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Lets not leave out the dishonest Gerald B Hough-the Crooked County Prosecutor, and several other public officials, including the former county clerk, Lame Smith!
There has been some positive proof of wrongdoing uncovered and if not for investigations from outside the area, it would have all been neatly swept under the rug, never to been seen or heard of again. The Crooks from Crooked County have literally gotten away with murder before. They are more than confident, they will be able to do it again. The Powers that Be will get maximum assistance from the local newspapers and TV Stations and the Radio stations will run with what is being released by the Associated Press, which will be slanted in favor of the agenda of, “It was all a terrible accident!” The TV stations are already reporting Fred Hill went out the back exit of the Trezan’s bar for an “UNKNOWN REASON” which we all know is a complete lie.
Basil Fred Hill was ordered out the back door of Trezan’s by Jeremy Davis-the bouncer that night and the son of the former Police Chief of Glenville, and FRED was not given a choice! Since Fred has now been discovered DEAD- Davis should be immediately arrested, but he won’t even be questioned, he is protected, and obviously allowed to be an accessory to MURDER! Chief Davis passed away not long after Fred disappeared from the back of Trezan’s

Revenge of the Ghost Wolf

By Editor Edison = CalPatty Press Editor for Revenge of the Ghost Wolf

This article was first published 7 years ago and exposed many truths about GILMER COUNTY commonly known as CROOKED COUNTY, but not much has changed in those seven years. The CROOKS that live down by the CROOKED RIVER are still infamous as the CROOKED COUNTY CROOKS!!!

Glenville and Gilmer County has been EXPOSED for what it is! A Totalitarian Utopia! The death of FRED HILL proves it!

Filed Under: Bad Cops, Corrupt prosecutors, Corrupt public official, Council of Concerned Citizens, Gerald B Hough Crooked County Prosecutor, Judge Richard (Dick) Facemire, Mysterious Crimes, The MURDER of FRED HILL In Glenville West Virginia by CalPattyPress — the former flagship of the Secret Seven sunk along with Crooked County Crooks at 0722 hours 11 August 2010 during a terrible electrical and thunderstorm that knocked…

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F JOHN OSHOWAY FOUND To Be a SON Of A BITCH and Dishonest As HELL According to an Article in the West Virginia Record

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Ethics panel gives warning to Calhoun attorney

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CHARLESTON – Along with a mild rebuke, a Calhoun County attorney has been ordered to compensate a New York woman who alleged he misrepresented her interests in a dispute over her late father’s estate in neighboring Gilmer County.

The investigative panel of the Lawyer Disciplinary Board on July 7 closed Marlea Cottrill’s ethics complaint against F. John Oshoway. Though the panel determined he committed no violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct, Charles J. Kaiser, Jr., the panel’s chairman, said Oshoway was wrong to charge Cottrill for work he performed after she dismissed him.

Along with an order to repay Cottrill $262.50 within the next 60 days, the panel instructed Oshoway, 61 and a sole practitioner in Granstville, to “take steps to improve his office polices and procedures,” with a warning that “any similar conduct in the future will result in sanction.”

In her complaint filed April 12, 2012, Cottrill, 52 and a Jordan, N.Y., resident, alleged after hiring him “in a panic,” Oshoway did little, if any work, to represent her interests in a suit to quiet title her brother-in-law, Michael Murphy as executor to the estate of her father, Willard, filed in Gilmer Circuit Court against Ruth Mitchell, Willard’s live-in companion.

Since he did not properly create a life estate for Mitchell in his will, the suit sought to have her evicted from the home she shared with Willard prior to his death on Oct. 20, 2010.

Despite not living on the property in Linn, and an heir to the estate, the suit named Cottrill as a co-defendant.

From the time she hired him in August 2011 until she discharged him seven months later, Cottrill said Oshoway failed to communicate with her about not only the status of the suit but also its implications. In her complaint, Cottrill went so far as to accuse Oshoway of engaging in “legal tomfoolery” for the lack of work he did after paying him a retainer of $2,000.

