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The Public Service Commission issued an order Thursday that will mean West Virginia drivers will soon be able to dial 511 to gather information about travel conditions and accidents. The state Dept of Transportation first petitioned for the new dialing code, then a task force investigated the possibilities and recommended that the dialing code be approved. The PSC gave the final okay. Carriers now will have to program their switching equipment to properly route the 511 calls. There's no word on how long that might take.
At a meeting with of the hospital's board of directors Wednesday, administrators addressed a nursing shortage at CAMC. Beds were closed last month because of the nursing shortage, which led to a $4 million revenue shortage. The hospital says it has an orientation class of nurses that is almost ready to work full-time, and the shortage should be temporary.
After pleading guilty earlier this year, A St. Albans man has learned he will spend up to 15 years in prison for having sexual contact with a family member more than ten years ago. 53-year old Dean Jackson Kinder is accused of having sex with a young female family member while they were living in Belle in 2000, according to prosecutors. The family member now lives out of state. Once he's out of prison, Kinder will spend an additional 50 years on supervised release.
A rally Wednesday at the Governor's mansion brought protestors looking for answers to help the coal industry. Layoffs and declining demand for the coal industry have made headlines this year, and the environmentalist group called RAMPS, or Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival, went to the governor's mansion to have their concerns address. The governor wasn't there, but the group left a letter which is also posted on their website at rampscampaign.org.
An assistant professor of criminal justice is going to startig practicing what he preaches. Michael Kane is an assitant professor at West Virginia State Universityin Institute, and has been appointed a municipal court judge by the town of Gilbert. The Charleston Gazette reports it's a part-time position where Kane will hear cases involving traffic citations and petty crimes every-other-week. Kane's first day in court is November 15.
Police are warning of a scam where the names of fraternal police lodges in Fayette and Raleigh counties are being used without authorization. The person on the other end of the line tells residents and businesses that the money being raised will benefit the Shop-With-A-Cop programs for Fayette and Raleigh counties, and they claim to be raising the money on behalf of Fayette County Memorial Lodge #118 of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Black Diamond Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police in Raleigh County. A news release says the lodge in Raleigh County is soliciting funds over the telephone, but this fundraising effort is not for the Shop-With-A-Cop program and is not connected with the Fayette County’s annual Shop-With-A-Cop fundraiser. The Fayette County lodge does not use telephone solicitation for this fundraiser. If you get a call like this you should report it to police.
Students usually learn about the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria in history class...the ships that Christopher Columbus used when he sailed to the West Indies in 1492. Replicas of two of those ships will be on display in Charleston through next week. The ships arrived yesterday and docked at Haddad Riverfront Park. The public is invited to tour the ships for an admission fee of $8 for adults, and $6 for students ages 5 to 16. Children 4 and under are free. The ships will be docked along the Kanawha River until November 5.
Police say 2-year-old Aydin Toler died from head trauma after being injured by Nicolas Turkale, the boyfriend of Aydins mother, when he was pushed against a door frame. The toddler died October 15 from the injuries. Turkale has been charged with murder of a child by a custodian. And if convicted, he could face life in prison. Friends, family, and members of the community gathered last night at Man Middle School in Logan County to remember the toddler.
A fight Monday night on Depot Hill Road in Cedar Grove turned ugly when one man used scissors to stab another. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office says 33-year old Anthony Williams of Cedar Grove was being treated for stab wounds by paramedics when the deputy arrived, and Glasgow Police were talking to 24-year old Bryan A. Taylor of Charleston. The investigation showed the scissors were the weapon of choice when the argument escalated. Taylor was taken in to custody and charged with Malicious Wounding.
One lane of westbound U.S. 60 in St. Albans will be closed today near the Kmart shopping plaza. American Electric Power crews are installing a new power line across the Kanawha River as part of the Nitro-St. Albans bridge relocation project, and while they work is going on they'll have traffic stopped in both directions. You may even see a helicopter pulling the power line from one side of the river to the other.