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WVU men’s soccer coach steps down

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University men’s soccer coach Marlon LeBlanc has announced plans to resign his position effective Dec. 30, 2019.

West Virginia University Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons says a national the search for a replacment will begin immediately.

“I want to thank Marlon for leading our men’s soccer program for the past 14 years,” Lyons said. “He took over a team when it was going through some tough times and guided it back to being a competitive program that performed well in the classroom and the community. We appreciate his work ethic and his accomplishments at West Virginia University.”

LeBlanc compiled a record of 138-100-34 in his 14 seasons. He led the Mountaineers to a 10-9-2 mark in 2019, the Mid-American Conference Tournament championship and the NCAA Tournament Second Round. LeBlanc guided WVU to the NCAA Tournament six times during his tenue and earned three conference coach of the year honors during his time at WVU.

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Representative McKinley releases statement on impeachment

Republican Congressman Dave McKinley has released the following statement regarding the impeachment of President Donald Trump:

“Alexander Hamilton warned in the Federalist Papers No. 65, that there is a danger that the decision to impeach a president could be driven by partisan animosities instead of real demonstrations of innocence or guilt. This warning has become a reality. The entire process of impeaching President Trump has been based solely on the pursuit of power rather than justice,” McKinley said. “No reasonable person believes that 67 senators will vote to convict the president on the articles of impeachment. The partisan impeachment process has distracted Congress from accomplishing things Americans really care about, such as the looming insolvency of miners pensions, the opioid crisis, flood insurance, and healthcare costs,” McKinley added.

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Morgantown firefighters release ‘Operation Warm’ numbers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Thanks to the men and women of Morgantown Firefighters Local 31 and financial support from TeleTech more than 350 Monongalia County kindergarten and first grade students will receive new winter coats.

“All the time that we spend dealing with cold weather emergencies is a reactive response,” said Derek Porter, the Operation Warm coordinator for the Morgantown Firefighters IAFF Local 313. “This is one way to interact with the community and keep kids safe in the winter months.”

Porter says they work with teachers at nine Mon County elementary schools to find the kids in need.

“This year we did right around 360 kids,” Said Porter,”That’s up 40 from what we did last year.”

Porter says the community understands that kids spend a large amount of time outside waiting on the bus, walking to school or outside for other activities. But, he says this allows the kids to put a face with the first responder behind the mask.

“We always tell them not to be afraid of us,” Said Porter,”It puts a face with the guy behind the mask, we don’t have all the bulky clothes on, we normally have street clothes on.”

Morgantown-based TeleTech has donated $8,000 to Operation Warm over the last two years.

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Fiarmont drug raid leads to cocaine, fentanyl

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The Three Rivers Drug Task Force arrested a Fairmont woman and confiscated a significant amount of cash, cocaine and fentanyl.

Monday detectives raided the home of Keisha Culbreth, 34, on Fitzgerald Avenue, and found two safes in a bedroom, one bolted to the wall. After forcebly opening them police found six ounces of cocaine, 11 grams of fentanyl and a large sum of cash.

Culbreth has been charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver and is being held in the North Central Regional Jail.

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Bartlett Housing Solutions plans New Year’s Eve benefit

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Make plans now to attend the “Crafts and Laughs Benefit to End Homelessness” at the Mountain State Brewing Company on New Year’s Eve. The proceeds will benefit Bartlett Housing Solutions.

Tickets are $62.50 and are available by calling 304-282-0726.

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Local man sentenced to six years for drug violation

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Lemar Sheldon Conliffe, 43, has been sentenced to six years in prison for selling cocaine in monongalia County in April of 2019.

Conliffe pled guilty to one count of aiding and abetting the sale of cocaine base in April of 2019.

The Mon Metro Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force assisted.

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Mon County man sentenced in meth distribution ring

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Bill Powell says Khareem Sampson, 30, has been sentenced to more than 15 years for his role is the sale of methamphetamine in Monongalia County.

Sampson pled guilty to selling the drugs in July of 2018.

The Greater Harrison Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force assisted in the investigation.

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Public invited to 2020 Legislative Launch

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Morgantown Area Partnership invites the public to the 2020 Legislative launch Tuesday from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Courtyard by Marriot at University Town Centre.

Libby Durr with MAP breaks down the components of the organization.

“MAP is a coordinated alliance deisgned for the betterment of economic, business and community development,”Durr said,”It includes the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce, The Monongalia County Develpment Authority, Morgantown Area Economic Partnership and the Campus Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation or Sunnyside Up.”

Residents will be able to hear remarks from and ask questions of Senators Bob Beach and Charles Clements, Delegates Danielle Walker, Barbara Evans Fleischauer, John Williams and Rodney Piles. The meeting will begin with a presentation from Mon County commission president Tom Bloom about his recent meeting with DOH secretary Bryd White.

Durr says the meeting will feature time focusing on transportation and roadways, higher education funding, future funding for the Public Employees Insurance Agency and investing in tourism.

The meeting is open to members and non-members, but preregistration is required for logistics. For more information please call 304-292-3311.

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Morgantown man faces marijuana, weapons charges

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – An investigation into a domestic incident led to the arrest of a Morgantown man on drug charges.

When deputies arrived at the home Duane Janes, 57, people at the home told deputies Janes sells marijuana for a living and had drugs in a safe in the living room.

After obtaining a search warrant police found 100 grams of marijuana, 20 weapons, ammunition, scales and packaging materials.

Police say Janes is not allowed to legally posess weapons due to an aggravated assault charge in 1996.

Janes is being held in the North Central Regional Jail charged with possession with intent to deliver and a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

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Mohigans want to go “Back to the Future” as search for new football coach gets underway
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