Law & Order

A former Fairmont State University official faces up to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to embezzlement and tax charges.
 
     Forty-five-year-old David A. Tamm of Parkersburg pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to embezzling from a state agency receiving federal funds. He also admitted falsely reporting less income than he received on his 2012 federal income tax return.
 

Charleston is on the verge of recording its lowest number of murders in two decades.

The Daily Mail reports that with less than a week left, the city has recorded just one murder in 2013. That's down from 10 last year.

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The Moorefield man who threatened the White House has been sentenced to 10 months in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 46-year-old Patrick S. Crites was remanded to the custody of U.S. marshals last week after being sentenced in U.S. District Court in Elkins.

Crites was charged with transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce in November 2012.

The State Journal reports that Crites admitted to sending a threatening email to the White House.

Judge Michael Thornsbury
Associated Press

Federal prosecutors are seeking a delay in the sentencing of a former Mingo County circuit judge so they can have more time to investigate information he provided in a corruption probe.
 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby filed a motion Thursday asking a federal judge to delay Michael Thornsbury's Jan. 13 sentencing by 90 days.
 

A petition being passed around West Virginia through the Change.org web site is pushing legislators to change Raw Milk laws in the state. “Consumers should have the right to eat and drink foods they believe will benefit them,” the petition reads. Not everyone agrees.

Farmer Says Sweet

Tinia Creamer is a young farmer in the Huntington area who is outspoken about the issue of milk.

An advisory panel is recommending two Mingo County public defenders as potential candidates to replace former Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury.
 
     The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission submitted the names of Teresa McCune and Jonathan Jewel to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Tuesday.

Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia

A Fairmont attorney is days away from making judicial history in West Virginia.

WV State Troopers, WV State Police
Suzanne Higgins / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  West Virginia State Police say they've arrested dozens of people in southern West Virginia on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine during targeted efforts in the past month.

Since October 26 state troopers in Webster, Pendleton, Randolph, and Braxton counties found 2 meth labs, arrested 14 people and seized a little over $1000.

This resulted in 28 felonies and 2 misdemeanor charges.

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A former Mingo County prosecutor has pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge.
 
     Michael Sparks entered the plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Charleston. He faces a year in prison when he's sentenced Feb. 24.
 
     Sparks resigned in October after being charged in a scheme to protect former Sheriff Eugene Crum from revelations that Crum bought drugs.
 
     Crum was shot to death in April in an unrelated attack as he ate lunch in his vehicle.  
 

Cecilia Mason / WVPublic

Last week a violent altercation erupted between students at Morgantown High School that ended with one student in a hospital, with multiple stab wounds to the arms and chest.  A police officer in the school, known as a Prevention Resource Officer, administered emergency first aid and prevented major blood loss. Few know about the Prevention Resource Officer program and the role these officers play throughout schools in West Virginia.

'Security' to 'Prevention'

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A federal judge has dismissed charges against a West Virginia man accused of sending a threatening letter to President Barack Obama.
 
     A U.S. Secret Service forensic handwriting analysis showed that 20-year-old Ryan Kirker of McMechen didn't write the letter.
 
     According to court records, the letter sent to the White House in April was filled with profanity and racial slurs.
 
     A federal grand jury charged Kirker in June with threatening the president.
 

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