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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded grants totaling more than $1 million to support local programs to reduce the incidence of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and stroke in West Virginia. The state has been awarded nearly $600,000, while West Virginia University will receive $427,000. The grants will be used for an initiative that includes intervention strategies through existing outreach services.
West Virginia State Police caught up with a Virginia mom after a 4-day search. Lisa Cantrell was arrested after the extensive search along the East Coast for her and her three children. Cantrell doesn't have legal custody of the children, and took the kids out of school and left Virginia. She was arrested on I-77 near Charleston late Saturday night and all the kids were found safe in the car. The kids were reunited with their father, who has legal custody. Cantrell will be extradited back to Virginia where she's facing three felony kidnapping charges.
There have been two fatal ATV accidents in West Virginia over the past few days. Troopers in Putnam County are investigating a fatal ATV accident that happened Friday evening along Grandview Ridge Road in Red House. One person died in that accident, and the name has not been released yet. The Mercer County Sheriff's office also reports a death after a woman's ATV went off the side of a mountain. 38-year old Katherine Green of North Carolina was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports she was riding with her husband when the ATV failed to negotiate a curve and went about 150 feet off the side of the mountain.
The rumored layoffs are happening. Alpha Natural Resources has idled three southern West Virginia mining complexes and laid off 261 employees. A company news release says it will idle surface mines Independence Coal's Twilight, Pioneer Fuels' Ewing Fork No. 1 and Marsh Fork. The mines are in Boone, Kanawha and Raleigh counties. Two mines are connected to a July warning notice that 1,100 Southern West Virginia mine employees could face layoffs by mid-October. Marsh Fork was not part of the July notice. Alpha pointed to federal regulations and dismal market conditions for its layoffs.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is visiting three counties to talk about issues and hear concerns. The senator was in Institute yesterday to talk about foreign policy issues with West Virginia State University political science students. Manchin will head to Clay County today to tour the Clay Health Care Center in Ivy Dale and hold a town hall meeting. The tour wraps up Monday with a stop in Jefferson County where Manchin will deliver remarks during the Jefferson County Development Authority's dedication of the new U.S. Coast Guard Operations System Center in Kearneysville.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's office is part of the nationwide Drug Takeback event tomorrow, so between 10:00a until 2:00p you can drop off unused medications at the Chelyan, Elkview, Sissonville or St. Albans Detachments of the KCSO with no questions asked. It's a way to keep prescription drugs off the streets and out of landfills. All of the drugs collected will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for proper disposal. And as an ongoing effort beyond tomorrow, you can take unused prescription medications to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters at the W. Kent Carper Justice and Public Safety Building 301 Virginia Street East in Charleston, Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm excluding Holidays.
Chelyan Detachment 200 Upper Kanawha Valley Way, Cabin Creek
Elkview Detachment 1078 Main Street , Elkview
Sissonville Detachment 6438 Sissonville Drive, Sissonville
St. Albans Detachment 6805 Ohio Avenue, St. Albans
Body cameras on police? Buckhannon's police officers will begin wearing body cameras next year. The Inter-Mountain says that the City Council recently set aside $14,000 for the cameras and a server that will store data that they capture. The cameras will record both video and audio. Police chief Matthew Gregory says he expects all nine officers to be outfitted with the cameras by early 2015, and they city will eventually add a compatible in-car camera system too.
The battle continues over a gun ordinance. A state law passed this spring allows guns at recreation centers, and Charleston has a city ordinance banning guns from rec centers. A judge on Thursday denied a request by the West Virginia Defense League to rule the city's ordinance unenforceable. The city had filed a motion to have complaints against it dropped, and that was also denied. WSAZ.com reports the city plans to keep moving forward with the case.
A first grade student from Midland Trail Elementary was found on the school bus with an unloaded, single-shot pistol on Wednesday. Another student heard the child talking about the gun and told the bus driver, who called authorities. There was no ammunition found, and no threats were made, but the student was sent home. The School Resource Officer is investigating, and part of the investigation will attempt to answer how the student got the gun and if any negligence was potentially criminal in nature. Once the investigation is complete, the case will go to the county prosecuting attorney's office for consideration.
Seven video lottery establishments posing as fraternal lodges have been fined by the West Virginia Lottery Commission. Three have to pay a $1,000 fine, and it's a $500 fine for the others. The Charleston Gazette says the fines stem from a Lottery investigation prompted by complaints from bar and club owners that the establishments weren't fraternal lodges. Under state law, fraternal organizations can have up to 10 video lottery machines. The limit for bars and clubs is five machines. Musgrave says some of the establishments didn't have membership lists. Some opened their doors to anyone. The commission also fined a limited video lottery machine distributor $6,000 for violating state laws regarding fraternal organization.