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Hershberger returns as East collects first win, 31-14 over Cameron

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Clay Hershberger and Will Sarsfield each scored a pair of rushing touchdowns as East Fairmont notched their first victory of the season, 31-14 over Cameron at East-West Stadium.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Bees dominated the run of play in the second quarter. Hershberger opened the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown tote. Sarsfield plunged into the end zone from a yard out late in the half, giving East a 14-0 lead at halftime.

“We started to take over the game in the second quarter,” said East Fairmont head coach Shane Eakle. “You could kind of see it so we had some designs in there. Give our quarterback Clay a lot of credit, he and Will Sarsfield. Then we were able to put our young kid in there with Nick (O’Dell) and he got some nice, big holes. Our offensive line did a better job of staying on people and picking up the blitzes. That was a big thing out of those three-man fronts we struggled with. They did a nice job tonight.”

Hershberger was injured and did not play in East Fairmont’s loss to Braxton County last week. With the junior signal caller back in the lineup, the Bees posted a season-high point total. His 9-yard touchdown run on East Fairmont’s opening possession of the third quarter gave East a 21-0 lead.

Cameron (2-2) responded with a pair of touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters to pull within 10 points at 24-14. Freshman quarterback Colton Wichterman had a 5-yard scoring run and tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Ball.

Sarsfield’s second touchdown run of the game with 2:50 left put the game out of reach.

“It is the first time we really haven’t shot ourselves in the foot all year. Maybe we are starting to see some glimpses so we are excited about it.”

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Barbour County woman found guilty for killing husband

PHILIPPI, W.Va. — A Barbour County jury on Thursday found a woman guilty of second-degree murder after she fatally shot her husband.

The jury determined Carli Reed shot Marcus Fagons in August 2019.

Carli Reed (West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority)

According to the original criminal complaint, Reed told authorities she and Fagons got into an argument before the shooting. She allegedly told a state trooper on the day of the shooting that she shot her husband.

Reed’s record showed she had suicidal thoughts and potentially could hurt herself or her husband. The jury also learned Reed described Fagons as mentally abusive.

A sentencing date has yet to be set.

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Pennsylvania authorities looking for man allegedly involved in WVU student’s death

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A New Jersey man allegedly involved in a drunk driving incident that killed a West Virginia University student and injured another is being sought by authorities.

The Pennsylvania State Police is looking for 26-year-old Aaron Sims, of Camden, New Jersey. Sims is wanted for homicide by vehicle in connection to the January wreck in Philadelphia, in which he allegedly struck a vehicle at high speed, killing 21-year-old Chloe Robertson, of Clearmont, Florida.

Aaron Sims (File)

Chloe Robertson was a senior criminology student.

A second student, Bobbiann Gubbei, suffered from broken femurs, a broken arm, four pelvic fractures and lacerations to the forehead.

According to Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers, Sims’ blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit, and he had THC in his system.

Chloe Robertson’s sister, Lauren Robertson, told MetroNews affiliate WAJR-AM the pain of Chloe Robertson’s death has not faded.

“There are times I cry my eyes out because I lost, not only the past but the future,” she said. “I lost my maid of honor, I lost my sister, and I lost my best friend.”

Lauren Robertson explained the family learned about Chloe’s death almost immediately.

“He was on FaceTime with her at the time of the accident,” she said. “The whole reason we found out before my parents were notified by the police department officially in-person in Orlando, was because he was on the phone with her.”

Chloe Robertson (File)

The Robertson family is pursuing civil action, but the effort has been on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Three to seven years is a small snippet of your lifetime,” Lauren Robertson said of the charge against Sims. “Best case scenario, someone got three years, they have their whole life ahead of them. They could get married, they could get a job and have a career, and they still can have children.”

Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to Sims’ arrest.

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Morgantown police identify suspect in shooting death

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — There’s a murder investigation underway in Morgantown after a man died after being shot Wednesday afternoon in the city’s South Park neighborhood.

Michael Comey

An arrest warrant has been issued for Michael Comey of Pittsburgh, according to police.

Comey allegedly shot Chadwick Jamuel Malone, 31, of Morgantown, in the chest and stomach on the sidewalk of Pennsylvania Avenue near Pietro Street at just before 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Malone died a short time later at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Authorities said they are currently looking for Comey.

Tips for police can be left confidentially by calling 304-284-7454.

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Police investigate double-murder in Weirton

WEIRTON, W.Va. — A suspect is in custody after a double-murder in Weirton.

Weirton police and state police troopers were processing a crime scene near Ardmore Avenue Thursday afternoon.

Not many details were released initially. Weirton police did confirm a suspect had been arrested.

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Three WV elementary schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Three West Virginia elementary schools are the recipients of one of the highest honors in education with their naming as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Panther Creek Elementary (Facebook)

The U.S. Department Education announced Thursday that Williamstown Elementary in Wood County, Kenna Elementary in Kanawha County and Panther Creek Elementary in Nicholas County had earned the designation in the Exemplary High Performing School category.

