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An accident Monday night left a 40-year-old clinging to life, and he was pronounced dead by the time he arrived at St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington. The single-vehicle crash on Route 3 in Hamlin. State police said Leeroy Allen Halstead was a passenger, and was trapped in his vehicle and had to be cut out before the ambulance could take him to the hospital. The driver of the vehicle was not hurt.
Kanawha County is diving deeper into an effort to save the recycling program. A new task force will study the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority's finances, and then the goal will be to come up with a plan to keep recycling going. Five months ago the Solid Waste Authority's governing board voted to shut down the Slack Street Recycling Center in Charleston over safety issues. That has since re-opened as a drop off point. Between five and ten members will be chosen for the task force, and they'll aim to come up with a new plan for the county's recycling efforts within 45 days.
Members of East End Main Street want zoning changes in the Corridor Village District of the East End Community Renewal Plan. The Charleston Renewal Authority will be asked today to modify current zoning rules in the East End plan by pointing out specific types of businesses that would be banned along Washington Street. That includes adult businesses, bail bonds, cash-for-gold, pawn shops, gambling establishments, and storage facilities. If the Renewal Authority approves, the Municipal Planning Commission will consider the issue this afternoon. Ultimately, City Council would need to pass an ordinance to change the East End plan.
A woman involved last week in a head on collision on Interstate 77 has died. 68-year old Diana Douin died over the weekend. State Police say she crossed the median and hit a tractor trailer head on Thursday night near the Sissonville exit.
A Charleston woman has been sentenced for distributing crack cocaine. 29-year old Cary White previously pleaded guilty, admitting she and another sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant working with the West Virginia State Police. White was sentenced Monday to two years in federal prison.
A highway that has seen several recent accidents will be studied. Kanawha County sheriff's deputies have responded to more than 20 accidents since April on a stretch of I-77 in the Sissonville, and state highway officials want to know why there have been so many. Depending on the results of the study, cable barriers could go up in the median to prevent crossover accidents.
Last year was a good year for the West Virginia Lottery, ending with an $81 million surplus. Lottery officials have said as Ohio adds casinos, ticket sales in West Virginia are impacted. Pennsylvania race tracks and plans for a new large casino in Maryland may also have an impact. The lottery plans to come up with new ways to promote West Virginia's own casinos in the coming years.
Police are still investigating after a weekend drowning in the Kanawha River. 47-year old David Jones of Powellton went missing Saturday evening at the Kanawha Falls in the area of Boonesboro Road, according to the Fayette County sheriff. Jones was reportedly swimming across the river with a friend and didn't make it across. The incident is under investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office and by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
New data from energy industry experts and the federal government bodes well for the Marcellus Shale. Four years ago the Marcellus Shale under West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio was just starting to gain attention, and now the new data says it's about to become the most productive natural gas field in the United States. Last month, the combined output from Pennsylvania and West Virginia wells was about 7.4 billion cubic feet per day, according to an analyst at Bentek Energy. That's more than double the numbers from last April and shows no signs of slowing down.
A Charleston firm is going to lead a study of all 55 courthouses in West Virginia in the coming months. Silling Associates of Charleston has been awarded at $600,000 contract by the WV Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority. The study is meant to analyze the condition and needs of each courthouse, and make recommendations for improvements, including cost estimates. Right now, Silling is in the process of asking each courthouse for records, including insurance and fire marshal reports, blueprints, and lists of past projects and thsoe that are in the works.