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Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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Judge Richard A. Facemire conducted court on Monday, April 25, 2016, in Gilmer County.

•  He heard 14 juveniles.


Plus 3 other matters:


•  State of West Virginia vs. Randall Lambey

He was before the Court for reconsideration of sentence.

Judge Facemire released him from home confinement at the end of April but he remains on probation.

Andrew Chattin of Charleston represented defendant.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Danny Reaser

He was before the Court for revocation of his probation, and it was set for further hearing on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

He is represented by Kevin Hughart of Sissonville.


•  State of West Virginia vs. William Hardman

He was also before the Court asking for bond reduction, which motion was denied by the Court.




On Tuesday April 26, 2016, Chief Judge Jack Alsop had 2 matters to be heard in Gilmer County, but after arriving discovered neither could be heard today and reset both for Friday, May 06, 2016 at 1:00 PM.




On Friday, April 29, 2016 Chief Judge Jack Alsop appeared in Gilmer County to hear 3 matters.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Keith Arbogast

A pretrial hearing was held and trial remains on docket for Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

Arbogast is represented by Daniel Grindo of Gassaway.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Nathanielle Butler

He was before the Court for further sentencing after having successfully completed Antony Correctional Center.

Judge Alsop was pleased with his success and admitted him to 4 years probation.

His attorney was Christopher Moffatt of Charleston.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Tyler Sutphin

He was also on the docket having successfully completed the program at Anthony Center.

However due to a death in the family, upon motion of his attorney, Brian Bailey of Buckhannon, his sentencing was rescheduled for Monday, May 09, 2016 at 11 AM.

Pass the Buck: Pregnancy Care Providers Want WV to Up Tobacco Tax

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CHARLESTON, WV - West Virginia pregnancy-care providers want lawmakers to “pass the buck” by raising the state cigarette tax by $1 a pack.

With a big hole in the state budget, the $150 million more a year in tobacco revenue looks appealing. But doctors here also hope to reduce the rate of smoking by pregnant women here, which now is the highest in the country.

Amy Tolliver, director of the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership, said the sticker shock from a big tax hike would help, and as a result reduce problems such as low birth-weight babies.

“Smoking in pregnancy drives our pre-term birth rate, it causes an impact in the fetal brain development, and it’s costing us as a state,“ she said.

Critics oppose raising any taxes, and have argued that this one would fall hardest on the poor. Supporters have said the state spends more than $1 billion a year on smoking-related health-care costs, but only brings in 17 percent of that through tobacco taxes.

According to projections from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the tax hike would mean 2,700 fewer West Virginia pregnancies affected by smoking over five years, resulting in $6.5 million in health-care savings. Moreover, Tolliver said those premature and low birth-weight babies have lifelong health problems. From day one, they’re more likely to end up in intensive care, which is expensive.

“If we could impact that and reduce the number of pre-term births and those babies that need additional high-level care in our neonatal intensive care units,“ she said, “we could impact the Medicaid budget.“

Critics of the tax hike have also pointed out that smokers will resent it. However, Tolliver said most smokers want to quit long before they do, and research has proved that higher tobacco prices help them quit. She said that’s especially true for pregnant women.

“Women are driven to try to quit smoking. They want to do the best thing for their baby,“ she said. “Pregnancy is a time when we can have the biggest impact on helping those women quit.“

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GCEDA APPLAUDS GLENVILLE STATE COLLEGE

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Glenville, WV —The Gilmer County Economic Development Association would like to acknowledge and applaud the active involvement of Glenville State College through Larry Porter acting on behalf of board member Dr. Barr to forward positive economic solutions for Gilmer County.

• BAD Buildings Grant – Collaboration with GCEDA.  Development of an inventory of dilapidated buildings and creation of a redevelopment plan for the city of Glenville, with ability to access funding to assist in Phase Two of the project.

• SNAP Grant – Collaboration with GCEDA.  Three year grant for acceptance of SNAP benefits at the Gilmer County Farmer’s Market.

• Mudlick Housing – 32 low income housing units developed.

• Same developer – New low income housing project on Gluck Run Road.

• Eleven County broadband project – Working on development team for a broadband alternative plan for eleven counties to address lack of broadband availability.

• City of Glenville Walking Trail – Helping develop a grant for City of Glenville’s new walking trail.

• Gilmer County VFD – Worked to apply for two grants, $100K for PPE and $400K for new tanker and pumper trucks.

Gilmer County is very fortunate to have the support that Glenville State College provides us.

Gilmer County Family Court Report

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On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Family Court Judge Larry Whited held Family Court in Gilmer County.


Two divorces were granted as follows:


•  Tammi Hardman (57) of Tanner, WV divorced Douglas Hardman (57) of Normantown, WV.


•  Crystal Steele (41) of Denver, NC divorced Christopher Steele (41) of Normantown, WV.


•  One divorce was rescheduled after defendant filed an answer.


•  One divorce was dismissed and can be refiled.


•  One domestic violence hearing was continued. One was granted.

WV Teen Birth Rate Still High, But Slowly Declining

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The overall teen birth rate in West Virginia remains high compared with most states, but the state chief health officer says the rate has dropped over the last two years.

“We’ve seen about a 15 percent decline,” said Dr. Rahul Gupta with the state Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health.

According to a 2013-2014 report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the overall birth rate for white, black and Hispanic teenage females ages 15-19 in West Virginia was 38.3 for every 1,000 females compared with the national average of 25.

“There hasn’t been the type of emphasis on determinants of health that we’re placing now,” he said of the reason why the rate used to be so high. “There’s not a lot of focus on the importance on the teenage girls to finish high school, go to college or some other technical training, get a job.”

The rate has declined significantly over the last 25 years, Gupta said, because there’s been more education to teen girls in schools.

“(This is) so that they don’t suffer the same negative health economics and social consequences when they become mothers — not just for themselves, but also for their newborns,” he said.

Most teen births in West Virginia occur in the southern part of the state, according to the report. Gupta said that has a lot to do with the social and economic conditions as well as several other factors.

