www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2015, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: November 25, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT01/311259975 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT01/311259975 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Ailstock, Bobby 2 p.m., Wallace and Wallace Chapel, Rainelle.

Baker, Donald L. Jr. 2 p.m., Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Berry, Clarice M. 4:30 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Bills, Mary L. Noon, Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

Burgess, Ellen 1 p.m., Bruce McDonald Memorial United Methodist Church, Man.

Jackson, Mary G. 1 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Johnson, Melvin 11 a.m., Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Key, Kayden M. 1 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Knight, Nancy 11 a.m., Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, Gassaway.

Larch, James A. 11 a.m., Cunningham

Leadmon, Jason A. 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Mayhorn, Roberta 2 p.m., Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Pullen, Woodrow W. Jr. 1 p.m., Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Vickers, Anita 2 p.m., Clendenin Memorial Gardens, Clendenin.

Charlene M. Adams http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT/311259981 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT/311259981 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Charlene Marie Adams, 54, of Chesapeake, died Nov. 21, 2015. She was born July 27, 1961 in Canton, Ohio, and was the daughter of Betty Pauley Clute of Cabin Creek and the late Doy Clute. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie Lee Adams.

Surviving are her fiance, Brian Beaver; children, Tina Christian of Orlando, Fla., Crystal Brown of Charleston, Denise Adams of Chelyan and Roni Adams of East Bank, and stepdaughter, Michelle Adams of Quincy; sisters, Dixie Radcliff of Pinch and Sandra Miller of Cross Lanes; and 10 grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with the Rev. Danny Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery on Slaughters Creek.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.

Donald Lee Baker Jr. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT/311259985 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT/311259985 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Donald Lee Baker Jr., 39, of Beckley, died Nov. 21, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, with visitation one hour prior.

Nona Pearl Ball http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT/311259976 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT/311259976 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Mrs. Nona Pearl Ball, 88, of Lake, died Nov. 23, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Betty Jo Boggess http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT/311259982 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT/311259982 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Betty Jo Bennett Boggess, 78, of Nitro, passed away at home on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 after a long illness.

Betty was a former employee of Ben Franklin in Nitro, Marrs Jewelry in Nitro and retired from Rich Oil as a station manager with 15 years of service. She attended Nitro Church of God.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her husband of 61 years, Leo Boggess, Sr.; her son, Frank Boggess and his wife, Lorena, of Nitro; her daughter, Shelly Weaver and husband, Greg, of St. Albans; sister, Kathern Cavender and husband, Doug, of Mesa, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Duke Grant, Frank Boggess, III, Cindy Waller and Matthew Boggess; and four great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at Center Point Cemetery, Liberty, with Pastors Rob Van Fossen and Dave McCormick officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536.

The family wants to express a special thank you to Dr. Michael Robie and all of the staff and caregivers from Hospice for their loving care of Betty.

You may express online condolences at www.cookefuneralhome.com.

Kermit E. Brannon http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT/311259993 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT/311259993 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Kermit Eugene "Gene" Brannon, 96, of Kenna, passed away Nov. 24, 2015 at Eldercare of Ripley following a long illness.

He was born Nov. 18, 1919 in Rosedale, a son of the late Roy Ray and Ethel Gay Rollyson Brannon. He was a World War II U.S. Marines veteran and served with the 1st Marine Division. He worked several years for Harl Winter and Winter Building Supply in Ripley and retired from Kaiser Aluminum. He enjoyed farming and the outdoors and loved woodworking. He was a Methodist by faith.

He is survived by son, Timothy O'Kipton "Kip" Brannon, and daughter-in-law, Terry Brown Brannon, of New Market, Va.; daughter, Kerynn Diane Sovic, and son-in-law, Randy Sovic, of Kenna; grandchildren, Allison Brannon Kerrigan and husband, Jamie, of Ashburn, Va., Jennifer Brannon of Manassas, Va., Michael Sovic and wife, Erin, and David Sovic and wife, Megan; three great-grandchildren, Jack, Christopher and Grant Patrick Kerrigan and Julia Marie Sovic; brothers, Larry Brannon of Nitro and Jimmy Brannon of Kenna; sister, Kathleen Lucas of Ohio; and special nephew, Butch Ferguson of Lewisburg.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Marilynn Roome Brannon, and a brother, Francis Brannon.

