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Huntington Mayor Steve Williams is cracking down on drug crimes in his city. He went to the City Council last week and asked them to authorize ten additional police officers. Williams says that manpower is needed so the city can step up neighborhood tactical units and begin disrupting the drug trade within the neighborhoods. While the city already has task forces in place to deal with drugs, Mayor Williams says the neighborhood tactical force he has in mind would focus on individual neighborhoods where police are needed the most. He said it's time to take back the streets from drug dealers and addicts. In fact, Williams says he wants to send a clear message to drug dealers that, quote "unmitigated hell is going to come down on them. " He says either they leave Huntington or they stay and go to prison. He called drug dealers roaches who have infected out city, and says the neighborhood tactical force would stomp on those roaches. The mayor says what he is proposing is a permanent change in the way we do business in the city of Huntington.
A local teen is battling brain cancer, and her family could use a helping hand. 13 year old Alecia Oldham had to undergo surgery, radiation and chemotherapy to remove a brain tumor. Alecia will be getting medical treatment for the next year. If you'd like to help, there's a Facebook page you can check out , it's called Prayers for Alicia. There's going to be a charity softball tournament fundraiser on August 9th at the North Charleston Community Center.
There was a big fire in downtown Huntington on Sunday morning. The massive fire began on the sixth floor of the Morris Building on Fourth Avenue, and spread to the elevator shaft. Many people who live in the landmark building were awakened by firefighters telling them to evacuate. Firefighters say everyone living in the building made it out safely. The quick response by firefighters kept the flames from spreading to nearby businesses, and Huntington Mayor Steve Wiliams believes that quick response saved lives as well. One firefighter suffered a knee injury while battling the blaze.
Here's an update on Charleston's Dirty Girl debacle. We're told now that at least some of those who paid registration fees for the canceled event will be getting refunds. About 25 hundred people registered for the run, which was supposed to be held on Saturday. They called it off after the organizer failed to pay the shuttle company that was supposed to provide transportation for the runners. The organizers of the Dirty Girl Mud Run announced that no refunds would be issued in the wake of the cancellation. However, the West Virginia attorney general's office says Eventbrite, a ticketing company used for the event , will issue refunds. Anyone who paid to register through any other vendor should file a complaint with the attorney general's office.
The state has been saving a lot of money since the workers compensation program was privatized in 2005. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says that in the coming year, West Virginia employers will see a projected 32 million dollar reduction in workers compensation premiums, the tenth reduction in a row. Tomblin say that since the privatization, savings have added up to more than 280 million dollars.
There's been a lot of unusual activity on the campus of West Virginia State University today. A training exercise is taking place at the Institute campus for local and state first responders , along with the university's public safety officers, students and faculty. The purpose is to test their response plan in case they ever have an active shooter on campus. This is the first time a training exercise of this magnitude has ever been conducted at the university.
Dozens of people gathered last night for a candlelight vigil to pray for peace in Gaza. The group at the state Capitol called for an immediate ceasefire and end to the bloodshed. They also said they don't want U.S. tax dollars funding Israel's Army.
A man accused of exposing himself to little girls in Nitro has ties to youth sports in that area. Matt Spry was arrested last week during a traffic stop. Police had been looking for him since may,when he exposed himself to two girls near the Nitro boat docks, and they got a picture of him. They also gave police a good description of his car. The picture and car description blew up on social media,and someone finally called police with a name. The girls have picked him out of a lineup. Spry currently serves as a coach for the Nitro youth basketball league. He has also worked with Nitro Cross Lanes Midget football and Little Leagues.
There's a blood drive going on in downtown Charleston today. The American Red Cross has teamed up with the Kanawha County Clerk's office to host the blood drive on Quarrier Street. County Clerk Vera McCormick hopes at least 30 donors will participate.
An early morning stabbing sent a man to the hospital in Charleston today. Someone on Wyoming Street called 911 and reported that he heard yelling coming from an alley. Police rushed to the scene and found the stabbing victim in that alley. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call police.