Tuesday, June 28, 2011
EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...6-29-'11
- During a hearing Tuesday, the murder trial of 32 year old David Kinney of Charleston was scheduled for November 14th. Kinney is accused of fatally shooting 31 year old Jeremy Parsons on Charleston's West Side last July. Kinney was indicted on murder charges in October. He has been on home confinement since posting bond.
- Police arrested five people Monday after finding marijuana, prescription pills and cash in a Super 8 Motel room in Dunbar. Corey Armstead of Charleston, Timothy Harper of Poca, Adam Halstead of Cross Lanes, Cassandra Gentry of Nitro, and Curtis Conway of Liberty face felony charges of possession with intent to deliver. Police say a caller reported a funny smell coming from the room. When officers arrived, one man opened the door, while another man threw a purple baggie out the window. Police found marijuana in the bag and got a search warrant. Police determined the suspects intended to sell some of the drugs.
- A Kanawha County judge has put the city of Huntington's occupation and sales tax om hold. A hearing was held Tuesday afternoon in Kanawha County Circuit Court challenging Huntington's one-percent occupation and sales tax set to take effect Friday July, 1st. At Monday's regularly City Council meeting, council members went into executive session to discus the five lawsuits filed against the city last Wednesday. They voted to hire Mike Farrell to represent the city in court. Cabell County Commissioner Bob Bailey said Monday, "We're trying to get the city to understand that some parts of the home rule are good, but the bad part is the one-percent tax because you can't tax people if they've got no one to represent them."
- At Monday's Huntington City Council meeting, the firefighter's union announced the results of a "vote of no confidence" held within the department. Of the 83 valid votes cast, 81 voted they did not have confidence in the ability of Fire Chief C. Creig Moore to lead the Huntington Fire Department. Two voted they did. Reasons for a vote of no confidence against Moore include Moore's dishonesty with City Council on several occasions, causing harm to the reputation and integrity of the Huntington Fire Department, Moore's continuous use of derogatory statements when referring to Local 289 and West Virginia State Civil Service Law, his inability to operate within the current fiscal budget year and an unwillingness to address safety issues brought forth by the Union Executive Board.
- St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington is now tobacco-free after a ban on tobacco use on the hospital's campus went into effect Monday. St. Mary's spokesman Doug Korstanje says the hospital sees the impact of tobacco-related health problems daily, and hospital officials believe it's important for St. Mary's to take a leadership role and prevent smoking on its campus, joining at least 10 other hospitals in West Virginia that have adopted similar bans. The hospital has offered classes and support outlets to employees who smoke.
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