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A plea hearing will be held August 8 for Lincoln County Commissioner Thomas Ramey Jr. The West Virginia County Commissioner is expected to plead guilty to what prosecutors allege, he lied to an FBI agent about absentee ballot applications in the 2010 Lincoln County Democratic primary. Jerry Bowman who was the Sheriff at the time and Donald Whitten who was the County Clerk are awaiting sentencing August 29th for their part in the case.
The family of Craig Keith spoke out over the weekend out about the police chase Friday that ended in Keith being shot and killed by police. Family members say in the past Keith may have made some bad decisions, but he was working to turn his life around. They don't know what went wrong. The 34 year old from Charleston was the man police say was involved in some type of disturbance at Madri Gras Casino and Resort then led police on a chase in Jackson County which ended in the fatal shooting.
A public hearing by the state Public Service Commission September 18 will focus on dealing with how to handle future possible power outages. The hearing comes out of the response by 12 West Virginia utilities to the recent windstorms that left more than a half million West Virginians without power, some for nearly two weeks back in June. Also last week the Commission ordered the 12 to submit, within 30 days, evaluations on the preparedness for and response to those same storms.
Two people from Maryland and two from Pennsylvania dead after a head-on collision in Roane County. It happened Saturday afternoon in the southbound lanes of on Interstate 79 near mile-marker 31 and close to the community of Newton. the exact cause of the accident is unknown. Members of the West Virginia State Police from the Spencer detachment are investigating.
A suspected drunk driver shot and killed this morning during a high-speed police chase through three counties. Officers say they tried to pull the man over on Corridor G around three o'clock this morning but he hit the gas. He drove off into Lincoln County, turned around and drove back into Kanawha County. Police put out spike strips to try to stop him but he drove into the opposite lane, going the wrong way, and avoided them. The man then had one flat tire but kept going until he was finally stopped in a hail of gunfire near Ripley. He was dead at the scene.
The Kanawha County Board of Education voted last night on whether to rename the West Side Elementary School to include the name "Mary C. Snow." Snow was the county's first black principal of a desegregated school, and a number of groups and organizations have been pushing for the change to honor her. Board President Pete Thaw told us yesterday he'd vote against the name change and he did, but he was the only one. By a vote of 4-1, the board voted to officially add "Mary C Snow" to West Side Elementary school.
The American Red Cross gets a big donation to help those impacted by the recent power outages. The agency has announced Texas-based Noble Energy is donating $40,000 to the West Virginia Region. Noble Energy is an independent oil and gas company currently operating in Marshall County, but has plans to expand.
Three convicted murderers were quickly caught this week as they planned to escape from a Fayette County correctional facility. The three have been identified as 38-year old Keith Lowe of Kentucky; 26-year old Daniel Smith, of Ohio; and 23-year old Stephen Wilson of Virginia. Corrections officer didn't find the three in their assigned areas and put the facility on lockdown, then found them outside on the property and caught them as they still took off running. The Mount Olive Correctional Facility covers about 880 acres in Fayette County.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin named Rocco Fucillo the acting Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources last month, and now a restructing appears to be taking place. The top three administrators there are on reassignment leave. That includes John Law, assistant secretary for communications; Susan Perry, deputy secretary for legal services; and Jennifer Taylor, general counsel. Former Secretary Dr. Michael Lewis announced his resignation as secretary for health reasons.
A Georgia company that makes chemical compounds can't sell it's products in West Virginia. A preliminary injunction was issued in Putnam County Circuit Court, and keeps Nutragenomics Manufacturing, LLC from selling bath salts and other synthetic chemicals here. The State Attorney General's office also says the company has to reveal a database of West Virginians who bought products from the company dating back to 2008. This injuntion is part of a broader lawsuit against the company for distributing synthetic drugs.