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Local & state briefs -- September 9. 1998

Ten arrested during Italian Festival

Police arrested 10 people during the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival in downtown Clarksburg this weekend, with all arrests being alcohol related.

Two people were arrested for public intoxication; one for having an open container; two people for underage drinking; two for driving under the influence; two for battery; and one for urinating in public, according to Clarksburg Police Chief Raymond Mazza.

Mazza said he had police posted in locations throughout the festival grounds downtown, which helped keep the crowd "under control."

Mazza said most of the alcohol problems arise from people drinking before they get to the festival.

"Drinking does pose a problem for those arrested," Mazza said. Mazza said he didn't think, however, that the beer served at the festival created many problems.

The festival had two beer booths this year and one wine booth. The presence of police and the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission helps to deter abuse of alcohol, Mazza said.

Ranson man charged with slaying of ex-girlfriend

RANSON (AP) -- A Jefferson County man was held without bond Tuesday in the shotgun slaying of his ex-girlfriend.

Rickey E. Carey was charged with the first-degree murder of Lori Lynn Curry, 24, of Shenandoah Junction, said Ranson Police Chief William Roper.

The shooting occurred Monday in a shed at Carey's Ranson home. Carey, 39, was arrested about 12 hours later by Shepherdstown police and was remanded to the Eastern Regional Jail, Roper said.

Ranson police were alerted to the shooting Sunday night by neighbors. Police found Mrs. Curry's body in the shed, Roper said.

A preliminary autopsy report says she was shot once in the head, Roper said.

The slaying was the first in 20 years for the Jefferson County community of 3,200, Roper said.

Lobbyists hired while McBride on payroll

CHARLESTON (AP) -- The state paid a Washington, D.C., firm $30,000 to lobby against federal clean air proposals because there was not enough time to educate former state-liaison Jon McBride on the issue, a spokesman for Gov. Cecil Underwood said Tuesday.

Alcalde & Fay was hired under a six-week contract that ended Aug. 1. The firm was paid by the state Division of Environmental Protection.

The firm was hired to lobby against a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal that calls for 22 states and the District of Columbia to reduce smog-causing emissions by 85 percent below 1990 levels by 2005.

"We needed to go with some heavy hitters who were already familiar with all the aspects of energy and air quality issues," said Rod Blackstone, Underwood's press secretary. "These folks are specialists on environmental and energy issues."

Alcalde & Fay associate Richard Rosenzweig was a former chief of staff to Hazel O'Leary, President Clinton's first energy secretary, he said.

Blackstone said McBride was hired to the $60,000-a-year state liaison position to pursue economic issues and there was not enough time to educate him the air quality proposal.

McBride resigned last month after police responded to a domestic violence complaint at his Lewisburg home. His resignation came almost two months after Alcalde & Fay was hired.

Marshall players return home from game to find vehicles vandalized

HUNTINGTON (AP) -- The joy of the season's first victory was tarnished early Sunday morning when four Marshall football players returned to Huntington to discover their vehicles had been vandalized.

The players and Herd trainer Staci Slater parked their vehicles in a 3rd Avenue lot near the stadium before leaving for Saturday's game in Akron. The Herd, in a fourth-quarter rally, won the season opener 27-16.

When the five returned home around 5 a.m. Sunday, they found broken windows and other damage.

Police reports show Slater's convertible top had been slashed, a passenger window on Herd quarterback Chad Pennington's car was broken, and broken glass was reported on vehicles owned by starting punter Chris Hanson, center Jason Starkey and kicker Billy Malashevich.

Hanson also reported the theft of his homework, a radar detector and book bag.