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A bridge in Randolph County has been renamed in honor of a soldier who was killed in the Vietnam War. The former Becky's Creek Bridge near Huttonsville is now the U.S. Army Sgt. Cecil W. Kittle Memorial Bridge. The Inter-Mountain says Kittle was a member of the 1st Air Cavalry Division. He was killed on Nov. 17, 1965, while participating in an operation to take troops to a clearing in the La Drang Valley. During the bridge renaming process, officials discovered that Kittle had been approved for a Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguished "V'' Device and a Combat Infantryman Badge and the medals have been presented to his family.
West Virginia Democrats said Republican state Del. Suzette Raines doesn't live where she claims and shouldn't be on the November ballot. They also want GOP House of Delegates hopeful Melissa Lewis off the ballot. The state Democratic Executive Committee filed complaints Monday in Kanawha and Preston circuit courts. Democrats said Raines doesn't live at her listed St. Albans address, hasn't filed campaign finance reports and a financial disclosure, and didn't sign previous disclosures. They said Lewis switched from Democrat to Republican five days before filing. State law allows only switches more than 60 days before filing. Democrats claim she lived outside Preston-based District 52 within a year of November's election, making her ineligible. Raines is seeking a second term in Kanawha-based District 35.
A man accused of killing an elderly man is facing up to life in prison after pleading guilty Monday to first-degree murder charges. 90-year old George Molle Jr. died from blunt force trauma at his home in January, and 40-year old Anthony Caldwell said in court Monday that he killed Molle with a hammer. The guilty plea was part of a plea deal that will lead to robbery and other charges being dropped. Caldwell will be sentenced in September, and could receive life in prison with mercy, which would make him eligible for parole in 15 years.
Demolition continues at Freedom Industries as storage tanks responsible for spilling crude MCHM are torn down. The tanks leaked 10,000 gallons of crude MCHM in January into the soil and it eventually got to the Elk River and contaminated the water supply. Now every time it rains, the stormwater runoff becomes tainted. WCHS TV reports the water is being trucked out of state for disposal, but negotiations are under way between Freedom and the Charleston Sanitary Board that would lead to treating the water in Charleston. The water would go through a North Charleston sewage treatment plant and then be released into the Kanawha River. Charleston Mayor Danny Jones supports it, and said the sewage treatment plant already treated slightly tainted MCHM water when the entire water system was flushed after the leak.
At least $2.9 million could fuel studies in a proposed settlement between West Virginia businesses and residents and Freedom Industries. The deal between lawyers for Freedom Industries and businesses and people who sued Freedom was filed Friday in Charleston federal court. It needs approval in both U.S. district and bankruptcy court. The agreement would settle 24 lawsuits against Freedom after several businesses sued to recoup profits lost during the water crisis. The money would come from Freedom's insurance policy. A board will decide how to spend it, with long-term health studies a possibility.
Southern West Virginia is seeing an abundance of eagles. The Charleston Gazette reports that birders and naturalists have confirmed the presence of five new bald eagle nests in Summers and Greenbrier counties. The nests include three newly hatched eaglets. Some of the nests were spotted during an annual spring nesting survey conducted by volunteer birders and boaters. About 30 nesting pairs of bald eagles are known to exist throughout West Virginia. They can be found primarily in the Potomac River headwaters region, the eastern mountains and along the Ohio River. The newborn southern West Virginia eagles are getting out of their nests and learning to fly.
Maybe you've been driving on Interstate 64 recently and you've seen the car ahead of you sweve and correct to get back between the lines...that's exactly the kind of thing that State Police are watching for as they crack down on distracted driving. If the swerve was related to texting and driving, that driver can get a ticket as West Virginia teams up with police in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana to try to put a stop to distracted driving. It's illegal in West Virginia to use your cell phone, unless you have a hands free device.
Three people were killed in a head-on collision Thursday morning just outside of Chapmanville. 27 year old Eddie Mullins was driving northbound on Route 10 when he crossed over into oncoming traffic according to sheriff's deputies. His car struck a southbound truck. Mullins died in the crash, along with his passengers, 38 year old Michael Johnson and 39 year old Terry Fowler.
At last night's meeting of the Charleston Board of Health, Brenda Isaac was re-elected to the leadership post. Members also heard a report from Dr. Rahul Gupta about his report to staff members of the Senate Health Committee in Washington, DC about the prescription drug problem in the country. Board members also got an update at last night's meeting on the visit to Charleston by the Chemical Safety Board to discuss the January chemical leak into the Elks River .
There's been a big spike in daytime home break-ins this summer in Gallia County. Sheriff Joe Browning says there have literally been dozens and dozens reported, most of them during the day when people are at work. The Sheriff says they have their eyes on a couple of suspects. He says it's always a big help when neighbors keep watch for each other and call police to report any unusual vehicles or people.