Funeral service will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at Emma Chapel United Methodist Church, Liberty, Putnam County. Burial with military rites provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard will be in Emma Chapel Cemetery.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marine Corps League, Veterans Fund, c/o the Jackson County Community Foundation, 716 Main St. W., Ripley, WV 25271.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.waybrightfuneralhome.com.

Ellen Gilman Burgess http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT/311259997 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT/311259997 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Sarah Ellen Gilman Burgess, 92, of Man, departed this life at her home, surrounded by her family, on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.

She was born June 14, 1923 in Lucasville, Ohio, the daughter of the late Arthur Branch and Hazel McKinley Gilman.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 22 years, Sheldon Gibbs Burgess; her brother, Arthur Branch Gilman, II; and her sister, Pleasant Gilman Lohn.

Mrs. Burgess was a 1941 graduate of Man High School and held college degrees from Miami University, Ohio and Ohio State University. She was a beloved teacher at Man Junior High and Man High School for 25 years. A successful businesswoman, she and her husband, Sheldon, along with her sister and brother-in-law, Pleasant and George Lohn, founded Mount Mart Village in Man, where she was president of Burgess & Lohn Supermarket and vice president of McNeely's Hardware.

Mrs. Burgess was a lifelong member of Bruce McDonald Memorial United Methodist Church, where she served in many capacities. She was also a lifelong Girl Scout and leader as well as active in many community organizations.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Sarah (Bob) Wolfe of Man; her son, Gilman (Terri) Burgess of Man; two grandsons, Matthew (Brieann) Wolfe of Columbus, Ohio, and Steven (Kayla) Wolfe of Charleston; three granddaughters, Morgan (Curtis) Mascherino of Man, Lauren (Joshua) Stafford of Oceana and Erin Burgess of Man; as well as three great-grandsons, Keegan and Braden Wolfe and Sawyer Wolfe.

Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Bruce McDonald Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Randy Sites officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to Bruce McDonald Memorial United Methodist Church, 102 East McDonald Ave., Man, WV 25635.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, other family members and friends.

Online condolences may be sent at www.krantzmcneelyfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home, Man.

Thomas Brian Clagg http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT/311259978 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT/311259978 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Thomas Brian Clagg, 41, of Hollywood, Fla., formerly of Hurricane, passed away Nov. 15, 2015 at 1:35 a.m. at Pembroke Memorial Hospital.

Tom was the son of the late Dwight and Sandy Clagg and the grandson of the late Kellison and Geraldine Clagg and the late Louis and Beulah Cammer.

Tom was a 1992 graduate of Hurricane High School and a 1996 graduate of West Virginia University. Tom was a former owner and operator of A-Star Mobile.

Survivors include Tom's wife of three years Juliana; brother, Mike Clagg (Holly); nephews, Sam and Brody Clagg; stepmother, Gerri Clagg; stepbrother, Steve Osburn; and many caring friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.

Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, is honored to serve the family.

Denny Lewis Cox http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT/311259984 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT/311259984 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Denny Lewis Cox, 68, of Logan, passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.

He was preceded in death by parents. James H. Cox Sr. and Elzenia Privette Cox; grandson, Josh Fortner; mother-in-law, Marian Hensley; and father-in-law, Bill Hensley.

Surviving are his wife, Rebecca Hensley Cox; daughters, Nancy Duncan of Kanawha City, Christy Cowling of Morganton, N.C., and Tonya of Ashland, Ky.; sons, Christopher Cox of Nitro and Doug Cox of North Carolina; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; three four-legged boys, Booger Buddy, JoJo and Louie Louie; sisters, Frances Jones of Logan and Shelby Workman of Hidden Valley; and brothers, Ed Cox of Twinburg, Ohio, James H. Cox Jr. of Teays Valley and Randall Cox of Omar.

In honoring Denny's wishes, he will be cremated and no services will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local animal shelter.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro, is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Bruce Edwards http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT/311259991 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/OBIT/311259991 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Robert Bruce Edwards, 79, of Scott Depot, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Born Nov. 22, 1936, he was the son of the late Norman A. and Grace C. Edwards of Diamond. In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his nine siblings.

