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The American Red Cross gets a big donation to help those impacted by the recent power outages. The agency has announced Texas-based Noble Energy is donating $40,000 to the West Virginia Region. Noble Energy is an independent oil and gas company currently operating in Marshall County, but has plans to expand.
Three convicted murderers were quickly caught this week as they planned to escape from a Fayette County correctional facility. The three have been identified as 38-year old Keith Lowe of Kentucky; 26-year old Daniel Smith, of Ohio; and 23-year old Stephen Wilson of Virginia. Corrections officer didn't find the three in their assigned areas and put the facility on lockdown, then found them outside on the property and caught them as they still took off running. The Mount Olive Correctional Facility covers about 880 acres in Fayette County.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin named Rocco Fucillo the acting Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources last month, and now a restructing appears to be taking place. The top three administrators there are on reassignment leave. That includes John Law, assistant secretary for communications; Susan Perry, deputy secretary for legal services; and Jennifer Taylor, general counsel. Former Secretary Dr. Michael Lewis announced his resignation as secretary for health reasons.
A Georgia company that makes chemical compounds can't sell it's products in West Virginia. A preliminary injunction was issued in Putnam County Circuit Court, and keeps Nutragenomics Manufacturing, LLC from selling bath salts and other synthetic chemicals here. The State Attorney General's office also says the company has to reveal a database of West Virginians who bought products from the company dating back to 2008. This injuntion is part of a broader lawsuit against the company for distributing synthetic drugs.
West Virginia agriculture leaders want your input about the use of poultry litter and swine manure. A new rule would keep it three miles away from primary poultry breeder operations, unless the litter and manure have been certified as free of disease by the state veterinarian. It's an effort to prevent diseases like salmonella and avian influenza, that can be spread through poultry and swine litter. You have until August 10 to comment.
A body found in the Elk River has now been identified as that of a man who was reported missing recently. Sheriff's divers combing the river near Walgrove and Blue Creek Roads found the body, which has been I-D'd as that of 48-year-old Rex Hughes. Hughes lived nearby and his personal effects were found on the river bank near where divers located his body. Family members said he swam there occasionally and reported him missing when he failed to return home from a trip down to the river.
Ernest Young Jr. has pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of 81-year-old Wilfred Naylor. Young is accused of beat Naylor to death with a nightstick at his home in June 2011. Young claims Naylor made advances toward him and attacked him. After striking a plea deal with prosecutors, Young's charges were reduced to second degree murder. He offered testimony in another Kanawha County murder case to get the deal. Young will be sentenced in August and will have to spend between 10 and 40 years behind bars. The state has recommended 20 years
A body has been found in the Elk River. Search crews with the Kanawha County Sheriff's office searched the river last night after a man was reported missing. All of the man's belongings were found at his home nearby and the search was conducted near Walgrove and Blue Creek Roads. It hasn't been confirmed yet that that body found is that of the missing man.
William Dale Clere of Charleston was sentenced this week to 10 to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing his teenage stepdaughter. Clere pleaded guilty in May, and this week at the sentencing hearing showed remorse and asked the judge for mercy. After a decade plus in jail, Clere will also be required to register as a sex offender and will be on supervised release for twenty years.
A Lincoln County Commissioner Thomas Ramey is expected to plead guilty to charges related to a voting fraud scheme. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced Tuesday that Thomas Ramey has been charged with knowingly making false statements to investigators, saying he didn't know who altered absentee ballot applications after they were filed with the Lincoln County Clerk's office. Investigators believe Ramey told someone to make the changes. The US Attorney's office has requested a hearing as part of the plea deal process.