The state DHHR has been working with the state Department of Education and others to continue to provide educational opportunities to teenagers about life planning. Gupta said they’ve noticed families are also talking with their kids more.

“Families of today are having those conversations at the dinner table in their households that perhaps wasn’t happening 20-30 years ago,” he said.

The 2013-2014 report indicates Arkansas, Mississippi, New Mexico and Oklahoma had the highest teen birth rates, which were all over 40 per 1,000.  The lowest rates were in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Jersey.

View the full report   HERE .

Provisions Addressing Broadband Coverage Gaps in West Virginia and Across Rural America

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Washington, D.C. – As a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) included three amendments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Reauthorization Act that will improve broadband coverage in West Virginia.

“As a Senator representing a rural state, I know how important access to communication services is to public safety, economic development, healthcare and education,” Senator Manchin said. “Over the last decade, the industry has made great strides in building out broadband infrastructure, but significant coverage gaps still exist in West Virginia and across rural America. My amendments will ensure the FCC is able to gather a more accurate picture of the actual broadband coverage available to West Virginians. The job is not done in rural America, and we must ensure that Washington gets that message.”

Senator Manchin’s priorities that were included in the final bill are below:

Wireless Mapping Amendment: The amendment would require the FCC to study the feasibility of conducting mobile broadband coverage drive testing in rural areas to map where coverage exists, and, even more importantly, where it still needs to be delivered. While the FCC has declared that over 99% of the U.S. population was covered by some form of mobile broadband technology, the reality on the ground in West Virginia is much different. Senator Manchin’s amendment is an important step in his efforts to bring service everywhere.

GAO Report on Broadband Mapping: The amendment directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report to Congress on what steps the FCC is taking to ensure the broadband data it collects is accurate, complete, and reliable. As Senator Manchin has said, coverage maps in Washington, D.C. do not tell the story of the reality on the ground in West Virginia. This amendment directs GAO to report to Congress on what the FCC is doing to address these gaps.

Telehealth Report: The amendment requires the FCC to evaluate and report to Congress on whether the FCC’s Rural Health Care Program has provided sufficient funding and support for health care services in rural areas. In a rural state like West Virginia, those in need often have to travel even further to have access to health care. This is an important effort to making sure rural West Virginians are able to access 21st century health services and are not left on the wrong side of this critical digital divide.

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►   West Virginia GOP Governor Hopeful Cole to Support Trump

Republican candidate for West Virginia governor Bill Cole is supporting Donald Trump for president.

The current state Senate president made his announcement in a news release Tuesday.

Cole said Trump understands business and economics, knows how to create jobs and has spoken out for revitalizing the coal industry.

Cole said he respects the other Republicans running for president.

On the Democratic side for governor, state Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler endorsed Bernie Sanders and opened for him at a Huntington rally last week.

The other two Democrats running, billionaire businessman Jim Justice and ex-U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, haven’t endorsed anyone.

Hillary Clinton is wrapping up a two-day tour of Appalachia. Supporters of Trump and the coal industry protested outside of her event in Williamson, West Virginia on Monday.


►   Clinton Focuses on Substance Abuse in Charleston Campaign Stop

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made her second West Virginia stop Tuesday morning on the campus of the University of Charleston. Clinton hosted a roundtable discussion focused on the state’s substance abuse epidemic. But she said it’s not just West Virginia that’s suffering.

“We have to treat this as an epidemic,” Clinton said. “This is a public health challenge.”

The panel of participants included representatives from law enforcement, the state’s drug court program, medical professionals, and a parent who recently lost his child to an opioid overdose, Charleston native David Grubb.

Grubb’s daughter, Jessica, overdosed on heroin in the fall and went into rehab, and then successfully completed treatment. Jessica, however, suffered a running injury earlier this year that put her in the hospital.

Grubb said the discharging physician prescribed his daughter 50 oxycontin pills and she died in her sleep that night. Now, he and Senator Joe Manchin are working on a bill named in Jessica’s honor that will allow addiction history to be included on a patient’s medical record.

“We hope something that can change lives and save lives can come of this,” Grubb told Clinton.

Grubb had shared his story with President Obama during his visit to West Virginia in the fall. That visit came before Jessica’s death, but Manchin said as he rode back to Washington with the President he could tell the story had “changed him.”

Clinton was also presented with the Charleston program Handle with Care, another initiative shared with Obama during his visit. That program is a partnership between local law enforcement and schools. As part of the program, law enforcement notifies a child’s principal if he or she has experienced a trauma at home during which police were present.

The substance abuse roundtable marks the last of Clinton’s scheduled appearances in West Virginia before the state’s May 10 primary.


►   Magistrate admonished after posting bond for granddaughter

CHARLESTON, WV — The West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission has admonished a Brooke County magistrate who posted her granddaughter’s bond.

Vice chairwoman of the judicial commission Gail C. Boober wrote in a public admonishment last week that Linda J.R. Viderman disregarded state law which states that a magistrate cannot post bond for any other individual, including a family member.

The admonishment also accuses Viderman of speaking with the special magistrate who was appointed to her granddaughter’s case. Viderman’s granddaughter was charged in Brooke County Magistrate Court with misdemeanor battery in 2015.

Viderman couldn’t immediately be reached for comment by the newspaper Monday, but she had previously stated that she was surprised that it could be construed as a violation to post bond for a family member.


►   Addiction recovery center planned for Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG, WV - A West Virginia organization is planning to open an addiction recovery center in Parkersburg.

News outlets report that Recovery Point of West Virginia will open a peer-operated recovery facility for between 60 and 100 men thanks to recently approved funding by the Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities.

The recovery center will be housed in a former National Guard armory. Recovery Point Executive Director Matt Boggs says renovations on the facility’s site will take between six months and a year to be completed once they begin.

The center will, at no cost to the individual, house men suffering from alcohol and substance abuse for an expected duration of between eight and 12 months.

Recovery Point already has locations in Charleston, Huntington and Bluefield.

