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Local & regional news briefs for Friday, September 18, 1998

Blacklick Church Road to close today

Blacklick Church Road, Doddridge County Route 15, will close from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today for replacement of bridge beams.

Alternate routes that may be taken are Doddridge Route 38, Harrison Route 50/28, 29 and Doddridge Route 17.

The closure will be approximately one tenth of a mile west of the intersection of Doddridge Route 15/1.

Police seek youth in pellet gun incident

CHARLESTON (AP) -- Charleston school officials locked entrance doors at a junior high school Wednesday as they searched for a student who brought an unloaded pellet gun.

An eighth-grade student brought the gun to Stonewall Jackson Junior High School and fled as it fell out of his jacket pocket.

Police and the youngster's parents were searching for the youth Wednesday afternoon.

A school bus driver noticed "something suspicious" and ordered the youngster to halt, said Principal Carol Thompson.

The unidentified boy fled and eluded two teachers, she said.

Thompson said she will ask the Kanawha County Board of Education to expel the student. School policy allows expulsion for up to one year for possession of a firearm or deadly weapon.

Tyler woman killed in traffic accident

WHEELING (AP) -- A dump truck struck a car broadside, pushing it into a concrete wall and killing the car's driver.

The accident Wednesday on state Route 2 in Friendly, about 10 miles south of Sistersville, killed Phyllis Flesher, 59, of Friendly, the sheriff's department said.

Flesher was attempting to pull out onto the highway heading south when the truck approached her, heading north.

The truck's driver was unable to stop and struck the driver's side of Flesher's vehicle, said Sheriff's Sgt. Earl P. Kendle Jr.

The truck driver and his passenger were uninjured.

Prosecutor's wife under investigation

LOGAN (AP) -- The Division of Motor Vehicles will turn over information to authorities that the wife of Logan County Prosecutor John Sims is suspected of fraudulently obtaining a second driver's license.

DMV officials say Wendy Sims used the licenses alternately as each was suspended at different times for drunken driving.

When officials discovered both licenses belonged to the same person, they were revoked for life because of three separate DUI offenses between them.

The first license was initially issued in 1976 to Lorenda L. Bailey, Mrs. Sims' birth name. The second went to Wendy L. Bailey in 1985.

Supreme Court clerk resigns

CHARLESTON (AP) -- State Supreme Court Clerk Rodney A. Teal will resign to accept a position as Assistant Circuit Executive with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

With Teal's resignation, the justices voted in an administrative meeting to combine the clerk's position with that of chief counsel, Chief Justice Robin Davis said Wednesday.

Current Chief Counsel Deborah McHenry will begin handling both duties when Teal's resignation becomes effective Oct. 1.

"The Office of Counsel and the clerk's office work so closely together that one person can successfully assume leadership responsibility for both," Davis said.