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A body recovered Saturday night in Gallia County, Ohio has been identified as a West Virginia woman, who's been missing since February. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office confirms the body found belongs to Frances Wartenburg of St. Albans, West Virginia. She disappeared February 22, and was last seen leaving a birthday party in Jefferson. Wartenburg's body was badly decomposed and dental records were used to identify the body. The cause of Wartenburg's death is still under investigation.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and other leaders gathered for a rundown on what the state is doing to develop its workforce. The Democratic governor's event took place at the Bridge Valley Community and Technical College's Advanced Technology Center Tuesday. Officials provided a review of state workforce development efforts, including new initiatives to meet the workforce's educational needs and the training needs of new and expanding West Virginia businesses. Speakers touted a variety of programs, including one that re-educates displaced coal miners and another that helps prepare troubled youth for careers and offer various apprenticeships.
A Logan County circuit judge and a Mingo County magistrate are retiring next month. The West Virginia Supreme Court announced the retirements of Circuit Judge Roger Perry and Magistrate Pam Newsome Monday. The court says the 65-year-old Perry cited health issues in a letter sent to Chief Justice Margaret Workman and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin notifying them of his retirement. Tomblin will appoint Perry's replacement. Mingo County Circuit Judge Miki Thompson has appointed West Virginia State Police Sergeant Barry Marcum to replace Newsome. Both retirements are effective June 30th.
A former Barboursville pharmacy owner has pleaded guilty to avoiding federal cash reporting requirements. Kofi Agyekum faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing in August. The U.S. Attorney says the Agyekum made a series of cash deposits in amounts less than $10,000 to multiple accounts at banks in the Barboursville area. Federal law requires financial institutions to report cash transactions exceeding $10,000 to the federal government. Goodwin says Agyekum will forfeit more than $2 million to the government under a plea agreement, along with his Lexus and his home in Barboursville.
West Virginia State Police are investigating after two inmates fell ill at the Western Regional Jail last week. A Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman told WSAZ-TV that the inmates had an adverse reaction to an unknown substance and were hospitalized. So far, no word on what the substance was or how it got inside the Barboursville jail, but a spokesman says the facility has a zero tolerance policy for contraband. The jail ended contact visits in 2014 due to contraband concerns.
Kanawha County residents are taking their concerns over proposed cuts to programs for people with disabilities straight to the governor Tuesday morning. WCHS-TV reports a public meeting, scheduled by Kanawha County lawmaker Delegate Patrick Lane will discuss proposed changes to the Intellectual Developmental Disabilities waiver. Hundreds of West Virginia families marched to the Capitol in April to express their opposition to any changes to the program. Tuesday, they plan to hand a petition with thousands of signatures to Governor Tomblin.
One of the Silicon Valley's longest-serving CEO from West Virginia is stepping down. Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers of Charleston said he planned to step down in July after more than 20 years in charge. Chambers will become board chairman for the computer networking company and says he plans to devote the rest of his time to philanthropic efforts.
A new bill would allow Charleston to purchase a building that currently houses the Middle East Mart. The Charleston Gazette reports the city plans to put a K-9 police unit in the building. The bill puts a price tag of more than $85,000 on the property with $2,000 in moving expenses for the owner of the Middle East Mart.
Traffic is flowing again on Route 60 in Cedar Grove. The Charleston Gazette reports the roadway in Kanawha County was shut-down Monday night for rock and mud removal. The road has been shuttered off and on ever since a rock slide happened on April 18th.
Charleston City Council members are asking questions about a potential deal that would dump 800 tons of contaminated soil into the city landfill. At Monday night's City Council Finance Committee meeting, the Charleston Gazette reports that Mayor Danny Jones told a councilman to take his questions to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The mayor said putting the contaminated soil in the landfill could save $350,000. Some council members argue it's giving Freedom a break. The chemical company is filing for bankruptcy after it caused a massive chemical spill that prompted a drinking water ban for several days. Other council members argue the contaminated soil poses no risk to residents in a landfill.