The Parsons Advocate

Volume 126 No. 6 Wednesday, February 3, 2021 75 cents (tax incl.) See ambulance page 6 See commission page 4 See Sugarlands page 10 Tucker Sheriff Department Makes Drug Arrest According to a press release from the Tucker County Sheriff, on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at approximately 1620 hours, Sheriff Jacob “Jake” Kopec was traveling south on US 219 in Par - sons when he observed a gray in color four door Nissan traveling north with a cracked windshield. Sheriff Kopec pulled the vehicle over on Walnut Street for the vio- lation. During the process of the vehicle pulling over the driver of the vehicle took an extended amount of time to get pulled over and even pulled over once and then took back off and pulled over at another spot. Sheriff Kopec approached the vehicle and identified the driver by his name and date of birth. The driver’s name was Jason William Hebb. Sheriff Kopec observed the accused to be nervous in his movements and kept looking around. The accused informed Sheriff Kopec that he had no license. Sheriff Kopec ran the license plate check on the vehicle W.V. OYN411. The license plate came back to a 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser; therefore, being improp - erly registered. The inspection on the vehicle was also belonging to a Subaru car therefore it was improper as well. There was no insurance on the vehicle either. A check on the accused license history indicated that Mr. Hebb’s license is suspended for multiple unpaid citations. While running the license check through 911 it was found that the accused is wanted for felony possession with intent to deliver out of Ran - dolph County and felony Capias for failure to appear in Ran - dolph County. While arresting the accused for the outstanding warrants a pat down search was conducted and a bag of white crystal-like substance believed to be meth was found in his pocket along with a pipe that is used for smoking meth. Also recovered from the accused person was a large sum of cash later counted out to be $3,437.00. Sheriff Kopec asked the accused if there were any drugs in the vehicle and he stated yes. Sheriff Kopec read the accused his Miranda Rights on scene. Tucker County Deputy Zirk ( K-9 Officer) arrived on scene and an air search around the vehicle was conducted. A posi - tive indication by K-9 Gabor was established to give more prob - able cause of an illicit and illegal narcotic substance being in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle yielded one blue plastic bag con - taining a white crystal like sub - stance believed to be meth, one clear bag of a white powdery substance believed to be heroin, one bag of a green vegetation like substance believed to be mari - juana, one clear bag containing six 30mg Oxycodone pills, two empty blue plastic see through bags and two orange see through bags. Also found in the vehicle were five cell phones. All items were seized and logged into evi - dence. The cash recovered from the accused was mostly in twenty-dollar bills and a $2,340.00 portion of the cash was wrapped in multiple rubber bands indicative of the way in which cash is wrapped in the drug trade. Again $3,437.00 in cash was on the per - son of the accused and in questioning of Mr. Hebb he stated he had no job or way of mak - ing money and would not state whose house he was coming from. Mr. Hebb informed Sheriff Kopec he was coming from a friend’s house. Due to the evidence on scene Mr. Hebb was arrested addition - ally for Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. The West Virginia State Police and the Parsons P.D. assisted in this investigation. Commission Receives Six Month Financial Report from EMS By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Terry Silk, Director of the Tucker County Ambu - lance Authority, was at the Tucker County Commis - sion meeting to present six months’ worth of finan - cials to the Commissioners. He began by reciting the mission statement of the EMS as they aim to provide emergency medical and transportation services in a professional matter. This has not stopped amidst the pandemic, though it has caused challenges that have needed to be overcome. There has been 24/7 staffing at both stations for the past year, which Silk stated, “Without the EMS ordinance fee, that would not be possible.” Commission President Mike Rosenau asked how many runs the EMS had in 2020, to which EMS Direc - tor Sheila Marsh stated between 1,200 and 1,300. As the Commissioners scanned the financial documents, Rosenau asked about the accounts receivable, which he was told was from insurance billings from patients. “What percentage do you all, say average year (from billings),” asked Rosenau. He was told by Silk and Marsh that they only receive 35% to 40% of what is billed. A billing company out of Buckhannon takes care of EMS billing, which receives 6% as their fee. Silk explained that a lot of what is received is regulated by Medicare and other insurance companies that will only cover a percentage of what the bills actually cost, which is partially the reason EMS only receives a percentage of their actual bills. This fiscal year, the Ambulance Authority Working on Financial Transparency to Public By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Bobby Phillips, treasurer for the Ambu - lance Authority, offered the balances of the general funds from December and Janu - ary. In December, the balance began at $107,292.77 with $30,739.15 paid out and $11,490.84 received in deposits. The bal - ance at the beginning of January for the gen - eral fund was $98,827.45 with $38,978.57 paid out, $80,792.95 received in deposits, with a remaining balance at the time of the meeting of $140,641.83. It was explained that the income the Ambulance Authority receives is derived from insurance billings for service (only approximately 33%), the EMS fees, up to $100,000 annually from the hotel and motel tax which is capped and controlled by state legislation, and the Tucker County Commission. Grants and gifts can also be received as income for this entity. Expenses include salaries and benefits, overhead expenses, medi - cal equipment, ambulance and equipment maintenance, and other expenses. Board Member Dennis Filler proposed a template for a financial spreadsheet that could be used to provide an overview of the financials of the Ambulance Author - ity Board. A model of the spreadsheet was handed out to the committee which would list the different activities the EMS Sugarlands Old Time Bakery Serving Up Sweet Treats By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Starting out in the kitchen with her late Grandma Cornell Knotts, Lind - sey Knotts fell in love with baking at a very young age. After graduating from Tucker County High School in 2016, Knotts continued her educa - tion and received a bachelors degree in sustainable agriculture entrepre - neurship from Potomac State Col - lege. During her time there, she was assigned the task of a capstone proj- ect relating to a business she would be interested in with the option of starting the business to meet the requirements for the course. The Tucker County Ambulance Authority met to hear from the audience and guests along with move forward with a document to highlight the flow of funds that would be made available to the public. David Sharp appeared before a recent County Commission meeting and again at the Ambulance Authority meeting to share his concerns and seek clarification on EMS protocol. Cupcakes, cookies, and brownies are amongst some of the baked goods coming out of Sugarands Old Time Bakery Lindsey Knotts fell in love with baking at a young age when her late Grandma Cornell Knotts would have her help her in the kitchen. This passion and a capstone project assignment in college have led Knotts to follow her dreams and share her Grandmother's recipes with customers of her home bakery.