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Putnam County deputies have been cracking down on distracted driving, and several people were cited last weekend. The Putnam County Sheriff's department said it issued 22 citations for texting/talking on phones while driving. Don't think the crackdown is over...the sheriff's office said previously that it was focusing on the crackdown from April 4th through 13th, along Interstate 64.
State regulators have ordered West Virginia American Water Company to continue participating in a series of public-private water projects. Monday's ruling by the Public Service Commission came on a complaint filed by five public service districts and several other local agencies. The complaint alleged that West Virginia American Water improperly withdrew from partnerships to expand water service in various areas of the state. The PSC ruled that the water company has an obligation to continue participating in projects proposed by the local agencies that would extend service to new customers in areas that the company could reasonably serve. The projects must be technically feasible and the company must have a reasonable opportunity to earn a return on its investment.
Some of the worst roads around Charleston will get a little makeover. Finance committee members from the Charleston City Council voted Monday in favor of renewing the annual street pavement agreement. It's going to take a little over a million dollars to fix the potholes and cracks that have appeared because of the harsh winter. The repaving projects will start around April 21st.
West Virginia highway officials have closed a road in Logan County amid fears of a landslide. The Division of Highways says the closure involves Madison Creek Road. Just above that road, construction is underway on a new portion of West Virginia Route 10. The project's contractor has said he fears the hillside above Madison Creek Road could give way during heavy rains. The closure is in effect until further notice.
Drugs continue to be a problem in West Virginia....It's one of many states reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. It's a national trend, according to Kenny Burner of the state Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Burner said the numbers of seizures and overdoses have been steadily increasing over the past three to five years. The number of heroin-related deaths are up, and state data shows a huge increase in the number of West Virginians seeking heroin treatment.Burner says it will take community effort through prevention, enforcement and treatment to rid the state of the problems.
The operator of West Virginia's Courtesy Patrol is seeking a two-month extension of its state contract. The Courtesy Patrol is one of nine nonprofit entities overseen by the nonprofit Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia. The Register-Herald reports that the Beckley-based nonprofit's contract through the Division of Highways expired in July 2013 and has received three-month extensions since then. Due to an oversight, the Legislature didn't appropriate money for the roadside service for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Local lawmakers say they expect the funding to be addressed in a special session before then. Courtesy Patrol director Jennifer Douglas says the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia has operated the service since it was revived in November 1998.
A ten thousand dollar reward is being offered in an Elkview break-in case. The owners of Mitch's Towing in Elkview want to find those who caused close to $15,000 in damage to their business. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is investigating the break-in that happened over the weekend and left Mitch's Towing with shattered glass and doors torn apart. WCHS TV reports a Jeep was stolen too, but all the other tools and vehicles were left alone. Mitch's Towing is open this week, with business as usual. If you have information, you're asked to call police
Metro 911 received information Sunday reporting a man being chased with an axe. The address for the calls was on Robinson Road near Clendenin, and after the initial call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says the man who had been chased shot the man who was chasing him. The man shot was 38-year old Robert Parsons, II of Clendenin, who was declared dead at the scene. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is investigating, but so far there have been no arrests.
A 9 year old special needs boy has received a new bike customized to his needs, thanks to the kindness of strangers. Brady Conn has a number of health issues, including spina bifida, hydrocephalus, and club feet. He is also developmentally delayed with mental challenges. He can't ride a regular bike,and the one he needed was beyond his parent's budget at a cost of more than 3-thousand-dollars. His parents entered him in a nationwide contest to win a new bike recently, but when a story about Brady ran in the local newspaper area residents came forward to help. With the coordination of Bill Nottingham of the Charlotte Bicycle Center,folks chipped in all the money needed,and Brady got his new bike on Thursday afternoon. His parents pulled his name out of the contest, so another special child could win a bike.
A hearing has been scheduled for Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants ,who stands accused of domestic battery. Plants allegedly struck his young son several times with a leather belt. Plants will go before a special magistrate on May 21st for a status hearing. Authorities were notified about the alleged beating by Plants' ex-wife, and the boy confirmed the incident.