W.VA. State Trooper is seriously injured in a crash

West Virginia state seal. Used by written permission by Chief Deputy and Chief of Staff of West Virginia Chuck Flannery

A West Virginia State Police Trooper (WVASP) is recovering from a  serious injury after a crash Tuesday March 26.

The Trooper stationed with the Berkeley Springs detachment of the State Police collided with a dump truck with no taillights.

According to the Morgan Messenger Corporal J. A. Padilla suffered a serious head injury in the collision while traveling on Cacapon Road.

In the aftermath of the crash Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy B. Knotts heard Padilla on the radio slurring his words and sounding dazed and confused.

Knotts notified Emergency Medical Personnel and set out to find Padilla.

The Trooper was found standing in the road looking confused.

Knotts and Medical personnel took Padilla to his cruiser which showed heavy front-end damage.

Padilla had blood coming from above his eyebrow and was treated for a severe head injury.

The driver of the dump truck Carlton W. Vangosen of Great Cacapon was found to be under the influence of drugs,

Vangosen was also found to be without a driver’s license or insurance did nothing to help the Trooper.

A passenger in the dump truck who fled the scene was found approximately 3 miles away from the crash.

Both Vangosen and the man who fled, Nick Kidwell, are facing several charges with more expected as the investigation continues.

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VDOF Firefighter perishes while fighting a fire

Virginia Department of Forestry used by permission from VDF Communication Specialist Cory Swift-Turner

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) reports the loss of a firefighter during a brush fire fight in Scott County on March 30.

The fire was being fought in the Garland Drive area of the county when part time  Firefighter James C. Ward collapsed and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center in Tennessee where he was pronounced deceased.

Ward was an experienced VDOF firefighter who had been with the agency since 1998.

The cause of the fire Ward and his fellow firefighters were fighting remains under investigation.

In the last two days the VDOF has suppressed more than 30 wildfires which have burned 1,000 acres in Southwestern Virginia alone.

Not to mention the recent firefights in the Shenandoah Valley region.

Firefighter Ward was just in the Page County area the week before helping with the fires there.

Virginia residents are reminded to be cautious with fire and remember it is illegal to burn before 4 p.m. until April 30.

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Christendom College names next President

Christendom College announced the selection of their fourth President, Dr. George Harne.

Dr. Harne is a widely respected scholar of music history and liberal arts, earning his Ph. D. from Princeton and masters degrees from Princeton, St. John’s College, and the University of Washington.

He will succeed Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, who has served as the college president for 30 years, nearly two-thirds of the school’s entire existence.

During his tenure, Christendom has grown to an alumni base of over 4,000 and the college’s endowment from $200,000 to over $28 million.

Dr. Harne will transition into his new role beginning in June.

He brings with him experience as a dean and college president with Magdalen College and most recently served as the Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

During the extensive interview process, Dr. Harne emerged for his depth of experience, insights, humility, and clear commitment to the Christendom mission.

To view Christendom’s announcement, click here.

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News Maker Erin Rooney on SPL Eclipse Event

An eclipse of the sun is happening Monday April 8 and Samuels Public Library (SPL) has activities.

We spoke to SPL Director Erin Rooney about what’s planned in our latest news maker.

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Erin tells us there will be activities in the children’s garden starting around 1:45 p.m.

She tells us that the Friends of SPL have activities for everyone to enjoy including protective eyewear.

Erin also tells us that the library’s amateur astronomer Dane Toler is full of interesting facts about all things astronomy and always willing to talk about it.

Click here for Erin’s news maker.

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