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NEWS Legion is out of lawsuit The Grant County Cir- cuit Court, recently, dis- missed the Petersburg American Legion, Post 78, as a party in lawsuit against the county Board of Health. The lawsuit was filed by several fraternal organiza- tions and businesses op- posed to the county's anti- smoking regulations. Little League safety meeting Grant County Little League will have a manda- tory safety meeting, March 20, 6 p.m., at the Peters- burg Elementary School cafeteria. Any volunteers planning to be "on the field" to as- sist with either baseball, or softball, must attend the session. Failure to do so will prevent those volun- teers from assisting with teams. Additional information is available from J.R. Van- Meter and John Paul Hott. 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Box 39 Petersburg, WV 26847 Stir Crazy .................................. 2 Editorials ................................... .4 Obits ......................................... 6 Sports ................................ 1B-3B Classifieds ......................... 4B-5B Student page .......................... 6B Zoned advertising supplements this week * American Profile * Food Lion 01111!! !l!lJIl!lJl!lJi!tlll, Tuesday March 15, 2011 Two ,sections 16 pages USPS 226480 Issue 11 Petersburg, WV Our 115th Year $1 (94 plus 6 tax) Not guilty of murder Ketterman retrial ends with a quick verdict It took a Grant County jury less than one hour to find Virgil "Steve" Ketterman not guilty, Friday, of the 2009 shooting death of Daniel Sherman. Jurors deliberated after a 3- day trail, the second in a year Ketterman faced on the murder charge. A 2010 trial ended in a "hung" jury. The retrial featured the same witnesses and testimony as the previous proceedings, although slightly reworded at times. Jurors retired to their confer- ence room at about 9 a.m., re- turning a verdict by 9:45 a.m. Although the trial featured testimony from a parade of wit- nesses, including experts from the West Virginia State Police Laboratory, medical personnel and investigating officers, the outcome largely hung on state- ments given by the only two liv- ing witnesses of the shooting. Testifying for the prosecution against Ketterman was Joyce Sherman, mother of the shooting victim and Ketterman's then-, but now former, girlfriend. Her testimony tended to im- plicate Ketterman as the aggres- sor. As he did in the previous trial, Ketterman did not take the stand. However, his statements to po- lice officers were read into the record by his defense team, attor- neys Jay Geary and Charles Carl. In his statements to investiga- tors, Ketterman claimed he shot D. Sherman in self-defense. The traditional "a man's home is his castle" concept was frequently mentioned by the defense attor- neys. Ketterman suffered a .25 cal- iber gunshot wound to the face during the incident, requiring treatment at both Grant Memori- al Hospital and Ruby Memorial Hospital (Morgantown). In a bit a courtroom theatrics, the defense left a projected image of Ketterman's bloodied face on a viewing screen throughout presentation of their case. Grant County prosecutor Dennis DiBenedetto handled the case for the state. The state's argument hinged primarily on the theory that, based upon the sound of gun- shots heard by J. Sherman, Ket- terman fired first. DiBenedetto told jurors a run sheet written by the ambulance personnel who transported Ketterman, included a notation about a possible sui- cide attempt. J. Sherman didn't see the shooting because she was in an- other room. However, she told of hearing a loud "boom," followed shortly thereafter by a "pop." D. Sherman died at the scene of a .270 caliber bullet wound to the chest. There was never any dispute by either side that Ketter- man fired the fatal shot. It was noted alcohol may have played a factor in the situation. LOSING THE BATrLig- They haven't been up for long, but Grant County's Civil War Trail kiosks have suffered their first casualty. Last week, someone ran into the kiosk located just south of Petersburg on U.S. Route 220 (Franklin Pike). This'kiosk marks the general location of a June 19, 1864 Johnson Run skirmish between the pro- Union Home Guard and a detachment of pro-Confederate McNeill's Rangers. The Confederates were trying to cap- ture a supply wagon trail. Grand jury returns indictments Most charges involve drug-related offenses; accusations include fatal vehicle mishap near M'Ville Drug-related charges domi- nated the docket of the Grant County Circuit Court's recent grand jury session. But grand jurors also heard a case which involved a traffic fa- tality. Indicted in connection with an Aug. 7 traffic fatality on state Route 42 was Andrew Ray Har- vey, 21, HC 80 Box 114, Maysville. Harvey faces prosecution for driving under the influence of a controlled substance (morphine - hydrocodone) in a reckless dis- regard resulting in death, plus driving under the influence of a controlled substance (marijuana) resulting in death. According to the complaint, Harvey was driving a 1996 Ford Mustang on Route 42, near Maysville, at the time of the ac- cident. While trying to pass an- other vehicle in a no passing zone, Harvey allegedly lost con- trol, skidded 