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On Tuesday afternoon there was a single vehicle crash on Coal River Road, and deputies say a car traveling south left the roadway and hit a tree at an estimated speed of 55 mph. Cpl BD Humphreys with the Kanawha County Sheriff's office says one witness to the crash said the vehicle braked until almost stopped, them accelerated suddenly several times. The vehicle may have been the subject of a BOLO (be on the lookout) issued by Metro 911 several moments earlier after reports of a similar car driving erratically. The driver, 47-year old Tammy Holsopple of Tornado was not wearing a seatbelt, and died after being extricated. Toxicology reports are pending.
Mingo County has a new prosecutor and commissioner. Teresa Maynard had been acting as the county's prosecutor since Michael Sparks resigned, and was officially sworn in as prosecutor Wednesday. Maynard had been an assistant under former prosecutor Michael Sparks and now takes over the job. Mike Carter is a member of the county's Board of Education and will have to resign his post, and then he'll be sworn in as the new commissioner, taking the place of David Baisden. Sparks and Baisden are facing charges in separate federal investigations.
A new study says about 71,000 West Virginia residents will be eligible for tax credits under the federal health care reform law if they purchase coverage through new health insurance marketplaces. The state-by-state analysis was conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Nationally, an estimated 17 million people will be eligible for the credits. To qualify, people must earn between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level. That's between $23,550 and $94,200 annually for a family of four. They also must not be eligible for affordable coverage from an employer or from Medicaid or Medicare.
West Virginia State University says Provost Charles Byers is retiring after 41 years of service. His last day will be June 30, 2014 after holding several leadership roles at the school. After stepping aside, Byers will serve for one year as a senior adviser to the president. His responsibilities will focus mainly on the university's accreditation and a campus master plan. Byers is a Logan County native who grew up in West Dunbar.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's state director is stepping down. Manchin says Kelley Goes is leaving her job overseeing his Senate offices in the state to join the law firm Jackson Kelly. Goes also worked for Manchin when he was governor. She served in two positions -- state Commerce Secretary and executive director of the West Virginia Development Office.
More now on a body discovered in a shallow grave in Raleigh County last week. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office says the body found along Old Turnpike Road near Beckley has been identified by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner after an autopsy, and the body is that of Kareem Hunter of Charleston. Mr. Hunter went missing on September 23rd, and a murder investigation has been underway since October 2, 2013, with Kelsey Legg facing a murder charge. The investigation is being led by the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation.
Two men entered pleas related to a 2012 murder, and will spend time in prison. Jarod Washington and Daniel Little pleaded guilty in Kanawha Circuit Court on Monday in the murder of Roy Chambliss, who was found dead in his home on Picadilly Street in Charleston. Washington received a 45 year prison sentence and Little will spend 40 years behind bars. Chambliss' girlfriend told police and argument broke out over a possible gun deal.
Once again, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has asked many state agencies to submit budget proposals that are 7.5 percent lower than the current budgets in the new year. Public education, corrections, Medicaid and others are exempt from those cuts, but higher education is not exempt. Marshall University is among the school planning to make do with less in the coming years, and the school is hosting several forums this week for students, faculty, and members of the community. Lawmakers and policy makers have been invited to take part as well.
A man walking along the train tracks in Marmet Monday has been identified. Police said it happened at 98th Street and Ohio Avenue as he was walking along the tracks at about 1:30 in the afternoon. He's been identified as 53-year old Anthony Dawkin. Two other fatalities have happened along that same stretch of 98th street in the past decade.
West Virginia Internet providers said they are working hard to reach the 9 percent of people who lack broadband access, but hurdles remain. Officials with Suddenlink, Frontier, Comcast and Verizon said Monday they're expanding networks and creating low-cost options. Connect America Fund grants are helping extend service to rural areas, and more than 60,000 people will get service soon. Another 20-thousand households will have to wait a little longer for service, but 100 percent coverage is still the goal.