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Federal investigators say the operator of a Marshall County coal mine where a worker was killed didn't ensure that safe work procedures and policies were in place. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration cited McElroy Coal Co. for the accident that killed 62-year-old Roger R. King in October 2013. King was hit in the head by a roller and hook that was being used to pull a conveyor chain, and the agency says management failed to ensure that workers are in a safe location when tension is applied to cables.
More arrests at the Charleston Transit Mall as police continue to respond to neighbor complaints and get rid of crime. Another 3 people were arrested there Tuesday night, bringing the total of the last few weeks to 43. Charges range from trespassing, to open container violations and theft.
A nonprofit group is asking the Paint Creek community for help in creating an oral history of the waterway. The Paint Creek Scenic Trails Association plans to use the oral histories of residents and former residents to produce an online exhibit featuring their stories. The association also plans to create a digital driving tour of Paint Creek. Paint Creek runs from Tamarack in Beckley to Pratt. The 44-mile-long Paint Creek Scenic Byway runs adjacent to the creek. Native Americans once used Paint Creek to travel between settlements. In 1912, coal miners in Paint Creek and nearby Cabin Creek went on strike, sparking West Virginia's first mine war. The Register-Herald reports that the oral history project is funded by the National Coal Heritage Area and the West Virginia Humanities Council.
Deputies with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office were called out Monday morning to Ballard Road in the Alum Creek area after a woman called and reported she had been beaten by her husband. 41-year old James Belcher was seen fleeing with the couple's 2-year old daughter, and deputies there said he was traveling at a high rate of speed in a blue mini-van, and eventaully abandoned the van and ran into a wooded area with his daughter. Deputies found him, and he quickly surrendered. The mother, 30-year old Amanda Belcher is expected to be okay and has custody of the girl. James Belcher is being charged with DUI with a Minor in the Vehicle and Domestic Battery.
Early voting starts tomorrow for the May primary. A news release from Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick reminds voters to cast a ballot early from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday; from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3, and Saturday, May 10. Voting will be at the Voter Registration Office at the corner of Court and Quarrier streets. You can park on Quarrier Street at the Voter Registration Office.
A murder for hire plot has been exposed, and the man that was to be killed is a Charleston police lieutenant. DJ Carter, or Darrell Carter, is accused of hiring two men to have Lieutenant Steve Cooper killed. He's the chief of detectives for Charleston police. The crimainal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court says Carter gave a statement saying he met with an alleged hit man two weeks ago to talk about a murder for hire, in the amount of $15,000. Juhamar Bradshaw and an unnamed juvenile are the alleged hit men who agreed to carry out the murder. Carter allegedly admitted the murder-for-hire plot while being questioned in another murder case.
Police are investigating after a Saturday morning shooting near a busy downtown Charleston club scene on Kanawha Blvd. Investigators say Richard "Jimmy" Beasley was shot by two men early Saturday morning, and was hit about a dozen times. George Sawyer and Tasheem Collins were kicked out of the Charleston Cellar, and they tracked down Beasley, who works there. No motive has been released by police yet. Beasely was in critical condition at a local hospital. Sawyer was arrested shortly after the shooting, and Collins was arrested Sunday afternoon in Dunbar.
A man from St. Albans accidentally shot himself in the hand over the weekend. Police say 37-year-old Kevin Tolbert is recovering after he and another man walked into the Kanawha County Ambulance Station on 5th Street Saturday evening to report the injury. The weapon was something described as a zip gun, which is disguised as a flashlight and fires a small bullet, and Tolbert said the shooting was an accident.
Former Trooper of the Year Brandon Moore has resigned. And it may have something to do with the Mingo County corruption investigation. Court documents from last summer, in August, say Moore was possibly engaged in official misconduct at the request of former Mingo County Judge Micheal Thornsbury, helping frame the husband of Thornsbury's secretary. Moore worked out of the Williamson detachment and was named the "Troopers Association Trooper of the Year" in 2009.
West Virginia's 2nd congressional district primary race left wide open by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's decision to run for a U.S. Senate seat is drawing quite a bit of attention. The GOP plans to make Democrats' policies on energy a central issue, including the Obama administration's proposed stringent regulations for new coal-fired power plants. On the Democratic side, the focus will be on improving roads and promoting coal, natural gas and other energy resources to bring jobs to the state and keep young adults from heading out-of-state.