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The state Supreme Court this week overturned a ruling issued in April from Kanawha Circuit Judge James C. Stucky, saying Stucky committed "clear error" in denying the town of Pratt's motion to be dismissed from a lawsuit. The suit was over work at a landfill that is said to have caused damage to a Roger and Roxanna Crist's property. The suit says work on an adjacent property led to standing water and a mosquito breeding ground on their land. The Crists sued, and listed the town of Pratt as a defendant, saying town officials failed to do anything about it. Supreme Court justices wrote in the order that "multiple statutory immunities" relieve Pratt from responsibility in the case and they will be dismissed from the lawsuit.
A 22-year old West Virginia woman is facing charges after police say she tried to smother her 4-month old son after he was admitted to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Rachel Nelson of Costa is accused of causing the respiratory issues her son was having. At one point the father alerted nurses that the child was not breathing and performed CPR until the nurses could take over. The child was revived, but again had abnormal breathing in the ICU. Investigators say Nelson admitted holding the boy to her chest until he stopped breathing. The investigation involving the baby and his mother has grown wider, and six visits to a Charleston hospital are being analyzed.
October is domestic violence awareness month. The West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence held its awards ceremony Thursday evening at the Charleston Marriott to recognize efforts that have helped put an end to domestic violence. The nonprofit Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action was one of those recognized, along with several individuals. The coalition says at least 38 domestic violence-related deaths have occurred in West Virginia over the past year.
The Department of Health and Human Resources has agreed to refund $360,000 to the federal government following an audit that uncovered problems with record-keeping. There were state and federal requirements that were not met, and DHHR has agreed to pay back the government and improve oversight of the home health care program that helps people with daily activities like bathing, eating, and getting dressed.
The Public Service Commission issued an order Thursday that will mean West Virginia drivers will soon be able to dial 511 to gather information about travel conditions and accidents. The state Dept of Transportation first petitioned for the new dialing code, then a task force investigated the possibilities and recommended that the dialing code be approved. The PSC gave the final okay. Carriers now will have to program their switching equipment to properly route the 511 calls. There's no word on how long that might take.
At a meeting with of the hospital's board of directors Wednesday, administrators addressed a nursing shortage at CAMC. Beds were closed last month because of the nursing shortage, which led to a $4 million revenue shortage. The hospital says it has an orientation class of nurses that is almost ready to work full-time, and the shortage should be temporary.
After pleading guilty earlier this year, A St. Albans man has learned he will spend up to 15 years in prison for having sexual contact with a family member more than ten years ago. 53-year old Dean Jackson Kinder is accused of having sex with a young female family member while they were living in Belle in 2000, according to prosecutors. The family member now lives out of state. Once he's out of prison, Kinder will spend an additional 50 years on supervised release.
A rally Wednesday at the Governor's mansion brought protestors looking for answers to help the coal industry. Layoffs and declining demand for the coal industry have made headlines this year, and the environmentalist group called RAMPS, or Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival, went to the governor's mansion to have their concerns address. The governor wasn't there, but the group left a letter which is also posted on their website at rampscampaign.org.
An assistant professor of criminal justice is going to startig practicing what he preaches. Michael Kane is an assitant professor at West Virginia State Universityin Institute, and has been appointed a municipal court judge by the town of Gilbert. The Charleston Gazette reports it's a part-time position where Kane will hear cases involving traffic citations and petty crimes every-other-week. Kane's first day in court is November 15.
Police are warning of a scam where the names of fraternal police lodges in Fayette and Raleigh counties are being used without authorization. The person on the other end of the line tells residents and businesses that the money being raised will benefit the Shop-With-A-Cop programs for Fayette and Raleigh counties, and they claim to be raising the money on behalf of Fayette County Memorial Lodge #118 of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Black Diamond Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police in Raleigh County. A news release says the lodge in Raleigh County is soliciting funds over the telephone, but this fundraising effort is not for the Shop-With-A-Cop program and is not connected with the Fayette County’s annual Shop-With-A-Cop fundraiser. The Fayette County lodge does not use telephone solicitation for this fundraiser. If you get a call like this you should report it to police.