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Today marks an important deadline for above-ground storage tank registrations. A new state law requires owners to register above-ground storage tanks by today Oct. 1. It's been estimated that up to 80,000 tanks could meet the law's registration requirements. Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that about half were registered as of Monday morning.
More now on the teen accused of breaking into a middle school on Monday. 18-year old Christopher Ian Shamblen of East Bank was arrested Tuesday for the break-in at East Bank Middle School on Monday, and charged with breaking and entering and grand larceny, both felonies. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office says a 32” flat screen television, a laptop computer, a Microsoft X-Box 360 game console, and a pair of Nike shoes were taken from the school, and all of it has been recovered. Shamblen was also charged with third degree arson for something else that happened the same morning. He allegedly taped together four rifle shells and put them next to the Express Mart convenience store on 3rd Avenue in East Bank, then lit newspaper as a makeshift fuse to attempt to ignite them.
Ernest Roach is the man accused of killing Cross Lanes teenager Ericka Brown, and he has entered his plea. Monday in Ohio Court, Roach pleaded not guilty to six charges in connection with Brown's death. Her body was discovered along the Ohio River in Meigs County, Ohio in late August, after she had been missing since August 10th. Detectives think Brown met Roach online through Craigslist. Roach's charges include murder, two counts of compelling prostitution, two counts of tampering with the evidence and one count of gross abuse of a corpse. His trial is expected to start before the end of the year.
Huntington has a new police chief. Joseph Ciccarelli was announced as the new leader on Monday, replacing William "Skip" Holbrook who accepted a position as the chief of police in Columbia, S.C., in March. The Huntington City Council still has to confirm Ciccarelli's appointment, and if they do he'll start his duties in one month. Ciccarelli is a former investigator for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and has worked for the FBI.
With dry conditions and the start of fall fire season, you're urged to be extra careful with anything that might cause a spark. It doesn't take much for a fire to grow out of control and spread quickly. Starting Wednesday, October 1st, fires are only permitted from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. in West Virginia. You can't burn trash at any time, but you can burn vegetation during those hours. Firefighters say you should have a water hose handy and rake back any dry brush that's around if you're planning to burn. You can face a fine if you're caught burning during restricted hours.
Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies have identified a young man who broke into East Bank Middle School early Monday. Cpl B-D Humphreys says he entered the building through a kitchen vent on the roof and took computer equipment from the school. It's expected that his name will be released today, along with what charges he'll face.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded grants totaling more than $1 million to support local programs to reduce the incidence of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and stroke in West Virginia. The state has been awarded nearly $600,000, while West Virginia University will receive $427,000. The grants will be used for an initiative that includes intervention strategies through existing outreach services.
West Virginia State Police caught up with a Virginia mom after a 4-day search. Lisa Cantrell was arrested after the extensive search along the East Coast for her and her three children. Cantrell doesn't have legal custody of the children, and took the kids out of school and left Virginia. She was arrested on I-77 near Charleston late Saturday night and all the kids were found safe in the car. The kids were reunited with their father, who has legal custody. Cantrell will be extradited back to Virginia where she's facing three felony kidnapping charges.
There have been two fatal ATV accidents in West Virginia over the past few days. Troopers in Putnam County are investigating a fatal ATV accident that happened Friday evening along Grandview Ridge Road in Red House. One person died in that accident, and the name has not been released yet. The Mercer County Sheriff's office also reports a death after a woman's ATV went off the side of a mountain. 38-year old Katherine Green of North Carolina was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports she was riding with her husband when the ATV failed to negotiate a curve and went about 150 feet off the side of the mountain.
The rumored layoffs are happening. Alpha Natural Resources has idled three southern West Virginia mining complexes and laid off 261 employees. A company news release says it will idle surface mines Independence Coal's Twilight, Pioneer Fuels' Ewing Fork No. 1 and Marsh Fork. The mines are in Boone, Kanawha and Raleigh counties. Two mines are connected to a July warning notice that 1,100 Southern West Virginia mine employees could face layoffs by mid-October. Marsh Fork was not part of the July notice. Alpha pointed to federal regulations and dismal market conditions for its layoffs.