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Hurricane collects seventh consecutive win, 14-4 over Spring Valley

HURRICANE, W.Va. — With the start of sectional play less than two weeks away, No. 8 Hurricane appears to be rounding into form. The Redskins (15-7) collected their seventh consecutive victory in dominating fashion, defeating Spring Valley 14-4 in five innings.

Hurricane collected 16 hits in their four innings at the plate and each player in the starting lineup had at least one base hit or drove in a run.

“They were definitely aggressive,” said Hurricane head coach Brian Sutphin. “Their guys were throwing strikes. It was nice to see some really aggressive swings early in the count and good base running and taking advantage of opportunities.”

The Redskins sent ten batters to the plate in a six-run first inning. Tyler Baxter’s grand slam put Hurricane up 5-0 before a single batter was retired.

“He squared it up. There were a lot of good swings that inning, for sure in the bottom of the first. He hit a couple balls hard through the middle and a couple balls the other way. That was good to see.”

Trailing 7-0 in the fourth inning, Spring Valley got on the scoreboard for the first time with a three-run home run from Sam Booth. However, the Redskins scored seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to put the game out of reach.

Braden Sloan, Deuce McClain, Weston Smith, Baxter, Blake Bradley and Wesley Sutton all had two hits for the Redskins.

Hurricane Starting pitcher Jayden Lester allowed three runs in four innings of work. He led the Redskins with three hits.

“Overall, I love the way he competed. It will set him up good for next week.”

Hurricane and No. 7 St. Albans own the longest winning streaks in Class AAA with seven-game runs.

“Early on, guys just hadn’t played together that much. We get off to a 3-0 start and then we played some good teams that pitched good ball games. We were right in a lot of games and looking back, I am sure the guys feel like they should have won those ball games. But tip your hat to those teams. They played well at those times.

“Since then, we have really picked it up. Hopefully the best is yet to come down the stretch. This is the best time to be playing good baseball.”

No. 4 Spring Valley (16-6) received multi-hit games from Grant Stratton and Garrett Wagoner.

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Unanswered questions on transgender sports participation in WV

West Virginia’s Save Women’s Sports Act specifies that sports teams for girls and women “shall not be open to students of the male sex.” That prohibits a transgender girl from participating on the girl’s team.

Last week’s 2-1 decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals cast that law into question. It cleared the way for a Bridgeport Middle School transgender girl to continue to participate on her school’s track team.

The ruling did not invalidate West Virginia’s law against such participation, but it did determine that the law unfairly discriminated against the student, Becky Pepper-Jackson, under federal Title IX. That law prohibits sex discrimination at schools that receive federal funding.

So, what does all this mean going forward?

West Virginia coaches and athletic directors are left in limbo. They could follow the West Virginia law and block transgender participation, but they might get sued. Or they could allow a transgender girl to play on the girl’s team and risk upsetting athletes and their parents. Recently, five girls on the Lincoln Middle School track team protested the participation of Pepper-Jackson in the shot put event.

West Virginia Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Patrick Morrisey has said he will appeal the decision.  He has scheduled a press conference for later today where he promises “a major update” in the case.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Education has proposed changes to Title IX addressing transgender eligibility in athletics.  Here are key takeaways from the proposal:

–Schools would be prohibited from categorically banning transgender students from participating on sports teams consistent with their gender identity.

–However, the proposed rule “would allow schools flexibility to develop team eligibility criteria that serve important educational objectives, such as ensuring fairness in competition or preventing sports-related injuries.”

–Elementary school children would generally be able to participate on school sports teams “consistent with their gender identity.”

–However, schools would be permitted to “limit participation of some transgender students” at the high school level to ensure fairness in competition.

These proposed rules would provide guidance, but they may never be finalized. The Washington Post reports the Biden administration has delayed their release until after the election.

“Folks close to Biden have made the political decision to not move on the athletics (regulation) pre-election,” an administration source told the Post. “It seems to be too much of a hot topic.”

That is probably a wise political move, but it is no help for educators, coaches, administrators, policy makers and parents who are all trying to navigate this complicated terrain.

 

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Redskins use four-run fourth inning to defeat GW, 9-4

HURRICANE, W.Va. — Trailing 3-2 in the fourth inning, Hurricane scored seven runs over the final three frames to defeat George Washington, 9-4 on Military Appreciation Day at HHS.

