The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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.

Police: Mom drove drunk with kids and crashed

MORGANTOWN (AP) — A woman who had two children in the car when she crashed over an embankment and into a fence is in jail on five misdemeanor charges stemming from what witnesses called a hit-and-run.

Twenty-eight-year-old Leslie Jean Cutright was in the North Central Regional Jail on $5,100 bond Tuesday.

The Dominion Post says a 1-year-old and 6-year-old were in the car at the time of the crash.

State Police say Cutright’s blood-alcohol level was 0.257 percent, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08

Cutright is charged with two counts of drunken driving with child endangerment, two counts of destruction of property and one count of driving on a suspended or revoked license.

Police say the Morgantown woman failed three sobriety tests.


Nuclear gauge is reported missing in Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is hoping to recover a portable gauge containing radioactive material that went missing from a West Virginia work site.

The federal agency says Pennsylvania-based Valley Quarries Inc. reported the device missing from a site near Martinsburg last Friday.

Officials say the company’s radiation safety officer stated an employee of another firm reported seeing someone take what appeared to be the gauge.

The moisture-density gauge takes measurements by projecting radiation from the two radioactive sources into the ground and then displaying the amount of radiation reflected back to the gauge.

The agency says as long as the sources are in the shielded position, the gauge wouldn’t present a hazard to the public.

W.Va. officer charged after crash is found dead

 WILLIAMSON (AP) — A Williamson police officer charged with drunken driving after crashing his cruiser in Kentucky has been found dead.

Williamson Police Chief Dave Rockel tells media outlets the body of 27-year-old Jefferson Taylor III of McCarr, Ky., was found Monday in his hometown. Kentucky State Police are investigating the cause of death.

Taylor was off duty when he crashed his cruiser April 30 in Hardy, Ky. He was suspended without pay afterward.

Taylor had been with the department nearly two years.

Rockel believes Taylor had been staying in the area with his parents.

“We are deeply saddened by this event,” Rockel said. “Mingo County has had its share of tragedy. Our prayers go out with this.”

Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was fatally shot in downtown William-son April 3 in the spot where he parked most days, keeping an eye on a place that had been shut down for illegally dispensing prescription drugs.  A suspect, Tennis Maynard of Delbarton, was shot during a police chase afterward. Maynard was indicted last month and remains at Cabell Huntington Hospital.