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United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts shined the spotlight on the recent string of coal-mining deaths during the government shutdown, and said in a prepared statement there are fewer mine inspectors on the job with the shutdown, and those working are either keeping an eye on operators and mines with a history of mine safety and health problems, or responding to special situations. There aren't any regular inspections happening. The three deaths in recent days happened in West Virginia, Illinois, and Wyoming. The UMWA is urging miners to look out for one another.
The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office had been looking for the white man seen in surveillance video with a murder suspect, and now they say with the help of anonymous tips, that man has been identified. Kelsey Legg has been arrested in connection with the disappearance and murder of Kareen Hunter, and was seen a day later at the Lowe’s home improvement store in Kanawha City buying carpet and paint. Detectives have interviewed the man seen with her, and are investigating his level of involvement. He is not believed to have been involved in the murder of Kareem Hunter, but is known to have done remodeling work at Kelsey Legg’s apartment after the crime occurred. His name won't be released right now.
Early Tuesday morning a sheriff's deputy went to check on reports of a man and woman walking on Dry Ridge Road in St. Albans, trying to stop passing cars. The Deputy found 28-year old Joey Eads of St. Albans and recognized him from numerous previous encounters, according to the sheriff's office, and knew of outstanding warrants. He was arrested and sent to jail on charges including Operating or Attempting to Operate a Clandestine Laboratory, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Purchasing Precursor Ingredients to Make Methamphetamine and Fleeing from Police in a Vehicle. The woman with him was taken home.
A new report said West Virginia leads the nation in the rate of fatal drug overdoses, and the rate is six times higher than it was about a decade ago. The report released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health says 28.9 per 100,000 people died of fatal overdoses in 2010. The majority of those involved prescription drugs. That's 605 percent higher than 1999, and the growth is outpacing the rest of the nation. But the report also noted West Virginia is tackling the problem, with eight of a possible 10 indicators of promising strategies to curb prescription drug abuse.
A huge taxidermy collection donated to West Virginia University is being auctioned off today as part of a continuing fund-raising campaign. Cordie O. Hudkins Jr. died last fall at 74 after a long career with the state Division of Natural Resources. He was superintendent of three different state parks who left his collection to WVU's Natural History Museum. Money raised from the sale will support wildlife and fisheries students, and help the museum build and expand displays. Registration begins 3 p.m. today at the Ruby Community Center at Mylan Park in Morgantown. Bidding starts at 5.
The newest affordable housing complex on the West Side was unveiled Monday with dignitaries including Mayor Danny Jones, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and others on hand. The Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority hosted an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning at the Switzer Center for the Greystone Apartments. There are 28 apartment units across the seven-building complex across from Washington Street West, and that finishes out phase seven of the West Side redevelopment project. Now it's on to phase eight, which will put up a new community across from Greystone.
Detectives with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office have been looking at surveillance footage from the Lowe’s home improvement store in Kanawha City. Murder suspect Kelsey Marie Legg is seen with two men purchasing paint and other items at that store. They are asking for the public’s assistance identifying the men, described as one black man and one white man. Anyone with information should call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip at www.kanawhasheriff.us.
Kelsey Marie Legg has been charged with felony murder in connection with the disappearance and murder of Kareem Hunter.
A recent accident has a Cross Lanes woman facing a child neglect charge. 19-year old Ashley Croushorn had two children with her at the time of the accident, and a Jackson County deputy said she crashed a vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol. It happened on Interstate 77 near the Goldtown exit. Croushorn failed several of the field sobriety tests and a preliminary blood alcohol test showed she had a reading of .098, according to the criminal complaint.
Furloughs have been a prominent part of the federal government shutdown, but many of those workers are back on the job now. The West Virginia National Guard called back about a thousand civilian employees to work Monday. That's about 90 percent of the workforce, after the the Department of Defense decided the workers could come back under the Pay Our Military Act passed by federal lawmakers.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's office had been looking for Kelsey Legg, and she was arrested Saturday evening. She turned in herself at the Charleston Police Department on the outstanding warrant for felony murder in connection with the investigation of the disappearance and murder of Kareem Hunter. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 10th as the investigation into Hunter's death continues. Particularly, the investigators are seeking information on the identity of the white man seen with Ms. Legg on surveillance video at the Lowe’s home improvement store in Kanawha City buying a roll of carpet. After Hunter's murder, the carpet was reportedly cleaned, and carpet was replaced. Anyone with information should contact the Kanawha County Sheriff's office.