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Local & area news briefs for Wednesday, September 23

Stolen vehicle fished out of West Fork

A vehicle police pulled from the West Fork River Tuesday had been stolen Monday night from the West Pike Street McDonald's parking lot, according to a Clarksburg Police Department report.

The 1987 Ford belonged to Greg Antrobius of Oakmound Drive Apartments in Clarksburg. Antrobius told police he had left the vehicle in the McDonald's Restaurant parking lot before leaving for a four-day trip. When he returned Monday night, he discovered the vehicle missing and reported it to police.

Police located the vehicle Tuesday morning behind the J&L Car Wash at 1073 W. Pike St. The car was about 40 feet down the embankment and partially in the river, Clarksburg Police Chief Raymond Mazza said. He also said the vehicle had signs of being wrecked.

Police are still investigating the alleged theft.

Marion school board considers request for Bible class

FAIRMONT (AP) Ñ The Marion County Board of Education is considering a request to add a Bible study class to the high school's curriculum.

Bonnie Moats, a former elementary school administrator, who is seeking the course, told board members Monday that it would not indoctrinate students.

Two school board members, James Saunders, a minister, and Babette Simms backed the idea.

"It was the first text of all time," Saunders said.

"I'm tickled to death. Its desperately needed," Simms said.

Board members Dr. George Boyles, Joan Duvall and Bill Phillips did not comment on Moats idea.

Moats said she met last week with Superintendent Tom Long to discuss her plan to offer the course, which was put together by the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools.

Saunders, the board's president, told Long to work with Moats to draw up more details.

The former principal said she began working on the project about four months ago, sending petitions to churches and community groups. She presented the board with a petition with 500 signatures in support of a Bible course.

Berkeley County boy electrocuted

MARTINSBURG (AP) Ñ State Police say the electrocution death of a 4-year-old Berkeley County boy appears to have been accidental.

John C. Styer's leg apparently touched a live wire while he was playing with his sister outside a neighbor's home at the Rocky Glen Trailer Park on Sunday, Trooper V.J. Gall said Monday.

The boy, who never regained consciousness, was pronounced dead a short time later at City Hospital in Martinsburg, Gall said.

He was the son of John "Jay" Charles Styer and Sabrina Carbaugh Styer of Martinsburg.

State Police are still investigating just how the boy came into contact with the wire.

Water Board to fix line on Pike St.

The Clarksburg Water Board will repair a water line on West Pike Street in front of Kroger beginning at 7:30 a.m. today. Only one lane of the road will be open to traffic.

Since the leak must be located and repaired, the traffic condition could exist all day.