Hurricane took a lead they would not relinquish thanks to a four-run fourth inning. The Redskins racked up six hits in that frame. HHS collected 13 hits in their six innings at the plate.

Hurricane’s top five hitters in their lineup — Jaden Jones, Alexandra Anderson, Kyndall Harper, Katelyn Hopkins and Kenzie Kessel — each collected two hits apiece. No. 9 batter Grace Robie also added two hits. Harper and Jones each hit home runs.

Kate Justice picked up the win in the circle for the No. 8 Redskins (15-5). She struck out eight batters and reached the 100-strikeout mark for the season.

Natali Tomblin went 3-for-3 for GW (16-8). She had a triple and drove in a pair of runs. Kaitlyn Swisher added two hits for the Patriots.

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Senate passes $95 billion aid package for U.S. allies, with Manchin and Capito voting in favor

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed $95 billion legislation for weapons and support to American allies, with Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito voting in favor.

The package also includes legislation to ban or force a sale of TikTok because of concerns over the video-sharing platform’s Chinese ownership.

Joe Manchin

“American leadership means standing with our allies and standing up against authoritarianism. I am proud to vote for this national security package that advances America’s interests both on the world stage and right here at home,” said Manchin, D-W.Va.

Elements of the foreign aid package have been swirling for months. President Joe Biden last October proposed a $106 billion package including aid for Ukraine and Israel and additional financial support for border security.

In February, a majority of the Senate voted in favor of aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. The House of Representatives finally passed the package on Saturday. Now it goes to President Biden to sign.

Shelley Moore Capito

“Our nation is facing the most dangerous global threat level we have seen in decades. Our allies are under attack, our national security industrial base has been weakened, TikTok poses a major national security threat, and adversaries like China, Russia, and Iran are working together in unprecedented ways against the U.S. and our allies like Israel.

“Tonight, we are taking a stand against all of these dangers, in the vacuum of leadership from a president who has refused to establish strong deterrence,” Capito, R-W.Va. said in a statement released by her office. Tonight, we stand for our freedom and with our allies.”

In the House vote on Saturday, Congresswoman Carol Miller, R-W.Va., voted in favor of the foreign aid package as she had previously said she would do. Miller represents counties in the southern half of West Virginia.

Congressman Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., was listed as “not voting” on the legislation considered Saturday afternoon. Mooney represents counties in the northern half of West Virginia.

Mooney, who is running for governor, spent Saturday at campaign stops around West Virginia.

Mooney’s congressional office said Saturday, “Congressman Mooney was in West Virginia today and not present in DC for votes. Rep. Mooney already voted twice to support Israel funding and continues to strongly support our ally Israel. Rep. Mooney believes funding for other countries should only be considered when our own border with Mexico is secured first.”

The legislation now passed provides $17 billion in weapons for Israel and about $9 billion of humanitarian assistance for Gaza and elsewhere.

Another $8.1 billion in aid for Taiwan and the Indo-Pacific region is meant to counteract the influence of China.

The $60 billion aid package for Ukraine is meant to help that country’s effort against invading Russia. Most of the money goes to U.S. weapons manufacturers to build back depleted U.S. weapons supplies, and about 20 percent of that goes directly to the country in the form of a loan.

One of the manufacturers of munitions providing that support is Northrop Grumman’s Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL) in Rocket Center, Mineral County. Allegany Ballistics Laboratory produces solid rocket motors and other key components for critical munitions.

The facility is in Mooney’s district.

Capito said she is pleased that a state manufacturer and employer could benefit from the aid package.

“The national security supplemental we passed expands the capacity of our industrial base and restocks American munition stockpiles with newer and more advanced weapons, many of which have critical components manufactured in West Virginia,” Capito noted.

Manchin also noted that much of the money will flow first to American manufacturers.

“By investing in our allies, we are also investing in our own economic interests by creating new jobs to produce weapons here in the United States and reinvigorating our defense industrial base,” Manchin said. “Today, we are demonstrating our commitment to peace through strength and I look forward to seeing the President quickly sign this package into law.”

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Strong effort from Michaelis, big day for bats send Bridgeport to 13-3 win over Morgantown

BRIDGPEORT, W.Va. — Class AAA No. 2 Bridgeport set the tone in Tuesday’s home matchup against No. 3 Morgantown by generating early offense through quality at bats in a four-run first inning.

