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Two local leaders are asking regulators to go slow when it comes to restarting the natural gas pipeline that exploded in Sissonville recently. Last week the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said the pipeline could be restarted after repairs and inspections. The state Public Service Commission also listed demands that must be met before the pipeline is restarted. Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper and Deputy Emergency Services Director C.W. Sigman say they'd like to see the entire pipeline dug up and inspected, instead of just a portion of it.
Sen. Joe Manchin is one pushing to create a National Commission on Violence, after a report was created from his task force on gun violence. That report will go to Congress and the White House in January. The letter urging for the National Commission on Violence was signed by three other US Senators, and went to Vice President Joe Biden. This comes after the Dec. 14 shootings in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 children and six adults. Among other things, the letter to the Vice President said that the root causes of this violence are complex and that responding to and preventing it will require a comprehensive approach.
As the swearing in ceremony approaches for the new state schools superintendent, two members of the state board of education have resigned over the firing of the former superintendent. The state Board of Education voted to fire dismiss Jorea Marple as schools superintendent in November. Jenny Phillips and Priscilla Haden voted against firing Marple, and sent resignation letters Thursday to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. The swearing-in ceremony for James Phares will be held Jan. 2 in the West Virginia Board of Education Room at Building 6 at the Capitol Complex.
East End Main Street is looking for a new president. Andy Milovich joined the group three years ago and was selected as President this fall. He replaced president Mary Anne Crickard, who had been President for eight years. Milovich announced this month that he was leaving his job as executive vice president of the West Virginia Power to take a similar job in Myrtle Beach. The Charleson Gazette reports the board will go through a nominating process for a new leader, and it will be someone who has been on the board for at least a year.
The Logan County Sheriff's Office has released more about the Christmas Day shooting that left the victim in critical condition at a Charleston hospital. Investigators are still looking for the suspect, 18-year-old Mack Brumfield, who is considered armed and dangerous. They say Brumfield has the letters “MACK” tattooed on his right forearm. The shooting victim is the stepfather of Brumfield’s girlfriend, investigators say, and he was shot multiple times in the torso and was taken to CAMC General. Investigators think there was a physical altercation between the victim and Brumfield, and came after a physical argument between Brumfield and his girlfriend. Anyone with information should contact the Logan 911 Center.
The West Virginia State Rail Authority is holding public meetings so people can learn about the state's rail plan. Those meetings will happen at the Williamson Fire Station on Jan. 8 and at Ripley City Hall on Jan. 9. These are two of eight meetings statewide to talk about the plan, where you can learn about the rail plan, ask questions and express opinions. Those views will be considered in the development of the plan.
Wednesday morning Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies were called to a burglary on Kanawha Boulevard East, and deputies think the male and female suspects made several trips into the home while the victim had barricaded herself inside. Finally, when the victim was able to get to the phone and call police, a deputy was there within six minutes. The Kanawha Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant on a room at the Budget Host Inn just outside of Charleston where the suspects were staying. Thomas Hager Jr has been charged with Nighttime Burglary and Assault During the Commission of a Felony. Charges are forthcoming for the female suspect. Detectives think property recovered from the room may be from thefts both in and outside of Kanawha County.
Because of the Christmas holiday Tuesday, garbage collection in Charleston will be off by a day this week. New Year's Day will also fall on a Tuesday, so the city waste refuse department is adjusting its schedule for both weeks. If your trash collection is scheduled for today, plan for it to be collected on Friday, and Friday collection will be on Saturday. The same schedule will happen next week. If you have trash pickup normally on Tuesdays, it will be picked up on Wednesday of next week, and so on.
Charleston Police had been looking for a murder suspect since the end of October, and he turned himself in on Christmas Day by walking up to a police officer and pointing out that he was wanted for murder. 24-year old Richard Hillard was arrested Tuesday for the murder of David Booker, who was found shot on Milton Street on the East End in October. Arrest warrants were issued in late November for Hilliard, and there are past court records showing Hilliard has had run-ins with police for drugs, assault and credit card fraud. So far the signs in this investigation point to the idea that Booker's murder was drug-related. Hilliard was arraigned before a Kanawha County magistrate and he is being held without bond in the South Central Regional Jail.
The Logan County Sheriff's Department is searching for a shooting suspect, and they say the man is armed and dangerous. 18-year-old Matthew Brumfield is being sought after a Christmas day shooting. Deputies say Brumfield has the letters MAC tattooed on his right forearm and was last seen on a red fourwheeler going down the railroad tracks towards the Peach Creek area of Logan County. If you have any information on call Logan 911 immediately.