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Register Herald (Newspaper) - July 1, 1998, Beckley, West Virginia Your Weather Partly sunny Highs in the mid-70s. Page 14A WEDNESDAY Sports: Ken Griffey All-Star vote-getter in the lead for the third straight year Bonanza 4B 11 TEMPO: Blueberry desserts the best for this time of year. PAGE IB Beckley, West Virginia July 1,1998 50 cents Future stars MD Morgan/The Register-Herald Dave Barksdale, head coach of the Woodrow Wilson Flying Eagles boys' basketball team, teaches the finer points of the sport to some sixth-grade students Tuesday at the YMCA day camp for kids. Other camps conducted by the YMCA include soccer and volleyball. greenbrier county Judge: Town responsible for stopping water runoff By J.R. Withers REGISTER-HERALD REPORTER LEWISBURG - Greenbrier County Circuit Judge James Rowe ruled Tuesday that the town of Alderson is responsible for stopping water runoff from a spring that destroyed a woman's home. Following the ruling, the sides delayed a July 7 trial to allow for more deliberation concerning damages in an attempt to settle the suit. Judyth Ballard had sued the town for injunctive relief in April 1995 to force it to stop the flow of water from a spring onto her property. She claims the runoff has driven her from her home and ruined it. Ballard said the spring began to overflow after the town built a baseball field above her property 14 years ago. After years of failed requests to town council to help, she filed suit. Rowe said the evidence presented at a May 7 injunctive hearing made his decision clear. "We have a property that has been rendered useless," Rowe said. "It's quite apparent the runoff was attributable to the city park. "The city in my judgment failed in its duty to the adjacent property owners." The town was enjoined from allowing additional runoff onto Ballard's property and was also required to pay Ballard's costs for hydrology tests and other expenses in linking the runoff to the park. See DAMAGE on Page 14A Some Southern Hospitality North Carolina church assists Rhodell By Andrew Noyes REGISTER-HERALD REPORTER The small town of Rhodell, located in the southern part of Raleigh County, received some much-needed aid Tuesday from a North Carolina church group that recently announced its "adoption" of the community. The Rev. Ron Jones and about 20 members of Burlington (N.C.) First Wesleyan Church arrived in Rhodell on Tuesday morning with plenty of energy, the spirit of volun-teerism and a tractor-trailer full of supplies for residents in need. The church group, which plans three mission trips a year, discovered the Rhodell area through a call Jones made to the American Red Cross. Jones said his congregation had some interest in Appalachia and was searching for someone to contact about offering its volunteer services in West Virginia. An official at the Red Cross referred Jones to Randy Housh, director of Raleigh County Community Action Homeless Services. Housh and John Almond, executive director of Family Resource Network, had been looking for a service group to help several local communities. Housh said the Burlington church couldn't have expressed its interest at a better time. See RHODELL on Page 14A Suspect didn't drop his gun. What did police do? Sniper shot the gun ROMNEY (AP) - A State Police sniper disabled the rifle of a man threatening himself and troopers by hitting the gun's firing mechanism from 50 yards away in dense brush, police said Tuesday. The man holding the gun was not touched. The shot was so accurate the ,22-caliber rifle remained in the hands of Elwood Clayton Hyre II, 38, of Keyser, said the sniper, State Police Sgt. D.B. Burkhart of the Romney detachment. "He tried to pull the trigger and there was nothing there to pull," Burkhart said. Dazed, Hyre was arrested Monday and charged with malicious assault and two counts of wanton endangerment, said Trooper D.A. Jenkins of the Keyser detachment. Police from West Virginia and Allegany County, Md., were called in to help search for Hyre and U.S. 50 was closed for about four hours after Hyre allegedly shot another man up to five times, Jenkins said. Jenkins said Hyre on Sunday night allegedly shot Blaine Hott, 46, of New Creek, Mineral County, at the residence of Hyre's ex-girl-friend, whom Hott was dating. Hott was in serious condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown on Tuesday. Police combed the area, finding Hyre in a wooded section Monday. "Mr. Hyre had his .22 rifle pointed at his head and indicating both that he wanted to take his own life and he wanted us to shoot him," Jenkins said. See SHOOT on Page 14A T AT A GLANCE BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The impact of severe storms in West Virginia: ■ Gov. Cecil Underwood has declared a state of emergency In 24 counties: Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Nicholas, Ohio, Pleasants, Preston, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Upshur, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt and Wood. ■ At least four deaths In Kanawha County have been blamed on the storms. In Frame, a 4-month-old baby was swept from his mother's arms and a blind man in a wheelchair was washed off his porch. The baby has not been found. Paramedics could not get to another man who died of cardiac arrest. ■ About 16,160 customers remained without power Tuesday, mostly in the central parts of the state, utility spokesmen said. flooding in west virginia Nature's Wrath, Human Greed Residents salvage property, protect what's left By Annie Shooman ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER RIPLEY - Steven Taylor slept in his car to protect his 79-year-old grandmother's flooded-out trailer from potential looters Tuesday. He thought his fears were justified late in the night as a car crept nearby. "They turned their motor and lights off, then coasted in front of the trailer," Taylor said. "I shined my flashlight and they were gone. This was two in the morning. What were they doing, sight-seeing? I don't think so." As swollen creeks slowly returned to their banks Tuesday across West Virginia, residents cleaned up mud and debris from storms that contributed to four deaths, including an elderly man who died Tuesday of a flood-related heart attack. Power and phone company crews were hampered in their efforts to restore service by high water and a fourth straight day of heavy rains in some areas. A flood watch remained for the northern half of the state Tuesday night. Gov. Cecil Underwood was seeking a federal disaster declaration for 24 of the state's 55 counties. It would make residents and businesses eligible for low-interest loans. See FLOODS on Page 14A AP photo BEFORE THE STORM: At right, lightning fills the sky Sunday near Clarksburg. 7 Volume 118 Number 364 Inside Today Brime......10A News of Record 3A 1 Classified 10B-14B Opinion . . ____4A Comics ......9B Sports . . . .4B-7B Dear Abbv . . .10A Stocks . . . ____12A Deaths.......6 A Television . . .10A Horoscopes . . .9B Weather . ,. . .14A Lotto. Wast Virginia Daily 3: 9-9-4 Daily 4: 3-1-8-3 Cash 25:0-15-17-20-24-25 Virginia Pick 3: 4-1-3 Pick 4: 4-3-3-8 Cash 4 Ufa 10-29-46-61 SUPREME GOME & STYLE! (/te. commodate ove.tn.lgkt aueòtò ! 'i'/.'f. h'A.erl H/r«) fiii/B J-. 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