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A Los Angeles Dodgers fan from West Virginia has been jailed after allegedly trespassing and making threats at the Cincinnati ballpark he was banned from six years ago. Forty-year-old Troy Sexton of Hurricane was being held Thursday under $40,000 bond on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and obstructing official business. He was arrested Tuesday night at the Dodgers-Reds game, after being ordered to stay away from Great American Ball Park after his arrest in a melee when the Dodgers were in town in 2008. He also will face a felony count of burglary charging he trespassed intending to commit a crime. A police affidavit states that Sexton made threats that he wanted to "shatter lives" over the next couple of days. Court-appointed attorney Amy Williams says she is reviewing the case.
A semi pulling a trailer load of gravel south on Interstate 79 jackknifed in the median Wednesday night and spilled its load five miles south of Clendenin. The spill caused delays for several hours while crews picked up gravel. The driver of the truck was from New York, and told deputies he lost control on the wet road and was unable to regain control. He was issued a citation for Failure to Maintain Control.
There will be new licensing regulations for certain pain clinics in West Virginia starting next month. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources says that beginning July 1, clinics that primarily treat patients for chronic pain must be licensed by Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification, as a way of combatting substance abuse and making sure all chronic pain management clinics conform to a common set of standards and meet minimum requirements. WCHS-TV reports that facilities meet the definition of a pain clinic if more than 50 percent of the patients during any one month period are treated for chronic pain for non-malignant conditions. The state will inspect the clinics each year and failure to comply could result in fines.
A Huntington woman is facing charges after police say she passed out from alcohol and dropped her six-month old child off the couch. 34-year old Dawn Stickland was charged with child neglect creating risk of injury, which is a felony. Charleston police say the child is in the custody of Child Protective Services, and the complaint was filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. Strickland's bond was set at $25,000.
Pseudoephedrine sales in West Virginia are down 30 percent this year compared to the same five-month period in 2013. Data from the NPLEx tracking system show pharmacies in West Virginia have sold 145,526 boxes of cold medications containing pseudoephedrine since January. Pharmacies sold 205,113 boxes during the same period last year. And there's a 40 percent decrease in the number of pseudoephedrine purchases that are blocked. Pseudoephedrine is a cold medication ingredient that's used to make meth.
The Clay Center has announced its fall performance schedule. Comedian and talk show host Bill Maher is among those coming to Charleston, and he'll perform stand-up comedy on November 16th. Musicians on the bill this fall include bluesman BB King, classic rockers Three Dog Night, and singers Michael McDonald and Toto, plus former Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson. Tickets are on sale at www.claycenter.org.
An American Electric Power subsidiary is asking state regulators to approve a transmission line that the company wants to build in Boone and Raleigh counties. AEP West Virginia Transmission Company, Inc. filed an application for the Bim Tap Project this week with the West Virginia Public Service Commission. The company's filing says the proposed 5.5-mile 138-kilovolt line would replace an existing line on property where Independence Coal Company has mining operations. Independence has asked the company to move the line because it plans to conduct operations in the immediate vicinity. The new line would be located primarily on reclaimed and previously mined land. The project would cost about $6.6 million.
Another round of thunderstorms could be on the way. The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9pm today for counties including Boone, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas and Roane. The best chance for severe weather seems to be along I-77 and to the east, according to meteorologists.
The West Virginia Supreme Court has approved a fine against a Kanawha County magistrate. Wade Harshbarger admitted to mishandling a domestic violence petition, and sanctions were recommended by the Judicial Investigation Commission. In additions to public censure, Harshbarger faces a $2,000 fine and costs of $3,790 for the investigation. The Charleston Gazette says the judicial investigation commission had accused Harshbarger of not following proper procedures and not giving it a full and fair review, and discussing the petition with police officers who weren't involved in the case. Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants' ex-wife, Allison Plants, petitioned for a domestic violence protective order against him on Feb. 26.
Charleston police looking for a robbery suspect after the Foodland gas station on Spring Street was held up Monday evening. A man wearing a blue hat pulled a revolver style pistol from his pants after walking into the gas station, according to a news release from the Charleston Police Department. He gave the clerk a Go-Mart shopping bag and demanded that he put the whole cash drawer in the bag. The cashier complied, and the suspect left the store with the cash drawer. Spring Street Foodland is offering a cash reward for anyone willing to identify the suspect. If you have information, call Charleston Police.