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On the heels of Veterans Day, the Governor is looking for old photos to recognize West Virginia's military members. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office says the photos will be displayed on a "Military Recognition'' tree at the Capitol during the holiday season. Tomblin says in a news release that the tree is a way to display gratitude to West Virginians serving in the military. You can send the photos to the governor's office through next Friday, November 23. A form and tag can be downloaded from the governor's website, www.governor.wv.gov .
Two deaths this year on the railroad tracks in Hurricane have officials there taking a closer look at safety. A man died on the railroad near Hurricane High School over the weekend. Police say he had his earphones on and couldn't hear the train approaching. 20-year old Michael Eads died upon impact. Back in January, Hurricane High School student Jacob Ball was killed while walking about 100-yards from that spot. He was also earing earphones. Hurricane police up the number of citations they issue around the tracks, rather than issue verbal warnings. It's illegal to walk on the railroad tracks.
A woman in Logan County is dead, and her husband has been charged in her death. State police say it was a fight between 36-year old Gary Terry and 39-year old Caren Blankenship that led to her death. The two were at the Roadway Inn in Chapmanville when the fight happened early Sunday morning, according toState Police dispatchers. Blankenship was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center, where she died Sunday evening of a severe head injury. Terry is being held at the South Central Regional Jail.
A Charleston man learned his sentence Friday in Kanawha Circuit Court. Donald Raines was sentenced to five years in prison for a shooting death that occurred on Charleston’s West Side last November. Raines had pleaded guilty previously to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Jerry Baldwin, admitting he started an argument with Baldwin over an ex-girlfriend.
The earthquake reported in Kentucky Saturday by the U.S. Geological Survey was strong enough to be felt in the Kanawha Valley. The epicenter of the 4.3 magnitude earthquake was about 10 miles west of Whitesburg, Kentucky. But residents in Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia also reported feeling the quake. So far there have been no reports of serious damage.
A Charleston family makes an appearance tonight on a nationally syndicated game show. The Newkirk family will be on Family Feud at 5:30 p.m. today on WVAH TV, according to a news release from the show. Show organizers say the Newkirks will face off against the Myers family of Lithia Springs, Ga., in front of a live TV audience in Atlanta, with the chance to win up to $100,000 and a brand new car. The show is hosted by Steve Harvey.
Fire investigators have ruled a weekend fire at a home in Charleston to be arson. The home burned Saturday evening at 1547 Garfield Avenue on West Side Hill, and the home was destroyed. Investigators have ruled the fire arson. Both the Charleston fire and police departments are investigating. Anyone with tips should call the Fire Prevention Bureau and Investigation Division.
West Virginia State Police had been looking for a man who escaped out a restroom window while his arrest was being processed. 22-year old Ruben Munoz Garcia was arrested for carrying a concealed deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm and escaped from the South Charleston Detachment. He turned himself in Sunday night and is currently being held at South Central Regional Jail. Troopers say it turns out Ruben Munoz Garcia was a false name, and his real name is Cornelio Ramon Rodriguez.
Superstorm Sandy will be a costly storm once the final tallies are in, but not as costly as the June 29th storms for Appalachian Power. The company estimates the summer storms costs $62 million, and while the final estimates have yet to come in after Sandy, the totals are expected to be much lower. About 150,000 Appalachian Power customers lost power after Sandy. After the June 29th storms, the outages for West Virginia customers peaked at 330,000. It will take a few more weeks for Appalachian power to have the final estimates post-Sandy.
Charleston's Veteran's Day parade tomorrow is serving as a model for the rest of the US. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs picked Charleston as one of 62 regional sites across the country to be a standout city, and it's the first time Charleston has been picked. The parade will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Kanawha Boulevard E. and Leon Sullivan Way. It moves north on Leon Sullivan to Quarrier Street, turns left onto Truslow Street and ends at Haddad Riverfront Park. Guest speaker, Cmdr. Adam D. Palmer, commanding officer of the ballistic missile submarine USS West Virginia, will say a few words at 11am.