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More than $2.4 million in federal funds have been approved to help the West Virginia Division of Highways continue clearing debris from roads left by superstorm Sandy. U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin and Congressman Nick Rahall announced the funding Friday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service is looking for landowners who want to help with a bird conservation plan. The agency says three to five acres or more which are bordered by about 75 percent forestland at elevations of 2,000 to 3,200 feet are ideal for the conservation program. It aims to keep the golden-winged warbler off the endangered species list. Applications are due at local NRCS field offices by April 1, with contracts awarded by June 30.
Dunbar police have stepped up patrols after several recent apartment burglaries. The Roxalana Hills apartment complex has been targeted several times in recent months, and The Oaks complex across the street has also been hit once. Apartment managers are offering a $500 reward for any clues.
A former Massey official has entered his plea. David Hughart is the former leader of Massey's Green Valley Group, and pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges that he conspired to warn of the arrival of federal mine inspectors and to violate mine safety laws. Hughart faces up to six years in prison when he is sentenced June 25.
A man is facing charges after a horse was fatally shot last weekend. Neighbors heard shots Sunday near Lower Falls Road in the St. Albans area, and Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies were called out to investigate. A dead horse was found the next day, perhaps not seen the night before because of darkness. The criminal complaint shows 39-year old Delmar Dean Lacy II of St. Albans admitted to shooting his rifle while celebrating a friend's birthday. Thirty-one shell casings were found in the yard. Apparently stray bullets hit one horse and killed it, and the stray bullets injured another horse that was pregnant. She was shot in the neck, but survived. Lacy has been charged with a felony.
Residents and businesses in Kanawha County and six other West Virginia counties affected by Superstorm Sandy can apply for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said this week the loans are available for counties including Nicholas, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, and Kanawha for damage that occurred between Oct. 29 and Nov. 10, 2012. Loans are available for up to $200,000 for homeowners and up to $2 million for businesses to make repairs and replace lost items. The filing deadline is April 26 for physical property damage and Nov. 25 for economic injury applications.
Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies are investigating an apparent home invasion Thursday afternoon on Miller Road in Pinch. Deputies said the house had been ransacked, and the woman who lived there was unconscious with serious injures. A relative arrived with groceries and discovered what had happened and called 911, and detectives are in the process of interviewing neighbors and following leads to figure out who did it. The woman was taken to the hospital and is still in serious condition.
The Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge connecting St. Albans is scheduled to be demolished on Friday. The Department of Transportation says the blast that brings the bridge down will happen right at 10am Friday, and St. Albans Mayor Dick Callaway and several selected members of the community will flip the ceremonial switch. A staging area will be set up at the St. Albans Roadside Park, according to a news release from the state Department of Transportation. Some debris is expected to fall into the Kanawha River, and it will be fished out and removed. The next phase of the demolition will happen at 10am Friday March 8th, and that will bring down the section of the bridge that connects to Nitro.
House Speaker Rick Thompson announced Wednesday that he and more than a dozen other delegates are urging for a yearlong study of the state Supreme Court's new appeals process. They want to make sure the system is doing what it should. There's a bill pending now that would create an intermediate appeals court.
Road work this year in Putnam County will widen a two-mile stretch of Route 35 from Plantation Road to the Buffalo Bridge. Culvert repairs are part of the project too, and should be finished in the next few months. The Division of Highways says it has finished work on Route 35 in Mason County from Plantation Road to Beach Hill.