GILMER FREE PRESS REPORTS the REAL TRUTH on the POLICE RAID in LINN WV Wednesday February 11th as they present….
This is an encore presentation of one of the highest rated Gilmer Free Press articles authored by a leading member of the Council of Concerned Citizens for Central West Virginia — which is being presented in a timely manner — in celebration of the fact that the Gilmer County Commission disapproved the final settlement of the Cottrill Estate based on a questionable final accounting presented by executor Mike Murphy — that did not include the sale of 36 acres of the Cottrill Estate. The Final Accounting and settlement of the Cottrill Estate contained no details or mention of the sale other than the fact the land that was sold was appraised for 166,000 dollars.
The alleged sale was final before the estate was closed, since the fact of the matter is that the Cottrill Estate in still not closed coming up on five years of the anniversary of the death of Willard Cottrill which is the 20th of October 2010. Rumor has it, that the powers that be in Glenville feel now the sale of the Cottrill Estate property to Richard Neal (hereby known as the GOATMAN to locals) has been fraudulent, and the ruling of Judge Alsop was misinterpreted, for the judge did not give the heirs to the estate permission to sell the share belonging to the oldest daughter, and allegedly, Mark Cottrill, Venita Cottrill and Alan Cottrill sold their shares and that of their sister to Richard Neal for $25,000 and a 1968 Camaro. No paper work regarding the car appeared in the final accounting which the RGW website has studied thoroughly. This RGW reporter, Editor Edison, heard it through the grape vine that the property would be yanked out of the hands of Richard Neal by the people who are really running the show down in Gilmer County. Also Laura Cottrill will be going on trial on Tuesday, October the 27th and will be looking at Prison time for her part in the criminal activities performed by her boyfriend Jeremy Askew (who recently pled guilty to charges in Gilmer County), and those of his associate Tommy Shaw. Shaw and Askew both threatened Ruth Mitchell while they were staying at the estate in such a way as to consider the matter of them holding Ruth Mitchell hostage in her own home.
Because of ALL of these latest changes in the situation concerning the Cottrill Estate — for review of the facts — let me please present this fine article first published by the Gilmer Free Press…
Cops Cops Tramps and Thieves, INVADE the Linn WV HOME of Ruth Mitchell!!
The Cottrill Estate Debacle has been in the news both in print media and on the pages of the voice of the people, the Gilmer Free Press, for years now in Central West Virginia. Many people are familiar with the ongoing court battles, but the most recent MAJOR battle was WON by Ruth Mitchell, the live in companion to Willard Cottrill on 18 October 2013 in the West Virginia Supreme Court by a vote of 4 to 1.
In the ruling Ruth Mitchell is allowed to live in her home that she lived in with Willard Cottrill rent free for as long as she shall choose to live there, but the exact wording from the West Virginia Supreme Court is even more specific.
The Supreme Court document and ruling states further, that the matter of Ruth Mitchell living in the home she shared with Willard Cottrill should be rendered void should she at any time choose or need to live elsewhere.
The residence with the carport where Ruth Mitchell resides
on the Cottrill estate property, which is close to 44 acres total.
There has been a long continuing dispute going among Cottrill family members of whether Ruth Mitchell should be allowed to stay in the residence, but the 4 to 1 Supreme Court decision put a stop to those debates. Those opposing family members which included Venita Cottrill-Murphy and her husband Mike Murphy appealed the Supreme Court decision (which is almost always a futile effort,) however they would not give up the legal battle—And then, after the decision allegedly sold the property to Richard Neal for $23,000 cash and a 1968 Camaro totalling to $40,000, when the property was once appraised at over 200,000 dollars.
After the Supreme Court decision, tempers flared and threats were made to burn Ruth Mitchell out of the residence if she did not leave on her own, and Richard Neal who the Gilmer County Commission let take possession of one or two of the homes on the property without a proper deed, shot one of Ruth Mitchells dogs and the local Sheriff did not even speak to Mr. Neal about the murder of the animal. Neal was never arrested for animal cruelty. Neal continued to make threats and threaten other members of the Cottrill family when they came to visit Ruth Mitchell.
There were more court proceedings in Gilmer County Magistrate Court where the matter of the sale of property to Richard Neal was challenged, along with his permission to live on the property without a deed, and without the estate being settled since the Willard Cottrill estate has not been closed officially. No accounting of the estate has ever been done.
This is the 68 Camaro that was traded with $25,000 Cash for what
Richard Neal says is for all 44 some odd acres
of the Cottrill Estate but NEAL has NO DEED.
Linda Huff the current fiduciary commissioner originally turned down the job saying the estate was a mess and there were too many discrepancies. But, now Mr. Chapman the President of the Gilmer County Commission has assigned Linda Huff to be the current fiduciary commissioner. The estate accounting is still in limbo and remains NOT CLOSED, while the bond by Mike Murphy the executor of the Cottrill estate may have to cover lost funds that are said to be missing from the estate accounting, but that matter still has not been confirmed.
