Monday, March 28, 2011
EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...3-29-'11
- Thirty-four year old James L. Parsley and 29 year old April Parsley were both arrested Sunday in Gilbert and charged with child neglect resulting in serious injury and three counts of delivering a controlled substance. West Virginia State Police say the couple's 2 year old son swallowed Oxycodone.
- Monday, Joshawa Clark was sentenced to two, 25 year sentences on two counts of armed robbery, and two, one to five year sentences on two counts of conspiracy. Clark was found guilty in February of helping Dustin Shaver commit two robberies at the Marquee Cinemas in Huntington in 2009. The sentences will be served concurrently, making Clark eligible for parole after 12 and a half years. Shaver testified against Clark during the trial as a part of his plea deal.
- U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in Washington, D.C., has overturned the Interior Department's decision to remove the West Virginia northern flying squirrel from the endangered species list. Five environmental groups sued to restore the animal's protected status in 2009, arguing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to follow its own rules in recommending the delisting of the squirrel that's found only in higher elevation forests of West Virginia and Virginia. Sullivan agreed, saying the agency wrongly ignored two unambiguous rules, but the agency argued it was complying with the intent of rules that had become outdated. Judge Sullivan says ignoring them effectively changed the federal recovery plan for the species without the required public-input process.
- Sixty-two year old Robert Clark of Kanawha County pleaded guilty Monday to being a felon in possession of firearms. Clark admitted to having two firearms in his home on September 21, 2010 after a 1989 conviction for conducting a business enterprise through racketeering activity. Clark faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when sentenced in June.
- Brent Collins of Charleston is facing kidnapping charges after being accused of punching his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach, while holding her hostage, threatening her and telling her he hoped she lost the baby. The woman told police he barricaded her in their house, disconnected the phone lines and threatened to kill her and her kids if she tried to leave. Police say she managed to get away after Collins fell asleep.
- Massey Energy Co. has been hit with more than 80 citations for safety violations. MSHA said Monday that the Massey citations are among 166 issued at eight mines in five states during special inspections in February. Four Massey mines in West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky accounted for more than half the violations issued nationally. MSHA also cited mines in Alabama and Pennsylvania.
- James Hall, 52, of Mount Gay, in Logan County, has pleaded guilty to distribution of Hydrocodone and conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Hall admitted he sold 56 pills to an informant from June 2009 to August 2010 in exchange for $333 cash and to selling a total of 9 ounces of marijuana to a confidential informant on three separate occasions from June 2009 to August 2009 in exchange for $1085 in cash. Hall faces 15 years in prison and a $750,000 fine when sentenced on July 13th. He also agreed to forfeit $15,000 cash in lieu of his real estate used to facilitate his drug trafficking.
- Investigators say, around 1:00 A.M. Monday morning, a 19 car train carrying about 100 loads of coal derailed near Man while on its way to the Pardee Mine in Logan.
- Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jim Stucky agreed Monday to postpone the trial of 24 year old Zerlinda White of St. Albans to June 6th. White was scheduled to go on trial Monday. She is charged with child abuse resulting in death. Her two-month old son Ayden died last April.
- Four Suddenlink Communications sales workers, who formerly worked for FiberNet, filed a counterclaim Monday, alleging FiberNet forced them to sign an "employee confidentiality and non-solicition agreement," promising not to solicit FiberNet customers for a competitor for a year after leaving FiberNet. The workers say FiberNet has no legal right to enforce the agreements. In a previous lawsuit, FiberNet accused its former workers of "giving erroneous information" and "coaching customers" to switch their accounts to Suddenlink.
- Administrators say the $1 million funding for the West Virginia Prescription Drug Abuse Quitline is expected to run out next year. The program started in 2008 with $1 million derived from a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the maker of the painkiller OxyContin. Under the program, callers are connected to phone educators at West Virginia University, who direct them to drug treatment centers, educational materials and programs such as Narcotics Anonymous.
- Charleston Mayor Danny Jones says South Charleston plans to take over control of the fire station on Corridor G. The city is still awaiting the results from a study being done by a consultant who is looking into things like staffing and efficiency. Jones says 12 positions would be moved from Charleston to South Charleston's payroll, but there would be no layoffs, no cuts in pay nor any change in service.
- Keith Gwinn, director of the West Virginia Division of Veterans Affairs, says they are right on schedule to hold the opening ceremony for the new Donal Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery in southern West Virginia on Veterans Day. Gwinn says they're ahead of schedule on about 75 percent of it, and they should be caught up other 25 percent in a couple of weeks. The $14 million cemetery is on a 100 acre site donated by Dow Chemical just above the State Police Academy in Institute. Most of the money is coming from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs. It's the largest sum the agency has ever handed out for a state cemetery, and it's the first state veterans cemetery in West Virginia.
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