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Explosives will be attached to the St. Albans-Nitro Bridge next week, as crews prepare the bridge for demolition. The bridge will come down quickly once the explosives are detonated, but the entire bridge won't come down all at once. The state Dept. of Transportation has given the necessary two weeks notice before the explosions, saying the St. Albans side of the bridge will be detonated at 10 a.m. March 1, and the Nitro side will be taken down at 10 a.m. March 8. There will be a public viewing are set up in both Nitro and St. Albans for those who want to watch the bridge crumble. The entire construction project will take another year.
Two deaths in Cross Lanes Monday morning appear to be a murder-suicide. Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies got a call after neighbors and coworkers discovered the bodies, and say the husband and wife who lived along Flairwood Drive died from gunshot wounds, and no one else had entered the home. Neighbors have identified the man as Dr. Bruce Foster and his wife, Marlise Foster. Both were in their early 60s.
A teenage girl who ran from the scene of a car accident Sunday night in St. Albans has been found safe. 17-year old Lindsey Bledsoe was inovlved in a 6-car accident that totaled four of those cars along Route 817 near the Impact Body Shop in St. Albans. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say Bledsoe was speeding when she lost control and hit a pickup truck, which caused a chain reaction. She ran from the scene Sunday and was evenutally found on Lee Street in Charleston by a Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputy. There's been no announcement yet if charges will be filed in connection with the crash and leaving the scene.
Former state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple has officially filed suit after being terminated last November. Marple is suing the West Virginia Board of Education, alleging that her firing was unlawful and "contrived in secret," and saying the firing caused irreparable damage to her reputation, affects her ability to get a job, and has caused mental anguish. The suit was filed Friday afternoon in Kanawha County Circuit Court. The suit also says Marple wants a "full airing of the issues" in court.
State police are investigating a Logan County shooting after a 35-year old man was found dead Sunday. Officers were called to a home on WV Route 10 were they found George Michael Bowens dead from a gunshot wound. The initial investigation points to a domestic issue between Bowens and his girlfriend or ex-girlfriend, Venus Parton. Parton reportedly admits to shooting Bowens and claims self defense. State police are investigating to see if it was self defense after a home invasion, or homicide.
Last week, Buckwild cast member Salwa Amin was arrested on drug charges, and now a second cast member of the MTV reality series is in trouble with the law. Michael Burford, known as Blufoot on the show, was arrested on Thursday on a charge of aggravated driving under the influence. Burford tweeted on Saturday he takes full responsibility for his actions, and should have called for a designated driver.
A candlelight vigil will be held this week in Charleston for a man police say was killed out of revenge. Michael Cassell was fatally shot inside his home on Red Oak Street on Charleston's West Side February 10th, and Patrick Price committed suicide soon after shooting Cassell, who had apparently contacted Child Protective Services about allegations of sexual abuse of a young girl. The vigil for Cassell will be held at 7pm tonight on Red Oak Street.
A pipeline construction company that West Virginia regulators say polluted a stream has to pay a fine. Wisconsin-based Michels Pipeline Construction has to pay a $3,800 fine and stop storing mud from gas drilling operations at its site near Lumberton. The Department of Environmental Protection last fall, found the company put drilling mud into an unlined waste pit, and that improper disposal allowed the slurry to run offsite and impact a tributary of Stewart Run. Michels promptly cleaned it up. The DEP is taking comments until March 15 on the consent order.
Schools will be open again today after Thursday's deadly shooting in Rand shut them down. Initially nine elementary schools, three middle schools, and Riverside High School were on a two hour delay initially, and then closed for a time. A shooting was reported around 4:30am Thursday in the 5300 block of Emory Avenue, and 19-year old Harold "Don Don" Taylor was found dead in his car. Witnesses reported hearing several gunshots and saw a car pull up to the victim's car twice to fire shots. Kanawha County Deputies later arrested 29-year old Tremale Straughter.
Only two weeks left, and then a Quarrier Street business will leave and a new one will take its place. Ann Saville's new Quarrier Street brew pub will expand into that corner space occupied by Capitol Roasters for the past ten years. The Charleston Gazette reports Capitol Roasters will close at the end of the month, and closed its kiosk at Capitol Market after its lease expired. At a meeting this week with Charleston Urban Renewal Authority board members, the two owners discussed the lease agreement. The Urban Renewal Authority is the landlord, and approved the idea of Capitol Roasters assigning the remainder of its lease to the new brew pub, which will expand to double its size. The new brew pub will be open in about six weeks.