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Area news briefs for September 10, 1998

Tucker man among copter crash victims

CHARLESTON (AP) -- A 29-year-old Tucker County native and Air Force captain was among the 12 victims of last week's helicopter crash in a remote mountain range in Nevada.

Capt. Karl Youngblood, a West Virginia University graduate and Hendricks native, died last Thursday when two helicopters from the 66th Rescue Squadron collided.

Lt. Nikki Credic, stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., said Youngblood was a pilot.

The helicopters went down at a site about 33 miles northwest of Las Vegas that serves as an auxiliary field for Nellis.


Two area men sentenced to prison

Two men were sentenced to prison terms in federal court in Clarksburg last week, while a Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty in federal court in Elkins to a charge of transporting stolen goods, said officials at the U.S. Attorney's office.

Benjamin Lloyd Phillips, 33, of Weston, was charged with being a felon in possession of a sawed-off shotgun and possession of an unregistered firearm. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, three years supervised release and he was fined $3,000.

Randy Gene Yost, 38, of Fairmont, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years supervised release after pleading guilty to wire fraud. He was also ordered to pay $6,752.

Mike Hanzes, of Uniontown, Pa., pleaded guilty to transporting stolen goods from Smitty's Suzuki in Buckhannon. Hanzes faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.



John E. Greaver Jr. of Route 2, Box 104, Clarksburg, was not convicted of domestic battery as was published in the Magistrate Court records on Sept. 4.

Greaver was charged and convicted of making harassing and threatening calls.


WVU featured in "GMA" report

How is one university tackling the binge drinking issue? Watch ABC's "Good Morning America" on Friday between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. to find out.

The segment will feature West Virginia University officials, health educators, Morgantown police officials and students concerning their views on how WVU has approached and dealt with a problem that effects every American campus.

The air date will coincide with the release of a study by Harvard School of Public Health that found 52 percent of student respondents take part in binge drinking.

Producer James Hamilton said he was impressed with WVU's innovative and proactive alcohol education program that helps give students alternatives to the bar scene.


DNR seeking $11.5 million for state parks

CHARLESTON (AP) -- The Division of Natural Resources is asking for $11.5 million next year to finance 17 projects to spruce up and expand West Virginia's state parks.

The agency's top priority is a $500,000 plan to install a golf course irrigation system at Cacapon State Park in Morgan County.

DNR's $3.6 million master plan for Cacapon includes a swimming pool, camping grounds and additional rooms.

"'Those are priority items we think we need," Rader said. The agency asked for additional money in this year's budget, but lawmakers balked.

Other requests include $500,000 to install a computerized lodging reservation system; $415,000 to replace a locomotive boiler at Cass Scenic Railroad Park in Pocahontas County; and $2.4 million to build a campground at little Beaver State Park in Raleigh County.