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If you haven't noticed it simply driving around, the official word from the state Division Forestry shows the fall colors are looking sharp and beautiful around West Virginia. The leaves in the New River Gorge are very close to peak, just in time for this weekend's annual Bridge Day where daredevils will be jumping and ziplining along the steel arch bridges. Overall, the Division of Forestry says Fayette County is 85 percent peak. Counties including Kanawha, Nicholas, and Raleigh range from 70 percent to 90 percent peak. It should be a beautiful weekend for a drive.
A 2-year old boy died Wednesday, and a 25-year-old man is facing charges.
State troopers arrested Nicholas Daniel Turkale and charged him with murder and child neglect resulting in death. He's the boyfriend of the toddler's mother. The boy arrived at CAMC General Hospital on Monday, and the mother and Turkale said the injuries were caused when the boy fell from a sink in their home. Investigators think the boy died from a blunt-force injury to the head. Turkale will be arraigned this morning in Logan County Magistrate Court.
Charleston police are looking for a woman who robbed a convenience store Wednesday night. Police say the Exxon One Stop along Lee Street was robbed by a woman with a gun last night around 10:45pm. She fled on foot, and so far there's been no word of an arrest.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's office says it's officers on Wednesday, in cooperation with the U.S. Marshall’s Service Fugitive Task Force, performed a Domestic Violence warrant round-up in the western part of Kanawha County. That led to several arrests. Jeffrey Sanders of Cross Lanes, Jeffrey Dean Caldwell of St. Albans, and Alan Blake of Dunbar were all arrested for failure to pay child support. Gary E. Coleman of Cross Lanes was arrested on a warrant for Domestic Battery, according to the sheriff's office. There's no word whether more of these warrant sweeps are planned.
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit over new vaccine requirements at schools. The suit had argued the Department of Health and Human Resources couldn't require the vaccines without the approval of the legislature, but the Kanawha Circuit said in his decision that the immunization rule is consistent with state code and does not exceed the Legislature's limits on interpretive rules. An appeal is expected. The new state code requires students entering school for the first time to be immunized against diphtheria, polio, rubeola, tetanus and pertussis, or whooping cough. Incoming seventh-graders and 12th-graders have to show proof they have received one dose of vaccines against meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Incoming 12th-graders must show proof they received booster doses after age 16.
A Kanawha County man offered an apology in court, and was then handed a 10 to 25 year prison sentence for sexually abusing his friend's nine-year old daughter. Prosecutors say the victim's mother allowed Hamrick to stay in her home while he got his life back in order, and that's when the assault happened. He was out of jail on probation at the time. Hamrick blames a drug addiction. Hamrick is already serving one to five years in prison on unrelated burglary charges.
The driver was flown to CAMC General after an accident Wednesday in Boone County. The passenger was killed in the accident that happened around 10 a.m. Wednesday near Danville. Investigators say Deputies say a man was driving a Ford Ranger when he lost control and flipped twice, and both men inside the truck were trhown. It's possible that the driver fell asleep at the wheel.
There are four counties in West Virginia where residents can apply for unemployment assistance through FEMA - Kanawha, Nicholas, Fayette and Raleigh counties. The deadline is coming up Monday, October 22 to file a claim for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. The unemployment has to be related to the storm that blew through June 29th, and it's for those who are not eligible for benefits under a state’s regular unemployment insurance program. Contact WorkForce West Virginia for more.
If security gets tighter at the state Capitol Complex, it may be thanks to a Pittsburgh based engineering firm. GAI Consulting has been awarded a $225,000 consulting contract to make recommendations for improving security at the state Capitol Complex. The company is based in Pennsylvania, but they have an office in Charleston. The contract asks GAI to highlight specific security risks and propose improvements.
A24-year-old St. Albans man is facing charges after a car was stolen from the CAMC General hospital parking garage in Charleston on Friday. An 80-year old woman was walking to her vehicle when a man came up to her and grabbed the keys, according to police. Then he hopped in Jeep Liberty and took off. Police looked at surveillance footage to find the thief, and family members helped identify the man as Brent Edward Prouse of St. Albans. He was arrested Tuesday and charged with one felony count of grand larceny.