While the Mohigans countered with three runs in the second, the Indians hardly let up. Starting with a solo home run off the bat of Zach Rohrig, Bridgeport matched Morgantown’s three-run second and its 7-3 lead was intact until the sixth inning, when the Indians produced an additional six runs, including a two-run home run from pinch hitter Jacob Stavrakis to finish off a 13-3 six-inning victory at BHS.

“The biggest thing is our plate patience and our pitch selection has improved from the beginning of the year,” Bridgeport head coach Robert Shields said. “That’s a big key and taking the ball the other way. The fat part of the bat is on the end of the bat and we keep trying to preach that.” 

After Bridgeport’s Rowen Michaelis tossed a scoreless first frame, the Indians ensured he’d take the mound to start the second with a lead by connecting for five hits to score runs in their first trip to the plate.

Bridgeport (19-3) got a two-run double from Mark Biafore to open its scoring, before Grant Lively and Ashton Curry each accounted for a run-scoring single.

“If he takes the ball the other way and doesn’t try to pull the ball, he’ll improve his average over 100 points,” Shields said of Biafore. “That’s what we try to emphasize with him. We have to start taking the ball the other way. We’ve emphasized that we fly out too much when we try to pull it and when we wait a little bit and let it travel, we’re hitting the ball solid and getting a good piece of the bat on the ball and we’ll make things happen that way.”

Morgantown (16-6) wasted no time getting back into the game as its first four batters reached in the second, including Caleb Nutter’s RBI double and Weston Mazey’s two-run single, which was nearly caught by Lively in right field, but instead brought his team to within a run at 4-3.

Michaelis retired three of the next four batters to keep his team in front by one, before Rohrig belted a solo home run to left field to lead off the second.

After Brody Pierce followed with a base-on-balls, it marked the end of the outing for Mohigans’ starting pitcher Maddox Bowers.

Bowers was replaced by Vincent Ali, who struggled with his control early as both Pierce and Kasen Baun scored on wild pitches to increase the Tribe lead to 7-3.

However, from that point forward, Aloi largely settled in and retired six of seven batters faced over the third and fourth innings.

“Getting down 4-0 is always hard, and then giving up seven runs over the first two innings, that’s really challenging,” Morgantown head coach Pat Sherald said. “I tip my hat to our guys for competing and getting us back within striking distance. Vinny Aloi really competed for us and kept us in the game.”

Yet the way Michaelis was pitching, there was no further cutting into the deficit for Morgantown. The Mohigans had two baserunners with one out in the fifth, but Michaelis struck out Elijah Boggs and got Tristan Milik to hit a ground ball to shortstop to escape the threat with no harm done.

“Rowen pitched lights out,” Shields said. “He hit his spots really well and he’s done that his last two outings. From the get go, he was in control of his pitches.”

Aloi logged another scoreless frame in the fifth, before Michaelis retired the side in order in the sixth.

Bridgeport ultimately didn’t need a pitcher for the seventh after it produced six runs in the sixth to end the matchup.

Rohrig singled to right to start that inning, ending the outing for Aloi, who was replaced by Tommy Montague. Pierce greeted Montague with a bunt single, and after a walk to Baun loaded the bases, Montague recorded his first out on a fielder’s choice that didn’t allow a run.

However, Biafore immediately followed with his second two-run double to make it 9-3, and Lively lifted a sacrifice fly to center that scored pinch hitter Ben Bifano for the 10th run.

Following Conner Blake’s double that scored Biafore, Stavrakis blasted a two-run home run to left field — his second in as many nights after he also accounted for one Monday in a win against North Marion.

“We’re starting to hit the ball a lot better than we were early in the year,” Shields said. “Maybe it’s due to some warm weather, but yesterday against North Marion and today we had some solid contact.”

Michaelis struck out four, issued one base-on-balls and allowed seven hits. 

Bridgeport’s 13-hit attack was led by Blake with three hits and Rohrig, Biafore and Lively, who recorded a pair of hits apiece.

Pierce and Baun each scored three runs.

Bowers took the loss and charged with six runs on six hits and two walks in one-plus inning. Aloi struck out five and allowed one run on three hits in four-plus innings.