Each school has previously earned Blue Ribbon status. Kenna Elementary was recognized in 2012; Panther Creek Elementary in 2013 and Williamstown Elementary in 2008.

“The West Virginia Board of Education and Department of Education join the rest of the state in honoring the hard work and dedication of these three elementary schools,” said Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch said in a release. “This award not only reflects the commitment of administrators, educators and staff, but also of our students, families and extended communities.

Panther Creek Principal Josh Asbury, in his second year at Panther, credited the school community when he spoke with MetroNews Thursday afternoon.

“It’s just a great community with very supportive parents and the community in general,” Asbury said. “It’s a great school, great staff, great kids, great everything. I’m just very blessed to be there.”

Nicholas County School Superintendent Dr. Donna Burge-Tetrick said the Panther community has a proven track record.

“I’ve just truly been amazed by the community support for Panther Creek School. They have high expectations for their students, the teachers have high expectations. It’s just amazing to see how that school works,” Burge-Tetrick said.

Kenna Elementary is located in Charleston and its Blue Ribbon Schools application says each student is part of a close community.

“The Kenna tradition of fostering community engagement and parental support helps students meet the highest of standards, year after year,” the school said.

Kanawha County School Superintendent Dr. Tom Williams praised the accomplishment.

“We are so very proud of Kenna Elementary for achieving this national distinction and congratulate all students and parents, along with the incredible staff,” Williams said in a news release. “We recognize that this achievement takes work and dedication, and we should absolutely take a moment to celebrate as the learning within each classroom moves forward every day.”

Williamstown Elementary’s school motto is “Be the Best Bee You Can Be.”

Williamstown Elementary

According to its Blue Ribbon application, “Teachers at Williamstown Elementary School work tirelessly to ensure that they meet the needs of each student. Differentiation and collaboration play key roles in ensuring that each student gets what they need, both emotionally and academically.”

The schools began working on their applications about a year ago, Asbury said.

“It’s very intensive and there’s a lot of back and forth between the United States Department of Education and us in trying to get everything lined out, looking at test scores and academic features,” he said.

The 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony will be held held virtually Nov. 12-13.

The U.S. Department of Education recognized 317 public and 50 non-public schools this year.

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Notebook: Princeton & Ritchie seek statement victories at home Friday

High School Sportsline broadcast (Sept. 23)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — In their last 17 games dating back to the start of the 2019 season, Doddridge County has allowed more than 7 points just 3 times. In their 3-0 start this fall, the Bulldogs have yet to allow a point.

Doddridge went 13-1 in 2019, advancing to the Class A state championship game. They graduated some of the best players in program history in running back Hunter America, lineman Cole James and receiver/defensive back Griffin Devericks. Head coach Bobby Burnside says this year’s group is looking to create their own unique persona.

“It was maybe the most talented group that we have ever had come through our school,” Burnside said. “This year’s senior class and the entire team, they want to have their own identity. We are working hard to do that.”

The Bulldogs look to run their regular-season win streak to 32 games when they travel a dozen miles west to Ellenboro to face Ritchie County (2-1) Friday. Burnside is preparing to face RCHS sophomore quarterback Ethan Haught a second time. Haught has tossed seven touchdown passes without throwing an interception in three games.

“I was impressed last year but he has matured physically and he has a good arm. Now he scrambles so he is definitely a big threat.”

Doddridge County defeated Lincoln County 31-0 (Photo by Ben Queen Photography)

Meanwhile, the Rebels are seeking their first win over Doddridge since 2013. Ritchie head coach Rick Haught has been impressed with the play of the Bulldog ground game that is led by senior Reese Burnside. He is averaging 144.7 yards per game while scoring 6 touchdowns.

“I think he has taken another step,” Rick Haught said. “I know Hunter America was a talent but I think Reese Burnside has turned into a big hitter for them. We have preached to our guys all week they have got to be disciplined and they have to be where they belong to be in position to make a tackle. Or they will hit a big one on us.”

Blue Devils lead the way in Class A

On the strength of their 34-26 win over Ritchie County, St. Marys checked in with the No. 1 spot in the first edition of the WVSSAC Class A ratings. The Blue Devils snuffed out a late Ritchie rally to improve to 3-0 entering Friday’s game vs. Calhoun County.

St. Marys captains take the field (Photo by Teran Malone)

“The whole four quarters, which is what you have to play, we had a lot of big plays that happened,” said St. Marys head coach Jodi Mote. “They had a lot of big plays. It was a great high school game for a football fan.”

Liberty Raleigh can match 2019 win total Friday

The Raiders of Liberty Raleigh are one of six Class AA teams that have jumped out to 3-0 starts. Under fourth-year head coach Mark Workman, the Raiders continue to improve and they can match win total from last year if they can defeat Clay County (3-0) Friday.

“These kids that are seniors and juniors have started for me since they were freshmen,” Workman said. “There’s a ton of experience that comes along with it.

“They are hungry. We have taken our lumps over the last three years. They have put in the work and they are tired of taking those lumps.”

