STATE Police Cpl. B.G. Wriston noticed a black Ford Crown Victoria with city license plates run off Paint Creek Road, west of Hansford on Aug. 29.
The officer stopped the vehicle and discovered Pratt Mayor Gary Fields behind the wheel. The officer also discovered the mayor had four oxycodone hydrochloride tablets for which he had no prescription.
Kanawha Magistrate Joe Shelton issued a summons in the case.
In the meantime, the town's council stripped Fields of the privilege of driving city vehicles.
The Kanawha County Commission made not having Mayor Fields even in the car a condition in giving the town a used vehicle from the sheriff's department.
That seems prudent.
While he deserves the presumption of innocence in court, in politics, like Caesar's wife, a public official should be above suspicion of impropriety.
If Mayor Fields has a drug problem, he should seek help and not a free ride in a city vehicle.
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A member of the Kanawha County Sheriff's
Department recently rescued a motorcyclist recently.
The rescuer wasn't a big burly deputy, but rather
a member of the tax office, the side of the sheriff's
department that seldom gets publicity but collects the money that makes the county and the school system go.
Christie Shamblin was pumping gas at the Go-Mart in Elkview when she noticed a man stumbling around. She went over and helped him.
He turned out to be Capt. K.C. Bohrer of the Frederick County sheriff's office in Virginia, who retired from the Berkeley County sheriff's office in 2006.
Allergic to bees, he was stung by a bee while motorcycling and was in terrible need of Benadryl and some ice. She tended him and stayed with him and comforted him until the paramedics arrived.
She wanted no recognition and likely the first Sheriff John Rutherford heard about it was when Bohrer sent him a letter thanking her.
Nonetheless, the Kanawha County Commission honored her recently, as well it should.
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