Friday, May 06, 2011
EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...5-7-'11
- Crystal Seigler Clark, who's accused of killing her estranged husband, David Clark, inside his home in Varney and taking off with her 13 month old daughter, Chloe Clark, has been extradited back to West Virginia. Friday, Mingo County Sheriff's deputies brought Clark back from Tennessee to face a charge of murder.
- David Camehl has been charged with wanton endangerment after allegedly pointing a gun at police Friday evening in South Charleston. Officers were investigating a vandalism complaint along E Street when Camehl went inside his house and came back out with a gun and pointed it at the officers, yelled at them, went back inside the house and barricaded himself in. Investigators say he was intoxicated.
- Massey Energy has stopped production at one of its mines in Boone County in order to focus more on safety. A three-day safety stand down at the Randolph Mine began Friday and will continue Monday and Tuesday. The response follows an announcement from MSHA concerning a surprise inspection it did at the mine recently in which MSHA issued 20 withdrawal orders and five citations. Massey officials say they have reviewed the issues pointed out by MSHA which include combustible materials accumulating in active workings, coal dust built up enough that it was engulfing the continuous miner operator and shuttle car operator, unused ventilation curtains, and insufficient water pressure on the continuous miner's water sprays. Massey CEO and President Baxter Phillips says he ordered the stand down to reinforce safe mining practices and provide additional training in safety, ventilation and the requirements of the mine plan.
- Huntington Police are investigating after they say Henry Clinton Earle Jr., 28, of Proctorville, Ohio, was killed during a shooting in Huntington on Thursday night. Police say Earle was hanging out with a crowd in the 1600 block of Artisan Avenue, apparently having a good time. But, when the fun ended, the shooting started. Earle suffered at least one gunshot wound.
- Elizabeth Glover, of Hurricane, pleaded guilty to malicious assault and wanton endangerment in Putnam County Court Friday afternoon. Police say, in June 2010, Glover shot her ex-boyfriend in the cheek and then in the back because he brought Glover's daughter a puppy to entice her to go home with him. Sentencing is set for July 14th.
- Jeremy Goodall, 31, the father of Logan Goodall, a Putnam County toddler killed in 2005, was in Kanawha County court Friday on charges of wanton endangerment and attempted first-degree robbery. He pleaded guilty to wanton endangerment after being arrested in January for allegedly pointing a gun at a couple in a parked car and demanding their money at Rite Aid on Washington Street West. His sentencing is scheduled for July 15th.
- Raymond C. Dawson, 57, of Raysal, in McDowell County, has pleaded guilty to federal charges of lying to investigators, admitting he made false statements to Mine Safety and Health leaders about training he gave to miners employed by Griffith Construction Co. The company is an independent contractor that performed construction and other services at the Brook's Run Cucumber Mine near Iaeger. The Mine Act requires that new miners at a coal mine receive a certain number of hours of initial training. Dawson faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when sentenced in August.
- More than 1,500 Marshall University students will become Marshall University graduates as Marshall's 174th Commencement begins at 9:00 A.M. Saturday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. Of the total, 401 students will be graduating with honors and there are 12 students who have earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages along with their degrees. Julia Keller, a Pulitzer Prize winner and two time Marshall University graduate, will deliver the commencement speech.
- Putnam County Sheriff Mark Smith says Pinnacle Security, a company selling alarm systems in the county, is a legitimate company, but the sheriff's department has not endorsed the product although sales people have told customers the sheriff’s department endorsed it. Smith says the company is investigating the incidents, but he is no longer looking into charges.
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