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A St. Albans woman was killed in a fire early Sunday morning. The fire broke out in a home in the 2500 block of West Washington Avenue around, claiming the life of Gwendolyn Salton. St. Albans fire chief Steve Parsons says it was a long-burning, slow fire. He says Salton was unable to get out of the home in time. Salton's death was St. Albans' third fire fatality in three days. A man and a woman were killed in a blaze on Benedict Circle last week.
Huntington police shot and killed a man in a restaurant around 12:30 Saturday morning. Cabell County 911 got a call that a man was brandishing a weapon at the Ranchito Mexican Bar and Grill and a Huntington police officer was dispatched along with a State Trooper. The officers found people in the restaurant involved in an argument. One of them, Robert Henderson, had a gun. The officers repeatedly ordered the man to put the gun down, and when he refused to comply he was shot by the Huntington officer. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A man has been charged with child neglect after leaving his 18 month old daughter in a hot car. It happened Thursday in Wheeling. Police noticed the little girl locked in the car. She was asleep but soaked in sweat. They found her father, Corey Rockhold, passed out on a couch inside the house. He's in jail with bail set at 50 thousand dollars.
A grand jury in Kanawha County handed down indictments in three murder cases on Friday. Bobby Kanode was indicted in connection with the murder of 35 year old Tonya Payne, whose body was found on the banks of the Kanawha River in February. Jessica Woods of St. Albans was indicted for allegedly killing her mother, Eva Woods. D.J. Carter and Mark Gaddy were indicted in the April shooting death of Charleston teenager Tymel McKinny. He was shot to death on the front porch of his home on the city's west side.
Two people were killed in a rollover crash in Boone County early Saturday morning. Police say the crash happened about 3:30 in the morning, on Route 17 in the area of Spars Creek. The victims were identified as Curtis Kelley and Eddie Javins.
Huntington Mayor Steve Williams is cracking down on drug crimes in his city. He went to the City Council last week and asked them to authorize ten additional police officers. Williams says that manpower is needed so the city can step up neighborhood tactical units and begin disrupting the drug trade within the neighborhoods. While the city already has task forces in place to deal with drugs, Mayor Williams says the neighborhood tactical force he has in mind would focus on individual neighborhoods where police are needed the most. He said it's time to take back the streets from drug dealers and addicts. In fact, Williams says he wants to send a clear message to drug dealers that, quote "unmitigated hell is going to come down on them. " He says either they leave Huntington or they stay and go to prison. He called drug dealers roaches who have infected out city, and says the neighborhood tactical force would stomp on those roaches. The mayor says what he is proposing is a permanent change in the way we do business in the city of Huntington.
A local teen is battling brain cancer, and her family could use a helping hand. 13 year old Alecia Oldham had to undergo surgery, radiation and chemotherapy to remove a brain tumor. Alecia will be getting medical treatment for the next year. If you'd like to help, there's a Facebook page you can check out , it's called Prayers for Alicia. There's going to be a charity softball tournament fundraiser on August 9th at the North Charleston Community Center.
There was a big fire in downtown Huntington on Sunday morning. The massive fire began on the sixth floor of the Morris Building on Fourth Avenue, and spread to the elevator shaft. Many people who live in the landmark building were awakened by firefighters telling them to evacuate. Firefighters say everyone living in the building made it out safely. The quick response by firefighters kept the flames from spreading to nearby businesses, and Huntington Mayor Steve Wiliams believes that quick response saved lives as well. One firefighter suffered a knee injury while battling the blaze.
Here's an update on Charleston's Dirty Girl debacle. We're told now that at least some of those who paid registration fees for the canceled event will be getting refunds. About 25 hundred people registered for the run, which was supposed to be held on Saturday. They called it off after the organizer failed to pay the shuttle company that was supposed to provide transportation for the runners. The organizers of the Dirty Girl Mud Run announced that no refunds would be issued in the wake of the cancellation. However, the West Virginia attorney general's office says Eventbrite, a ticketing company used for the event , will issue refunds. Anyone who paid to register through any other vendor should file a complaint with the attorney general's office.
The state has been saving a lot of money since the workers compensation program was privatized in 2005. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says that in the coming year, West Virginia employers will see a projected 32 million dollar reduction in workers compensation premiums, the tenth reduction in a row. Tomblin say that since the privatization, savings have added up to more than 280 million dollars.