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Riverside Teacher's Aide Enters Plea For Assault Charge
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Feb. 20, 2013 10:19 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 20, 2013 10:33 AM EST
Quincy , West Virginia
A Riverside High School special education aide pleaded guilty to assault for allegedly throwing a pair of boots at a store clerk in Belle.
Heather Lively entered the plea in Kanawha County Circuit Court Tuesday. Troopers said Lively threw the boots at the Magic Mart clerk because she could not return them. The incident happened in November 2012.
When troopers arrived at the scene, they found the drug Suboxone inside her purse. In exchange for Tuesday's guilty plea, battery and drug possession charges were dropped.
A Kanawha County high school teacher's aide was arrested for allegedly assaulting a store clerk and having prescription pills.
Heather Lively, 34, a special education aid at Riverside High School in Quincy, was arrested Monday afternoon. State Police said Lively threw a pair of boots she was trying to return at the store manager at the Magic Mart in Quincy. She was then arrested for assault and battery.
Lively says she only threw the boots on the floor, according to the criminal complaint, but a witnesses backed up the manger's account. She was described as "belligerent."
When troopers got back to the detachment and searched her, they said, they found Suboxone in her purse. Lively does not have a prescription for the drug, and says she became addicted to it at rehab, and was currently buying it off the street. She also is charged with simple possession.
Eyewitness News was told the school has been notified, and Lively is on administrative leave.
Kanawha County school board President Pete Thaw said, "I tried two years ago to get drug testing for teachers and the federal courts beat us to death over it. Judge Joseph Robert Goodwin told us that teachers were not a safety sensitive position."
Lively was in the South Central Regional Jail Monday evening on a $5,000 bond.
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