Wednesday, March 23, 2011
EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...3-24-'11
- Boone County Sheriff's Deputy, 30 year old Justin Dalton of Madison, is off the job and under investigation. Dalton has worked for the Boone County Sheriff's Department since 2008. Sheriff Rodney Miller says he can't elaborate on the allegations since it is a personnel issue, but the conduct Dalton's accused of is not acceptable of a law enforcement officer. State police are assisting with the investigation.
- The Sierra Club, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy environmental groups sued coal operator ICG Eastern in federal court in Elkins Wednesday over the Knight-Ink No. 1 mine, a Webster County surface mine they say has been discharging toxic selenium into streams for years. The complaint alleges violations of both state and federal law, including the federal Clean Water Act and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. The complaint also claims state regulators have been lax in cracking down on ICG, allowing discharges into Big Beaver Creek, and two tributaries, Oldhe Fork and Board Fork, at levels above those designed to protect aquatic life. ICG Eastern, which produced 2.5 million tons of coal in 2009, is a subsidiary of International Coal Group Inc. of Scott Depot.
- Derrick Lamb, 20, and Dominique Calhoun, 19, both of Charleston, were arrested following a crash on Jackson Street on Charleston's East End early Wednesday morning. The chase began when an officer heard shots and spotted a vehicle speeding away from the area. Lamb tried to flee after the vehicle crashed into a parked car in the 1100 block of Garvin Avenue. Lamb is charged with fleeing and wanton endangerment, while Calhoun is charged with wanton endangerment. Monday, Calhoun pleaded guilty in front of Kanawha Circuit Judge Charles King to two counts of wanton endangerment for shooting up a house on Wertz Avenue. Calhoun was out on bond awaiting sentencing for that crime when he was arrested Wednesday morning.
- A Logan man has been sentenced on federal drug charges. Terry Tomblin, 44, of Mount Gay, pleaded guilty in November to obtaining Hydrocodone from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Huntington while not telling them he was getting the same drugs from local medical providers in the Logan County area. He also signed a controlled substance agreement with the VA May 7, 2009, and did not disclose that he had received Hydrocodone from another provider on April 21, 2009. Tomblin was a patient of the Huntington VA center from April 2005 until March 2010.
- Logan County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 27 year old Brandon Lanier from Columbus, Ohio after a CPS worker asked the sheriff’s department for help in doing a home visit in Amherstdale. When deputies arrived, they say Lanier ran from the residence in an attempt to escape. On the kitchen stove, deputies found a plastic baggie containing a yellowish substance that tested positive for cocaine in a pan of boiling water. Deputies say they also found money and digital scales during a search of the house. Lanier was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
- Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 19 year old Wesley J. Taylor of Clendenin Tuesday after he went to the home of 86 year old Eugene Taylor with three rifles and began pointing the weapons at him and pulling the trigger. Eugene Taylor called police to report he was being threatened by a family member with a rifle. When deputies arrived and announced themselves, they heard Wesley Taylor loading what turned out to be a .300 Savage rifle. Wesley Taylor, who also had a .22 caliber rifle and a .50 caliber muzzleloader at the house, told deputies he was high on Wild Irish Rose, methamphetamines and "bath salts" when he went to the house. He also claimed to be a member of the military and working for the CIA, both of which are not true. Wesley Taylor was charged with wanton endangerment, along with escape for escaping from the police cruiser after he was arrested.
- Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a DMV fee hike bill. Tomblin concluded it violated the U.S. Constitution's protection of interstate commerce because it included language that would provide a fee limit only for in-state auto insurers. Tomblin also cited an increase in State Road Fund revenues in rejecting the bill. The measure aimed to hike an array of fees to raise nearly $40 million annually for the road fund. Tomblin said the improving economy has led to an increase in vehicle purchases and other activity that generates road fund revenue. He also cited the fragile recovery as another reason for Wednesday's veto.
- Warrants have been issued for the arrest of two men in Raleigh County. Police say Albert L. Kidd Jr., 36, and Chester Ray Hensley, 30, were reported as escapees after failing to return to the Beckley Correctional Center after an Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meeting Monday. Kidd was referred to the work release program from Kanawha County, where he was convicted of 13 counts of forgery and uttering. Hensley was referred from Putnam County, where he was convicted of breaking and entering.
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