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WV Looks for New Curator Position

When lawmakers are in Charleston next week for their special legislative session, one item that is expected to be introduced by Gov. Jim Justice is legislation to continue the Division of Culture and History as a new department in the executive branch.

The agency, which is expected to be called the Department of Arts, Culture and History, would be led by a curator, which would not be equivalent to a secretary position with the governor’s cabinet.

The legislation stems from House Bill 4006 — which Justice signed in March — that eliminated the Department of Education and the Arts and moved functions to existing agencies such as the Department of Education.

House Education Committee Chairman Paul Espinosa, said Justice didn’t want to give out the wrong message…

The governor would appoint the curator and they would have to be confirmed by the state Senate.


Wheeling Police Arrest Murder Suspect

Based off of forensic evidence and interviews, Wheeling Police have filed murder charges against Branden Justen Ensminger, 27, of Wellsburg, in connection to the homicide of 21-year-old Rayna Shae Vaughan, who was found dead in her South Wabash Street apartment on March 21.

Ensminger was arrested two days after the incident on charges of contempt and has been in jail ever since.

According to Chief Schwertfeger, Vaughan and Ensminger resided together at the time, and they were acquaintances but that Ensminger is not the father of Vaughn’s two-year-old girl, who was found unharmed in the home after the incident, and is currently doing well.

He remains in the Northern Regional Jail with no bond.

If convicted, Ensminger could face life in prison.


Lawmakers Seek to Give Law Enforcement/1st Responders Tools to Fight Opioid Crisis

As a part of National Police Week, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown met with a handful of law enforcement officials from Ohio to show them a high tech gadget that can be used to detect Fentanyl.

This is the same technology used by Customs and Border Protection agents.

Officers around the nation would receive this tool as a part of a bill Senator Brown is trying to pass– called the POWER Act.

The POWER Act would establish a new grant program through the U.S. Department of Justice to help state and local law enforcement organizations obtain high tech, portable screening devices.

The bill is co-sponsored by Republican Senator Rob Portman.


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