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Volunteers are needed for the Adopt-A-Highway fall statewide cleanup. Anyone who wants to help on Sept. 29th has to register by the deadline this Friday. Sometimes community groups volunteer, and sometimes it's individuals. Either way you'll have the chance to pick up trash on almost any state-maintained road. The Adopt-A-Highway program is co-sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection and the state Division of Highways. More than 3,400 volunteers helped spiff up more than 1,500 miles roads in West Virginia.
Neighbors confirmed hearing gunshots yesterday, and not long after that police found a man's body. The corner of Picadilly Street and Mary Street, near Interstate 77, was blocked off around 2pm yesterday afternoon so police could investigate. One man was killed and a woman was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. If anyone sees Daniel Little, who is driving a white Ford Expedition with West Virginia license plate 3RA186, notify police. Police are also seeking a second man, 29-year old Jarrod Edward Washington of Charleston. First degree murder and first degree robbery warrants have been issued for both men.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's office is still looking for an armed robbery suspect. The robbery happened on a road, and the victim says he was driving by when he was flagged down by a man in a wheelchair. Thinking he needed help, Joshua Hillman of St. Albans stopped on Coal River Road near Valley Street, outside of Saint Albans, and suddenly two other men emerged and one had a gun. Hillman told detectives he knew the man in the wheelchair by the name of “Zack," a thin white male in his 20’s. Anyone with tips should call the Kanawha County Sheriff's office, and anyone else who comes across a similar situation should report it right away.
There are 62 designated sites for the observance of Veterans Day nationwide, and Charleston is one of them. Each city hosts model community events to honor and celebrate veterans, and Governor Tomblin said in a statement it's an honor for the capital city. The Governor congratulates the city and the American Legion, which hosts the parade each year, and the veterans who have made these celebrations possible.
Putnam County Family Court judge William Watkins can keep working while his case is being considered. The state Supreme Court ruled last week that the judge can stay on the bench while a judicial panel considers the case where he's accused of yelling and swearing at those in his court. The state Judicial Investigation Commission filed a complaint against Watkins ten days ago, stemming from five separate complaints.
A retired Charleston police officer awaits court dates on accusations that he sold methamphetamine. A Nitro police officer saw 40-year old David Wayne Reedy, walking through the Nitro Marketplace Walmart store, and recognized him from a previous domestic battery charge in Putnam County where he violated the conditions of his bail, and the officer found out there was an active warrant for his arrest. In the parking lot, the officer saw what appeared to be a hand-to-hand transaction, and meth was discovered in his vehicle, with the help of a drug sniffing dog, according to police documents. Reedy was arrested and faces a felony charge of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance. He left the Charleston police force in 2003.
Saturday's Great Kanawha River Cleanup was dampened by rain, and only a few hardy volunteers took part. The rain had stopped by 9 a.m. when the cleanup began, but it still impacted the volunteer turnout. Close to two hudred volunteers signed up this year, but a fraction of that actually came to pick up litter along the river at Gauley Bridge. The boat docks at St. Albans, Daniel Boone Park, and Campbells Creek in Kanawha County also saw a little sprucing up.
The West Virginia Board of Education has thrown its support behind new vaccine requirements. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources sent down the requirements and a court case is pending that challenges whether the new vaccine rules are legal. The state board of education has filed an official court document supporting the vaccines that require seventh-graders to show proof they are immunized against meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Incoming 12th-graders have to show proof they received booster doses after age 16.
Conventions are good for local economies, and Charleston will have two big ones in the coming years. City officials have announced Charleston will host a pair of military conventions in 2014 and 2017. Mayor Danny Jones, along with the Convention and Visitors Bureau announced this week the two conventions combined are expected to have more than a $3.1 million economic impact. The 2014 National Marine Corps convention will bring about a thousand people, and in 2017, the Enlisted Association of National Guard of the US is expected to draw about 1800 with their conference.
The ball is in Constellium's court now. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said this week that a revised offer has been sent to Constellium Rolled Products trying to end the month-long strike at the Ravenswood plant. The governor was part of a meeting this week that brought both sides together, and the governor says he's optimistic both sides will keep working to hammer out a deal. The strike afffects nearly 700 union workers. Constellium makes high-quality aluminum used for airplanes and vehicles.