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5A -July 4, 1976 Sunday Ga*ette-Mail -- Charleston, west Virginia Wheeling Group Seeking National Bank Charter By Wayne Slater The Anocialed Press A group of Wheeling businessmen accused of political maneuvering in the takeover of a savings and loan quietly have abandoned plans of getting a state bank charter. The group will try instead for a national bank charter for the newly created First Wetzel Savings and Loan. The New Martinsville institution is the survivor of a merger approved six months ago by state Banking Commissioner George Jordan. Bryan Wilson, who headed one of the two savings and loans that were merged, accused the Wheeling group of violating state law, ignoring attorney general opinions and using political connections to take over. It's unclear whether the Board of Banking and Financial Institutions-was prepared to grant or reject the state bank charter. After several delays, some members met last month only to find out that the application had been withdrawn, according to an official in the state Banking Commission. ley; and Jolyn and Jeremy McCamic, partners in the Wheeling law firm of Mc- Camic McCamic, who are on the board of First Valley and others. McCamic McCamic represented Jordan last December against charges'he falsified state expense accounts. + * * JORDAN WAS acquitted, not because he didn't do it -- indeed he admitted billing the state for expenses paid by outside interests -- but because the attorneys found a loophole in the law. Two sources told the Associated Press that Hazlett called attention to the acquittal at a stockholders meeting and quoted him as saying, "Favors are done and favors are owed and we'll get what we want in Charleston." One month later, the merger was approved. Jordan denied any wrongdoing in the case. Hazlett denied the quote. He also denied charges that the Wheeling group set up the merger by illegally buying stock in Wilson's loan company. The merger is testimony to what pati ence. power, big money and friends in high places can do, according to Wilson. First Valley bought stock in Wetzel County in 1972 and again 1974 -- despite state law and an attorney general's upi nion that such action was illegal. An attorney general's opinion s a \ s "banks or other financial institutions" are not allowed to buy and sel. corporaU' stocks. WE WISH 70 ANNOUNCE THAT BRUCELBERRYJ.D. HAS JOINTED OUR STAFF EFFECTIVE JULY 1,1976 GYNECOLOGIC ASSOCIATES PATRKXC.WLLIAMS,JR.,M.D. LDOU6LASCU)NUTTE,M.D. 215-217 VIRGINIA ST.W. CHARLESTON, W.VA. 25302 Off ice hour: hy aojMitiwfil only Phone 342-0166 Salutes Different ways of saying hello are exhibited Saturday during the Bicentennial parade in downtown Charleston. At left. Sen. Jennings Randolph, D-W.Va., the parade marshal, waves to the crowd. At right, the lead row of a marching, band was a bit too loud for Jason McClure, 6, of Maiden, who buffeted the noise the best he could. , Related pictures on Pages 14C and 10D. (Staff Photos by David Vick) HORRORS Suicides Product Of Antiquated Jails AN OFFICIAL at the Federal Reserve System regional office in Richmond, Va., confirmed it has received an application from First Wetzel for a national bank charter. Sen. William Gilligan, R-Tyler, had criticized the merger of Wetzel County Savings and Loan (headed by Wilson) and First Valley Savings and Loan (headed by the Wheeling group). Gilligan complained that institution left -- First Wetzel Savings and Loan -- is controlled by men 30 miles away. That group includes W.D. McCain, president of the Morris Plan Bank and Trust of Wheeling, who served on the boards of Weirton Savings and Loan and First Valley; Robert Hazlett Jr., a Wheeling banker who serves as an officer or on the board of three institutions, including First Val- FSLICi PLEASE NOTE OurjOffices WiJI Be Closed r ~ For Independence Day Monday, July 5th-- Charleston Federal SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION Charleston Â· South Charleston Â· St. Albans Â· Cross tones By Strat Douthat WAYNE, W. Va. (AP) - Paul Harris never met Carol Richardson but the two teenagers' last day on earth was very much the same. Both were locked up in antiquated West Virginia jails and both hanged themselves. The children were both 16. She died June 11 in a cell at the Fayette County jail and he died two weeks later in the Wayne County jail. Both had the misfortune to be arrested in counties with no juvenile detention facilities and both died alone, .with nobody to witness their final minutes. Wayne County jailer Clyde Bowen was the last person to talk with Harris, a dark, handsome youth who took his life sometime between 11:05 the night of June 24 and 7:20 the morning of June 25. "I still can't get over it," Bowen said. "There was just no indication he planned to do anything like that. I've been around disturbed people a lot and usually there's some indication. "He seemed to be all right. He was happy about going to the boy's industrial school where he said he could learn a trade and take part in athletics." * * * HAD PAUL HARRIS and Carol Richardson been a year younger, they might be alive today. Both Wayne and Fayette counties transport juveniles 15 and younger to counties with juvenile facilities. But the two children were 16 and they were locked up in the so-called "juvenile sections" of their respective county jails. "She was only about three feet from me but there was a wall between us," recalled Lyle Hess, the jailer on duty the evening Carol Richardson took her life. "She was alone in the women's section. She asked a hall boy (trusty) to get her a pack of cigarettes and when he came back, she was dead. I never heard a sound. We don't have a TV surveillance system in the jail.!' Neither does the Wayne County jail, where Paul Harris was alone in the juvenile section of the second floor. He had been there 20 days. "He'd get lonesome up there," said Bowen. "I'd let the trusty go up and talk with him and we'd let him have funny books and a deck of cards." Harris had been in West Virginia only a short time. He was raised in a foster home in Kentucky and had come to nearby Kenova to join his mother, who had divorced his father, remarried and had then separated from her second husband. The youth lived with her in a mobile home. A school dropout, he began stealing bicycles and CB radios for spending money. * * * "HE WAS A friendly boy," said Bowen. "I really just can't believe he did it. His mother had been to visit him two days earlier and he seemed happy. But that was on the outside. Inside, he must have been hiding something." Juvenile jail deaths are not uncommon in West Virginia, where only five counties have special detention facilities for youngster. Pleas for legislative reform, however, have fallen on deaf ears and the various courts have done little to remedy the situation. Â· "Those lawmakers ougfita visit a few of these places," said a jailer who cut down a juvenile suicide not long ago. "West Virginia is 20 years behind in penology and you don't need no Harvard education to see it. Just go from here to Columbus, Ohio, and it's like going from the Stone Age to the 29th Century. What we need in this country is a juvenile facility." Dolly Wellman. 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