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Suspect arrested in death of former coal executive

By JOHN RABY
Associated Press

CHARLESTON (AP) — A man has been arrested in the death of a former coal company executive found shot at a West Virginia cemetery where his wife is buried, a sheriff said Tuesday.

Mingo County Sheriff James Smith said Anthony R. Arriaga, 20, is being held on a homicide warrant in Allen County, Ohio. Smith said the suspect is being held in Monday’s shooting of Bennett K. Hatfield, 59.

Hatfield resigned in 2015 as president and CEO of Patriot Coal, a month before the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time. He was International Coal Group’s CEO when a 2006 explosion at the Sago Mine in northern West Virginia killed 12 miners.

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CONGRATS VALLEY GRADS

ABOVE, LEFT: Graduates make their way to their seats during Spring Valley High School’s 18th annual commencement ceremony on Tuesday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. BOTTOM RIGHT: Taylor Brooke Franz receives her diploma. Photos by Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch

Josie Adkins smiles as she crosses the stage for her diploma during Wayne High School’s commencement ceremony. Grad photos by Larry Butcher/for the Herald-Dispatch

WHS graduates 150

WAYNE – Nearly 150 seniors received their high school diplomas Monday evening at Wayne High School.

The Pioneer graduating class of 2016 hosted the annual commencement ceremony on Pioneer Field and was joined by parents, teachers, school officials, dignitaries and others in the community to celebrate the momentous occasion.

James Colton Farley was named as this year’s winner of the coveted “Pioneer of the Year” award. Farley is the son of Greg and Shauna Farley of Lavalette. Farley will be a freshman next year at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Police chase with teen ends in crash

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A 16-year-old led police in Wayne County on a car chase that resulted in a crash early Sunday morning, according to Wayne County dispatchers.

A stolen credit card was used to purchase $34 in gasoline in a stolen car at the Lavalette Exxon around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, officials said.

The stolen vehicle was spotted on Newcomb Creek Road, and a chase began with the West Virginia State Police, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and Wayne Police.

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Commission signs preservation grant

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Commission agreed to let President Bob Pasley sign an agreement with The Division of Culture and History that will award $17,109 in fiscal year 2016-17 to preservation efforts during a meeting on Monday.

The Records Management and Preservation Grant, which commission has previously been granted, funds employment of current and addiction employees who work to scan documents into the courthouses computer system and make records available digitally.

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