Dylan Travinski and Noah Fields led the Mohigans with two hits.

“I know the scoreboard doesn’t show it, but I was pleased with our bats,” Sherald said. “We hit the ball hard and didn’t find holes in certain situations.”

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Morgantown high schoolers capture Academic Showdown Championship

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Morgantown High School’s Team 1 earned the Academic Showdown Championship Title this week.

The competition’s finale took place at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston on Tuesday. Bluefield High School was named the runner-up.

More than 90 teams from 50 different high schools across 31 West Virginia counties have competed in seven regional competitions hosted at college campuses statewide this year, the largest field of participating schools ever. 71 teams were in the Showdown last year while 21 teams participated in 2022.

“The Academic Showdown has been a game changer over the past three years,” said State Superintendent of Schools Michele L. Blatt. “The excitement continues to grow along with the participation among our schools. Some of the scholars have participated every year because this program challenges them with rigorous competition.”

Teams were made up of students in grades 9-12. They were tested on their knowledge in math, science, history, fine arts, general knowledge and pop culture.

For winning the Showdown, each member of Morgantown’s team received $2,000, courtesy of Microsoft®. Bluefield’s team members each received $1,000 and Wheeling Park team members received $750.

Sawyer Rudy from Morgantown High School was named the Academic Showdown MVP. The tournament’s Most Valuable Player was awarded $1,000.

“Celebrating the Showdown like we celebrate sports brings more awareness to academics and encourages other students to join academic events,” said Morgantown High School Team 1 Captain Sawyer Rudy.

Bluefield High School was the 2024 Academic Showdown runner-up. Team members from L-R: Jack Schroeder, Quinn Brown, Liam Dietz, Titus Holcomb and Nathan Yost.

Those selected to the All-Tournament Team received $325:

Simeon Schray, Huntington High School
Steven Tian, Morgantown High School Team 2
Preston Hetrick, Morgantown High School Team 1
Nathan Yost and Quinn Brown, Bluefield High School

The WVDE also provided grants to each participating school to support their Showdown program.

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Gov. Jim Justice signs first-ever Statewide 911 Retirement bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A first of its kind bill will motivate 911 dispatchers in the Mountain State to stay on longer but retire sooner.

Lawmakers and Kanawha County Commission members joined emergency officials and telecommunicators Tuesday afternoon at Kanawha County Metro 911 to watch as Governor Jim Justice sign the Statewide 911 Retirement bill, the first of its kind in the state and in the nation.

“I mean, when it really boils right down to it, you’re heroes, you’ve done so much for this great state it’s unbelievable, and every single day, you step up and you do things that are unimaginable for us that don’t do it,” Justice said to telecommunicators at Tuesday’s bill signing.

Kanawha County Metro 911 Director John Rutherford said the bill creates an all new retirement system for 911 dispatchers and telecommunicators that allows them to retire as early as the age of 50 after 20 years of service. 

He said being a public safety employee can be a highly stressful job– from shootings and police pursuits, to performing CPR and saving lives– adding that this makes the turnover rate for the job to also be very high.

However, Rutherford said that this bill will help to encourage emergency personnel to stay at the job.

“This will enable us to tell an employee, ‘stick with us another ten years, you’ve got experience, you can save lives, you can keep our citizens safe, stay with us,’ and that enables us to do that,” Rutherford said.

Rutherford has been with Metro 911 for 12 years, and he said prior to the bill, he had only seen three people retire from the job.

During the signing ceremony, Rutherford recognized Senator Eric Nelson, one of the many lawmakers there at Tuesday’s event, who had been a longtime advocate of bill.

He also recognized the Kanawha County Commission for their longtime support of the bill, as well. Rutherford particularly wanted to recognize Commissioner Kent Carper who had worked closely with him for over 30 years. He said in that time, Carper had always supported the improvement of the county’s’ public safety standards through the Public Safety grant, and awarding funding to the volunteer fire department, police and EMS.

Rutherford said they have all been working with legislators to pass the bill for a total of 7 years, and now that it’s finally passed, it changes everything.

“When they answer the phone now you’re going to have an experienced employee who can give you instructions on how to stop the bleed, how to do CPR, keep police officers safe during pursuits by relaying information, it changes everything about public safety, makes it better and improves the profession,” Rutherford said.