Given all of this information it may come as no surprise that the home of Ruth Mitchell was raided by the appearance of no less than NINE PATROL cars, both from the State Police and the Gilmer County Sheriff’s office on Wednesday 11 February 2015!!
Was this an attempt for the executor Mike Murphy and Venita Cottrill to circumvent that 4 to 1 Supreme Court Ruling and take the law into their own hands?
Does the raid of nine patrol cars resulting in RUTH MITCHELL being removed from her home a direct result of the fact that Ruth Mitchell recently filed a complaint of murder against Venita Cottrill and Freda Cottrill? Are the raid and threats and removal from her home a way to SHUT RUTH MITCHELL UP about being an EYE WITNESS to murder?
Richard Neal is pictured moving in an aggressive and threatening way
toward a visiting member of the Cottrill family and is flipping her off
as she attempts to visit Ruth Mitchell under a hostile environment
created by the opposing members of the Cottrill family that lost in Supreme Court.
The STORY BEHIND the RAID of the HOME of RUTH MITCHELL – How it all came about…
Laura Cottrill is a cousin to Venita Cottrill-Murphy the person who allegedly administered a lethal dose of morphine mixed with other drugs that led to the death of Willard Cottrill on October the 20th 2010. Laura Cottrill and her boyfriend Jeremy Askew had been staying with Ruth at the Cottrill estate. Ruth Mitchell recently filed a police report with Deputy Wheeler and reported she was an eyewitness to a murder; somehow the police raid is not a complete surprise knowing that fact.
We have spoken with Laura Cottrill on three occasions in the last two days in order to ascertain the facts of this report. We also talked with Sgt Smith of the State Police, an officer I trust and respect. I spoke with June B the health care provider for Ruth Mitchell that was present at the scene during time of the POLICE RAID in LINN.
June is a very fine person who takes her job seriously who says she works for an organization called the Gilmer Senior Citizens which is a entity funded by Medicaid. June explained that members of the Senior Center that included a nurse named Jennifer and a Lewis County social worker by the name of Luella Blake were present the afternoon of 11 February 2015.
June, further explained, she was present when Ruth Mitchell reported to elected Sheriff Larry Gerwig that she found needles in a room where Laura and her boyfriend Jeremy stayed. Sheriff told Mitchell very emphatically to, “Deal with it!”
The representatives of the senior center were there at the house that was raided last Wednesday to hear Ruth’s complaints and inspect the room where the needles were found.
It has been determined that it was possibly the SENIOR CENTER staff that brought the cops on Wednesday 11 February to the home of Ruth Mitchell after the complaint was made and the needles were discovered!!
Unfortunately, all the facts that the Gilmer County Senior Center shared with the police were false, all lies, and you can bet they think they have enough local political power to get away with this criminal act.
The Senior center nurse Jennifer Short and a LESS THAN SINCERE Social Worker– Luella Blake from Lewis County — most likely told the police about the needles Ruth discovered in the spare bedroom – and mentioned the SMELL in that back bedroom, but then DID NOT give law enforcement anything close to an accurate assessment of the situation.
The smell was described as mostly Body Oder according to June B. Ruth said it was the smell of SEX, but both assured there was NO METH LAB in that room at Noon on Wednesday, and then, a few hours later the cops were there shutting up the house and ordering people to stay put, then ordering them to all leave the premises.
Laura Cottrill called while interviewing June B and wanted to talk. She called on the cell phone, while I was talking to June on the land line, so June heard some of the communication with Laura. I asked Laura to contact the police and please let them know the truth, that there was no meth lab in the house. In the conversation with Laura the day before, she confided in and said that the needles found were used to shoot morphine and they belonged to her boyfriend Jeremy.
So, now we know from the horse’s mouth so to speak, that the needles had not one thing to do with meth and witnesses that included the Senior Center representatives only discovered two needles and a bad odor that was more relatable to a Body Odor stink than a meth lab stink, was not reason enough to force and old woman with a disability out of her home in the middle of winter.
Witnesses on the scene of the Police Raid said that Gilmer County Sheriff’s Deputy Casey Jones was first to approach Ruth Mitchell and Jones stated something to the effect of, “You work with us and tell us the truth, and you can stay in your house…” Then, they ask if Matt Montgomery who is often on the property was doing Meth up there with his brother and Ruth answered, “NO. Matt has never done Meth!” Then Deputy Jones asked about other people but did not seem to know the exact names of the actual suspects he was looking for.
To clear up this whole mystery I was just contacted by a person that was there and present last week when Jeremy Askew along with a person identified as Thomas Shaw purchased a hose from Advance Auto supply in Gilmer County last Wednesday the 11th, and more meth making supplies were purchased from the Hardware store located right there in the same parking lot. This person also informed me that cold pills were also purchased from the local pharmacy and that a meth cook was performed on or near the Cottrill property out away from the house without the knowledge of Ruth Mitchell. This person said they were very sorry about getting Ruth removed from her house and just now their selves got the guilty parties to admit purchasing meth making products locally, and then going out to the holler in LINN to make some shake and bake meth.