Cottrill said she kept abreast of the case via Mitchell, who forwarded her pleadings filed in case she received from her attorney, Dan Grindo.

Last August, Judge Jack Alsop granted summary judgment in favor of Mitchell, finding that Willard Cottrill’s last will and testament was clear enough that she was allowed to remain on the property as long as she desired.

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CommunityConcerns™: Gilmer County High School’s 2013 Third Tier OEPA Rating

The Gilmer Free PressWest Virginia’s Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA) published its 2013 Report of School Ratings ( including those for Gilmer County’s five public schools.

The ratings in a decreasing order of desirability are:

•  EA=Exemplary Accreditation

•  DA=Distinction Accreditation

•  FA=Full Accreditation

Among our schools the Normantown Grade School received the highest rating with a DA.

The other four schools including the high school received a third tier FA rating.

The high school’s diminished rating is alarming.

In any other WV County there would have been bold print newspaper headlines to address the suboptimum performance to cause citizens to demand corrective actions, but the news was not printed.  Why?

Citizens deserve to know specific causes for the high school’s third tier rating.

Why was monitoring not done by the State to prevent the third tier rating, and most importantly what are the specific actions planned to elevate the rating to the EA category?

Governor Tomblin,  Dr. Linger, Dr. Phares,  Dr. Gus Penix, and Delegates Boggs and Walker,  all of you were informed of our high school’s problems so what will it require to receive your corrective involvement?

Our School Board is powerless to act with its authority stripped by the State to emphasize the utmost necessity for your help.

This community concern deserves top priority attention in Gilmer County.

Gilmer County Economic Development (GCEDA), Glenville State College (GSC), those who caused the takeover (CUBIES), Gilmer Schools Coalition (G.S.C.), parents, teachers, and all other interested citizens, we have an urgent and immediate need to unite to achieve performance improvements at our high school.

Please attend future Board meetings to show community support for changes.

High praise is extended to Normantown Grade School’s students, principal Chambers, and its admirable teachers and staff for earning a DA rating.

With consolidated grade schools pending, proactive initiatives must occur to ensure that they are EA performers.

Because the Gilmer High School will not be replaced by consolidation, the community must demand whatever may be required, including a change of administration if necessary, to elevate its rating to an EA level. Anything lower than top performance will be unacceptable to prevent our high school students from continuing to be victimized.

Kudos to the GFP and Mr. Dave Ramezan for providing this important information to Gilmer County’s citizens.

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Does anyone find it troubling that we have a State college with a highly touted teacher education program, but the institution has not played a positive role in establishing a top rated high school in the County? Isn’t it doubly troubling that Gilmer County is the only intervention County in the State with a State College with a teacher education program? Dr. Barr and Board of Governors how do you explain GSC’s failure to contribute to the quality of our County’s school system? If anyone up there, particularly Dr. Peter Barr, wants to be viewed as part of the solution instead of part of the problem how about coming to Board meetings to verify a commitment to be a partner in the challenging task of establishing a top quality K-12 school system in the County?

Comment by Hes Jackson  on  04.08.2013

Who do the county’s without a college blame it on?  I find it more troubling that the State of Education is not taking responsibility for their failing policies and lack of adequate oversight.  It is even more troubling to note that in January 2011 Sand Fork elementary was listed DA and is now FA.  No on site visit documented since 2011 so the decline must be due to testing?

