www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2016, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: February 07, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT01/302079980 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT01/302079980 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Adkins, Alisha L. 2 p.m., East Nitro United Baptist Church, Nitro.


Burns, Arnold G. 2 p.m., John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.


Ellison, Larry B. 3:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, Cowen.


Hoffman, William Jr. 3 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel, Ansted.


Jarrett, Pamela P. 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.


McMillion, James A. 2 p.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.


Meeks, Belva 1 p.m., Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.


Rollins, Epaminondas 2 p.m., Crow


Shockey, Naomi J. 2 p.m., Independence United Methodist Church, Sandyville.

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Ada Basham http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT/302079981 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT/302079981 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Ada "Tish" Letitia Adams Basham, 74, of South Charleston, passed away on Friday February 5, 2016, after a short illness.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Basham; parents, Glenwood Cecil and Georgia Ann (Rowe) Adams; and brother, Harold Joe Adams.

Tish worked for the State of West Virginia for 35 years, first at the Department of Health, and for Workers Compensation. She also worked for Don Hoover of Hoover Plumbing of St. Albans for many years. She was a 1959 graduate of St. Albans High School.

One special niece once said "When you are with Tish, and you are talking, she listens. She listened like you were a person who really mattered."

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Ken) Bedeau; son, Stephen Basham; grandchildren, Ssgt. Nicholas Kern, Andrew Kern, Elisabeth Byers, and Robert Byers; sisters, Roberta Sue (Clifford) Pauley, Lola Jane (Leo Bush) Adams, Lois June Sayre; sister-in-law, Sue Adams; brother-in-law, William Basham; special friend and great–nephew, Jake Danberry. Also many loving nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to her wonderful cousin, Jeanie Simmons, and June Sayre for their loving care they provided during Ada's illness.

Per Tish's request, there will be no service held. Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

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Terri Schaffner Baur http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT/302079999 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT/302079999 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Marilyn Theresa Schaffner Baur, called "Terri" by her friends, died January 11 in Santa Fe at the age of 78. She was born and raised in South Charleston, the daughter of Vivien and Harold Schaffner. Terri lived in a number of marvelous places — San Diego, Santa Fe, Boulder, Washington, D.C., West Point, N.Y., and Stuttgart, Germany — and returned happily to Charleston for 10 of her later years.

Terri received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Among other positions, she was programs manager for Neighborhood House Association, the largest non-government social services agency in San Diego, special assistant to the president of Palomar College and executive director of the State of California Developmental Disabilities Board, Area XIII. In the midst of this successful career in social services and college administration, she changed her life course, deciding to pursue her lifelong dream of providing law services for the public good. In 1997, at the age of 60, she graduated from law school in San Diego and was admitted to the State Bar of California and later to the State Bar of West Virginia and to the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.) Bar. She specialized in civil rights, battered immigrant women, special education and constitutional law. Her last law position was as legal director of the ACLU of West Virginia.

Terri wrote poetry, hiked mountains and ran the Charleston Distance Run (15 miles) four times and numerous 10K and 5K races. She was champion of her age group six consecutive years in the Charleston 5K.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Jim; her son, Ben of Santa Fe; daughter, Bobbi of San Diego; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A celebration of Terri's life was held by family and friends in Santa Fe. Terri rests peacefully in Santa Fe National Cemetery with a majestic view of the Aspened slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

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Nathaniel Boley http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT/302079984 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT/302079984 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Nathaniel K. Boley, 59, of Fayetteville, died Friday February 5, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday February 10, 2016, at the High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill. Visitation will be 1 p.m. until time of the service Wednesday at High Lawn Funeral Home.

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Elizabeth Childress http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT/302079991 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT/302079991 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Elizabeth A. Childress, 72, of Alum Creek, went home Thursday February 4, 2016, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She retired from the Kanawha County Board of Education. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; son, Charlie; and stepdaughter, Shelby.

She is survived by her daughter, Julie Ann Rusnak; son, Howard Darby; stepdaughters, Patsy Dingess, Opal Woodzell and Betty McCallister; sisters, Betty Gibson, Linda Bias, and Jean Cantley; five grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday February 9, at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek with Pastor Jesse Perdue and Pastor Chris Sowards officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.curryfuneralhome.org. Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, WV has been family owned and operated since 1950.

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Gregory Cobb http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT/302079993 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT/302079993 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Gregory Scott Cobb, 48, of Cottageville, WV, died Thursday February 4, 2016. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Monday February 8, 2016 at Siniaville Cemetery, Statts Mills, WV. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

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Lyle Dizmang http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT/302079992 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT/302079992 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Lyle William Dizmang, 79, of St. Albans, passed away Saturday January 30, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born July 27, 1936, in Wallace County, Kansas, Lyle was son of the late Henry Christy and Gladys Pearl Akers Dizmang. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Harold, Carl, Mildred, Irene and Hazel; as well as his son, Christopher Kent.

A graduate of Goodland High School, Kansas, Lyle went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Rollins College, Winter Park, Fla. Lyle served in the United States Air Force prior to his employement with Pan American and Boeing Industries in conjunction with the Kennedy Space Center/ NASA Program, he was also awarded the Boeing Manned Flight Awareness Award during his tenure with the Apollo Mission Series. Later, Lyle assisted with the development of the city Palm Coast, Fla., as well as serving as a Financial Administrator with Pickand's Mather/Cleveland Cliffs Company. During his administration with Pickands Mather/Cleveland Cliffs Lyle was inducted into the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.

Lyle enjoyed fishing as a young man and developed an affinity for golf later in life all the while becoming a crossword puzzle enthusiast.

