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Larry and Bertha Cricks

Wayne couple accused of incest, sexual abuse

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A husband and wife are accused of incest and sexual abuse against their two children according to indictments released from the Wayne County Circuit Court.

Larry Cricks, 43, and Bertha Cricks, 34, both of Heavenly Angels Trailer Park, are each charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse by a parent/guardian, 10 counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of incest.

The abuse took place against the couple’s son and daughter, whom are both under the age of 12. An investigation from the West Virginia State Police revealed the charges stemmed from a 22-month span of time between the dates of January 2014 and October 2015.

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Greg Page pumps up the crowd Friday, during a celebratory send-off of Spring Valley High School’s football team as they prepare to take on the Martinsburg Bulldogs at the AAA state championship in Wheeling. Photos by Toril Lavender/For The Herald-Dispatch

The road to state brings community together

By JOSEPHINE MENDEZ
HD Media

KENOVA – In 1997, when three prominent Wayne County high schools consolidated into Spring Valley High School, it was hard for the community to imagine a time when there wouldn’t be a clear division between the former students of the three schools.

Now, 19 years later, it has taken a run at the AAA state championship to give the community a big reason to erase those lines.

“It’s exciting to see,” said Dr. Ron LeMaster, a Ceredo-Kenova graduate-turned Spring Valley fan. “Spring Valley is by no means a new school, but playing in the state championship is new territory for them.”

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NC man jailed after weapons, suspicious items found in vehicle

By COURTNEY HESSLER
HD Media

KENOVA – A North Carolina man traveling across the country for an alleged Craigslist meetup was jailed over the weekend after West Virginia police discovered suspicious items in his vehicle.

Timothy Wesley Slack, 30, of Newport, North Carolina, was jailed at 12:15 a.m. Monday. The Kenova Police Department charged him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, concealed deadly weapon and obstructing.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Wayne Magistrate Court, at about 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, a Kenova police officer was approached in the 900 block of Oak Street by Slack, who asked about nearby hotels.

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Two jailed after 700 oxycodone pills seized

MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

FORT GAY – Wayne County law enforcement officials were able to intercept a shipment Tuesday of more than 700 oxycodone pills sent to West Virginia from Detroit.

According to the Wayne Drug Enforcement Unit, Wayne County resident Dennis Ransbottom, Jr., 31, and Detroit resident Tuniesia Adams, 38 were each charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy. Adams’ arrest is the result of a yearlong investigation according to a WCDEU source.

The pills are valued at more than $17,000.

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