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A former fire chief and his wife avoid jail time after they admitted to using thousands in volunteer fire funds to enhance their own lifestyle. Donald McCloud, former chief of the Washington Lands Volunteer Fire Department, and his wife Marsha McCloud got probation. The couple admitted to using the department's credit card to buy nearly $25,000 in groceries, music downloads, and personal items.
A pit bull that's at the center of a state Supreme Court case has been euthanized.
Bluefield's police chief tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the dog's owner Estella Robinson consented to the euthanization. The dog, named Major, had chased a mail carrier recently. In 2013, the pit bull faced euthanization for biting an animal control officer, but Robinson appealed. The state's highest court ruled in October of 2014 that the municipal court didn't have the authority to order the dog to be put down.
The West Virginia Marble Festival is finding a new home. The annual festival was held in Cairo the past 20 years, but reports say next year, it's moving to Paden City, home of the Marble King. The festival's coordinator says Cairo was the home of three marble factories, and the festival began as a way for workers to meet and talk. Paden City's mayor is excited about the festival's move and says it will showcase the Marble King and the city's history of glassmaking and pottery.
Nearly a dozen prescription drug distributions are asking a judge to deny the state's request to unseal court documents that contain information about shipments to state pharmacies. The lawsuit claims the pharmaceutical companies shipped excessive amounts of prescription painkillers to southern West Virginia pharmacies. The Charleston Gazette reports the companies are arguing the information is confidential. The state says the public has a right to know. The companies are being sued in Boone County Circuit Court by the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety and the health department.
After a 2014 chemical spill polluted the drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people in West Virginia, a state investigation finds 50 chemical tanks still pose a potential threat to the public water supply. The survey found the tanks aren't fit for service, but are still holding chemicals like oil, brine or gas. State regulars say most operators took their tanks out of commission after the survey or at least monitoring tank issues until repairs can be completed. The major issues found were corrosion and inadequate containment safeguards.
Workers are hopeful that one lane of US 60 can reopen tonight in Cedar Grove. Part of a hillside has been sliding for a couple of weeks now, and crews have been working to stabilize it, and get Route 60 open to traffic again. Big machines were on site Thursday to remove some of the debris, and the hope is that a temporary traffic signal can be up and running tonight that will alternate traffic one lane at a time, according to WCHS TV. That all depends on the weather.
Home confinement officers with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office tried to arrest 31-year old William Nottingham of Big Chimney Thursday afternoon, but he ran from a home on Fern Ridge Drive and heade toward the Elk River. He was wanted for violating the terms of his home confinement sentence through use of heroin, and was serving a sentence for grand larceny. Nottingham was eentually arrested on the riverbank after being tracked by a canine and handler.
Yeager Airport officials this week hired a company to remove material from a man-made emergency overrun area that partially collapsed. The Charleston Daily Mail said airport officials approved an offer from Mingo County company S&E Clearing and Hydroseeding to remove more than 145,000 cubic yards of material at the end of the runway. Airport director Rick Atkinson says the airport's insurance company won't cover the estimated $855,000 cost of the removal work. Atkinson says an agreement with S&E includes a stipulation that payment will be part of any damages the airport seeks from the insurers of the structure's builders and engineers.
More than 220 eighth graders are being honored as winners of the Golden Horseshoe Award for their knowledge of West Virginia history and culture. A ceremony is set for today at the state Culture Center in Charleston to recognize the top-scoring students in each county. The first Golden Horseshoe ceremony was held in 1931 and is the longest running program of its kind in the United State. The top-scoring students in each county receive the prestigious award.
The public is getting the chance to weigh in on a proposed rule that gives coal miners greater access to their health records. The U.S. Labor Department's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs has made the proposed Black Lung Benefits Act rule available for public comment this week. The rule also would require that mine owners pay all benefits due in a claim before the award can be challenged through modification. Black lung is an irreversible and potentially deadly disease caused by exposure to coal dust, where the dust particles accumulate in the lungs. According to the Labor Department, more than 76,000 miners have died at least in part because of the disease since 1968.