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Putnam County Explosion Involved Welding Chemical

A Putnam County explosion has left two people injured. An explosion Monday afternoon involving more than 50 barrels continaing a substance used in welding left two men with second-degree burns. It happened at Airgas, along Route 62 in Black Betsy, near Poca. The explosions caused a fire inside the building but was put out by firefighters. Route OSHA has taken over the investigation.

UC Football Players Arrested

The University of Charleston athletic program is seeing its share of attention right now, with the arrest of three basketball players on robbery charges. Now three UC football players have been arrested, after marijuana was mailed to a house in Charleston. A criminal complaint on file in Kanawha County Magistrate Court shows officers attempted a controlled delivery to a house on Callie Road last week, and 22-year old Markel Vaughn who lives there, accepted the package. 21-year old Reggie Dillingham, 21-year old Bryant Leighton, and 21-year old Ronald Kelly, all UC football players, were also arrested. The university says all three have been suspended from the football team.

Nicholas County Fires Investigated

Some fires in Summersville in Nicholas County are under investigation. Three fires in the span of a week have some neighbors on edge, after several arsons last year. An apartment fire left seven people homeless Wednesday, fire destoyed another apartment complext May 4th, and fire also broke out in a vacant building last week. All three fires are under investigation, and the cause has not benn released. Two people are awaiting trail for several fires in February 2012.

Elkview Man Arrested on Assault Charge

A man is at South Central Regional Jail today after a domestic violence call along Empress Road in Elkview late Saturday night. The criminal complaint says 48-year old Gary Paybins of Elkview was visibly upset and his wife was in tears, and said the argument was over, but at one point Paybins had grabbed his wife's neck and thrown her down. At one point Paybins tried to grab a gun hidden in his pants, but troopers were able to restrain him. Paybins struggled, and police had to use pepper spray to take him into custody. Charges incude domestic assault, domestic battery, two counts of assault on a police officer, two counts of battery and obstructing.

Sen. Manchin Plans Meetings with Constituents

Sen. Joe Manchin's office has announced an ambitious plan to hold 95 public meetings in one week. It's a way for the senator to connect with constituents and hear concerns, and after starting the meetings in 2011, this will be the fifth time that Manchin has held a week of "Commonsense Connections" meetings. In Kanawha County, you can attend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21 at the Kanawha Valley Senior Services annual picnic at Shawnee Park. In Putnam County, the meeting is planned for 2:30 to 4 p.m. May 22 at the Eleanor Public Library. In Fayette County: 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 23 at the Oak Hill Public Library. Meetings are planned for all 55 counties, and you can check the schedule at

Distance Run to Benefit Wounded Warrior Project

Charleston Distance Run is going to help the military this year. The Wounded Warrior Project will get $1 from every registration fee at the Distance Run, which could turn into more than $1000 for the group. Last year there were about 1500 participants. The Wounded Warrior Project works with injured service members. The Distance Run is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Aug. 31. Military members can also get a discount in registration for the run. The 15-mile run starts at the state Capitol, moves through downtown and neighborhoods, and finishes at the University of Charleston’s Laidley Field.

Public Safety Expo Helps Fire and Police Work Together

The West Virginia Public Safety Expo continues today in Charleston. Organizers say this is the biggest expo in several years, with more than 600 law enforcement officers registered. Yesterday included lots of classroom work where police learned to deal with anti-government people. Fire, ambulance and police officers are all training together to know how to better work together during a crisis. The expo runs through tomorrow.

NRA Shirt the Cause of Controversy in Logan County

A middle school student wore a National Rifle Association T-shirt to school, and the Logan County Board of Education is going to look a little deeper into the matter. The school board has hired an outside investigator who will issue findings soon, according to a news release from the school system. Jared Marcum is an 8th grader who was standing in line in the cafeteria when a teacher told him to turn the shirt inside off or change. Is it free speech, or was wearing the shirt a disruption? The independent investigator will tell us more.

Store Reopens After Failed Inspection

A grocery store that failed a health inspection has reopened. The FasChek in Malden was shut down this week after inspectors found 36 food and safety code violations, including raw pork stored above cheese in a cooler, and a dirty meat grinder. The store was allowed to reopen after fixing all of the problems and passing another inspection.

Hearing Announced for I-64 Project

A public hearing is set on a plan to widen a nearly 4-mile stretch of Interstate 64 in Putnam County. The state Division of Highways says the meeting will happen Monday May 20 at Rock Branch Elementary School in Nitro. Under the plan, two lanes will be added to the four-lane section of I-64 between Exit 39 at Crooked Creek and just east of Exit 45 at Nitro. On each side of that section are six lanes of interstate. Highways spokesman Brent Walker said the project also would likely involve building a new bridge over the Kanawha River. Walker said it could be five to 10 years before work begins on the project, which is part of a five-year statewide transportation improvement plan.

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