He was a graduate of Parkersburg Community College and West Virginia State University, and a member of Odd Fellows Lodge No. 64. Robert was a retired master sergeant, United States Army, and was a retired trooper with the West Virginia State Police.

He is survived by his wife, Connie W. Edwards; son, Grant (Marnie) Edwards; daughter, Melanie (Gerry) White; grandchildren, Chloe' White, Holly Edwards and Connor Edwards; and several nieces and nephews.

A private family graveside service will be held at Yauger Church Cemetery, Leon.

Online condolences may be sent to the Edwards family and the online guestbook signed by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com.

Raynes Funeral Home, 20072 Charleston Road, Buffalo, is in charge of arrangements.

Charleston officials contemplate smoking ban in parks http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ01/151129680 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ01/151129680 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:19:30 -0500 Rachel Molenda By Rachel Molenda Charleston city parks could soon become smoke-free.

Charleston City Council's Parks and Recreation Committee is putting forth a resolution that would prohibit smoking on the ground of municipal recreation centers, city parks and green spaces and the Carriage Trail.

The committee first discussed the proposal during its October meeting. Then, committee Chairwoman Susie Salisbury, who represents Charleston's 12th Ward, said the tobacco ban for park facilities could be similar to those found in other cities around the state. Municipalities in 21 counties have adopted tobacco-free policies for parks and recreation facilities.

The city has already banned smoking at Haddad Riverfront Park during events, which seems to be working well, said Councilman Courtney Persinger.

"We've been able to enforce it. People like it," Persinger said.

That smoking ban started in 2012 and promised to give verbal warnings to smokers inside the boundaries of the park. It ultimately allows their removal those from events if they don't comply.

City Attorney Paul Ellis told the committee it could pass a general policy, but that it can't be enforced unless the public is notified. While the committee discussed banning smoking on all public trails, Ellis suggested they only pick specific ones like the Carriage Trail.

"We've got to give people fair notice of what they're not allowed to do in order to enforce it. And if we just add all trails, I would caution against that right now, because I don't know what they are, where they are, how they're demarcated or if they are," Ellis said.

The committee agreed to have "no smoking" signs posted in the designated areas, which are focused on those places where families and children gather, as well as those engaging in exercise and fitness. There are also plans to place cigarette receptacles at the entrance of those places so people can dispose of their cigarettes before entering.

The police would be enforced by the City Manager's office, Ellis said. It was originally written to be enforced by the Parks and Recreation Department.

"This is just a city policy. It will be enforced like any other city policy," Ellis said.

While the committee passed the first version of this bill, it needs to be introduced at City Council for further consideration and a vote.

Reach Rachel Molenda at rachel.molenda@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-5102 or follow @rachelmolenda on Twitter.

Photos: Toy turtles offer opportunity to learn about art, nature http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ01/151129683 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ01/151129683 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:01:43 -0500 Children ages 8 to 14 had the opportunity to learn to sew and learn about the turtles of Kanawha State Forest during Kids Sew Fun!, which was part of the Kanawha Forest EXPO pop-up gallery and event space in downtown Charleston.

The space at 247 Capitol St. will be open until Dec. 5.

From 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, as part of downtown's monthly Art Walk, the Kanawha Forest Exposition gallery will hold an opening reception for members of the public, featuring live traditional music led by Andy Park and Bill Kimmons, and showcasing the new art print portfolio "We Are The Storm: Climate Change Warriors."

A variety of environmentally themed holiday gifts will be for sale, and light refreshments will be provided. High-quality photography prints of wildlife and the process of mountaintop removal mining and reclamation, on display as part of the ongoing art installation "Juxtapose," are priced as marked, and will be available for pickup or delivery after the pop-up gallery closes.

Unwanted prescription drugs now accepted at area police stations http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ01/151129684 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ01/151129684 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:50:32 -0500 Lori Kersey By Lori Kersey Kanawha Valley residents don't have to wait until a designated day to dispose of unwanted medications - the pills now are accepted daily at several police stations.

Prescription medications can be taken to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, Nitro Police Department, Charleston Police Department, Marmet Police Department, St. Albans Police Department, South Charleston Police Department or the Dunbar Police Department for proper disposal.