Surviving are his wife, Patsy Ruth Dorsey, whom he continued to lovingly refer to as his bride even after 56 years of marriage. His children, Charles Isaac (Melissa), of St. Albans, Kimberly Kay (Charlotte) of Jacksonville, Fla., Deanna Lynn of South Charleston; his siblings, Vera, Darlene, Katie, Dick, Darrell and Duane; as well as his grandchildren, Charles (Sarah) expecting new arrival, Lesley, Craig, Jessica and Randy; great-grandchildren, Corey, Clemente and Shelby. Extended family includes Beckie and Pat, Mark and Lera, Mia, Aly, Linda, and Matthew.

Lyle always said "Patsy Ruth was the love of his life."

The family will hold a private celebration of his life at a later date. You may share sympathies and condolences by visiting AffordableCremationsofWV.com.

Flowers should be omitted and memorial contributions be directed to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., West, Charleston, WV 25387.

Cremation services are being provided by Affordable Cremations of WV, 413 D Street, South Charleston, WV.

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Robert R. Griffith http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT/302079995 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT/302079995 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Robert R. Griffith of Charleston died at his home on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016.

Mr. Griffith, 90, was born Jan. 14, 1926 in Pemberton (Raleigh County). He moved with his family to Cool Ridge (Raleigh County) in 1932. He attended Midway Grade School and graduated from Shady Spring High School in 1943.

He spent approximately three years in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946.

He attended West Virginia University and graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1949.

He worked more than 41 years for Appalachian Power Company in Beckley, Rainelle, Oak Hill and Charleston. He retired Dec. 31, 1990 as Charleston Division Superintendent.

He served 11 years as treasurer of the Kanawha Valley Emergency Planning Council. He helped organize the Charleston AEP Veteran and Retired Employees' Association and served several years as its treasurer. He was a member of the Charleston Lions Club and participated in many of its activities. He was a longtime member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph A. Griffith and Fannie Falsom Richardson Griffith, and his brothers, Don K., Charles N. and Henry Lee Griffith.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Sperow Griffith, and three sons and their spouses, Donald and Gina of St. Albans, Gary and Deb of Maidens, Va., and Dr. James and Marla of Charleston. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Mary Beth of Seward, Alaska, Emily of Morgantown, Nicholas and Matthew, both of Charleston, and Rebeccah of Boston, Mass. Also surviving are his brother, Larry Griffith of Beckley; two sisters and their spouses, Patricia and Gerry Burnett of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Eliza and Marshall Baum of Chillicothe, Ohio; and sisters-in-law, Retha Griffith (widow of Charles) of Winslow, Ark., and Ellen Griffith (widow of Lee) of Pinellas Park, Fla.

The family thanks Joe Rodgers, Katie Baldwin, Melinda Boggess, Cathy Thacker and Travis Wheeler for their kind and compassionate care.

The funeral will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at St. Mark's United Methodist Church with the Rev. Monty Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the church.

Flowers are welcome; however, donations in his memory are also appreciated and may be sent to St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 900 Washington St. E., Charleston, WV 25301.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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John Hightower http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT/302079983 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT/302079983 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 John Hightower, 73, of Belle, died Friday February 5, 2016. Preston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Richard Holstine http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT/302079989 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/OBIT/302079989 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Richard Lee Holstine, 82, of Emmons Road, Alum Creek, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, February 4, 2016.

He was retired from Union Carbide and was a member of the Emmons Church of God.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine; nieces, Kathy Garretson, Jacqueline Ross and Rachel Stringer; nephews, Robert, David, Jackie and Jamie Stringer, Michael and Timmy Graley, Virgil Gillispie, Roy and Teddy Walls, Jerry Perry and Harold Eddie Roler; and several great-nieces, great-nephews and lots of friends.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday February 9, at the Emmons Church of God with Pastor Michael Graley officiating. Burial will follow at Morris Cemetery at Grippe. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.curryfuneralhome.org. Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, WV has been family owned and operated since 1950.

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Doug Smock: Looking back at Marshall's Class of 2011 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ02/160209617 GZ02 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ02/160209617 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 21:27:12 -0500 As you watch the progression - or the lack thereof - of the players who signed last week to play football at Marshall, keep the class of 2011 in mind.

By my count, 15 of the players announced on that first Wednesday in February never made it to senior day in Huntington.

That's a bunch. Too many.

Still, this class was still one of the Thundering Herd's best, a class that fueled two division titles and the 2014 Conference USA championship.

All you need to know are these names:

Rakeem Cato.

Tommy Shuler.

Evan McKelvey.

Cato was a C-USA MVP and two-time offensive player of the year and Shuler became the MU and C-USA leader in receptions with 322. McKelvey overcame two major knee surgeries and won the 2015 defensive player of the year honor.

For the six players who played four years without a redshirt, their record was 35-18, 23-9 in C-USA play. For the seven who were in the program up to last fall, the mark was 45-21, 29-11.

There will be better marks - the class of 2012 has a four-year record of 48-16 - but you have to take it. Remember, the Doc Holliday regime had just finished its first season, and a losing one at that.

I've always thought that going with Cato as a true freshman was gutsy, but then again the other choices were true freshman Blake Frohnapfel and A.J. Graham, the latter a Mark Snyder recruit who appeared to have nagging issues. (Graham was eventually dismissed.) The erratic Mark Cann had taken his degree and bailed out a year early.

Shuler and Cato always had that chemistry they brought from Miami, but Shuler also was the perfect slot receiver to launch the Herd's super-tempo offense in 2012. Remember, Shuler only caught 14 passes as a freshman, meaning he averaged more than 100 the next three years.

