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Services are scheduled this week for former Gov. Arch A. Moore Jr. Moore died on Wednesday at age 91. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is his daughter, and her office says a memorial service will be held at the Culture Center in Charleston at 11 a.m this Friday Jan. 16. Visitation is set from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 at Grisell Funeral Home in Moundsville. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday Jan. 17 at Simpson United Methodist Church in Moundsville.
An apartment fire over the weekend in Kanawha City is under investigation. One person died in the fire in apartments above Trivillian’s Pharmacy on the corner of 35th Street and Staunton Avenue. The flames escalated in a hurry, and the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's office if investigating to see how the fire started and why it got out of control so quickly. There is another fact in the matter that investigators will consider as part of the investigation....in December Trivillian's Pharmacy was charged with two counts of health care fraud and one count of misbranding drugs. It's not known yet if there is a connection between the fire and that federal indictment.
A man picked up a hitchhiker Friday in Rand, and then called the Kanawha County Sheriff's office when the man refused to get out of his car. The driver went to his own home on Coal Fork Drive in Campbells Creek and went inside, and told the hitchhiker to go away, but he ended up threatening to break car windows and hit the front door, and the victim said the hitchhiker threatened him with a gun while in the car. 20-year old James P Daugherty was arrested after a struggle with a Kanawha County Sheriff's deputy, and after refusing to cooperate. The deputy found crack cocaine on Daughterty, and a fully loaded 9mm pistol in his left jacket pocket. He was taken to South Central Regional Jail. And the man who called 911 said Daugherty wasn't a hitchhiker after all, but that he had given him a ride around town to sell drugs.
Three executives charged in a chemical spill last January in West Virginia have pleaded not guilty. Former Freedom Industries officials Dennis Farrell, William Tis and Gary Southern entered pleas Thursday in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Dwane Tinsley in Charleston. Farrell and Tis were released on $10,000 bonds. Southern posted a $100,000 bond in a Fort Myers, Fla., federal court Dec. 9 after being arrested there on a criminal complaint from an FBI affidavit. Their trials are scheduled for March 10 in Charleston. Tinsley also ordered Southern to surrender his private pilot's license. Six former Freedom officials and Freedom itself face pollution charges. Southern also faces fraud charges related to Freedom's bankruptcy case after last January's spill.
There are reports that Freedom Industries knew about serious problems before last January's chemical spill. The Charleston Gazette reports the company new about issues with the spill-containment dikes at the company’s Elk River facility years before the leak. Freedom was aware of problems with the containment dike around the tank that leaked, and also that tanks had not been properly inspected, and needed to be replaced. This is part of a newly unsealed affidavit filed in support of an application for a search warrant federal officials sought in September to obtain records.
The National Park Service has approved a 120-acre expansion of Charleston's East End Historic District. City planners announced the park service's decision this week, and said the boundary expansion became effective Dec. 16. A 2014 consultant's survey found that more than 400 structures in the expanded area contribute to the neighborhood's historic nature. Property owners in the district's expanded area will be eligible for tax credits for rehabilitation of historic properties. The original district was created in 1978.
Newly elected U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito has been appointed one of 10 members of the Republican whip team. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, tapped Capito for the job. Capito has also been named one of four counsels to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Defense lawyers say former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern's lawyers are asking a federal judge to dismiss a prosecution request to place Southern on home confinement with electronic monitoring. Defense lawyers say he's not a flight risk. In a motion filed Tuesday, Southern's lawyers say he will surrender his private pilot's license until the case is resolved. He's a UK citizen, but has applied for U.S. citizenship. Southern, Freedom and five other ex-Freedom officials and employees face charges for the 2014 spill that tainted 300,000 people's water for days.
With the deadline passed, state officials haven't received inspection certifications for 20,000 of 49,000 aboveground tanks. The Department of Environmental Protection says it's also figuring out what's wrong with 80 specific tanks that are still operating, but unfit for use. DEP spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater said the agency can't formally allow a grace period for tardy tanks. The department is focusing on analyzing data and helping operators submit information, not immediately issuing violations and fines.
Agencies have another week to disclose documents regarding grant funding. It's part of a probe by GOP lawmakers to go over spending with a fine tooth comb, and they've requested that the docs be turned over by January 14th. They want the state agencies to diclose grants, budgets, contracts, mission statements, employee counts, and financial reports by the deadline, so lawmakers can analyze and get rid of waste, according to the Charelston Gazette. Agency heads will have to explain practices at legislative meetings this year.