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Raises coming to DHHR staff

Court ordered raises are coming. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has been ordered by Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Duke Bloom to comply with his 2009 order requiring the raises for staffers who work with psychiatric patients. The Associated Press says Bloom issued the latest order after testimony in an ongoing case known as the Hartley case that first began in 1981 and covers the treatment of mental health patients. The latest court order will mean more than a half a million dollars in raises to staff at the state's psychiatric hospitals.

Parking garage level collapses, repairs to be made

Mall administrators and engineers are assessing the damage today after a section of parking garage at the Charleston Town Center mall collapsed on Thursday. There were no injuries when a front end loader fell through the sixth floor of the parking garage onto the fifth. Work was being performed at the time, and it appears the weight of the equipment weakened the structure enough to cause the collapse.

New report shows fall foliage peaking

If you haven't noticed it simply driving around, the official word from the state Division Forestry shows the fall colors are looking sharp and beautiful around West Virginia. The leaves in the New River Gorge are very close to peak, just in time for this weekend's annual Bridge Day where daredevils will be jumping and ziplining along the steel arch bridges. Overall, the Division of Forestry says Fayette County is 85 percent peak. Counties including Kanawha, Nicholas, and Raleigh range from 70 percent to 90 percent peak. It should be a beautiful weekend for a drive.

Logan County man faces charges in death of 2-year old

A 2-year old boy died Wednesday, and a 25-year-old man is facing charges.
State troopers arrested Nicholas Daniel Turkale and charged him with murder and child neglect resulting in death. He's the boyfriend of the toddler's mother. The boy arrived at CAMC General Hospital on Monday, and the mother and Turkale said the injuries were caused when the boy fell from a sink in their home. Investigators think the boy died from a blunt-force injury to the head. Turkale will be arraigned this morning in Logan County Magistrate Court.

Woman robs Charleston convenience store

Charleston police are looking for a woman who robbed a convenience store Wednesday night. Police say the Exxon One Stop along Lee Street was robbed by a woman with a gun last night around 10:45pm. She fled on foot, and so far there's been no word of an arrest.

Warrant sweep in Kanawha County leads to several arrests

The Kanawha County Sheriff's office says it's officers on Wednesday, in cooperation with the U.S. Marshall’s Service Fugitive Task Force, performed a Domestic Violence warrant round-up in the western part of Kanawha County. That led to several arrests. Jeffrey Sanders of Cross Lanes, Jeffrey Dean Caldwell of St. Albans, and Alan Blake of Dunbar were all arrested for failure to pay child support. Gary E. Coleman of Cross Lanes was arrested on a warrant for Domestic Battery, according to the sheriff's office. There's no word whether more of these warrant sweeps are planned.

Suit against school vaccines thrown out

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit over new vaccine requirements at schools. The suit had argued the Department of Health and Human Resources couldn't require the vaccines without the approval of the legislature, but the Kanawha Circuit said in his decision that the immunization rule is consistent with state code and does not exceed the Legislature's limits on interpretive rules. An appeal is expected. The new state code requires students entering school for the first time to be immunized against diphtheria, polio, rubeola, tetanus and pertussis, or whooping cough. Incoming seventh-graders and 12th-graders have to show proof they have received one dose of vaccines against meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Incoming 12th-graders must show proof they received booster doses after age 16.

Kanawha County man sentenced for sexual abuse

A Kanawha County man offered an apology in court, and was then handed a 10 to 25 year prison sentence for sexually abusing his friend's nine-year old daughter. Prosecutors say the victim's mother allowed Hamrick to stay in her home while he got his life back in order, and that's when the assault happened. He was out of jail on probation at the time. Hamrick blames a drug addiction. Hamrick is already serving one to five years in prison on unrelated burglary charges.

Boone County wreck sends driver to Charleston hospital

The driver was flown to CAMC General after an accident Wednesday in Boone County. The passenger was killed in the accident that happened around 10 a.m. Wednesday near Danville. Investigators say Deputies say a man was driving a Ford Ranger when he lost control and flipped twice, and both men inside the truck were trhown. It's possible that the driver fell asleep at the wheel.

Deadline approaching to apply for Disaster-related jobless benefits

There are four counties in West Virginia where residents can apply for unemployment assistance through FEMA - Kanawha, Nicholas, Fayette and Raleigh counties. The deadline is coming up Monday, October 22 to file a claim for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. The unemployment has to be related to the storm that blew through June 29th, and it's for those who are not eligible for benefits under a state’s regular unemployment insurance program. Contact WorkForce West Virginia for more.

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