Chad Napier, who recently retired from the Charleston Police Department as the Bureau chief of Investigative Services, worked with the nonprofit Kanawha Communities That Care to get the drop-off boxes in some of the police departments.

"A lot of the time, national statistics show that that's where the controlled substances [that are used illegally] come from is out of people's cabinets," Napier said, adding that people often have medications left over from surgeries and illnesses that they keep in their medicine cabinets. It's important that the drugs are disposed of properly so they're not flushed and put into the drinking water supply.

The Metro Drug Unit has been helping collect the pills dropped off at police stations. Those pills will either be destroyed immediately or handed over at one of the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back events, Napier said.

"But all of them are going to be destroyed in one facet or another," he said.

Some of the departments have had boxes in place for a while - the Kanawha Sheriff's Office purchased their own last year. The Charleston Police Department purchased theirs with a grant, said Kristi Justice, director of Kanawha Communities That Care.

That group recently purchased the boxes for Nitro, South Charleston, Dunbar and Marmet. It has also advertised the boxes and bought scales for the departments to weigh the drugs that come in, Justice said.

Kanawha Communities That Care has been around for about 10 years and received their nonprofit status in 2008. They are funded by a federal Drug-Free Communities grant. They also receive a grant from the Bureau of Substance Abuse.

The hours and locations of the drug take-back boxes are as follows:

Charleston Police Department, records division, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Dunbar Police Department: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; Kanawha County Sheriff's Office 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday; Marmet Police Department 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday; Nitro Police Department 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; South Charleston Police Department 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; and St. Albans Police Department 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Accepted items include prescription medicines including controlled substances, vitamins and supplements, over-the-counter medicines and pet medicines. Not accepted items include hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, aerosol cans, ointments, lotions, liquids, medication from businesses or clinics, thermometers and needles.

Reach Lori Kersey at Lori.Kersey@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-1240 or follow @LoriKerseyWV on Twitter.

Kanawha sheriff's office warns of holiday rise in thefts http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ01/151129686 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ01/151129686 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:35:06 -0500 Erin Beck By Erin Beck The holidays mean something different to Mike Rutherford than to most people.

"It never fails. In the 43 years I've been a police officer, every year we have an uptick in car break-ins, home break-ins and robberies of convenience stores and other types (of businesses)," said Rutherford, chief deputy for the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.

He noted that more people are out and about shopping at this time of year, and packages are more likely to be left sitting on door steps or in vehicles.

"It's just a good time for thieves and it's a good time to keep a mindful eye that people are out there that are not willing to work sometimes and want to feed off of other people's money and gifts," he said.

Rutherford said sometimes thieves are stealing to support a drug habit, as is common other times of year, although sometimes they say they are stealing to purchase holiday gifts for their families.

At a media event Wednesday morning, the sheriff's department provided several tips for reducing the risk of becoming a victim.

- When leaving purses and packages inside of vehicles while holiday shopping, keep them covered up and out of sight so potential thieves looking through vehicle windows can't see them.

- Walk in well-lit areas of parking lots and try to stay in areas where people tend to congregate. Carry your car keys in case you need to use them in self-defense, or to draw attention to yourself by setting off your car alarm.

- Keep small children in sight while shopping and accompany them to the restroom. "Don't let them out of your sight because there are a lot of people out," Rutherford said. "It's easy for the kids to get kind of lost in the crowd."

- While pickpocketing is not a major problem like it is in bigger cities, it does occur, Rutherford said. He suggested keeping long purses closer to the upper body and only carrying how much money you need.

- Keep shades drawn so potential criminals can't see Christmas packages next to the tree. Electronics are especially popular stolen items, Rutherford said. However, don't let shrubbery grow and block your windows because then neighbors and the police can't see the windows. Sometimes thieves hide behind shrubbery and trees to break into windows undetected.

- If you've ordered a package that is to arrive during the day, arrange to have it delivered to your work or a neighbor or family member's, rather than allow it to sit outside.

The sheriff's office can sometimes track pawned gifts, but Rutherford urged residents to take steps to prevent the theft in the first place.

"Yes we are able to track down a lot of stuff, some stuff honestly no," he said.

Rutherford also said the sheriff's office will be stepping up DUI patrols over Thanksgiving and will be increasing patrols in shopping areas during the holiday season.