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WHAT TED CRUZ FACES IN MIDWESTERN PRIMARY

It’s a high-stakes test for the Texas senator’s slumping presidential campaign in Indiana, one of the last opportunities for him to halt Trump’s stunning march toward the GOP nomination.


GOALS CLEAR, DETAILS SECRET FOR PYONGYANG’S SHOWCASE CONGRESS

North Korea is the world’s last great master of Cold War-era spectacle and it is likely to deliver a big one when Kim Jong Un’s ruling party holds its first congress in 36 years.


GAZA SEWAGE SPOILS COASTLINE

Each day, millions of gallons of raw sewage pour into Gaza’s Mediterranean beachfront, damaging its limited fresh water supplies, decimating fishing zones - and now affecting Israel.


WHERE PRINCE FOUND HIS HAPPY PLACE

The megastar musician cared about his songs but found “real happiness” in his faith, according to longtime friend and tour mate, bassist Larry Graham.


PRESIDENT UNFAZED BY COMEDIAN’S LANGUAGE

The White House says Obama wasn’t offended by Larry Wilmore’s use of a racial slur at the correspondents’ association dinner.


FUNERALS WILL HONOR OHIO SHOOTING VICTIMS

“Ample security” will be on hand at the services for six of the eight people shot in rural southern Ohio in what authorities say was a planned attack targeting one family.


SURVEY: BRIBERY RUNS HIGHEST AMONG MIDEAST COURTS

A new report by Transparency International shows that almost a third of the people surveyed in nine Middle East countries have had to pay a bribe to access some kind of public service.


IN PALAU, JELLYFISH LAKE LOSING NAMESAKE

Scientists believe drought and El Nino conditions may be to blame for the plummet of the marine animal’s population, and fear global warming could pose a long-term threat.


WHO IS FAVORED AT TONY NOMINATIONS

Expect another glorious day for “Hamilton,“ the hip-hop-flavored musical about the first U.S. treasury secretary.


NO OUTFOXING LEICESTER CITY

The Thai owners of the Premier League champions aim to keep the victorious soccer squad together despite expectations that many players will be lured away by lucrative offers from richer clubs.

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►   Military tests unmanned ship designed to cross oceans

SAN DIEGO — The military is launching tests on the world’s largest unmanned surface vessel — a self-driving, 132-foot ship designed to travel thousands of miles out at sea without a single crew member on board.

The so-called “Sea Hunter” has the potential to revolutionize not only the military’s maritime service but commercial shipping — marking the first step toward sending unmanned cargo vessels between countries, according to military officials, who showed off the ship in San Diego on Monday before it was put in the water.

The Pentagon’s research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, developed the ship along with Virginia-based Leidos. DARPA will test it in conjunction with the Navy over the next two years off California’s coast. The tests will largely focus on its ability to react on its own to avoid collisions with seafaring traffic.

During the testing phase, the ship will have human operators as a safety net, but once it proves to be reliable, the autonomous surface vessel will maneuver itself — able to go out at sea for months at a time.

Program manager Scott Littlefield said there will be no “remote-controlled driving of the vessel,“ instead it will be given its mission-level commands telling it where to go and what to accomplish and then software will enable it to drive itself safely.

The military initially built the diesel-powered ship to detect stealthy electric submarines, but developers say they believe it has the capability to go beyond that, including doing mine sweeps. There are no plans at this point to arm it.

“There are a lot of advantages that we’re still trying to learn about,“ Littlefield said.

Among them is the possibility that the full-size prototype could pave the way to developing crewless cargo vessels for the commercial shipping industry someday, he added. Countries from Europe to Asia have been looking into developing fleets of unmanned ships to cut down on operating costs but the idea has sparked debate over whether it’s possible to make robotic boats safe enough to run on their own far from land.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation, the union representing more than half of the world’s more than 1 million seafarers, has said it does not believe technology will ever be able to replace the ability of humans to foresee and react to the various dangers at sea.

The “Sea Hunter” was built off the Oregon coast, and moved on a barge to San Diego’s coastline to begin testing. The prototype can travel at a speed of up to 27 knots per hour, and is equipped with a variety of sensors and an advanced optical system to detect other ships, Littlefield said.

The program to develop the ship cost $120 million, though Littlefield said the vessels can now be produced for about $20 million.

During the collision tests, the ship will be programed to follow international traffic rules for boats of its size, Littlefield said. There are no standards for unmanned ships yet, but he believes that could change if vessels like this one make it out of the experimental stage.

The Navy over the years has experimented with a number of unmanned systems — from drone helicopters to small, remotely controlled boats launched from ships. The Pentagon’s budget over the next five years calls for investing in more high-end Naval ships, including $600 million to be invested in unmanned undersea vehicles.


►   Marines Probe Possible Iwo Jima Photo Error

The Marine Corps says it has begun investigating whether it mistakenly identified one of the men shown raising the US flag at Iwo Jima in one of the most iconic images of World War II. The Marines announced its inquiry more than a year after Eric Krelle, of Omaha, Nebraska, and Stephen Foley, of Wexford, Ireland, began raising doubts about the identity of one man, the Omaha World-Herald reports. They argued that the man identified as John Bradley, a Navy corpsman, was actually Harold Henry Schultz, a Marine private first class from Detroit. Schultz died in 1995. The picture was taken by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal amid an intense battle with the Japanese, and he didn’t get the men’s names.

Krelle and Foley based the identification of Schulz—whose stepdaughter says he never said a word about the famous photo—on discrepancies including the pants and hat of the man identified as Bradley, as well as the cartridge belt, which they say appears to be that of a Marine, not a Navy corpsman. In a statement the Marine Corps said it is “examining information provided by a private organization,“ adding that the photo “captured a single moment in the 36-day battle during which more than 6,500 US servicemen made the ultimate sacrifice.“ After Bradley died in 1994, his son, James Bradley, co-wrote the 2000 book Flags of Our Fathers, which became a Clint Eastwood movie. The new investigation “is unbelievable,“ Bradley tells the AP. “I’m interested in facts and truths, so that’s fine, but I don’t know what’s happening,“ he says.


