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A judge has dismissed a lawsuit over new vaccine requirements at schools. The suit had argued the Department of Health and Human Resources couldn't require the vaccines without the approval of the legislature, but the Kanawha Circuit said in his decision that the immunization rule is consistent with state code and does not exceed the Legislature's limits on interpretive rules. An appeal is expected. The new state code requires students entering school for the first time to be immunized against diphtheria, polio, rubeola, tetanus and pertussis, or whooping cough. Incoming seventh-graders and 12th-graders have to show proof they have received one dose of vaccines against meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Incoming 12th-graders must show proof they received booster doses after age 16.
A Kanawha County man offered an apology in court, and was then handed a 10 to 25 year prison sentence for sexually abusing his friend's nine-year old daughter. Prosecutors say the victim's mother allowed Hamrick to stay in her home while he got his life back in order, and that's when the assault happened. He was out of jail on probation at the time. Hamrick blames a drug addiction. Hamrick is already serving one to five years in prison on unrelated burglary charges.
The driver was flown to CAMC General after an accident Wednesday in Boone County. The passenger was killed in the accident that happened around 10 a.m. Wednesday near Danville. Investigators say Deputies say a man was driving a Ford Ranger when he lost control and flipped twice, and both men inside the truck were trhown. It's possible that the driver fell asleep at the wheel.
There are four counties in West Virginia where residents can apply for unemployment assistance through FEMA - Kanawha, Nicholas, Fayette and Raleigh counties. The deadline is coming up Monday, October 22 to file a claim for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. The unemployment has to be related to the storm that blew through June 29th, and it's for those who are not eligible for benefits under a state’s regular unemployment insurance program. Contact WorkForce West Virginia for more.
If security gets tighter at the state Capitol Complex, it may be thanks to a Pittsburgh based engineering firm. GAI Consulting has been awarded a $225,000 consulting contract to make recommendations for improving security at the state Capitol Complex. The company is based in Pennsylvania, but they have an office in Charleston. The contract asks GAI to highlight specific security risks and propose improvements.
A24-year-old St. Albans man is facing charges after a car was stolen from the CAMC General hospital parking garage in Charleston on Friday. An 80-year old woman was walking to her vehicle when a man came up to her and grabbed the keys, according to police. Then he hopped in Jeep Liberty and took off. Police looked at surveillance footage to find the thief, and family members helped identify the man as Brent Edward Prouse of St. Albans. He was arrested Tuesday and charged with one felony count of grand larceny.
Court fees are going up in Nitro. City leaders there have adopted an ordinance to increase municipal court costs, fines and fees. Each court case tried in the city court will cost $25 instead of $10. The $10 fee had been in place since 1988. The city says this helps offset the rising costs of maintaining the court.
Things became heated when one friend tried to borrow money from another, and police say 30-year old Rebecca Ann Gibson of Winfield has been arrested. She faces battery, armed robbery and destruction of property charges for a confrontation with Andrea Harris, of Charleston. According to the criminal complaint, after Harris would not let Gibson borrow money, Gibson allegedly punched Harris and kept attacking her and didn't stop until after she took $167 from her pocket, and her cell phone. Gibson was taken to the Western Regional Jail.
The Salvation Army has started taking Christmas applications. They'll be accepted applications from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday in Putnam County at the Teays Valley Church of the Nazarene. Anyone who wants to apply should have an ID, birth dates of all family members, proof of income and expenses or current letter for food stamps; and three toy choices ($25 limit each).
There's a renewed focus this week on highway safety, especially when it comes to commercial vehicles. The Public Service Commission's Transportation Enforcement Division is taking part in Operation Safe Driver this week, meaning officers are verifying driver credentials and vehicle paperwork, plus enforcing seat belt requirements for commercial drivers. The campaign got underway Sunday and runs through this coming Saturday.