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The Charleston Urban Renewal Authority spent much of Wednesday talking about construction projects. Among those, the East End Park construction project, plus the conversion of the Kyle Furniture building. Developers have expressed interest in making the Kyle Furniture building into lofts and commercial space and they would include a parking garage. As for the park project...the East End Community Park and Trail on Dixie Street continues to move forward on target. Construction is in the final phase now and the main entrance arch is up. The landscape will be installed, and then the second phase of construction will begin, which will install a walking and jogging trai. The entire project should be finished by August.
A St. Albans man is facing multiple charges after he refused to have his fingerprints or photo taken while he was being booked. South Charleston police say 33-year old Jonathan Daniel Byrd also threatened an officer. Byrd was being booked on a charge after he allegedly grabbed a woman by the throat at an apartment in South Charleston and pushed her. A South Charleston police officer arrested him for driving on a revoked license for DUI, and was also charged with domestic battery, failure to submit to booking, an assault on an officer after he refused to comply with the booking process.
One person is dead after a tractor-trailer crash near the Cabin Creek exit on Interstate 77 last night. A semi was the only vehicle involved in the crash, and left the roadway just before 11 p.m., according to dispatchers. One northbound lane of I-77 was closed for the investigation, and more is expected to be known today.
A St. Albans man is headed to prison on child pornography charges. Joseph Braucksieck will spend the next two years in prison after he was caught with child porn inside a rental truck. He later admitted to officers he had more pictures were on his computer. After the two year prison sentence he'll spend 10 years on supervised release and he'll have to register as a sex offender.
Thankfully there were no injuries in last night's train accident in Putnam County. A tractor trailer was crossing the railroad tracks near Hurricane High School around 5:30pm when it was hit by a train. Apparently the driver saw the train and thought he had enough time to cross, but the train nipped the trailer.
A conference going on now in Martinsburg will be repeated next week in Charleston. There are about 150 professionals attending a conference in Martinsburg on child abuse and neglect, and are hearing from a panel young men and women who were in the state's care. They'll share their experiences and recommendations to improve the system. The state Supreme Court's chief justice, Brent D. Benjamin opened the series on child neglect and abuse. The session will be repeated July 17 in Charleston and the public can attend.
State police are investigating the abandonment of newborn twin boys in Mingo County. Trooper J.R. Coburn says a woman left a basket containing the infants at a home near Gilbert. There also was a note asking that the infants be taken to Welch Community Hospital in McDowell County. The woman who lived at the home told police that she went outside when her dogs started barking. She saw the other woman, who told her that she didn't want the infants, and she fled. The woman who received the basket took the infants to the hospital in Welch and they're in state custody now.
Deputies in Nicholas County say a woman who was nine months pregnant overdosed on meth and that caused a heart attack. She survived, but had to undergo an emergency c-section and the baby died ten days after she was born. Police say the baby tested positive for meth and other drugs. Stephanie Louk has been charged now with child neglect resulting in death, and she's behind bars.
The National Weather Service has launched Wireless Emergency Alerts, or in other words a severe storm warning or an Amber Alert that goes straight to your smart phone. People may be away from a radio or TV station, but the smart phone is always handy, and the National Weather Service says the wireless alerts are a convenient way to get the word out about potential danger. The system uses cell towers to locate all mobile devices in the area, so you'll the alert if as long as you're in the area.
One effect of the Boy Scouts National Jamoboree next week will be the overflow of scouts expected at New River Gorge National River. The National Park Service is expecting thousands of boy scouts to visit the New River Gorge area since it's adjacent to the Summit Bechtel Family Reserve in Fayette County where the 2013 jamboree will be held. The jamboree is set for July 15-24. The park service says about 2,500 scouts are expected to raft the New River on each of five days during the jamboree. Scouts also are scheduled to participate in daily rock climbing excursions.