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Police are investigating an apparent suicide at the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston.The West Virginia Regional Jail Authority confirmed that 54-year old Joseph Daniel Albohn of Kanawha County, was found dead in his cell at about 2 a.m. Tuesday. He was in jail on recent child pornography charges, and had been on suicide watch but a psychologist determined it was safe to take him off of suicide watch August 10th, according to the Gazette. The deputy director revealed that Albohn apparently hanged himself with a bedsheet.
Dish Network may quit carrying WCHS TV8 and WVAH Fox 11. If no new retransmission agreement is reached between Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Dish Network Corp. that is likely to happen at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Dish said in a prepared statement that Sinclair has threatened to block Dish customers' access to their broadcasts "unless Dish accepts a massive price increase." Sinclair also issued a prepared statement, and said the company is negotiating with Dish on terms for a new agreement, but doubts one will be reached.
The state Judicial Hearing Board has approved a settlement for a former Kanawha County magistrate Carol Fouty. Fouty has already resigned, but that was one of the stipluations of the agreement. She must also remove herself from this November's election and pay more than six thousand dollars to cover the costs of the investigation. As it accepted the agreement, the hearing board also asked Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants' office to investigate whether criminal laws were violated. The recommendations will now go before the state Supreme Court.
A Kanawha County Sheriff's deputy was called to a disturbance last Saturday at the Comfort Inn at 122 Racer Drive in Cross Lanes. A bartender had stopped serving the two because they were so intoxicated. 48-year old Donald Charles Canaday of Crab Orchard took off his shirt and made threats to the bartender, according to the sheriff's office, and then left with 33-year old Christy Lynn Bolen. Canaday, faces Battery on a Police Officer charge, after spitting on the officer, and kicked windows and banged his head on various
areas inside the patrol car. The police report says Canaday later made threats to kill police officers, burn houses and kill their families. He remains at the South Central Regional Jail. Bowlen was arrested, then taken to detox.
West Virginia is getting funds that will help low-income students take advanced placement courses. The aim of the $52,000 grant is to encourage students to take the advanced courses and earn college credit, and it's part of a larger $21.5 million grant from the US Dept. of Education going to 43 states. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says the advanced placement courses help create a culture in high schools that gets students excited about college.
It's something you may have talked about at the office this week. Charleston is the most sleep-deprived city in the US, according to pillow manufacturer Carpenter Co. and SleepBetter.org. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collected the data from all 50 states, and in Charleston, folks don't get enough sleep on just over ten days per month. Most analysts seem to agree that holding down an intense job, or several different jobs to make ends meet, can squeeze out sleep. And then there's Facebook.
We won't know for awhile whether state regulators will approve a special electricity rate for Century Aluminum's Jackson County plant. The Public Service Commission has extended the deadline for filing briefs, after Appalachian Power and several others told the PSC they need more time to file. Some are waiting on transcripts from court hearings. Century Aluminum says it needs to reduce electricity costs so it can reopen the Ravenswood plant that closed three years ago. A decision is expected in about a month.
The last of four suspects in a July robbery has been arrested by Charleston police. 39-year old Ronald Edward Tinsley was arrested last night on a KRT bus. Three people so far have been arrested and charged with first degree robbery stemming from an incident July 25 in the 400 block of Elm Street, where a man was choked and his wallet was stolen. The three previously charged remain in the South Central Regional Jail, and now Tinsley joins them.
Agencies continue to analyze their response to the June 29 storms to see how the emergency responses were handled, and what should be improved upon. Beckely city officials have put together a report that identifies strengths and will provide recommendations for improvement in the face of power outages, blocked roads, limited communications, and restricted supplies of water and ice, in case there is a next time. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is in the process of appealing a recent FEMA decision to deny a request for individual assistance to help homeowners impacted by the storm.
Meetings all day on Saturday turned out to be productive for union workers who were trying to avoid a strike against Special Metals. There are reports that members of the United SteelWorkers have reached to a tentative agreement on a contract with Special Metals and that would keep 700 workers at work, instead of sending them to a strike.