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A website will provide information and online registration for aboveground storage tank owners in the state to comply with a new law. The site explains the law written in response to a January chemical spill. The Department of Environmental Protection estimates tens of thousands of tanks will be affected. The law takes effect June 6. Tank registration is expected to start June 10, but owners are encouraged to get usernames in advance. Inventory and registration of aboveground tanks must be completed by Oct. 1. The website includes public comments as the DEP crafts regulations for consideration in the legislative session starting January 2015.
West Virginia State Police are investigating the death of a Southern Regional Jail inmate after a fight with another prisoner. Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina said 51-year old Carlos McMillion died Tuesday at a Charleston hospital. Messina said an altercation between McMillion and 21-year old Geremy Austin West happened Saturday at the jail. McMillion was being held at the jail on first-degree robbery charges from Raleigh County. West is being held on a bond revocation for pending burglary, grand larceny and conspiracy charges from Mercer County.
An investigation is on after a shooting Wednesday on River Haven Road, north of Clendenin. Some type of altercation took place at the home of 49-yera old Charles "Sam" Myers, and the Kanawha County Sheriff's office says Myers shot 34-year old Allen Ray Dingess of Winfield, who was able to flee with others to the Clendenin interchange with I-79 where he was met by an ambulance and KCSO Deputies. Dingess was treated on the roadside, then declined transport by ambulance, and went to CAMC in a personal vehicle. Myers was arrested and is being charged with malicious wounding, a felony carrying a possible penalty of 2-10 years, if convicted.
A flash flood watch is in effect for much of the state through this evening. Rain could mean flooding in counties including Boone, Cabell, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh, and Randolph counties. It's a slow moving system that won't be completely out of the area until Friday morning, and showers could turn into downpours that dump an inch of rain in less than an hour. Creeks and streams will be especially vulnerable.
Federal environmental regulators have picked five West Virginia projects to receive $1 million in brownfields grants. The Environmental Protection Agency program helps communities conduct environmental assessments of properties, review cleanup options, and start cleanup at contaminated sites. The recipients include the Wayne County Economic Development Authority, city of Morgantown, city of Thomas and Wyoming County Economic Development Authority. The state Department of Environmental Protection also received one grant for Nicholas, Fayette, and Raleigh counties.
State highways officials are evaluating two bids for a contract to operate the West Virginia Courtesy Patrol. The bidders are the patrol's longtime operator, Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia, and IncidentClear. IncidentClear operates service patrols in several large cities across the country, including Dallas. Department of Administration spokeswoman Diane Holley-Brown tells the Charleston Gazette that the state plans to have a new contract in place as of July 1. The Courtesy Patrol provides roadside assistance to motorists in West Virginia.
Watch out for a phone scam. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says people in the county have been getting calls from someone claiming to be a Kanawha County Sheriff’s Deputy. The caller tells those who answer they have missed jury duty and are now being assessed fines. They instruct whoever answers to turn themselves in at court or pay a fine by adding money to prepaid cards or accounts. The sheriff's office doesn't make these kinds of calls and sends the reminder that court fines can't be assessed without a hearing. Don't give out any personal information, and if you already have, call 304-357-0556 to report the incident. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office’s detective bureau is investigating. The sheriff's office does occassionally raise money through phone calls, but they don't have a campaign going on now.
South Charleston police are investigating after a shooting Tuesday morning. Chief Detective Joel Gray of the South Charleston Police Department:
It happened on Staunton Avenue, and police have been looking for a light green 2008 Mercury Milan with a West Virginia license plate of 3UB391. A man was shot about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday and was taken to the hospital with injuries to the leg and stomach.
The number of cities seeking to participate in West Virginia's Municipal Home Rule Program is growing. WDTV says Shinnston City Council voted Monday to allow the city to submit an application to the Home Rule Board. Last week, city councils in Martinsburg and Nitro approved similar ordinances. Other cities seeking participation in the program include Bluefield, Clarksburg, Fairmont, Morgantown, Buckhannon and Elkins. The program shifts power from the state to the local level and gives municipalities a larger say in how they govern. Charleston was part of the pilot program, and now legislators are allowing up to 20 cities to be part of it.
St. Albans is remembering a beloved high school student who passed away suddenly over the weekend from an apparent heart attack. Leland Brown was remembered Monday night with a memorial event attended by hundreds at Crawford Field in St. Albans, and there are other ways this week to pay tribute. A remembrance gathering is happening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at St. Albans High School. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at King's River Church in St. Albans. And from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. today Fresh Seafood Market in St. Albans will donate a portion of its proceeds to the family.