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Mayor Proposes Doubling Fire Fees

Charleston's City Council is going to consider raising city fire protection and refuse fees. A proposal introduced this week would double the fire protection fee for residential and commercial property owners. Refuse fees would increase from 15 to 20 dollars a month for single family residential units. The exception would be households with an income of less than 20-thousand dollars a year. For them, the rate would increase from 5 to 7 dollars a month. The increases, proposed by Mayor Danny Jones, would take effect one year from now. Mayor Jones says the increases are needed to help the city pay for rising police and fire pension costs.

Man Busted for Trying to Hookup With Boy

A Huntington man is behind bars for using social media to try and hook up with a 14 year old boy. 49 year old Paul Lyons is charged with soliciting a minor. The boy's parents called police when they saw the man's messages on their son's Facebook account.

Toddler Starved to Death

A Mason County couple was arrested after the autopsy report on their 20 month old baby showed that he starved to death. The boy died in March of last year, and the lab report took that long to be finished. Court documents said the toddler died a long, agonizing death. His parents, Carla Ashton and Jimmie Edwards are accused of using WIC benefits to buy baby formula,then returning the baby food for cash, and using the cash to buy themselves drugs. The two were arraigned on Tuesday. Bail is set at half a million dollars for each of them.

No Refunds for Dirty Girl Registrants

Seems like a dirty trick by the Dirty Girls. The Dirty Girl Mud Run that was scheduled for Saturday has been canceled, and none of the 23-hundred people who registered are going to get their money back. The race was called off on Tuesday afternoon, when the organizers still had not paid shuttle bus operator Park Tours. City officials decided the event at Cato Park would not be possible without those shuttle buses. Race organizers say anyone who registered signed a waiver saying they knew they wouldn't get their money back if the race were canceled.

Rabel is Running for Congress

Independent Ed Rabel will be on the November ballot in a 2nd Congressional District race featuring Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Alex Mooney. Rabel was an award-winning CBS and NBC News correspondent who says in a news release he collected the 2,269 validated signatures required by law. The Mountain Party has endorsed him. Rabel was born and raised in Kanawha County. Casey is the former West Virginia Democratic Party chairman. In Maryland, Mooney served as state Republican Party chairman and as a state senator. Libertarian Davy Jones, a Martinsburg resident, will also be on the ballot. Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito is vacating the seat to run for U.S. Senate.

Saints Practice Gives Fans a Chance to Interact

If you're planning on watching the New Orleans Saints hold training camp practices at The Greenbrier resort, they've released some information that might be helpful. The first practice is coming up Friday from 8:50-11:40 a.m. followed by a walk thru from 4:30-5:30 p.m. All practices are open to the public, and there's a picnic coming up for fans Saturday at 3:30pm. There's also a scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 2. The practice facilities at The Greenbriar were custom-built for the Saints. More shuttle and parking info is available on

Escaped Inmate is Captured

A West Virginia inmate who escaped in May is back in custody following his capture in Virginia. The Beckley Correctional Center told the Register Herald that 40-year-old Chad Edward Cook was captured in Roanoke after an officer saw him riding a bicycle without tail light reflectors on a sidewalk. Leamon says the officer discovered that Cook was a fugitive from West Virginia. He left a work release job in May while serving a sentence for fraud, forgery and false pretenses in Harrison and Upshur counties.

Case Worker Pleads Guilty to Fraud

A former case worker for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is facing up to 30 years in prison and a $500,000 fine after pleading guilty to fraud. Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Shannon Collins of Logan pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston after being accused of using the Social Security numbers of two dead people to open fake accounts in order to claim benefits. She did that while working at the agency office in Logan and also obtained benefits through the state's food stamp program. The total combined loss was in excess of $58,000. Sentencing is set for Oct. 29.

Tentative Deal is Pending in Freedom Industries Bankruptcy Case

A bankruptcy hearing yesterday involved a $2.9 million settlement with Freedom Industries' s insurer, AIG, and under a tentative deal the insurance money would go for public projects. Several businesses sued to recoup money they lost while shuttered for days in January after the chemical spill. But a federal bankruptcy judge refused to sign off on the deal after lawyers for ex-Freedom executive Dennis Farrell and other shareholders complained. They contend the policy covers all their civil legal expenses no matter what the cost but the deal doesn't go that far. WCHS TV reports the judge gave both sides time to work it out or he'll decide.

Unsafe Practices Found at WV Clinic

Ohio health officials are advising Ohio patients of a clinic in West Virginia to be tested for some infectious diseases. The Ohio Department of Health said Monday that an investigation by West Virginia health officials found possible unsafe injection practices at Valley Pain Management in McMechen (muhk-MAY'-kuhn). The Ohio agency says in a news release that patients potentially were exposed to infectious diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. According to the Ohio agency, the West Virginia investigation found that the clinic re-used needles and syringes. The investigation also found that the same pain medication vial was used for multiple patients.

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