallied a touchdown run.
Who to Watch for Wirt County: Trent Richards ran for two scores and scored on defense, thanks to a pick-six. Zac Yoak hauled in two touchdown passes. Garrett Parsons threw a touchdown pass and ran for two more touchdowns.
Magnolia (0-7) at No. 16 Tyler Consolidated (4-3)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Last Week: Magnolia fell for the seventh straight week in a 40-6 loss to St. Marys. Tyler Consolidated held close early, but fell away late in a 46-28 loss to Williamstown.
Why It’s Important: The upward climb toward a playoff spot continues for Tyler Consolidated. The Silver Knights have won four of five after an 0-2 start to the season.
Who to Watch for Tyler Consolidated: The emerging pass duo of Gage Huffman to Jayden Helmick struck again last week in Tyler’s loss to the Yellowjackets. The two combined for a pair of touchdown passes, two of Helmick’s four catches in the game. Mark Rucker racked up another 250 yards and two touchdowns for the Silver Knights on 22 carries.
CLASS AA VS. CLASS A
Roane County (2-4) at Ravenswood (3-4)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last Week: Roane County fell 27-13 to Lincoln – the Raiders’ third straight loss. Ravenswood was shutout for the second time this season in a 31-0 loss to the Doddridge County Bulldogs.
Why It’s Important: Roane County can finish a rough season on a bright note if they can win out and end up at 5-4. Ravenswood is running out of time to become a playoff team, but a win against a Class AA team would be a ratings booster.
Who to Watch for Roane County: Josh Huffman ran for 145 yards and two scores against Lincoln last week.
Who to Watch for Ravenswood: The Red Devils were held to just 155 total yards of offense in last week’s loss to Doddridge County. They’ll likely lean on their backfield, and guys like Jacob Creel and Chase Hood, to carry the load against the Raiders.
Other games: Paden City (2-5) at Hancock, MD (1-6)
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Not Eligible for Playoffs