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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.
You may have noticed flags flying at a lower level on Sunday. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin ordered all U.S. and West Virginia flags to be displayed at half-staff at government facilities yesterday as part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. Eighty-one fallen firefighters will be honored at the service being held in Maryland. The service marks the beginning of National Fire Prevention Week, which runs through Oct. 12.
State Police have arrested a 31-year old woman in connection with the murder of a Wayne County man. The investigation is ongoing, but detectives think Erica Dawn Streets murdered Julius Davis, who has been missing for several months. Streets' boyfriend, 51-year old Daniel Kilpatrick was also arrested because detectives think Kilpatrick helped bury Davis. A body was found on the couple's property on little Lynn Creek Road in the Easy Lynn area of Wayne County after others in the area complained of a "dead smell." Both are lodged at Western Regional Jail.
A 19-year old woman from Marmet is facing a felony murder charge. Kelsey Marie Legg is still at large, and is accused of luring Kareem Hunter to her apartment on 83rd Street in Marmet on September 23rd to have him kidnapped, and investigators think Mr. Hunter was killed in Ms. Legg’s apartment. Hunter was reported missing to Charleston Police Department detectives last week. Charleston’s detectives and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office have been working together on the investigation. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ms. Legg is asked to immediately call the sheriff's office right away at 304-357-0169 or submit a tip on the website at www.kanawhasheriff.us.
Logan County deputies say they've arrested five men after a prostitution sting. One man was from Kentucky, and the others were from West Virginia, according to a news release from the Logan County Sheriff's office. Deputies said three of the five men arrested had offered prescription medications in exchange for sexual acts. The Kanawha County sheriff's office helped with the investigation.
WorkForce West Virginia is asking federal workers furloughed by a partial government shutdown to hold off on filing for unemployment benefits. A posting on the agency's website encourages federal workers to wait until next week to file their claims because it's uncertain how long the shutdown will last.The agency says it will backdate claims up to 21 days after a worker is laid off. Acting unemployment compensation director Beth Carenbauer says that the agency already has received about 30 claims from federal workers. She says the agency has increased staff to process an expected rise in claims next week. WorkForce estimates there are 23,000 federal employees in West Virginia. But many may be deemed essential, so they're at work.
With the Charleston Boulevard Rod Run and Doo Wop car show going on, there are some traffic issues to consider. The antique and classic cars will be on display along Kanawha Boulevard through Sunday. The city of Charleston says Kanawha Boulevard will be restricted between Leon Sullivan Way on the East End to Ohio Avenue on the West Side. One westbound lane of the boulevard will remain open between Leon Sullivan Way and Capitol Street and between Clendenin Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Traffic will also be restricted on Laidley and Summers streets between Virginia Street and Kanawha Boulevard, and parking on those blocks and in the metered lot behind City Hall will be limited to event-related vehicles. Hours for the car show are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. There's also live music each night and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Saturday.
Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a shooting at the Charleston Moose Lodge. It happened about 2:30 this morning after a fight broke out, and WSAZ.com reports several hundred people were gathered outside when the shots were fired. The crowd scattered, and a short time later the man was dropped off at CAMC General with a gunshot wound. We don't yet know the extent of the injuries.
State tax collections in the fiscal year's first quarter are more than $34 million below estimates. Figures from the State Budget Office show that tax collections are down for the 5th straight month. September's tax collections were about $2 million below estimates. Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the decline is due to sluggish wages and consumer spending. He says the state will need revenue growth of at least 2.8 percent over the next nine months to avoid a deficit.