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After several weeks of work, the Dunbar Toll Bridge is open again in both directions. Required inspections had the bridge closed several times during the week, although closures were usually limited to nights and weekends. But the West Virginia Division of Highways has finished the inspections and repairs, and drivers shouldn't expect any more inspection-related delays there.
A driver's education teacher is facing charges after encouraging students to do something reckless. Edwin "Bud" Anderson teaches driver's ed students in South Charleston and police say he encouraged a student to do donuts in a grass field owned by the University of Charleston, and then weave in and out of several power poles. Anderson was charged with misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor and destruction of property. WCHS TV reports the girl was entering the military, and he was trying to teach her skills she might need when driving a Humvee.
Nitro police are still looking for one suspect after two people broke into a home in the Brookhaven subdivision. A man reported soemone running from his house and jumping into a car, and then the man discovered things out of place in the living room and kitchen. Malesha Grass and Joseph Lobuts are accused of breaking into the home and have been charged with burglary and conspiracy. One other suspect is still on the loose.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office has been investigating a fatal accident that happened on I77 just north of the City Limits of Charleston early Thursday morning. 48-year old Edward Pete Bryant of Big Chimney was driving south on I77 on his way to work when he was struck head-on by a wrong way driver. That driver has been identified as 46-year old Angela Renee Walker of Charleston. The wrong way driver suffered serious injuries, while Bryant was pronounced dead at CAMC. Investigators believe alcohol was involved, and the Kanawha County Sheriff's office asks anyone with information to call. You can remain anonymous.
(304) 357-0169 and speak with Lt. F.D. Beasley II or Deputy J.L. Lester
The Winfield teenager we reported missing yesterday at this time has been found safe. 16-year old Megan Holbert had been considered missing after she didn't return home from school last Friday, and although police didn't think she had been abducted, she was a missing person. She was found in the Nitro area, and is doing ok, according to Winfield authorities.
Thanks to big snow, one West Virginia ski resort is extending its season through the first week of April. Snowshoe in Pocahontas County has extended its ski season through next week, after 5 feet of snow this month. Winterplace in Raleigh County and Timberline in Tucker County will close on Sunday.
West Virginia lawmakers are talking about the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana. A hearing was led by the House Health and Human Resources Committee Thursday, and it would allow patients with serious illnesses to use medical marijuana under a doctor's supervision.
A rally by the United Mine Workers of America is coming up Monday at the Charleston Civic Center, and you can expect heavy traffic and street closures around it. Charleston police have announced more about the logistics, and say the rally starts at 10 a.m. that day, but union members and supporters may start arriving at 9am. At about 11 a.m., Clendenin Street will be closed between Quarrier and Lee streets to begin staging for the march. At about 11:30 a.m., the march will move south on Clendenin Street to Virginia Street, east on Virginia Street to Court Street, north on Court Street to the area between Lee Street and Washington Street. Traffic will be stopped momentarily while during the march to allow the group to cross streets. Court Street, between Lee and Washington streets, will be closed until about 1 p.m.
Lawmakers are expected to vote today on whether officers can pull over drivers for not wearing a seat belt. West Virginia's House of Delegates will vote on whether to make failure to wear a seat belt a primary offense, meaning a police officer would not have to pull over a driver for another offense like having a tail light out, before writing the ticket. The measure has been idle since the House Judiciary Committee endorsed it March 12. West Virginia is among 16 states that currently treat failure to wear a seat belt as a secondary offense.
The Beckley VA Medical Center has its eye on expansion. The first project is a$5.8 million project that will add an 8,000-square-foot building adjacent to the hospital, intended to house an expanded adult health care program and other programs. The VA hospital also plans to build a 2,300-square-foot deck suite on the second floor. That $5.8 million addition will house a magnetic resonance imaging scanner. The construction phase won't finish until 2014. Ground just broke on Monday.