Derek Johnson has been an employee at Kanawha County Metro 911 for 16 years. He was one of the many 911 telecommunicators at the event Tuesday who was more than happy to see the governor’s pen hit the paper to sign the bill.

Johnson said the job has always struggled with retention as employees have to deal with people on their worst days, something not many can do for decades on end. but he said this bill should help improve retention rates and boost overall workplace morale.

“With the old retirement system we did have, you would have to work until you were 62 before you could retire, this enables, once you get 20 years of service, age 50, you can retire, draw, and enjoy life, and after 20 years, you’re ready,” he said.

He said the role has vastly improved for all of them now.

“It takes it from being a job to a career, because you can come in, you can do 20 years, and a have a good retirement to look forward to at the end of your career,” Johnson said.

Rutherford said their 911 council is now in correspondence with other states’ 911 centers who are reaching out to them wanting to know the details of the retirement plan highlighted in the bill in hopes to implement something similar in their state.

He said the bill goes into effect January 1.

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No probable cause found, criminal charges dismissed against Allegheny Wood Products president

MOOREFIELD, W.Va. — A Hardy County magistrate has dismissed criminal charges against Allegheny Wood Products President John Crites II.

Crites, whose 50-year-old company closed its doors earlier this year because of financial problems, was charged with two felony counts of obtaining goods under false pretenses in connection logs delivered to the company’s yard near Moorefield.

Two loggers, Mark Rexrode and Victoria Dyer, claimed checks used to pay them bounced because AWP’s account with United Bank had been frozen.

Magistrate Shawna Crites, no relation, heard testimony during a preliminary hearing last week and found there was no probable cause to forward the charges to a grand jury. Both criminal counts were dismissed.

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Crites claimed the bank forced the company to close its doors.

“The bank declared a default and froze its operating accounts. For valid reasons, people are angry. Yet, a company not paying bills after a bank seizes its money doesn’t rise to the level of a criminal case,” Crites’ attorney Isaac Sponaugle said heading into the hearing. “This is a civil matter. Creditors are trying to use the criminal justice system to skip line in the federal civil action. The criminal charges should be dismissed.”

Following the dismissal, Sponaugle said Crites feels vindicated.

“The Magistrate Court dismissed the case for lack of probable cause. Allegheny Wood Products has a 50-year history of paying their bills on time. He hopes all vendors with valid claims get paid in the federal civil action. He does not want that history tarnished any further. With that said, John Crites, II, is not a criminal and the court confirmed that. He looks forward to resolving this matter completely in federal court,” Sponaugle said.

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“I never gave up hope we’d find her and bring her home”

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Ricky Lafferty said he never gave up hope that his missing daughter would be found. But he admitted, as he stood before reporters Tuesday, there were dark and lonely times since August of 2000 when he last saw his 10-year old daughter Alex Carter.

Alex Carter

“That would have been when I took her pets to her. I don’t know the date, but it was in the summertime,” said Lafferty who is from Glen Fork, West Virginia.

His daughter was removed from his home, along with all of her belongings, by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department. She went with her mother to live at the home of Larry Webb in Beckley. Lafferty said he became concerned when Alex failed to contact him for an extended period of time. He said eventually, all contact was lost.

“I knew something was wrong. I knew she would have gotten in touch with me or my mother, but I never gave up hope we’d find her and bring her home,” he explained.

Initially, law enforcement ignored his pleas and concerns that his daughter was missing. But he continued his search.

“Every car that went by I’d look to see if she was there. I’d look in the ditch lines. I would search everything and everybody I would talk to I would mention it and bring her up asking if anyone had seen her or heard anything. Some people would tell you stories and would just want to hurt you,” he explained.

The investigation finally took a turn when the U.S. Marshal Service got involved in a national program searching for missing and exploited children. They eventually turned the case over to the FBI and State Police who had greater resources to dedicate to the investigation.

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Even though it had been years since he had seen his daughter,  Lafferty said he had renewed hope when Elizabeth Smart was discovered after she had been kidnapped from her home years earlier.

“That gave me hope that things do happen. There are people being held, so that gave me hope and renewed my faith in the system,” he said.

He credited the work of the FBI and State Police who became fully engaged as the began to discover disturbing evidence which indicated Alex along with her mother may have been the victims of foul play.

