News from around the Mountain State


Official: 7 inmates to face charges after facility damaged

FLATWOODS, W.Va. (AP) — Seven inmates of a Flatwoods jail face charges after the facility was damaged last weekend.

Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Assistant Secretary Lawrence Messina tells the Exponent Telegram (http://bit.ly/2avnqts ) that the inmates have been placed in administrative segregation.

Messina says the inmates damaged the dayroom of their section in the Central Regional Jail. The incident was stopped after jail staff used non-lethal smoke munitions in the dayroom. Members of the State Police Special Operations Division also responded to the incident and helped the jail staff.

Messina says jail officials are continuing to assess the cost of the damage, which also included cell door windows, the dayroom phone and video kiosk, among other items. No staff was injured.

Man sentenced on wanton endangerment charges

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man accused of pointing a gun at police officers before being shot and wounded has been sentenced.

Local news outlets report that 26-year-old Preston Lane Burrows entered a plea Friday and was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of wanton endangerment involving a firearm.

While incarcerated, Burrows must undergo drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment and anger management classes.

West Virginia State Police said in a news release that in May 2015, officers from the Elkins Police Department responded to a disturbance call. Upon arrival, officers encountered Burrows, who they say pointed a handgun at them. Burrows was shot by the officers and taken to a hospital.

Based on Burrows’ statements, State Police said they believe he pointed the gun because he wanted the officers to kill him.

Mega Millions ticket sold in Morgantown worth $1M

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Mega Millions ticket sold in Morgantown is worth $1 million.

West Virginia Lottery officials said Wednesday that a ticket sold at Bell’s 119 Grocery matched five numbers from Tuesday’s drawing. The numbers drawn were 3, 12, 36, 54, 70 and Mega Ball 12.

It’s the fourth lottery ticket sold in the state since late June that is worth $1 million.

An Elkview couple claimed the prize from the June 25 Powerball drawing and a Fairmont man won $1 million in the July 6 Powerball drawing. A $1 million Powerball ticket sold in Worthington for the July 30 drawing remains unclaimed.

Officials investigating death of 7-year-old girl

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in McDowell County are investigating the death of a 7-year-old girl.

McDowell County Sheriff Martin West tells news outlets that the girl was found in the Mohawk area of the county Monday morning.

Officials responded to the incident around 11 a.m. and transported the girl to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The circumstances around the death are not known.

Additional details haven’t been provided. The investigation is ongoing.

Kroger mistakenly charged Charleston tax outside city limits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Kroger says three of its grocery stores outside of Charleston’s city limits have been mistakenly charging customers a 1 percent city sales tax.

Kroger spokesman John Lambert said Tuesday that stores in the Kanawha County communities of St. Albans, Cross Lanes and Marmet have been adding the city sales tax to the 6 percent state sales tax on select items such as prepared foods, alcoholic beverages and health and beauty products.

Lambert says the mistake was discovered Monday. Media outlets report the amount collected by the error totaled $13,700.

Lambert says Cincinnati-based Kroger will donate the $13,700 to flood relief efforts in West Virginia. Customers can bring receipts showing the mistake to stores for a refund.

Charleston’s 1 percent sales tax went into effect in July 2015.

2 disaster recovery centers closing in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two disaster recovery centers opened after floods this summer in West Virginia are closing permanently this weekend.

The centers are in Monroe County at the Alderson Senior Center and Nicholas County at the Birch River Elementary School.

The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management announced the centers will close at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The centers provide information for recovery assistance for survivors of the severe weather.

The agency says help is still available on the Federal Emergency Management Agency helpline at (800) 621-3362 or, for TTY users, (800) 462-7585. The helpline operates from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Several other disaster recovery centers also remain open.

The June 23 floods killed 23 people and ravaged homes, businesses and infrastructure.

Professor looks at what type of exercise benefits academics

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University professor has been researching which types of exercise are effective in improving academic performance.

The university said in a news release that Assistant Dean James C. Hannon of the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences says resistance exercise such as weight lifting and using resistance bands seems to help improve work in the classroom.

Hannon says most studies of young people have looked at aerobic exercise. But he says by researching other activities, the range of exercise that teachers could use to help in the classroom may grow.

The report examines differences in learning between 30 minutes of various levels of exercise in comparison to non-exercise with high school-age students. It suggests that both acute resistance and aerobic exercise increased measures of learning compared to non-exercising students.

The study was published in the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.

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