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On July 31, a Pendleton County jury returned a guilty verdict in a civil case against a Grant County couple after they were accused of financially exploiting an elderly family in Upper Tract.

The case centered around the Full family, a group of four lderly siblings - Isaac, Loy, Charles and Nancy, and their family farm in the Upper Tract area. As the siblings aged, they entered into an agreement with Teresa and Robert Borror of 4265 Franklin Pike, Petersburg to help care for them in their old age in exchange for the deed to their property after their passing.

However, as years passed, the Fulls claim that not only did the Borrors not keep their agreement to help care for them, but they attempted to financially exploit them out of their home, their land and their belongings.

Two Hardy County residents have pleaded guilty to burning down a storage unit building in Grant County.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Dec. 14, 2019, when officers from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department responded to a fire at the storage units located behind the 7-11 on Virginia Avenue, in Petersburg.

A Mount Storm man was convicted to serve 30 years in prison last week for distributing methamphetamine throughout Mineral, Grant and Randolph counties.

Robert Lee Pauley, Jr., 42, was sentenced to 360 months in prison after pleading guilty to distributing more than 500 grams of methamphetamine from March to May 2018.

In their ongoing effort to improve school safety, increase security and prevent violence, the Grant County Board of Education applied for and received a $390,069 grant through the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).

It was announced last week by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia that several law enforcement agencies and school districts received more than $824,000 for school safety upgrades.

On Saturday, the Potomac Highlands Guild held their second annual Run for Recovery event at Michael Brothers Memorial Field in Petersburg.

The event included multiple informational setups from programs such as OnTrack, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Jobs and Hope West Virginia and West Virginia Suicide Prevention.

“This is an opportunity to hear from different organizations, to visit their tables and talk to them about what they can do,” said Roger Dodd, a peer recovery counselor with the Russ Hedrick Recovery Center. “This is an effort to get together as a community and show anyone who needs it that we are here for them and that there are options, there are people who care.”

Multiple runners and walkers came out to compete in the event.

Winners in the female category were Alexandria Murray and Hadessah Morrell. Winners in the male category were Josiah Morrell and Raj Masih.

September is National Recovery Month, a recognition aimed at bringing awareness to prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and services around the country.

According to the NAADAC, (an association for addiction professionals) Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

“The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover,” the NAADAC explains. “There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments.”

Upon conclusion of the sentencing, the defendant stood up, looked at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail escort and said “Let’s roll!

A Grant County man is in jail after being sentenced to more than a decade in prison for sexually assaulting a teenager.

Thomas S. Powell II, 30, of Petersburg was sentenced on Sept. 10 by Judge James W. Courrier Jr. after hearing reports from Grant County Prosecuting Attorney John G. Ours and the defendant’s counsel, Brent Easton.

According to the report given by the victim, the incident happened on the “island” near the Petersburg City Park.

Four Grant County residents are facing federal charges for being involved in the distribution of enough fentanyl to kill an estimated 20,000 people

According to a release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia, a total of five people were were indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Elkins on Aug.18 on charges involving a drug distribution operation spanning Maryland and West Virginia.

The object of the conspiracy was to distribute at least 5 grams of methamphetamine and at least 40 grams of fentanyl.

According to a report from Sandria Glasscock, a registered nurse with the Grant County Health Department, Grant County is currently marked as yellow on the state’s Covid-19 risk scale.

The four level metric ranges from green to red and is designed to mark individual Covid levels on a county-by-county basis.

According to experts in the field, isolation, job loss and general fear caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are having an additional consequence on West Virginia’s ongoing drug epidemic.

In information collected by the West Virginia Office of Drug Control Policy from Emergency Medical Service providers and compiled by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, overdoses and overdose related calls have risen statewide.

A Maysville woman was sentenced to serve more than three years in prison during a revocation hearing in which she admitted to violating the terms of her probation.

In July 2019, Trisha Parker Rohrbaugh, 40, of Maysville was convicted of conspiracy, burglary and grand larceny by a Grant County judge. At the time, Rohrbaugh’s sentence was suspended and she was sentenced to probation and participation in a drug rehabilitation program.

Following an investigation that included an accident reconstruction by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, information has been released concerning an accident in June that claimed the life of a motorcyclist in Grant County.

On the afternoon of June 19, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company and Shirk’s Towing were on the scene of an accident on Rt. 42 (Lunice Creek Highway) near Patterson Creek Road.

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