Comment by Very Troubled  on  04.08.2013

Don’t expect to see involvement from GCEDA, CUBIES, or GSC reps. The majority of citizens familiar with the history of the State’s take over of our schools believe that what needs to be done is to replace the high school’s administration. People associated with the groups listed above are believed to have demanded the State’s takeover and installation of Ron Blankenship mainly to protect the principal. If anyone has courage to speak out on behalf of what most citizens think needs to be done it most likely will be Mrs. Hurley after she polls the Coalition’s membership. If nothing is done to get the high school straightened out quickly we can expect more of the same for years to come. Translation—no changes possible until the present principal decides to retire.  How many think that Terry and Tim Butcher would permit Dr. Peter Barr to get the College involved if the immediate need is administrative changes at the high school? Conflicts of interest as usual in Gil?

Comment by P. J. Moss  on  04.08.2013

If the problems with the educational system are to be rectified, its a lengthy list of behavioral modifications, and leadership/administrative replacements, and school staff coming together and speaking in unison, that will have to happen first.
The problems are known, they simply need to be forced to the surface by those intimately involved on a day to day basis, with the issues.
It is also obvious to anyone watching that the State BOE needs to butt out of the local school issues.  Our schools are now deteriorating under their lack of leadership and poor administration procedures.  The State BOE is causing far more problems than there are solving.

Comment by time for Tomblin to intervene  on  04.08.2013

shock P.J. Moss you’re more right than most know.  GSC isn’t coming and since they handle GCEDA they won’t be charging to our rescue either.  Betsy Barr ran to Charleston with the CUBIES along with some employees from our local board office because they feared history might repeat itself.  Didn’t really have much to worry about from what we see and hear on those videos did they?

Comment by S Amos  on  04.08.2013

Consolidation of schools has never improved them.  At one time, Troy was a Blue Ribbon school. With all the controversy on the new school, is it any wonder the achievement has dropped there?  Parents need to realize that their children are being robbed of a decent education by a state bureaucracy that is trying to survive – all the money paid to bureaucrats and state board members should be paying for teachers and instructional materials for students. Doing what has never worked, over and over, is a sign of stagnation, not progress.

Comment by Karen Pennebaker  on  04.08.2013

We are hearing/reading lots of comments about the schools.  I only see two names of people standing up and standing out for our children.
Thank you Phyllis Starkey and Norma Hurley.
To everyone else:  Cat got your tongue?

Comment by we see, we know, we remember  on  04.08.2013

P.J.M. – – –  The problems that are pulling Gilmer County schools down, are of a far greater magnitude than anyone has hereto for stated.  It is systemic breakdown of the education control system in Charleston, right on down to system of management oft referred to as “micromanagement” in Gilmer County.  It is all about those who are in control, having nary a dang clue as to what they are about.  It is just a matter of those few feeding their own bloated, all consuming egos.
This fruit has been growing now for 25 years in this community, the fruit has past its ripeness and now is finally rotting.  That is what everyone is finally beginning to smell.  Lots more fruit to rot.
And the children suffer because of it all.  The system has created its own victims.

Comment by – – get used to it  on  04.08.2013

Definition of ~insanity~: Repeating the same action over and over again and expecting a different outcome.
This exactly fits the state education mindset.?Think intervention and the schools loose ground every time.

Don’t expect any help from Gov. Tomblin either. He has now “done his part” to appease his voter block. Nothing more. Nothing will change. Ditto the rest of the elected.

Comment by anonymous  on  04.08.2013


G-otcha™: Buckwild Cast Member, Two Others Arrested for Drugs

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Amin,  Salwa
Height: 5’  2″
Weight: 115 lbs.
Birth Date: 05.29.1988
Gender: Female
Booking Date: 02.11.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F-56-59 NICHOLAS COUNTY – Bail Amount: $200,000.00

Salwa Amin, a member of the cast of the hit MTV show “Buckwild,” was arrested Sunday evening, along with two other people, by members of the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force.

Amin was arrested along with Shawn Booker, age 42, of Detroit, Michigan and Jason Jones, age 31, of Summersville, WV.

All three are charged with possession with intent to distribute and three counts of conspiracy.

Nicholas County Prosecutor P.K. Milam said Monday members of the task force learned from a confidential drug informant a load of drugs was coming into the area from Michigan on Sunday.

