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Charleston has applied for a $575,000 grant to demolish some boarded up West Side homes. WSAZ.com reports competition for the grant is fierce, with only 15 grants total awarded nationally each year. Police say the abandoned houses are a hot spot for crime, and neighbors call them an eyesore.
The owners of a home in Charleston's South Hills have three weeks to come up with a plan to repair damage to the home, or face $2500 in fines. Building inspectors visited the Top-O-Rock home on Goddard Road Monday after getting complaints, and the Daily Mail reports the inspectors ended up issued 5 citations to the homeowners for things like broken glass and graffiti. If the issues aren't corrected in 21 days, the city could take the homeowners to court. The home was built in 1968 by late architect Henry Elden, who lived there until his death in 2009. The home is four thousand square feet, and has been featured on HGTV and by Parade Magazine.
The Charleston City Council this week approved a new ordinance which is expected to make it easier to recycle. The new "single stream" ordinance means you don't have to separate items to be recylcled, and the goal is to get more people doing it. Keep separating items until June 1st, and after that you'll be able to put several recyclable items in the same container.
If you'd like to work for the government, here's your shot. The third annual State Government Career Fair is happening today at the state Culture Center in Charleston. The event is sponsored by the state Division of Personnel and WorkForce West Virginia. It provides information to job seekers on full-time state government employment opportunities and benefits. Job seekers are encouraged to bring their resumes. More than 15 state agencies are participating. Information also will be distributed to college students for government internships.
There were only minor injuries Tuesday after a car hit a house. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office responded to the wreck at 2471 East DuPont Ave in the Riverside area and learned that 56-year old Rhonda Livesay of Boomer was traveling west on US 60/East DuPont Ave when she fell asleep. Her 2014 Chevrolet Malibu ran off of the road and over the embankment and hit the porch of a house. Livesay was transported to CAMC General Division for treatment of minor injuries and there was no one inside the house at the time of the accident. It's still under investigation, and no citations have been issued.
Charleston was one of the original cities to test Home Rule when it was a pilot program, and more cities are applying now that the program has been expanded. The city of Dunbar just voted to apply this week. Home rule gives cities more control over over how city leaders do business, and flexiility in generating revenue. There will be a public forum to talk about it, as part of the next Dunbar City Council meeting.
Sentencing is coming up this summer for a Charleston man accused in a shooting case. Steven Thompson appeared in court Monday and admitted to shooting and wounding Ollie Nicholson of Detroit, MI during a robbery on the West Side last June. Prosecutors said Nicholson was shot twice when he jumped out a window to try to get away. Thompson says the gun went off during a struggle. Thompson faces 2 to 10 years in prison at the July 17th sentencing.
Heads up for horse owners. You're advised to protect your animals from two mosquito-borne diseases. Mosquitoes can carry the West Nile virus and equine encephalomyelitis. The insects breed in standing water. Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick says horse owners can minimize the chance of their animals contracting these diseases by eliminating standing water sources, such as old tires and poorly draining areas. Helmick says horse owners also should ask their veterinarians about getting their animals vaccinated.
A judicial panel recommends Kanawha County magistrate Ward Harshbarger be publicly reprimanded. There are ethics allegations against Harshbarger after he rejected a domestic violence petition against Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants. The Judicial Investigation Commission held a hearing Monday and Harshbarger was there for it. Plants’ ex-wife, Allison wanted a domestic violence protective order after an incident with the couple's son in February, and there are allegations Harshbarger didn't give it a fair review, and discussed the petition with police officers who weren't involved in the case. Harshbarger apologized at Monday's hearing.
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones wants Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants removed from a case. WSAZ TV reports Mayor Jones said at a meeting last night before the city council meeting, that Plants doesn't like Lt. Steve Cooper, and should remove himself from the murder-for-hire case involving him. Darrell Carter was arrested last week and charged with ordering a hit on Cooper. Plants issued a statement saying it's an attempt by Danny Jones to play politics and his office is committed to seeking justice.