McKelvey came here to join his older brother, senior Omar Brown, giving him a comfort level few recruits enjoy. When he suffered his second torn anterior cruciate ligament in 2014, he was honored by teammates who took turns wearing his No. 31.

All three played as true freshmen, because that's what you did in 2011. Others who did and put in four seasons were:

n Cortez Carter: He played second and third fiddle to several linebackers, but had 72 tackles in 51 games. He was valuable on special teams.

n Eric Frohnapfel: He caught 66 passes for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns in 53 games, and he probably should have gotten some more passes. He got in a preseason game with the San Diego Chargers last August.

n Jermaine Holmes: With 296 tackles, 35.5 for loss in 53 games, he was a machine. He and Neville Hewitt made up one of the Herd's most devastating linebacker duos.

I will always remember his fourth-and-1, game-saving tackle of big Jordan Howard on the 17th play of Alabama-Birmingham's late drive. It was one of the manliest hits I have seen at such a critical time.

n Craig Wilkins: He had 65 catches for 766 yards and five touchdowns, mostly working at the "Z" wide receiver position.

McKelvey stayed at MU five seasons, allowed an extra year by the NCAA for all his injuries. Other five-year players, whether by redshirting or by injury:

n Davonte Allen: As upbeat a person as you'll find, he caught 101 passes for 1,612 yards and 13 touchdowns. He struggled to separate from cornerbacks last year, but was the team's leading receiver.

n Keith Baxter: Injuries dealt him a bad hand, but he broke up 14 passes, picked off two and had 66 tackles in 42 games.

n Armonze Daniel: Whether at linebacker or defensive end, he did nothing to merit the four-star rating he carried to Huntington. He had 62 tackles, five for loss, and a sack in 42 games.

n Jarquez Samuel: A hit here. He developed from an above-average tackle to a manhandling beast in his senior year. He even broke up five passes in his 51 games.

n Remi Watson: He was never a marquee back, but he was dependable. He rushed for 1,444 yards and 18 touchdowns, and got more physical with each season.

n Deandre Reaves: I saved this guy for last, because he's the best story. He battled long odds to get on the field at receiver, carrying eight career catches into 2015. He seized the starting slot position as a senior, catching 56 passes for 705 yards and four touchdowns.

His kickoff return abilities were not an issue, as he averaged 27.7 yards and scored three touchdowns. It says here his 93-yard kickoff return stopped the Herd from suffering a horrendous loss at Kent State.

And now, those who didn't make it to the end. There were unusual cases.

We start with Blake Frohnapfel, who couldn't beat out Cato and transferred to Massachusetts. He took a finance degree with him, threw for 6,264 yards and 39 TDs for the Minutemen and will leave with a master's degree as a souvenir.

And he's going to get into an NFL camp, at the very least. Some Herd fans are wondering, "What if?"

My two memories of him come from the defensively doomed 2012 season. Against Tulsa, he had to come in for one play and completed a pass to convert a third-and-11. At East Carolina, he nearly stole the game and a bowl bid after Cato went down.

Steward Butler rushed for 2,063 yards and 18 touchdowns in three seasons, though he was overshadowed by the rise of Devon Johnson in 2014. He could have starred last year in relief of "Rockhead," but his arrest for allegedly assaulting a gay couple in May put an end to that.

Travon Van had some bad injury luck and eventually transferred to Montana, where he rushed for about 1,000 yards in two seasons.

There's there's the odd case of receiver Levern Jacobs. Marshall asked him to grayshirt and play in the fall of 2011 at a prep school, Milford Academy in New York state. But that made him a recruitable athlete again, and he went to Maryland in January 2012.

He was suspended by the university for the 2014 season for an assault charge of which he was eventually found not guilty. In 2013 and 2015, he led the Terrapins in receptions with 47 and 35, respectively. He has one more year.

I'm not a big fan of grayshirting, and this is a prime example.

Then there was Terry Franklin, touted to be a big-time junior-college find who could join Vinny Curry to make a fearsome defensive end duo. He played at Hinds Community College in Mississippi but was trying to finish his two-year degree at Tyler College, closer to his Texas home.

He never showed.

I'm running out of gas, so here's the rest. Others who at least showed up on an autumn Herd roster but did not finish: Chris Alston Jr., Josue Joseph, Deon Meadows, Anthony Spano, Robert Way and Deontae West.

I'll add Conelius Jones, the former Michigan signee who participated in spring drills in 2011 but left in the summer.

Other names you (and I) may have forgotten: Jamar Lewter, Robert Mincey and Colin Munro.

And that's the long and twisted but successful story of Marshall's football signing-day class of 2011. Pshew!

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Huggins helped Miles escape slump http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ02/160209618 GZ02 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ02/160209618 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 21:27:09 -0500 Mike Casazza By Mike Casazza MORGANTOWN - Daxter Miles' breakout performance Saturday from a slump that had bound him the entire Big 12 season was not about relief for No. 14 West Virginia.

It was about time.

"He owed us one," guard Jaysean Paige said. "I can say that. He definitely owed us one."

Miles made 6 of 8 shots and 4 of 5 3-point attempts for a season-high 20 points as the Mountaineers snapped a four-game losing streak to Baylor with an 80-69 victory against the 15th-ranked Bears. WVU (19-4, 8-2 Big 12) is now in first place in the Big 12, which is the RPI's top-rated conference, and on Sunday reached a season-high No. 11 in the RPI.

Miles totaled 20 points the previous three games and was 0 for 9 from 3-point range. He was averaging 8.4 points per game in eight conference games - he missed a home win against Kansas State - and was shooting 36.7 percent from the floor and 27.3 percent from 3-point range.