A day after their bodies were discovered in a shallow grave where they had been for more than two decades, Lafferty said his emotions were mixed.

“Sadness, happiness, relief, just a feeling of melancholy. You’re happy they found her, but you’re sad from the circumstances of her not being alive,” said Lafferty. “But at least now we can bring her home to where she is loved.”

He also offered a message to other parents in a similar position to never give up looking for a missing loved one.

“Never give up. I don’t care who you have to write. They may think you’re bugging them or whatever, but never give it up because someone is going to listen. Eventually, someone will listen,” he said.

Investigators said a probe into the initial handling of the case is ongoing and wouldn’t comment on Lafferty’s complaints that his initial concerns were ignored by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department.

Alex’s remains are still held by the State Medical Examiner’s office, but Lafferty said he’s anxious to claim them and give her the funeral, burial, and  memorial she deserved.

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Killer gave investigators a death bed confession in death of woman and her young daughter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The persistence of two law enforcement investigators is credited with advancing the search for a missing girl which finally ended Monday in Raleigh County after almost 24 years.

According to FBI Senior Supervisory Resident Agent of Charleston Tony Rausa, FBI Special Agent Jennifer King and State Police Corporal Ryan Stowers refused to give up in their quest for evidence. Larry Webb was always suspected of involvement in the disappearance of Susan Carter and her 10-year old daughter Alex Carter.

Rausa told reporters in a Tuesday press conference at State Police Headquarters in South Charleston a search warrant executed at Webb’s Beckley home 18-months ago yielded a treasure trove of evidence which confirmed their initial suspicions.

“In a bedroom known to have been occupied by 10-year old Alex Carter they were able to recover a bullet embedded in the wall behind the baseboard. That bullet was collected, sent to the FBI lab, and subsequent DNA results confirmed the blood on that bullet belonged to 10-year old Alex Carter,” said Rausa.

Investigators from the FBI, State Police, Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department, and Beckley City Police all collaborated on the case to gather more evidence. There was enough in hand to obtain an indictment against Webb by the Raleigh County grand jury. However, Webb was in poor health and was committed to a Beckley Nursing home.

The clencher for investigators came in conversations with Webb himself, who wanted to come clean.

“Larry Webb was on his death bed and was looking to meet Jesus. These guys did an excellent job at getting that confession out of him,” said Rausa.

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Raleigh County Prosecutor Ben Hatfield and his office’s investigating agent Jeff Shumate spoke at length with Webb earlier this month.

“It was a detailed, undeniable, unconflicted confession and it aligned exactly with the investigative efforts and the evidence collected,” said Hatfield.

According to Hatfield, Webb told them he got into an argument with Susan Carter after discovering cash at his home was missing and he believed she had taken and spent the money. During the argument he shot her, which led him to also kill 10-year old Alex to cover up the crime.

“Once he had killed both individuals he stored them in the basement of the home where he cried himself to sleep that night. Over the course of the next two nights he dug a shallow grave on his property,” said Hatfield.

Webb told police where he had deposited the two bodies, but because of the length of time, fading memory, and poor health he couldn’t be certain. He was even brought to the scene, but was unable to provide any specific spot to locate the remains. Investigators credited a pair of equipment operators from a local landscaping company with precision work to dig up the entire back yard down four and a half feet over three days before the discovery was made.

“On the third day of digging, they found the body of an adult and a child,” said Rausa.

The bodies were in the same grave and were clothed which investigators say was consistent with Webb’s confession.

Just over a week ago, Webb had been moved from the nursing home in Beckley to a nursing home wing and hospice at the Mount Olive Correctional Center. According to Hatfield, it was a coincidence he died the same day the bodies of his victims were found.

“In a twist of fate, we were able to get him incarcerated and transferred to Mount Olive. He was sent to Montgomery General Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:30 a.m. Later that same afternoon we were able to find Susan and Alex Carter. A bit of a poetic ending that not even I could write,” Hatfield explained.

Although Webb is dead, investigators said there is still work to be done in the investigation. Both sets of remains are at the State Medical Examiner’s office. There are also questions about how the initial reports raised by Alex’s family to law enforcement were handled. Those concerns are also being examined by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.

Natasha Carter and her mother Susan went missing sometime around August 8, 2000.

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