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The Marine Corps is investigating the death of a West Virginia marine based in Hawaii. The Marine Corps said in a statement Saturday that Gunnery Sgt. Eugene Jones of Montgomery was found unresponsive in his barracks room at the Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy in Camp Pendleton in northern California.
He was found at 8 a.m. Wednesday, two days after checked in at the academy to take a course. Medical responders pronounced him dead at the scene. A marine spokesman says Jones was an integral part of the Installation Personnel Administration team. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Kanawha county deputies are investigating the possibility that a body found along the Ohio River in Gallia County could be a missing woman. Frances Wartenburg disappeared in that exact spot, and hasn't been seen since February 22nd, after she left a birthday party near the America's Best Value Inn in Jefferson. WCHS-TV reports the woman's body was found Saturday night. Investigators say the body was badly decomposed, and they'll have to use dental records to identify the body and an autopsy will determine the exact cause of death.
Two churches have come together to help increase the community's access to fresh fruits and veggies while helping participants battle drug problems. Bill Hess, a member of the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church donated ground for a garden to be cultivated by those fighting addiction at the Day Report Center in Parkersburg. Produce grown at the garden is then handed out to the community for free at two Health Spot Farm Stands at Mt. Pleasant and St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Parkersburg. They're growing tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, peppers and other staples.
A former fire chief and his wife avoid jail time after they admitted to using thousands in volunteer fire funds to enhance their own lifestyle. Donald McCloud, former chief of the Washington Lands Volunteer Fire Department, and his wife Marsha McCloud got probation. The couple admitted to using the department's credit card to buy nearly $25,000 in groceries, music downloads, and personal items.
A pit bull that's at the center of a state Supreme Court case has been euthanized.
Bluefield's police chief tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the dog's owner Estella Robinson consented to the euthanization. The dog, named Major, had chased a mail carrier recently. In 2013, the pit bull faced euthanization for biting an animal control officer, but Robinson appealed. The state's highest court ruled in October of 2014 that the municipal court didn't have the authority to order the dog to be put down.
The West Virginia Marble Festival is finding a new home. The annual festival was held in Cairo the past 20 years, but reports say next year, it's moving to Paden City, home of the Marble King. The festival's coordinator says Cairo was the home of three marble factories, and the festival began as a way for workers to meet and talk. Paden City's mayor is excited about the festival's move and says it will showcase the Marble King and the city's history of glassmaking and pottery.
Nearly a dozen prescription drug distributions are asking a judge to deny the state's request to unseal court documents that contain information about shipments to state pharmacies. The lawsuit claims the pharmaceutical companies shipped excessive amounts of prescription painkillers to southern West Virginia pharmacies. The Charleston Gazette reports the companies are arguing the information is confidential. The state says the public has a right to know. The companies are being sued in Boone County Circuit Court by the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety and the health department.
After a 2014 chemical spill polluted the drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people in West Virginia, a state investigation finds 50 chemical tanks still pose a potential threat to the public water supply. The survey found the tanks aren't fit for service, but are still holding chemicals like oil, brine or gas. State regulars say most operators took their tanks out of commission after the survey or at least monitoring tank issues until repairs can be completed. The major issues found were corrosion and inadequate containment safeguards.
Workers are hopeful that one lane of US 60 can reopen tonight in Cedar Grove. Part of a hillside has been sliding for a couple of weeks now, and crews have been working to stabilize it, and get Route 60 open to traffic again. Big machines were on site Thursday to remove some of the debris, and the hope is that a temporary traffic signal can be up and running tonight that will alternate traffic one lane at a time, according to WCHS TV. That all depends on the weather.
Home confinement officers with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office tried to arrest 31-year old William Nottingham of Big Chimney Thursday afternoon, but he ran from a home on Fern Ridge Drive and heade toward the Elk River. He was wanted for violating the terms of his home confinement sentence through use of heroin, and was serving a sentence for grand larceny. Nottingham was eentually arrested on the riverbank after being tracked by a canine and handler.