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Federal environmental regulators have picked five West Virginia projects to receive $1 million in brownfields grants. The Environmental Protection Agency program helps communities conduct environmental assessments of properties, review cleanup options, and start cleanup at contaminated sites. The recipients include the Wayne County Economic Development Authority, city of Morgantown, city of Thomas and Wyoming County Economic Development Authority. The state Department of Environmental Protection also received one grant for Nicholas, Fayette, and Raleigh counties.
State highways officials are evaluating two bids for a contract to operate the West Virginia Courtesy Patrol. The bidders are the patrol's longtime operator, Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia, and IncidentClear. IncidentClear operates service patrols in several large cities across the country, including Dallas. Department of Administration spokeswoman Diane Holley-Brown tells the Charleston Gazette that the state plans to have a new contract in place as of July 1. The Courtesy Patrol provides roadside assistance to motorists in West Virginia.
Watch out for a phone scam. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says people in the county have been getting calls from someone claiming to be a Kanawha County Sheriff’s Deputy. The caller tells those who answer they have missed jury duty and are now being assessed fines. They instruct whoever answers to turn themselves in at court or pay a fine by adding money to prepaid cards or accounts. The sheriff's office doesn't make these kinds of calls and sends the reminder that court fines can't be assessed without a hearing. Don't give out any personal information, and if you already have, call 304-357-0556 to report the incident. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office’s detective bureau is investigating. The sheriff's office does occassionally raise money through phone calls, but they don't have a campaign going on now.
South Charleston police are investigating after a shooting Tuesday morning. Chief Detective Joel Gray of the South Charleston Police Department:
It happened on Staunton Avenue, and police have been looking for a light green 2008 Mercury Milan with a West Virginia license plate of 3UB391. A man was shot about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday and was taken to the hospital with injuries to the leg and stomach.
The number of cities seeking to participate in West Virginia's Municipal Home Rule Program is growing. WDTV says Shinnston City Council voted Monday to allow the city to submit an application to the Home Rule Board. Last week, city councils in Martinsburg and Nitro approved similar ordinances. Other cities seeking participation in the program include Bluefield, Clarksburg, Fairmont, Morgantown, Buckhannon and Elkins. The program shifts power from the state to the local level and gives municipalities a larger say in how they govern. Charleston was part of the pilot program, and now legislators are allowing up to 20 cities to be part of it.
St. Albans is remembering a beloved high school student who passed away suddenly over the weekend from an apparent heart attack. Leland Brown was remembered Monday night with a memorial event attended by hundreds at Crawford Field in St. Albans, and there are other ways this week to pay tribute. A remembrance gathering is happening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at St. Albans High School. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at King's River Church in St. Albans. And from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. today Fresh Seafood Market in St. Albans will donate a portion of its proceeds to the family.
Some of those flags that perhaps you saw across Kanawha County on Memorial Day may have been put there by Girl Scouts. The local Troop 4847 spent an afternoon putting flags on the graves of those who served...in fact the flags decorated every headstone in the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetary.
Memorial Day marked the beginning of summer for many kids, and it was nice and warm for the opening of a Putnam County sprayground. The splash pad opened for the season at Hurricane City Park yesterday, and they've added a new concession stand and shaded area this year. Hours are 11am to 7pm Monday through Saturday, and Sundays from 1pm to 7pm. They'll also take reservations for night partites.
More now on an accident that happened Sunday afternoon on Interstate 77 that left an elderly man in the hospital and a bridge damaged. Cpl B-D Humphreys with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office tells us the driver's maroon Chevrolet Lumina went into the closed right lane of the interstate over Surface Road near the 103 mile marker. The car landed on its top, and after a Sgt. on patrol stopped to help, the Sissonville and Pinch Volunteer Fire Departments also responded. They stabilized the vehicle with cables to prevent it from sliding farther down the hill, then cut away parts of the vehicle so the driver could be removed from the wreckage. 97-year old Auvil Whited of NItro was taken by ambulance to the hospital and was conscious and talking The new bridge construction was damaged, but the extent isn't known yet.
The West Virginia Veterans Memorial is undergoing about $1 million worth of repairs and restoration. The oval monument at the Capitol Complex was closed for Memorial Day because of the construction. The project is expected to be completed in time for Veterans Day in November. Department of Administration spokesman Tony O'Leary tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the work includes stone and bronze restoration, waterproofing, masonry and plumbing repair, and lighting replacement. An architectural and engineering review conducted in 2013 found electrical and drainage issues, cracked paving stones and failing joints.