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Again this year Kanawha County Sheriff John Rutherford has authorized extra Halloween Patrols, and that means there will be 26 Deputies out on patrol from around 5:00p until needed on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. These extra Deputies will be placed in areas historically prone to Halloween vandalism, and they'll be in both marked and un-marked vehicles as well as on foot with strict orders of “Zero Tolerance” for would-be vandals. Captain Sean Crosier tells us those found breaking the law will be arrested.
In addition to the normal and Halloween Patrols we will be using grant funding from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program specifically for Drunk Driving Prevention. Consequently there will be an additional 3-5 Deputies searching for impaired drivers.
Law enforcement agencies across West Virginia participated in National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, and collected hundreds of pounds of unwanted and unused prescription medication. Sites in Putman and Kanawaha Counties participated in the event, with a large share of the drugs collected in Putnam County. Putnam Sheriff Steve DeWeese says a permanent drop box is now available at the sheriff's office in Winfield. All of the drugs collected will be properly disposed of by the US Drug Enforcement Agency.
Hundreds of members of the Civil Air Patrol were honored for their service Saturday night in Charleston. The volunteers help with natural disasters trying to find missing people, and the cadet program focuses on aerospace eduation and helps students see if the military life is right for them. It's under the umbrella of the US Air Force. Members in uniform carried flags and were honored for their service at Saturday's ceremony.
West Virginia State University will host a program this weekend to increase awareness about poverty and look for solutions. The Simulation of Poverty program is set for Saturday in the Wilson University Union. Participants will role-play the lives of low-income families, simulating a month of poverty compressed into four 15-minute segments. Those participating will be in family scenarios with little money, and they'll have to decide how to use it, and interact with human service agencies, grocers, bill collectors, prospective employers, police and others.
Participation is open to the public by calling 304-766-3088.
Police are investigating after a Family Dollar Store in South Charleston was robbed this week. A man robbed the Family Dollar in the 4900 block of MacCorkle Avenue at gunpoint Wednesday night, and then he fled on foot So far there have been no arrests, and police are searching for the suspect.
Law enforcement agencies across the country are teaming up for the seventh National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this weekend. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at more than 130 locations across West Virginia, including the state Capitol in Charleston. Officers will collect unused medication and safely dispose of it, to keep it out of the wrong hands and also protect the environment. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office will be accepting unused medications at the Chelyan, Elkview, Sissonville, Cross Lanes, or St. Albans Detachments.
Airports in Kanawha, Randolph and Wayne counties are getting a total of $8.9 million in federal funding for improvements. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin and Rep. Nick Rahall announced the Federal Aviation Administration grants this week and said the bulk of the money, $7.6 million, will go to Yeager Airport in Charleston for runway improvements. Yeager also is getting $200,000 and Huntington's airport is receiving $250,000 to help implement sustainability plans.
Citizens' groups are urging customers of Mon Power and Potomac Edison to attend two days of public hearings into Mon Power's billing and meter-reading practices. The Coalition for Reliable Power and The Mountain Institute say the West Virginia Public Service Commission has received a record number of complaints in the past year, and will hold hearings at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 9:30 a.m. Friday at West Chester Village in Fairmont. Everyone who wants to will have the chance to speak.
A magistrate said there are no grounds to set aside the conviction of a former Upper Big Branch mine boss now in prison. Ex-superintendent Gary May argued last month his lawyer was ineffective, had conflicts of interest and made him a scapegoat for the 2010 disaster that killed 29 coal miners -- all to protect Massey Energy executives. May pleaded guilty to conspiracy and is serving 21 months for his actions at the West Virginia mine. May claimed that he wasn't allowed to testify that illegal advance warning of safety inspections was common practice at former Massey operations, but the judge ruled his claims are without merit.
The investigation has been going on since last December, and we'll wait awhile longer to find out the results of it. The National Transportation Safety Board says it's delaying the release of the final report on the gas pipeline explosion that rocked Sissonville last December. The explosion destroyed several homes and burned a section of Interstate 77. Because of the government shutdown, some NTSB workers were furloughed, and the report that was coming out Dec. 3 will be delayed. There is no word on when the report will be released.