Saturday, May 28, 2011
EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...5-29-'11
- Police say they found synthetic drugs and guns in the home of Charleston Fire Department Lieutenant Paul Edward Young who was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Young allegedly sold the drug Suboxone to a police informant and also allegedly offered to sell the informant heroin. According to a search warrant return on file in magistrate court, officers found a .50-caliber black-powder rifle, a .22-caliber Remington rifle, a Remington Model 870 shotgun and an AR-15 assault rifle in Young's house. They also allegedly found ammunition and magazines for several weapons, empty and full containers for synthetic "bath salts," K2 and plastic bags containing unknown powders, digital scales, straws, a rolled-up dollar bill and a suspected cocaine spoon. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
- The historic March on Blair Mountain, which began in late August 1921, developed into the largest armed confrontation in American labor history. At that time, United Mine Workers activists marched toward Logan County, trying to organize non-union miners. Music Saves Mountains, a group led by country music stars and the Natural Resources Defense Council, will host a concert at the Culture Center at the state Capitol on June 5th, the evening before a 50-mile march on Blair Mountain begins in Marmet. The march, which will last from June 6th to June 10th, will honor labor struggles of the past and call for an end to mountaintop removal mining. Emmylou Harris and Kathy Mattea are scheduled to appear at the final rally at the end of the weeklong march, June 11th, on Blair Mountain on the border between Boone and Logan counties.
- The state Department of Environmental Protection said Friday that it added special conditions to two permits issued to driller Northeast Natural Energy, the company that plans to drill gas wells along Dunkard Creek, a Monongalia County stream devastated by fish kills after a golden algae bloom in 2009. DEP's Office of Oil and Gas is requiring monitoring stations upstream and downstream of the wells and barring the driller from disposing of any waste on the property, among other things. DEP worked with Northeast Natural Energy to craft the conditions.
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