Officers staked out a home in the area and observed the vehicle with Michigan plates roll up.

Observing officers watched heavy foot traffic in and out of the home indicating drug activity and obtained a search warrant.

“When they executed the search warrant they found these three individuals in a shed outside the residence,” said Milam.

“The search resulted in a purse belonging to Salwa and oxycodone was found in her purse.  Shawn Booker was in possession of a large amount of money and inside the shed were three packages of heroin.”

Milam said they learned from one of the three there was a plan to further distribute the drugs in the area.

“The Jones subject gave a statement and indicated both Amin and Booker had travelled here for the purpose of distributing those narcotics to people in the county,” Prosecutor Milam said.

All three individuals were arraigned before a Nicholas County Magistrate Monday morning.  Bond is set for all three at $200,000 each.  They are lodged in the Central Regional Jail at Flatwoods in lieu of bond.

A preliminary hearing will be set for all three within 10-days.

Amin is one of the nine young people featured on the hit MTV series which follows their lives in and around Kanawha County and other locations in West Virginia.

The arrest comes a week after MTV announced plans for a second season for the series.

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Booker,  Shawn  Laprell
Height: 5’  8″
Weight: 215 lbs.
Birth Date: 06.17.1969
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 02.11.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F-52-55 NICHOLAS COUNTY – Bail Amount: $200,000.00
Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Jones,  Jason  Daniel
Height: 6’  0″
Weight: 172 lbs.
Birth Date: 05.27.1981
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 02.11.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F- NICHOLAS COUNTY – Bail Amount: $200,000.00

GFP – 02.11.2013

Haught repeatedly warned about lack of diligence!!

November 2, 2012 8:35 AM

CHARLESTON – In addition those for conflicts of interest, records show Ira Haught has refused to heed multiple warnings, including three admonishments, to be more diligent in handling his client’s cases.


Twice in 2006, and once in 2007, Haught was admonished by the Lawyer Disciplinary Board. The admonishments stemmed from complaints filed by David P. Dowler, Karen I. Harris and Thomas and Doris Davis.In his complaint filed July 1, 2004, Dowler, then an inmate at the North Central Regional Jail in Glenwood, accused Haught of failing to communicate with him, and file an appeal of his conviction on charges of burglary, and conspiracy the previous February. Among the grounds Dowler hoped to appeal was ineffective assistance of counsel.

In response to Dowler’s complaint, Haught said after reviewing Dowler’s case and speaking with his trial attorney, Mark Cabaniss – a former Wood County assistant prosecutor now in private practice in California – he believed any appeal “was friviolous and would be a waste of the Court’s time.” Also, he any claims of ineffective assistance of counsel would have to be raised in a writ of habeas corpus.
Dowler replied there were more than sufficient grounds for appeal, including Wood Circuit Judge George Hill’s failure to give him credit for time served.

The Board in closing Dowler’s complaint on April 11, 2006 determined Haught violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1 and 1.3 dealing with competence, and communication, respectively, in failing to file the appeal. It reminded him of the state Supreme Court’s rulings in Turner v. Haynes and Rhodes v. Leverette that “it is ‘not the role of defense counsel to determine whether a defendant’s right of appeal of conviction is friviolous.’”

Also, the Board warned him that “similar conduct in the future may result in more severe discipline.”

On Jan. 21, 2005, Harris, a resident of New Smyra Beach, Fla., and Haught’s aunt, accused him of improperly withholding $23,062.28 from the sale of oil and gas wells to the due the estate of Bernice Haught, his grandmother. In addition to admitting he paid some of the heirs, but not Bernice’s, Haught also confessed to not promptly responding to Harris’ inquiries.

Also, he admitted that $766.08 was left in his trust account following disbursement of sale proceeds to the other heirs. Because he withheld money owed to Harris, the Board on Nov. 21, 2006 determined he violated Rule 1.5 dealing with safekeeping of property.

