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W.Va. senators seek to name exit after Stewart

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Several West Virginia state senators want to name an Interstate 79 exit in honor of late West Virginia University football coach Bill Stewart.

The resolution introduced Tuesday would request that the state Division of Highways name Exit 153 in Monongalia County the “Coach Bill Stewart Exit.”

Stewart died of a heart attack in May 2012 at age 59.

After head coach Rich Rodriguez left for Michigan at the end of the 2007 regular season, Stewart led the Mountaineers to a surprising Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma in January 2008 and won the head coach’s job immediately afterward.

Stewart went 28-12 in three seasons. He resigned in 2011 and was replaced by Dana Holgorsen.

Forecasters: Weekend winter storm heading to West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a major winter storm is expected to reach West Virginia in time for the weekend.

The weather service says the storm is anticipated to develop Thursday night and continue on Friday and Saturday.

The weather service says heavy snow is possible, although some areas may see a mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow on Friday. It warns that a wet snow could threaten to bring down trees and power lines.

Forecasters aren’t saying yet how much snow is expected. That depends on the track of the storm.

Man sentenced to at least 75 years in sex assault of child

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. (AP) — A Northern Panhandle man has been sentenced to 75 to 300 years in prison for helping his son rape a 9-year-old boy in 2014.

Media outlets report 72-year-old Karl Halstead of Newell was sentenced Tuesday in Hancock County Circuit Court.

A jury last month convicted Halstead of aiding and abetting first-degree sexual assault.

Judge Jason Cuomo called the crimes unspeakable. He issued the maximum allowable sentence Tuesday and told Halstead that if he had the authority to impose the death penalty, “you’d have it today.”

Prosecutors say the victim was stacking tires with two other friends for the Halsteads when he was assaulted.

Karl Halstead maintained his innocence after leaving the courtroom.

Halstead’s son, Kevin Halstead of Newell, was sentenced last year to up to 20 years in prison.

Ex-Huntington accountant faces embezzlement, forgery charges

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Huntington accountant has been charged with embezzling more than $1 million.

Media outlets report that 57-year-old Kimberly Dawn Price was charged with more than 950 counts including embezzlement, forgery and uttering.

Criminal complaints filed by State Police in Cabell County Magistrate Court say Price is accused of stealing from at least one client’s account from 2010 through last September while she was employed at an accounting firm.

According to the complaints, troopers said a relative of a client who died last October noticed the account was low and contacted the firm. Troopers said the funds allegedly were used by the suspect to pay off vehicles and for trips, among other things.

Price was arraigned on the charges Friday. It wasn’t immediately known whether she had an attorney.

2015 deer kills in West Virginia up 32 percent

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of deer killed in West Virginia last year rose 32 percent compared with 2014.

The Division of Natural Resources says hunters killed more than 138,000 deer during the bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery and youth/Class Q and Class XS deer seasons.

That compares to the nearly 105,000 deer killed in 2014, and is 10 percent above the five-year average of about 126,000.

Last year’s deer total includes nearly 60,814 killed during the buck firearm season, 39,853 during all antlerless firearm hunting opportunities, 32,540 deer during archery season and 5,179 deer during muzzleloader season.

Preston County had the most kills at 5,080, followed by Ritchie County at 4,527, Lewis County at 4,506, and Jackson County at 4,333.

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