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The Kanawha County Sheriff's office has lost a beloved officer. Cpl. Greg Eplin had been battling colon cancer for over a year, and died Friday at Logan Regional Medical Center's critical care unit. During Eplin's treatment, the Kanawha County Sheriff's Association did their best to raise money for medical treatment and travel expenses to support Eplin. Last week was a tough one for law enforcement officers, who are also mourning two fallen state police troopers after the shooting in Wallback.
The Salvation Army food pantry in Charleston is running low. The shelves are sparse with food and many families are still inquiring about help, so donations are appreciated to help the pantry stock up. The June 29 storms had a big impact on the Salvation Army and drained some of its resources. Big food drives are planned by Putnam and Kanawha County schools this fall, but the Salvation Army could use help in the meantime.
There won't be any changes to the state fire code. A proposal that would have required professional and volunteer fire companies in West Virginia to follow national safety and training rules was analyzed and considered for quite some time, and some at a public hearing last Friday strongly opposed it. Volunteer fire departments raised concerns about the costs of the plan. All the changes at once might have meant hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional costs for each department per year. The state Fire Commission hasn't scrapped the idea of change all together. They may rework the rule changes and bring them back later on.
Kanawha Deputies are still investigating an incident Wednesday evening where a St. Albans woman was shot in the neck with an air rifle. Paramedics were already at the home on Strawberry Road in Saint Albans when deputies arrived, and they were tending to 37-year old Tara Jo Turley. A fight apparently broke out between Turley and an acquaintance, Jacqueline N. McClanahan, who alleged that Turley had assaulted her with a baseball bat. Charges are pending against both women.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recently spoke to a group of sportsmen and women and during those remarks he talked about bringing elk back to West Virginia. Reports show the last native West Virginia elk was seen 137 years ago. West Virginia has studied it, but hasn't re-introduced elk yet. Kentucky and Virginia have each added elk to their states, although some farm groups oppose it. An elk management plan would have to come before the game animals are introduced.
A St. Albans man called police early Thursday after seeing men trying to break into his car. The took of in another vehicle, but were caught a short time later. All were 18 years old - two are from St. Albans and one is from East Bank. All were arrested and charged with auto tampering, and one was also charged with driving without a license. St. Albans police say this was the second time in a week that cars had been tampered with on Ridgewood Forest Road.
Minor damage was done when a Fayette County Head Start bus and a coal truck collided Thursday morning near the Montgomery Bridge exit ramp on W.Va. 61. There were 22 pre-school children on the bus at the time, and none of them were hurt. Fayette County Head Start told the Gazette their driver was at fault and did not see the coal truck in his mirror when he went to merge into traffic. Drug and alcohol tests are standard procedure, and those results are pending.
Police are still investigating the Tuesday night shooting where state troooper Marshall Bailey was killed by gunman Luke Baber after he was pulled over for reckless driving along Interstate 79 in Roane County. Trooper Eric Michael Workman was also critically wounded before the suspect was shot and killed. Funeral arrangements have been set now for Cpl. Marshall Lee Bailey. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home in his hometown of Poca. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Charleston Civic Center.
The grace period expires Friday for Kanawha County students, meaning vaccines need to be up to date by then or the students can be held out of school. There are new requirements for meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccines, and those should have been up to date by the time school started in mid-August, but the state granted a two-week grace period. That ends August 31. Will students actually be sent home? That would be a matter of matching up a lot of student records - as many as 25 percent of the student body - and it's not clear if the school district will act. The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department has the vaccines, as do most family physicians.
A big grant that goes to a Marshall University scientist is expected to help many. The $338,000 grant has been awarded to chemistry assistant professor Derrick Kolling and colleagues at Marshall and the University of Charleston. Kolling will use the grant money to buy equipment that will help shed more light on metal compounds. The equipment will be in Huntington, but a University of Charleston faculty member will go there to use it.