Laura Cottrill may find herself between a ROCK and a HARD PLACE
now that the residence she was staying in was raided and the police
would like to have a word with her about a meth cook and
the activities of herself and boyfriend Jeremy Askew!
In addition, this person also admitted that Jeremy Askew had some antique old Jewelry that he sold to a store in New York and received in the mail a cashier’s check for $250.00. This person admitted that this jewelry could have been stolen from Logan County. The proceeds were very possibly used to purchase the meth making materials. Sheriff Deputy Casey Jones found some of this jewelry during the raid and removed it from the house.
Therefore one alleged crime had to happen for another alleged crime to occur, because this informant admitted they were previously very low on funds and had no place to stay or go—And that this person acting now as a confidential informant fully admitted to taking advantage of the big heart and well meaning ways of Ruth Mitchell who had no idea what these criminal suspects were fully involved in.
So, on behalf of the local police it appears that they were right on the tails of Jeremy Askew and Thomas Shaw after being tipped off that they were buying meth making materials in town and most likely had a description of the vehicle used when purchasing these materials.
By all calculations when the police raided the home of Ruth Mitchell the police were very possibly no more than 20 minutes behind the alleged suspects that allegedly cooked a batch of meth near the Cottrill home of Ruth Mitchell.
As an investigative reporter the most important aspect of your job is to ascertain all the facts and then put them together in some kind of order that is a possible believable solution to the answers of what actually happened during a crime that is being investigated.
This investigative reporter was extremely lucky to reach people that were on the scene and were an eye witness to this event.
Surprisingly to me, this may be an incident in Gilmer County in which all the law enforcement agencies banned together in a cohesive unit to go out in search of the bad guys, and further, that they knew their time was limited to catch the drug making criminals.
After all these facts have been revealed to the public, as well as law enforcement via the FREE PRESS here in Gilmer County let us all hope we have acted in the cause of justice to make this area a safer and more comfortable place to live for all of us.
Please support us at the Gilmer Free Press in our effort to get the EPA out to inspect the home of Ruth Mitchell.
As a community let us all try to help Ruth Mitchell financially if we can, so to get her and her pets back in her home safe and as soon as possible.
~~ Author on File ~~
Cops Cops tramps, and thieves
We’d hear it from the people of the town
Down in Crooked County home of the CROOKED COUNTY CROOKS
They’d call us Cops Cops , tramps, and thieves
You better catch yer own train bitches!
I wish I was strong (now it won’t be long)
Would’ve known from the start
Instead of waiting so long
To reveal what’s behind
But there’s no use in talking
You made up your mind…
Baby you and I, (are not the same)
You say you like sun (I like the rain)
So before we go through it all again
You better catch yer own train
I wish I was light
I would shine through this tunnel
To the light on the other side
I would brake down this wall
So it could finally see
The truth of it all
UPDATE 22 FEBRUARY 2015 REVENGE of the Ghost Wolf — Bad Weather hits Central WV, and the outlaws of the latest METH COOK from GILMER COUNTY are having FUN and still on the RUN!!
RECORD COLD WV MOUNTAIN STATE – Two Found Dead in LOGAN COUNTY!
By Dan Bingman
Feb 22 2015
Parts of West Virginia recorded record lows overnight Thursday and into Friday.
The National Weather Service said every single spot in the state of West Virginia was below zero.
Parts of the Mountain State appear to have broken low-temperature records along with some poverty records this winter.
The official Charleston low was minus-17 at the National Weather Service weather station in Southridge.
Other low temperatures recorded around the state include minus-15 in St. Albans, home of the State Police and minus-19 in Madison, minus-23 in Sandyville, Jackson County, and minus-24 in Mount Nebo, Nicholas County which is surprising since the DEVIL himself is known to visit there, and you would think that would heat something up a bit.
Remote hideaway near Man WV in Logan County where the outlaws do roam – photo by Laura Cottrill
In remote Calhoun, some residents reported a -15 to -18 and just put another log on the fire.
The cold could have been a factor in the deaths of two people in Logan County. Logan County is where Laura Cottrill and her boyfriend Jeremy Askew, the latest to cook up a batch of Meth out there on the Cottrill Estate are a hidin out. (Photo included is of a hideaway up the holler aways in Logan County.)
State Police were called for an unresponsive man. When they arrived, they found Michael Mullins, 35, dead outside near a trailer, frozen and stiff as a board.
While on the scene, police also discovered Ashley Conley, 24, known somewhat there in LOGAN near MAN WV for her constant complaining, but she won’t be complaining much anymore. She was found dead on the ground near the roadway, cold as frozen water and lifeless. (Photo taken in Logan County)