Accused arsonist Billy Joe Gill, 25, of Hinton, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Summers County Magistrate Court on Friday, confirmed prosecuting attorney Amy Mann.
Gill’s attorney Ryan Keesee asked for his bail to be reduced from $200,000 to $20,000.
That request was denied and Gill remains in Southern Regional Jail, said Mann.
Gill is suspected of starting two fires in early morning hours last Monday in Hinton, one in a two-story structure on Fifth Street and a second which burned a row of apartment buildings on Temple Street known as “the brick row.”
First responders estimate 30 people have been displaced.
The case will go to a grand jury for criminal indictment on Tuesday and he will then be arraigned at a later date.
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Senator makes case to keep golf course open
Officials in Fayette County are trying to keep a landmark recreational destination away from the state chopping block as lawmakers grapple with a $265 million budgetary shortfall. Sen. William R. Laird, D-Fayette, made his case to the Senate on Wednesday to keep Hawks Nest Golf Course open.
Abortion bill passes Senate Judiciary Committee
A bill that will criminalize a doctor who performs an abortion after 20 weeks of gestation passed the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Thursday evening on a muffled, split voice vote. The bill, which sets out to protect a fetus from pain by prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks, will be on second reading on the Senate floor today.
TWV’s plans waiting in the wings for funding
The future of Theatre West Virginia’s revival sits in the hands of officials in Charleston, TWV’s general manager says.
110 Marshall to host blues group
“Playing the blues ... and only the blues” is the motto of Charles-ton-based blues group Chaz Humley and the Effects, who will be playing at Beckley’s eclectic 110 Marshall (Ave.) music and arts venue at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Students to perform in concert as Honor Band
Band students throughout southern West Virginia are coming together Saturday in Beckley to perform as the Southern West Virginia Honor Band.
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Three arrested for robbery
Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two men and a woman for allegedly beating a drug dealer with an ax handle and stealing his money on Feb. 22.
Bills debated on second reading
A few bills on second reading in the State Senate got some debate Thursday in the final days of this legislative session.
Industrial hemp, breast-feeding bills make it out of committees
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Thursday to allow industrial hemp to be grown at state colleges and universities, but stopped short of allowing the plant to be grown for sale by private industry.
Boy Scout wild game dinner to offer snake, bear and other fare
For every person who has ever wondered what rattlesnake tastes like but never had the chance to find out, area Scouts will serve up a selection of exotic treats.
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