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A former social studies teacher at Petersburg High School was arrested earlier this month on multiple sexual crimes involving a student.

Jonathan M. McNemar, 27, of Petersburg is facing charges of sexual abuse, soliciting a minor via computer, sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian, person of trust, sexual assault and displaying obscene matter to a minor.

A woman is in jail after attempting to hold up a bank in Keyser and taking multiple hostages.

According to a report from the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occured on Aug. 17 at approximately 1:43 p.m.

The department received a panic alarm activated at the Chessie Federal Credit Union in Keyser.

A man with multiple outstanding warrants in Grant County, Logan Adam Bowman, was non-fatally shot last week after pulling a gun on officers during an arrest.

According to a report by Amanda Mangan with the Allegany Radio Corporation, the incident occurred on the night of Aug. 14, when officers with the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department were on patrol in Keyser.

A Circleville woman is facing charges after a K-9 officer with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department alerted deputies to multiple drugs in her vehicle, including Fentanyl.

On Aug. 16, Senior Deputy Lambert conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Lindsay Jacqueline Vandevander, 32, for a motor vehicle violation.

In a report released by the Grant County Health De- partment (GCHD), the state designed metric aimed at determining risk levels on a county-by-county basis has been changed to better ac- commodate smaller counties.

On Sunday, Sandy Glass- cock with the GCHD an- nounced that the county had one new positive diagnosis from the community, bring- ing the overall COVID cases in Grant County up to 137, with 125 recovered cases, five active cases with two cur- rent hospitalizations and four deaths.

As the summer begins to wrap up and the community turns its attention to the coming school year, it is clear the challenges faced in the time of a global pandemic are far from over. However, while events continue to be canceled and the community adjusts to the ever-changing guidelines, there has been one uniquely “normal” summer spot in the area - the Petersburg City Pool.

Just as surrounding areas, including Franklin and Moorefield, decided to keep their city pools closed this season, the Petersburg City Council held fast to their opinion that, with input from the Grant County Health Department, the pool could be a safe and fun haven for students. Especially considering the winter semester ended more than three months early due to the pandemic.

But beyond the new challenges from Covid, the pool was also starting under new management.

While it appears the positive Covid-19 test rate may be stabilizing in the county, the fate of the 2020 school year seems to rest on the community having a low virus spread.

Earlier this week, superintendent Doug Lambert released an urgent update concerning the county’s current standing when it comes to students being allowed back into the classroom.

“On Friday, Governor Justice presented his plan for re-opening schools on Sept. 8,” Lambert said. “To say I was concerned and upset would be gravely understated.”

Last week, a single vehicle accident on Route 93 in Scherr claimed the lives of two people.

According to an incident report from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the accident occurred in the afternoon of Aug. 12 and involved three individuals, one driver and two passengers.

The vehicle involved in the accident was a 1995 Toyota Tercel, driven by Elijah Workman of Keyser.

While traveling on Route 93, Workman lost control of the vehicle when it ran off the edge of the roadway and went airborne.

On Aug. 16, the Grant County Health Department released its beginning of the week update concerning Covid-19 testing in the community.

According to Sandria Glasscock, a registered nurse and director of the county’s health department, the county now sits at a total of 133 diagnosed cases to date. Of those, 116 have recovered from the illness and only 10 cases remain active in the county (eight of which are related to the outbreak at the Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center). Only one additional positive case was reported on Sunday, a notable drop from previous weeks when, over the course of a single month, the rates in the county jumped from approximately 15 cases to over 100 positive cases.

During their August 10 meeting, the Petersburg City Council approved a project presented by two local teens to install “blessing boxes” around the city.

Makenah Shriver and Sophia Smith spoke before the council about their hopes of seeing the donation-based project launched in the area.

“We came before the council to ask permission to set up blessing boxes around town,” Shriver said. “Specifically around city hall.”

Shriver explained the boxes could also be located around local churches, schools and parks.

Smith told the council that the boxes operate as local donation spots that are based on the motto of “Give what you can and take what you need.”

As social distancing continues to be the motto of the times, the Grant County Commission and the Grant County Parks and Recreation Department are working to ensure residents have ample green space to do so.

During their Aug. 22 meeting, the commission heard an update from Jim Reel and Randy Parsons of the county’s park department.

During the meeting, the two presented multiple projects being completed in the parks and requested permission to introduce a new, community requested effort.

One of the parks that has seen the most updates recently is Turner Park, which offers a free shooting range for firearm enthusiasts to practice their aim.

July Grand Jury indictments part 2

A Petersburg man is facing charges after he physically assaulted two people while at a hunting cabin in Grant County.

Trevor L. Redman, 25, of 224 Grant St., Petersburg, was indicted on charges of malicious assault.

According to his indictment, Redman, who had allegedly been drinking at the time, attacked a male victim while the victim was sitting on a couch. The incident occurred at a hunting cabin where the two victims in the case were meeting with two others to stay the night in order to get an early start for bear hunting in the morning. Redman then contacted one of the group to tell them he was on his way to the cabin but that he had been drinking at his home in Petersburg prior to traveling to the cabin.

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