Sunday, March 20, 2011
EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...3-21-'11
- Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered flags flown at half-staff Monday in memory of Pfc. Andrew M. Harper, a 19 year old soldier from Maidsville who died in Afghanistan March 11th of injuries received in a noncombat incident in Kandahar province.
- Two people are confirmed dead after a Norfolk Southern train collided with a truck on Rt. 52 near Prichard in Wayne County Saturday afternoon. The bed of the truck was torn off on impact, and the cab of the truck was pushed one mile before the train could stop. The truck was crossing along a private road where there are no barricades, signals, lights or signs to warn drivers of an oncoming train.
- Just after 10:30 P.M. Saturday night, the ResCare home health offices in the Dunbar Plaza caught fire. Dunbar Assistant Fire Chief Chris Thornhill says firefighters found a broken window upon arrival and the fire was located in a closet that wasn't readily accessible. Thornhill says the fire is extremely suspicious. Thornhill estimated the cost of cleaning and replacing items between $25,000 and $30,000. ResCare is a human services company dedicated to helping people in need.
- Newly released statistics show the murder rate on Charleston's West Side has gone up 600 percent since 2005. According to 2010 crime statistics recently released from the Charleston Police Department, the city saw 11 murders, six on the West Side. Hundreds of residents gathered, along with Charleston Police, outside Westside Baptist Church Saturday, vowing they are no longer going to sit by and do nothing. Police and church leaders say they want to find a way to end crime in the area. Those who participated in the "March for Hope" rally hope neighbors will take a more active role in their community and see the march as a visual sign to defeat crime.