None of that included his performance against Florida nine days ago in the Big 12 /SEC Challenge, when he had four points on 1 for 4 shooting in 19 minutes.

It got his coach's attention.

"If you guys have seen it," Miles said, "you know he's seen it."

Bob Huggins was starting to hit Miles where it hurt. The sophomore guard's playing time reached season-low totals against Florida and Iowa State. Huggins pulled him early in both games after some badly missed shots, and Miles didn't play in the final 11 minutes of the road win against the Cyclones.

"I told all these guys when I recruited them I was never going to do what I did those couple years," Huggins said, referring to the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, when a sour roster led to 13-19 and 17-16 records and lots of turnover.

"I was never going to do that again. I'm going to coach them. And they've been great. I think I've got as good a relationship with these guys that I'm coaching hard as I had back in the old days because they want to get better. They want to get better, and they trust us."

Huggins saw the low shooting percentage, but he saw the shot selection, too. Most of Miles' shots were coming from the perimeter. He was 9 for 33 from 3-point range, 13 for 27 from 2-point range and just 14 for 25 from the free-throw line.

He maintained that Miles was an able shooter, so he went about finding out why he'd become so inaccurate.

"We tried to fix a couple of things - not major things, but they end up being major - mechanically with his shot," Huggins said. "You've got habits that get ingrained after all those years and it takes a lot of work and a pretty special guy to stop doing those things, mechanically. It makes it a lot harder to make a shot. But he's been really receptive."

Since the loss to the Gators, Miles has had 11 points, five rebounds and two steals in the win at Iowa State and then his best game of this season against Baylor. Of course, that was preceded by a private moment with Huggins, when Miles said he'd been watching film and understood what Huggins had been telling him about the flaws in his shot.

On Tuesday, Miles and the Mountaineers head to Allen Fieldhouse for a 7 p.m. ESPN2 game against No. 6 Kansas (19-4, 7-3). Miles had a career-high 23 points there last season.

"If anybody's been hard on Dax, it's been coach Huggins," forward Devin Williams said. "Dax did a good job responding to the last couple days of practice. Coach Huggins has really been on Dax and just chewing him out and trying to get him to play, and Dax responded the right way. Kudos to Dax."

His three-game lull coincided with forward Jon Holton's indefinite suspension. Without Holton in the lineup, the Mountaineers missed rebounding and point-blanks scores, but they were without his constant effort and enthusiasm.

Miles used to give his teammates that, but those traits thinned as his numbers declined, and he knew the two were connected.

He tried to bring the energy back on the road against the Cyclones Tuesday, and it was on display against the Bears. He clapped and talked and smiled and sauntered throughout, and when Miles hit his third 3 of the game in the second half, he turned toward his defender and roared.

"I think that's what I've been lacking a couple of games lately," he said. "I knew eventually it would come back, but I've been in a little scoring slump. But energy is what gets me going, what gets my competitive juices flowing."

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WVU recruiting: Strong finish to recruiting season could mean fast start next cycle http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ02/160209619 GZ02 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ02/160209619 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 21:26:43 -0500 By Chris Anderson For the Gazette-Mail By By Chris Anderson For the Gazette-Mail Just as it can be a major factor in the heat of the game, momentum can play a huge role in recruiting. One commit can lead to another, which leads to another, and the snowball effect begins. Good players want to play with good players, so recruits pay attention to how teams perform on the recruiting trail.

Assuming that sentiment holds true across classes, West Virginia's strong finish to 2016 could position them well for an equally fortuitous start to the 2017 recruiting cycle. In the final days of the 2016 recruiting season, West Virginia picked up five commitments, four of them being All-Americans this past year, and all being at positions of need.

Leading the way - for the class as a whole, per 247Sports' rankings - was St. Clairsville (Ohio) linebacker Brendan Ferns. The U.S. Army All-American held over two dozen offers, and would have had many more had he not told programs that he was not interested in any school that did not have petroleum engineering as a major. He committed to the Mountaineers coaching staff during an in-home visit the week before Signing Day, but asked that it not be made public so as to avoid the media spectacle that would come with the news. He informed the Penn State coaches a couple days later, and sent out a tweet on Signing Day announcing his intentions.

Joining him in that frenzied finish were running back Justin Crawford (NJCAA All-American and JUCO Offensive Player of the Year), cornerback Mike Daniels (second-team NJCAA All-American) and offensive tackle Craig Smith (first-team NJCAA All-American), as well as former pledge Elijah Battle, who "re-committed" to WVU.

That's two extremely talented defensive backs, a linebacker, an offensive tackle and a running back. When I interviewed West Virginia director of player personnel Ryan Dorchester almost a year ago, can you guess which three positions he said were most important for the 2016 class? Yup, defensive back, linebacker and offensive line. Running back, of course, became just as important with the departure of Wendell Smallwood for the NFL draft, and the Mountaineers knocked every one of those four out of the park, thanks in large part to their additions down the stretch.

After a two-day respite for the staff, the focus turns to 2017, and the coaches hope the momentum carries over for this weekend's first Junior Day of the spring. More than two dozen prospects will be in Morgantown, ready for a tour of the facilities and a basketball game with Bob Huggins' Top 15-ranked squad. The biggest needs for this class have already been identified - the secondary, offensive line and defensive line, per Dorchester - and Saturday will be a great opportunity to get a jump-start for next February.

As the old saying goes, it's now how you start, but how you finish (although a great start won't hurt!).

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Shootout at the Big House brings state's top teams to Civic Center http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ02/160209620 GZ02 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ02/160209620 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 21:26:32 -0500 Rick Ryan By Rick Ryan The Little General Shootout at the Big House has really outdone itself this year.

