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NiSource has paid more than $231,000 to reimburse the costs of fighting the fire that broke out in December after a pipeline explosion. The natural gas explosion burned part of Interstate 77 near Sissonville and destroyed 5 homes. There are reports that more than $165,000 from NiSource Inc. will go to the state Division of Highways to pay for repairs to a section of Interstate 77 that was charred in the blast. State and County agencies who responded will also be reimbursed. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the explosion.
A paramedic from Beckley on his way to an accident Tuesday morning lost his life when the amublance he was riding in hit a tractor trailer. 26-year old Mark Anthony Kinder was in the ambulance that was responding to an accident on Interstate 79 near the South Weston exit in Lewis County around 5am Tuesday when the accident happened. A news release from the Lewis County sheriff's office says the driver of the ambulance and the driver of the tractor trailer were both unhurt.
Kanawha County Sheriff Deputies have made an arrest after a Saturday burglary on Buff Lick Road. A witness reported seeing a suspect breaking into a neighbor's garage, and deputies found the suspect's vehicle in Clendenin at the Save-A-Lot store. During their investigation the deputies recovered a loaded rifle and other items stolen from the garage and arrested 36-year old James Stephen Myers Jr. of Clay County. Myers was released after a family member posted a $5000 bond.
Deputies are investigating an early morning shooting in Putnam County. 35-year old Robert Hill Jr. took himself to Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston about 5 a.m. Monday and said he had been shot during a robbery attempt on West Virginia 817 in Putnam County near the Coca Cola plant. He underwent surgery and was questioned by deputies who say they've received conflicting information. The Kanawha Bureau of Investigation has the case now.
Hurricane police say a recent string of home invasions have them on alert. Daytime breakins have been reported over the past few weeks in the Lower Coach Road, Kingswood Estates, and Linden Lane areas. Mayor Scott Edwards and Hurricane police have sent the word that the public should be aware of what's been happening and call police immediately if you notice any suspicious activity. Police say the suspect is a male, about 5'9 to six feet tall with light hair and a thin build. If you see anything suspicious, you're urged to call 911.
Alcohol is suspected in a crash that killed two people in Lincoln County early Saturday morning. It happened about 12:30 a.m. Saturday along Route 10 in the West Hamlin area. 33-year old Shaun Terry ran off the road and hit a tractor trailer that was parked on the side of the road at a business. The 22-year old passenger, Tasha Icenhower was prounced dead at the hospital, and state police say Terry ied a few hours later. Troopers say Terry's birthday was Friday.
Two Kanawha County deputies were called to a home at 6154 Quick Road near Pinch Saturday around 5pm about a domestic dispute. Deputies saw a 45 year old man through a window who appeared to be trying to hide, but eventually he opened the front door and fired at the deputies, who returned the fire. The suspect, Lawrence Edward “Pete” Vaughn was killed, but neither deputy was hurt. The initial call said there was a violent altercation between the son and his mother, but she was not hurt. Cpl. BD Humphreys with the Sheriff's Office says family members at the scene indicated Vaughn had been violent with his mother before. A full investigation is underway.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is an honorary chairman of a new citizens' movement called "No Labels." It is made up of Democrats, Republicans and others, aimed at creating a bipartisanship in Congress. Manchin said on State of the Union on CNN this gives all parties a chance to sit down to have a meaningful conversation without labels. So far, 25 democratic and republican lawmakers have agreed to sign on to be problem solvers. The goal is to have 75 members.
After the body of 88-year old Grover Morrison was found inside his home along Stratton Street in Logan Tuesday, officers had been searching for the murder suspect. 37-year old John Edward Dempsey was considered to be armed and dangerous, and was located by officers Thursday night, but not before he may have killed again. State police say Dempsey attempted to invade the home of an elderly man in Taplin last night, but that man ran Dempsey off with a gun. He then went to a neighbor's home and stole a woman's car and led troopers on a short chase before he was shot and killed by officers. A man named Freddie Williams was murdered at his home Thursday night, and officers believe that murder is also connected to the crime spree. No word yet on a motive.