►   Artist Giving Away Life-Sized ‘Foamhenge’

“Foamhenge,“ a life-sized plastic foam replica of England’s famous Stonehenge monument in Natural Bridge, Virginia, has made appearances in TV shows and attracted curious visitors from around the world. Artist Mark Cline must move the monument before August 1 because it sits on property that will become part of the new Natural Bridge State Park, the AP reports. Foamhenge has served as a local tourist landmark since it was unveiled 12 years ago. Cline built the free attraction to entice travelers off the road and, having initially expected Foamhenge’s lure to wane within its debut year, he says he has been pleasantly surprised by its enduring popularity.

“The only reason I hate to move it is because I feel like it does so much good for tourism here,“ Cline tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “It’s been on the BBC and the Discovery Channel, been in several books. It was on NCIS last year, and it appeared as an answer on ‘Jeopardy!‘ the year before. It’s become quite a foam-nomenon, so to speak.“ Cline is offering to give the replica to whoever wants it—as long as the owner is ready to pay for shipping and repair costs, and is willing to withstand a constant flow of visitors.


►   Guy Follows Woman Into Bathroom Thinking She’s a Guy

Jessica Rush was scared to see a man following her into a Texas hospital bathroom last Thursday. That’s when she confronted him—and learned he thought she was a he, NBC Dallas/Forth Worth reports. “You didn’t look like a girl when I saw you enter, I thought it was…“ the man is recorded as saying on her phone. “A boy?“ asks Rush. “Yeah, it was kind of confusing,“ he says. “You dress like a man.“ (See the video HERE.) Rush, who was wearing basketball shorts and a T-shirt and sports a bleach-blond faux-hawk, recorded another chat with the man later at Baylor Medical Center in Frisco, the Dallas Morning News reports. “The point is, I was helping my mom,“ he says. “I was confused when I see someone entering the woman’s bathroom looking like a man.“

Rush and her wife were still mad about it, and worse, it’s happened before. At a Hobby Lobby, a woman tried to stop Rush from entering a restroom used by the woman’s granddaughter, and woman at 24 Hour Fitness once criticized her for trying to use the women’s restroom before realizing Rush was female and apologizing, the Dallas Observer reports. Rush’s story breaks as national battle lines are hardening over transgender bathroom use and another Dallas suburb, Rockwall, may limit bathroom use to the gender on a person’s birth certificate. “I do feel for the transgenders because this happened to me,“ Rush tells WFAA. “I just think everybody just needs to kind of stay to themselves and don’t be the bathroom police.“


►   Woman Ordered to Unlock iPhone With Fingerprint - Some say move violates 5th Amendment

Apple’s fight with the feds over unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s phone has dominated the headlines, but a judge demanded a woman’s fingerprint be used to unlock her iPhone—a first in a federal court case, reports the Los Angeles Times. Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan’s phone was seized from a home in Glendale, Calif., associated with her boyfriend, an alleged Armenian gang member. Less than an hour after Bkhchadzhyan’s arrest, a judge ordered the 29-year-old to unlock her iPhone through Apple’s Touch ID. She later pleaded no contest to a felony count of identity theft, but the law is murky here: Police can get a warrant to search a phone and can take fingerprints without court approval. But whether they can demand fingerprints to unlock a phone is unclear, per Engadget.

An expert says Bkhchadzhyan’s phone may have contained incriminating information, meaning the court order violated her Fifth Amendment right in essentially forcing her to testify. “It’s the same as if she went home and pulled out paper documents,“ she says. According to a 2014 court ruling, however, fingerprints are considered “real or physical evidence,“ the extraction of which doesn’t violate the right against self-incrimination. Pass codes, on the other hand, are a form of knowledge and are generally protected. “This is why I tell my criminal procedure students that they have more protections if they use a pass code rather than fingerprint to guard entry to their phones,“ a law professor tells Ars Technica. “While I don’t conduct crimes on my cellphone, I still decline to use my fingerprint out of an abundance of caution!“


►   Disney Roller Coaster Closed by Selfie Stick

Why pay for a photo of yourself on the California Screamin’ roller coaster at Disney California Adventure when you could snap your own selfie? That was apparently the logic of a visitor on Monday, who forced the ride to close for two hours after pulling out a selfie stick that had been slipped past security. Selfie sticks were outlawed at all Disney parks last June after someone pulled one out on the same coaster, reports the Orange County Register. Officials say no one was injured.


►   ‘Philly Jesus’ Busted at Apple Store

A man who calls himself “Philly Jesus” has a new cross to bear: He was arrested at a Philadelphia Apple store on a trespassing charge, reports the AP. Philly Jesus, whose real name is Michael Grant, dresses like Jesus, preaches on sidewalks, and performs baptisms in city fountains. He also carries a large cross, which was blocking an aisle at the Apple store on Monday. Grant was arrested when he refused repeated requests to remove the cross and leave, per NBC 10. He tweeted Tuesday that he was “free at last.“ He’s charged with defiant trespassing and disorderly conduct.


►   FBI Digs for Stolen Art at Aging Mobster’s Home

Authorities aren’t giving up the search for $500 million in paintings stolen in one of the largest art thefts in US history. On Monday, the FBI searched the property of an 80-year-old mobster linked to the 1990 theft of 13 paintings—including three Rembrandts, a Vermeer, and a Manet—from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, reports the Boston Globe. A lawyer for Robert Gentile says agents searched in and around his home in Manchester, Conn., using metal detectors and dogs. At one point, they were seen digging within 10 feet of the house after removing siding and a vent pipe reportedly leading to an underground oil tank, per the Hartford Courant. But “they ain’t gonna find nothing,“ Gentile told his lawyer, adding he didn’t steal the paintings, isn’t hiding them, and has no idea where they are.