The three-day basketball event, which tips off this morning at the Charleston Civic Center, has long been about quantity of games, but this year it's added a ton of quality matchups, too.

A total of 25 state-ranked boys and girls basketball teams are set to compete in the fifth annual hoopfest, with seven of the 31 games pitting ranked squads against each other.

Admission each day is $8 per person, which is good for all the games that day - 10 today and Tuesday and 11 on Wednesday - but fans are not permitted to leave and re-enter.

"I know some people come for just one game, but I think $8 is really reasonable,'' said Rick Greene, George Washington's coach and one of the founders of the event along with former Logan coach Mark Hatcher. "And if they want to see all the games, it's just a phenomenal price.''

The final day of the Shootout on Wednesday promises to be one of the best single days of basketball anywhere in West Virginia, with six of the 11 games featuring showdowns of state-ranked teams.

The finale of the entire show pits two of the state's three remaining unbeaten boys teams in a cross-class clash, with Huntington (14-0), the two-time defending Class AAA champion, squaring off against Class AA Bridgeport (12-0) at 9:30 p.m. The Highlanders are ranked first and the Indians second in their respective classes.

The game could serve as a showcase for Huntington guard Tavian Dunn-Martin, an Akron recruit, and Bridgeport's 6-foot-6 Nick Greely, who poured in 35 points in Friday's 67-56 conquest of AA No. 3 Fairmont Senior.

The state's only other current unbeaten boys team also plays on Wednesday's card, with AAA No. 2 Morgantown (14-0) taking on No. 5 Capital (14-2) in a 4:20 tipoff.

The other top attractions on Wednesday's lineup include:

n AAA girls - No. 1 Morgantown (17-0), the two-time defending titlist, versus No. 4 South Charleston (13-2) at 3 p.m.; No. 3 Parkersburg South (15-4) against No. 8 Buckhannon-Upshur (10-7) at 7 p.m.; No. 7 Spring Valley (10-7) versus No. 9 Parkersburg (13-5) at 8:15 a.m.

n Class A boys - No. 3 Magnolia (12-2), the defending champ, against No. 4 Tug Valley (12-3).

Today's opening card of games finds another pair of collisions of state-ranked opponents in a St. Joseph-Williamstown Class A girls-boys doubleheader.

The Irish, who have captured the last seven girls Class A crowns, are again ranked No. 1 and take on the No. 4 Yellowjackets in a game set for 10:50 a.m., followed by the No. 5 Williamstown boys against No. 8 St. Joseph at 12:10 p.m.

Another sidelight today sees former GW boys assistant coach David Starr coming back to town and bringing his Indian Lake (Ohio) team into a contest against Liberty Raleigh at 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday has no games between ranked teams, but does feature an appearance by national power and local fan favorite Huntington Prep (22-7) against First Love Christian, Pa. (19-3) at 9:30 p.m.

Other items of interest find boys Class AA No. 5 Webster County (14-1), a team few people around the state know about, getting a chance to show its stuff against Oak Glen in a 12:10 p.m. tip; the arrival of Class A girls No. 2 Gilmer County and 6-4 junior center Riley Fitzwater against AAA Lincoln County at 9:30 a.m.; and AA girls No. 1-ranked Wyoming East taking on Chapmanville at 3.

Greene said there are two schools of thought among teams who come to the Capital City to participate in the Little General Shootout - those just hoping to play on the Civic Center floor and soak up some of the Charleston atmosphere, and those squads that have designs on making it to the state tournament, thus giving them a chance to get acquainted with the playing conditions.

"It really is two things,'' Greene said. "Some schools play in it every year and maybe they don't think their kids will ever have the chance to play [in the state tournament], so it gives them a chance to play at the Civic Center and they turn it into a field trip, visit the Capitol and things like that and the kids stay overnight. Then you have the guys who say, 'We'll be back in a month.'

"It's kind of unique to have that appeal to people - two extremes if you will. Kids want to come in and have the experience of playing on that floor.''

Greene works with Hatcher, Ravenswood's Mick Price and others in the West Virginia Association of Basketball Coaches, which organizes the Shootout, to locate teams interested in playing and matching them up with opponents.

"We're pretty familiar with everybody,'' Greene said. "We won't take, say, Spring Valley and Cabell Midland and [match them up] - not somebody you play all the time. You'll see some girls teams who agree to play their conference games here. It's really done on an individual basis, and a lot of it depends on the time frame. Of course, Kanawha County schools have to play the late games, because they can't play before 3. But a lot of counties are more open about it, and understand the experience and the trip for these kids.

"Everybody's been good about [working in]. They'll call and ask if there's any room and we'll ask them if they can play Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Some of them will say they don't care who they play, but they've got to play on Wednesday. There's always conflicts, but the coaches have been great. It's not like everything's plugged in. For example, it wasn't Bridgeport and Huntington at first, but somebody ducked out and we got those guys together.''

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Photos: West Virginians rally to discuss why they support Sanders http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ01/160209621 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ01/160209621 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 21:18:01 -0500

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City's first female garbage collector retires http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ01/160209626 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ01/160209626 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 20:24:23 -0500 Daniel Desrochers By Daniel Desrochers There was no door to the bathroom when Kimberly Scott first started at the City of Charleston Refuse Department in 1997.

But it didn't matter.

According to her cousin Tonya Wilson, she'd say "'They aren't anything but a bunch of men anyways' and she'd keep walking."

But on Friday night, 19 years and a bathroom door later, Scott celebrated her retirement at the Civic Center in Charleston.

There was a buffet filled with barbecue, a bar and, most importantly, a dance floor.

The band played Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" as Scott and her friends and family danced.