Reach Erin Beck at erin.beck@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-5163, Facebook.com/erinbeckwv, or follow @erinbeckwv on Twitter.

Indicted Raleigh County doctor wrote thousands of prescriptions http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ01/151129688 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ01/151129688 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:53:22 -0500 Joel Ebert By Joel Ebert A Beckley-based nephrologist indicted Tuesday on multiple drug charges by a federal grand jury had more than 9,000 Medicare Part D prescriptions filled in 2013.

Dr. Jose Jorge Abbud Gordinho, who was arrested Nov. 12, faces a 21-count indictment alleging he conspired to distribute prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone, for illegitimate purposes.

According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office, Gordinho faces "multiple counts of distribution of oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and morphine not for legitimate medical purposes in the usual course of medical practice and beyond the bounds of medical practice, as well as two counts of distributing controlled substances not within Gordinho's capacity as a medical doctor."

Among state nephrologists - doctors who specialize in kidney care - Gordinho wrote the sixth-most hydrocodone-acetaminophen Medicare Part D prescriptions, including refills, in 2013. That year, Gordinho handed out 1,577 hydrocodone prescriptions, according to ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization that tracks doctors and drugs in the United States.

During the same year, West Virginia doctors wrote more than 426,000 prescriptions, including refills, for hydrocodone-acetaminophen, which is used to relieve moderate to severe pain, making it the most prescribed drug to the state's Medicare Part D patients.

Among nephrologists in West Virginia, the 9,071 prescriptions Gordinho wrote in 2013 was only topped by Vienna-based Mirza Hamirani, who penned 9,136 prescriptions, according to ProPublica's Prescriber Checkup database.

Gordinho also wrote almost 2,000 oxycodone prescriptions to Medicare patients in 2013.

According to the West Virginia Board of Medicine, Gordinho is a 1977 graduate of the Autonomous University of Guadalajara and did his post-graduate training at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, New Jersey, in 1987.

Gordinho obtained his West Virginia license in 1989, and is also licensed to practice in Virginia and New Jersey.

In 2003, the West Virginia medical board reprimanded him for "certain answers given by Dr. Gordinho on his license renewal form for the period of July 1, 2000, to June 30, 2002." The board has taken no other actions against him.

In June 1999, the Virginia Board of Medicine issued a notice to Gordinho saying the board was looking into allegations that he may have violated several laws in the treatment of seven patients at a hospital in Low Moor, Virginia. Following a six-month review, the board exonerated Gordinho and dismissed the matter with no action taken against him. The issue was the only one on file in the Virginia Board of Medicine's records on Gordinho.

The New Jersey medical board has no history of discipline against the doctor.

The doctor has been held in the Southern Regional Jail since his arrest and could face up to 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine for each of the counts included in the indictment.

Gordinho is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 30 in federal court in Beckley.

Reach Joel Ebert at 304-348-4843, joel.ebert@wvgazettemail.com, or follow @joelebert29 on Twitter.

Best Bet - Steve Himes at Taylor Books http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ06/151129689 GZ06 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ06/151129689 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:51:12 -0500 The dean of Charleston's jazz guitarists, Steve Himes, performs at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St., from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is free for a performance of music one reviewer described as "A cornucopia of funk-tinged, free-spirited, melodic jazz and R&B." Call 342-1464 or visit www.taylorbooks.com. For more on his music, visit www.himesconnection.com.

Best Bet - Marvel Universe comes alive http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ06/151129690 GZ06 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ06/151129690 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:50:16 -0500 "Marvel Universe LIVE!" comes to the Charleston's Civic Center in shows at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 5; and 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 6. Produced by Feld Entertainment, the show brings more than 25 Marvel characters together on one heroic quest, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more, plus villains come to life. The Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, has been shattered by the Mighty Thor to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor's villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only destroy Earth but also obliterate the universe. The show features special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more. Tickets range from $20 to $60 and are available from the Civic Center box office and Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. For more on the performance, visit www.marveluniverselive.com.

Just Press Play: 5 hit songs that are real 'turkeys' http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ06/151129691 GZ06 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ06/151129691 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:46:57 -0500 This week's Just Press Play is a turkey day special - that is, five songs that I think are turkeys, tunes that make you want to crawl inside a freezer when they come on over the P.A. system at your local grocery store.

