Hidden video camera found in WHS; three charged

Staff Writer

WAYNE – Three Wayne County men have been summoned to appear before Wayne County Circuit Judge James H. Young at 9 a.m. Sept. 19 to answer charges and be arraigned for their part in placing a hidden camera at a local school.

Scott D. Followay, 42, Jeffrey L. Spence, 52, and James “Junior” Ramey III, 51, all of Wayne, have been charged with one count each of trespassing in a structure or conveyance and destruction of property. Both charges are misdemeanors. According to an information filed Wednesday by Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney Tom

Plymale, between the dates of March 21 to March 24, the three men entered a building located on the campus of Wayne High School and drilled holes in a metal ceiling, damaging a projector camera in the process, to install a hidden camera.

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CAST IRON COOK OFF – Participants shared their Appalachian dishes with visitors to Heritage Farm Museum and Village Saturday. Spokesman Bill Rosenberger cooked up his breakfast scramble while Henriella Perry and Mike Perry demonstrated cooking over an open fire in a cast iron kettle. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

County sells construction bonds at premium rate

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WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education received good news Thursday afternoon after the bonds to fund construction projects for three county schools were sold on the market at a premium price.

The bonds were originally expected to sell at the cost of the county school systems’ expected share of $18 million, to go along with the matched $18 million expected from the West Virginia School Building Authority. Instead the bonds sold to Robert W. Baird & Company Inc., at a premium of $18.882 million or a nearly $900,000 profit.

The bond’s interest rate was also a pleasant surprise for the county at 2.49 percent true interest cost over 15 years, according to board President Trey Morrone.

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Bobby and Tina Swimm

Four arrested in drug sweep

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WAYNE – The Wayne County Drug Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s C.U.F.F.E.D. Task Force and Wayne Police, arrested four people Tuesday on 15 felony drug charges and are looking for a fifth person in connection with selling drugs in Wayne County.

Those arrested include Bobby Swimm and his wife Tina, both of East Lynn, were charged with delivery of a controlled substance, aiding and abetting (delivery of a controlled substance) and two counts of conspiracy (to deliver a controlled substance); Jackie Dyer of Wayne and Kiahsville, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and Jacqulin “Jackie” Smith of Louisa, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

A fifth suspect was entered into the National Crime Information Computer (NCIC) and is believed to be in Texas.

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Neighborhood Association September meeting

The Westmoreland Neighborhood Association will meet Monday, September 15, at the Westmoreland Woman’s Club.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Guest speakers will be Capt. Hank Dial of the Huntington Police Department. Dial will present the crime report for Westmoreland and the overall city.

Brandon Dennison, executive director with Coalfield Development Corporation will give a brief overview of plans to repurpose the Corbin building in Westmoreland.

Neighborhood Watch signs will be available for sale to first-time buyers at $5 or for replacement of old signs at no cost.

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Local businesses donating for community causes

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HUNTINGTON – Several local restaurants are giving back to the community that they serve.

Customers can help benefit Kellogg Elementary, Vinson Middle School and/or Spring Valley High School just by patronizing one of their three local favorite restaurants – all during the early part of the week.

Monday’s Giovanni’s Pizza of Westmoreland donates a portion of the day’s sales to help purchase food for the Crosspoint Community Church “Weekend Backpack” Program. The backpack program provides backpacks filled with food for kids who do not have enough food at home to take with them from school.

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