It was a career worth celebrating. Scott was the first woman to work for the refuse department, starting off as a laborer after getting the job from her brother and working her way up to a driver after a year and six months.

Tuesdays were spent on the West Side, Thursdays in South Hills, Fridays on the West Side Hills, but it was the Wednesdays in Kanawha City that were special.

On her Wednesday a route, a man named Denny would wave to her and say hello, every week.

"We didn't go down the road without Denny coming out to talk to her," said Stephen Austin, who was Scott's laborer for five years.

Scott made a lot of memories on her routes and got to see all of Charleston.

"I had some of the best memories of my life at that job," Scott said.

One of the things that made the job special were her co-workers.

"It was like they were my brothers," Scott said. "If I needed anything or I needed help, they would."

And Scott earned the respect of everyone that she worked with.

"I was always kind of amazed that she could work the truck," Barbara Goff, who does the payroll for the refuse department. "It took guts."

Not only did Scott drive the truck, but she didn't get into a single accident during her tenure.

"So many men who are on that job walked away," her brother, Billy Foye said.

Not only did she work hard for the city, she also worked hard for her family. After her mother died, Scott ended up taking care of much of the family.

"She's the backbone of the family," said her niece, Nicole Breckenridge. "There for anyone and everyone."

Scott was there for Breckenridge when they were walking home from the pool in North Charleston and she fell, scraping her knee.

Scott carried Breckenridge home and then, to cheer her up, did cartwheels around the yard.

"I didn't know she had it in her," Breckenridge said.

Scott helped keep the family upbeat with her sense of humor.

"We stayed laughing," Breckenridge said. "She likes to joke all day long."

Breckenridge said Scott had dreams that she wasn't able to pursue because of the responsibility of keeping the family together.

"She's a very dedicated person, she sacrificed a lot," Breckenridge said.

"She probably would have done bigger and better."

But when Breckenridge asked her aunt what she would do if she hadn't had to take care of the family, her aunt jokingly said that she would have moved to Hawaii and become a hula dancer.

And while she wasn't doing the hula, Scott did sway to the saxophone, enjoying the beginning of her much deserved retirement.

"I'm glad that she's able to relax now," Breckenridge said.

Reach Daniel Desrochers at dan.desrochers@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-4886 or follow @drdesrochers on Twitter.

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As heroin rages, police adapting to new roles http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ01/160209627 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ01/160209627 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 20:19:58 -0500 By Dan Sewell The Associated Press By By Dan Sewell The Associated Press CINCINNATI - Forehead furrowed, a woman drags on a Camel cigarette, admitting she has only vague memories of nearly dying five days earlier.

Some flashes of images of being inside an ambulance. Waking up in a hospital bed. No recognition, though, of the solidly built, 6-foot-4 blue-uniformed police officer now leaning against a wall in her kitchen, having returned not to arrest her, but to help with her battle against heroin.

The officer, David Hubbard, a veteran narcotics detective, is part of the "Quick Response Team" formed last July in Colerain Township, a sprawling suburb of some 60,000 people 15 miles northwest of Cincinnati. Police, paramedics and addiction counselors combine to quickly steer users into treatment while their overdoses are still raw and frightening.

It's among new approaches, some that are redefining police roles, being tried in hard-hit communities across the country. While some critics ask whether police are putting social work over law enforcement, authorities say that while they are stepping up efforts against dealers, they can't arrest their way out of such a pervasive epidemic.

"There were some naysayers who say these are nothing but junkies - lock them up," said John Tharp, sheriff in Lucas County, home to Toledo, Ohio's fourth-largest city. "We may think this is soft (for police), but when you have a crisis in your community, you need to be proactive. We're being aggressive."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports heroin overdose death rates more than tripled since 2010 as powerful, cheap forms swept America. Ohio ranked among the top five states in drug overdose deaths in 2014, including 1,177 linked to heroin, and had one of the biggest increases.

In Massachusetts, Gloucester's police chief famously pioneered a program last year to help get addicts into treatment if they turn in their drugs and drug equipment, no questions asked. Departments in other states have adopted aspects of the program.

Tharp's Drug Abuse Response Team (D.A.R.T.) was formed in June 2014 amid rising overdose deaths in the Toledo area. Police, accompanied by counselors, meet with users and families as soon as possible after overdoses, even providing rides to treatment. Hundreds have entered treatment through the effort.

In Colerain Township, Public Safety Director Dan Meloy said the program launched last July appears to be having an impact already. On pace to top 200 overdoses when it started, the township ended 2015 with 167.

The programs help reduce other crimes, police say.

"They're not breaking into their neighbors' sheds, they're not robbing the local stores, they're not stealing from their families trying to feed their habit," Meloy said.

Ohio officials are battling heroin on other fronts, too.

Gov. John Kasich's office last month announced the latest in a series of guidelines aimed at reducing prescription painkiller abuse - often a precursor of heroin abuse - this time promoting alternative pain relief methods. Attorney General Mike DeWine convened a statewide summit and spotlighted "holistic approaches" being tried. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, has been building bipartisan support in Washington for a bill that focuses on making sure patients get optimal treatment.

Some black Americans long involved in the criminal justice system point out that gentler responses to the heroin use rising sharply among whites weren't so available when the crack cocaine wave swept into urban neighborhoods.

"I applaud law enforcement agencies for treating the heroin epidemic as a public health, rather than criminal justice, problem," said David Singleton, a veteran attorney who's executive director of the Ohio Justice & Policy Center, in an email. "At the same time, it is deeply troubling that we are shifting our approach from incarceration to treatment for an epidemic that primarily affects white people."

