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The Democratic party complained about fake accounts, and Twitter shut them down. Accounts set up under the names of West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw and state Sen. Walt Helmick were fakes, and they are no more. Twitter has also suspended at least three other accounts operated by West Virginia Republicans. Most of the accounts had just a few followers and hadn't sent too many tweets when they were suspended. If you want to know whether an account is the real deal, look for that little blue verified check mark.
Detectives are still looking into a case involving human remains, discovered inside a trailer in Boone County. Police now say 71-year old Jimmie Cooper appears to be a murder victim. Police were first called to the trailer just off Route 3 about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night to investigate, and WSAZ reports the body was badly decomposed when the got there. It quickly became a multi-agency investigation, involving Boone County Sheriff's Deputies, West Virginia State Police and a crime scene unit. Police don't think it was a random crime. They're interviewing neighbors and family members now.
West Virginia is getting big money to go toward prescription drug monitoring. The US Department of Health and Human Services is giving the state $450,000 to help to integrate electronic health records and pharmacy systems to make prescribers aware of patients who have histories of abuse or are doctor shopping. Governor
Tomblin says the grant will also help make the prescription drug monitoring program more user friendly for physicians and hospitals in West Virginia.
More has been released about the fatal pedestrian accident on Interstate 77 this week. It happened at mile marker 106 of I-77 on Wednesday. Officers say a car driven by 46-year old Winnifer G. Jones of Huntington, was headed north during heavy rain and she saw the pedestrian very near or in the travel lane and attempted to stop, but couldn't. 54-year old Stephen M. Staudt of Ohio was hit and killed. The accident is still being investigated and no charges have been filed. Once the investigation is finished, information will be forwarded to the Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney for determination if charges are warranted.
The man who held up a Nicholas County Go Mart early Tuesday has been arrested. 29-year old Thomas Christian Caufield of Richwood allegedly held up a Go Mart convenience store at gunpoint, and has been charged with armed robbery. He was taken to the Central Regional Jail in Sutton yesterday.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was at the presentation Thursday when Consol Energy made a big donation to the city of Fairview. The energy company gave a $100,000 check to the city for a water line extension project and laid out its "Working Safely for a Cause'' program.
Foreclosure hlep is on its way to thousands of West Virginia homeowners. Mailers went out this week to over five thousand homeowners who may be eligible for payment under the $25 billion national mortgage foreclosure settlement. Eligible borrowers include those who lost their homes to foreclosure between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011 to one of the nation's five largest mortgage servicers: Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. The exact payment will depend upon the total number of borrowers who decide to participate. The deadline for all claims is January 18, 2013 and payments would go out in mid 2013.
Who would steal a hearse? Someone swiped a hearse as funeral home workers were picking up a body from a home in Dunbar on Wednesday then drove the hearse to Charleston's West Side. Dunbar Police say Keller Funeral Home workers left the keys in the ignition, and when they came back outside the hearse was gone. It was located later along Red Oak Street on the West Side, about 10 miles from the home and nothing appeared to be missing. It was a joy ride as far as police can tell, but a crime nonetheless.
Police have infiltrated a shoplifting ring and recoverd thousands of dollars in stolen goods. Officers arrested Joseph Cook on Tuesday evening at Lowe's in the Trace Fork Shopping Center along Corridor G, and he was caught trying to conceal a drill in his pants. The tools were valued at about $300. Police think Cook was part of a larger shoplifting ring where items where stolen and sold at pawn shops. The thefts came from Lowes, Dicks Sporting Goods, Walmart, and Cabela's, mostly in South Charleston. There has been one other arrest so far.
The National Institute of Occupational Health wants to do research on the health and safety of miners, and get their input along the way. The proposal was published in the Federal Register on Monday and is available for public comment now. Because of mine disasters, new safety devices have been mandated including devuces like wireless communication systems and personal dust monitors. The federal agency wants permission to observe miners at work and distribute questionaires with the goal of increasing safety.