Apologize for the lack of a lunchtime rundown yesterday, but I was preoccupied with coverage of a shooting in the South Hills neighborhood of Sherwood Forest.
Mark Bramble, a lawyer with the Attorney General’s Office workers compensation division, is accused of shooting up his home Monday morning.
His wife called 911, saying Bramble believed someone was in their home. That led to an hours-long standoff with police, which ended after Bramble reportedly shot himself in the head.
While it’s unclear what occurred to make Bramble grab his gun and begin shooting, a search through the Daily Mail archives uncovered he was once a suspect in the death of his two-year-old son. Dan Greear, chief counsel at the Attorney General’s Office who also worked with Bramble at Kesner & Kesner PLLC, said Bramble was never the same after the boy’s death.
In other news…
- Former Bush administration official Charlotte Lane officially announced her candidacy for West Virginia’s 2nd congressional district on Monday. In that story, Dave also talked with Lane about being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis more than 30 years ago, and how that might affect her ability to serve in Congress.
- Ron Walters, Jr. (son of Delegate Ron Walters, R-Kanawha, and brother of Sen. Chris Walters, R-Putnam) announced his candidacy for the 2nd District on Tuesday morning at a rainy press conference in Poca. Here’s Dave’s preview story of that announcement. Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, also indicated she will “very likely” enter the race as well.
- Vice President Joe Biden is slated to speak at state Democrats’ annual “Jackson-Jefferson” dinner, scheduled for Oct. 12 at the Charleston Civic Center.
- A stuffed bear outside Attorney General Patrick Morrisey‘s office was grievously wounded sometime last week. An unknown assailant tore off a piece of one of the bear’s paws, and could face stiff penalties according to state law. West Virginia Code forbids the possession of bear parts, including claws, pelts and gallbladders, without proper certification.