Monday, March 14, 2011
EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...3-15-'11
- Tanyelle Hardy, 33, of Huntington, has been charged with attempted murder and first degree arson. Huntington Police say witnesses saw Hardy fight with an unnamed person at the home of William Erwin early Saturday morning. At some point Erwin went to sleep in his bedroom and Hardy left. Witnesses say Hardy returned for some belongings, and, while there, she set some clothes on fire on the couch knowing Erwin was asleep in the other room. Hardy then fled the home.
- Ashli Logan Burdette, 27, of Campbell's Creek, pleaded guilty Monday in Kanawha Circuit Court to a charge of first-degree robbery. Burdette told Circuit Judge Charles King that, about 9:30 A.M. on July 28th, she approached 19 year old Tiffany Workman's vehicle in the parking lot of Mardi Gras Casino, showed Workman a gun she had hidden in her pocket, then grabbed Workman's purse and fled. She then used the victim's identification and credit cards to take several thousand dollars out of her bank account to purchase drugs. Burdette said the gun, taken from underneath her parents' bed, was not loaded. In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors dropped charges of forgery, identity theft and uttering but required her to make restitution. Burdette could face a minimum of 10 years in prison when sentenced in April. She told the judge she has been undergoing drug rehabilitation, and her attorney says she will ask for probation.
- Monday, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and CONSOL Energy detailed a settlement in relation to the 2009 finding of a fish kill in Dunkard Creek. CONSOL does not admit any liability related to the fish kill, but, under the agreement, CONSOL will pay the EPA $5.5 million and the DEP $500,000. The company will also construct a $200 million water treatment facility to handle discharges from four of the company's area mines. A series of pipelines to transport water from the Blacksville No. 2, Loveridge and Robinson Run mines will be built and should be running by May 2013. The facility would be able to treat 3,500 gallons a minute and would remove 95 to 98 percent of pollutants.
- The Charleston Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for 24 year old Emanuel Armond McCarty, a man wanted on first-degree murder in connection with the March 9th fatal shooting of 48 year old Michael Jerome Grady of Charleston. Grady was hit by two bullets as he drove down Madison Street and then traveled two blocks before the van he was driving plowed through a fence and hit a home. Police recovered three 9 mm shell casings at the scene and a 9 mm Glock pistol that had been thrown in the yard of a nearby house. McCarty said he didn't know about the shooting, but police found his grey hooded sweatshirt at his girlfriend's house. McCarty was injured in a shooting outside the American Legion Bar on Seventh Avenue in December 2007.
- A warrant has been issued for 39 year old Christopher Cunningham who escaped from the custody of the Charleston Work Release Center after he signed out for work around 8:30 A.M. Friday. Cunningham was convicted on a worthless check charge in Berkeley County. Cunningham has several tattoos. On his right front forearm, he has a "bear in sun" and on his left forearm, there is a tattoo with a bear over a cross. On his left upper arm, he has a bear with Johnny LP above it and Christopher Robin below it. He has a Winnie the Pooh tattoo on the upper part of his right arm.
- Larry Parsons has been named the new executive director of the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, effective April 1st. Parsons retired from the Authority in November 2009, after most recently serving as administrator for the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville for 10 years. Parsons worked for the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority for 17 years, serving as administrator for two of the agency’s ten regional jails and personnel director, as well as operations specialist.
- State Senator Richard Browning, D-Wyoming, says the reason a bill where coal producing counties would have gotten more coal severance revenue did not make it out of a House-Senate conference committee Saturday night is because the House put the money in the hands of county commissioners and made it easier for them to spend it on many things. The Senate's original version of the bill put the state Development Office in an oversight position and the money could only be used for water and sewer development, broadband extension and road development. Browning says the House plan could have opened the door for the money to be spent other than the way it should be spent.
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