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A course on distracted driving is happening tomorrow...offered mostly to county government employees, but anyone can be part of it. Tuesday from 1:30 to 4pm at the Old County Courthouse parking lot near Kanawha Blvd, the Kanawha County Sheriff's office will show the dangers of texting and driving, using golf carts. You'll try to navigate a course while texting. Now and throughout the month of July, deputies will be increasing patrols looking for distracted drivers. A new law takes in effect in WV on July 9, 2013. The law makes it illegal for people to text and drive. It also makes it illegal to talk on the phone while driving unless one uses a hands free device, like a headset or speakerphone.
A man who escaped from police custody inspired a manhunt Thursday, and was eventually caught. 21-year old Joe Myers had been arrested yesterday afternoon around 2:30 in Jackson County near Ripley, and an air and ground effort was launched after he escaped. He was taken into custody a second time about three hours later.
A man recently released from the hospital has been arrested. Roy Pittman is accused of killing his adopted daughter May 24th and then shooting his adopted son. Pittman had been in the hospital since attempting suicide after shooting and killing his adopted daughter, Brittany. Kanawha County deputies served him a warrant upon his release from the hospital, and have yet to release a possible motive for the shooting. He's accused of shooting his daughter in the chest, and then shooting his 18-year-old adopted son in the groin area, then turning the gun on himself.
State leaders and lawmakers have been finding interesting ways to pay tribute to the state during it's 150th birthday celebration this week. U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin issued a U.S. Senate resolution in commemoration of the state’s sesquicentennial on June 20, 1863. The resolution covers the early days of development, to the landscape and geography, to important inventions, to mountain music and of course..the pepperoni rolls. With th resolution, the US Senate observes the 150th birthday and celebrates West Virginia's heritage.
A man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from taxpayers has been arrested. 56-year old David Phillip Smith works with the West Virginia Division of National Resources, after investigators say he used a state-issued credit card to by a $25,000 man-life vehicle and spent another $2500 to have it shipped to West Virginia from Minnesota. The criminal complaint says investigators said Smith tried to sell the equipment to undercover officers in Kanawha City for $21,000. He was arrested at that point and now faces a felony embezzlement charge.
A lake in Nitro will be allowed to have boats for the first time. Residents actually asked for it, and went all the way to the state legislature for the okay to put boats on Ridenour Lake. With the approval now, boats will be allowed on the lake for a fee, and only small boats like kayaks, canoes, and small john boats will be allowed. WCHS TV reports the mayor anticipates everything will be ready by July 1, just in time for the big 4th of July holiday.
Two streets around the West Virginia Capitol Complex are being closed for the state's sesquicentennial celebration. The Department of Transportation said a section of Kanawha Boulevard and a section of California Avenue will be closed at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The streets will reopen Sunday morning. Kanawha Boulevard will be closed between Greenbrier Street and Michigan Avenue. California Avenue will be closed between the boulevard and Washington Street East. The sesquicentennial celebration at the Capitol Complex includes concerts, three nights of fireworks and a 3-D movie that will be projected onto Capitol's steps and columns. Thursday is the 150th anniversary of West Virginia becoming a state.
About the birthday cake...There's an 8-foot long, 4 1/2 foot wide replica of the State Capitol decorated with nearly 900 pounds of icing. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said more than 15,000 pieces of the cake will be served at the Capitol this week during the birthday celebration. The structure underlying the cake, which measures 3 feet tall, was built by a father-and-son team of Culture Center employees, David and Darren Husband. The detailed icing and baking, which 240 hours to put together, was done by Sara Lane of Cross Lanes.
Residents in Roane County can still call the Red Cross to get help after the flooding last week. High waters damaged about a hundred homes, and the Red Cross provided a shelter for 13 affected residents through Saturday morning, according to a news release. Meals and snacks were provided beyond that to first responders and residents. For residents who still need assistance, call the American Red Cross Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter at 304-485-7311.
A man in his mid 50's who drowned Monday in Logan County has been identified. 49-year old Malcolm Meade was swimming with a woman near the Water Street Bridge when he hit his head on something in the water. An 14-year old who was in the area at the time somehow pulled Meade to shore and performed CPR, but he died at the hospital later on. Police are investigating whether alcohol was a factor.