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Power outages have been reported across West Virginia, although they have been spotty. First Energy's website says their hardest hit areas have been in Berkely and Randolph Counties, where almost fifteen thousand outages have been reported. Appalachian Power reports more than 11,000 outages spread across seven southern counties Monday night. That includes Fayette and Nicholas Counties.
Hurricane Sandy has caused many flight cancellations to and from Yeager Airport in Charleston. There were many flights on American, United, and US Airways that didn't leave Charleston on Monday, and more flights are cancelled today. Officials are encouraging passengers to visit their airlines website to check flight status and re-booking options. Across the country, as many as ten thousand flight cancellations have been reported because of the storm, and it may cost the airlines $600 million.
The unique thing about Hurricane Sandy, is she's colliding with a winter storm as she makes landfall. Meteorologists say this will be the first time in history that a storm has formed like this. Late Sunday, the National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings from midday today through Wednesday afternoon in 10 counties, including Fayette, Nicholas, and Raleigh. Kanawha and Putnam Counties are not included in the blizzard warnings, but can expect wind and rain. In fact, a wind advisory is in effect through 5pm today for counties including Lincoln, Putnam, Kanawha, Roane, and Logan.
A student attending a Friday night football game is dead, and state police have another student in custody. State police in Elkins took the student to a juvenile detention center after two teens had an argument and on stabbed the other at the Tygarts Valley High School fooball game Friday night. The victim was stabbed outside of George Ward School and was rushed to the hospital, and passed away there. A hearing for the suspect has been set for today.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's office is stil investigating the cause of an accident early Friday. The Sissonville Post Office was hit by a car driven by 33-year old Terrence Nathan Shrewsbury of, and deputies, said he hit the Post Office on Sissonville before fleeing the area. The circumstances that led to the accident are still being pieced together, but Shrewsbury has been charged with
Leaving the Scene of an Accident and was taken to the South Central Regional Jail on $5000 bail.
A nature trail has been dedicated to a former George Washington High School graduate. Willy Shuman died in a fatal car crash three years ago, just a few days before he was scheduled to leave for the US Air Force Academy. Family, friends, and classmates gathered at George Washington High School recently to dedicate the "Wear A Seatbelt Nature Trail " to Willy Shuman. The nature trail is right behind the school, and the public is encouraged to walk the trail and celebrate Shuman's life in the process. It's open anytime and it's free.
A man accused of robbing a Logan County gas station Saturday morning spent most of the weekend in jail. 26-year old Derek Davis is accused of walking into the Speedway on Route 44 in Wilkinson around 1am Saturday, pulling out a knife and demanding money and cigarettes. He got away with some, but troopers found him a short time later. He's charged with armed robbery and was sent to the Southwestern Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond.
A Charleston man has been sentenced for a fatal accident in 2011. 26-year old Thomas Sturm will spend 60 days in jail for causing a deadly accident on I-64 in Cross Lanes last year that killed William Zachary Hudnall of Scott Depot. Sturm was towing a truck with no lights at a speed of 30 mph on the road and a multi-car accident followed. Hudnall was fatally injured in the crash.
Century Aluminum presented two plans Friday to the West Virginia Public Service Commission as the special rate case continues. Byron Harris, executive director of the PSC's Consumer Advocate Division told the Charleston Gazette the plans still put the company's risks upon the customers of Appalachia Power. In Friday's filing, Century says its Immediate Restart Modification plan would reopen the Ravenswood plant sometime in 2013. The other plan, a Future Restart Modification, would open the plant sometime in the future, dependent upon the increase of aluminum prices. Appalachian Power has filed a petition with the Public Service Commission for clarification.
Police in Dunbar are looking for a sexual assault suspect. A man reportedly knocked on a woman's door Thursday morning on Lightner Avenue and attacked her when she opened it. The suspect is described as a black male with curly hair standing somewhere between 5'10'' and 6.'' Police say he got away in a compact, light green car. Anyone with information is asked to call Dunbar Police.