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Storms in West Virginia have been costly this year. In fact, they've cost the state $370 million in 2012. The bulk of the storm damage and the pricetag to make repairs, stems from the June 29th storms. $340 million in costs are linked to that recovery. Superstorm Sandy left up to 2 feet of snow across the eastern portion of the state in October, and the preliminary numbers from Sandy are just over $30 million so far.
If you've ever thought about a career in law enforcement, now is the time to apply. The Putnam County Sheriff's Department is hiring as it expands its force. To apply, you must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent. After training, deputies earn an average of $40,000 a year, according to a news release from the department. Applications are available now at the Putnam County Sheriff's Department Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The deadline to apply is Dec. 28.
A mine worker was injured Tuesday in an eastern Kanawha County mine. Dispatchers say the miner, a man in his 40s, was pinned between a wall and a machine called a "scoop" at Speed Mining in Cabin Creek. The man's injuries don't appear to be life-threatening, and he was safely brough to the surface.
St. Louis-based Arch Coal is seeking a strip mining permit for Blair Mountain from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The public comment period ends Friday. Those against strip mining on Blair Mountain are opposed over worries about the watershed, and also the history of the mountain. The 1,600-acre battlefield was briefly added to the National Register of Historic Places, and then removed when private property owners objected. Those who have challenged in court have lost.
There's been a pretty significant development after the firing of state superintendent Jorea Marple. Because Marple's firing may have violated the state's open meetings law, State Board of Education members will meet again next week to again consider her firing. The agenda for the meeting, scheduled for Nov. 29, was posted on the state Department of Education's website Tuesday evening and says the meeting will include the "reconsideration of termination of state superintendent of schools including public comment and the consideration of hiring a new state superintendent." Board members voted 5-2 to fire Marple at their Nov. 15 meeting, but the item was not listed on the agenda.
FEMA has extended the deadline for West Virginia residents to sign up for individual assistance. The original deadline was Monday, but those affected by the June 29th wind storms now have until Dec. 19 to make the request for assistance. The extension applies to residents in counties including Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, Nicholas, Roane, Tyler, Webster and Wood counties. If you have yet to register for assistance, you can call the FEMA hotline at 1-800-621-FEMA or log on at www.disasterassistance.gov.
A Charleston woman is facing charges after police say she tried to smuggle drugs into the South Central Regional Jail. Troopers say 21-year old Brittany Mullins reported to jail to serve weekend hours for a previous offense, and correctional officers said they discovered 12 tablets after Mullins attempted to flush them down a toilet. Mullins was charged with possession with intent to deliver and introduction of contraband into a corrections facility, and remained in the South Central Regional Monday.
The Cookskin holiday light display will begin later than usual because of damage from Superstorm Sandy. The light show typically happens the day after Thanksgiving, but the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission voted last week to postpone it until Saturday Dec. 1.
A suspect in an October murder now has a warrant out for his arrest. Police are looking for 24-year old Richard Bernard Hilliard of Kanawha County. He is described as 6 feet tall and weighing about 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. There was a shooting Oct. 11 near Milton and Richards streets in Charleston and 26-year old David Juaboi Booker of Charleston was killed. After an investigation, Charleston police issued the first-degree murder arrest warrant for Hilliard. Anyone with information on where Hilliard is should call Charleston Police.
Investigations are underway into animal cruelty. Point Pleasant police are investigating reports of cats being tortured and killed. The Point Pleasant Register reports there have ben two separate incidents of cats being dumped into the Ohio River after being tortured.
In an unrelated case, more than 70 animals were seized recently in Preston County. The Dominion Post newspaper reports that the malnourished animals included 29 dogs, 14 cats, five guinea pigs, two pot belly pigs, 20 chickens and a goat. Four people were arrested in that case.