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If security gets tighter at the state Capitol Complex, it may be thanks to a Pittsburgh based engineering firm. GAI Consulting has been awarded a $225,000 consulting contract to make recommendations for improving security at the state Capitol Complex. The company is based in Pennsylvania, but they have an office in Charleston. The contract asks GAI to highlight specific security risks and propose improvements.
A24-year-old St. Albans man is facing charges after a car was stolen from the CAMC General hospital parking garage in Charleston on Friday. An 80-year old woman was walking to her vehicle when a man came up to her and grabbed the keys, according to police. Then he hopped in Jeep Liberty and took off. Police looked at surveillance footage to find the thief, and family members helped identify the man as Brent Edward Prouse of St. Albans. He was arrested Tuesday and charged with one felony count of grand larceny.
Court fees are going up in Nitro. City leaders there have adopted an ordinance to increase municipal court costs, fines and fees. Each court case tried in the city court will cost $25 instead of $10. The $10 fee had been in place since 1988. The city says this helps offset the rising costs of maintaining the court.
Things became heated when one friend tried to borrow money from another, and police say 30-year old Rebecca Ann Gibson of Winfield has been arrested. She faces battery, armed robbery and destruction of property charges for a confrontation with Andrea Harris, of Charleston. According to the criminal complaint, after Harris would not let Gibson borrow money, Gibson allegedly punched Harris and kept attacking her and didn't stop until after she took $167 from her pocket, and her cell phone. Gibson was taken to the Western Regional Jail.
The Salvation Army has started taking Christmas applications. They'll be accepted applications from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday in Putnam County at the Teays Valley Church of the Nazarene. Anyone who wants to apply should have an ID, birth dates of all family members, proof of income and expenses or current letter for food stamps; and three toy choices ($25 limit each).
There's a renewed focus this week on highway safety, especially when it comes to commercial vehicles. The Public Service Commission's Transportation Enforcement Division is taking part in Operation Safe Driver this week, meaning officers are verifying driver credentials and vehicle paperwork, plus enforcing seat belt requirements for commercial drivers. The campaign got underway Sunday and runs through this coming Saturday.
A new bill has gone into effect this week that limits certain types of businesses on Charleston's East End. Im particular, the bill bans strip clubs, adult book and video stores, pawn shops, gun shops, check cashing establishments other than banks, gambling parlors, and pay as you go phone stores from opening along Washington Street East from Sidney to Morris streets. The Charleston City Council passed the bill, and it took effect Monday.
Kanawha Players Theater is looking for performers for “A Christmas Story.” Auditions are scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m this Saturday at the theater at 309 Beauregard St. in Charleston, according to a news release from the theater group. Performance dates are 8 p.m. Nov. 29, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2. They need two men, two women, five boys between the ages 9 and 14 and two girls between the ages of 9-14.
Officials with FEMA say they have a total of 2,653 claims for damages from the June 29th storms, and most of those have come from Fayette County with 610. Kanawha County has filed 567 damage claims, Nicholas 518, and Raleigh 489. Those four counties were officially declared disaster areas, and just this week Governor Tomblin asked FEMA to expand the disaster declaration to an area including twenty other surrounding counties. The highest possible damage award is $31,000 and to qualify an individual’s entire home would have to be destroyed.
Anyone who suffered storm damage June 29th may be eligible for free legal assistance. The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and Legal Aid of West Virginia has announced it's partnered to offer the Disaster Legal Services program. When you call, you'll be matched with an attorney that has volunteered to participate. FEMA is providing the funding for the program. Storm victims can call the program at (877) 331-4259.