Near Colerain Township, Hamilton city police work with Fort Hamilton Hospital, where chief medical officer Dr. Marcus Romanello said the emergency room has repeatedly seen cases in which overdose patients were saved there, then ended up dying at home in a subsequent overdose. F.O.R.T (Fort's Opiate Recovery Taskforce) began late last year, involving police and other first responders, therapists, a social worker and a hospital pharmacist to help steer them into treatment and provide families with resources.

Overdose tolls have been aggravated by the spreading use of fentanyl, a strong painkiller that can be combined with heroin or snorted alone. In Lucas County, the number of overdose deaths again rose last year, complicating evaluation of the new program's success.

Police said their helping programs often lead to valuable anti-drug intelligence as they target suppliers.

"We're still arresting people," Hubbard said. "But now we're fighting it from all angles."

He continues to be amazed that drug users, including some he has arrested in the past, will open their doors to him after an overdose. He said they often break down, grateful to be offered help.

"I was skeptical," he said. "It's changed my mind."

The woman Hubbard helped in early January agreed to speak to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because she didn't want people she knows to hear about her heroin use.

"I could be dead," the woman, in her 50s, said as Judy Garland's voice warbled in the living room: "Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high."

A $10 shot of heroin sent her plunging toward death. Emergency crews responding to a 911 call injected the overdose reversal drug naloxone, but took her to a hospital when she remained unstable.

She wants to stop using drugs, she said, but, "I need help."

Hubbard also recently visited with Damon Carroll, 23, showing off fishing photos from a Florida vacation. Carroll was found overdosed on his bedroom floor last summer, just as the Colerain program was beginning.

"It's a big thing to me," Carroll said. Officers stop by his home just to see if he's doing OK. He's been in treatment and is doing well in a restaurant job.

He said hearing other success stories from the program encourages him: "It lets me know that I'm not alone."

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Bill would effectively allow guns in Cookskin Park http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ01/160209628 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ01/160209628 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 20:19:41 -0500 Daniel Desrochers By Daniel Desrochers The sign that prohibits guns in Coonskin Park hasn't been moved to the new entrance off of Henry C. Hoppy Shores Drive.

It's still by the old gate, looking out at the barbed wire fence that separates the park and the National Guard Base.

And a bill is moving through the Legislature to get the park to remove that sign.

"We've known what's coming," Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission director Jeff Hutchinson said. "We've known for a year."

The bill, SB 254, states that County Parks Commissions will be forbidden from prohibiting firearms on their property. It's similar to a bill that failed last session.

"This bill, it's specifically for us," Hutchinson said. "Because we had the right to promulgate rules. That was the loophole."

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Charles Stump, R-Morgan, who didn't return a call for comment.

In most counties, the county commission is in charge of the parks. Because the parks commission is a separate entity in Kanawha County, under law it was allowed to set its own rules.

Keith Morgan, the president of the West Virginia Citizens Defense League, thinks of this bill as simply cleaning up the gray areas of the law that already exists prohibiting counties from regulating firearms in parks.

That argument came to a head last year, when Morgan spoke in front of the Kanawha County Commission saying that the commission should override the park commission's rule.

The discussion didn't generate much beyond threats of lawsuits, but the parks commission did vote to stop issuing citations to people who came into the park with guns and instead ask them to leave.

"We went so far as to take away any punishment," Tackett said.

With the law moving through the legislature (it has already passed the Senate and is in the House Judiciary Committee), the parks commission has come out against the bill.

"People have to have a little bit of common sense," Allen Tackett, the director of the parks commission said. "I'm as much of a defender of Second-Amendment rights as anyone in the world, but there's some places where guns don't belong."

Tackett was a former adjutant general in West Virginia and served in the military on special forces units. He said that he's shot so many times that he can hardly hear anymore.

"We're just trying to protect kids to make sure kids don't get hurt while they're at the park," Tackett said.

Tackett referenced the fact that people are allowed to drink beer at the park and said that alcohol and guns don't mix well, especially when kids are around.

But Morgan said guns should be allowed in the park so that people can protect themselves.

"Criminals can carry guns there, why would a law-abiding citizen be the only one there without the means to defend themselves?" Morgan said.

Guns aren't completely foreign to Coonskin Park. In the 1960s, the park put in a skeet range that allowed people to shoot at fake gray pigeons, which lasted until it burned down in 1990.

But the rule preventing people from bringing firearms into the park has been on the gate as long as Tackett and Hutchinson can remember.

Even though the parks commission doesn't support the bill, they've accepted that it's probably going to become law.

"I knew immediately when I saw this that they were going to pass it," Tackett said.

And, if the law passes, the parks commission will have to take down their sign and obey.

"We will follow the state law," Hutchinson said. "We don't have to like it, we don't have to agree with it, there's nothing we can do about it."

But, with more bills expanding the use of firearms in the state, Hutchinson is prepared to be vigilant.

"Do I believe that Coonskin Park will become like the Wild West?" Hutchinson said. "No. But I do know my officers will be on high alert."

Reach Daniel Desrochers at dan.desrochers@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-4886 or follow @drdesrochers on Twitter.

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Delegates differ on whether 'Religious Freedom' bill is about same-sex marriage http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ01/160209629 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ01/160209629 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 21:14:00 -0500 Erin Beck By Erin Beck As Fairness West Virginia, an LGBT rights group, and the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, a group that opposes same-sex marriage and other LGBT-inclusive measures, argued over it last week, it seemed pretty clear that LGBT rights were at the center of the controversy over the West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Still, some said that House Bill 4012 is not about civil rights.

Kellie Fiedorek, an attorney with the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom, said during a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee last week that RFRA laws protect you "regardless of sexual orientation." The bill's lead sponsor, Delegate John O'Neal, R-Raleigh, said "that really is a separate issue." Several supporters have pointed out that there is a federal RFRA, and RFRAs in several other states predate the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage.

