Sunday, April 10, 2011
EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...4-11'11
- Eighty-three year old Grady Whitlock, a Raleigh County man who was facing animal cruelty charges after authorities discovered more than two dozen dead horses on his farm, died Thursday. In February, Whitlock was charged with 28 counts, one for each dead animal found on his farm in Shawver's Crossing. Police went to the 300-acre farm after receiving an anonymous tip. A veterinarian determined the horses died from starvation.
- Dr. John Ralsten, 74, a retired Wood County doctor has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of his wife, 70 year old Carol Ralsten. Police say Ralsten fatally shot his wife in their home on Fourth Avenue in Vienna, Parkersburg Friday afternoon. Ralsten barricaded himself in his home for about six hours before coming out of his home and surrendering.
- West Virginia officials are confident the budget year will end with a surplus and that general tax revenues offer crucial evidence the state has nearly climbed out of the recession. Each month since this budget year began July 1, the state has brought in more general revenue that at the same point during any prior year. West Virginia began April with a $276 million surplus. The next two months could reduce that, but officials expect most to remain by June 30th.
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