Sunday, June 19, 2011


EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...6-20-'11

A doctor’s office and several apartments were destroyed after fire started at about 1:45 A.M. Sunday morning at the Red Jacket Medical Clinic on Main Street in Matewan in Mingo County. The apartments, which housed six to eight people, were located on the floor above the doctor’s office. No one was injured, but dispatchers confirmed the building was a total loss.

Raleigh County sheriff's deputies arrested 28 year old Brian Daniel Hayslett of Pemberton and charged him in the stabbing death of 36 year old Rhonda McCoy of Midway. Deputies responded to a report of a murder shortly after 8:00 A.M. Sunday morning at the intersection of Pemberton Road and Coal City Road, just north of Coal City. When they arrived, they found the body of McCoy in an abandoned trailer, along with a blood trail that led them to the home of Hayslett, who confessed to killing McCoy. Police say the two got into an argument at the trailer, Hayslett went home to get a hunting knife, returned to the trailer and stabbed McCoy to death.

Police in Putnam County are investigating after a man pulled a gun during a bar fight at the Dew Drop Inn just before 1:00 A.M. Saturday morning and fled the scene before officers arrived.

U.S. Representative Nick Rahall wants to resurrect a scholarship program founded by the late Robert Byrd in 1985 but ended in April as part of spending cuts to fund the federal government through September. Rahall says the federal government should preserve good funding investments, and he can't think of a better investment than helping educate young people with stellar academic records. The $42 million program provided an annual $1,500 award to 28,000 recipients attending four-year colleges last year, including 146 West Virginians. Rahall is seeking to restore the program as part of the fiscal year 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill.

Scott Rhodes with the West Virginia Fire Marshal's office says at least five of six fires dating back to March in the Bluewell community of Mercer County are the result of arson. The sixth fire hasn’t been ruled out as a possible arson. It’s still under investigation by Rhode’s office. He’s urging anyone with information to call the state’s arson hotline: 1-800-233-FIRE.

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