Two previous searches of the property turned up nothing, though federal prosecutors say Gentile offered to sell two of the stolen paintings to an undercover FBI agent for $500,000 each in 2015, reports NBC Connecticut. He also offered to return the paintings in exchange for a lesser sentence for a friend and told at least three people that he had access to the art, prosecutors say. Agents don’t believe Gentile actually took part in the theft—those two men are dead, according to the FBI—but the wife of a suspect told police that her husband gave Gentile two paintings before his death in 2004. Gentile is now serving a 2.5-year prison sentence for drug and gun charges after an arrest last year, per ABC News. The Gardner Museum, meanwhile, is offering $5 million for information leading to the recovery of the masterworks.


►   Kid Charged After Flashing Genitals in Yearbook Prank

A 19-year-old high school football player in Mesa, Ariz., has been hit with 69 counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure after school officials discovered he had flashed his genitals in a yearbook photo, CBS News reports. Hunter Osborn also has a felony charge of furnishing harmful items to minors after he posed for Red Mountain High’s varsity football team photo with his genitals exposed as he stood grinning in the second row of players; there’s just enough space between two players in the front row to allow his offending parts to be seen. KPHO notes that about 3,400 students received a copy of the yearbook, per Mesa police (though a KNXV reporter tweeted only 250 students nabbed a copy before the school caught on); court docs indicate the team photo was also distributed at football games. Cops say Osborn purposely had his penis sticking out over the top of his waistband during the photo, which was taken with 69 students between the ages of 15 and 19 present (hence the 69 misdemeanor counts), as well as 10 faculty members.

Osborn, who was 18 when the photo was taken, says he was dared to do it and that he now is “disgusted” with himself. Although the school issued a harsh statement saying it was “dismayed,“ some—including a neighbor who describes Osborn as an otherwise smart, considerate person who holds down a steady job and goes to church—are saying a criminal probe is taking it too far. “It’s something that’s going to be on his record for the rest of his life,“ a sophomore at his school tells KPHO. And a student who put up a Change.org petition to “free Hunter Osborn” notes: “He didn’t put the picture in the yearbook, he didn’t create the page, he wasn’t the editor that approved it, or the teacher responsible for publishing it and distributing it to students.“ The school has recalled the yearbooks to make “a minor but critical edit for the inappropriate content,“ and Osborn was released on his own recognizance with an electronic monitor after being jailed Saturday.

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►   After Slew of Suspicious Fires, a Firefighter Is Arrested

After more than 20 suspicious fires in the space of a few weeks, it didn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out that an arsonist was at work in the small town of Mayerthorpe, Alberta—but the real shock was the suspect’s identity. On Saturday, volunteer firefighter Lawson Michael Schalm, 19, was arrested and charged with 18 counts of arson, including one relating to a spectacular fire that destroyed a rail trestle bridge last week, the National Post reports. Authorities say Schalm, the son of an ex-mayor, helped fight at least five of the fires and was a bystander at several others. “We’re certainly very shocked, bewildered, wounded, and a little hurt,“ fire Chief Randy Schroeder says. “The discovery that one of our own potentially lit 18 fires is definitely affecting our station.“

Schroder tells Global News that the situation is “heartbreaking” and firefighters are struggling to deal with the apparent betrayal by Schalm, who started out as a cadet at 15 and had good prospects of becoming a career firefighter. “I would like to be able to roll the tape back metaphorically speaking and get a better understanding,“ the chief says. Former mayor Albert Schalm says that while he is shocked by the allegations, his love for his son is “unconditional” and there “will always be a dinner plate at my table” for him.“ I refuse to throw my son under the bus. I’m not that kind of dad,“ he tells the CBC. “My goal is to get him back on the road, get his future going again.“


►   After 16 Years, Mountain Gives Up Climbing Legend’s Body

The frozen remains of one of the greatest American mountain climbers who ever lived have been found on the mountain where he died. Alex Lowe was 40 years old and considered the best in the world when he died alongside cameraman David Bridges in October 1999, the AP reports. They had been scouting routes up the 26,289-foot Shishapangma in Tibet. His widow says that last week, two climbers looking for a new route up the mountain, the world’s 14th highest, found the bodies of Lowe and Bridges thanks to ice melt. “I kind of never realized how quickly it would be that he’d melt out,“ Jenni Lowe-Anker tells Outside magazine. “I thought it might not be in my lifetime.“

“Alex and David vanished, were captured and frozen in time. Sixteen years of life has been lived and now they are found. We are thankful,“ Lowe-Anker said in a statement on the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation website. Conrad Anker, Lowe’s best friend and climbing partner, was almost killed in the same avalanche. In 2001, he married Lowe’s widow and adopted his three sons, who are now adults. All five members of the family plan to visit Tibet this summer to recover the bodies. “It’s never something you look forward to,“ Lowe-Anker says. “To see the body of somebody you loved and cared about. But there is a sense that we can put him to rest, and he’s not just disappeared now.“


►   Sinn Fein Leader: N-Word Tweet Was Meant to Be ‘Ironic’

Gerry Adams caught a viewing of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained on Sunday and was perhaps a little too enthusiastic in sharing his thoughts on it. The leader of Ireland’s Sinn Fein party posted in a now-deleted tweet: “Watching Django Unchained - A Ballymurphy [N-word]!“ Cue the backlash over what he now says was an “ironic” choice of words, the Guardian reports. Per the BBC, Adams has since apologized for the tweet—which CNN notes differed from his usual stream of dog, trampoline, and stuffed-animal tweets—but insists he was merely trying to compare the struggles of the 2012 movie’s title character (a freed slave dealing with pre-Civil War racism) to Irish nationalists who were murdered in 1971’s Ballymurphy Massacre in the Ballymurphy section of Belfast (nearly a dozen people were killed by British soldiers).

“Attempts to suggest that I am a racist are without credibility,“ Adams says in a statement on the Sinn Fein website. “I am opposed to racism and have been all my life,“ thought at a Monday press conference in Belfast he acknowledged that his use of the N-word was “inappropriate.“ The Guardian points out that Adams and other nationalists have often tried to paint their troubles as similar to those of blacks, both in the US and post-colonial states, and that Sinn Fein has participated in anti-racism campaigns in Ireland. A Northern Ireland pol, however, says it’s “insulting to dismiss the suffering of the slaves in such a flippant manner,“ while another says the tweet showed a “staggering deficiency in judgment” on Adams’ part. Meanwhile, a Belfast activist tweeted: “White, male millionaires don’t have a right to use the ‘n’ word. #gerryadams.“


►   U.S., Europe struggle to make progress in free trade talks

BRUSSELS — Talks to create a massive free trade zone between the United States and the European Union continue to be held back because of disagreements on key issues, making success under President Barack Obama’s administration ever less likely.

