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State historians say a proposed demolition project could threaten uptown Beckley's historic district. Dan Bickey has proposed demolishing three buildings that he owns and developing the space for metered parking. Only one property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but State Historic Preservation Officer Susan M. Pearce tells The Register-Herald that demolishing the buildings would significantly alter the district's viewshed. West Virginia Division of Culture and History deputy commissioner Caryn Gresham says the demolitions could lead to the district's removal from the national register. Bickey says he hopes the district doesn't lose its historic designation. He says the city needs more parking and it's not cost effective to restore the buildings.
A Charleston man with several drug trafficking and violent felony convictions pleaded guilty Monday to a federal drug charge. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said 35-year old Donnell Dwayne Diego pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth, after selling methamphetamine to an informant last summer. Drugs including oxycodone, 50 grams of methamphetamine, more than 50 grams of heroin were seized at his home, along with ammunition, and in excess of $9,000.00 cash. Goodwin says Diego had been previously convicted of several felony offenses in California including burglary and grand theft in 2003 and drug trafficking in 2004 and 2007. He faces up to 30 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on August 7th.
A hearing is scheduled for today to rule on the city of Charleston's request to disqualify Mark Plants' office from hearing some cases. The city is asking that the Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney's Office from trying any cases involving domestic battery by a parent, while Mark Plants is facing charges for an incident with his son back in February.
A groundbreaking will be held next month for a bridge that will provide a new entryway to Charleston's Coonskin Park. Officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on May 8. The Charleston Daily Mail reported the $6.2 million bridge will connect the park to U.S. 119 in Mink Shoals. It should be completed by October 2015. After the bridge's completion, another road leading past an Air National Guard base to the park will be closed to through traffic.
Retiring U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller will discuss his five decades of public service at a public forum at West Virginia Wesleyan College. The event is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the college's Virginia Thomas law Center for the Public Arts in Buckhannon. Broadcast journalist Ted Koppel will serve as moderator, and students and members of the public will have an opportunity to submit questions to the senator. Rockefeller served as president of West Virginia Wesleyan from 1973 to 1976.
The investigation is on after a man on a four wheeler discovered a body in a wooded area near Big Chimney Saturday afternoon. Bryan Crosier was riding his four wheeler when he noticed the body, and his dad just happens to be Sean Crosier....who works for the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office. Deputies started investigating yesterday, and it's too soon to have an ID or many details on the case.
West Virginia is expanding its tourism funding in hopes of offsetting negative publicity from the January chemical spill in the Elk River that spurred a water-use ban for days. A $1.2 million cash infusion was announced last week that will more than double the Division of Tourism's spring advertising campaign budget. The Charleston Gazette reports that the additional funding will allow the ad campaign to expand to new markets and to run more frequently.
The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office continues its crackdown against drunk driving. The sheriff's office, in conjunction with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program will be conducting a high visibility sobriety checkpoint tonight from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on WV Rt. 817 near Saint Albans. This is one of several planned checkpoints and targeted patrols throughout the year, and the sheriff's office says it has a zero tolerance policy against drunk driving.
A female bald eagle that nested in the New River Gorge has died from injuries suffered last month when she was hit by a train and later by a vehicle. Three Rivers Avian Center executive director Wendy Perrone says the eagle, named Streaky, was euthanized Monday after she failed to regain the use of her legs and her liver shut down. Perrone tells the Charleston Gazette that Streaky couldn't eat, drink or respond favorably to injections of fluids in recent days. The eagle collided with the windshield of a passenger train locomotive in the gorge on March 7. She later was hit by a vehicle. Streaky and her mate, Whitey, had nested in the gorge since 2010.
An arrest was made this week after an armed robbery in Logan. 29-year old Justin Harvey is facing charges after police say he went to the Little General at the Fountain Place Shopping Center Wednesday night about 9 p.m. and used a toy gun to try to coerce money from the clerk. He made away with about six hundred dollars, but police caught up to him. Detectives are investigating to see whether he was involved in other hold-ups at the same gas station.