Tygarts Valley puts perfect record on the line in Glenville

In yet another newly-created matchup on the schedule, Tygarts Valley (3-0) will visit Morris Stadium in Glenville Friday to face Gilmer County (2-1). The Bulldogs have outscored their three opponents 152-22 this fall and they are seeking back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in school history.

Tygarts Valley is 3-0 entering Friday’s matchup at Gilmer County.

“We always had high hopes for this group from clear back in their youth days,” said Tygarts Valley head coach Rodney Bright. “It is just something about this group of guys. They are very competitive, not only on the football field but in their schoolwork. It is a good group of kids. They came into a program that was down in numbers and size and it forced us to play a lot of them as freshmen and sophomores. Eleven of the fifteen of them started at least one way last year.

“They have played so well together. It is uncanny sometimes in practice they coach themselves.”

Rare rematch awaits Princeton against Bluefield

For the second time in the opening month of the season, Princeton will face Bluefield Friday evening at Hunnicut Stadium. The Beavers scored 15 unanswered points to defeat the Tigers 15-13 back on September 4. Princeton rebounded well with a 34-14 win over 2019 Class AAA semifinalist Parkersburg South last week.

“I only have five seniors but those five seniors are the heart of our football program,” said Princeton head coach Chris Pedigo. “Three of those guys came in with me when we started this four years ago. I can’t thank them enough. Amir Powell, Ethan Parsons and Josiah Honaker, those guys have been what this program is trying to be. We are trying to get athletes and get them out in space and let them play football. All three of those guys had big games last week. We played well in all three phases.”

“We are excited about this week. It is 2020. You don’t usually get a second chance but we are grateful for a second chance.”

James Monroe makes their 2020 debut

Logan County and Monroe County teams have been cleared to return to the field this weekend. All four high school football teams from these counties have yet to play a game. James Monroe is coming off back-to-back 6-4 seasons and they will host Montcalm Friday.

“I suspect I am going to have to calm them down,” said James Monroe head coach Chris Boothe. “I am going to have to tell them that you can’t score 21 points on 1 play. We are going to have to calm them down and stress to take it play-by-play and relax and have fun but don’t get so out of control that you can’t function as a player.”

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Three Guys Before The Game – WVU vs ‘Pokes Preview (Episode 229)

The West Virginia University football team kicks off its 9th season in the Big 12 Conference on Saturday in Stillwater with more questions than answers.

Both WVU and Oklahoma State have the typical early season unknowns, but are also navigating the new world of COVID-19.

That means rosters are unsettled until final testing is conducted on Friday. Oklahoma State is already dealing with significant issues on offense. Starting quarterback Spencer Sanders sprained his ankle in the opener and two offensive linemen are also dealing with injury. The status of that trio could have a significant impact on the game.

The “Guys” present their keys to the game with a series of info-nuggets that will play a large role in who walks off the field with a 2-0 record. They also answer listener questions and an assortment of intriguing over-under propositions.

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The Game Within The Game (Episode 9)

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*Is Alabama still worth a play as 28 point favorites as the SEC returns to action?

*Is West Virginia a live dog this weekend against Oklahoma State?

*What props should you target in the NBA playoffs?

*Best bets (17-8 overall and on a 6-1 run)

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Groups ask Capito, Senate to pass stimulus package before any Supreme Court nomination

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Activists from West Virginia Community groups are asking U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and U.S. Senate leadership to pass a COVID-19 stimulus package before nominating the next Supreme Court justice.

Members from WV Citizen Action Group, WV Working Families Party, WV FREE Action Fund, Rise Up WV, WV Sierra Club, and others held a Car-A-Van roving car demonstration to underline their message Thursday in downtown Charleston outside of Capito’s office.

“They need to put people first, they need to provide robust COVID relief and pass that before taking up any Supreme Court nominations,” Gary Zuckett, executive director WV Citizens Action Group told MetroNews as car horns blared at the corner of Laidley and Virginia Street.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, leaving a vacancy that the U.S. Senate is poised to confirm. U.S. President Donald Trump said he will announce his nominee to the court on Saturday.

Zuckett said members of the GOP should follow their words in 2016, when they expressed the need in waiting to nominate a justice until the general election was over.

“Well it wasn’t priority one in 2016 so why is it priority one now. We are asking them to put people over politics,” Zuckett said.

Hunter Starks with WV Citizen Action Group said not only does she want a second stimulus package passed quickly but a Supreme Court justice nominated after the election because of the impact it could have on Obamacare.

Ginsburg has previously voted to uphold the Obamacare law but conservatives, led by Trump, have vowed to replace it.

“People like me are at risk,” Starks said who has a pre-existing condition. “If ACA goes away, people like me are fighting to get out of poverty and it makes it that much harder to do so.”

Zuckett said more West Virginians will fall below the poverty line if the U.S. Senate does not pass a COVID stimulus package soon.  The protest comes two weeks after the U.S. Senate failed to pass a half-trillion dollar package.

“They are losing their homes now, they don’t have enough money to pay their mortgages, they don’t have enough money to pay their car payments. People are desperate,” he said.

“We are going to have a huge bump in the homeless population unless we keep people in their homes.”

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