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A heads up for drivers in Charleston. In South Hills this week, Louden Heights Road from the South Side Bridge to Grosscup Road will be closed. Crews will be paving the street Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. Drivers druing that time will be detoured onto Bridge Road. Ferry Street from the South Side Bridge to MacCorkle Avenue will also get new asphalt this week. Crews are scheduled to start working that section today, and it will probably take until Thursday, with most of the work done overnight. In some cases the roads will be closed, and in some cases traffic will be down to one lane. It's best to avoid those areas all together.
A Putnam County man died in a traffic accident over the weekend. Police say 36-year old Gary Alan Massey of Hurricane was headed south on WV 62 Saturday morning when he apparently went off the road and hit a utility pole and was ejected. Paramedics took him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Putnam County Sheriff's office is still investigating.
Because transactions have declined and business is down, the Members Choice WV Federal Credit Union will close it's branch office in the Charleston Newspapers building. The August Press Scene newsletter reminds us that the Charleston Newspapers Federal Credit Union voluntarily merged into Members Choice WV Federal Credit Union last year. The closure becomes effective September 28.
A man from Hollywood, CA has been indicted in Charleston after an extortion attempt. 25-year old Vivek Shah was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury, stemming from an incident where he's accused of sending a prominent West Virginian a letter threatening to kill his relatives if he didn’t wire money to an offshore bank account. Investigators say Shah targeted five wealthy people in all, but in this case Christopher Cline of Beckley was the victim. He owns Foresight Reserves. If Shah is convicted on all counts, he faces up to 40 years in prison.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the June death of a worker at the AC and S Inc. chemical plant in Nitro. The Nitro city council talked more about the incident this week, and learned a man inhaled dangerous gases on the job June 25th and died several days later. The worker was sandblasting at the time and had a breathing mask on, so OSHA is trying to determine whether something malfunctioned with the mask or if there was some other medical emergency that led to his collapse. Any citations would come from OSHA within the next six months.
For some students, heading back to school not only means a brand new year, it means a brand new school. As students at Buffalo High School headed back to class in Putnam County, they got to enjoy a brand new building. The new high school includes upgrades like a bigger gym, new auditorium, and larger classrooms. The new school building replaces one that was about fifty years old.
Police continue to investigate a murder-suicide in Hurricane. It happened Wednesday night around 10pm at a home along Kelly's Cove, and police say 41-year old Christopher Kinder stabbed his girlfriend, then shot himself. 33-year-old Katherine "Kate" Taylor died. The couple had 1-year old daughter, who was home at the time, who is now with another relative. There are reports that police had responded to domestic violence calls at the home in the past.
Charleston City Manager David Molgaard wants to attract young professionals to downtown Charleston, and urges businesses to recruit them. At a luncheon this week with the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Mogaard outlined a plan that would have businesses subsidizing rents, which are often too high for some young executives. The subsidy could acrue as a loan, and eventually help the employee buy a house in Charleston. Details of the plan are still being worked out. With several new restaurants and shops popping up this year, plus events like the Live on the Levee concert series and SportsFEST, the focus on downtown Charleston continues.
Grant money will help fight crime in Charleston. The city is getting a $476,000 federal grant to be put toward neighborhood crime-fighting efforts. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin helped launch an initiative in February aimed at cracking down on drugs and crime on the city's west side, and made the announcement about the grant funding this week.
As we reported this week, Kanawha County has its first human case of the West Nile Virus, and that has increased talk about prevention and mosquito control. Insect repellant is key anytime you're outside, and if there is any standing water around your home it should be removed, since mosquitos like to congregate there. A Kanawha County man in his forties is being treated for the West Nile Virus now. If you have concerns, know that the environmental health department will come out and collect water samples to be tested.