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July 2014 Archives

Traffic stop leads to DUI charge for commissioner

West Virginia State Police say that a trooper detained and charged the commissioner of Gilmer County with DUI on July 19. The trooper pulled over the commissioner around 8 p.m. when he allegedly saw the man driving erratically.

Marcellus shale employees being cheated out of pay?

Oil and gas companies have a great deal of work in the Marcellus Shale in WV, PA and OH and oil and natural gas workers are in short supply. This means that workers in oil and gas jobs frequently work long hours, sometimes reaching 100 or more hours in a single week due to mandatory overtime. While The Fair Labor Standards Act does not prohibit large amounts of overtime, it does require that non-exempt hourly employees who work more than 40 hours per week be paid overtime at a rate equal to one-and-a-half times their regular rate of pay. The regular rate is a legal term and encompasses more than just the hourly rate. Unfortunately, and as a result, overtime pay violations in the oil and gas industry are very common. The following are the some of the most common compensation issues facing those working oil and natural gas jobs.

West Virginia traffic stop results in multiple charges

A man is facing several charges following a traffic stop in Huntington on July 10. The driver is facing charges of felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to deliver and DUI. Police officers spotted a white sedan traveling at a high rate of speed in the 2500 block of 5th Avenue. The driver was stopped by police at 26th Street and the 400 block of 4th Avenue.

Former West Virginia football star detained for DUI

Aaron Beasley, known for his exploits on the football field as a star defensive back for West Virginia University and a nine-season player in the National Football League, has been detained on suspicion of DUI, according to a police report. The report states that Morgantown police stopped Beasley on Earl L. Core Road in the vicinity of the on-ramp to I-68 at approximately 2:30 a.m. on the morning of June 27.

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