Run for the Wall comes to Rainelle Thursday

May 21, 2011 Full story: Register-herald.com 14

Rainelle is gearing up to host the seventh annual West Virginia Veterans' Reunion over the Memorial Day weekend.

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yeahh

Madison, WV

#1 May 21, 2011
Too bad they all stay in Lewisburg now. I remember 5 years ago they'd stay at the city park & just pack into rainelle for the night & we'd go look at the bikes & talk too them... Bums me out most of them go to lewisburg & stay the night now.
john usmc viet nam 1969

Breese, IL

#2 May 21, 2011
yeahh wrote:
Too bad they all stay in Lewisburg now. I remember 5 years ago they'd stay at the city park & just pack into rainelle for the night & we'd go look at the bikes & talk too them... Bums me out most of them go to lewisburg & stay the night now.
i was one of the ones who stayed at the school the trip lost something for me when others went to lewisburg. i think they are missing the point.
Lyn

Americus, GA

#3 May 21, 2011
Why are they not staying at the park and school? That is one of the things i miss most about home.
Thor

Chesterfield, MO

#4 May 22, 2011
Yeah,yippee,best news ive heard.
rainelle parent

Princeton, WV

#5 May 26, 2011
john usmc viet nam 1969 wrote:
<quoted text> i was one of the ones who stayed at the school the trip lost something for me when others went to lewisburg. i think they are missing the point.
we enjoy all of rolling thunder coming to rainelle where ever u all stay the night is ur business but u all bring so much joy to the kids and to the town I will support you all all the way no matter if there is 10 stay n town at night or 1000 Now if i could have it my way we would rope you all in for the whole weekend but we cant :(( there is alot of ppl that dont even no who u all are or repreent but the town of rainelle and the citizens got that satisfaction of you all coming and seeing us i want to thank the entire motorcycle group for that we enjoy you very much
trisha

Hurricane, WV

#6 May 27, 2011
we all love when the veterans come to town. i would like to thank all veterans and current troops. i hate they dont stay either but with all the rain i dont blame them to want a bed and a good hot shower after all there is limited hotel space in rainelle.
sunshine

Elizabethtown, KY

#7 May 27, 2011
rainelle is the most giving town i have ever seen the people greet you with open arms. this is something to be proud of. and yes we always stayed at city hall. you people are awesome we love and enjoy each of you.very proud place to call home.god bless each and every one of you.
thankyou

Huntington, WV

#8 May 27, 2011
thank you sunshine and i just want to say have a safe trip peace love and happiness.
Doo Doo Brown

Princeton, WV

#9 May 28, 2011
Would be nice if the rest of them would figure out where Lewisburg is!
fan fan

Milton, WV

#10 Apr 13, 2012
Doo Doo Brown wrote:
Would be nice if the rest of them would figure out where Lewisburg is!
Look out! it's almost time for them to come wobbling back!
Get a clue

Princeton, WV

#11 Apr 27, 2012
My husband is vet, and we look forward to the vets coming through every year. This is very emotional for us. I can only imagine what some of them went through. Think about the sacrifices of some of your family members that have gone off to war have made. They are welcome in Rainelle every year with open arms. They have done so much for our school and our kids. These people are wonderful if you would just take the time to get to know them. You get mad at people for judging you, but what are you doing....Rolling Thunder and RFTW....We look forward to your return every year.
fan fan

Charleston, WV

#12 Apr 27, 2012
Get a clue wrote:
My husband is vet, and we look forward to the vets coming through every year. This is very emotional for us. I can only imagine what some of them went through. Think about the sacrifices of some of your family members that have gone off to war have made. They are welcome in Rainelle every year with open arms. They have done so much for our school and our kids. These people are wonderful if you would just take the time to get to know them. You get mad at people for judging you, but what are you doing....Rolling Thunder and RFTW....We look forward to your return every year.
Not all of us do. It wouldn't be so bad if they would ride a bus.
Layne -Veteran Hating Cop

Bluefield, WV

#13 Apr 28, 2012
Police officer off force after investigation By Sarah Hogsed,Eagle Post editor Kentucky New Era.An internal investigation into allegations of excessive force by Oak Grove’s K-9 unit resulted in the suspension of one officer and the departure of another.Police Chief Milton Perry said Tuesday that the city’s investigation was of the Dec.12,2009,arrest of Fort Campbell soldier Richard C. Lestienne after police responded to a disturbance call at the McDonald’s restaurant on Kentucky 115.Lestienne, 27, was being loud and beating on restaurant tables inside the Pilot truck stop on the night of Dec.11,2009,according to an Oak Grove police report. His friend, Terrence E.Smith,27,Clarksville,reporte dly took him outside where Lestienne became even louder,hitting windows and causing alarm to the people in the store.Smith put Lestienne in his car and left the store, according the report. Three Oak Grove officers – Sgt.Vincent Brown and officers James Layne and Jack Rowlands Smith was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.While Smith was being arrested,Lestienne reportedly became disorderly in the vehicle. He refused to get out of the car,officers used the police K-9 was used to forcibly remove him,according to the report.Lestienne was charged with two counts of first-degree disorderly conduct.He received medical treatment from Oak Grove ambulance personnel at the police station but reportedly became loud and banged his head into the building’s wall.
Videotape of the arrest
Hopkinsville attorney Ken Haggard,who is representing Lestienne showed The Eagle Post videotape with audio from the three police cars at the scene of the arrest,which gave a different picture of what happened.In the video,Brown took Smith out of the car and was administering field sobriety tests while Rowlands talked with Lestienne, who stayed seated in the passenger seat of the car.
When Layne arrived, he said,“I know this guy”and also started talking to Lestienne.At one point Lestienne hung out of the car window and banged his hand on the car door,and was told by one officer not to do that. Lestienne told the officers,“I just wanna go home.”Layne then walked away out of the range of the camera and returned holding the department’s dog,Aries,by the collar.He quickly opened the passenger side door of the car,motioned for Lestienne to get out and started yelling commands,stating“Step out now,you will be dog-bitten.”He shouted the warnings four times in quick succession.Lestienne moved to comply with his hands in the air,scooting across the car seat and placing both hands and feet outside the car.When he was halfway out of the car,Layne took a few steps forward with his hand on the dog and pulled the dog onto Lestienne.The dog bit him on the arm.Layne then grabbed Lestienne, who was screaming,by the back of the neck and pushed him face-first onto the ground.While Lestienne was on the ground, Layne said,“Give us your arms now or you will be bitten again.”Haggard said Lestienne suffered nerve damage to his arm from the dog bite.Layne and Brown were given letters of suspension on Feb.23 and Feb.24, respectively.The suspensions would last until the “completion of a department investigation,” according to the letter signed by the police chief on behalf of Mayor Dan Potter.The letters also said the suspension was based upon“allegations of excessive use of physical force by and through the City’s K-9 unit against an individual during the course of an arrest.”In the documents following the attorney general’s ruling,there is an Advice of Personnel Action form dated March 19 that shows James Layne was terminated from the city’s employment on March 17.Brown did not have any reprimands in the documents provided to the newspaper. Layne had one verbal warning from May 29, when he did not show up to a grand jury hearing and two defendants were released from jail because of his lack of testemony Brown declined to comment on the investigation. Layne could not be reached.
sad truth

Somerset, KY

#15 Nov 25, 2013
If this is the same one, he's been in trouble at every department he has worked for ( Pikeville PD, Pulaski sheriff, Oak grove PD). The chief/mayor need to do more thorough backgrounds.

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