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The head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration said one Lincoln County coal mine had several violations when federal inspectors showed up unannounced. Coal River Mining's Fork Creek No. 1 mine got four closure orders and 10 citations during special impact inspections last month. That included 31 locations where cords were entwined in bolt rollers and hangers, which creates a potential fire and smoke inhalation hazard. Inspectors also found hazardous conditions on conveyor belts, and cited failures to follow ventilation and dust-control plans, among other things.
Federal highway data show that nearly 1,000 bridges in West Virginia are structurally deficient. On a sufficiency scale of 0 to 100, the Federal Highway Administration rates seven bridges in the state as 0. But West Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman Brent Walker told the Charleston Gazette that the federal ratings don't mean the state's bridges are unsafe. The ratings serve as a guideline to prioritize the use of federal funds. Any bridge that scores below 80 is eligible for renovation or rehabilitation. A score below 50 makes a bridge eligible for federal replacement.
A U.S. bankruptcy judge approved Patriot Coal's request to impose wage and benefit cuts - a blow to union workers who had been fighting to have them restored. A federal bankruptcy judge in St. Louis gave the go ahead Wednesday to Patriot Coal to get rid of their collective bargaining agreement with the United Mine Workers of America, which can significantly cut health care and pension benefits to thousands of union workers and retirees. Patriot said the move will help it financially. Under this ruling, Patriot will be allowed to stop paying for retiree health care benefits as early as July. The Associated Press reports the union plans to appeal the decision.
A woman accused of robbing a bank last October has had her sentencing delayed. 37-year old Jennifer Lee Garretson of Belle is accused of robbing City National Bank in Glasgow last fall, and will now be sentenced June 12th. She faces 5 to 18 years behind bars.
A St. Albans couple is in trouble after state police found their home filled with trash, bugs, animal waste, and drugs. Paul Naylor has been arrested and charged with child neglect, and the mother, Kimberly Anderson, is also facing charges. WSAZ.com reports the children's teachers called CPS, and tried to help by sending home toothbrushes and shampoo. The break in the case came after the 9-year old girl called police and reported her father was threatening her with a knife.
A home invasion early Tuesday is under investigation. Cedar Grove police say a man broke into a home on Depot Hill and assaulted another man before leaving and possibly heading towards Beckley. This home invasion may be related to another incident that happened earlier in the night in Glasgow, and both are still under investigation.
Heads up for drivers...An exit ramp along I-64 Westbound in Kanawha County will be closed overnight Wednesday so crews can work on milling and paving. Department of Highway crews will shut down the Dunbar Westbound off ramp (Exit 53) at 9 p.m. Wednesday and it will stay closed until about 6 a.m. Thursday.
A boy was taken to the hospital Tuesday evening after being hit by a car on Charleston's West Side. Witnesses told police the boy had been riding on the sidewalk, but was crossing the intersection of Virginia Street West and Delaware Avenue when he was hit. His condition hasn't been released. There are reports the driver did not stop at first, but came back after realizing what had happened.
Oh those pepperoni rolls....if you like them you have the chance to help make them a winner in the National Restaurant Association's "A Taste of America" contest. So far in the competition West Virginia's pepperoni roll has beaten the Philly cheese steak and other regionally-acclaimed foods, and has advanced to the fourth round. West Virginia needs to beat Arizona, Maryland, Georgia, South Carolina, Iowa, and Oregon's famous foods it it's to be the champ. The contest ends June 7th, and you can vote at http://www.rollcalltasteofamerica.com/brackets.cfm
An August trial has been set for the former chief of the Smithers Volunteer Fire Department and his wife. Earlier this month a Fayette County grand jury indicted Timothy Whittington and Patricia Whittington on felony charges related to missing funds that the Whittingtons are accused of taking for personal use. Timothy Whittington is charged with embezzlement. Patricia Whittington is charged with fraudulent schemes. The Associated Press reports that the couple pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday in Fayette County Circuit Court. The trial date has been set for August 20. Timothy Whittington resigned from the Smithers VFD in February.