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Students usually learn about the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria in history class...the ships that Christopher Columbus used when he sailed to the West Indies in 1492. Replicas of two of those ships will be on display in Charleston through next week. The ships arrived yesterday and docked at Haddad Riverfront Park. The public is invited to tour the ships for an admission fee of $8 for adults, and $6 for students ages 5 to 16. Children 4 and under are free. The ships will be docked along the Kanawha River until November 5.
Police say 2-year-old Aydin Toler died from head trauma after being injured by Nicolas Turkale, the boyfriend of Aydins mother, when he was pushed against a door frame. The toddler died October 15 from the injuries. Turkale has been charged with murder of a child by a custodian. And if convicted, he could face life in prison. Friends, family, and members of the community gathered last night at Man Middle School in Logan County to remember the toddler.
A fight Monday night on Depot Hill Road in Cedar Grove turned ugly when one man used scissors to stab another. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office says 33-year old Anthony Williams of Cedar Grove was being treated for stab wounds by paramedics when the deputy arrived, and Glasgow Police were talking to 24-year old Bryan A. Taylor of Charleston. The investigation showed the scissors were the weapon of choice when the argument escalated. Taylor was taken in to custody and charged with Malicious Wounding.
One lane of westbound U.S. 60 in St. Albans will be closed today near the Kmart shopping plaza. American Electric Power crews are installing a new power line across the Kanawha River as part of the Nitro-St. Albans bridge relocation project, and while they work is going on they'll have traffic stopped in both directions. You may even see a helicopter pulling the power line from one side of the river to the other.
Officers from several law enforcement agencies had been looking for 37-year old David Jeffrey, who escaped from the Logan State Police detachment on Monday. Police crews combing several areas of Logan County looking for Jeffrey, who had been arrested for drug violations and a parole violation for a sex offense out of Virginia. Jeffrey was caught at the Fountain Place Mall and is expected to face additional charges in connection with the escape. State police are also tightening security and reviewing how the escape happened.
The West Virginia Attorney General's office has come up with a new initiative to help victims of identity theft. The new Identity Theft Resource Center helps victims fight bills that arise from identity theft, and provides resources that can help cancel fraudulent accounts. There are also tips there on how to prevent identity theft, along with information on how to contact credit bureaus and obtain credit reports. There's more information at www.wvago.gov
Two people are facing charges after armed robbery on Charleston's west side. The Exxon One Stop on Lee Street was robbed last Wednesday night, and a teenage boy was arrested Friday. Charleston police said the boy served as a look out. A teenage girl was arrested Thursday. Officers said she took cash after going into the gas station, and pulling out an unloaded gun.
Appalachian Power says the storms of June 29th cost the company $62 million and the numbers could climb higher because the final tally has yet to be reached. The state Public Service Commission held a hearing Monday to discuss the response of public utilities, and executives from Appalachian Power, First Energy and West Virginia American Water Company all sent representatives. Appalachian brought in 3,500 additional workers from 22 states to help restore power after the storm.
Bluefield State College in Beckley is expanding its nursing program. More nursing students will be able to attend school under the associate degree program in 2013, according to the Register-Herald, prompted mostly by a shortage of nursing education opportunities in the region.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office was called Saturday morning to a home in Rand, about a woman that had possibly overdosed on medication. As deputies were on the way there, a man called and tried to cancel the response, but deputies continued on to make sure the woman was okay. The police report says 47-year old Lawrence P. Richmond was beligerent when the deputy requested to speak with the woman, who was slumped over a chair. Paramedics eventually took the woman to the hospital, and the deputy said at that point Richmond tried to attack him. Richmond had to be tasered to be subdued, and was eventually taken to South Central Regional Jail.