Current Greenbrier County commissione...

Current Greenbrier County commissioner, former commissioner indicted

There are 27 comments on the West Virginia Metro story from Jun 12, 2014, titled Current Greenbrier County commissioner, former commissioner indicted. In it, West Virginia Metro reports that:

A Greenbrier County grand jury has indicted both the current president of the Greenbrier County commission and a former Greenbrier County commissioner on misdemeanor charges this week.

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Lewisburg, WV

#1 Jun 12, 2014
I call for the immediate resignation of commissioner Lobban,do the right thing for the county for once.
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Oakvale, WV

#2 Jun 12, 2014
itotally agree.... but only a misdemeanor......and a wopping $100 fine...come on...
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Huntington, WV

#3 Jun 12, 2014
What happened?
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Princeton, WV

#4 Jun 12, 2014
These Two Commissioners should be responsible for the million dollars and pay back the County. Misuse of taxpayers funds even a misdemeanor should keep a person from holding public office in the future.
Former Commissioner Crookshanks has finally been exposed for one of her many misdeeds .
informant

Princeton, WV

#5 Jun 13, 2014
Their intentions were to have a swimming pool for the people of greenbrier county. They work hard for the people here. There should be no fine for ignorance. Good luck finding a place to swim here. Now we can all sit on our asses in front of the telly eating junk food all winter instead of getting exercise.
see Spot swim

Danville, WV

#6 Jun 13, 2014
See the river.
See the creeks.
See places to swim.
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Princeton, WV

#7 Jun 13, 2014
informant
Princeton, WV
Reply »|Report Abuse|Judge it!|#51 hr ago

Their intentions were to have a swimming pool for the people of greenbrier county. They work hard for the people here. There should be no fine for ignorance. Good luck finding a place to swim here. Now we can all sit on our asses in front of the telly eating junk food all winter instead of getting exercise

Informant,
For an informant you are Clearly Off Base. If you think these two work hard for the People of Greenbrier County.
If this is your stance on a Swimming Pool, then this pool should have been located where it would have been accessible to all the people of Greenbrier County and include all ages plus swim meets not just a slim chosen few. The location of this Pool smelled bad from the start.
Ignorance is not a defense for violation of the law, although I will agree that the People of Greenbrier County were guilty of Ignorance when they voted these two in office.
We the People will try to Stay off eating the Junk Food and patiently wait for Greenbrier County Citizens to wake up. In about 10 Years they might elect Persons to the Greenbrier County Commission that will work for work for the people and not for their own person agenda.
informant

Princeton, WV

#9 Jun 13, 2014
see Spot swim wrote:
See the river.
See the creeks.
See places to swim.
See "in the winter."
see Spot change up

Danville, WV

#10 Jun 13, 2014
So before indoor pools existed, humanity was brought to a standstill by cold weather?
I think not.
Take away one choice and there still remain countless ways to exercise.
I'm talking limitless.
If an indoor pool is your ONE method of exercise in winter, MOVE wherever you must to get that vital pool exercise.
Bon Voyage!
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Princeton, WV

#11 Jun 13, 2014
why not find obama for being a jackass
informant

Princeton, WV

#12 Jun 14, 2014
what an ass you are. bottom line: two commissioners trying to help the county, get fined. water aerobics and swim lessons are exercises to help with the obesity epidemic. who cares where it's located?
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Princeton, WV

#13 Jun 14, 2014
informant
Princeton, WV
Reply »|Report Abuse| Judged |#121 hr ago

Judged:Clueless1Nuts1Disagree1
what an ass you are. bottom line: two commissioners trying to help the county, get fined. water aerobics and swim lessons are exercises to help with the obesity epidemic. who cares where it's located?

