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Assessor pleads guilty to one count


Lewis County Assessor T. Chad Kelley pled guilty last Thursday in Magistrate Court to one count of harassing communication by cell phone, a misdemeanor. Special Magistrate Juanita Adams accepted the guilt plea which was agreed upon by all parties involved in the case including the victim.
Adams ordered that Kelley receive a 6 month jail sentence that was suspended, 6 months unsupervised probation and a $500 fine. He must also have no contact with the victim.
"I am glad to have this behind me," said Kelley. "I want to focus on 100% winning this election and keeping the continued support of Lewis County in my job as assessor.

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Carjacker could face murder charges

A preliminary hearing for Ryan Ashley Hubbs, 33, of Paris, Ohio, the man accused of carjacking a vehicle in Weston last week and then causing a wreck in Marion County that killed a man and a woman, was scheduled to be held this morning before Magistrate Roger D. Clem, Jr. It is expected that Clem will find probable cause that Hubbs committed an armed robbery, the crime with which he is charged in Lewis County.
It was last Thursday at approximately 12:30 p.m. that the Weston Police Department responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of Rite-Aid in Weston. Upon arrival it was discovered that the vehicle, a GMS Sierra truck, had been stolen in Ohio.
At the same time the police received a call concerning a suspicious person in the area of Rite-Aid and CVS. While investigating, the police were notified by a female that her car, a Honda CR-V, had been stolen at gun point from the CVS parking lot.

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Robert L. Bland Middle School Band Receives VH1 Save the Music Foundation Grant

By Rebecca Young

By Rebecca Young

VH1 Save the Music Foundation director Chiho Feindler was at Robert L. Bland Middle School last Friday morning to present a grant award to the school. RLBMS received an average value of $35,000 to purchase instruments. Band director Adam Loudin gathered his eighth grade band students together to play for Feindler and other guests. Also present were Lewis County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joseph Mace, Jim Wolfe with the WV Division of Arts and Culture, Renee Margocee, also with the WV Division of Arts and Culture, and Jamie Adamik, manager of the Clay Center Community Arts.

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