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Charleston police are still investigating a mysterious death. A man's body was found Saturday near Magic Island, and police say he wasn't shot or beaten. Somehow the man ended up coming off the Interstate 64 bridge near Magic Island, and landed on the ground north of Kanawha Boulevard between the east and westbound lanes of the interstate. The man is described as a black man in his 20s. Detectives are working to figure out what sent him off the bridge.
We've mentioned before that West Virginia seems to be lacking when it comes to broadband internet access. A Federal Communications Commission study released last month showed that 46 percent of West Virginia residents do not have access to broadband Internet service. A panel discussion during the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's Business Summit just before the holiday weekend addressed it. Leaders there said the lack of infrastructure presents a problem. It's hard to get high speed access where the wires don't currently exist, and in some cases there is a monopoly with only one provider. Capital and competition are two things that will get the focus as leaders try to increase broadband access.
Charleston Area Medical Center's Women and Children's Hospital has launched something new aimed at preventing child abuse. To increase awareness about shaken baby syndrome, hospital leaders want people to knit, crochet or loom purple newborn caps. Those involved should use the color purple, which has become a symbol for the campaign. The caps must be at least 50 percent purple. You can find out more at www.clickforbabies.org.
The Old Taft elementary school site on Bigley Avenue could become home to a convenience store. The Municipal Planning Commission will take up the zoning requests Wednesday, and if it's approved the former school would be torn down along with four nearby homes and an adjacent Methodist Church that's no longer in use.
A new report came out Saturday from the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, and shows good paying jobs with benefits are still hard to find. The report shows 2010, just 53 percent of workers in West Virginia had employer-covered health insurance policies, down from 73 percent in 1979. Median wages, adjusted for inflation, dropped from 2010 to 2011. Today, they are $15.02 an hour, compared to the national average of $16.06 an hour. Workers between16 and 24 make up less than 15 percent of the workforce, and account for one-third of all unemployed workers.
Officers are looking for a work release inmate who has escaped. Carl Hendershot was serving a sentence in Charleston after being charged with breaking and entering and burglary in Jackson County. He was also charged with manufacturing and delivering of a controlled substance in Wood County. Hendershot is described as 6'1" 178 pounds and has several scars and tattoos. On his right forearm has a tattoo of the grim reaper. On the left, an outline of a skull. Anyone who sees him should call 911.
A Fayette County driver died Friday night after being partially ejected from his vehicle. The Fayette County Sheriff's office says 32-year old Michael Lee Bryson's vehicle struck a guardrail, his vehicle went airborne, and landed over an embankment. Bryson was apparently not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Scammers are trying to capitalize on the deaths of two West VIrginia State police officers who died last week after a shootout in Wallback. Capt. Sean Crosier of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department confirms they've received at least two complaints from people who got suspicious phone calls.
Crosier says no legitimate agency would be asking for a credit card number or cash over the phone. Report the suspicious incidents to police.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's office has lost a beloved officer. Cpl. Greg Eplin had been battling colon cancer for over a year, and died Friday at Logan Regional Medical Center's critical care unit. During Eplin's treatment, the Kanawha County Sheriff's Association did their best to raise money for medical treatment and travel expenses to support Eplin. Last week was a tough one for law enforcement officers, who are also mourning two fallen state police troopers after the shooting in Wallback.
The Salvation Army food pantry in Charleston is running low. The shelves are sparse with food and many families are still inquiring about help, so donations are appreciated to help the pantry stock up. The June 29 storms had a big impact on the Salvation Army and drained some of its resources. Big food drives are planned by Putnam and Kanawha County schools this fall, but the Salvation Army could use help in the meantime.