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No improvement just yet...West Virginia's educational system ranks fourth-worst in the nation for the second straight year. Child-welfare advocates said lack of quality pre-kindergarten programs for 3-year-olds is partly to blame. The annual KIDS COUNT report released Monday said nearly two-thirds of the state's 3- and 4-year-olds weren't enrolled in preschool programs in 2011. It also said that 73 percent of fourth-graders weren't proficient in reading, while 79 percent of eighth-graders weren't proficient in math. And 22 percent of students didn't graduate high school on time in the 2009-10 school year. That puts West Virginia 47th overall in education along with Arizona, Mississippi, New Mexico and Nevada.
A Sissonville fire turned deadly on Monday not for the occupants of the home, but for a firefighter who responded to the blaze. The state Fire Marshal's office is investigating the death, but so far it's been reported that 62-year old John Appleton passed out because of a medical condition - likely cardiac arrest - and died at the hospital. The fire broke out at a double-wide trailer on Happy Hollow Road about 2 p.m. Monday
A Raleigh County man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Beckley on Saturday afternoon. Deputies say the accident happened at the intersection of Fernandez Drive and Ragland Road around 1:30 p.m., and 26-year old Jerry Pack may have been speeding when he lost control of his motorcycle. Pack was not wearing a helmet.
An accident in Putnam County over the weekend involving a pedestrian and a train early Sunday. Investigators say the accident happened near Sheetz in Scott Depot shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday, and the person hit has been identified as Tyler Kincaid. He was walking along the tracks when he was hit. WCHS TV reports Kincaid is the brother of former Winfield High School student Dusty Kincaid who suffered critical injuries after he was hit by a baseball while pitching in a game for Winfield High School in 2012.
A man died over the weekend in a Fayette County accident. Troopers say David Smith was headed south on Route 19 Saturday and he hit another car and that caused the vehicle to flip several times. Smith was ejected from the vehicle, and died at the hospital. A passenger in Smith's vehicle was also ejected, and remains in critical condition at Charleston Area Medical Center.
A course on distracted driving is happening tomorrow...offered mostly to county government employees, but anyone can be part of it. Tuesday from 1:30 to 4pm at the Old County Courthouse parking lot near Kanawha Blvd, the Kanawha County Sheriff's office will show the dangers of texting and driving, using golf carts. You'll try to navigate a course while texting. Now and throughout the month of July, deputies will be increasing patrols looking for distracted drivers. A new law takes in effect in WV on July 9, 2013. The law makes it illegal for people to text and drive. It also makes it illegal to talk on the phone while driving unless one uses a hands free device, like a headset or speakerphone.
A man who escaped from police custody inspired a manhunt Thursday, and was eventually caught. 21-year old Joe Myers had been arrested yesterday afternoon around 2:30 in Jackson County near Ripley, and an air and ground effort was launched after he escaped. He was taken into custody a second time about three hours later.
A man recently released from the hospital has been arrested. Roy Pittman is accused of killing his adopted daughter May 24th and then shooting his adopted son. Pittman had been in the hospital since attempting suicide after shooting and killing his adopted daughter, Brittany. Kanawha County deputies served him a warrant upon his release from the hospital, and have yet to release a possible motive for the shooting. He's accused of shooting his daughter in the chest, and then shooting his 18-year-old adopted son in the groin area, then turning the gun on himself.
State leaders and lawmakers have been finding interesting ways to pay tribute to the state during it's 150th birthday celebration this week. U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin issued a U.S. Senate resolution in commemoration of the state’s sesquicentennial on June 20, 1863. The resolution covers the early days of development, to the landscape and geography, to important inventions, to mountain music and of course..the pepperoni rolls. With th resolution, the US Senate observes the 150th birthday and celebrates West Virginia's heritage.
A man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from taxpayers has been arrested. 56-year old David Phillip Smith works with the West Virginia Division of National Resources, after investigators say he used a state-issued credit card to by a $25,000 man-life vehicle and spent another $2500 to have it shipped to West Virginia from Minnesota. The criminal complaint says investigators said Smith tried to sell the equipment to undercover officers in Kanawha City for $21,000. He was arrested at that point and now faces a felony embezzlement charge.