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Former mayor appointed as police chief in Wayne

Aug. 02, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

WAYNE -- A man who formerly served as mayor of Wayne is now the town's chief of police.

Dwayne Stiltner was appointed police chief on July 22, one day after Josh Stevens resigned from the post, said Mayor Mick Sanders.

Stevens resigned for personal reasons, and Sanders said he was aware that Stevens intended to leave the job prior to his resignation.

Stiltner was elected as mayor in June 2011, but he resigned in August 2012, citing the death of his 17-year-old daughter, Kristen, who was killed in a vehicle accident in May 2012.

Stiltner has no law enforcement background, but Sanders said Stiltner has the support of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and the Wayne detachment of the West Virginia State Police, who will assist in training him.

"He knows the people. He knows the town. He knows all of the trouble spots," Sanders said. "He just wants to do everything he can to be a part of making the town a better place to live."

In addition to Stiltner, there are four police officers on the Wayne Police force.

Logger loses license over park cleanup

CHARLESTON -- A logger accused of illegally timbering in a Kanawha County park has lost his state license.

Dan Bowen's license has expired and he will not be given a new one, said Randy Dye, director of the Division of Forestry.

"Because of frequent and numerous violations over the last two years, we did not issue a new license and won't be renewed," Dye told the Charleston Gazette.

The Division of Forestry had suspended Bowen's license in July and ordered him to mitigate the damage from an unauthorized cut at Coonskin Park. The county had hired Bowen's company, Russell Trucking, to remove debris from the park after the 2012 derecho.

Park officials say Bowen also cut logging roads and cut and sold as much as $66,000 worth of timber.

Bowen said that he had permission to cut trees in the park.

"I did what I was told to do," he told the newspaper. "That's the whole reason I was in there. If it wasn't, why would I be in there for two months?"

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department is investigating. No charges have been filed.

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