What are you saying its ok to break the law in violation of the West Virginia Code and bend it's meaning.. These Two Need to be responsible for the monies that are not returned to the County. Who Knows a Civil Action could be initiated resulting in a judgement for them to repay the county for their misdeeds.
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Princeton, WV

#14 Jun 14, 2014
LEWISBURG, W.Va.– A former Greenbrier County commissioner tells MetroNews she was not expecting to be charged with a misdemeanor crime for voting in favor of a $1.3 million allocation for New River Community and Technical College, while still in office, back in 2012.
“I’m rather surprised because we followed the advice of our prosecuting attorney who said, in a letter that we received in 2010 when we made the agreement with the college, that he saw no law that would prevent us from renovating the pool and the property of the college,” Betty Crookshanks said.
Earlier this week, a Greenbrier County grand jury indicted both Crookshanks and Karen Lobban, the current president of the Greenbrier County Commission, on misdemeanor charges. They’re accused of misappropriating the money that was collected through Greenbrier County’s hotel-motel tax with a 2-1 vote in Dec. 2012 in favor of the allocation.
That money was to be used for renovation work at the swimming pool, also called “an aquatic center,” at New River Community and Technical College. The indictments alleged funding that project with hotel-motel tax money is “not authorized by law.”
Special Prosecutor Eugene Simmons, Pocahontas County’s prosecuting attorney, said the hotel-motel tax is allowed to be used for specified expenditures only, mostly having to do with tourism.
Crookshanks said she believes she did nothing illegal.
“We did it to promote tourism. That’s what that money’s used for and there’s a section in that law and the section they’re referring to is talking about ‘recreational.’ Some things for tourism is recreational and, of course, the pool is recreational and also there are other things involved in it,” she said Friday.
“We followed the advice of our prosecutor who was our lawyer at the time.”
The Greenbrier County Commission had entered into a lease with New River for the aquatic center project, located at New River’s Greenbrier Valley campus in Lewisburg, in 2010. However, it is not a county-owned facility.
At this point, New River Community and Technical College has returned $300,000 of the allocation following a request for a return of the funds. The remaining $1 million is the subject of civil litigation
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Princeton, WV

#15 Jun 14, 2014
Advice or Opinion that is the Question !
Advice or Opinion is not reason to violate or bend the Law. The Law is the way it is Black and White.
Most probably didn't think any one would question this action and they would get caught with the fingers in the cookie jar.
Curious

Charleston, WV

#16 Jun 14, 2014
Advice wrote:
Advice or Opinion that is the Question !
Advice or Opinion is not reason to violate or bend the Law. The Law is the way it is Black and White.
Most probably didn't think any one would question this action and they would get caught with the fingers in the cookie jar.
{ Punishment}= stand in corner 1min for each year of age
old-time shuffle

Charleston, WV

#17 Jun 14, 2014
Watch how fast they move to whatever position lends them a favorable light.
That's the politician shuffle.
Ask the tough questions and sometimes they move like marionettes.
Poor old gals lost their footing when they danced right off the stage.
-Or as they say in the theater, exit center stage-
The wanted the spotlight.
They wanted the attention and the applause.
Then they forgot where they stood, so they fell with a thud right in front of everyone.
Air field

Lewisburg, WV

#18 Jun 15, 2014
Time to resign commissioner Lobban.
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Charleston, WV

#19 Jun 15, 2014
This would make a good 3 act play.
Scene one- Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum pas de deux, tutus and all.
Scene two- Cacophony of every available instrument attempting to be heard above all others.
Scene three- Truth is unearthed amidst gasps from rapt suspense.
The audience departs shaking their heads.
NO ENCORES.
Brava! Bravissima!
Now Thats Funny

Daniels, WV

#20 Jun 15, 2014
adapted for the stage wrote:
This would make a good 3 act play.
Scene one- Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum pas de deux, tutus and all.
Scene two- Cacophony of every available instrument attempting to be heard above all others.
Scene three- Truth is unearthed amidst gasps from rapt suspense.
The audience departs shaking their heads.
NO ENCORES.
Brava! Bravissima!
When does it open?
playwrite

Charleston, WV

#21 Jun 16, 2014
Thank you.
We are currently casting.
Do you own an unturned instrument? Everyone is welcome to add to the fray.

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