With the November U.S. elections drawing closer, chief EU negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero says that “still, there is a lot, a lot that needs to be done before this negotiation is ripe for conclusion.“

After the sides last week held a 13th negotiating session, Garcia Bercero says fundamental disagreements remain over several issues including market access for European firms and protection for the agriculture sector.

Worsening the climate was Monday’s release by Greenpeace of confidential negotiating texts that the environmental group claims shows U.S. ill intent and EU acquiescence. The breach of confidentiality also undermined mutual confidence, said Garcia Bercero.

“Does this bother us in the negotiations? Yes, for sure. It is not good for confidence in the negotiating process,“ he told reporters.

Greenpeace claimed Monday that 248 pages of negotiating documents show how the U.S. is pressuring the 28-nation bloc to accept its terms, weaken consumer protection standards and push through more business-oriented legislation.

Both sides denied the charges, with Garcia Bercero saying several Greenpeace conclusions were “false” and U.S. Trade representative spokesman Trevor Kincaid saying “the interpretations being given to these texts appear to be misleading at best and flat out wrong at worst.“

The socialist group in the European Parliament, never on the side of big business in such negotiations, said Monday that the leaked documents mean little. “Nothing in this leak indicates that the EU has complied with any of the U.S. demands,“ said David Martin, member of parliament for the S&D group. “At this stage, the papers show a great deal of posturing and tactics but little concrete information.“

Still, it was a further indication of the challenges ahead for an agreement that is already running well over a year behind schedule. The talks, which seek to tighten ties between regions that together have over 800 million people and half the world’s economic output, have come under increasing pressure, especially in the Germany, the economic engine of the 28-nation EU.

There are also fears that a free trade deal could become a target in a U.S. election campaign where economic protectionism and political isolationism have turned into key debating points.

Last week, Obama said in Germany that the “time is now” for the agreement. He warned that if negotiations aren’t completed by the end of the year, the deal may be delayed for much longer due to the switch to a new administration in the U.S. and major elections in France and Germany.

In Germany, some 100,000 people have protested against the so-called Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership but the government continues to push for it.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday that “the speedy completion of an ambitious agreement is very important.“

He said that a trade agreement is a great opportunity to shape globalization and that there are few countries in the world that are as dependent on free global trade as the export nation Germany is.

Despite the backing of several key EU governments, progress is slow on numerous points, especially on reducing tariffs and opening markets for services and procurement. The EU opposes some U.S. farms policies that give greater freedom to trade in genetically modified food, chlorine-rinsed poultry and hormone-treated beef.


►   Newly Found ‘Nazca line’ Depicts Weird Creature

Japanese researchers have added to the “Nazca line” mystery by uncovering yet another ancient geoglyph in Peru, the Smithsonian reports. The 98-foot-long bas-relief appears to depict a mythological creature that’s sticking out its tongue, has many legs, and a body covered in spots, per a press release. What’s it all about? Interpretations of Peruvian geoglyphs have varied, but the researchers, Masato Sakai and Jorge Olano, suggest this one is linked to ancient pilgrimages to a ceremonial center. Called Cahuachi, the center existed in Nazca culture between about 1 AD and 500 AD. In 2011, Sakai and Olano found another geoglyph near the path to Cahuachi showing “anthropomorphic figures” in “a scene of decapitation,“ they say.

This geoglyph was made by pulling up dark-colored surface stones to reveal “the underlying whitish ground” and piling the stones in the shape of the animal, they explain. “This is a characteristic technique of geoglyphs and [the find] may date back to 2,000 to 2,500 years ago,“ says Sakai, per Andina. “Taking into account there is an ancient path, between the two geoglyphs, heading to the Cahuachi ceremonial site, we might say the figures are linked to a pilgrimage way to such religious place.“ The Nazca lines were once thought of as calendars, but prevailing theory says they led to rituals performed for water and crop fertility, National Geographic reports. Their visibility from the air has led to some to say extra-terrestrials were involved, notes ANCIENT ORIGINS.


►   Cheering Cubans Greet 1st US Cruise Ship in Decades

Greeted with rum drinks and salsa dancers, the first passengers to cruise from the US to Cuba in nearly 40 years streamed Monday into a crowd cheering the rebirth of commercial travel on waters that served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility. Many watching the festive arrival praised a Cuban government decision to drop a longstanding ban on Cuban-born people returning to their homeland by sea, a step that allowed 16 Cuban-Americans to make the journey from Miami. “This is history,“ says Mercedes Lopez, a 54-year-old nurse who waited for hours to see Carnival Cruise Line’s 704-passenger Adonia pull up to Havana’s two-berth cruise terminal. “We Cubans must unite, all of us. This is a step forward, a little step toward normalization, peace, family unification.“

The passengers of the Adonia were welcomed by live music and dancing inside Havana’s single state-run cruise terminal. Outside, police carved a single lane into the crowd of hundreds of Cubans waiting in Old Havana’s Plaza San Francisco for passengers taking walking tours of the restored colonial center. The group included dozens of plainclothes security agents and hawkers promoting restaurants and souvenir shops, as well as many trying to witness history. Cruise ships stopped crossing the Florida Straits from the US after a brief window in the late 1970s when President Jimmy Carter allowed virtually all US travel to Cuba. US cruises to Cuba once again become possible after Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro declared detente on December 17, 2014.