239 feet and struck a Buick operated by Dennis Melvin Stewart Jr. Killed in the wreck was a 14- year-old, identified as "D.M.S." In a statement to investiga- tors, Harvey said the vehicle he was attempting to pass kept speeding up and slowing down. Bond was set at $22,500. If convicted, Harvey could be senJ tenced to 20 years in prison and fined a maximum of $3,000. Juan Arnaldo Gomez-Garcia, 29, 12 Central Ave., Petersburg, was indicted for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. The substance cited in the allegation is cocaine. According to the complaint, officers discovered drugs and re- lated equipment at the home, as well as $1,500 in cash. It was noted Gomez-Garcia is unem- ployed. Bond was set at $75,000. A conviction on this charge could bring a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Mark Wayne VanMeter, 26, 105 Grant Street, Petersburg, and Tara Made Berg, 26, P.O. Box 207, Keyser, were indicted on 10 counts apiece for operat- ing a clandestine drug lab, pos- session of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture meth and conspiracy. Convictions on these charges could bring a 15-year prison tenr, plus up, to a $25,000 fine. VanMeter's bond was set at $85,000. Berg's was set at $20,000. According to the complaint, the pair hired a third party to teach them how to make meth. The illicit class cost $100. After- wards, they produced meth two or three times a week, primarily for their own consumption, or for trade with others for proper- ty. In a statement to investiga- tors, Berg told of blowing up a toilet when meth chemicals re- acted with water. VanMeter, meanwhile, largely blamed the enterprise on Berg and others. This investigation revealed a list of names of meth ingredient buyers. Robert Adolph VanMeter Jr., 38, HC 32 Box 1099, Peters- burg, was indicted on seven counts for operating a clandes- tine meth lab and possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture meth. The alleged offenses were said to have taken place in July, August and November. Bond was set at $35,000. Trampas Quint Wolford, 47, HC 59 Box 1399, Cabins, and Melissa Catherine Judy, 39, HC 33 Box 376, Petersburg, were jointly indicted for four drug-re- lated offenses. Those charges are manufac- turing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled sub- stance with intetnt to deliver, op- erating a clandestine drag lab and possession of pseu- doephedrine with intent to man- ufacture meth. According to the complaint, charges against the pair stemmed from an investigation into the cultivation of marijuana. Reportedly, a madjuana-spotting helicopter crew saw pot plants growing near poultry houses owned by one of Wolford's rela- tives. While visiting the farm, offi- cers met Wolford and discovered seven marijuana plants which had been pulled out of the ground. A subsequent search dis- covered 19 firearms, equipment commonly found in connection with drag sales and a "gas gener- ator" used to produce meth. Judy was indicted because of her alleged knowledge of the op- eration. A conviction on these charges could bring up to a 10-year prison term. William Brian Kile, 29, 226 Judy Street, Petersburg, was in- dicted for driving while revoked for DUI (third or subsequent of- fense) and unlawful taking of a vehicle. Kile is accused of taking a flatbed trailer from V.R. Mowry Trucking without permission. The trailer was then hauled be- hind a truck to Georgia, where See Indictments, page 8 MEET MISS SPRING MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL FOR 2011 - The Spring Mountain Festival may not be until April 29-May 1, but the event already has its queen. Selected as Miss Spring Mountain Festival, Saturday, during a pageant at the Landes Arts Center, was Jordan Robinson (center), a 15-year-ol(! East Hardy High School student. Her court consists of Marissa Biller (left), the first runner-up, and Chelsy Nazelrodt (right), the sec- ond runner-up, to.t,q to o.d 9 d o & plolapl Limon's "Buddy Holly Show" is coming back Back by popular demand, Robbie Limon will appear at the Landes Arts Center with his Buddy Holly Tribute Show, Saturday, April 9. Limon, of Middletown, Va., is an award-winning entertainer who mixes solo and band appearances with act- ing/singing roles at professional theaters. He has been performing for 20 years and brings his love of '70s-era songwrit- ers to each performance. The Buddy Holly show is set in De- cember 1958 in Greenwich Village, N.Y., as Holly and his bride await the new year start for the Winter Dance Party Tour of the midwest. Holly rehearses the tour band with over 20 songs he recorded dur- ing 1956-1958 and responds to audience questions about his career, his music and his future. This unique format for a stage play is certain to give an inside look at a life which has been described as "18 months of fame and generations of influ- ence." Limon impresses with his recreation of the physical appearance and perfor- mance style of this innovative song- writer. The performance will begin at 7 p.m., at the" art center, located on Mt. View Street, Petersburg. Advance tickets are available at Judy's Drug Store and Grant County Parks and Recreation office. For in- formation, call 304-257-1725. IlCO II ntyp ress. COIII