Six months later, the Board issued its last admonishment against Haught in response to a the Davis’s complaint. In their complaint filed April 20, 2006, the Davises, residents of Parkersburg, alleged Haught not only failed to keep them informed of the status of their lawsuit regarding a property dispute, but also mediated a settlement without their consent.

Because he paid opposing counsel $2,400 from his own funds on the Davises behalf, the Board determined Haught violated Rule 1.8 by engaging in a prohibited transaction.

‘Less than optimal’ work

Since 2007, Haught has been either warned or cautioned four times for not timely communicating with Michael C. Collins, Charles Leonard, Marion J. Hose and Renee I. Buchwald.

In his complaint filed Sept. 12, 2007, Collins, a Pennsboro resident, accused Haught of failing to keep him informed of the status of his child support case after paying him a $500 on July 6, 2006. In response, Haught said he advised Collins that “‘it may take some period of time until I am able to work on his child support arrearage matter.’”

After Collins in a letter dated Aug. 31, 2007 asked for a refunded, Haught a week later provided it. An invoice he provided to Collins showed Haught performed a total of an hour’s work over the course of three separate days.

In closing Collins’ complaint on April 22, 2008, Chief Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel Rachael L. Fletcher Cipoletti reminding Haught of his duties under the Rules to be more diligent in both pursuing a client’s case, and keeping him or her informed of its status.

Hoping to file a lawsuit to get clarification of a disputed boundary on property he owned in Doddridge County, Leonard of Franklin, Ohio, paid Haught a $320 retainer on Aug. 4, 2006. When Haught failed to return half a dozen calls he made between March 12, and June 26, 2007, Leonard filed his complaint Nov. 5, 2007.

In addition to disputing Leonard’s claim he failed to return repeated calls, Haught said he wrote him saying that no surveyors he contacted were willing to do the work. As result, he could not proceed with a lawsuit.

Records show Leonard’s complaint was closed on Jan. 28, 2009, with Cipoletti reminding Haught his communication was “less than optimal” with Leonard, and he needed to improve his skills with clients.

In her complaint filed Feb. 1, 2008, Hose, an Augusta resident, alleged Haught failed to keep her adequately informed of the status in settling the estate of her daughter, Tanya Fink, who, along with two of sons, were shot, and killed on July 1, 2006. Hose said she and Haught did not sign a retainer agreement.

Haught responded saying it was his understanding he was hired to help Hose gain custody of Fink’s surviving son, Dylan, and find out the status of the State Police’s investigation into Tanya’s death. Research he conducted discovered a death certificate had yet to be filed with the Ritchie County Clerk’s Office, and nobody, including Hose, filed to be the administrator of Fink’s estate.

Also, Haught said on “numerous occasions” spoke with State Police, including the Harrisville detachment, about Fink’s death. Nothing is stated in the complaint what, if anything, he discovered.

Though he gave updates to Hose via telephone on Nov. 16, 2006 and May 2, June 15 and Aug. 8, 2007, Haught refunded her $705 after she filed her complaint. In closing it on Feb. 27, 2008, Cipoletti cautioned Haught to “use written fee agreements in all future cases to avoid any confusion about the nature and scope of the representation.”

Buchwald, a Pennsboro resident, filed her complaint against Haught on May 7, 2009. In it, she alleged he failed to adequately assist her in her divorce, and withdrew from the case before a final order was entered and after she filed her complaint.

In response, Haught said he was working on revisions to the final order prior to his withdraw. His withdrew was prompted when Buchwald failed to make an agreed payment toward the $1,500 retainer.

On Nov. 3, 2010 the Board closed the complaint with the Board reminding him that Buchwald’s “failure to meet her financial obligations does not release [Haught] from fulfilling his responsibilities.” Also, it again warned him that “failure to comply with these duties will result in more severe discipline.”