But Delegate Rupie Phillips, one of the bill's 10 co-sponsors, said late last week that LGBT rights actually are at the heart of the issue. He was asked if support for the "religious freedom" bill stems from opposition to same-sex marriage.

"Pretty much," Phillips, D-Logan, said.

The bill establishes a legal process for determining whether a person's religious beliefs are being violated. Because those who think their beliefs are being violated could argue in court that local nondiscrimination ordinances, among other civil rights laws, violate their religious beliefs, civil rights advocates fear that the law could be used to discriminate against the LGBT population, among other historically discriminated against groups.

Some fear that businesses would attempt to turn away LGBT customers.

"If a baker doesn't want to put a man and a man on a cake, that should be their choice," Phillips said, adding that he doesn't think a baker should prevent the same-sex couple from buying a cake, either.

Phillips said the bill is "to protect the churches and the preachers" from being forced to officiate and host same-sex weddings.

"I'm not saying no one should get married if they're same-sex," he said. "I'm just saying they shouldn't be allowed to sue churches and preachers."

When asked about constitutional protection from such a requirement, Phillips said, "other states have [RFRAs]."

University of California, Irvine School of Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a renowned Constitutional scholar who has studied, taught and practiced Constitutional law for more than 30 years, said in his opinion, requiring a clergy member to perform a same-sex wedding would be unconstitutional.

"I know of no case that ever has required a clergy member to perform a same-sex wedding," he said in an email. "I know of no law that would require this. I believe that would be regarded as unconstitutional."

The National Jurist honored Chemerinsky as one the Most Influential People in Legal Education in 2014.

John Taylor, a WVU law professor who teaches the Constitution and religion, said "no one would interpret the Obergefell decision as requiring that clergy marry gays against their will."

"The Constitution limits state action, not private action," he said in an email. "The decision says the states must recognize gay marriage in so far as marriage is a legal relationship. It does not say anything about when churches may or must perform the religious sacrament of marriage.

"Even if, in some science fiction scenario (which, I add, would not occur even in Santa Monica and will certainly not occur in WV) some government passed a law requiring ministers to marry gays against their will and their theological convictions, the law would be found to be unconstitutional by any federal or state court in any jurisdiction in the country," Taylor said.

"In other words, the Religion Clauses of the United States Constitution ALREADY protect against this problem and a state RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) is NOT needed to address that problem."

The law professor said being refused service at a business is a different matter because businesses are "public accommodations," and some states don't allow prohibition in public accommodations based on sexual orientation. West Virginia's Human Rights Act does not include protections based on sexual orientation, although some cities have passed their own ordinances expanding protections to the LGBT community.

There have been others who have listed same-sex marriage as reason for the bill.

On Jan. 28, Allen Whitt, president of the Family Policy Council, cited "sinful and depraved" behavior as justification for the proposed law, before a group of about 300 supporters. Carrie Bowe, representing state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, cited the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage at the same rally.

Reached late last week, Whitt said, "I don't have time to talk to you right now" and did not return another call.

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

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Former Toyota employee alleges wrongful termination http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ01/160209630 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160207/GZ01/160209630 Sun, 7 Feb 2016 17:42:52 -0500 Laura Haight By Laura Haight A Putnam County man is suing Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia Inc. for alleged wrongful termination, according to a complaint filed in January.

Boyd Daniels, of Putnam County, alleges Toyota violated the West Virginia Human Rights Act by firing him based on discrimination and retaliation to reporting inappropriate behavior of other employees.

The complaint says Daniels had been working at Toyota since 1997, but didn't have problems at work until September 2013.

In September, Daniels received a text with a photo of male Toyota human resources employees, one wearing a shirt that said, "I am Eye Candy" and the rest wearing shirts reading "I am with Eye Candy," according to the complaint. Daniels found the photo inappropriate and reported the incident to supervisors, the complaint reads.

Then, in December 2013, a female employee asked a male general manager to "lay down and pose ... take [his] shirt off," the complaint says.

After reporting both incidents, Daniels' performance evaluations dropped, according to the complaint. He received no feedback about why the score dropped, the complaint says.

In July 2014, Daniels saw a picture of his manager in a man-lift without any protection gear or using proper safety measures, the complaint reads. His manager was promoted with no disciplinary action, the complaint says.

Four months later, Daniels' manager placed him on "performance improvement program," with 12 weeks to improve performance or he might be fired.

In June, Daniels was still on the performance improvement program. Two months later, he was on the phone with his wife and told her "something along the lines of he wasn't going to 'kill' anyone," the complaint reads. Another employee overheard and reported the comment and Daniels was terminated for violating Toyota's "workplace violence" policy, according to the complaint. In the complaint, Daniels said this comment was taken out of context.

While Daniels was fired, another employee of a different ethnicity sent an email to employees that contained the ultimatum, "Otherwise, you are killed!" the complaint said.

Daniels alleges he's been discriminated based on his national origin, as a citizen of the United States, according to the complaint. The complaint states employees of different origins who committed similar conduct were either not disciplined or disciplined less severely than Daniels.

Daniels also believes he was fired due to retaliation because he reported misconduct in the workplace. Additionally, the complaint says he was discriminated based on his age. At 60, he was the oldest employee in Toyota's human resources department. According to the complaint, Daniels believes his age was a motivating factor in his termination.

After the alleged wrongful termination, Daniels has not been able to find a new job, the complaint says.

Toyota has yet to respond to the complaint.

Reach Laura Haight at laura.haight@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-4843 or follow @laurahaight_ on Twitter.

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