WAR — The mayor of Warfare in McDowell County has gained reelection, regardless of going through quite a few costs in Fayette County after being pulled over Sunday by the West Virginia State Police.
In Tuesday’s municipal election, incumbent Mayor Robert Beavers defeated his challenger Grover Mahone by a vote of 123-40.
Beavers, 67, was arrested Sunday within the Mount Hope space of Fayette County, in keeping with a felony grievance filed by Trooper A.E. Roberts, with the Gauley Bridge detachment of the West Virginia State Police.
In accordance with the grievance, Trooper Roberts was on a site visitors cease with a Fayette County deputy when a black Ford Mustang failed to maneuver over for the emergency lights.
Trooper Roberts initialed a site visitors cease, in keeping with the grievance, and commenced talking to the motive force, Robert Beavers.
Beavers admitted he didn’t yield to the stopped emergency autos, Roberts stated in his grievance, and acknowledged that the motive force stated “he wasn’t paying consideration as a result of the truth that he was speaking on the telephone with no arms free gadget activated.”
In accordance with the grievance, the officer additionally smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the automobile and noticed a capsule bottle on the passenger seat of the automobile.
Requested in regards to the capsule bottle, Beavers stated it was “his prescribed hydrocodone and he had taken some roughly two hours in the past,” Roberts stated in his report.
Beavers later gave officers “a small baggie of a inexperienced leafy substance per marijuana.”
Beavers admitted to smoking marijuana earlier within the day, in keeping with the felony grievance, and apologized to officers for not admitting he had some “hidden on his particular person” when he was first pulled over.
In accordance with the grievance, officers took possession of the small saggy of inexperienced leafy substance and the capsule bottle of hydrocodone.
Beavers was then given a number of standardized area sobriety exams, which he failed, Roberts stated in his grievance. He was then positioned underneath arrest.
He’s charged with possession of a managed substance, driving underneath the affect, prohibited use of a communications gadget whereas driving and approaching licensed emergency autos.
However on Tuesday, Beavers gained reelection simply.
Even when convicted of the costs, Beavers can proceed to function mayor.
Deak Kersey, Basic Counsel for Secretary of State Mac Warner, stated if somebody is convicted of a felony and is barred from voting, they can’t run for public workplace. Municipalities require candidates to be registered voters.
Nevertheless, so long as they will vote, they will run.
Kersey stated there are 3 ways to begin the method of eradicating somebody from workplace.
Members of council of commissioners in counties can enact a decision spelling out the explanations; the prosecuting lawyer can provoke the method; or residents can collect signatures on a petition (50 registered voters who participated within the election or 10 p.c of individuals, relying on the inhabitants). The ultimate resolution, although, could be made in circuit courtroom.
“There is no such thing as a computerized removing in state statute,” Kersey stated.
Metropolis council outcomes confirmed Herb Billings main the best way with 134 votes, adopted by Debbie King, 119, Emma Shelton, 106, David Deel, 100, Crystal Matney, 98, Loretta Hampton, 89, Invoice Boyd, 65 and Oggie Davis, 34.
Recorder Sarah Muncy was unopposed.