This isn't to say these songs weren't hits. Most real turkeys were big hits, but maybe we should have known better.

With the holiday season upon us, this one tends to show up, though it was released in March. The song was a direct response to Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas," an actual Christmas-themed charity song, which has its own set of problems. (Bono petulantly bleating, "Well tonight, thank God, it's them instead of youuuuu," for example.)

Everyone on this song is trying to be soooo earnest, but it comes off sounding more like a Pepsi commercial rather than an anthem for lasting social change - and why aren't there any metal singers in the bunch. We get Huey Lewis, but not James Dio or at least Dee Snider?

I wish Ryan Adams would remake it.

Novelty hit breakthroughs are a country music staple. In 1992, the mullet-sporting Kentucky singer broke through with this earworm describing a breakup as the breakdown of his corporeal form. It was fun little song, but then radio stations wouldn't stop playing it. They just wouldn't. Stop. Playing. It. They played it over and over and over until almost everyone prayed for a meteor to strike the earth.

At least, that's how I remember it.

Most of my friends know I have a tortured history with Bruce Springsteen. I'm a legitimate fan of much of his work, but not this noisy, flat, faux hipster-speak song. Manfred Mann made it sound cool, though.

Saturday nights working at my hometown pizza parlor, we listened to a syndicated show called "Solid Gold Saturday Night" on a fly-by-night oldies station. I don't think they actually paid for the program, but rather ran a few old tapes in rotation. The episode with "Sugar Shack" played about every other weekend.

It's a gratingly chipper song about winning the heart of a barista, back before they were called baristas.

I will hate this song as long as I breathe.

Americans tend to have very powerful but brief romances with Canadian performers (Celine Dion, Nickelback). They release a couple of songs. We lose our minds over them for about a year and then sort of sober up.

The Crash Test Dummies were an alternative rock band during the latter part of the mope-rock grunge period. They released "Mm-Mm-Mm-Mm," a serious song that had a chorus everybody could sing along to and we were hooked.

The song went straight to number one. We nominated The Crash Test Dummies for Grammys before coming to our senses and deciding to give those to Sheryl Crow and Green Day.

Bill Lynch is a writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail. When not looking for stories for the A&E section, he enjoys pilfering the company fridge for leftovers. The outlook on that in the upcoming couple of weeks is pretty good. Happy Thanksgiving everybody.

"Ragtime" brings musical message to Clay Center's Broadway in Charleston http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ06/151129694 GZ06 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ06/151129694 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:59:52 -0500 Bill Lynch By Bill Lynch To be sure, "Ragtime" isn't a light-hearted musical celebrating the music and dance of the turn of the 20th Century.

Actress Kate Turner, who plays "Mother," said, "It's a very entertaining show, but it comes with a powerful punch."

Based on the book by E.L. Doctorow, the musical, which comes to the Clay Center Sunday night, is about people caught up in societal changes during the first few years of the 20th Century. Throughout the production, the characters are embroiled in class and cultural conflicts and face racial bigotry.

Some of them die brutally and unfairly.

But it's not all doom and gloom, Turner said.

"We still want people leaving with songs in their head," she explained. "It's slightly lighter than the book and the film, but all of the themes are there."

And it's all very timely.

While written in the 1970s and about America until just before the First World War, Turner said the story remains relevant today.

"All you have to do is turn on the news," she said.

Stories of unarmed African-Americans being falsely profiled as criminals and killed by the authorities aren't uncommon. Immigrants, looking for a better life, still struggle to make a place in this country, and women continue to seek legal equality with men.

"It's amazing how history keeps repeating itself," Turner said.

"Ragtime" connects three groups of characters from disparate backgrounds. Coalhouse Walker, Jr. is an African-American musician who has had some success; Tateh is a Jewish immigrant seeking his fortune; and Turner's Mother is a sheltered wife and mother from a white, upper-middle class family.

"At the time, women were technically property," she said.

Turner said that initially, Mother sedately accepts her status, but mostly because she doesn't know any different.

"We like to call her the accidental feminist," Turner said. "She's blindly happy, but then her eyes are opened to all of the injustices going on. She discovers quite quickly that she's not OK with all of it and has to find her own morals and stick up for them."

