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High-speed internet service may be coming to rural West Virginia. It's been four years and one-point-seven million dollars in consultants' fees since the Legislature approved a five-million-dollar plan that would deploy high-speed internet in many rural areas of the state. Now, the Broadband Deployment Council is urging local entities to apply for some of the three-point-three million dollars in grant money that it will pay out to get those services up and running. If enough interest is shown, the Council says it will ask lawmakers for five million a year in rural broadband funding.
Police are still looking for the person who fired shots Monday on Charleston's west side. It happened just after 2pm in the 900 block of Central Avenue, and the window in a car was shattered. No one was hurt, and no arrests have been made so far.
49-year old Gary Lomax of St. Albans had been scheduled to go on trial this week on charges that he defrauded senior citizens, but the trial has been postponed. Lomas has been held at South Central Regional Jail since his arrest last November and has had his bond lowered once from $250,000 to $100,000. His court appointed attorney asked for another reduction, but the judge refuesed. Lomax operated Lomax Heating and Cooling, and the Attorney General's office received several complaints that he took money from homeowners without doing the work. The new trial is set for September 24.
Swimmers haven't had the best of luck this summer in terms of the number of pools that have been open, but things have improved this week. Power was knocked out after the June 29 storm and kept the Cato Park swimming pool closed, but Mayor Danny Jones announced Tuesday it has opened again. That means all city pools except North Charleston are now open. Cato, King Center, Kanawha City and Vandalia are all ready for swimmers.
FEMA continues to assess damage in Kanawha County from the June 29 storms. Last week the preliminary damage assessments were conducted for roads, bridges, and public facilities. This week, Kanawha, Nicholas, and Fayette counties are among the 13 having damage surveyed to determine whether Governor Tomblin will request federal disaster assistance or not.
A Charleston doctor has lost his home to a fire. Dr. Joe Matusic is a Charleston pediatrician who lives in Putnam County. The fire was initially put out quickly and was contained primarily to the basement, and firefighters report checking for other hot spots with thermal cameras before they left and again later on Sunday. Monday, firefighters were called back to find flames shooting through the roof and that fire gutted the home. The first fire was ruled electrical in nature, and Putnam County investigators say the second was not a rekindling of the first. For now, the fire has been ruled suspicious and the state fire marshal's office has joined the investigation.
Police are looking for 32-year old Marcus Keener of Charleston, related to a shooting at a home in the 1500 block of 2nd Avenue early Saturday morning. The house took the bullets, and there were children inside the home at the time. Police describe Keener as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 160 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. Anyone who knows where he is should call police.
A man was hit and killed by a train Monday afternoon in Marmet near the intersection of Ohio Avenue and 98th Street. Police say the victim was crossing the tracks and stopped to take a break when he was hit. Another man near the tracks at the time tried to help, but couldn't get the victim off the tracks in time.
A Cedar Grove man is accused of attacking an officer who was doing a welfare check Sunday night in Kanawha County. The report shows a Cedar Grove Police officer went to a house along Williams Street in Cedar Grove, and investigators say Jerry Withrow charged the police cruiser, jumped through a window and choked the officer inside. He later threatened to kill the officer, according to the report. The officer was able to get out of the car, and eventually subdued Withrow with a taser. He was taken to jail.
This is the second day of an advising fair for students at Mountain State University. The state Higher Education Policy Commission made the decision last week to revoke accreditation from the school, and hosted an advising fair for students last week at the Beckley campus. This week's fair is at the Martinsburg campus. As of right now, the school is still accredited. The change takes effect August 27. Mountain State's board of trustees says it plans to appeal the revoked accreditation.