The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 9, 2011

Local news

Register-Herald Reporter

— Teacher arrested, charged

A Wyoming County high school teacher was arrested Monday in connection with a report of missing money at the school.

Micah Short, of Oceana, a teacher at Westside High School, was charged with misdemeanor embezzlement, according to Sheriff Randall Aliff.

Short was released on bond the same day.

School officials cited confidentiality policies and would not discuss the status of Short’s employment.The investigation is continuing.

— Mary Catherine Brooks

One person dies in fire

According to 911 dispatchers, a Tuesday morning apartment fire took the life of one Greenbrier County resident.

The fire occurred in an apartment complex on Teaberry Lane in Lewisburg, officials said. While one person died in the blaze, police are not releasing the name of the individual.

The state fire marshal’s office is conducting the investigation. Lewisburg and Fairlea fire departments and the Greenbrier Sheriff’s Department responded to the call.

— Kara Van Pelt

Businessman’s hearing set

A tentative plea hearing date of April 18 has been set in Raleigh County for a former Beckley business owner.

Allen B. Floresca, of Glade Springs, was a former part-owner and employee of X-Treme Sports. He was indicted for charges of breaking and entering; forgery, 10 counts;  and uttering, 10 counts.

These charges stem from an incident in 2007 when Floresca allegedly broke into J.H. Holt Plumbing and Heating and took several checks. He then allegedly forged those checks and purchased about $50,000 worth of items over a period of one year.

Police say that employees at J.H. Holt analyzed their bank records and discovered a deficit and then filed a complaint. Police launched an investigation to find Floresca, and he was later taken into custody in May of 2009 by South Carolina authorities.

— Andrea Lannom

Three more sue Massey

The families of two miners killed in the Upper Big Branch mine explosion and another man who barely made it out alive have filed lawsuits against Massey Energy as the one-year anniversary of the tragedy approaches.

The three new lawsuits were filed Monday in Boone Circuit Court by the families of Joe Marcum and Adam Morgan and by Stanley Stewart, who escaped from the April 5 explosion that killed 29 miners. The lawsuits name Massey and subsidiaries Massey Coal Services and Performance Coal Co.

At least two other miners’ families have filed lawsuits. Massey said last week it had reached settlements with seven families.