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More has been released about the fatal pedestrian accident on Interstate 77 this week. It happened at mile marker 106 of I-77 on Wednesday. Officers say a car driven by 46-year old Winnifer G. Jones of Huntington, was headed north during heavy rain and she saw the pedestrian very near or in the travel lane and attempted to stop, but couldn't. 54-year old Stephen M. Staudt of Ohio was hit and killed. The accident is still being investigated and no charges have been filed. Once the investigation is finished, information will be forwarded to the Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney for determination if charges are warranted.
The man who held up a Nicholas County Go Mart early Tuesday has been arrested. 29-year old Thomas Christian Caufield of Richwood allegedly held up a Go Mart convenience store at gunpoint, and has been charged with armed robbery. He was taken to the Central Regional Jail in Sutton yesterday.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was at the presentation Thursday when Consol Energy made a big donation to the city of Fairview. The energy company gave a $100,000 check to the city for a water line extension project and laid out its "Working Safely for a Cause'' program.
Foreclosure hlep is on its way to thousands of West Virginia homeowners. Mailers went out this week to over five thousand homeowners who may be eligible for payment under the $25 billion national mortgage foreclosure settlement. Eligible borrowers include those who lost their homes to foreclosure between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011 to one of the nation's five largest mortgage servicers: Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. The exact payment will depend upon the total number of borrowers who decide to participate. The deadline for all claims is January 18, 2013 and payments would go out in mid 2013.
Who would steal a hearse? Someone swiped a hearse as funeral home workers were picking up a body from a home in Dunbar on Wednesday then drove the hearse to Charleston's West Side. Dunbar Police say Keller Funeral Home workers left the keys in the ignition, and when they came back outside the hearse was gone. It was located later along Red Oak Street on the West Side, about 10 miles from the home and nothing appeared to be missing. It was a joy ride as far as police can tell, but a crime nonetheless.
Police have infiltrated a shoplifting ring and recoverd thousands of dollars in stolen goods. Officers arrested Joseph Cook on Tuesday evening at Lowe's in the Trace Fork Shopping Center along Corridor G, and he was caught trying to conceal a drill in his pants. The tools were valued at about $300. Police think Cook was part of a larger shoplifting ring where items where stolen and sold at pawn shops. The thefts came from Lowes, Dicks Sporting Goods, Walmart, and Cabela's, mostly in South Charleston. There has been one other arrest so far.
The National Institute of Occupational Health wants to do research on the health and safety of miners, and get their input along the way. The proposal was published in the Federal Register on Monday and is available for public comment now. Because of mine disasters, new safety devices have been mandated including devuces like wireless communication systems and personal dust monitors. The federal agency wants permission to observe miners at work and distribute questionaires with the goal of increasing safety.
The Kanawha County sheriff's office is investigating a shooting that happened early Wednesday at 3834 Sissonville Drive. Dale Thomas Newhouse lives at the home and was outside waiting for officers when they arrived. The shooting victim, 41-year old James Bryan Shaffer of Charleston was found inside the home with a gunshot wound to the abdomen and did not survive. The Kanawha Bureau of Investigation is looking into the relationships between the parties involved and the possible motives, but they have yet to uncover what might have led to the violence. They've been interviewing relatives and witnesses. Newhouse was taken to the South Central Regional Jail on a Homicide charge.
A hearing is set for Friday in Elkins over the new state vaccination requirements. A Pickens high school student and her father sued the county school board over the mandatory immunizations, and the district filed a motion to dismiss the complaint, arguing the state Department of Health and Human Resources should have been a defendant, and lawsuits against state agencies must be filed in Kanawha County. Other motions have been filed as well, and once it's all decided the outcome could have major implications on the vaccination rules for all West Virginia students.
With December 31st and the loss of accreditation approaching, Mountain State University has sold its two airplanes. Interim President Richard Sours told the Register-Herald a small single-engine airplane and a twin-engine corporate airplane were sold several weeks ago. The president's home and other assets are not for sale, and there's no current plan to sell the Martinsburg Mall, according to the interim president. The University of Charleston took over Mountain State's campuses in Beckley and Martinsburg so students can complete their degrees.