News Minute: Here is the latest West Virginia news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
MADISON, W.Va. (AP) - Two former West Virginia school system employees have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison apiece for embezzlement. Media outlets report David Bryan Jarrell and Tracy L. Harvey were sentenced Wednesday in Boone County Circuit Court. Jarrell was the transportation director for Boone County's school system and Harvey was a bus mechanic and purchasing agent. They were accused of using county funds to buy tires and other automotive-related items.
PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) - The mayor of a West Virginia city has resigned following his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving. Media outlets report that Princeton Mayor Dewey Russell resigned Wednesday but will remain on the city council. Mercer County Sheriff's Deputy T.A. Lacy says Russell was charged with aggravated DUI last Friday after his vehicle crashed into a parked car and a home in Princeton.
CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) - A notorious jewel thief recently arrested at a Georgia Walmart got no jail time during her latest court appearance. Doris Payne, at 87, has stolen about $2 million in jewels over six decades. She was arrested July 17 for a misdemeanor shoplifting charge after a Walmart employee said she tried to leave the Chamblee store with items she hadn't paid for. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports a judge told Payne on Monday, "Don't come back," after she pleaded guilty to the charge.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says in an opinion sought by the secretary of state's office that a state law prohibiting anonymous election pamphlets is unconstitutional. Morrisey issued the opinion Tuesday. Morrisey's office says in a news release that Secretary of State Mac Warner sought the opinion. Morrisey says the state law "violates the First Amendment because it is overbroad and not narrowly tailored to a compelling state interest."
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