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Two people who died have been identified after a Nicholas County house fire Monday. 57-year old Delbert Cutlip and 62-year old James Bud Freeman died when their house caught fire along Route 55. WSAZ TV reports Freeman's wife was able to make it out safely, and family members think he died trying to save Cutlip, who was bedridden. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
One town is forced to conserve water. Pratt Mayor Gary Fields says the town continues to battle water issues, and anytime the Kanawha River is low, the town can't pump water because debris can lead to clogs in the intake pump. West Virginia American Water is moving a portable pump into Pratt to help solve the problem, but that doesn't have the same capacity and residents of Pratt are asked to conserve. There's also a precautionary boil water advisory in the Pratt area now for West Virginia American Water customers in the Upper Kanawha Valley district and it will be in effect until further notice.
A man is facing charges after a bomb threat. It happened Friday afternoon at the Kanawha City Village Apartments, and Charleston Police say the man yelled at a FedEx driver that there was a bomb under his foot. One of John Workman's neighbors called police as a builiding was evacuated and the bomb squad was called in. Nothing was found. Workman was arrested and charged with making false reports concerning a bomb.
A drug ring was busted over the weekend in St. Albans. A police raid by the St. Albans Special Enforcement Unit happened at a home in the 2200 block of Grant Avenue, and it came after detectives say 48-year old Timothy D. Basham of St. Albans sold pills to an informant. More pills and large amounts of cash were found during the raid, and two men in their twenties from Detroit were arrested at the home. They also had outstanding warrants in Michigan, and police say they were getting money from Basham and had missed their bus back to Detroit. They've been charged with possession with intent to deliver and obstructing an officer. Basham is charged with delivery of a controlled substance.
Fire investigators are looking two possible arson suspects after a fire on Charleston's West Side. A fire broke out in the 100 block of Lovell Drive early Sunday, and investigators think someone deliberately set fire to a parked utility trailer next to a vacant house. There have been several suspicious fires on Charleston's West Side over the past few months. Anyone with information should contact the Charleston Fire Dept.'s Fire Prevention Bureau.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin will host a school safety summit in February to address school violence. Education leaders and law enforcement will come together Feb. 6 at the Culture Center to talk about identifying potentially violent situations in schools and how to prepare worst cast scenarios like the one that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary. Three panels of West Virginia experts will work to develop a set of school safety recommendations. Panel members include Mark Manchin, executive director of the West Virginia School Building Authority, and representatives from the State Police and the Department of Education.
The executive director of the West Virginia Democratic Party announced Thursday he's leaving his post. Derek Scarbro was appointed to the position back in 2009, but he's been part of the Democratic Party staff for more than nine years. Scarbro said in a statement he'll wait to step down this spring to give the Party leadership time to find a replacement and to help provide a smooth transition. According to a news release, an announcement about the new Executive Director will come in the near future.
Outdoorsmen are looking forward to the weekend. At the Charleston Civic Center this weekend, those who love the outdoors will get together for the annual West Virginia Hunting & Fishing Show. Today through Sunday, more than 200 vendors, outfitters and exhibitors will have the latest in hunting and fishing gear, information and demonstrations. The hours are noon to 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission price is $7 for adults and children 6 to 12 is $1. Children under 6 will be admitted free.
Ohio-based IGS Energy plans to build and operate a $10 million network of compressed natural gas fueling stations for vehicles along Interstate 79 from Charleston to Mount Morris, Pennsylvania. Charleston is one of four cities along the route that will have a fueling station, and the company's president says this will help serve a growing number of businesses and residents converting to natural gas vehicles. The company said the so-called CNG Fueling Corridor is the first of its kind since Marcellus shell drilling began to take off.
Next week a private contractor officially takes over the recycling efforts at Kanawha County's Slack Street center. West Virginia Recycling Services will take over operations of the center from the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority on Monday, after signing a lease with West Virginia Recycling Services on Dec. 18. The agreement came after several months of debate over what to do about the county recycling program, and the Slack Street facility's state of disrepair. The Charleston Gazette reports the director of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority will stay on under the new structure, and two current employees will keep their jobs. Three others will be laid off Friday, but might be rehired at a later date.