Around the region – July 22 | editing

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Martinsburg Housing Authority to meet

MARTINSBURG — The regular meeting of the City of Martinsburg Housing Authority will be held at 12:30 p.m. on July 26 in the boardroom of the Housing Authority office located at 703 Porter Ave., Martinsburg.

Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum on August 4

CHARLES TOWN – The Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum (EPEF) will present “Need Help With Your Business Plan?” August 4 at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Charles Town.

Tiffany Hine, Director of Small Business Education and Training at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, will be the guest speaker. Hine will review the components of a business plan and how to develop your business plan to present to potential funders.

This program will be part 2 of a three-part series of business plans. Participants will have the opportunity to earn college credit from the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 5:30 p.m., with networking and refreshments, followed by the program at 6 p.m. Hampton Inn & Suites in Charles Town is located at 157 Pimlico Drive.

For more information, contact Krista Hoffman at [email protected] or call 304-728-3255.

EPEF is coordinated by the Berkeley County Development Authority, Jefferson County Development Authority, Morgan County Economic Development Authority, and Region 9 Eastern Panhandle Planning and Development Council. The principle of EPEF is to promote the creation and growth of new, innovative businesses in the Eastern Panhandle by providing programs and networking opportunities with a variety of professionals, including industry experts, suppliers of business services, investors and other successful entrepreneurs.

Inwood-Bunker Hill Lions Summer Cruise-In on Saturdays

INWOOD – The Inwood-Bunker Hill Lions Summer Cruise will take place Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until dusk at Mill Creek Middle School.

Celebrating 16 years, there will be door prizes, scoreboard plaques and a 50/50 draw. Concessions will be available. Bring your car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, tractor, fire truck, boat, whatever takes your fancy.

For more information, call Lion Randy at 304-676-4862.

Kentucky coal company fined for mining pollution W.Va.

HUNTINGTON — A Kentucky coal company has been fined $51,000 for failing to submit court-ordered plans to clean up two polluted West Virginia mine sites.

U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers issued the order Monday against Lexington Coal Company LLC, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. In May, Chambers found the company in contempt for failing to comply with its previous order to submit a plan to address selenium releases and other pollution at Mingo County sites.

Chambers imposed a daily fine of $1,000 for a period of 51 days from May 29 to July 18. He said the fine will increase to $1,500 per day if the company does not submit a plan by August 1.

Environmental groups alleged in a 2019 lawsuit that the company was illegally dumping pollutants at its Low Gap No. 2 and No. 10 surface mines.

Sierra Club lead counsel Peter Morgan applauded Chambers’ decision, but noted the coal company may not meet its court-ordered obligations.

“It remains to be seen whether Lexington is willing or able to comply with the court order,” said Peter Morgan, an attorney for the Sierra Club.

West Virginia man sentenced to 40 years for officer’s death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia man received the maximum sentence of 40 years in prison on Wednesday in the fatal shooting of a police officer who responded to a parking complaint.

Joshua Phillips learned of his fate in Kanawha County Circuit Court during the December 2020 shooting of Charleston Police Officer Cassie Johnson.

A jury found Phillips guilty last month of second-degree murder. He was given an additional six months for simple possession of a controlled substance. These sentences will be served consecutively.

According to a police complaint, a resident said Phillips, of Charleston, parked her SUV on her property.

Prosecutors said Johnson was concerned for her safety because Phillips pulled out a gun, blocked Johnson from accessing her service revolver, and wrestled with her before shots were fired. According to trial testimony, Phillips fired six shots. Johnson, 28, was shot in the neck.

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