►   Stranded Hikers Spell ‘HELP,‘ Get Rescued

Rachel and Carolyn Lloyd set off on what should have been a six- to eight-hour hike in New Zealand’s Tararua Forest Park Tuesday, but they got lost and then Rachel, 22, got hurt. She slipped in a creek, hitting her head on a rock, and couldn’t walk. Temperatures dropped to the 40s each night and they were running out of food. Within days, Rachel was talking about her final wishes with mom Carolyn, 45, because “I was on the verge of dying,“ she tells TVNZ, per CNN. But the women were saved Saturday, because Carolyn used branches to spell out “HELP” in two clearings.

Search and rescue teams were already looking for the missing American hikers after they didn’t return their rental car as planned; the car was found at the base of the hike Thursday. Then, Saturday, a helicopter aiding in the search saw the word “HELP” from the sky. Rachel and Carolyn were taken to a hospital, where doctors told Rachel she had hypothermia and may not have made it much longer. Carolyn had been visiting her daughter, who is studying at a New Zealand university for the semester, the New Zealand Herald reports.


►   Frenchman Sues Former Boss for Making His Job Boring

Bored at work? Then consider Frenchman Frédéric Desnard, who is suing his former employer for allegedly boring him out of his mind and damaging his health, the Guardian reports. The 44-year-old Parisian claims he suffered from “bore out” (a twist on “burn out”) after his employer, a perfume company, reduced the manager’s job to menial tasks from 2010 to 2014. Desnard calls it a “descent into hell” that left him “destroyed” and constantly crying, the Local France reports. “I was depressed, and ashamed of being paid for doing nothing,“ he says. He also claims to have suffered from sleep problems, epilepsy, and ulcers, per the Telegraph. “The worse part of it was denying this suffering,“ adds Desnard, who was laid off in 2014 after taking seven months’ sick leave from work.

Now he’s taking his case to an employment tribunal that began Monday. Desnard is seeking about $413,000 in damages and compensation, including missed holiday pay, and says the company bored him intentionally so they could ditch him without paying unemployment compensation. But the company’s lawyer, Jean-Philippe Bénissan, says Desnard has “no proof” and changed his complaint from “burn out” to “bore out” as a tactical ploy. “He never said anything about being bored during the four-year period,“ says Bénissan. France’s higher court has already recognized 244 cases of workers “intentionally sidelined” and deemed it “moral harassment,“ while a researcher says up to 30% of French employees are suffering from “bore out,“ France Info reports.


►   Weddings, Funerals Banned in North Korea

Heading to North Korea for a wedding this week? Better put that on hold—the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has banned all weddings, funerals, and movement in and out of Pyongyang ahead of a rare ruling party congress, the Independent reports. What’s more, anyone arrested before the 7th Party Congress kicks off on Friday will be considered a political criminal, per the Daily NK. “They are creating a day-to-day atmosphere that is terrifying,“ says an unnamed source in South Pyongan Province. “Patrols by the Ministry of People’s Security have teamed up with inminban [people’s units, a type of neighborhood watch] to visit not only the houses of ordinary people, but also hotel and motel rooms to check the identification of those staying in temporary lodgings.“

The heightened security “can be seen as a measure to prevent mishaps over the party congress,“ a South Korean official tells the Mirror. Not a big surprise, considering they haven’t held a party congress since 1980, when Kim Jong-un’s father, Kim Jong-il, was officially made leader. This time around, 33-year-old Kim Jong-un is expected to fortify his leadership, lay out plans for North Korea’s military and economy, and declare the country a nuclear state. The congress is expected to run four or five days and “will be closely watched for any new policies,“ the Mirror says.


►   Baby Rescued 4 Days After Kenya Building Collapse

At least 23 people are reported dead after an unapproved building collapsed Friday in Nairobi, Kenya, per the Star, but the Kenya Red Cross offered a bit of hope early Tuesday. “Good news! A child aged about one and half years rescued alive at 0400 hours,“ the organization tweeted, adding in a press release that the baby had been found 80 hours after the collapse nestled in a bucket and wrapped in a blanket. Although the child, IDed as Dealeryn Saisi Wasike by the BBC (which also says she’s only 6 months old), seemed dehydrated, there were no other immediate signs of injury, and she’s now recuperating at a nearby hospital. The Red Cross’ Twitter feed also indicates the baby has been reunited with her dad, though the group says it hasn’t confirmed what happened to her mother, per Reuters.

Media reports differ, but estimates hover at around 140 rescued so far and almost 100 still missing after the six-story building slated for demolition in the Huruma district crumbled after heavy rains Friday. At least five people are due in court Tuesday to face manslaughter charges, including a city inspection official, a rep from the nation’s construction agency, the building’s engineer, and two brothers who own the site. The owners didn’t have permission to rent the building out, and it was apparently never approved by the city. That last point doesn’t appear to be an anomaly: Nairobi’s deputy governor tells Nairobi News that up to 70% of residential buildings don’t have formal approval from City Hall. Kenya’s president surveyed the damage Saturday and demanded that other buildings in the area be examined for safety issues.

Spring Interns Complete Student Teaching for GSC

GLENVILLE, WV—Eighteen students have completed their student teaching internships for Glenville State College and are eligible to participate in GSC’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 07, 2016.

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Ben Neal, Casey Burdette, Robert Hensley, William Alderman, Ben Stingo, Chelsea Hines, Annetta Snyder, Curtis Sutphin,
Samantha Fulks, Joseph Overbaugh, Julia Stull, Cody Carnefix, Rachel Morris, Sarah Cody, Dancey Howes, Melissa Jones,
Abigail Stalnaker, Carlee Scott, Erica PerdueBen Neal, Casey Burdette, Robert Hensley, William Alderman, Ben Stingo,
Chelsea Hines, Annetta Snyder, Curtis Sutphin, Samantha Fulks, Joseph Overbaugh, Julia Stull, Cody Carnefix, Rachel Morris,
Sarah Cody, Dancey Howes, Melissa Jones, Abigail Stalnaker, Carlee Scott, Erica Perdue


William Alderman completed his student teaching in Math Education (5-adult) at Calhoun County Middle/High School and Gilmer County High School with Natalie White and Kelly Barr. Dr. Shara Curry, Dr. John Taylor, and Joseph Wood were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Eric and Diane Alderman of Looneyville, West Virginia.


