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Jessie and Tammy Sleasman

Convicted Fort Gay cop killer arrested for drugs, firearms

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Four people were taken into custody Tuesday evening in the Wayne area by members of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Unit for possession of illegal drugs.

Tammy Sleasman, 52, Jessie Sleasman, 53, Eula Duff and Jimmie Duff, 50, were arrested in their respective homes on Big Branch Road after members of the DEU and Wayne County Sheriff deputies executed a search warrant and found marijuana plants inside.

Tammy Sleasman was charged with possession of a controlled substance – marijuana, cultivation and conspiracy and remains in the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville on $30,000 bond; Jessie Sleasman was charged with possession of a controlled substance – marijuana, cultivation, conspiracy and two counts of a felon in possession of a firearm and remains in the Western Regional Jail; Eula Duff was charged with possession with intent to deliver – clonazepam, conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance and was released on bond; Jimmie Duff was charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver, conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance and remains in the Western Regional Jail on $30,000 bond.

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Football in the county was officially underway Friday night as fans (upper left) smile before the Spring Valley Cabell Midland game. A Wayne cheerleader poses (upper right) and the Fort Gay Band show off their new uniforms before the respective schools season opener. SV photo by Kerry Carter, Wayne, Tolsia photo by Diane Pottorff

Eric Hodges sent back to jail without bond

BY DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wayne County Assessor Eric Hodges was sent back to jail with no bond Wednesday following a hearing in Wayne County Magistrate Court.

Magistrate John Cavins found probable cause against Hodges, 41, on charges of embezzlement, computer fraud, two counts of unlawful use of a state purchasing card, threats of terroristic acts, harassing phone calls and assault. His case was bound over to the grand jury.

Hodges has been in custody since his arrest Saturday in Webster County, West Virginia, near the Elk Springs Resort.

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School Board special needs services vote back on agenda

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WAYNE – After an emotional month surrounding special needs service contracts, the Wayne county Board of Education will again vote next Tuesday during its regular meeting to contract Diversified Services for Applied Behavioral Analysis and Speech Therapy.

The past two votes have stirred not only emotions, but controversy as well. Parents of students with special needs spoke at the last meeting with concerns their children were not receiving services.

The board reassured the audience that services were being provided while the board worked through procedure. According to the past two meeting, the positions could not be voted on because they were not advertised properly for bidding as outlined by state procedures.

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Organization needs Wayne County drivers

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – The American Cancer Society is in need of volunteers to drive cancer patients to and from treatment appointments.

Road to Recovery is a program that provides rides to patients who have appointments for treatments at a local hospital but have no transportation, Terri Francis, with the American Cancer Society, said.

“The hospital calls us and we call the volunteer driver,” Francis said. “The driver picks the patient up, takes them to the appointment and returns them home.”

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