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As the effort to convert to compressed natural gas vehicles continues, IGS Energy just opened its first compressed natural gas fueling station for vehicles. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin attended the opening Tuesday in Bridgeport to introduce the station that's part of a $10 million network of CNG fueling stations along Interstate 79 from Charleston to Mount Morris, Pa. The plan also calls for stations in Charleston and Jane Lew, along with the one near the Pennsylvania line. Supporters say natural gas as a cheaper, cleaner alternative to gasoline and diesel.
Four banking companies have agreed to pay the state nearly $8 million to settle a lawsuit claiming they used deceptive tactics to sell credit card protection programs to customers. West Virginia's Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Tuesday that Bank of America Corp., JP Morgan Chase & Co., Citibank/Citigroup Inc. and GE Money Bank agreed to pay $1.95 million each in the settlement. Morrisey said thousands of West Virginians entered into credit card payment protection programs without knowing they had done so, were charged extra fees and then had trouble reaping the benefits.
The Kanawha County Prosecutor's office is going to handle the Tennis Maynard case. Maynard is accused of shooting and killing Sheriff Eugene Crum in Mingo County in April, while Crum was eating lunch in his car. This comes after another attorney recused himself from the case last week in light of corruption accusations in Mingo County. It was announced Tuesday the the Kanawha County Prosecutor's office will handle the Maynard case. We also learned Tuesday that the case for Charleston attorney Mark Bramble will be handled by the Boone County prosecutor, Phil Morrison. Bramble is facing charges for wanton endangerment and attempted murder after a standoff with officers.
There's yet another twist in a government corruption case involving several Mingo County officials. Federal prosecutors are set to drop charges in one case against Suspended Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury. This, after Thornsbury agreed to pleade guilty in the second conspiracy case brought against him last week. The Feds filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Charleston, asking Judge Thomas Johnston to indefinitely pospone the current filing deadlines in one case against Thornsbury. Thornsbury is accused of repeated attempts to frame a romantic rival for false crimes. He was charged last week in a second scheme designed to protect the reputation of a former sheriff, who prosecutors say had bought drugs from a local sign maker. Sheriff Eugene Crum was killed in an unrelated shooting in April.
A Washington Post reporter whose story about a White House butler led to a Hollywood movie, will kick off a speaker series today at the University of Charleston. Wil Haygood will host a book signing from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a discussion at 6:30 p.m. at Riggleman Hall in Charleston tonight. Haygood wrote a 2008 article for the Washington Post about the life of Eugene Allen, the butler who served eight presidents. Allen is the subject of "Lee Daniels' The Butler.'' North American ticket sales for the Weinstein Co. film surpassed $100 million this month. Haygood's worked for The Charleston Gazette in the 1980's.
State corrections officials plan to begin moving juvenile offenders out of a facility in Harrison County this week. Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina told The Exponent Telegram that 16 juvenile sex offenders will be moved to the Sam Perdue Juvenile Center in Bluefield. Six others who have behavioral or mental issues are being transferred to the James. H. "Tiger" Morton Juvenile Center in Kanawha County. This comes after a court order over the summer set a deadline for Sept. 30 to have the juvenile offenders moved.
Urban deer hunting is underway in Charleston, and will run through December 31st. You've got to have a permit to hunt the deer with bows, but you can get one through the city of Charleston's website.
A Rand man reported being stabbed Saturday night. Roger Fore told Kanawha Deputies, he was walking on Elaine Drive toward his home when a suspect rode up on a bicycle and asked for a cigarette. When he refused, the suspect began beating him with a metal pipe before Fore was able to flee for help. Fore was transported to CAMC General Division to undergo treatment for stab wounds and blunt force trauma. Deputies have interviewed witnesses and are continuing to investigate the claims. The suspect description was given as a white male, age unknown wearing a white baggy t-shirt and baggy jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kanawha County Sheriff's office.
contact Deputy J.L. Lester at (304) 357-0169. Callers can remain anonymous.
If you've considered law enforcement as a career, now may be your opportunity. Needing more officers The Charleston Police Department is looking to hire men, women and minorities. Training Coordinator Paul Roach told WSAZ, it's often a struggle to recruit young people. He says salaries are not as competitive as the private sector, and that you have to want to be in law enforcement for more than the money. The Charleston Police say application deadline is Oct. 1. Anyone between the ages of 18-40 can apply.
Juvenile offenders being held in custody at facility in Harrison County will be transferred this week. The Exponent Telegram reports the Department of Military of Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina says 16 juvenile sex offenders will be moved to the Sam Perdue Juvenile Center in Bluefield. Six others, who have behavioral or mental issues will be transferred the Morton Juvenile Center in Kanawha County. A judge had condemned conditions at the former Industrial Home for Youth and the state decided to convert it to an adult prison.