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2 plead guilty to federal gun crimes

CHARLESTON – Two area residents pleaded guilty, last week, to federal gun charges, according to United States Attorney Carol Casto. Justin Keith Branham, 34, of Alum Creek, entered his guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Alisha Marie Esque, 27, of Julian, entered her guilty plea to aiding and abetting the theft of firearms from a federal firearms licensee. The pleas came Thursday, January 4, 2018.

Branham and Esque are two of four defendants indicted in August 2017 and charged with stealing guns from a Boone County firearms dealer. Branham admitted that in November 2016, he possessed a rifle that he had stolen from the firearms dealer. Branham is prohibited from…

Warner announces the start of candidate filings

CHARLESTON - Secretary of State Mac Warner says his Office is ready for the 2018 primary and general elections, starting with the January filing period for candidates.

On Monday, January 8, 2018 candidates planning to run for office in the May primary and November general elections could begin filing their certificate of announcement with the Secretary of State's Elections Division or the county clerk’s office, depending on the office sought. Candidates have between January 8 and midnight Saturday, January 27 to file their paperwork.

"After overseeing 131 municipal elections last year and October’s special election, our office is ready for the 2018 midterm elections," Secretary Warner…

Marijuana rally today in Charleston

CHARLESTON - A Make It Legal Rally is being held today, January 10, 2018, in support of expanded legalization of industrial, medical, and recreational marijuana in West Virginia. According to a news release, the purpose of this event is to create awareness for the impact marijuana can have on our State, empower the participation of citizens in the legislative process, and to meet your elected representatives.

Organizer Steve Short scheduled the rally for the first day of the 2018 WV Legislative Session in order to as he says, “Let's show them we are not going anywhere and we want legal marijuana in West Virginia”. Mr. Short was motivated to advocate for legalization due to his own battles…