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One lane of westbound U.S. 60 in St. Albans will be closed today near the Kmart shopping plaza. American Electric Power crews are installing a new power line across the Kanawha River as part of the Nitro-St. Albans bridge relocation project, and while they work is going on they'll have traffic stopped in both directions. You may even see a helicopter pulling the power line from one side of the river to the other.
Officers from several law enforcement agencies had been looking for 37-year old David Jeffrey, who escaped from the Logan State Police detachment on Monday. Police crews combing several areas of Logan County looking for Jeffrey, who had been arrested for drug violations and a parole violation for a sex offense out of Virginia. Jeffrey was caught at the Fountain Place Mall and is expected to face additional charges in connection with the escape. State police are also tightening security and reviewing how the escape happened.
The West Virginia Attorney General's office has come up with a new initiative to help victims of identity theft. The new Identity Theft Resource Center helps victims fight bills that arise from identity theft, and provides resources that can help cancel fraudulent accounts. There are also tips there on how to prevent identity theft, along with information on how to contact credit bureaus and obtain credit reports. There's more information at www.wvago.gov
Two people are facing charges after armed robbery on Charleston's west side. The Exxon One Stop on Lee Street was robbed last Wednesday night, and a teenage boy was arrested Friday. Charleston police said the boy served as a look out. A teenage girl was arrested Thursday. Officers said she took cash after going into the gas station, and pulling out an unloaded gun.
Appalachian Power says the storms of June 29th cost the company $62 million and the numbers could climb higher because the final tally has yet to be reached. The state Public Service Commission held a hearing Monday to discuss the response of public utilities, and executives from Appalachian Power, First Energy and West Virginia American Water Company all sent representatives. Appalachian brought in 3,500 additional workers from 22 states to help restore power after the storm.
Bluefield State College in Beckley is expanding its nursing program. More nursing students will be able to attend school under the associate degree program in 2013, according to the Register-Herald, prompted mostly by a shortage of nursing education opportunities in the region.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office was called Saturday morning to a home in Rand, about a woman that had possibly overdosed on medication. As deputies were on the way there, a man called and tried to cancel the response, but deputies continued on to make sure the woman was okay. The police report says 47-year old Lawrence P. Richmond was beligerent when the deputy requested to speak with the woman, who was slumped over a chair. Paramedics eventually took the woman to the hospital, and the deputy said at that point Richmond tried to attack him. Richmond had to be tasered to be subdued, and was eventually taken to South Central Regional Jail.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says a fugitive from Georgia turned himself in Sunday morning. After learning he was wanted in the state of Georgia on Felony Drug charges, 36-year old Robert Allen Shamlin of Charleston surrendered in Kanawha County, and was taken to the South Central Regional Jail. He's awaiting extraditition to Georgia to face charges there.
Wild boar season opens Saturday in four counties. The Division of Natural Resources says a special boar permit is no longer required, but hunters must have certain licenses. Hunting of wild boars will be restricted to Boone, Logan, Raleigh, and Wyoming Counties. Hunters can only take one wild boar per year and hit has to be checked at an official station within 24 hours. Wild boar hunting begins October 27 and runs through November 3.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced that sixteen additional counties will receive individual assistance from FEMA after the June 29 storms and power outages that followed. The initial declaration included only four counties: Kanawha, Nicholas, Raleigh and Fayette. Last week, the governor asked for an expansion to include twenty others, but FEMA said ok to sixteen. Putnam county will not get the individual assistance. But individuals and businesses in Boone,
Lincoln, Roane, Wood and others will. West Virginians needing assistance in the counties that will receive individual assistance are encouraged to register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or by visiting http://www.fema.gov/.