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Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association isin the running for a State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant. The program got 4000 entries, and the KCHA is one of 200 finalists for the submission, “Dog Training at Prison.” The 40 causes with the most votes on June 3rd will each win $25,000 to launch their programs. The proposed program will place dogs that need rehabilitation and training with inmates who will spend 20 weeks learning how to care for and train their dogs, and eight more weeks working directly with the dogs, and afterward the dogs will either return to KCHA for adoption or advance to service dog training for people with disabilities. To vote go to the State Farm Neighborhood Assist page on Facebook.
Putnam County is looking for ways to curb underage drinking, and county commissioners have a petition before them asking for special reguations for anyone who supplies alcohol to a minor. The Putnam Wellness Coalition presented commissioners with a petition that had more than 500 signatures on it, asking them to pass a "Social Host" regulation. That would punish those who provided the environment, regardless of who actually provided the alcohol or drugs for minors. The Putnam County prosector will weigh in before commissioners make a decision.
State police say officers shot a man in Elkins after he pointed a handgun at them. State police say 25-year-old Preston L. Burrows was critically injured Saturday and was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. It started when a resident called 911 and reported that a man was banging on his door and shouting that he would kill himself if the door wasn't opened, and an Elkins officer found the man carrying a handgun. Two State Police troopers and another Elkins officer arrived, and said the man demanded that the officers shoot him, and became upset when they didn't. He then pointed the gun at them.
Now that we're past Memorial Day the summer events are kicking in. Live on the Levee will have free entertainment throughout the summer for 16 consecutive Fridays...through Sept. 4. Organizers keep it a family friendly atmosphere, with different styles of music each Friday. And profits from the 50/50 raffle help raise money for Charleston area charities, including Convenant House of West Virginia, the Religious Coalition for Community Renewal, the YWCA of Charleston, Daymark and the Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center.
Authorities are investigating a house fire in Elkins that killed a woman on Memorial Day. Elkins Fire Chief Tom Meador tells WBOY-TV that the victim's body was found in a second-story bedroom. He says the woman was in her early 30s. Two other adults and a child were rescued from the porch roof by firefighters. Another man escaped the burning house on his own.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin wants big drug wholesalers to release records that would show how much oxycodone and hydrocodone they've shipped to pharmacies in West Virginia over the past ten years. Manchin sent letters last week to the CEOs of 13 drug distributors that supply pain pills, and the Charleston Gazette reports it's about getting a grip on the scope and availability of prescription painkillers in the state that might help lawmakers address issues.
Those in Clay County will have to drive 40 miles or more for groceries now that the Piggly Wiggly has closed. The store on Main Street in Clay shut its doors, and the next closest grocery stores are in Celndenin or Flatwoods, both between 40 and 50 miles away. Family Dollar, Dollar Tree and a GoMart have some food, and the Charleston Gazette says they're having trouble keeping up with demand. The Piggly Wiggly property hasn't been sold yet, according to records at the Clerk's Office.
Yeager Airport says it's suing potentially responsible parties after the March landslide along Keystone Drive. The airport blames the failure of the mechanical structure meant to retain the dirt. There are reports that Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper supports the lawsuit. The landslide took out power lines, damaged gas lines and destroyed a church in mid-March.
State and U.S. flags at all state-owned facilities will be flown at half-staff on Memorial Day. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered the flags to be lowered from dawn until dusk on Monday. Tomblin also asked West Virginians in a news release to participate in a prayer for permanent peace at 11 a.m. Monday and to observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m.
A Charleston woman is in trouble after allegedly texting 911 dispatchers for help when she didn't need it. Erica Smoot sent a text message to 911 dispatchers saying she’d been kidnapped and was in the trunk of a car, according to WCHS TV. The GPS coordinates of her cellphone showed she was in the area of Barlow and Twilight drives in Kanawha County, and police eventually found Smoot in a tent just off Barlow Drive, and not in any danger.