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Dozens of emergency vehicles are expected to make their way through Charleston this week....no on their way to an emergency, but to a celebration instead. The West Virginia Public Safety Expo kicks off Wednesday night with a parade of emergency vehicles. Organizer Terry Sayre says the annual event typically has at least 50 vehicles in the parade, and draws emergency responders from across the state for workshops and continuing education courses. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday and iIt will go along Kanawha Boulevard to the Charleston Civic Center. The expo will be held through Saturday.
A truck hauling heavy equipment hit a power pole Monday and that knocked down power lines. Goff Mountain Road in the 300 block was shut down in both directions in Cross Lanes along with West Washington Street after the power lines came down. Someone inside a vehicle was able to escaped unharmed after cable lines fell on top of it, but drivers in the area faced delays for several hours, and those who live on Brick Lane and Old Goff Mountain Road had delayed access to their homes while crews worked on repairs. Then accidents on West Washington Street and 40th Street in Nitro caused additional problems. Part of Goff Mountain Road near Interstate 64 was shut down for about twelve hours, but all should be back to normal today.
Charleston City Council on Monday night gave the green light for a half-percent sales tax on some retail items, which will help fund renovations at the Charleston Civic Center. The tax will be added to items like food, gas, and cars. Mayor Danny Jones supports the renovations at the Civic Center, saying they're essential to Charleston's future.
Governor Earl Ray Tombln has vetoed three more bills from the most recent legislative session. Police officers at West Virginia's Division of Natural Resources won't see a tax break based on their pensions, for one. The Legislature approved exempting their retirement benefits from income taxes this session, but the governor vetoed the measure Friday over concerns about special tax treatment for a small group. Also Friday, the governor vetoed a bill that aimed to allow additional borrowing by a courthouse renovation fund. Tomblin questioned whether the fund had sufficient revenues for such long-term debt. The other vetoed bill sought to streamline a health sciences college scholarship program while also changing oversight for the state's Center for Nursing. That violates a rule limiting a bill to one topic.
It's been ten months since the cell phone law passed that bans use while driving. Talking and texting are both against the law, and you could be pulled over and ticketed. The Charleston Gazette reports since the new law went into effect there have been 125 convictions in West Virginia. The largest number of convictions have been in Beckley Municipal Court, then Berkeley County, and Kanawha County. As the cell phone ban becomes a primary offense, meaning an officer can pull you over for that and nothing else, the number of tickets are expected to increase.
A man threatened suicide on Saturday evening and said if someone tried to stop him he would shoot them, and would even shoot law enforcement officers to force them to kill him. The man told the Veterans Affairs Crisis hotline he had taken an anti-anxiety medicine in excess. He was calling from Will's Creek Road in the Elkview area. Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies secured the area by evacuating neighbors and closing the road. When the crisis counselor told deputies the man seemed groggy and fading in and out of consciousness, the SWAT team went in and got the man before he could make good on his threats. He still had a loaded firearm next to him on the couch. He was taken to the Charleston Area Medical Center for an evaluation. No criminal charges are expected.
Today is the day to set extra trash at the curb. It's the first of many upcoming Spring Cleanup dates, meaning the City of Charleston's Refuse Department allows for special collections. There are just a few exceptions for what you can't leave at the curb - like batteries, toxic substances or paint cans containing wet paint. If your regular collection day is on Tuesday, set out the extra trash today. Wednesday customers will have the spring cleanup collections next Monday, May 13th, Thursday collection will have spring cleanup Monday May 20th, and for Friday collections the spring cleanup will be Monday June 3rd. Regular trash collection continues during that time.
Two parents in Roane County are in jail after their daughter fell out of a window. Lucas and Jamie Taylor left their 3-year-old child alone long enough for her to open an upstairs window and fall 15 feet to the ground. The Taylors have been charged with child abuse and child neglect resulting resulting in serious injury.
Charleston police have charged a man after finding materials consistent with making methamphetamine during a traffic stop. 28-year old William Haynes of Sissonville faces a charge of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine laboratory, according to the criminal complaint. The traffic stop happened in the 4000 block of Washington Street West in Dunbar early Thursday. The officer also saw a clear plastic bag containing marijuana.
The search is on for the driver who hit a KRT bus this week. It happened Wednesday morning in St. Albans on West Main when traffic was stopped because of construction. The car rear-ended the bus, and then the driver got out and pushed the car to the side of the road, when deputies say he took the license plate off and drove away. Anyone with information is asked to call the police.