Casey Burdette completed his student teaching in Social Studies (5-adult) at Braxton County High School and Clay County Middle School with Jerry Frame and Brittany McGowen Dolly. Dr. Shara Curry was his GSC Supervisor. He is the son of Jimmy and Kristi Burdette of Clay, West Virginia and the grandson of Nancy and Jacke Cottrell of Newton, West Virginia.


Cody Carnefix completed his student teaching in English Education (5-adult) and Social Studies (5-adult) at Gilmer County High School with Michelle Raines and Lindsay Bush. Dr. Melody Wise and Donald Sheets were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Darren and Allison Carnefix of Liberty, West Virginia.


Sarah Cody completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K), Elementary Education (K-6), and Multi-Caterorial Education (K-6) at Sand Fork Elementary School and Glenville Elementary School with Leslie Campbell and Julie Perrin. Dr. Tara Cosco and Dr. Shelly Ratliff were her GSC Supervisors. She is the daughter of Kim and Joel Hypes of Summersville, West Virginia. She currently resides with her husband Johnathan in Summersville, West Virginia. Cody was also named Outstanding Student Teacher of the spring semester by the education honor society Kappa Delta Pi.


Samantha Fulks completed her student teaching in Math Education (5-adult) at Calhoun County Middle/High School and Gilmer County High School with Terry Jones and Rick Kinder. Dr. Shara Curry, Dr. John Taylor, and Joseph Wood were her GSC Supervisors. She is the daughter of Herald ‘Glen’ and Trevia Fulks (Jr.) of Millstone, West Virginia.


Robert Hensley completed his student teaching in Math Education (5-adult) at Gilmer County High School with Brittany Duelley and Tracy Ferguson. Don Sheets and Joseph Wood were his GSC Supervisors. He is the son of Carol Hensley of Dundalk, Maryland and currently resides with his wife Allegra in Glenville, West Virginia.


Chelsea Hines completed her student teaching in Health and Physical Education (PreK-adult) at Gilmer County High School and Glenville Elementary School with Amy Chapman and Diane Sharpes. Janet Bailey and Donald Sheets were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Tim and Leann Kerns of Jane Lew, West Virginia. She currently resides with her husband Robert and son Parker in Weston, West Virginia.


Dancey Howes completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K), Elementary Education (K-6), and Multi-Categorical Education (K-6) at Leading Creek Elementary School with Lora Chapman and Melissa Wood. Dr. Shelly Ratliff and Dr. John Taylor were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Mark and Kennetha Howes of Hacker Valley, West Virginia.


Melissa Jones completed her student teaching in English Education (5-adult) at Braxton County Middle School and Braxton County High School with Judith Boyce and Sharon Desper. Dr. Melody Wise and Frances Fry were her GSC Supervisors. She is the daughter of Roger Hypes and Marie Pierson of Summersville, West Virginia. She currently resides in Summersville, West Virginia with her significant other Allen Walton and her son Ben.


Benjamin Neal completed his student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Arnoldsburg Elementary School, Pleasant Hill Elementary School, and Liberty High School with John Bugby and Tom Day. Dr. Shara Curry, Dr. John Taylor, and Dr. David Lewis were his GSC Supervisors. He is the son of Timothy and Patricia Neal of Mount Nebo, West Virginia.


Rachel Morris completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6) at Glenville Elementary School with Nicole Moyers and Tamera Moore. Connie Stout O’Dell and Don Sheets were her GSC Supervisors. She is the daughter of Bill and Kendi Morris of Bidwell, Ohio and is engaged to Aaron Parsons of Harrisville, West Virginia.


Joseph Overbaugh completed his student teaching in General Science (5-adult) at Braxton County High School and Braxton County Middle School with Shawn Crow and Jenny Miller. Dr. Shara Curry was his GSC Supervisor. He is the son of James and Ada Overbaugh of Mount Zion, West Virginia.


Erica Perdue completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6) at Burnsville Elementary School with Patty Montgomery and Joyce Stump. Frances Fry was her GSC Supervisor. She is the daughter of Eric and Vicky Perdue of Clay, West Virginia. She currently resides in Burnsville, West Virginia with her fiancée Lucas Smith.


Annetta Snyder completed her student teaching in English Education (5-adult) at Braxton County Middle School and Braxton County High School with James King and Janis Collins. Her GSC Supervisors were Frances Fry and Dr. Melody Wise. She is the daughter of Mike and Charlene Snyder of Stouts Mills, West Virginia. She currently resides with her son Sebastian in Stouts Mills.


Abigail Stalnaker completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6) at Glenville Elementary School with Leigh Kinder, Teresa Skinner, and Amber Frashure. Dr. Shelly Ratliff, Connie Stout O’Dell, and Don Sheets were her GSC Supervisors. She is the daughter of David and Judy Stalnaker of Glenville, West Virginia.


Benjamin Stingo completed his student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Calhoun County Middle/High School and Glenville, Sand Fork, and Normantown Elementary Schools with Logan Rhodes and Judy Leggett. Dr. Shara Curry and Dr. David Lewis were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Kevin and Elizabeth Stingo of Buckhannon, West Virginia.


Julia Stull completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6) at Summersville Elementary School with Jill Sweeney and Erin Thomas. Frances Fry was her GSC Supervisor. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Diana Barnett of Summersville, West Virginia. She currently resides with her children Bryer and Ellie Stull and Kenneth Sales Jr. in Summersville, West Virginia.


Curtis Sutphin completed his student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Roanoke Elementary School, and Leading Creek Elementary with Jermiah Smallridge, Garrett Friend, and Whitney Ballard. Dr. John Taylor and Dr. David Lewis were his GSC Supervisors. He is a native of Van, West Virginia. 


Senior teacher education students take part in an internship during their final semester at GSC. At the conclusion of their internship students must complete a presentation illustrating their mastery of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards as well as the standards of their particular area of study.


For more information about the Teacher Education Program at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.4119.

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