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West Virginia's Board of Education has its monthly meetings this week, and the subject of replacing Jorea Marple as state schools superintendent is up for discussion. The agenda allows for the immediate hiring of a new superintendent, or the board could opt to conduct a nationwide search, narrow it down, and interview a select group. The state board may also address the allegations that the state's open meetings law was violated when the board voted to fire Marple last month. The parents who filed that Supreme Court case claim Marple was fired because she was opposed to certain contracts being awarded. Board President Wade Linger announced Tuesday that he's seeking an independent review of contracts in the wake of that allegation
A mechanic died in May after falling three stories at the Liberty Processing Plant in Boone County, and now safety citations have been issued. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration cited Independence Coal Company, a subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources. Dolin was preparing to use a torch to remove a steal beam above the third floor at the Liberty plant, and was using a ladder extension without its base. MSHA cited the company for improper use of the ladder, failing to provide safe access to the beam and failing to require Dolin to wear a safety belt and line. There's no word yet on a possible appeal.
If kids accumulate enough absences at school, the parent can be held accountable, and Circuit Judge Duke Bloom has not been lenient. You may remember earlier this year, Bloom ordered several parents to jail in truancy cases. A Charleston woman has been sentenced to probation and community service after her 11-year old son missed 21 days of school since August. The Charleston Daily Mail reports that Brenda Wright pleaded guilty to first-offense truancy and was sentenced to 90 days of probation and five days of community service, plus court costs. Seven parents were ordered to appear before a Kanawha County Circuit Court judge to answer truancy charges but four did not show up. Warrants were issued for their arrests.
A water main break Wednesday near the frontier building in the 1500-block of MacCorkle Avenue in Charleston sent water shooting into the air, and was visible across the Kanawha River. Work crews were replacing light posts nearby when they hit the pipe. West Virginia American Water customers were not affected, but those crews were called out to fix the water main.
Committee assignments are being handed out for members of Congress, and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announced Wednesday he will be on the Senate Banking Committee. He already has assignments on energy, armed services and aging.
A man arrested for robbing a Barboursville Bank works for a car dealership in Kanawha County. The Fifth Third Bank branch along U.S. 60 in Barboursville was robbed Wednesday afternoon around 2:30, and by Wednesday evening deputies had arrested 22-year oldJonathan Tyler Deaton of Barboursville. WSAZ TV reports he works in sales at a car dealership in Kanawha County. He's been charged with robbery. The Huntington Violent Crimes Task Force, Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, the St. Albans Police Department, and the FBI worked together to capture Deaton.
The American Red Cross has set up shelter for the families affected by the explosion. Aldersgate United Methodist Church In Sissonville hosted several people overnight. At least four homes were destroyed in the blast, and others damaged. Some families sought shelter because they were without electricity. The Red Cross will stay at the church today as well.
Tuesday's massive explosion in Sissonville closed Interstate 77 for a time at the Tuppers Creek exit, and at last check, southbound traffic was still being diverted because work there continues. Interstate 77 Northbound and County Road 21 have re-opened. At least four homes were destroyed after the gas line explosion.
The Kanawha County Sherriff's Office reports there was a pedestrian accident at the intersection of Finney Hollow Road and Fairlawn Avenue early Monday. A pickup truck driven by 56-year old Laura Clark of Dunbar, was turning to head east on Fairlawn Avenue from Finney Hollow Road after stopping at the intersection. Clark did not see a 14 year old girl in the road who had already begun to cross Fairlawn Avenue. The pickup wasn't going fast, but it did hit the female pedestrian. The girl was taken to the hospital with minor, non-life threatening injuries. It was raining at the time, and no citations have been issued.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's office has arrested two home invasion robbery suspects. 35-year old Terry Lee Shamblin and 26-year old Tonia Kay Blount were arrested and charged with robbery in an alleged attack on 66-year old James Chapman of the Campbell's Creek area. Chapman says he was home Sunday evening when there was a knock at the door and the two assaulted him, took his wallet, and fled. Blount was arrested at home before he was able to flee to Ohio. Shamblin was found walking along Campbells Creek Road.