Turner said she could relate to her character.

"She's very maternal and instinctive to protect and serve justice," Turner said. "I think women have come a long way, but there's still so much farther to go."

So far, she said, audiences have been generous and kind.

Beyond the underlying message and social commentary, "Ragtime" is a lot of fun. Just as her character's views of the world around her change over the course of the story, Turner said her voice changes, too.

"She's kind of interesting, vocally," the actress said. "She starts off a very high soprano and by the end she's found her mezzo. She has a very powerful voice."

Turner also loved the costumes. Women's fashions in the 1900s were elaborate and ornate, but very conservative - long dresses with high necks and long sleeves. Women wore gloves and hats.

"I think the costumes are gorgeous," said Turner. "I wish people still dressed like that, just so I could get to wear hats again."

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CYAC's "MARY" musical returns for 19th year http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ06/151129696 GZ06 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151125/GZ06/151129696 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:45:30 -0500 Bill Lynch By Bill Lynch In Charleston, the Christmas season ushers in a host of holiday traditions.

The West Virginia Symphony's annual "Home for the Holidays" performance comes to the Clay Center December 5. Bob Thompson's "Joy to The World" will be at the Culture Center December 10.

Beating them both to the punch is Contemporary Youth Arts Company's (CYAC) yearly retelling of the nine months leading up to the birth of Christ, through the eyes of his mother.

"Mary" opens for its 19th year Friday night at the Capitol Center Theatre on Summers Street.

Director Dan Kehde said the original idea for the production came one cold winter in Charleston about 20 years ago.

"Scarpelli and I had just done 'Hair' at Common Grounds," he said.

Common Grounds was a Charleston coffee house and teen club on Summers Street run by musician Bob Webb in the 1990s. The club nurtured young talent and some the area's most notable musicians played early shows there.

In the early days of CYAC, Kehde said Webb would let them use the big, black room to put on shows.

Kehde said he and the composer were standing by the piano, when one of them said to the other (and nobody is 100 percent sure who said what), "Hey, why don't we write one of these things."

Kehde had the rough idea. Scarpelli came up with the music.

The first song they wrote was "Child, My Child," the show's finale.

"That song led us all the way to the beginning and encouraged us to give it a shot," he said.

The first year was a little rough.

Kehde said, "The show ran about an hour and 15 minutes and I had the nerve to put in a 15-minute intermission to stretch it out."

They also didn't have an orchestra, just a basic rhythm section. The rest would come later.

"Mary" was three acts, which Kehde acknowledged might have been a little jarring, given the run-time.

But they got through that first run and the response was encouraging enough to come back with it the next year - with some changes.

They added dialog and songs.

"We fleshed it out," Kehde explained. "We locked in the form, went from three acts to two and solidified the time so that the intermission made sense."

While the shape of the show is locked down, Kehde said it does change some from year to year. They swap songs in and out and adjust material based on who is cast.

This year, for instance, Phil Washington is playing Herrod, a part that's usually sung by a tenor/contra tenor.

Washington has a bass voice.

"So, we dropped everything down for Phil and it just sounds cool," he said.

Otherwise, "Mary" follows the traditional telling of the Christmas story - for the most part.

"We had some leeway," Kehde said.

The Bible focuses largely on the birth itself. It mentions the immaculate conception of baby Jesus and the news being given to Mary and Joseph, but there's a lot that just isn't in the text.

"There's a lot of speculation," he said. "But not a lot of actual word. So, we were kind of free to get inside Mary's head a little bit."

Their Mary is a teenage girl, and the pregnancy was kind of sprung on her.

"She's scared to death," he said. "She's very human. We don't deify her."

Kehde said that doesn't always sit well with everyone. Some have told him they thought Mary ought to be more cheerful.

Others have done that. Others can do that.

"We've tried to be as honest and as human as possible," he said. "I think that's justified."

Largely, audiences have been supportive. They always have been.

"It's funny," he said. "People stereotype West Virginia as being very fundamental and a bit closed-minded, but there's an enormous amount of acceptance here. I can do things here I'm sure I couldn't do anywhere else."

People add their own spirituality, Kehde said, and that seems to work fine.

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