Sunday, February 27, 2011
EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...2-28-'11
- Authorities in Lowndes County Georgia are searching for the missing elderly couple Dick and Gladis Russell, who are both in their 80s, from Bellefontaine, Ohio believed to have been killed by 37 year old Samuel Littleton II, who claims to have killed the couple and dumped their bodies in the town of Valdosta, Georgia. Littleton, also of Bellefontaine, is fighting extradition as he faces multiple charges in Ohio, including first-degree murder and kidnapping. Littleton is charged with the murder of 26 year old Tiffany Brown. The Russells car was found abandoned at the Princeton Wal-Mart last Tuesday. Blood residue was found in the passenger compartment and the trunk of the vehicle. Littleton is being held in the Southern Regional Jail without bond while fighting extradition.
- Donald Purdy Jr., 45, of Beckley, was arrested late Saturday night in connection with two armed robberies that occurred in the Beckley area on February 6th. He is accused of robbing the CVS on North Eisenhower Drive and the Walgreen’s on Robert C. Byrd Drive and Harper Road. Purdy is charged with two counts of 1st degree robbery, and one count of obstructing justice.
- Saturday night, St. Albans Police arrested Neil E. Stricker, 27, of Charleston, led them on a car chase through Putnam and Cabell counties, involving officers from the Hurricane and Nitro police departments . Police say Stricker was DUI while on U.S. 60 when a St. Albans police officer tried to pull him over. Stricker fled west on U.S. 60, through Hurricane and into Cabell County and turned back into Putnam County, near Culloden. The chase ended when Stricker turned onto a dead end street.
- For the past few years, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has relied on federal grant money to hire private companies to clean up toxic chemicals from meth labs, but with federal funding dried up for that, the cleanup process will have to be done without the federal funding. The DEP only has six workers to cover all 55 counties throughout the state, and it can costs upwards of $30,000, in taxpayers money, to clean up a meth lab. The DEP is working closely with county commissioners and state police to find alternative income sources.
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