The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

State News

May 8, 2013

State News Briefs — Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Parents in jail for giving toddler methadone

PHILIPPI (AP) — A Belington woman who allegedly gave a toddler illegally purchased methadone to make her sleep is now charged in the girl’s death, and so is the father who authorities say did nothing about it.

The Exponent Telegram  says 31-year-old Ida Lee Evans and 38-year-old David Lee Delauder were in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $100,000 bond each Thursday.

Both are charged with death of a child by a parent.

Police say the 23-month-old girl died March 12.

State Police say Evans administered the methadone the night before, and Delauder made no attempt to call 911 or have the child checked out when he learned of the ingestion.

Police say the couple bought the drug on the street.

Funeral set for Welch officer killed in ATV wreck

 WELCH (AP) — Services will be held Thursday for a Welch police officer killed in an ATV accident.

Media outlets report Shaun P. Wellman, 32, was pronounced dead Sunday at Charleston Area Medical Center, two days after the accident while he was riding with friends on Belcher Mountain in McDowell County.

State Police Trooper B.D. Gillespie in Welch says Wellman may have swerved to avoid hitting a dog that had run into his path.

Wellman had served several stints with the police department. He had been back for about a year after working as a coal miner and with the McDowell County sheriff’s department.

Wellman’s funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Fanning Funeral Home in Welch.

School bus and car collide, driver of vehicle is killed

 PHILIPPI (AP) — Barbour County authorities are investigating an accident involving a car and school bus that killed the car’s driver.

Media outlets report the collision happened around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. Route 119 near Volga.

Sheriff John Hawkins says the cause of the accident is undetermined. No students were on the bus at the time. The bus driver wasn’t injured.

The car driver’s name was withheld pending notification of relatives.

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