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A Petersburg man is facing charges after he was found passed out in his car in the parking lot of a local business.

On the morning of May 1, Chief Deputy S.L. Wratchford of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department was conducting a routine patrol on Johnson Run Road when he noticed a silver car trespassing in the parking lot of a local business.

When the officer stopped, he noted that the hood of the vehicle was up. Upon investigation, the officer discovered a male driver slumped over and passed out in the vehicle as well as a methamphetamine smoking pipe in plain view.

Citizens in Petersburg received a bit of a surprise last week when several head of cattle decided to take a day exploring the city. Some witnesses reported seeing more than 15 cows around town. Over the course of their time free, the cows were spotted on Virginia Avenue, on Pierpont Street (pictured here) and even visiting a window outside of Petersburg High School before eventually being returned to their home.

Grant County may soon be home to the state’s first luxury campsite or “glamping resort.”

Jeff Raum of Maryland spoke virtually with the Petersburg City Council last week, explaining he was under contract to purchase property at 261 Hicks Drive with the intent to turn the site into a luxury get-away.

“The goal is to create a really nice, well manicured and well maintained campground with luxury tents for tourists,” Raum explained. “I would imagine most of our guests would come from the D.C. metro area looking to explore and enjoy the natural beauty of West Virginia.”

West Virginia Delegate John Paul Hott sat down for an interview earlier this month to discuss his thoughts on important bills this session, the COVID-19 situation and his hopes for the future of the state.

Hott was elected in 2018 to represent West Virginia’s 54th district, which includes Grant County and parts of Mineral and Pendleton counties.

Hott, whose platform includes a pro-gun, pro-life and pro-government employees stance, addressed two of the more controversial bills that made it to the floor this session.

One bill Hott said saw heavy confusion and misinformation was WVSB 583, which involved a slight electric rate increase for consumers.

A lawsuit filed by a former Grant Memorial Hospital employee claims she was wrongfully fired after attempting to speak up concerning sexual and emotional harassment at the hospital.

Kimberly Linville filed the complaint late last month in the Grant County Circuit Court against hospital chief executive officer (CEO) Robert “Bob” Milvet, the board of trustees of Grant Memorial Hospital and the Grant County Commission.

Prior to her termination, Linville served as the chief nursing officer at the hospital and had been employed at the hospital for more than 20 years. In this position, Linville reported directly to Milvet.

Linville’s suit claims that after being hired, Milvet began to make “comments about Linville’s and other female hospital employees’ physical appearances” and would take pictures of female employees without their knowledge.

An investigation into an alleged kidnapping ended in the arrest of two individuals on numerous drug charges and child neglect.

The charges stem from an incident on April 27, when officers from the Grant and Mineral County sheriff’s departments and West Virginia State Police assisted in a possible kidnapping case.

Trooper Bailey of the state police conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle allegedly involved in the kidnapping while it was traveling on Knobley Road.

 

A Maysville woman who confessed to intentionally setting an outbuilding on fire last week is now behind bars with a $100,000 bond.

Officers responded to a call early in the morning on April 27, that reported a small out-building on fire at 33 Grace Lane in the High Point Subdivision. When they arrived, they discovered a fully involved apartment-style shed was burning. The shed would eventually burn to the ground.

Over the course of the investigation, a representative from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office met with the shed’s owner and person who had initially reported the fire, Nancy Berg.

An investigation is ongoing into a two-vehicle accident on Route 42 that claimed the life of a Petersburg man and left another critically injured.

Officers from the Grant County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia State Police, Petersburg Police Department and West Virginia Public Service Commission responded to a call on April 24 at 8:16 p.m. that reported an accident involving a commercial vehicle that was partially over an embankment and a second vehicle that was on its top.

Yesterday, the Grant County Health Department confirmed that two more Grant County residents have tested positive for COVID 19. According to a release by the department, both are self-quarantined at home.

After being informed of the positive test results, the Grant County Health Department personnel began an investigation. Any person who was identified as a possible contact, will be notified by the Grant County Health Department to assess and give guidance and monitor for signs or symptoms of illness.

A contact is defined as a person living in the same household, caring for that person, or being within six feet for 10 minutes or more, or being in contact with secretions.

With a statewide stay-at-home order still in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, community based programs aimed at protecting domestic abuse victims have faced a sharp rise in those reporting at-home violence.

One local agency facing this influx of reports is the Family Crisis Center, a nonprofit agency that provides services to the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and human trafficking in Grant and surrounding counties.

Earlier this month, a Hardy County man was arrested in the Radio Shack parking lot following a traffic stop.

On April 10, David Ray Steward, 39, of Wardensville, was arrested by officer D. Lambert of the Petersburg Police Department after he was stopped for a defective equipment violation.

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