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Drugs continue to be a problem in West Virginia....It's one of many states reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. It's a national trend, according to Kenny Burner of the state Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Burner said the numbers of seizures and overdoses have been steadily increasing over the past three to five years. The number of heroin-related deaths are up, and state data shows a huge increase in the number of West Virginians seeking heroin treatment.Burner says it will take community effort through prevention, enforcement and treatment to rid the state of the problems.
The operator of West Virginia's Courtesy Patrol is seeking a two-month extension of its state contract. The Courtesy Patrol is one of nine nonprofit entities overseen by the nonprofit Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia. The Register-Herald reports that the Beckley-based nonprofit's contract through the Division of Highways expired in July 2013 and has received three-month extensions since then. Due to an oversight, the Legislature didn't appropriate money for the roadside service for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Local lawmakers say they expect the funding to be addressed in a special session before then. Courtesy Patrol director Jennifer Douglas says the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia has operated the service since it was revived in November 1998.
A ten thousand dollar reward is being offered in an Elkview break-in case. The owners of Mitch's Towing in Elkview want to find those who caused close to $15,000 in damage to their business. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is investigating the break-in that happened over the weekend and left Mitch's Towing with shattered glass and doors torn apart. WCHS TV reports a Jeep was stolen too, but all the other tools and vehicles were left alone. Mitch's Towing is open this week, with business as usual. If you have information, you're asked to call police
Metro 911 received information Sunday reporting a man being chased with an axe. The address for the calls was on Robinson Road near Clendenin, and after the initial call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says the man who had been chased shot the man who was chasing him. The man shot was 38-year old Robert Parsons, II of Clendenin, who was declared dead at the scene. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is investigating, but so far there have been no arrests.
A 9 year old special needs boy has received a new bike customized to his needs, thanks to the kindness of strangers. Brady Conn has a number of health issues, including spina bifida, hydrocephalus, and club feet. He is also developmentally delayed with mental challenges. He can't ride a regular bike,and the one he needed was beyond his parent's budget at a cost of more than 3-thousand-dollars. His parents entered him in a nationwide contest to win a new bike recently, but when a story about Brady ran in the local newspaper area residents came forward to help. With the coordination of Bill Nottingham of the Charlotte Bicycle Center,folks chipped in all the money needed,and Brady got his new bike on Thursday afternoon. His parents pulled his name out of the contest, so another special child could win a bike.
A hearing has been scheduled for Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants ,who stands accused of domestic battery. Plants allegedly struck his young son several times with a leather belt. Plants will go before a special magistrate on May 21st for a status hearing. Authorities were notified about the alleged beating by Plants' ex-wife, and the boy confirmed the incident.
A man who died in a crash following a high speed chase in Kanawha County Wednesday evening had a criminal history including fleeing from police. According to investigators, Travis Camp is the man whose life ended in that crash on Big Tyler Road when he struck another vehicle head on. The sheriff's department is doing a reconstruction of the crash to determine exactly what happened. The driver of the other car, Paula Holmes, underwent surgery Thursday afternoon for her injuries. She's expected to make a full recovery.
Mine safety officials are looking into an accident that left eight workers at a Greenbrier County mine injured. It happened around midnight Tuesday at the Greenbrier Minerals Mountaineer Pocahontas Number 1 near Rupert. According to the state office of Miner's Safety, a device that transports miners underground lost its breaks on an incline. Two of the injured remain hospitalized this morning.
In the wake of the chemical spill that tainted drinking water supplies for West Virginia residents, a Senate committee on Thursday approved a bill boosting controls on chemical storage facilities. The bill would require states to inspect chemical storage facilities and inspect them regularly. The state would have to identify tanks near drinking water supplies and companies would have to develop state-approved emergency plans. The tank that leaked chemicals into the West Virginia water supply was upstream from a drinking water source and had rarely been inspected.
An 8 month investigation of what Charleston Police call retail organized crime culminated in a raid and an arrest Thursday at the Middle East Mart. Police allege that the owner of that store would give thieves a shopping list of items to steal from other stores. The thieves would then bring them in for resale at Middle East Mart. The wife the store owner was arrested on Thursday. Khitam Ghoul faces a charge of transferring and receiving stolen property. And police say the investigation isn't over yet.