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A fire in St. Albans has left two people facing charges. The fire broke out Tuesday at a home in the 400 block of Washington Street, and police who were part of the response found items used to make methamphetamine. 38-year old Joseph Miller, and 40-year old Sherry Burdette were arrested and charged with operating a clandestine drug lab. Officials say more charges could come because there were children in the home at the time of the fire.
The Capitol Market will be the place Thursday for Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center's seventh annual Wine & Roses event. Wine and appetizers will be served to build awareness and support for the nonprofit agency. Proceeds will benefit the Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center, which serves men, women and veterans faced with homelessness.
The Australian company Ludowici LLC has purchased land in the Putnam Business Park along the Kanawha River, and will get a 20-percent tax deduction on real property for 20 years. Putnam County Commissioners approved the deal last month with the idea that it would bring about 70 new jobs. The company specializes in mining, quarry, and industrial and water equipment, according to the company's website. The price paid for the land hasn't been disclosed.
Police are investigating an apparent suicide at the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston.The West Virginia Regional Jail Authority confirmed that 54-year old Joseph Daniel Albohn of Kanawha County, was found dead in his cell at about 2 a.m. Tuesday. He was in jail on recent child pornography charges, and had been on suicide watch but a psychologist determined it was safe to take him off of suicide watch August 10th, according to the Gazette. The deputy director revealed that Albohn apparently hanged himself with a bedsheet.
Dish Network may quit carrying WCHS TV8 and WVAH Fox 11. If no new retransmission agreement is reached between Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Dish Network Corp. that is likely to happen at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Dish said in a prepared statement that Sinclair has threatened to block Dish customers' access to their broadcasts "unless Dish accepts a massive price increase." Sinclair also issued a prepared statement, and said the company is negotiating with Dish on terms for a new agreement, but doubts one will be reached.
The state Judicial Hearing Board has approved a settlement for a former Kanawha County magistrate Carol Fouty. Fouty has already resigned, but that was one of the stipluations of the agreement. She must also remove herself from this November's election and pay more than six thousand dollars to cover the costs of the investigation. As it accepted the agreement, the hearing board also asked Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants' office to investigate whether criminal laws were violated. The recommendations will now go before the state Supreme Court.
A Kanawha County Sheriff's deputy was called to a disturbance last Saturday at the Comfort Inn at 122 Racer Drive in Cross Lanes. A bartender had stopped serving the two because they were so intoxicated. 48-year old Donald Charles Canaday of Crab Orchard took off his shirt and made threats to the bartender, according to the sheriff's office, and then left with 33-year old Christy Lynn Bolen. Canaday, faces Battery on a Police Officer charge, after spitting on the officer, and kicked windows and banged his head on various
areas inside the patrol car. The police report says Canaday later made threats to kill police officers, burn houses and kill their families. He remains at the South Central Regional Jail. Bowlen was arrested, then taken to detox.
West Virginia is getting funds that will help low-income students take advanced placement courses. The aim of the $52,000 grant is to encourage students to take the advanced courses and earn college credit, and it's part of a larger $21.5 million grant from the US Dept. of Education going to 43 states. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says the advanced placement courses help create a culture in high schools that gets students excited about college.
It's something you may have talked about at the office this week. Charleston is the most sleep-deprived city in the US, according to pillow manufacturer Carpenter Co. and SleepBetter.org. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collected the data from all 50 states, and in Charleston, folks don't get enough sleep on just over ten days per month. Most analysts seem to agree that holding down an intense job, or several different jobs to make ends meet, can squeeze out sleep. And then there's Facebook.
We won't know for awhile whether state regulators will approve a special electricity rate for Century Aluminum's Jackson County plant. The Public Service Commission has extended the deadline for filing briefs, after Appalachian Power and several others told the PSC they need more time to file. Some are waiting on transcripts from court hearings. Century Aluminum says it needs to reduce electricity costs so it can reopen the Ravenswood plant that closed three years ago. A decision is expected in about a month.