Hundred Secretary Pleads Not Guilty
Franklin Scott Hixenbaugh, 33, of HC 67 Box 30C, Hundred, entered a not guilty plea Sept. 11 in Wetzel County Circuit Court. He has been charged by the September 2015 Grand Jury with embezzlement.
Hixenbaugh’s indictment states that between Aug. 1, 2013 and Nov. 18, 2013, in his capacity as the secretary for Hundred High School, Hixenbaugh embezzled funds of more than $1,000, which belonged to Wetzel County Schools/Hundred High School. Previously, on Nov. 18, 2013, former Wetzel County Superintendent Dennis J. Albright had confirmed to the Wetzel Chronicle that a situation involving money was being investigated at Hundred High School. Albright was unable to give many details about the situation but stated it could possibly be addressed in a future agenda item at a board meeting. Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught had stated that the matter was being investigated by the West Virginia State Police.
At the Nov. 18, 2013 board meeting, an addendum to that meeting’s agenda listed, among other items, Hixenbaugh’s resignation from his position as secretary II/computer operator at Hundred High School.
The item was approved unanimously.